ACEVEDO-ANDERSON, Liza Every other Sunday morning, dozens of Petaluma residents were treated to the bright smile and infectious energy of Liza Acevedo-Anderson as she delivered Meals on Wheels to those in need. Liza was an indefatigable supporter of the program and a regular fixture in her children’s elementary schools, Wilson and later Bernard Eldredge. Liza died on January 22, 2002 at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital after a five-year battle with cancer. Her husband John was at her side. She was 39. Even when frail health prevented her from delivering Meals on Wheels, Liza made sure John and twin daughters, Helen and Virginia, 11, continued with the tradition. Liza was a giver, and she gave on every level, to the community, to the schools, to her friends. If someone was in need, Liza was there, said long-time friend Barbara Birsinger. Liza was born in Queens Village, NY, and always remained proud of her New York roots. She attended St. Francis Prep School and later studied Liberal Arts at World University in Puerto Rico. She moved to San Francisco in 1985, where she continued her studies at San Francisco State University and worked at various positions within the Levi Strauss Company. It was here she met her greatest friend and champion, John. The couple married in 1989 and moved to Petaluma in 1991. In addition to volunteering, Liza delighted in her garden, a small plot on the side of her east Petaluma home that quickly expanded to consume the entire yard. The garden yielded a seemingly endless supply of vegetables and flowers, dolled out generously to friends and neighbors. It got to the point where I couldn't make a pasta sauce without a bay leaf or tomatoes from Liza’s garden, said good friend Kathleen Adams. Liza did everything with passion. She was a lover of music, a master of Salsa dancing, fluent in Spanish, a former member of the Petaluma’s Women’s Chorus, a voracious reader, a member of a local book club, a connoisseur of wine, and a culinary artist, specializing in dishes from Puerto Rico. Liza did everything with gusto and sometimes she would break out in song, just because she could, said Ronnie Benjamin, a friend since childhood. But Liza’s greatest love of all was was her family. Liza was in love with every child, but her children and husband were her life, said Linda Morissey, another life-long friend. Liza was a Girl Scout leader and encouraged her daughters to study karate, swimming, soccer, piano, tennis and whatever else inspired them. She believed in their unlimited potential. Liza’s tremendous love of nature inspired her to regularly take long hikes with friends and family. On nature walks, she would amaze you with her ability to name every plant and every bird that flew by. said Benjamin. She had a reverence for every living thing and a love of life that shined. In addition to her immediate family, Liza is survived by parents Diana and James Santangelo of Fort Lee, New Jersey and Andres Acevedo of Camuy, Puerto Rico, brother Nick Santangelo of Douglaston, New York, mother-in-law Muriel Anderson, and legions of friends on both coasts. Friends and family are invited to a celebration of Liza’s life at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 26, 2002 at PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, Magnolia Ave. and Keokuk St., Petaluma. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice of Petaluma, 416 Payran St., Petaluma, CA 94952 or a cancer research fund.