The community is mourning the passing of a Howell teen known for her “kindness, understanding, (and) acceptance”.
16-year-old Alexa Claire Zielkowski, a Junior at Charyl Stockwell Preparatory Academy (CSPA) in Brighton, died unexpectedly after accidentally drowning on Monday, May 22. Active in the schools Honor’s Choir, Alexa also participated in the school musicals, and was a member of the National Honor Society.
In an email from Principal Matthew Stewart to the CSPA community, he said that “Each and every day, Alexa exemplified kindness, understanding, acceptance, hard work, a passion for the arts, and a commitment to learning and improvement.”
Alexa was also active in the Community Theatre of Howell, where she performed in numerous productions, most recently in The Sound of Music, and served as the president of the Community Theatre’s Youth Leadership Council.
As her obituary at watkinsfuneralhomes.com stated, “She loved performing, but more so, loved working with others to put on a production that would bring joy and entertainment to people. She deeply cherished the friendships she made through theatre.”
Kevin Rogers, a longtime CTH member, directed Alexa in The Sound of Music. He described her as “one of the brightest, sweetest, talented, driven, and just plain the best kid ever.”
Rogers went on to say that her loss was incalculable.
“I know that when we lose kids early, that everyone says “He/She was going places”. But, that all pales to what Alexa would’ve done,” he said. “She was going to do something, and I’m not sure what it would’ve been, but it would’ve changed the world. I can’t help but feel cheated….in that I’ll never see what she might have accomplished. She was like my own daughter, and this hole will never be filled. Heaven gained the brightest of lights last night….and knowing Alexa, she’s already told them how to organize it more efficiently.”
Visitation for Alexa will be held on Tuesday, May 30, from 1-7 p.m. and on Wednesday, May 31, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., immediately followed by a Memorial Service at 1 p.m.
She is survived by her father, Robert; mother, Cheryl; older sister, Lena; paternal grandparents, Joseph and Sonja Zielkowski; maternal grandparents, Fred (Jan) Schott (Westrick) and Roberta Schott; her Aunt, Natalie (Jose) Escandone and cousins Jose, Jr., Edward, and Nadia; Aunt, Lisa Schott; several additional cousins and numerous friends. She was preceded in death by her uncle, Joseph Zielkowski, Jr.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Community Theatre of Howell.