Abigail Rollenhagen peacefully passed away on July 7, 2023, in New York City. She was a beloved resident of the city and is survived by her parents, Kristoph J. Rollenhagen of Randolph, NJ, and Elizabeth Griffin Rollenhagen of New Providence, NJ. Abigail is also mourned by numerous cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces, and her cherished grandfathers, Jack “Bop” Griffin of Chatham, NJ, and Frederick “Pops” Rollenhagen, Jr. of Orwell, VT. Abigail graduated from Oak Knoll School in Summit, NJ, in 2011. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from High Point University and pursued dual Master’s Degrees in Childhood and Special Education at New York University. At the time of her passing, Abigail worked as an academic administrator and teacher at Promise Academy at Harlem Children’s Zone.
Abigail Rollenhagen Obituary and Funeral Service
A wake in memory of Abigail will take place on Wednesday, July 12, from 4:00-8:00 PM at The Bradley Funeral Home in Chatham, NJ. A Mass will follow on Thursday, July 13, at 11:00 AM at Corpus Christi Catholic Church. As per Abigail’s wishes, the attire for the services should be in summer colors, avoiding black. Interment will be held privately. Contributions honoring Abigail’s life can be made to The Oak Knoll School in Summit, NJ, or Harlem Children’s Zone, attention: Jenn Klein, at 35 East 125th Street, New York, NY 10035.
What Happened to Abigail Rollenhagen?
Abigail fearlessly battled cancer for a year, often displaying remarkable humor even in the face of adversity. In her final months, she attended a performance of Phantom of the Opera with her father, Kris, and traveled to Amsterdam with her mother, Liz, to celebrate her 30th birthday. In June, she joyfully joined a family birthday outing and later attended a rooftop celebration in Brooklyn. Even in the week leading up to her passing, she eagerly anticipated spending time with friends. If it weren’t for the call of God on the morning of July 7, Abigail would have made it her priority to join her friends for a weekend in Montauk. As the heart and soul of her parents’ lives, Abigail leaves behind a legacy of grace, loyalty, and boundless love.
Who is Abigail Rollenhagen?
Born on April 27, 1993, in Summit, NJ, Abigail’s memory lives on in the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing her. She was cherished by her cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and countless friends. Abigail’s vibrant personality would light up any gathering. She brought energy, laughter, goodwill, and joy to every room she entered. She was known for her sense of humor and was always ready to tell a joke. When it came to singing a song or dancing, Abigail would eagerly take the lead. Family gatherings were not complete without her effervescence and infectious joy.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Abigail Rollenhagen, a cherished member of the Summit community in New Jersey. Her absence leaves an irreplaceable void in the hearts of all those who were fortunate enough to know her and experience her love.
Abigail’s radiant personality, quick wit, and genuine care for others made her a beloved figure within the community. Her embrace of diversity and active participation in local initiatives fostered deep connections with her neighbors. Through her boundless generosity and unwavering commitment to civic duty, she became a beacon of light, positively impacting countless lives. Her departure has brought profound sorrow and grief, emphasizing the profound impact she made in such a short time.
Abigail was an extraordinary presence in the lives of her family, friends, and neighbors, embodying the essence of a loving daughter, caring sister, and fiercely loyal friend. The cherished memories shared with her will forever hold a sacred place in their hearts. This obituary serves as a poignant reminder of the immense loss we now bear.
Although Abigail’s physical presence has left us, her legacy will endure, etched in the collective memory of our community. Her love, compassion, and zest for life will continue to inspire, serving as a lasting testament to the remarkable person she was. In this time of mourning, let us treasure the memories we shared with Abigail, celebrating her remarkable journey and the indelible impact she had on our lives.