Simone laid to rest in Germany
By ZOE SATHERLEY
THE TEARS and the snow were falling heavily when Simone Strobel was finally laid to rest last Saturday.
The beautiful young German tourist, who was found dead in Lismore last month, was buried by her family and friends in her home town of Rieden, Germany.
It had been a long and desperately sad journey back home accompanying her body for Simone's boyfriend, Tobias Suckfuell, whose grief at the ceremony touched everyone, said Manfred Schweidler, of the Wuerzburg Main Post.
Tobias was supported by close friends as he stood sobbing by her open grave.
The day had dawned freezing cold and blowing a blizzard, but it didn't deter about 300 mourners who gathered to say goodbye to one of the area's best known and most loved young women.
Simone, 25, had been on a 12month Australian working holiday with Tobias when she disappeared after going for a walk just before midnight on Friday, February 11.
The couple had been staying at the Lismore Tourist Caravan Park in Dawson Street and her body was found just across the road.
It is still unknown whether the former kindergarten teacher was murdered. Police have not yet made any arrests and are still waiting for toxicology results.
After the funeral service Simone's mother, Gaby, walked beside her daughter's coffin with one hand placed on it, as the sombre procession made its way to the cemetery.
The wreath of flowers from the people of Lismore was deeply appreciated and commented on by many, Manfred said.
Father Jochen Wawerek, a family friend, read a letter Simone had written to a girlfriend, just before leaving Germany.
In it she cited Eugen Drewermann, a famous German theologian, who encapsulated her goal when he wrote 'The most important lesson you can learn in life is to find yourself and to be aware of who you are'.
Love, peace and blessings, Simone, from all of us.