Sina Schoening Ball

December 22, 2004 - February 23, 2021 

Sina Schoening Ball

December 22, 2004 - February 23, 2021 

Obituary for Sina Schoening Ball

Sina Schoening Ball passed away on Tuesday, February 23 at the age of 16. Sina was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on December 22, 2004. She died by suicide after struggling with depression. Sina was a sophomore at Cambridge Rindge & Latin School, and previously attended NuVu Studio and Putnam Avenue Upper School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Mayer Magnet School in Chicago, Illinois.

Sina possessed a brilliant mind coupled with a creativity and sincere compassion that made an indelible impression on so many. She enriched the lives of her classmates, friends, and teachers in large and small ways, with her kindness, empathy, and patience. Sina was a patient mentor, helping peers in school. She was an intern at NuVu’s summer camps for high school students in 2018 and 2019, and interned at Comcast developing software to help the elderly live independently. Sina’s passion for technology was imprinted on her projects and computer programs, created both at NuVu and independently, and brought aid, joy, and amazement to her friends, mentors, and her family. Her prolific art—paintings, sketches, and photography—reflected her intelligence, her gift for satire, and her signature wit.

Sina is survived by her loving parents Julie Schoening and Christopher Ball, grandmother JoAnn Ball, grandfather Roger Schoening, aunts and uncles Roger Schoening, Kathleen Landadio, Bryan Landadio, David Ball, and Katherine Milgram, and cousins Bryan Landadio, Jr. and Kevin Landadio. Sina was preceded in death by her grandmother Carol Schoening and her grandfather Dr. Richard Ball.

A private funeral will be held for Sina on Friday, March 5, 2021.

A memorial service for Sina will be held on Friday, March 5, 2021, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at NuVu Studio, located at 450 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge. During that time, all are welcome to visit either in person or remotely via Zoom ( For those visiting the memorial service in person, NuVu Studio is a large space capable of accommodating multiple visitors as they come and go, while maintaining social distance. Face masks are mandatory and social distancing guidelines should be followed. Any questions regarding the memorial service can be directed to Karen Sutton ( or (617) 800-3560). For those attending the memorial service via Zoom, please click the link above or use the information below.

Photos and messages may be shared with Sina’s family on the Keefe Funeral Home website ( Video messages may be shared via VidHug ( In lieu of flowers, donations in Sina’s name or memory may be made to Girls Who Code (through the Donate page at ( and/or to Riverside Community Care in support of the Trauma Center ( or 270 Bridge Street, Suite 301, Dedham, Massachusetts, 02026).

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