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A beloved daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin, and friend, Samantha Rose Stacilauskas left this world unexpectedly at the young age of 27 on August 27th, 2022. Samantha was born on July 28th, 1995 to Connie (Stacilauskas) Joyal and Brian LaSalle in Burrillville, Rhode Island. Samantha endured the death of her father Brian in 2015, as well as her father-in-spirit Ryan Heon in 2008. Samantha leaves behind her beloved mother Connie; her sister, Amelia Heon, her paternal grandmother, (Momzie) Sandra (Durrand) Masso and her husband, (Pop) James Masso, along with Robert LaSalle and his wife Jackie LaSalle, her maternal grandfather, (Papa) Peter Stacilauskas and predeceased by grandmother (Nana) Linda Stacilauskas, her sisters-in-spirit, Hope Kelley-Clark and Olivia Heon as well as her soda-sister, Amanda Mumford. Also her loving uncles, aunts, and cousins including Nicholas Masso and his wife Kati Masso along with their children, Cole and McKenley, Valerie Stacilauskas and daughter, Sarah Runk, Jamie Stacilauskas and his wife Pam Stacilauskas along with their children, Elliot and Penelope. Samantha also leaves behind beloved pets, Jasper, Sebastian, and Shiloh as well as many other friends whose hearts will forever be imprinted upon.
Samantha was a beautiful soul who was known for her kindness, generosity, and gentle nature. She will always be remembered for her infectious smile, piercing blue eyes, and caring personality. Many believed that her presence truly lit up the room. Sam was the type of person anyone would be lucky to call a friend.
Samantha graced the ice with her presence as she competed and coached as a figure skater from an early age. She also had an undeniable passion for animals which directed her pursuit of a veterinary degree. Samantha was in the process of completing her bachelor’s degree at the University of Rhode Island and was exploring which veterinary programs she would apply to in the upcoming year. Horses were always her favorite animal, and she was happiest when among their presence. Samantha began her career with animals as a Volunteer Director and Outreach Coordinator at Horses Healing Humans in Stonington, Connecticut, and then continued as a Surgical Technician Assistant at Bay State Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Services in Swansea, Massachusetts.
When you think of Samantha, celebrate the good memories you have of her. Remember that life is fragile and should be lived to the fullest. A gathering of family and friends will be held outdoors at Brown Funeral Home, 1496 Victory Hwy. Oakland, RI on Friday,September 2nd, 2022, from 11 to 1 PM. A funeral procession will begin at 1:00 PM to the Acotes Hill Cemetery, Chepachet, RI. She will be carried to her final resting place by horse drawn carriage. The family requests that everyone come as they are and wear casual and colorful attire as we celebrate and remember Samantha. If anyone has a memory or story, reflections will be open to everyone during the Celebration of life.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to ASPCA to honor Samantha’s commitment to the organization and their mission. www.aspca.org/ways-to-give
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