Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas, of San Rafael, CA, the victim of a terrorist attack on United Airlines Flight No. 93 on September 11, 2001, was born in Bloomington, Indiana on August 31, 1963. She was the daughter of Lawrence and Barbara Catuzzi of Houston, TX and Lake Toxaway, NC, the cherished and adored wife of Jack Grandcolas of San Rafael, CA, the loving sister of Dara Ann Near of Short Hills, NJ and Vaughn Catuzzi Lohec of Chatham, NJ.
Lauren was a graduate of Stratford High School in Houston, TX and the University of Texas in Austin, where she was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. Lauren and Jack were members of the Marin Country Club in Novato, CA. While residing in San Francisco, she worked for the law firm of Thelin, Marin, Johnson, and Bridges as a marketing executive, followed by positions at Price Waterhouse and Good Housekeeping Magazine. Most recently, Lauren was collaborating with a publisher on a book related to women's lifestyle achievements aimed at boosting the self-confidence of women specifically, and adult behavior in general. This nonfiction work was a long-term goal and source of great pride to her.
Lauren so appreciated the outdoors that, in her spare time, she participated in hiking, jogging, roller blading, and kyacking amongst many other activities. Lauren was a strong and caring friend to everyone she knew; she will be dearly missed by all. In addition, she is survived by brothers-in-law, Robert H. Near, Phillip A. Lohec, and her nephews, Stephen Near, Kevin Near, Matthew Lohec, and her niece, Emily Lohec, as well as Jack's parent's, Leon and Rita Grandcolas, of Carmel, CA. Rick and Laura Grandcolas, Jim Grandcolas, Susan and Bill Bauer, Mark Grandcolas, Nancy and Alan Meyer, nine nieces and nephews and numerous other friends and relatives.
Memorial services for Lauren will be held in Houston on Thursday, September 20, 2001 at 5:30 PM at Saint John Vianney Catholic Church, 625 Nottingham Oaks Trail, and in San Francisco on September 22, 2001 at 9:30 AM at the Mission San Rafael Catholic Church, Fifth Street, San Rafael. For those who wish, contributions may be made to the Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas Foundation, 600 Travis, Suite 4200, Houston, TX 77002. Lauren left us the way she lived her life, strong, determined, courageous and our heroine.
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