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“Dear Gary, Anne, and Mathew,Karen and I are sending our love to all of you at this truly sad time. I am sorry that I couldn't be there in person at...Read More »
1 of 37 | Posted by: Neil Dinkin - Jamaica Plain, MA

“Gary, Anne, and Matthew, I am stunned and saddened to learn that your beloved Alanna is gone. My deepest condolences to you, your families, and...Read More »
2 of 37 | Posted by: Karen Rouse - Andover, MA

“My deepest condolences for the family and friends of Alanna. May she rest in the kingdom of heaven and her life be forever eternal. Amen. Sincere...Read More »
3 of 37 | Posted by: Amanda Economou Worrell - MA

“Anne, Gary, and Matthew,Our heart is breaking for you over the loss of your beautiful Alanna - she was taken much too soon. May the memories you...Read More »
4 of 37 | Posted by: Cara Colovos - Winter Garden, FL

“Sending our love, prayers and heartfelt condolences to the family Prayers for Alanna now will rest peaceful near God affectionately yoursnous sommes...Read More »
5 of 37 | Posted by: catherine viard - paris - Friend

“I did not know Alanna but upon coming across her obituary I felt compelled to let you know that I grieve with you. No parent should have to bear the...Read More »
6 of 37 | Posted by: Mr Duarte

“So sorry for your loss Anne. I saw Shelley Abrahams today at the studio and she made me aware of your daughter's illness and passing. I do hope you...Read More »
7 of 37 | Posted by: Kim Hein - Newton Centre, MA

“Too soon, too young, not fair. Keep shining, my friend! I have a pink rose on my desk from the CSC, we will miss you. ”
8 of 37 | Posted by: Jennifer Gale

We were the fastest!
9 of 37 | Posted by: Thomas Neumann - Germany - Friend

“A beautiful pink star has lightened up the night for all to enjoy...will cherish this beautiful light forever! ”
10 of 37 | Posted by: Mellonhead Sharkey/Stuart - FL

“Dear members of the Family Woonteiler, I have been deeply hurt by the death of Alanna.I cannot describe the moment I came to know about your loss and...Read More »
11 of 37 | Posted by: Thomas Neumann - Germany - Friend

“Alanna was the living being of the word 'spunky', and every pink object will remind me of her ”
12 of 37 | Posted by: Veronica Schlegel - Scituate, MA

“Our memories of Alanna start with a remarkable post card we received from Gary and Anne joyously announcing her birth and continued through her...Read More »
13 of 37 | Posted by: Marlene Weir - Osterville, MA

“Though we didn't know each other long, our conversations touched me so much & you made me feel like we had been friends forever. You truly were a...Read More »
14 of 37 | Posted by: Helen Shone - Boston, MA - Friend

“My heart is breaking for all of you. A beautiful young woman gone too soon. May the light she gave in life continue to light your way and remain in...Read More »
15 of 37 | Posted by: Mary Ward - Clermont, FL

“Dear Alanna: although we never met, I loved being looked after by you when you were at Space NK. Your bubbly character and enthusiasm were always...Read More »
16 of 37 | Posted by: madeleine morel - NY

“I will always remember our amazing sharing of thoughts and feelings that we shared. I am having trouble imagining a world without Alanna in it. May...Read More »
17 of 37 | Posted by: Debbie Mcdowell - Waltham, MA

“Life isn't fair. But it sounds like her short time here on earth was blessed with many friends and a great family, and she touched all of them in a...Read More »
18 of 37 | Posted by: Christopher Crooks - DC

“Our deepest and heart felt sympathizes our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
19 of 37 | Posted by: Theresa and Tom Carman - Wantagh, NY

“My life was enriched by Alanna. To her family I offer sincere condolences ”
20 of 37 | Posted by: Cathleen Donovan

“Gary, Anne, and Mathew,I feel as though a light has gone out of my life. As a parent I feel your grief and I only wish I could lighten your burden. I...Read More »
21 of 37 | Posted by: Bob Fichtel - Family Friend

“Dear Anne, Gary and Matthew, Our deepest sympathy and condolences to all of your family. Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you at this time....Read More »
22 of 37 | Posted by: Amy Nilson - Wantagh, NY

“The loss of a child is hard on everyone. do things in memory of her and you will fell her around you always. prayers for you two always. ”
23 of 37 | Posted by: Kathleen Foley Connelly - NY

“Anne, Gary, Matthew Woonteiler, Sharkey Family and Friends,I find it hard to put into words my sadness upon hearing of Alanna's passing. A beautiful...Read More »
24 of 37 | Posted by: Mary Ward - Clermont, FL - Family

Awesome time with her!
25 of 37 | Posted by: Hendrigo and Julie Costa - Malden, MA

“Dearest Anne, Gary and Matthew,We are so sorry for your loss. Alanna was a beautiful young woman with a bright light and spirit who was taken much...Read More »
26 of 37 | Posted by: Cara and Gus COLOVOS - FL

“My heart breaks for you and your family. There are no words that I can say that will diminish your pain thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
27 of 37 | Posted by: Ellen Shapiro - Dedham, MA

“All of my sincerest condolences to the Woonteiler family. I can't imagine the loss you are feeling. Alanna and I were at Rollins together and she was...Read More »
28 of 37 | Posted by: Erin Muroski - North Hollywood, CA

“Sending our love, prayers and heartfelt condolences to Anne, Gary and Matthew. We are grieving with you on your loss. Alanna will be forever in our...Read More »
29 of 37 | Posted by: Jovinia Sharkey

“I'll never forget the feisty little girl who took over the stage in the Williams School production of the Pirates of Penzance. My heart goes out to...Read More »
30 of 37 | Posted by: Wanda Bender - Auburndale, MA

“Alanna and I were in theatre together at Rollins, and I had the honor of performing with her (as her on-stage mom) in Babes in Arms. She lit up the...Read More »
31 of 37 | Posted by: Kendra Corrie - Nashville, TN

“I only knew Alanna from the store (Space NK in Chestnut Hill), but she had a great knack for making everyone feel welcome and if her customers were...Read More »
32 of 37 | Posted by: Barbara Salter - Cambridge, MA

33 of 37 | Posted by: Louise Schwartz - New York, NY

“Anne, Gary, Matthew, Donna and all family,I have been sending best wishes, positive vibes and love since the day Donna told me of Alanna's diagnosis....Read More »
34 of 37 | Posted by: Caryl Vaz Salesi - Lindenhurst, NY

“To you Alanna, my girlfriend .... Poise, grace, humor and intellect. The determination and leadership you displayed at " FALLS DOLLS". Was only the...Read More »
35 of 37 | Posted by: Mary Jo Barrett - Newton, MA

“You will forever be my sister. You were my host sister! My friend! We played together! I spent many nights at your house! Ate with family! Peed in...Read More »
36 of 37 | Posted by: Richelle Smith - Roxbury, MA

“ little sweetheart. I'm so saddened by your passing. However, no more pain, just peace and harmony my dear. My deepest condolences...Read More »
37 of 37 | Posted by: Eleanor Partee - West Peabody, MA

"Though she be little she is fierce." This quote from Shakespeare became Alanna Woonteiler's mantra throughout her battle with breast cancer.

Alanna was a great life force who has been described as "the brightest light." She personified and shared all that is beautiful. Passionate about the arts, she had a great gift for music and drama and pursued a theatrical career in Boston and New York City, entertaining people with her beautiful voice and comedic style; she starred in many productions and earned awards, including a prestigious Irne nomination, for her talent. Later, she applied the magic of cosmetics to make others more beautiful, serving as manager at Space NK Apothecary in Chestnut Hill and in two cosmetic consulting practices.

On October 14, 2016, life on earth became dimmer, and the sky became brighter as Alanna died at home in Hingham with her family by her side after being taken too soon by this horrible disease. Feisty and fabulous till the end, she was 34.

Born August 28, 1982 in Boston, Alanna was the daughter of Gary and Anne (Sharkey) Woonteiler. Raised and educated in Boston, she graduated from Newton North High School in 1999 and then earned her Bachelor's degree as a theater major at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.

Alanna survived her deceased grandparents, Laurence Sharkey, Arnold and Rhoda (Levin) Woonteiler, and great grandparents Regina, George, Daisy, and Hugh.

Alanna's love lives on in the hearts of her parents, Anne and Gary of Hingham; her brother Matthew Woonteiler of Waltham; her grandmother, Bernadette (McDermott) Sharkey of Mineola, NY; many aunts, uncles, cousins, and countless friends.

Family and friends will honor and remember Alanna by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Tuesday, October 18th from 4 to 8 p.m. Her funeral service will be celebrated in Wilson Chapel, 234 Herrick Avenue, Newton on Wednesday at 3 p.m. Private burial at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to the Ellie Fund, 475 Hillside Ave, Needham, MA 02494 (, which helps breast cancer patients during treatment.