Service remembers 7 family members killed in crash
By Christin Nance Lazerus firstname.lastname@example.org August 22, 2013 7:18PM
Updated: September 24, 2013 6:28AM
MUNSTER — The images flashed on the screens of seven family members enjoying birthdays, holidays, and time with friends and family. But their lives were taken in an instant when a semitrailer rammed into the back of their Jeep last week on Interstate 65 in Jasper County.
Family Christian Center pastors read their obituaries, coupled with remembrances: Jazmin Osbourne, 7, loved to perform, whether it was singing or dancing, while her brother, Jamin Osbourne, 5, could be like a whirlwind at times, channeling his energy into football and basketball. Their mother, Yvette “Nikki” Williams, 35, was an exceptional cook and the “coupon queen,” and her sister, Lindsey Williams, 27, was a loving and caring mother, devoted to her two daughters: Arielle Goldman, 3, whose big personality and hazel eyes were captivating, and Yazmin Goldman, 5, who loved to tell stories and protect her little sister. Their uncle, Amado “June Bug” Mangual Jr., 49, was a devoted father and had recently started his own lawn service business.
Family members emphasized the importance of faith in coping with their loss at a Thursday home-going service at the Family Christian Center.
As tears fell among the hundreds of people in attendance, cousin James Torres said the family decided to wear colors instead of traditional black to be joyful.
“I am so grateful to have known them and to have been a part of their lives,” Torres said. “When I heard the news, it was extremely hard to believe, and I had to think about what it all means. I came home last year (after 19 years away) and got a chance to meet these little kids, who will be sorely missed.”
Cousin Leonardo Guzman paid tribute to Lindsey and Yvette Williams’ mother, Judy, and grandmother, Rosa Mangual, for helping to keep the extended family connected and planting the seeds of faith.
“Friday morning I got a phone call that changed my life completely,” Guzman said. “The tears flowed and my heart hurt. But it can by no means kill our spirit. I know for a fact that I will see them in heaven.”
Following the service, Lindsey and Yvette Williams’s brother, Gerald, spoke of the love that has been directed toward their family.
“Our families wish to thank everyone for the many well-wishes and prayers that we’ve received,” Gerald Williams Jr. said. “It has really meant a lot to us over the past couple days. We are a very close family and our faith in Jesus Christ will see us through this. Again, we thank you for your prayers.”