|Birth: ||Apr. 11, 1991|
New Jersey, USA
|Death: ||Apr. 9, 2013|
New York, USA
Paige graduated from Hillsborough High School, and The College of New Jersey, graduating both with honors. Paige was planning to attend Rutgers School of Law in Newark, NJ.
Paige is survived by her parents Robin and Christopher, sister Erin, her grandfathers George Aiello and Irving Sandler, Aunts Alyssa Aiello and Luanne Sisselman, Uncles Michael Natiello and Jay Sisselman and cousins.
Arrangements at the Hillsborough Funeral Home, 796 Route 206 South, Hillsborough, NJ. A celebration of life at the Unitarian Church, 4 Waldron Avenue, Summit, NJ. Complete obituary Courier News on May 16, 2013
Thursday's commencement ceremony at The College of New Jersey will be a bittersweet affair.
As hundreds of graduates fidget in their caps and gowns on the artificial turf field of Lion's Stadium in Ewing, one of them will be noticeably missing.
Paige Aiello, a TCNJ senior from Hillsborough, was expected to graduate next week cum laude, which a college spokeswoman explained was an honor for students who achieve a grade-point average between 3.6 and 3.74.
The former Hillsborough High School star tennis player and captain of her college tennis team went missing April 9, two days before her 22nd birthday.
TCNJ will award Aiello a degree in communications studies, spokeswoman Stacy Schuster said Friday.
Funeral services will follow several days later, with visitation from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. May 20 at Hillsborough Funeral Home, 796 Route 206. A time has yet to be determined for the funeral service May 21.
Before Thursday's news, friends, neighbors and relatives held out hope that the college student would be found.
The Facebook page that had kept supporters apprised of the latest details of the search became an online memorial flowing with messages —some from people who had never met Aiello.
Megan Griffo, 22, a former classmate of Aiello at Hillsborough High School, brought national attention to the story after writing a widely circulated article for the Huffington Post, where she works as an intern crime writer.
"If I didn't know Paige, I might view the whole thing as entertaining," Griffo wrote. "But it's not. Instead, I've watched my town, Hillsborough, N.J., and Paige's closest friends enter a state of confusion — a weird, uncomfortable mix of feeling sad and feeling numb."
"I've written about missing people before and not really thought about it," Griffo told New Jersey Press Media on Friday. "It definitely affects you."
After graduation, Aiello regularly returned to her old high school to assist coaches and high school tennis players during summer camps.
Students and staff arrived at the high school Friday to find that someone had left a bouquet of peach roses on one of the tennis courts.
Peach was Aiello's favorite color and became the symbol of the search effort. Peach ribbons still adorn the off-campus house where she lived in Ewing. They still were on mailboxes and sign posts throughout her hometown and neighborhood.
Hillsborough High School Athletic Director Mike Fanizzi said Friday that guidance counselors and coaches spoke to the girls who had recently worked with Aiello.
"Some students had a tough time dealing with it yesterday," he said.
Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.
New Jersey, USA
Created by: Dr. William McDonald
Record added: May 13, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 110486207
Added: Apr. 9, 2016
In Memory of Margo & Jens
Added: Jul. 25, 2015
"You must've been in a place so dark, you couldn't feel the light reachin' for you through that stormy cloud. Who told you life wasn't worth the fight? They were wrong, they lied. Now you're gone & we cry."--Rascal Flatts|
Added: Jul. 4, 2015
|There are 16 more notes not showing...|
Click here to view all notes...