In Memory of Nalee and Garrett Gottschall
Organized by: Fue Yang
Nalee Yang was a free spirit who lived life to its fullest. She was strong-willed and unashamed to be herself. Growing up in a strong, conservative asian culture she was unafraid to break from the mold she was expected to fill. She traveled to Europe to seek adventure. She served in the Americorps to enact change and serve when she saw that the world needed it. She had so much love to give to the world that she finally decided to become a nurse. Her dream was to start her own non-profit and travel overseas, serving and healing the poor, sick, and disadvantaged.
Edward Garrett Gottschall was a tender heart who saw the best in everyone. He was shy and timid at times but never afraid to show you that he loved you. Growing up on a farm, he was instilled with a strong work ethic and always made sure that his family was taken care of. He was humble, respectful, and a man of true character. He was a diehard Tampa Bay Lightning fan and spent any chance he could trying to convert others to his love of hockey.
Nalee and Garrett met in Florida in which they hit it off immediately. They were a match made in heaven and, thanks to the efforts of Nalee, rooted on the Green Bay Packers together. Crossing cultural boundaries, Garrett asked for Nalee's hand in marriage from her father following traditional Hmong customs. The Yang family was happy to accept Garrett into the family and they were happily married on September 27, 2014. They were the perfect couple for each other and loved deeply by both their families.
On September 5, 2015, they were on their way home from the airport after a week in Vegas celebrating Nalee's birthday and their coming one year anniversary. Just minutes away from their home they were tragically killed in a head-on collision caused by a drunk driver. They were both pronounced dead at the scene.
In life they were always together, in passing they will also be together. They will have a joint funeral service and will also be buried together. This fundraiser will go towards their funeral expenses as we mourn their passing and celebrate their beautiful lives.