Olivia Rose Engel
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Olivia Rose Engel

Olivia Rose Engel, 6, left Sandy Hook Elementary school and joined the angels in Heaven on December 14, 2012.
Born July 18, 2006 at Danbury Hospital to Shannon (Merlino) and Brian Engel, Olivia brought immediate joy to all those around her with her ever-present smile and adorably infectious giggle. Quickly growing from a happy, bouncing baby who clung tightly to her stuffed lamb into an enthusiastic, loving little girl who always wanted to do and see more, Olivia's zest for life began early. With help from her adoring parents, she quickly developed an affinity for all things fun. On any given afternoon, one could just as easily find Olivia twirling in a pink tutu in dance class, developing her swing on the tennis court, kicking the winning soccer goal, drawing, painting and gluing things in art class, or honing her inner songstress in her community musical theater class. The budding swimmer also loved to join her dad or grandpa on their boats, so she could explore the world from the water.
As Olivia continued to grow, she developed a love and affinity for math and reading, arts and crafts, and her parish. Participating in her church's CCD program and leading the family's Grace each evening were sources of great pride for Olivia, as was being a big sister. Ever patient, Olivia took joy in helping her three-year-old brother Brayden explore the world she'd grown to love. This smart, bubbly NY Yankee fan and Daisy Girl Scout would instantly light up a room with her humor, charm, and wit. She was a sweet and appreciative six-year-old with a lot to live for. Her physical loss will deeply be felt every day by those who loved her most, but her sparkly spirit will live on forever.
Olivia is survived by her parents Shannon and Brian, and brother Brayden, maternal uncle JR Merlino, grandmother Suanne Merlino, great grandmother Esther Galligan, paternal grandparents Christine and Richard Engel, as well as countless aunts, cousins, and close friends. Olivia has joined her maternal grandfather Jeffery Merlino in Heaven.
Olivia's wake is being held this Thursday, December 20, from 4 - 7 p.m. at Honan Funeral Home, 58 Main Street, Newtown, CT with her funeral Mass occurring Friday, December 21, at 1 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church at 46 Church Hill Road, Newtown, CT.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Olivia's honor can be directed to the Newtown Park and Bark.

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in The Hour on Dec. 19, 2012.
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December 18, 2020
Olivia, let your angelic light keep shining on our tortured world, which is in the clutches of this deadly corona virus!!!
Theresa Dziatko
Friend
December 17, 2020
Olivia and Family

As you walk with the Angels Olivia - May Your Rays Of Sunshine Surround Your Family & Send Them Your Warmth.

Thinking Of You

Heavenly Hugs
A Mom Of An Angel Cam
April 3, 2020
Keep watching over us in this terrible time,especially during this lenten season. It reminds us of the tragedy at your school, which took place during the Christmas Holiday season. We still remember!!!
Theresa Dziatko
April 2, 2020
My heart has dropped over the current COVID pandemic that's affecting the whole world. You would've been heartbroken by this...
Alex
February 19, 2020
Hey there...
Alex L.
February 2, 2020
Hi Olivia,
It still boggles my mind how you aren't here physically. The amount of grief your family endured after the tragedy comes to mind for me.
And you were a wonderful girl....
Alex
December 29, 2019
May God lovingly bless you!
Alex
December 15, 2019
It's hard to believe that 7 years have passed us by, but you are not forgotten. Merry Christmas here and in heaven. Keep looking down on us!!!
Theresa Dziatko
December 15, 2019
My family and I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year in heaven.You and so many others have not been forgotten you are always in are hearts,thoughts and prayers.
Sandra Alastor
December 14, 2019
Prayers & blessings....
Alex
June 27, 2019
Danielle Utica NY
Danielle Brucker
June 26, 2019
Your light is still shining on all of us on this earth. Keep giving us hope!!!
Theresa Dziatko
June 25, 2019
Your light shines on, little angel.
July 18, 2018
July 16, 2018
June 18, 2018
Dear Olivia, It's been 5 almost 6 years since you went to heaven and left the legacy of your smile at such a young age, I did not know you personally, but I see you as an inspiring friend someone I can look up to you did so much for your young age, which makes me want to do certain things like you did too while I'm still young. Stay Smiling Little Angel!
JoJo
June 17, 2018
April 18, 2018
March 13, 2018
February 7, 2018
Danielle
February 6, 2018
December 14, 2017
Dear Olivia, it is now 5 years that you have been an angel watching over all of us on earth. You are giving guidance to all the young angels in your Christmas play at church this year. Hope is being sent to this world at this most glorious time of year!!! God Bless Us Everyone!!!
Theresa Dziatko
December 5, 2017
November 7, 2017
August 19, 2017
July 18, 2017
happy birthday olivia,love you
June 20, 2017
SWEET ANGEL......PRAYERS
Valenda Newell
May 1, 2017
Olivia may you remain in gods loving arms forever.
Brian
April 14, 2017
Easter is fast approaching and I've been busy participating in St Andrew's Passion Play. Seeing many young children performing, reminded me how you might have been involved in such Easter events. Keep smiling down on us!!!
Theresa Dziatko
April 13, 2017
happy easter olivia,love you
jimmy
March 11, 2017
love jimmy
james
December 16, 2016
merry xmass
james havens
December 14, 2016
It was nice seeing photos of your classmates and teachers on tv today. We all remember you and the event at Sandy Hook School 4 years ago. Olivia you are looking over us and your smile beams out the Christmas message of hope and peace!!!
Theresa Dziatko
November 10, 2016
love you jimmy
james havens
October 15, 2016
love you olivia jimmy
james havens
September 12, 2016
olivia went to the play wizard of OZ,know you would have loved it ,was thinking of you ,love jimmy
jimmy havens
August 2, 2016
lolly pops for you olivia ,from my heart to yours ,love always jimmy
jimmy havens
July 18, 2016
Happy Birthay to a beautiful angel, Olivia. Another year has passed and you are remembered by all. Your legacy is seen in your elementary school yearbook, the playground erected in your honor, and the many other rememberances. God is watching over you and the whole world!!!
Theresa Dziatko
July 17, 2016
happy birthday to olivia ,love you jimmy
jimmy havens
June 12, 2016
Erin
June 11, 2016
It was nice to hear that many of your classmates and all the adults are being remembered in your elementary school yearbook. How time flies! You would have been in that graduating first grade class!!! We'll always remember you.
Theresa Dziatko
June 6, 2016
you are always on my mind ,love jimmy
jimmy
May 11, 2016
love you jimmy
jimmy
April 14, 2016
Easter Blessings Olivia .. give my love to all the children and teachers.
Danielle
April 14, 2016
Danielle
April 13, 2016
love jimmy
jimmy
March 23, 2016
happy easter
happy easter olivia ,a easter bonnet for you ,love jimmy
jimmy
February 13, 2016
My little girl Olivia Engel in their hearts will all way's be my words to share theose moments with the one we lost my heart will cry to you Olivia your heart will be my light to heaven someday.
John Cheeks
February 9, 2016
miss olivia happy valentines day to you ,love jimmy
jimmy
February 6, 2016
We will miss you little angle upon of us
Nevaeh Baldwin
January 14, 2016
always thinking of you olivia,love jimmy
jimmy
December 17, 2015
wishing olivia and her family a merry xmas, love jimmy
jimmy
December 16, 2015
Danielle
December 14, 2015
3 years have gone by and your beautiful face and soul are still in our thoughts. Your angelic being has joined with all the other angels to watch over us,guide us and pray for us and the whole world. We will always remember you!!!
Theresa Dziatko
December 14, 2015
On this Anniversay, your beautiful life is remembered. I know you are dancing with the Angels today.
Susan VanderWyden
December 13, 2015
bella
November 19, 2015
I know it's a little early but Happy Thanksgiving Olivia Rose.
sandra alastor
November 18, 2015
love you jimmy
jimmy
October 15, 2015
candy for olivia
olivia engel with the sweet smile wishing you a happy halloween love you jimmy
jimmy
September 4, 2015
thinking of you today miss olivia, love you jimmy
jimmy
August 5, 2015
a candle for olivia rose engel
jimmy
July 29, 2015
I'm so sorry for the loss of your beautiful child. Keeping your family in prayer.
Natalie
July 18, 2015
Once again you're having another birthday in heaven. Your angelic spirit watches over your family, friends and the whole world. May that essence continually spread hope, peace, and joy!!!
Theresa Dziatko
July 17, 2015
Happy Birthday sweet Olivia!
Brenna
July 17, 2015
happy birthday to the sweet little girl with the great big beautiful smile,olivia rose engel,love you always jimmy
jimmy
June 17, 2015
olivia wishing your dad a happy fathers day ,love you jimmy
jimmy
May 13, 2015
for olivia ,love you jimmy
jimmy
April 1, 2015
happy easter
olivia engel,happy easter,be thinking of you ,love jimmy,ps love your smile
February 10, 2015
olivia i wish you a happy valentines day ,love you jimmy
jimmy
January 15, 2015
I was so glad to hear that you have a new baby sister, Evelyn Rose. May this bond be an eternal connection between our earthly and heavenly realms. You will be able to guide her, and she will be a great comfort to you along with your brother, parents, grandparents and friends. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!
Theresa Dziatko
January 14, 2015
hey olivia , thinking of you on this winter day,i will always love your smile, jimmy
jimmy
December 17, 2014
I want to join others in expressing my sincere sympathy for your loss. Olivia was a beautiful, young girl. Two years has passed and even today, I'm pretty sure we all can still learning from her innocent curiosities. May our Heavenly Father continue strengthening the family and dear friends...for His eyes are upon those who are right at heart.
December 16, 2014
Please know many still remember you and your lovely little girl. As you continue to heal my your memory and the words of Psalm 147:3 "He heals the brokenhearted. Be a source of comfort.
Henderson
December 15, 2014
Two years have passed, Olivia. Your smile lives on in those who love you.
December 15, 2014
It has been two years since you and all the other little angles were taken.There isn't a day that goes by that i think what if.I just want to say have a Merry Christmas and all the other angles to.
sandra alastor
December 15, 2014
Ana was a cute, little girl. Two years has passed, but her innocence still remains among those who loved her, as well as to cherish every memory of her. My thoughts are still with Ana's family. May our loving God continue giving you all comfort and endurance to cope with your loss, and (John 5:29) be assured that our Lord will keep her memory close to him.
December 14, 2014
Rest in peace. God Bless your loved ones and help them through these difficult times.
Margaret
December 13, 2014
It has been 2 years that you have been looking down us from heaven May all worldly and heavenly prayers join together to end senseless violence and bring peace on earth, especially during this blessed season!
Theresa Dziatko
December 13, 2014
R.I.P. Olivia, and may God bless your family.
Carole Ann Davis
December 13, 2014
Thoughts and prayers of healing for Olivia's family and friends - RIP
Karen D
December 12, 2014
Rest in Peace
Scott Chamberland
December 10, 2014
olivia engel, two years this sunday ,two years of tears ,always love your smile jimmy
jimmy
November 24, 2014
Thinking of you and your family today little Angel.
Karen
November 23, 2014
R.I.P. Olivia, and may God bless your family.
Carole Ann Davis
November 22, 2014
It was nice to hear that all 26 of you are being honored separately each day until Dec. 14. I will be thinking of you during this holiday season.
Theresa Dziatko
November 19, 2014
be thinking of you olivia On thanksgiving, love jimmy
jimmy
October 15, 2014
love you jimmy
jimmy
September 11, 2014
love you jimmy
jimmy
August 14, 2014
thinking of you olivia, love and miss you ,jimmy
jimmy
July 23, 2014
R.I.P. Olivia, and may God bless your family.
Carole Ann Davis
July 19, 2014
Happy Birthday to you!! Happy Birthday to you!! Singing joyfully !! our blessed mother is putting her protective arms around you!!
Theresa Dziatko
July 18, 2014
HAPPY BIRTHDAY OLIVIA ROSE, I THINK OF YOU ALL THE TIME
Derek
July 18, 2014
Danielle
July 18, 2014
olivia rose engel, the sweet girl with the great smile, i wish you a happy birthday .you are my beautiful sunshine, we all love and miss you ,jimmy
jimmy
July 17, 2014
Happy Heavenly Birthday, sweet angel. RIP
Amy
July 15, 2014
Wishing you a happy birthday on Friday sweet angel!
Brenna
July 2, 2014
Praying for your family,
Susan
July 1, 2014
R.I.P. Olivia, and may God bless your family.
Carole Ann Davis
April 19, 2014
Happy Easter Olivia as you celebrate in Heaven. May God bless your family at Easter time.
Carole Ann Davis
April 18, 2014
happy easter olivia
love your smile jimmy
jimmy
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