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Schiavo family attends service in Philadelphia

Associated Press
Published April 16, 2005

SOUTHAMPTON, Pa. - Two weeks after the death of Terri Schiavo, friends and relatives gathered for a memorial service Friday evening at the suburban Philadelphia church she attended as a child and where she was married in 1984.

Schiavo's parents, brother and sister took part in the service at Our Lady of Good Counsel attended by about 500 people.

"If Terri's death has taught me anything, it is to make me starkly aware that matters of life and death are truly in our hands," the Rev. Clemens Gerdelmann said in a brief homily.

In 1990 Schiavo, living in Florida, suffered severe brain damage when she collapsed and her heart temporarily stopped, cutting off oxygen. She died at age 41 March 31 at a hospice in Pinellas Park, 13 days after her feeding tube was removed by court order, ending a bitter legal battle between her husband, Michael, and her parents, Bob and Mary Schindler.

Three services were held for her in Florida.

Michael Schiavo also plans a memorial service for his wife in Pennsylvania, but has not said when. He had her remains cremated, and said her ashes would be buried at a family plot in Pennsylvania.

[Last modified April 16, 2005, 01:20:07]

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