Lisa Marie, 50, of Westfield, passed away on November 24th, 2017. She was born on October 17, 1967 in Columbus, Ohio, daughter of Jim and Marcy Buzzelli. As a baby, Lisa always woke up with a smile on her face. This trait followed her throughout her life; all who knew Lisa understood her to be positive, patient, selfless and gracious.
Lisa was a 1982 graduate of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (OLMC) and a 1986 graduate of Cathedral High School. She then graduated in 1990 from Indiana University, with a degree in education. Lisa was very appreciative of the OLMC community (where her children also attended), particularly in this last year of her life when she received so much love and support from them. The bond that Lisa made with childhood, high school and college friends was also very evident this past year, when so many came to help her, and to love her.
For a number of years, Lisa taught second grade at College Wood Elementary. For anyone who knew Lisa, they understood what a wonderful teacher she was, and how much she loved her students. This love was reciprocated two-fold by the hundreds of kids and parents whose lives she touched over the years that she taught. Lisa's enthusiasm for children was obvious; she always took time out of her busy life to spend time with them. To observe Lisa interacting with children in any setting, was to observe someone who was truly utilizing their God-given gifts.
Lisa was preceded in death by her mother, Marcy Buzzelli in 2011 and her son, Vincent Hofmeister in 2016; reuniting with both of them was something that she eagerly awaited. Some of Lisa's greatest joys came from time spent with family. She loved being a daughter, sister, mom and aunt. She would travel whenever she could to see her family, and made it a goal to see her out of town sister monthly. She passed along her love for theater and the arts to her daughter, just as her mother had done for her. Lisa was an encouraging mom, finding things to be proud about with her kids, no matter what the circumstances. She loved unconditionally, seldom passing judgment on others, and choosing to look for the good in all. Because of her contagious smile and laugh, she brought light and happiness to every conversation.
Throughout this last year of her life while Lisa was battling cancer, she was able to grow deeper in her relationship with God. She was an inspiration for all of us in how she fought her sickness. Her true character was seen through the positivity, humor, and selflessness that she demonstrated. On the morning of her death, when medical staff had predicted that she would lose her ability to communicate, she woke up and said to those who surrounded her: "good morning!"
Survivors include her father, Jim Buzzelli; son, Joshua Hofmeister; daughter, Lindsay Hofmeister; brother, Ray (Jessica) Buzzelli; sister, Karen (Brian) Barnes; father of her children, Ramsay Hofmeister ; in-laws, Gary Hofmeister and Jo Anne Carmony, Giannina Hofmesiter and Jim Connolly, Emily and Devon Russell, Carter Hofmeister, Kathy Hofmeister; nieces and nephews, Lucy, Joey, Lucia, Jackie, Gino, Jessica, Joshua, Michael, Mia, Lauren, Chase, Tristan, Lily, and others who loved her dearly.
Family and friends will gather onNovember 28, 2017 from 9 am till 12 pm in Our Lady of Mt Carmel Catholic Church, 14596 Oakridge Road, Carmel, where the Memorial Mass will be conducted at noon, with a luncheon to follow in the lower level of the church.
Lisa has requested in lieu of flowers, donations be given to La Verna Lodge, 1550 E 156th Street, Carmel, IN 46032. Envelopes will be available at the service.