Services scheduled for Ana Grace Marquez-Greene

DANBURY, CONN. — A funeral service for Ana Grace Márquez-Greene, 6, one of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, will be held on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, in Bloomfield, Conn.

A Homegoing Celebration will begin at noon at The First Cathedral, 1151 Blue Hills Ave., Bloomfield, Conn. The visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon prior to the service at the church. Burial will be private.

Carmon Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.carmonfuneralhome.com.

Ana’s parents, Jimmy Greene and Nelba Márquez-Greene, have asked that donations in her memory be made to one’s choice of three funds:

• The Ana Grace Márquez-Greene Family Therapy Fund, care of the Outpatient Clinic/Family Therapy Institute, Klingberg Family Centers, 370 Linwood St., New Britain, CT 06052

• The Artist’s Collective, 1200 Albany Ave., Hartford, CT 06112

• The Ana Grace Márquez-Greene Music Scholarship Fund, care of Western Connecticut State University, Office of Institutional Advancement, 181 White St., Danbury, CT 06810 or http://www.wcsu.edu/ia/greene-scholarship.asp

In addition, friends have set up a fund to support the Marquez-Greene family at www.anagracefund.com.

Ana is survived by her father, Jimmy Greene, a jazz saxophonist and an assistant professor of music at Western Connecticut State University; her mother, Nelba Márquez-Greene, program coordinator for the Family Therapy Institute at Klingberg Family Centers and Central Connecticut State University adjunct faculty; and her brother Isaiah, a happy, intelligent and musical boy who loves hockey and very much misses his sister. She will be missed dearly by her grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and scores of friends.

Her parents said Ana’s love for singing was evident before she was even able to talk. In a musical family, her gift for melody, pitch and rhythm stood out remarkably. And she never walked anywhere — her mode of transportation was dance. She danced from room to room and place to place. She danced to all the music she heard, whether in the air or in her head. Ana loved her God, loved to read the Bible and loved to sing and dance as acts of worship. “We ask that you pray for the legions of people who are left behind to cherish memories of her.”

Nelba Márquez-Greene said she hopes the tragedy of the school shooting will bring a greater awareness to mental health issues and to reduce the stigma attached to those with mental illness, perhaps preventing tragedies like the one that took Ana’s life. Information on how those with mental illness can get help can be found at www.aamft.org.

Cards for the Márquez-Greene family may be sent to WCSU, Department of Music, 181 White St., Danbury, CT 06810 or to Klingberg Family Centers at 370 Linwood St., New Britain, CT 06052.

The family is not granting interviews at this time. Requests for information from U.S. and all Spanish-language media may be made to Paul Steinmetz at steinmetzp@wcsu.edu or (203) 837-9805. Media in Canada may email rememberinganacanada@gmail.com.

 

 

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