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Funeral Details


Funeral Details

Dana Elyse Malter Gaughan


Interment - Private

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Due to COVID-19, shiva will be restricted to immediate family.

Memorial Contributions

Illini Chabad
509 South Fourth Street
Champaign, Illinois 61820
Synagogue Ahava Ve Ahva (Synagogue in Tahiti)
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
P.O. Box 91891
Washington DC, 20090-1891


Dana Elyse Malter Gaughan, 32

Wife and best friend of Timmy Gaughan. Precious daughter of Amy and Mark Malter. Loving sister of Danny (Natalie Floersch) Malter and Drew (Julie Radler) Malter. Cherished granddaughter of Renee and Michael Malter, Jayne and the late Marvin Katz. Adored niece of Abbie (Mario) Cirignani, David Malter and Tammy (the late Darryl) Pollack. Cousins of Elliott, Hannah, Jennifer, Frankie, Matthew, Olivia, and Garrett. Daughter-in-law of John and Nancy Gaughan. Sister-in-law of Erin (Adam) Nixon, Patrick (Melissa) Gaughan, Aunt of James and Lucas Nixon. Sister of Erica, Anna, Stephanie, Sabrina, Sarah, Chelsea and Sloane. Dana left a bigger mark on so many of us in her 32 years than most could leave in 100. She was living her fairytale dream life in Southern California, she travelled the world, she was a snowboarder, a surfer, a Phish Phan, a beach bum, an outdoor adventurer, a spinal surgery device sales rep, a gymnast, a dancer, a giver, an amazing and thoughtful wife, sister, daughter and friend. She was such a good and beautiful person inside and out. She turned every dull moment into a party, she put her entire life into everything she did, she treated every person with so much love, and she lived her life always knowing what's truly important. Living like Dana means living life to the fullest. To keep everyone safe and healthy, the chapel service and interment are private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Illini Chabad, 509 S. Fourth Street Champaign, IL 61820,, and/or Synagogue Ahava Ve Ahva (Synagogue in Tahiti), and/or National Multiple Sclerosis Society, P.O. Box 91891, Washington DC, 20090-1891, Due to COVID-19, shiva will be restricted to immediate family. To attend the funeral live stream, please visit our website. Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals - Buffalo Grove Chapel, 847.229.8822,


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Alex Molinaro- Krantz

I don't really know where to begin. I just know that I will forever be blessed to have had Dana play such a significant role in my life. From countless train rides into the city to take dance classes at Hubbard Street, to hanging out at each other's houses every day after school, to hundreds of sleepovers, we truly grew up side by side.
There was no one as beautiful and vibrant as Dana. There was no soul as pure as Dana's. Her laugh and smile were contagious. She truly lit up a room. The room will definitely be a little darker without her here, but I know she'll forever be shining down on us all. I'm thinking of you Amy, Mark, Danny and Drew… you are all in my heart.


Marcia and Charlie Franklin

May her memory always guide and inspire your family. Our hearts are breaking for you and you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Zara and Fouad Bousetouane

"We were very devastated to hear about your loss Mark & Amy." Also, we were very shocked and it felt like it's just a dream. We know how precious your daughter Dana was to you and she meant the world to you guys. I know there is nothing we can say that will make your loss easier, but know that we are standing by you in your hardship, you guys are not alone, we are sending you our prayers, our love and lots of support. Our deepest sympathy, prayers, love and support for Dana. May the beautiful memories of Dana Gaughan & the love of your family surround you and give you tremendous strength in the days coming ahead. We will keep you .....Mark & Amy, your family and Dana in our prayers and truly wish the best for her. God Bless her.
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