Hundreds Farewell Falkholts While Actress Remains In Coma
The Falkholts, who died in a fiery Boxing Day car crash, have been remembered as an inseparable, radiant family at a funeral service in Sydney.
Hundreds of mourners poured into St Mary's Catholic Church in Concord on Wednesday morning to farewell parents Lars, Vivian and their daughter Annabelle who were killed on the NSW south coast.
The sole survivor of the crash, TV actor Jessica Falkholt, remains in a critical condition in a nearby hospital, unaware her family has died.
Annabelle, 21, and Jessica, 29, were pulled from the wreckage of the car, which then erupted into flames with the bodies of their parents still inside.
Annabelle was flown to Liverpool Hospital in a critical condition but died three days later.
Vivian's younger brother Paul Ponticello gave thanks to the members of the public who ran to the car and pulled Jessica and Annabelle out before it exploded.
"(It's) a day that will be difficult to erase from our memory," he told the service.
Vivian, who was born in Italy before migrating to Sydney, found the love of her life in Lars, who moved to Sydney after growing up in Sweden.
"Lars and Vivian were both immersed in the girls' lives and appeared to be inseparable," Mr Ponticello told the congregation.
In his emotional eulogy, Mr Ponticello told the service what a safe driver Lars was.
"The irony of this tragedy is that Lars was such a careful driver," he said.
He explained that whenever he would give directors to Lars, he would always add extra time to the drive to allow for the "Lars factor".
Annabelle, who loved the arts and had a passion for travel, was remembered as a kind and radiant person who loved life.
"(She is) someone who people were drawn to ... she loved to laugh and the sound of it is something many of us will carry for the rest of our lives," her close friend Brittany Macchetta told the service.
Family members carried the three caskets of the deceased trio down the aisles of the church filled to capacity.
A prayer was read in Swedish and was filmed to be shown at a separate service to be held in Sweden later on Wednesday for Lars' family and friends.