First of young student funerals brings tears and hope for future

Posted at 3:54 AM, Dec 18, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-18 03:54:18-05

Six-year-old Noah Pozner was eulogized by his mother, brother and grandmother.  The youngest of all the 26 victims of the Newtown massacre was sent to his eternal rest by his mother who called him “my little man.”

Roxanne Dunn, a karate teacher for Noah and his twin sister Arielle, said the two were inseparable.  Noah called Arielle his best friend, and was extremely close to big sister Sophia, who is eight.  “I’m just in disbelief.  It is horrifying.”

And from one of the many rabbis in attendance, “It’s a tragedy of epic proportions.”

Friends of the Pozner family were brought to tears remembering the bright light of the 6-year-old Pozner.  He was remembered by hundreds from his synagogue and hometown of Newtown.

Roxanne Dunn described it.  “It was beautiful and touched us all.  He will always be a part of his mother.  It touched us all.  They are a really good family.”

Lauren DeMartino, a family friend added, “My son knew him at Hebrew school and he was just a fun little six year old and full of spunk.  It was just beautiful words at the service and it’s the way we have to remember this whole situation.”

The road leading to the Abraham Green Funeral home in Fairfield was lined with white balloons representing his pure, young spirit.  Noah was named for the biblical character and was known as, an inquisitive boy, mechanically inclined.  His Brooklyn uncle said he was considered extremely mature.

Rabbi Yehoshua Hecht, who leads the Beth Israel Congregation of Norwalk shared his reflections with reporters gathered from around the nation and beyond.  “He was celebrated as a pure, innocent boy.  As his older brother said, he could have been anything as he grew older.”

Fellow mothers marvelled at how his own mother Veronika was strong enough to eulogize her youngest child.  Karate teacher Dunn wept openly at the recollection of the service.  “It is just so difficult.  Being a mother of two, I can’t imagine what they are going through right now.”