Lucille Katarina Cerling died peacefully at Saint Mary's Hospital on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, surrounded by her family and holding her parents' hands.

She was born Oct. 6, 1988, in Houston, Texas, with congenital muscle and joint defects that prevented her from almost any movement including speech. Yet she laughed often.

A few years after her birth, she and her family moved to rural Wykoff.

She attended grade school in Chatfield with the help of her special friend, Pam. She became known for her lively and friendly face which could always be counted on for a laugh. Her sense of humor brought joy to her friends, family and all of those who knew her.

At the age of 11, she moved into a Hiawatha Homes group home in Rochester.

After graduating from Century High School, she spent many of her days at Opportunity Services in Rochester. Her day program managers there often remarked how she changed everyone's lives for the better.

Lucy is survived by her parents, Roy Donald Cerling and Teresa Ann (Norris) Cerling; her sisters, Amelia Maude Cerling and Clara May Cerling; a grandmother, Drucilla Norris; a grandfather, Robert Cerling and dozens of aunts, uncles, cousins and beloved housemates and friends at Hiawatha and Opportunity Services.

A memorial celebration will be held Friday, July 11, at 2:30 p.m. in the American Legion Room at the Chatfield Center for the Arts, 405 Main St. S., in Chatfield.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Hiawatha Homes Foundation, 1820 Valkyrie Drive N.W., Rochester, MN 55901.