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Family and friends bid final farewell as 'angel' Lisa Orsi laid to rest

By Donna Deeney

The parents, grandparents, brother and sister of Lisa Orsi led mourners into the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Londonderry yesterday to say a last goodbye to the girl described by so many as "an angel".

The cortege left the family home in the Waterside passing dozens of yellow ribbons tied to lampposts by neighbours when the news filtered through of Lisa's tragic death from extreme altitude sickness contracted on holiday in Indonesia. The 22-year-old clearly touched the lives of so many when she was alive and yesterday hundreds of her young friends from Derry and Donegal wept as she was carried into the church for Requiem Mass, celebrated by Donegal parish priest Fr Pat McGarvey who is also a friend of the family.

Following Mass, the funeral cortege made its way to Donegal where Lisa was laid to rest in the parish where she spent her early years, close to her grandparents John and Rosemary Orsi.

Her parents, John and Sharon, had maintained a bedside vigil praying for a miracle but Lisa died in the hospital where she worked in Singapore.

In accordance with Lisa's wishes, her organs were transplanted, giving life to others.

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