Funeral held for West County sisters killed in crash

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CHESTERFIELD, MO (KTVI) - There were plenty of people and plenty of hugs at the Crossing in Chesterfield, as family and friends gathered Monday to remember the short lives of Kathleen Oliver, 17 and her sister Lauren Oliver, 18.

Both were killed in a violent car accident Thursday night in Wildwood.

Kathleen had just started her senior year at Eureka High School.
Lauren was about to head off for her freshman year in college.

The driver of the car, Chris Lenzen, 18, was also killed. His funeral is Tuesday.

The service lasted more than an hour. Among the speakers, Olivia Dames, 18.  She was the only survivor of the accident.

The Eureka High School show choir also performed. Kathleen Oliver had been a member.

This is all still very hard for this community to believe, but friends of the sisters say the service was a good first step in the healing process.

"We all just laughed and cried and celebrated their lives," said senior Stacy Lubinski. "It was wonderful."

Another senior, Anna Molengraft, found the service very moving.

"You could just feel the love everyone had for these two girls because they were kind and nice to everybody and you could just feel their presence here with us today," she said.

The service ended with a message of hope, but first, the community will have to endure more heartache.

The funeral for Chris Lenzen will be held at 10 A.M. Tuesday morning at Ascension Catholic Church, 230 Santa Maria Drive, Chesterfield.

He graduated from Marquette High School in May and was supposed to leave for his freshman year at Mizzou this past Saturday, two days after the accident.

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