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Mass of Christian Burial Saturday for Whitney J. Washuta, 25

July 11, 1991 – April 18, 2017

A Mass of Christian Burial for Whitney Jade Washuta, of Youngstown, who helped foreign students improve their command of English, will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 620 Center St., Lewiston.

Ms. Washuta died April 18 after she was shot by her former boyfriend while walking her dog near her condominium in West Hollywood, Calif. She was 25.

Born in Buffalo, the granddaughter of Steve J. Washuta, the late founder of the Modern Corporations, she attended Stella Niagara School, where she was an outstanding swimmer.

She began high school at Nichols School, where she played on the varsity field hockey, lacrosse and basketball teams. She studied Spanish and took part in a study-abroad program in Costa Rica. She went on to graduate from Lewiston-Porter High School, where she excelled in many advanced placement classes and studied abroad in Spain.

She then attended the University of Vermont, studied abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico, and earned a bachelor’s degree in global studies with a minor in Spanish in 2013. After graduation, she moved to California and tutored students in English.

A lover of the outdoors, she enjoyed the beach and spent many winters snowboarding on slopes around the world. A music fan, she also was an enthusiastic concertgoer.

Survivors include her parents, Richard H. and Gail E.; two sisters, Joleigh and Colbie; a brother, Broc; her grandparents, Sonia Washuta and Joseph and Madeleine Zucco; and aunts, uncles and cousins.

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