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Gia Allemand remembered at funeral in New York


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 08/22/2013 

Gia Allemand's funeral was held Thursday, giving family and friends of the former The Bachelor and Bachelor Pad contestant the opportunity to say goodbye and pay their respects.

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Allemand's public funeral service took place at Trinity Grace Church in New York City, Us Weekly reported.

"The family of Gia Allemand wishes to express their sincerest gratitude to all those, near and far, who have extended words of encouragement and support during this time of incredible loss," the Episcopalian service's program reportedly read.

"Gia was the loving girlfriend 'Petri' of Ryan 'Snuggy' Anderson, beloved daughter and little princess of Donna Micheletti and stepdaughter of Tony Micheletti, loving sister of Dylan and Erick, most cherished granddaughter of Marie (Nonna) Coltrinari, devoted godchild of Fred and Annemarie Coltrinari, dear cousin of Brian, Ellen, Kevin and Julie, and also survived by her dear dog Bentley."

Anderson and Allemand's mother reportedly comforted one another throughout the service. The most difficult moment for the pair seemed to be when they followed Allemand's casket out of the church, a witness told Us.

Anderson and Donna Micheletti were reportedly joined by some of the NBA star's teammates from the New Orleans Pelicans and numerous former The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and Bachelor Pad participants -- including Craig Robinson, Tyler Vermette, Ashleigh Hunt, Graham Bunn, Jenna Burke, Krisily Kennedy, Gwen Goia, Ames Brown, Jackie Gordon, Jaclyn Swartz, and Rachel Truehart.

The pastor told the congregation Trinity church was where Allemand "found God again," and Allemand's favorite hymn "Amazing Grace" was played, the magazine reported. In addition, two of Allemand's closest friends gave a eulogy at the 45-minute mass.

Anderson reportedly found Allemand, 29, hanging and unconscious in her New Orleans home on the night of August 12. Anderson then immediately contacted 911 and Allemand was taken to University Hospital in New Orleans. 

After remaining in critical condition and on life support, Allemand passed away last Wednesday when her life support was withdrawn due to the fact she had "a critical loss of brain and organ function," according to an official statement released by her family.

Allemand competed on The Bachelor's fourteenth season, which aired in 2010 and starred Jake Pavelka.

Allemand was one of the last three The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love bachelorettes in the running to receive Pavelka's final rose, however he eliminated her in favor of Tenley Molzahn and Vienna Girardi at the season's penultimate Rose Ceremony.

Afterward, Allemand returned to compete on the first and second seasons of the reality dating show's Bachelor Pad spinoff, which aired in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

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