COUNTRYSIDE, Ill. (WDTN) – Funeral services for the University of Dayton student who died from complications of COVID-19 have been confirmed.
UD announced the death in a letter to university students, faculty and staff and held a vigil Friday.
Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at Hallowell & James Funeral Home, in Countryside, Illinois. A funeral mass will be held at St. Francis Xavier Church in LaGrange, Illinois at 11 a.m Friday, Oct. 30. In order to attend the Mass, you must register online. You can also watch a livestream of the service on the St. Francis Xavier Facebook page.
According to the funeral home’s website, the livestream will begin 10 to 15 minutes prior to the scheduled funeral start time at 11 a.m. Please use Chrome when streaming the funeral. Do not use Internet Explorer or Safari.
Due to current health regulations, a maximum of 50 people are allowed in the funeral home at any one time, masks and social distancing required at the funeral home and at church. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association.
The funeral home’s website said, “during the summers, Lang loved caddying at LaGrange Country Club. He enjoyed golf, fishing and all sports and was a good friend to all.”
Michael Lang, 18, a first-year student in the College of Arts and Sciences from LaGrange, Ill., died on Oct. 22 following a lengthy hospitalization. Lang left campus on Sept. 13 to return home for remote study.
A University of Dayton student who wanted to remain anonymous says Michael’s death shook campus.
“I knew Michael, I never knew him personally, it was so sad to have such a beautiful soul pass away suddenly. In terms of COVID… COVID is scary, it’s going around campus, we know some about the virus but not a whole lot so it’s just scary to be in the unknown and have something like this happen to someone i know. It can happen to any of us any day.”
Students told 2 NEWS that his death came as a shock to them and really opened their eyes to the reality of the pandemic in younger generations. Other students say they feel safe on campus due to the campus’s regulations but will seriously consider taking precautions more seriously than before.
“It was a very unfortunate thing that happened, obviously this can happen to anyone, I still believe we should continue with the protocols, enforce rules and wear your masks,” said Matt Anderson, a student at UD.