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In Memoriam

The Honorable Lady Chiara la Trombottiera,
Grant of Arms, Order of the Rose Leaf, Order of the Leaf of Merit

Laura Weiss-Lampert (4/13/1975 - 5/30/2013) passed away May 30th, having fought with cancer for several years, and finally losing the battle. She leaves behind her husband Jeffrey Lampert.

Chiara was given a Grant of Arms, was a member of the Orders of Leaf of Merit and Rose Leaf of the West Kingdom, won a Wooden Spoon, and held several awards from the Principality of the Mists as well. She was an actor in The Golden Stag Players, and a member of the West Kingdom Choir. This of course only sums up a little of who she was.


Some Reminisces:

This is hard. I am having a difficult time coming up with suitable words. Those of us in the West Kingdom who knew Chiara have only known her for a relatively short time. She had been in the Peace Corp in Senegal, while her husband (at the time her boyfriend) had moved here. He got involved in The Golden Stag Players fairly early on. When she arrived, she was fairly shy and didn't talk a lot. Over a few rehearsals just hanging out and watching, she started laughing, then getting engaged. She played with The GSP up until this 12th Night, although even then she was not in really good physical condition.

We really got to know and love her. She had an infectious laugh. She was interested in everything. She had a true joy of life that was astonishing. She loved hanging with her friends and just chatting and laughing. She was a true joy to be around. Even while the cancer was slowly working on her, she did her best to be upbeat and find positive things around her. I honestly don't know how she did it.

The last couple of days have been hard. We found out that she was near the end a couple days ago. And it's been hard to not find myself with a tear running down my face every so often since. When we got the news this morning that she had passed away last night it was with mixed feelings. She is now out of pain, but she is also no longer with us. That joie de la vie, that sense of humor, that child-like fascination are gone. Of course, those of us who know her also know her husband, and we can only guess how he is feeling. We can be sympathetic, but we can never truly be in his shoes. My heart goes out to him for his loss. -- Hirsch von Henford


Chiara, what can I say, the loss is hard. Our beloved Kingdom of the West is was much enriched by your being here. She was always a joy to be around, smiling and a kind word for everyone, always upbeat and fun. We will miss you very much. -- Catherine Lorraine of Stonegate Manor


Chiara gave to everyone, not just in the SCA. She gave of her laughter, her silliness and joy of life. Besides being Senechal of her local group, participating in the Golden Staggs and the West Kingdom Choir, not to be forgotten, she also contributed to the West Kingdom Needleworker's Guild embroidering largess projects. †She will be dearly missed. -- Mistress Katherine de Langelei, OP


We talked gardening, singing, sunflowers, grapes, cows in Wisconsin.† Education, dance.†† And I only touched the surface.††† She was silly, itís a virtue.†† -- John Theophilus


She knew her time with us was limited, and made a point of living each day as fully as she could. Every time I heard from her, or saw her name mentioned, I thought "oh good, she's still here." She will be much missed. She was a heroic example of living openly, even though she knew she would die soon, and she put great efforts into helping others. -- Christian de Holacombe


Very sorry to hear about Chiara, and great sympathy to everyone who knew her! Although I've not lived in the West for some years, I often remember singing with her in the the West Kingdom Choir. Chiara's enjoyment of life is unforgettable -- she was a good person and a good friend. -- Cassandra of Crosston


I was trying to remember all the times I hung out with Chiara. She came to my house and I to hers. She was interested in so many things and we geeked out over Italian dress, knitting and of course embroidery. She loved cooking and had a fun time at the Culinary Symposium where we had our most serious chat about her illness. What I remember most is her smile and laughter, so infectious. Even if I didnít here the joke, her laugh made me laugh. She touched many in her short years with us. Iíll miss you lots dear one. -- Jocelyn of Rowenwood


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Photos:
Jingles -- Southern Shores (December 11, 2004, AS XXXIX)
Dance Ball -- Crosston (January 21, 2006, AS XL)
Dance Ball -- Crosston (January 21, 2006, AS XL)
Beltane Coronation (May 3-7, 2006, AS XLI)
Twelfth Night Coronation (January 6, 2007, AS XLI) (In the Play "The Haunted House")
Twelfth Night Coronation (January 6, 2007, AS XLI) (In the Play "The Haunted House")
Twelfth Night Coronation (January 5, 2008, AS XLII) (In the play: The English King of France)
Twelfth Night Coronation (January 5, 2008, AS XLII) (In the play: The English King of France)
Twelfth Night Coronation (January 5, 2008, AS XLII) (In the play: The English King of France)
Twelfth Night Coronation (January 5, 2008, AS XLII) (In the play: The English King of France)
Twelfth Night Coronation (January 5, 2008, AS XLII) (In the play: The English King of France)
Twelfth Night Coronation (January 5, 2008, AS XLII) (In the play: The English King of France)
Twelfth Night Coronation (January 5, 2008, AS XLII) (In the play: The English King of France)
Twelfth Night Coronation (January 5, 2008, AS XLII) (In the play: The English King of France)
Twelfth Night Coronation (January 5, 2008, AS XLII) (In the play: The English King of France)
Twelfth Night Coronation (January 5, 2008, AS XLII) (In the play: The English King of France)
Arts and Sciences (June 14-15, 2008, AS XLIII)
Bardic Competition -- Principality of the Mists (November 8, 2008, AS XLIII)
Bardic Competition -- Principality of the Mists (November 8, 2008, AS XLIII) (Photo Album)
Twelfth Night Coronation (January 8, 2011, AS XLV)
Needlepoint for Mists Travel Thrones, by Chiara la Trombottiera


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