At the memorial gathering today, Cindy Howard suggested three things that people might do to honor Robert, Ana-Maria, Sam, and Veronica. Here are the homework assignments. We invite you to share what you have done.
First assignment. There is someone in your life who you need to thank. Today, find that person and share your gratitude.
Second assignment. There is someone in your life who is new to the community, or is alone, or is in need of help. This week: reach out to that person.
Third assignment. There is a need in your community that you are uniquely suited to address. This month: do what you can to tackle that need.
A slide show of many of the shared photographs is now available here:
Thank you to the many friends who shared their photos.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations are directed to Palo Alto Partners in Education (www.papie.org), Friends of PreSchool Family (www.fopsf.org), or The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (www.svdpusa.org).
Palo Alto Partners in Education is the non-profit fundraising organization for the public schools in Palo Alto. Ana-Maria dedicated some of her volunteer efforts to raising money through this group. Through PAPiE, funds are available to schools and individual teachers for special projects, including many of the arts and drama programs that Ana-Maria and Robert supported.
Friends of PreSchool Family provides support for the parent education/parent-participation program that Ana-Maria and Robert participated in when their daughters were young. Funds from Friends of PreSchool Family support parent-teacher conferences, music enrichments, and teacher home visits.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul provides person-to-person support for those in need and helped Ana-Maria’s family when they arrived in the United States as refugees from Angola.
Warm weather is predicted for Sunday and the memorial will take place outside. Shade will be limited so for your comfort, consider wearing a hat or bringing a sunshade. Do not feel you have to wear black: dress so you will feel comfortable in the school playyard.
In addition to the online photo site, there will be space for you to leave photographs and other mementos for the family at the memorial gathering.
A religious service will be held on Friday July 29th, 2011 at 9:00am at:
Sacred Heart Church
1200 Lyons Avenue
Turlock, CA 95380
Please join the family for a reception honoring the memories and celebrating the lives of our beloved Ana-Maria, Robert, Samantha, and Veronica.
War Memorial Hall
247 E. Canal Drive
Turlock, CA 95380
All are invited to attend.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a contribution in their name may contribute to:
Palo Alto Partners in Education
(an organization that Ana-Maria raised money for)
Friends of PreSchool Family
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul
who had helped Ana-Maria’s family when they had arrived in the United States as refugees from Angola.