to Maria's Family,
I wanted to express my deepest sympathy to you for the Maria's passing. I would occasionally send a message to Maria, as an old friend, and was met with a sad surprise yesterday. I hope that you are all healing from her loss.
I wanted you to know how much she impacted not only my life, but also the lives of my children (whom she never met).
Maria and I briefly dated from late 2004 to early 2005. She opened my eyes to so many wonderful experiences in that short time.
I am eternally grateful to have known Maria. She was a wonderful person, and a joy to be around. Even though we have not spoken in years, I still remember her and some of the "things" she would do or say.
I've read how others have commented regarding her music and style. Her cooking, and her taste. A couple of things that will ALWAYS remind me of Maria; a French press for making morning coffee, the music of Interpol and Bright Eyes and Cursive, Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections, homemade pizza with shrimp, broaches with purple, stories of vacationing in the south of France, Baroque music in local chapels, Old Jerusalem falafel. So, so much more.
You will be dearly missed, and thought of often.
Maria, It is seventeen months today that you left us and we miss you very much. You are in our daily thoughts and prayers. Love forever, Mom
Dear Jenny, Bob, and Devens Family,
My parents told me about Maria's illness, and were in awe of her strength and persistence. I have been out of touch with you since I moved out of the area, but Maria nevertheless left an indelible impression on me long ago, as a passionate, empathetic and intelligent young woman. I am so sorry for your loss. With love to you all, Jennifer Gabriel Weiler
I was so sad to hear of Maria's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends at this very difficult time. I know there will forever be a void at Family Medicine- UIC. She was a great person to know.
To Maria's Family,
We at Mount Assisi Academy extend our sympathy. We found out about Maria's death in the newspaper and had no idea how sick she was. We loved Marie at Mt.Assisi and will always remember her lively personality, her creativity, her intelligence, and her love of the color purple. We extend our love and prayers, Sr. Jude Marie and all the Sisters at Mount Assisi Acaemy.