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Remembering those who died during Waukesha Christmas Parade tragedy

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Posted at 7:33 PM, Nov 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-24 12:02:16-05

WAUKESHA, Wis.  — The Waukesha Christmas Parade tragedy has shaken the Waukesha community, the state of Wisconsin, and beyond. Among the victims were grandparents, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and friends.

Each one of them will be remembered forever. This is a list of those who have sadly died and a short description to honor them.

Jane Kulich

Jane Kulich

Jane Kulich, 52, worked at Citizens Bank. A tribute posted to GoFundMe says Jane was "a loving, beautiful and charismatic mother, grandmother and friend to so many. The world is a much darker place without a woman like this in the world."

Kulich's daughter said in a statement, "My mother was a wonderful beautiful soul. She lit up everyone's lives. This woman was an absolute gem. She loved her family so much. She has a sister, husband, 3 children, 3 grandchildren, niece and nephews, a whole bunch of friends. She was so kind and sweet and loving. She was dedicated, motivated, and comforting. One of the best people to ever walk this earth.. My mom was just such a wonderful human that positively impacted everyone she met. We will miss her so much."

Tamara Carlson

Tamara Durand
Tamara Durand

Tamara Carlson, 52, was another member of the Dancing Grannies. A tribute to her on her GoFundMe page said, "She was a proud mom, a phenomenal grandmother, a proud member of the Waukesha community and overall just one of the most kind-hearted people there were."

Wilhelm Hospel

Wilhelm Hospel
Wilhelm Hospel

Wilhelm Hospel, 81, is the husband of Lola, who is a Dancing Granny. According to his niece, he was the youngest of four brothers and would get together with them a few times a year to reminiscence.

Leanna Owens

Lee Owens
LeAnna Owens

Leanna Owens, 71, was another member of the Dancing Grannies.

Virginia 'Ginny' Sorenson

Ginny Sorenson

Virginia Sorenson, 79, was affectionately called 'Ginny' by her family. Shew as one of the 'Dancing Grannies' who was fatally hit. A GoFundMe tribute said, "Her spirit was fierce and never aged. Everyone who knew Ginny knows she had a special soul, one that radiated with love. She was a caregiver through and through, whether caring for patients, family, and especially in caring for her beloved furry friends. She always reminded us that "Angels watch over you", and we are blessed to have her watching over us all now."

Jackson Sparks

Jackson Sparks
8-year-old Jackson Sparks passed away from injuries suffered in Sunday's Waukesha Christmas parade tragedy.

Jackson Sparks, 8, is the son of Aaron and Sheri and the younger brother of Tucker. According to a GoFundMe, Aaron and Sheri are people of faith and the family asks for the community to continue to lift them in prayer.

This story will be updated when more is provided.

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