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NDA senior killed in car crash laid to rest

Maria Schaffstein (Source: Notre Dame Academy) Maria Schaffstein (Source: Notre Dame Academy)

PARK HILLS, OH (FOX19) - A funeral mass was held Thursday for Maria Schaffstein, a Notre Dame Academy senior killed in a car crash.

Schaffstein and seven of her classmates were returning home from Spring Break in Florida last weekend when they were involved in a car accident near Huntsville, Ala. Five of the girls have returned home while two others, Krista Noll and Jessie Russo, remain hospitalized.

Students from Notre Dame Academy and Covington Catholic High School packed St. Agnes Church Thursday morning to say good-bye to Maria. Several of her classmates walked from Notre Dame to St. Agnes carrying roses.

Notre Dame President Sister Shauna Bankemper posted a letter on the school's website, thanking the community for the prayers and support.

"The entire NDA Community is deeply grateful for the outpouring of care, concern, and prayers during these difficult times," the letter reads. "We have received numerous e-mails, calls, texts, and entries on blogs expressing prayers and concern. We have heard beautiful stories about those who ministered to our girls at the scene of the accident, caregivers at the hospitals, and about members of the Huntsville area community who have reached out to the girls and their families. We are deeply grateful to all of our alums that have sent prayers as well as assistance in anyway. For all of these small or large, hidden or known deeds, we are grateful."

John and Eileen Schaffstein, Maria's parents, also say the family is grateful for the wonderful outpouring of support from the community. They are creating a scholarship fund in Maria's name. Send donations to:

  • Maria Schaffstein Scholarship Fund
    Notre Dame Academy
    1699 Hilton Drive
    Park Hills, KY 41011
  • Donations to the fund also can be made at any Bank of Kentucky.

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