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Crash victims' family seeks help with funeral, recovery expenses

Times Leader - 1/30/2020

Jan. 30--FRANKLIN TWP. -- A traffic crash in Dallas Township last Tuesday left a woman dead and her 3-year-old granddaughter hospitalized.

Now, the children of the late Heather Stoss are asking for help in laying their mother to rest.

Andrea and Katelyn Stoss, both of Franklin Township, have set up two separate GoFundMe campaigns to cover funeral and burial expenses for their mother, as well as to cover hospital bills for their 3-year-old niece.

"It hasn't really hit me, yet," said Andrea Stoss. "It's all sort of building up inside."

Heather Stoss, an independent contractor newspaper carrier, was killed on Jan. 21 when her car smashed into the back of a garbage truck parked partially off the roadway on Wyoming Road in Dallas Township.

Stoss's granddaughter, Andrea and Katelyn's niece, was injured in the crash, shattering her leg and breaking her collarbone.

Andrea and Katelyn have started GoFundMe campaigns to help ease some of the financial burden.

The sisters are asking for $15,000 to help cover funeral and burial expenses, in an effort to properly put their mother to rest -- as Katelyn put it on the GoFundMe page, "she deserves that much."

The Stoss sisters say that their niece has been progressing since the crash, getting around in her wheelchair and going for orthopedic therapy and rehab. However, according to them, there's no idea when the toddler will be back to full health.

"She wants to get up and run," said Andrea Stoss.

Funeral services for Heather Stoss will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Bednarski Funeral Home in Wyoming, with internment to follow at Carverton Cemetery. Viewing hours are from 5 to p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Links to the two separate GoFundMe accounts can be found at https://bit.ly/2RAC20h and https://bit.ly/2OaZjE2.

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