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Ainsleigh Kaye Motta Rabuffo, 17

April 18, 2021

Ainsleigh Kaye Motta Rabuffo, 17, of Lancaster, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, April 18, 2021, at Hershey Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of Fernando Motta and Tara Rabuffo. Ainsleigh was a junior at Lampeter-Strasburg High School.

To say she was witty and quirky would be an understatement. She marched to the beat of her own drum and had an unapologetic “take me as I am” sense of humor. She was not a follower and always lead with the example of kindness. She was the kind of friend who went out of her way to make someone’s bad day better. When she was 4 years old, she started blossoming her generous spirit by donating her hair to children with cancer. This became a bi-yearly tradition for Ainsleigh.

Ainsleigh was a phenomenal student. While carrying a full course load, including AP classes, she played soccer, participated in cross-country and track, and was on the National Honor Society. Her dream was to go to college to be a Biology professor. When she wasn’t involved in school, sports, or extracurricular activities, she kept herself busy with her art. She was incredibly talented. Drawing, doodling, sketching, and painting were a few of her specialties. She loved to express herself through her art and gift her pieces to her friends and family.

She will be sorely missed by her parents Fernando and Tara, younger brother Liamh Motta Rabuffo, paternal grandmother, Ana Vanessa Cobian of Fort Worth, TX, maternal grandparents: Bruce and Susan Rabuffo of Hingham, MA, godparents: Javier and Amy Motta of McKinney, TX, aunts and uncles: Ana Kelly, wife of Kieran of South Lake, TX, Kathleen “Kate” Henson, wife of Ron of Boston, MA, and Michael Rabuffo, husband of Jennifer of Norwell, MA, family friends, affectionately named “auntie & uncle”, Jessica and Scott Tipping of Strasburg, PA, as well numerous cousins, and her cat (“her person”), Oona, as well as her dogs, Gator and Linus. Her spirit will live on through her countless friends and beautiful pieces of artwork. She was preceded in passing by her paternal grandfather, Fernando Motta Sr.

A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2021, at the Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz PA at 6 PM. A time of sharing will follow the service. Friends and family are invited to attend a visitation from 3 PM until the time of the service. The Motta family requests those who wish to express sympathy in lieu of flowers to consider making a donation in Ainsleigh’s name to Lancaster County Art Association 149 Precision Avenue Strasburg, PA.

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August 02, 2021

To the Motta family, 
I knew Ainsleigh for a few years, I was an online friend. She called me for advice and we drew together, had so many inside jokes. I promised her a gift for her 17th birthday but I never got the chance to send it to her. She was quirky and so so so kind. I pray for you all and the Motta family. This loss is not easy and I wish the best for all of you. Thank you for blessing us with her. She’s such a blessing. I miss her. 
Kenley

May 24, 2021

Dear Fernando, Tara and Liamh,
words cannot express the sadness that I feel on the passing of Ainsleigh. Even though I never met her, I can tell that she was a remarkable young woman. You all have been in my thoughts over the past few weeks. Take care.
 
Rodney Belgrave

April 27, 2021

Queridos Tara y Fernan, sentimos muchísimo la inesperada pérdida de tu querida hija. Solo Dios nos da la fortaleza para poder entender momentos tan difíciles. Los tendremos en nuestra oraciones. Un abrazo fuerte, Tata y Ángel De la Rosa 

April 27, 2021

Fernan, even though we haven’t seen each other in a very long time, your family has always held a special place in our heart. I am very saddened to hear of the passing of your daughter. Our prayers and our hearts are with you, Tara, Liamh and the rest of your family. Much love to you all from Puerto Rico. Nani de la Rosa and family. 

April 27, 2021

Tara, Fernando and Liamh,Our deepest condolences from the Frankenberry family. We are all heartbroken and are praying for you and Ainsleigh. Regretfully, we never got to meet her but she sounds like she was the most amazing Ray of light.  Treasure her memories. Many hugs and prayers.
Rebecca Frankenberry and family
 

April 26, 2021

My heart breaks for you and I can only pray that God helps you find peace at some point in this devastating loss.  So very sorry for what you are all going through.  Denise (Ross) Firlik ’97

April 25, 2021

Tara, Fernando, and Liam,  Our heartfelt prayers. May you find additional peace and understanding with each passing day. Hugs from the Zieglers – Paula, Ted, Jeb n Rus.

April 25, 2021

Tara, Fernando and LiamhAlthough she’s gone I found this poem to help remember herIf you need to cry,Cry for your brotherWalking the street beside you.And when you need me,Put your armsAround anyoneAnd give themWhat you need to give to me.I want to leave you something,Something betterThan wordsOr sounds.Look for meIn the people I’ve knownOr loved,And if you cannot give me away,At least let me live on in your eyesAnd not your mind.You can love me mostBy lettingHands touch hands,And by letting goOf childrenThat need to be free.Love doesn’t die,People do.So, when all that’s left of meIs love,Give me away.All our Love and prayersGreg and Ruthann Rabuffo

April 25, 2021

Dear Tara, Fernando, & Liamh-
My heart aches for you, I am so sorry for your loss.  Her memorial was beautiful.  I feel like I got to know Ainsleigh through all those amazing stories of her passion, enthusiasm, and kindness.  She touched so many in her short life.  Her memories will last forever in so many.  My deepest sympathies for you.
Ali

April 24, 2021

Words cannot begin to express how tragic this time is. My heart goes to the three of you and all the other lives she has changed. May God comfort your hearts in this time of despair and hurt. 

April 24, 2021

I’ve known Ainsleigh for at least maybe 3 or 4 years and I will never forget how sensitive, kind, selfless, and funny she was. She was someone that I would go to for advice, for a hug, or for even a laugh. She just always knew how to go forward in the world and to take others with her, so she could share her knowledge with those she loved. When I was sad, she was more than happy to listen to me and to comfort me when she could. We could make the funniest jokes and some wouldn’t understand but what mattered was that we understood and it made our days. She was so creative, she could make the most wonderful and unique characters out of random things like eggs or grapes, and I adored how amazingly creative they were, so did so many others who were able to be blessed by her artwork. She was always working hard and every single time she spoke to me, I could just see how fun she was and how strong she was. She always knew how to make friends and how to give to others. She always did her best to involve others and make sure people were included and didn’t feel sad.
She was a friend, an inspiration, a creative mind, and my goodness was she an artist. Her skill was amazing and I am so happy that people were able to recognize it. I am certainly honored. She did a lot for others…and I’m sure no one will ever forget them. She has so many people that love her and she is certainly never going to be forgotten. She was certainly someone special <3 
I miss her so much and I’m honestly tearing up just by typing this. I hope she’s happy and free where she is now. 
I’m sending so much love to her family and friends, she was truly a blessing and a gift to this world. ❤️ Thank you for the wonderful person you allowed me to get to know. She is amazing. 
❤️

April 24, 2021

We are so sorry. No words will express our feelings .Leslie Card Morgan

April 24, 2021

I was one of Ainsliegh’s online friends. She was so funny – she always made everyone laugh. We’d play stupid games on calls all the time. She had such a strong personality and presence in my life, and I know that was amplified tenfold for you, her family. I’m so sorry for your loss. 💜
Brendon Wear

April 24, 2021

Dear Tara and Fernando and Liamh, I am so incredibly sorry to hear of your loss. Our deepest sympathies go out to you in this difficult time. You are in our thoughts. Patrick and Yvonne

April 24, 2021

Dear Tara, Fernando, Liamh and family, we are so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful and so loved daughter and sister. Our prayers are with you, as you move forward in an unimaginable way. Our hearts are with you. With condolences and love, Pat and Jon Erickson and family.

April 24, 2021

Words cannot express my deepest condolences. Ainsleigh will always be cherished in your hearts. My thoughts and prayers are with you. With love, Martha 

April 24, 2021

I’ve known Ainsleigh for a couple years now, and we’ve grown closer as time has gone on. I cherish every single joke we’ve shared, every minute spent just having good fun just talking or playing games together. My heart goes out to her entire family, she will be deeply missed. Much love from myself to her friends and family.

April 24, 2021

My daughter, Sydney, has been online friends with Ainsleigh for several years. They shared a love of art and creating characters. Syd has always spoken fondly of “Oona” and I know they have helped each other through some rough times. Sydney has been devastated since she heard the news about Ainsleigh. We send our love and prayers to your family. She was a special person. May her legacy of spreading kindness, being herself, and reaching out to others live on. With love from Minnesota,
 

April 24, 2021

That beautiful spirit will transition to a beautiful angel to shine light and comfort upon her family and friends!! 
Tara, Fernando and Liamh…there are no other words to express for you…God bless Ainsleigh and each of you….Much love,
Aunt Noel, Uncle Lou, Ariana and Erik

April 24, 2021

There are times you can’t let your pain go away easily. There are times, you must be strong to suport your loved ones!. Just.. when it touches you very, very close..you wish many, many things.
It has taken me some time to have the energy to express our thoughts and feelings here. As we mentioned before..you are not alone Cyan, Walter, and I are here with open arms to support during this hard time…
 I keep in my memories the fun, cheerful, clever, compassionate, joyful, and artistic girl who filled our home with laughs in person, or through Facetime everyday, we will miss the rides in the car, talking about crafts, the “I love you Cyan’s mom”, and our mushroom pizza lover..same as Walter and I.
We miss you Ainsleigh and you always will be in our hearts!

April 24, 2021

Dear Motta Family,
Jeff Landis and I want to extend our deepest, most sincere condolences to your family. I have been teaching over 30 years because I love working with kids, but every teacher has a few that have captured their hearts in a profound way, and Ainsleigh is one of them.   I wanted to reach out and share with you how much I have enjoyed knowing and working with her since I first met her in 6th grade.  She was always, without exception, a combination of whimsical child and sensitive, mature adult. She was an unusual  combination of laser focused and scattered, that she pulled off perfectly.  She was someone I have always admired and looked up to because of that.  
 
It was so Ainsleigh for a single conversation to include how to draw unicorns and expressing sadness over a profound injustice. When I moved from the middle school to the high school and she entered 9th grade, she would often stop by and chat about something.  Her entrance was usually rushed and sometimes a bit disheveled, as she was hurrying to her next class.  She would burst in, put her books down for a minute and share a sweet greeting, concern, story, or check in to see if my good word had yet gotten her a Cape Henlopen high school helper position.
 
I’m sure you know she, Cyan and Sidney lobbied so hard for the very competitive job of Cape Henlopen helpers they filmed a first ever video resume.  It is unusual for Jeff to select 3 new freshmen for the job, but their enthusiasm and ingenuity won him over.   It is my opinion they were 3 of a small group of the very best helpers in the years I have worked with the trip.  Although they very much enjoyed the fun, they were clearly there to help.  They were first to volunteer for whatever needed done, always coming back to see if anyone needed more help, and they made it their job to assure the middle school campers were having a great time.  Ainsleigh was the kind of girl that would sit herself down beside those one or two campers that found themselves sitting alone at a meal and strike up a conversation with them.  Starting when she was a camper, and continuing as a helper, her campfire stories could get a group of 45 middle school kids to sit in complete silence, faces lit by the flame, waiting to hear how her stories ended.  Ask any middle school teacher; that does not happen often. 
 
She was sensitive, kind and loving to the core.  She was also confident and unapologetic speaking out regarding unfairness or injustice. 
 
My heart is broken with her passing.  I cannot begin to imagine your world and I am so very sorry for that.  I can remember when you, Dr. M, were tending to something with our horses in Conestoga when you had just found out you were expecting.  I can remember your excitement waiting to welcome her to your family.  I am so sad I will not be able to talk with her again and soak up that Ainsleigh energy.  I will miss her defining kindness and tenacity and love for all living things.  I will miss how she did not give a whit what anyone thought and would compliment a random passerby if something they were carrying or wearing or saying made her happy.  I am heartbroken the world won’t get to see what she had in store for us.  However, I am eternally grateful for having known her. I am a better person for having known her.  I will always carry her in my heart and will continue to do my best to live more like Ainsleigh.
 
Kim Kann

April 24, 2021

Dear Fernando, Tara and Liamh,
There are no words. Please accept our most sincere condolences and  God Grant you a peace that goes beyond human understanding in this trying time. Our prayers are with you.
Bob and Susan Kaffana

April 24, 2021

Our luv thoughts and prayers are with ya’ll and the entire family and friends. what a precious, smart and talented girl. she will forever be in your hearts. GOD BLESS

April 24, 2021

Dear Tara, Fernando, Liamh and extended family, We are all sharing in the loss of your cherished daughter and sister Ainsleigh. Today, especially, you are all in our prayers and on our hearts as you celebrate the gift of her life. May Ainsleigh have the fullness of joy in the arms of our loving Father God. May You all feel the presence of His Spirit. Sending our love…Bob and Pat Geipel

April 24, 2021

Our hearts go out to you and your family. We cannot imagine the terrible loss you are feeling. Ainsleigh was a beautiful loving young lady and will be missed. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Judeann , Eric and Caitlin Stipe

April 24, 2021

Heavy on our hearts to hear of this tragic news! Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers for strength and comfort!!🙏🏻 Will never forget our many years at Sunshine Corners together! Heaven got another Angel! Lori, Tony, Reagan, and Chase Mendez❤️

April 24, 2021

Dear Tara, Fernando and Liamh,
Whenever I see something beautiful and joyful, I’ll think of Ainsleigh and your family. Now she’s a bright star in the sky on a spring night.
Love,
Chris and Bill

April 24, 2021

There are no words. Tara, Fernando, and Liamh, I am so sorry. I wish you all the strength and support as you take this journey. It will be a marathon. Go easy on yourselves and each other. All my love.

April 24, 2021

Dear Tara, Fernando and Liamh…there are no words to express our deepest and most heartfelt sympathies to you all for the loss of your precious Ainsleigh…with our love and hugs to you all, Aunt Noel and Uncle Lou, Andrea and Erik

April 23, 2021

Dear Tara, Fernan and Liamh,
We are so very sorry to learn of the loss of your lovely Ainsleigh. We are holding your whole family up in prayer and love as you gather together these next few days and all the days to come. Wishing you peace as you share stories of her sweet life and in the way she touched so many hearts.
Love, Kathy and Bill Durst (Amy’s Mom and Pop)

April 23, 2021

To the Motta and Rabuffo families,My heart aches for you all that you should have to experience such a tragic loss. You can see that Ainsleigh lived a beautiful life filled with your love and kindness which she shared with others. May the kindness she shared with the world be returned to those who love her in this time of need. Thinking of you and sending all our hugs, love, and prayers your way <3 Lexi Rabuffo 

April 23, 2021

I directed Ainsleigh in the middle school musicals as well as taught her in 7th grade ELA. I could count on Ainsleigh to be involved in every discussion and to put her artistic creativity into everything she did. I fondly remember the song and poems she wrote for some of her reading workshop projects, even performing them in front of the class. Speaking of performing, Ainsleigh was a joy to direct in our middle school musicals. I particularly remember how excited she was to be the crocodile in Peter Pan! She had ideas for how to move across the stage, and I just let her roll with them (every pun intended)! I pray for comfort for all of her family and friends. I am so sorry that I will not be able to attend her celebration of life service Saturday.  Know I will certainly thinking of her at the time. Her light and life will be greatly missed. Peace to all. ~Mrs. D’Agostino 

April 23, 2021

Dear Motta family, 
 
I am incredibly sad to hear of Ainsleigh’s passing, and I canno’t imagine how hard it must be right now for you all. It’s unfair knowing someone so incredible and loving had to go so soon. Your family is in my prayers and Ainsleigh will be remain in my heart and mind for a very long time. I wish you all the best.
 
Love from Mihiri, one of Ainsleigh’s best friends.

April 23, 2021

Tara and Fernando, we are so sad and sorry for your loss of your beautiful Ainsleigh! No words or message can even come close to expressing how it feels to lose someone you love so dearly! We will hold you in our thoughts and prayers at this time, trusting in God’s promises of comfort for your sorrow, strength to face this journey, His peace to fill your hearts, although we may not understand, His love to hold you gently in the hollow of His hand.  Don and Ann Shellenberger 

April 23, 2021

I never actually got to meet her in real life, but she was my best friend. I’ve only been close to her for a year but I have never had such a friend before. She means everything to me and it hurts to know she’s gone. She made me laugh so bright. I got to know so many things about her. She really was someone you would not see anywhere else. So incredibly special. I wanted to see her this summer and I am saddened to not be able to now. I will hold the letters and stuffed animals she sent me close to my heart. She will always be loved by me and always remembered. I know she’s sending love our way. Thank you Motta parents for bringing her here, she saved me so many times. Giving blessings to you both and Liamh. I hope to keep in touch. 

April 23, 2021

My heart hurts for you. My son goes to school with Ainsleigh. He does not know your daughter, but he said his teacher, who does, is really shook up.
I know that there are no words that can even come close to describe the incredible pain you are experiencing. You have been and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

April 23, 2021

To the Motta Family:  Please know you are in my thoughts today and in the coming days.  Liamh – I am especially thinking of you and want you to know that all of us at your school care so very much about you.  
With sincere condolences,
Meg Lutz – Grade 5 School Counselor at Hans Herr Elem. School.  

April 23, 2021

Fernando, Tara and Liamh, I am so saddened at the loss of your beautiful Ainsleigh, more so than I can truly express in words. I am sending you love, and I will hold you and your family in my thoughts and in my heart. With Deepest Sympathy, Gabby Ravina

April 23, 2021

I was Ansleigh’s 8th grade E.L.A. teacher and also knew her from being involved with the school musicals.  Her performance as the crocodile in Peter Pan will never be forgotten!  She had a beautiful, kind spirit, and was so talented.  I remember her being very sweet and always offering a helping hand wherever needed.  My thoughts and prayers are with the family, and may God bless and comfort all of you during this difficult time.
Karen Revelt

April 23, 2021

Thinking of you both, Fernando & Tara. Can’t imagine what you are enduring and sending prayers and thoughts your way. You are in our hearts.Justine Lee

April 23, 2021

Tara, Fernando, and Liamh, Again, we have no words, but reading the kind words people have written just makes us see how special Ainsleigh truly was. We are so very sorry for your loss, and know we are here for you. Lisa and Amanda Miller
 

April 23, 2021

I am sad for you all beyond any words I am able to share. Ainsleigh will always be remembered here as a bright, outgoing, happy preschooler. I remember a time when she was coughing, I asked if she was okay and would she like a drink of water. Her reply, “Yes, I’m okay, I think I must have a hairball in my throat.” That gave us all a chuckle. It is times like this as well as others with Ainsleigh that we will always remember and hold in our heart. Please know we are thinking of you all during this time of loss. With warmest regards, Linda Younger

April 23, 2021

Tara and Fernando, although I haven’t seen you in years, please know that I’m thinking of you and sending love during this sad time for your family. I’ve never met your beautiful daughter, but I can see Tara’s radiant smile in her face. 
Leslie Isroe

April 23, 2021

We are so so saddened to hear of sweet Ainsleighs passing. We remember her playing so well with all of our little ones, organizing games and Luke and Maddie distinctly recall “fox and bunnies “. She was always the fox🦊  ☺. You are so blessed to have raised an amazing young lady who truly made a difference and left an indelible mark in the world.  We are praying and grieving with you. 
Love the Slussers

April 22, 2021

Dear Motta Family,
The joy Ainsleigh brought into our lives was immeasurable.  Her presence was truly a gift to all who knew her. She will be greatly missed, and never forgotten.  Thinking of all of you.
Jackie St. John

April 22, 2021

I am so incredibly sorrowful for your unexpected loss. Ainsleigh seemed to be a wonderful girl with so many talents! Know you are in our prayers and sending you love. 
Nick and Sara Kozole (Román-Quiñones)

April 22, 2021

Fernan, Tara and Liam,  We have been praying for you! My daughter Lindsey just loved Ainsleigh! I know they were good friends and would often sit at lunch together.  Lindsey said it was Ainsleigh that would give her comforting hugs when she felt low. We remember the girls trick or treating either in our neighborhood or yours every Halloween. I’m so very sorry for your great loss. We are grieving with you and will continue to pray for you!
Beth Steele

April 22, 2021

My heart goes out to the both of you there are no words my god bless and comfort your family karen kunes

April 22, 2021

Tara, Fernando, Liamh, Mr. and Mrs. Rabuffo, Kate, Mike and all family and friends,
I do not have words , nor are there words to describe my heartache for you all. Reading about Ainsleigh makes me smile and reminds me so much of you , Tara and Fernando. Please know you have all been in my constant thoughts and prayers.  I am sooooo sorry I can not be there with you all during this most difficult time but please know there is not a second that goes by that I am not thinking and praying for you all. You are all loved so very much. 
Laura (Sieban) Pernesiglio

April 22, 2021

Our thought and prayers are with you all as you honor your beautiful Ainsleigh’s life. A life that will never be forgotten.
with love,
Mark and Mary Rabuffo

April 22, 2021

Fernando, Tara y Liamh: estamos muy apenados por la pérdida de Ainsleigh! No hay nada en esta vida que no podamos superar si tenemos FE de que algún día nos volveremos a encontrar!  Dios se nos la llevó muy joven y ahora hay que ver cómo honoramos su partida! Que Dios la tenga en su Gloria y sea un angelito que nos cuide desde el cielo!   Un abrazo grande,   Jaime y Miriam 
 

April 22, 2021

Dear Fernan, Tara & Liam,
Our hearts break for you in this difficult time. We hope that the love and joy that Ainsleigh brought to you in her too-short life will carry you though, now and always. Prayers for strength for you and the entire family. 
All our love,
Danny and Angie Moure

April 22, 2021

Dear Ones,
You all have been uppermost in my thoughts and prayers since Sunday.  I wish I could be with you now to comfort and love you.    With love, Aunt Judy

April 22, 2021

Fernando, Tara, and Liamh,
The joy, happiness, kindness, and energy that Ainsleigh brought to those around her and the neighborhood will surely be missed, but never forgotten.  My most heartfelt sympathies, thoughts, and prayers are with you.  Heaven will be her canvas for every season for all those around us to see.
Sincerely, Janet and Kaylyn Henry-Isaac

April 22, 2021

Tara and Fernando
there are no words that can speak to this terrible loss of your beautiful daughter. My heart is broken over this. May you both find the strength to get through this. She is an angel watching over you both and her brother. You are in my thoughts
Donna Hubbard ( Jens mother)

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