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Erin Young

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Erin Ezra Young age 24 of Waterloo died Tuesday, September 26, 2023 at her home. A celebration of Erin's life will be held at Wartburg Chapel on Saturday, November 11. Service at 2pm, followed by a reception at 3 pm with light refreshments. Dress suggestion: semi formal, and black, just as Erin would have loved. Erin was a University of Northern Iowa graduate student working toward her Master's degree in counseling. She was an advocate for many important causes, and wanted to become a counselor to help those with the same problems she had faced. Erin enjoyed writing, philosophy, and making music; she wrote the lyrics, "Don't let that light out, I know you want to; things get better than this, because they have to." A vegan for many years, she loved animals. She was smart and sarcastic, with a unique charisma and a penchant for melancholia. She will be missed by her mother April Young-Cervetti, stepfather Ronald Cervetti, sister Quinn Young, and birth father Don Gaff, as well as extended family and many friends and loved ones throughout Iowa, Indiana, Michigan and North Carolina.

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  1. Erin was a shining star, gone too soon. I am sending loving thoughts to all her beloved family and friends who will miss her dearly.

  2. I am so sorry for this loss! Erin was a creative spirit, talented cuisine and performer, and a person committed to building a positive, just community. Erin had excellent leadership skills, engaging, articulate, very intelligent and – importantly – friendly and empathetic. I and many more colleagues relied on that leadership and were looking forward to working together on community and policy issues. Wevalue those skills and value Erin a a person who will be missed. My condolences and sympathies to your family.

  3. I just found out this devastating news and I think of you with all my heart. I am sorry beyond words. The world just lost a bright light, but her work will shine on.

  4. We will all miss Erin in the Green Party. She was a bright light in a difficult political time, ever enthusiastic, patient, and filled with new ideas. She is a great loss to the world as well as those who loved her.
    Florence Boos, Iowa City

  5. Erin was a good friend. I didn’t get a chance to spend a ton of time with her, but her smile always brightened the room. She had impeccable fashion sense, she was very smart, and we loved having her around. Gonna miss her.

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