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UW-L student dies in Miami

By Chris Rochester
On March 18, 2010

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UW-L junior Julia Sumnicht died unexpectedly Monday while on a spring break trip to Florida.

According to Dean of Students Paula Knudson, Sumnicht died in her sleep while on a trip to Miami, Florida. Other sources say she may have been there on a trip with a modeling agency.

Sumnicht, whose family lives in Hobart, near Green Bay, was a resident of Hutchison Hall, where she had "developed some deep friendships," Knudson said. Sumnich was a communication studies major focusing on sports broadcasting.

The cause of death is currently not known by authorities, and test results may not be available for several weeks, said the Miami-Dade medical examiner's office.

Knudson said Sumnicht's friends and family described her as "compassionate, fun, loving, and loyal," and said she also loved animals and was a big Brett Favre fan, whom she admired because of his passion for football, according to her obituary.

Sumnicht's obituary also described her as having gifts for music, dancing, and art, and said she was "beautiful inside and out from the day she was born."

Her sister Johanna Sumnicht, with whom Julia shared a deep friendship, is also a UW-L student. Johanna was also in Florida over spring break on a trip with Campus Crusade, Knudson said. 

UW-L officials corrected a previous campus-wide e-mail that said Julia was also in Florida with Campus Crusade, which Campus Crusade said was inaccurate.

A funeral service for Sumnicht was held Saturday in Green Bay.

UW-L will hold a grief support session for all students at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Mar. 22 in 332 Cartwright.

Sumnicht's full obituary appeared Friday in the Green Bay Press-Gazette:

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