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“Melissa, I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter. We all miss you so very much. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
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“Lins, I will be forever grateful for the love, laughter, smiles and sunshine you brought to our family. I'll think of you often and always. Love you...Read More »
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EASTON——Linsey Marie Malia, 21, of Easton, formerly of Natick, an honors student at Stonehill College in Easton, died May 6, 2017 in a boating crash in Copenhagen, Denmark, where she was studying this semester.

Born in Natick, a daughter of Melissa Malia of New Bedford and John Sears and his wife Jesse of Kittery, ME., she was raised in Natick and was a 2014 graduate of Natick High School.

Linsey was a standout student at Natick High School, where she achieved a 4.2 GPA, participated in community service and played both softball and basketball. Linsey was a sports enthusiast, except golf which she found boring unless she was using her driver. She was a passionate New England Patriots fan, so it was with great delight that she received her diploma at Natick's Flutie Field.

At Stonehill College, Linsey touched the lives of many students and faculty as a peer mentor, teaching assistant, member of the Moreau Honors Program, a work study student in the Athletics Department and a volunteer with many programs at the Easton campus. Linsey's sunny smile, laughter and drive were most evident as the Stonehill Mascot, Ace the Skyhawk.

An article in the Stonehill Alumni Magazine, Meet our Mascot, featured Linsey as Ace, but she took most pleasure at quoting Father John Denning's remarks from the Presidents Page, "One cannot help but be inspired by Linsey Malia '18, who often plays Ace the Skyhawk. Once she was accepted to Stonehill, she knew she wanted to be our mascot. Also a peer and Moreau Honor's mentor as well as a member of various campus groups, Linsey exemplifies school spirit, embraces opportunities and approaches her work with enthusiasm."

Linsey enjoyed her semester studying in Copenhagen, especially the opportunity to travel about Europe with her boyfriend Kyle. Together they traveled from Scandinavia to Greece and from Rome to London. Linsey's life was cut tragically short, but her brilliance and warmth touched all who knew her. She aspired to bring her enthusiasm, brilliance and everlasting sunshine to a teaching career at Stonehill College. She will be deeply missed.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her siblings, Ellie, Hattie, Charlotte and Finn. Her maternal grandmother Frances Heuklom and her longtime companion Charles Slade of Newport, Maine. Her paternal grandfather Joe Sears and his wife Lori Sears of Bellingham and her paternal grandmother Cathie Balboni of Natick and her former partner Craig MacInnis of Mansfield. Her aunts and uncles Susan Seethaler and Ed Pawlowski of Easton, Jim and Donna Malia of Bellingham; also survived by her longtime boyfriend Kyle Collins and many aunts, uncles, cousins and numerous friends. She was also the sister of the late Krista Malia.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in Kane Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 605 Washington Street (Rte.138) Easton. A Funeral Liturgy will be held on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Mary, Stonehill College, Easton. Interment will follow in South Easton Cemetery, Easton. In lieu of flowers donations in Linsey's memory may be sent to The Linsey Malia '18 Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Stonehill College-Office of Development 320 Washington Street, Easton, MA 02357-6242 or visit For directions or condolences visit

Upcoming Funeral Services

Wednesday, May 24
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Kane Funeral Home & Cremation Services

605 Washington Street Easton, MA 02375
(508) 238-4269

Wednesday, May 24
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Kane Funeral Home & Cremation Services

605 Washington Street Easton, MA 02375
(508) 238-4269

Thursday, May 25
10:00 AM    3462220 3559951 20170525T100000

Chapel of Mary

Stonehill College Easton, MA 02356

Thursday, May 25    3462221 3559952 20170525T000000

South Easton Cemetery

Washington Street Easton, MA