Neena Pacholke, a 27-year-old weekday anchor at WAOW in Wausau, died after committing suicide, her sister Kaitlynn Pacholke told

"And she could just make you feel like you were the most important person, whether she knew you for five minutes or her whole life. ... We would be out at coffee and someone would recognize her, and she would lighten them up the way she’s made me feel the last 27 years."

Pacholke, a former University of South Florida women’s basketball player, was engaged at the time of her death.

"The entire team here at News 9 are absolutely devastated by the loss as we know so many others are as well," it added. "Neena loved this community and the people who lived here. She was a kind person with a big heart and a contagious smile and we will miss her greatly."

On her personal website, Neena Pacholke wrote that her morning co-anchor and midday anchor job "has brought me completely out of my comfort zone and I have loved every second of it, including that 2 a.m. alarm clock!

"Getting to start thousands of people's days each weekday morning in central Wisconsin is a privilege and something I don't take lightly," she said.

"They rely on us for the breaking news happening in our area in addition to counting on my co-anchor and I to bring laughter into living rooms to start the day right!"

We are not positive because life is easy. We are positive because life can be hard,” Gordon wrote in the original tweet. “Give yourself (and others) grace. Speak life and encourage others. Look for the good today. Remember your WHY. Believe the best is yet to come.”

“She was a kind person with a big heart and a contagious smile and we will miss her greatly,” the station said.