Veronika Elizabeth Weiss
Veronika Weiss was a wiz at many things, with playing water polo, doing complicated math and making people laugh near the top of the list.
Her UCSB sorority sisters said Veronika (a Tri-Delta member just like her mother and grandmother) was “a constant, energetic presence, always wearing Converse shoes and a positive attitude. She spent more time at the chapter house with us than anywhere else on campus. Her smile lit up every room and her enthusiasm for life motivated us to become better versions of ourselves. We could always count on her effortless humor and wit to brighten up our days.”
Born in Seattle, she loved overcast skies and cold weather, but easily became a quintessential California girl and tomboy equally at home on the beach or on a snowboard.
Veronika, daughter of Bob and Colleen Weiss, and sister of Cooper and Jackson, lived in Thousand Oaks, California, and graduated from Westlake High School in 2013 with a 4.3 grade-point average. She was All Marmonte on her water polo team (No. 11), and participated in three other sports: cross country, softball and swimming. Prior to starting high school, she was the only girl playing baseball in a league of 500 boys. Veronika’s favorite color was purple, known by all.
She admired actor Channing Tatum, and loved to listen to “Beats” by Dr. Dre. She was outgoing, well-liked and a strong leader, often standing up for those who were bullied or social outcasts.
“She would do anything for anybody,” her parents said. “She always organized friends getting together, and her answer to doing something — anything — was always, ‘Yes!’”
Her sense of adventure was unstoppable.
Veronika’s mantra, her parents said, was, “Experience as much as you can. If you make a commitment to do something, do it 100 percent. If it doesn’t work, select something else and do that 100 percent. Have fun and laugh like you mean it.”