THE MEMORIAL SQUARES PAGE 2

IN MEMORY OF JOHN THROWER, JR. - SEPTEMBER 23, 2020

IN MEMORY OF JOHN THROWER, JR. - SEPTEMBER 23, 2020

This Memorial Square comes to us from Beverly in Virginia in honor of her cousin, John Thrower, Jr. Beverly writes: I was forwarded the link and an article about your project from a co-worker who thought I would be particularly interested as my family lost a member in 2020. Many thanks to you, your mother, teacher and others for bringing life to the pandemic through your works. I would like to submit the attached photo of my cousin John Thrower, Jr. He was a transit driver here in Richmond, VA. John had a smile that was large and an infectious personality that matched it. On September 23, 2020, all of that would come to an end as he passed due to complications of COVID-19. His wife has not recovered from this tragic loss to this day. I feel like this Memorial Square would be an additional act toward some type of mental recovery for Tracey. We will honor and remember John on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF MARCO C. RODRIGUEZ - AUGUST 8, 1932 - DECEMBER 27, 2020

IN MEMORY OF MARCO C. RODRIGUEZ - AUGUST 8, 1932 - DECEMBER 27, 2020

This Memorial Square comes to us from Cecilia in California in honor and memory of her father, Marco C. Rodriguez. Cecilia writes: Marco C. Rodriguez sadly passed away from COVID-19 at the age of 88 years. Like so many families, he was taken away from us too soon. He was hospitalized on December 19, 2020 and died on December 27, 2020. We did not get to see him, nor speak to him because he was in the ICU section of the hospital. We did not get to say goodbye. He was buried on Monday, January 11, 2021, in a very small, closed casket, private ceremony. It is very, very difficult to believe that Dad is gone. He was a good man, an honest person, a hard working man, a religious man, who cared for and loved all his family members. He was "Papi" to nine children, six girls and three boys, he was "Tata" to eleven grandchildren, four girls and seven boys, and also to two great-grandchildren, two boys. He is survived by his wife, and his children, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all but for one of his daughters who sadly passed away from cancer in 2004, and his first grandson who passed away in 2014. Thank you for honoring the memory of so many, like our Dad, who by no fault of their own fell victims to this horrible, deadly virus. We will honor and remember Marco on the Covid Memorial Quilt.  

IN MEMORY OF FRANK CERVANTES - NOVEMBER 2020

IN MEMORY OF FRANK CERVANTES - NOVEMBER 2020

This Memorial Square comes to us from Michelle in California in honor and memory of her father, Frank Cervantes. Michelle writes: Hello. My name is Michelle. I lost my hero, my dad Frank Cervantes to COVID-19 in November 2020. My dad was a young 75 years old. A single father of three he was currently battling Multiple Myeloma in treatment for the past year and suffered a heart attack in September. Neither of the two slowing him down. Unfortunately, a family member thought it would be okay to take him on a day trip and he contracted the virus October 20th. He got to enjoy retirement for 10 years after retiring from PepsiCo after working for them for 30 years. He was a great cook and all his family would enjoy Sunday dinners every weekend at his mom's house. My grandma lost her eldest and favorite son. We lost the best dad. The family lost a patriarch. This is my dad. My dad is not a statistic or a number. He is Frank Cervantes. A loving son who cares for his 93 year old mother, a great father who cares, as a single father, for his 3 children when their mother wanted to give them up for adoption when they divorced. A man who showed you he cared by cooking with his heart a feast of food every weekend even in his pain of cancer. Thank you. We will honor and remember Frank on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF DAVID VILLANUEVA - JANURY 13, 2021

IN MEMORY OF DAVID VILLANUEVA - JANURY 13, 2021

This Memorial Square comes to us from Lupe in honor and memory of her husband, David Villanueva, who died of COVID-19. Lupe writes: My husband passed away on January 13, 2021, due to Covid at the age of 44. His name is David Villanueva, a father to 3 kids, and my soulmate. He was an amazing person, loving, caring, and with a great personality. He worked for SpaceX as an Engineer in the Avionics Department. He was really smart and a part of the team that helped make History and send people into Space again. David loved music, always had music playing or would be with his guitars, practicing how to play a Beatles song. He has been greatly missed and always will be. He will always be in our hearts and in our thoughts. Next weekend, March 26 and 27, he will finally be laid to rest. The Cemetery has been so backed up we have had to wait this long before we could do a proper funeral service for him. Not being able to have any services for him have made it more difficult for us, not to be able to say our last goodbye to him. So this Quilt piece will be amazing for us so we know he is going to be remembered out there as a person, because he is not a number. He was a family man that was still needed at home to see his kids grow up. We will honor and remember David on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF DAVID GRAVES - 1/29/2021

IN MEMORY OF DAVID GRAVES - 1/29/2021

This Memorial Square comes to us from Ellen in Arizona in honor and memory of her husband, David, who died of COVID-19. Ellen writes: I think it is a great and wonderful project you are doing. David, I will love you forever. We will honor and remember David on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF NICHOLAS GLOVER - JANUARY 8, 2021

IN MEMORY OF NICHOLAS GLOVER - JANUARY 8, 2021

This Memorial Square comes to us from The Buckley School community in California to honor and remember Nicholas Glover, who died of COVID-19. Nicholas Glover taught fourth grade at Carpenter Community Charter School. Nicholas was diagnosed with the virus over the school break, but was resting at home and even felt he might be able to report to work next week. Unfortunately, his health quickly declined and he passed away at home. Over the past 17 years, Nicholas taught fourth grade classes, but he wasn't just a teacher, but an integral part of the community. Principal Joe Martinez says: "He was oftentimes the voice of reason for the staff, provoking deeper thought and helping us reflect thoroughly on decisions that impacted our school community. In addition, he always made a point of acknowledging others." "In his classroom, he would take the time to build meaningful relationships with his students and their families. His wisdom and his amazing sense of humor will be missed by all." Nicholas is survived by his wife, Susan, and their two children, Andrew and Emma. The Buckley School is honored to remember Nicholas Glover and submit a Memorial Square on his behalf. We will honor and remember Nicholas on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF DONNA L. WHEAT - 01/24/1935 - 12/10/2020

IN MEMORY OF DONNA L. WHEAT - 01/24/1935 - 12/10/2020

This Memorial Square comes to us from Kimalla in honor and memory of her mother, Donna L. Wheat, who died of COVID-19. Kimalla writes: I am hoping this gets to you in time to be used for the quilt. My mother died on 12/20/2020 from Covid. It has changed so many lives because of her death. Let me thank you ahead of time for making this quilt. We will honor and remember Donna on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

(NOTE: We are always accepting new Memorial Squares and we will be making new panels until every person lost is remembered on the Covid Memorial Quilt.)

IN MEMORY OF MSGT JERRY A. BUNCE - 8 JUN 1942 - 10 NOV 2020

IN MEMORY OF MSGT JERRY A. BUNCE - 8 JUN 1942 - 10 NOV 2020

This Memorial Square comes to us from Donna in Michigan in honor and memory of her husband, MSgt Jerry A. Bunce, who died of COVID-19. Donna writes: I am enclosing the obituary we wrote for Jerry. He was a wonderful man, husband, father and grandfather who has been missed every day since he passed. We are so grateful to you for making these quilts honoring those taken from us before their time. From the obituary: Jerry had a generous spirit and enjoyed helping others. He was a member of the Lions Club International and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, where we was recognized in 1985 as Big Brother of the year. He served meals regularly at the Salvation Army, participated in Habitat for Humanity projects and served at his church, to include a mission trip to Alaska. He was an avid reader and enjoyed gardening, woodworking and bird watching. He found most joy in offering a helping hand to and spending time with family and friends, which always included much laughter. Jerry will be remembered as a true patriot and a Godly man of intention and integrity who was completely devoted to those whom he loved. We will honor and remember Jerry on the Covid Memorial Quilt.

IN MEMORY OF LEONA (WRONSKI) GRABOSKI - 1937 - 2021

IN MEMORY OF LEONA (WRONSKI) GRABOSKI - 1937 - 2021

This Memorial Square comes to us from Patty in California to honor and remember her mother, Leona Graboski, who died of COVID-19. Patty writes: My Mother's last year of her life during the COVID lockdown was extremely lonely. She was not able to have visitors like she used to have. Being locked down in her apartment in an assisted living facility for so many months seemed like prison to her. It was very hard to see her suffer like that. In the end, she got Covid from a staff member rather than her family that was not allowed to visit her for safety reasons. My Mother was such a huge family person. Family is what mattered to her most. My sisters and I miss her terribly. We will honor and remember Leona on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF LAVERNE "CHICKEN" WHITLEY

IN MEMORY OF LAVERNE

This Memorial Square comes to us from Donna in Missouri in honor and memory of her friend, LaVerne Whitley, who died of COVID-19. Donna writes: I read about your quilt project and I wanted to honor my former classmate by doing a counted cross stitch piece that remembers her. Thank you for what you are doing and as an avid "stitcher," I am pleased to contribute. We will honor and remember LaVerne on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF TERRY L. WATSON

IN MEMORY OF TERRY L. WATSON

This Memorial Square comes to us from Peggy in Michigan in honor and loving memory of her husband, Terry L. Watson, who died of COVID-19. Peggy writes: You are so kind and generous to take on such a huge project. It means so much to all of us who are dealing with the grief of losing a loved one to COVID. Terry proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army during the Vietnam War and was Honorably Discharged after 3 years of service. After returning home, Terry began working for General Motors and worked there for just over a year when he decided he wanted to give back to his community, so he enlisted in the police academy. After 26 years of service with the Bay City Police Department, Terry retired in 1998. As a Vietnam Veteran, Terry was proud and honored to travel to France, twice, to represent the United States as veteran on the anniversaries of D-Day and Operation Jubilee. The first time he attended it was an overwhelming experience to be a part of. Terry was an avid boater, golfer, and a world traveler. His favorite sports teams were the Detroit Lions, Detroit Tigers, and the University of Michigan Football Team. Left to cherish his memories are his loving wife of 31 years, Peggy, three children, three adored grandchildren, three sisters, and numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. We will honor and remember Terry on the Covid Memorial Quilt.

IN MEMORY OF MICHAEL GEBBIA

IN MEMORY OF MICHAEL GEBBIA

This Memorial Square comes to us from Steve in Washington to honor and remember his wife's grandfather, Michael Gebbia, who died of COVID-19. Steve writes: I am sending a Memorial Square to honor my wife's grandfather. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you so much for what you are doing. To all the volunteers who are a part of this project, you are all so amazing. This kind gesture is making such a personal impact on so many lives. Thank you for shining some light during dark times. We will honor and remember Michael on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF ANASTASIOS VLAHIOTIS - 1925 - 2021

IN MEMORY OF ANASTASIOS VLAHIOTIS - 1925 - 2021

This Memorial Square comes to us from Amanda in California in honor and memory of Anastasios Vlahiotis who died of COVID-19. Amanda writes: This quilt square is sent to honor the life of Anastasia Vlahiotis. This gentleman started working as a laborer at the age of 11 and lived through the Great Depression and Nazi occupation but not COVID. He was born in Greece in 1925. He married in 1946 to Nikoletta Vlahiotis. They were married until her passing in 2015. Two sons, Yiannis and Tony, were born and following a devastating earthquake in Greece in 1953, he brought his family to California for a better life. A daughter, Catherine, was born in 1961. He worked at Continental Can Co. for 25 years and helped many friends and family with his dedication and determination. He was one of the principal leaders to bring the Greek Orthodox Church to Concord, CA., in the 1960s. He was a cantor for many years. Three thoughts that describe Anastasios best are: Hard worker. Strong believer in education. And most important of all - FAMILY. Thank you for remembering the wonderful people we have lost to this horrible disease. We will honor and remember Anastasios on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF STEVE DREIER

IN MEMORY OF STEVE DREIER

This Memorial Square comes to us from Angie in Virginia in honor and in memory of Steve Dreier who died of COVID-19. Angie writes:  Thank you for doing this project. It means so much to so many. This Memorial Square is in honor of Steve Dreier and I am submitting it on behalf of Steve's wife, Bobbie, and the many others who loved him. Steve died on April 5, 2020, of complications from COVID-19. He was 79. Steve was a mentor to me and many others. He was married to his high school sweetheart for 56 years and adored as a husband, father, grandfather, family member and friend. He was also deeply loved by his spiritual community with members around the world. Steve was a seeker of truth all his life. His search led him to the Urantia Book, a spiritual text that blends science, philosophy, and religion. He was a member of The Urantia Book Fellowship's General Council and Executive Committee for 41 years, serving two terms as president. He was a gifted teacher, speaker, and administrator, and spoke often at The Urantia Book Conference. I have enclosed a square from a t-shirt that Steve got at one such conference. It has the Urantia symbol of three concentric circles representing truth, beauty, and goodness - which come together in LOVE. Steve was a peacemaker who loved people deeply. I will always be grateful to have had him in my life as a role model. I am glad that he will get to join with all of the other great souls in the quilt and be represented this way. I know Steve would have appreciated you for doing this! We will honor and remember Steve on the Covid Memorial Quilt.

IN MEMORY OF ANNA L. HAYES (NEWMAN) - JULY 4, 1959 - NOV 13, 2020

IN MEMORY OF ANNA L. HAYES (NEWMAN) - JULY 4, 1959 - NOV 13, 2020

This Memorial Square comes to us from Phil in Tennessee in honor and memory of his wife, Anna L. Hayes (Newman), who died of COVID-19 on November 13, 2020. Phil writes: I saw your story on our local news. What a wonderful thing you are doing for remembrance of the victims of Covid. I lost my wife, Anna, to this virus last fall. She was a retired nurse and so am I. We took all the precautions and tried to be safe but she had several other medical problems that made her a target for Covid. She was an advocate for many having healthcare concerns even after her career was ended early by prior illnesses. She still volunteered at health fairs and mission trips for healthcare. Anna was an avid Alabama Roll Tide fan and an amateur ham radio operator, active her local radio club. She was a crafter, mostly doing needlepoint, crochet and sewing clothes, but had done a memorial quilt square for some of our pets that passed away in the past. She was an animal lover, especially of chihuahuas and cows, and I am enclosing some cow print material, some photos and her obituary. God bless you and all of your helpers and supporters for honoring not just my Anna, but so many more - all of the over 1/2 million lost to Covid in the last year. We will honor and remember Anna on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF MARY TERESA GIANCHINO

IN MEMORY OF MARY TERESA GIANCHINO

This Memorial Square comes to us from Gina in Missouri in honor and memory of her mother, Mary Teresa Gianchino, who died of COVID-19.  Gina writes: This is the coolest thing ever! My mom stitched this angel years ago. She enjoyed stitching things for family and friends. Items we can now cherish forever. My Mom also made the best Italian cookies. Those recipes will be made in memory of my Mom. I hope someday to see the quilt in person. You are so awesome for doing this. Thank you so much. We will honor and remember Mary Teresa on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF WILLIAM R. JONES. PhD. - 1932 - 2020

IN MEMORY OF WILLIAM R. JONES. PhD. - 1932 - 2020

This Memorial Square comes to us from Vicki in California in honor and in memory of her father, William R. Jones, who died of COVID-19. Vicki writes: Thank you so much for offering this wonderful opportunity to honor the memory of our father, William R. Jones. We lost him to Covid the week before Christmas, 2020, after a sudden outbreak in his memory care home. He had just turned 88 in November, and we were able to celebrate that birthday with him outdoors with social distancing and wearing masks. A little over a month later, he caught the virus and was gone four days later. In designing the quilt square, we thought a lot about how to best represent his life, and what was important to him. The flags tell his story. We added the nautical signal flags which spell out his name, WR Jones, since sailing was a lifelong passion. Designing and creating this quilt square gave comfort in our grieving process, and helped with closure after his passing, since we were unable to have any memorial services at the time due to the Covid surge going on. We will have one this summer on a sailboat, and leave his ashes at sea, as were his wishes. We will honor and remember William on the Covid Memorial Quilt.

IN MEMORY OF FRED A. RIVERA - APRIL 3, 2020

IN MEMORY OF FRED A. RIVERA - APRIL 3, 2020

This Memorial Square comes to us from Gisella in New York in honor and memory of her father, Fred A. Rivera, who died of COVID-19. Gisella writes: Thank you for the love and care you have shown and continue to show the families who have lost loved ones to this terrible pandemic. We too lost our father, Fred A. Rivera, last April 3, 2020. He was one of the first victims, when doctors and nurses didn't know what to do and how to care for those who had gotten sick. He was 84 years old and, though he wanted to go to be with our mother, his wife, who had died in July 2017, we didn't want to lose him. We take comfort from the knowledge that they are together again. My father and mother met in their early 20s. My father was 22 and my mother 20. They had both signed up for a stage play sponsored by their university. It was A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare. My father was cast as Theseus and my mother as Hippolyta. The play revolved around the wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta. Life followed play. My parents fell in love and a few years later, they married. Their love for each other stayed strong through over 50 years of marriage. They left behind 5 children, 10 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. All of us loved them both so very much. It was very painful to lose him since he was so strong and healthy before COVID-19 took him. No family member was allowed to be with him at the end. We said goodbye to him through Facetime. Knowing that he will be part of the Covid Memorial Quilt brings so much comfort to us. We will honor and remember Fred on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF JUDITH "JUDY" CATZ

IN MEMORY OF JUDITH

This Memorial Square comes to us from Sarah in California in honor and memory of her sister, Judith Daphne Catz, who died of COVID-19. Sarah writes: Attached is a photo of my sister. Her name is Judith Daphne Catz aka Judy or JuJu. She was born March 24, 1951 and died on December 1, 2020.  Judy lost oxygen at birth but that didn't stop her from having a huge heart. She lived her entire life in Los Angeles and she loved animals - especially dogs - movies and the Los Angeles Dodgers. She also loved her friends and family and was so loyal. She touched everyone she met and is missed tremendously. We will honor and remember Judy on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF RICHARD LEE - 4/22/2020

IN MEMORY OF RICHARD LEE - 4/22/2020

This Memorial Square comes to us from Nancy in New Jersey in honor and in memory of her brother, Richard Lee, who died of COVID-19. Nancy writes: It would mean a lot to me and my family if you would include my brother, Richard Lee. We lost him to COVID-19 on 4/22/20. Growing up he enjoyed playing cards, reading comics, Superman, Lois Lane, Supergirl, Batman and Robin. AND since 4 of the 5 siblings were relatively close in age -- we are basically 1 year apart each -- there would be many a day when we would play Monopoly with the usual cheating that would happen amongst siblings, the slipping of extra $100 bills or outrageous trades. His favorite sport was playing basketball and going to ball games. He enjoyed reading and collecting LIFE magazines and Reader's Digest. His favorite store was the $.99 cent store where he could spend what little money he had and surprise his family with gifts from there. Thank you for what you are doing to help ease our loss. We will honor and remember Richard on the Covid Memorial Quilt.

IN MEMORY OF COLON L. MILLS - DECEMBER 31, 2020

IN MEMORY OF COLON L. MILLS - DECEMBER 31, 2020

This Memorial Square comes to us from Sylvia in Alabama in honor and memory of her husband, Colon L. Mills, who died of COVID-19. Sylvia writes: I have made my 8 inch quilt square from one of Colon's shirts. As you can see, I cut out the double pocket on his shirt and I used one of his neck ties on the sides. I have put one of his personal cards that he always used to give out to everybody in one of the pockets. Whoever gets the quilt, I hope they open the pocket and get his card. He will love it. My husband died on December 31, 2020. We will honor and remember Colon on the Covid Memorial Quilt. (NOTE: We blurred out the home address on Colon's card, but it will be inside the pocket on his Memorial Square, hiding there, on display, a secret for all those who now "know" Colon.)

IN MEMORY OF RICHARD BUCK

IN MEMORY OF RICHARD BUCK

This Memorial Square comes to us from Joyce in Arizona in honor and memory of Richard Buck, who died of COVID-19. We will honor and remember Richard on the Covid Memorial Quilt.

IN MEMORY OF CINDY DAHLSTROM

IN MEMORY OF CINDY DAHLSTROM

This Memorial Square comes to us from Joyce in Arizona in honor and memory of Cindy Dahlstrom, who died of COVID-19. We will honor and remember Cindy on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF JEFFREY BRIAN - 02/11/1977 - 12/07/2020

IN MEMORY OF JEFFREY BRIAN - 02/11/1977 - 12/07/2020

This Memorial Square comes to us from Marty in Kansas in honor and memory of her son, Jeffrey "Brian," who died of COVID-19. Marty writes: Thank you for this honorable project to COVID-19 victims. Brian was a vibrant 43 year old Downs Syndrome man living in a semi-independent apartment operated by Starkey, Inc., here in Wichita, Kansas. Brian was a very friendly guy who loved writing and playing music. He read and played piano music and a little guitar, but he was best at his heartfelt writing of music. This picture is at Red Cat Recording Studio. Luke Wallace was a wonderful owner recording Brian's original song. What joy Brian had! This was in May, 2020, which was quarantine time, however, Brian was allowed private time out with just Luke and myself and we most grateful to Starkey CEO, Colin McKinney, for allowing Brian to "get out" for 3 hours! Thank you and God bless you. We will honor and remember Brian on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF JOE ADAMS: THE VOICE OF NOBLE BEAR FOOTBALL

IN MEMORY OF JOE ADAMS: THE VOICE OF NOBLE BEAR FOOTBALL

This Memorial Square comes to us from Teresa in Oklahoma in honor and memory of Joe Adams, who died of COVID-19. Teresa writes: I live in a small town in Oklahoma called Noble, located south of Oklahoma City. We recently lost a very dear member of our community, Joe Adams, to COVID-19 in November, 2020. Joe was a previous Noble student, football player, graduated from Noble and then became "The Voice of Noble Football" along with MANY other volunteer projects within our community. This is our "N" claw for the Noble Bears and best represents the "Once A Bear Always A Bear" motto we all embrace. We will honor and remember Joe on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF LARRY R. McANALLY - 12/12/2020

IN MEMORY OF LARRY R. McANALLY - 12/12/2020

This Memorial Square comes to us from Dorothy in Tennessee in honor and in memory of her husband, Larry R. McAnally, who died of COVID-19. Dorothy writes: Please remember the love of my life for 59 years. My soulmate. Who passed away on 12/12/2020. Born 07/05/1942. Larry R. McAnally. Always in my heart. He carried this handkerchief. We will honor and remember Larry on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF LEE ROWE STONER

IN MEMORY OF LEE ROWE STONER

This Memorial Square comes to us from Charlotte in New York in honor and memory of her cousin, Lee Rowe Stoner, who died of COVID-19. Charlotte writes: This square is for my cousin, Lee Rowe Stoner! 1946 - 2020. Lee celebrated life with the excitement and wonder of a child's heart and the beauty and grace of an adult. Quote from her sister and Dad: "Lee was a totally loving person who only saw the good in people and in life!" She loved bright colors and teddy bears. The square represents her earthly bear next to her spirit's bear flying over the rainbow. She used to love to say, "It doesn't get better than that!" Thank you for helping us celebrate her life. Smiles. Charlotte and Lee's whole family. We will honor and remember Lee on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF MARTIN CASTILLO

IN MEMORY OF MARTIN CASTILLO

This Memorial Square comes to us from Gail in California in honor and memory of her friend, Martin Castillo, who died of COVID-19. Gail writes: He was my friend for over 20 years. He died last year on Sept 30, 2020. I hope you can use this picture. His name is Martin Castillo. He was a diesel truck mechanic. He was born in 1961. Thank you. We will honor and remember Martin on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF MAY and SACHIE - MOTHER AND DAUGHTER

IN MEMORY OF MAY and SACHIE - MOTHER AND DAUGHTER

This Memorial Square comes to us from Phyllis in California in honor and in memory of May and Sachie, mother and daughter. Phyllis writes: Thank you so much for doing this amazing and wonderful memorial. May was born December 26, 1947 and died Sept 21, 2020. Her mother, Sachie, was born Jan 8, 1928 and died October 4, 2020. We will honor and remember May and Sachie on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF FLORENCIO VERDUGO - FEBRUARY 20, 2021

IN MEMORY OF FLORENCIO VERDUGO - FEBRUARY 20, 2021

This Memorial Square comes to us from Angela in honor and memory of her father, Florencio Verdugo, who died of COVID-19. Angela writes: First of all, I want to thank you so much for what you are doing. These quilts are going to allow all those who have lost their lives due to the pandemic to be remembered for many years to come. My father Florencio Verdugo died on February 20, 2021, at 4:30pm just 3 weeks after being admitted for COVID-19. He was 86 years old, a father of 8, grandfather and great-grandfather. He loved Jesus, his family and sports -- the LA Dodgers, Angels, Lakers, Rams and USC football. This picture  was taken a year ago just about a month before everything shut down. We had a great time that day with my dad in Old Town Monrovia. We will honor and remember Florencio on the Covid Memorial Quilt.

IN MEMORY OF MARIO SPINA - MARCH 13, 1922 - APRIL 26, 2020

IN MEMORY OF MARIO SPINA - MARCH 13, 1922 - APRIL 26, 2020

This Memorial Square comes to us from Gale in New Jersey in honor and memory of her father, Mario Spina, who died of COVID-19. Gale writes: My father, Mario, was a World War II veteran who enjoyed gardening, football, tinkering around the house, and bus trips to Atlantic City. He was married to my mother for over 50 years when she passed in 2003. The patriarch of our family, he was a kind and loving hands-on father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. My father liked to keep himself busy, always moving, constantly doing projects and chores, both for himself and for others. He was a well-known figure in the neighborhood, often stopping to give advice and offer gardening tips to all who would listen. There are at least three pussy willow trees in the surrounding yards that wouldn't be there if not for him. My father loved to talk and had the best memory of anyone I know, remembering dates, birthdays, and the most minute details of past events. He had a bad fall in January of 2020 which landed him in a nursing home. He was still there when COVID-19 hit. The nursing home closed its doors to visitors a day before his 98th birthday. It still breaks our hearts that he suffered and died alone, without the presence and comfort of his family. Afterwards, we never got a chance to celebrate his life, which he so richly deserved, due to restrictions in place at the time of his death. My father was one of a kind, a truly amazing man, and he will be forever missed. Like so many others, I still struggle with closure regarding the way my father died and I want to thank you so much for doing this for those who died as well as the friends and families they left behind. We will honor and remember Mario on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF VIOLETTE JANISEWSKI - 8/27/1927 - 11/7/2020

IN MEMORY OF VIOLETTE JANISEWSKI - 8/27/1927 - 11/7/2020

This Memorial Square comes to us from Lisa in Wisconsin in honor and in memory of her mother, Violette Janisewski, who died of COVID-19. Lisa writes: This memorial square is in memory of our beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Violette Janisewski, who passed away from COVID-19 on November 7, 2020 at her assisted living facility in Oconomowoc, WI. Vi grew up and spent most of her adult years in Stanley, WI. Vi started her career as a beautician at age 16 and worked 40 years in a career she truly loved. She not only worked as a beautician but also owned two beauty salons in Stanley, WI. The material square represents the career she so enjoyed. In her later years, Vi was an avid sports fan watching the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers and Wisconsin Badgers. She enjoyed TV - especially news programs. Vi was always a very social lady who enjoyed getting to know people and interacting with those around her. Vi was a very special lady. Her children were very lucky to have such a loving and caring mother. Rest in peace. We love you Mom! We will honor and remember Vi on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF ROBERT GILCHRIST - DECEMBER 11, 2020

IN MEMORY OF ROBERT GILCHRIST - DECEMBER 11, 2020

This Memorial Square comes to us from Sally in honor and memory of her father, Robert Gilchrist, who died of COVID-19. Sally writes: Thank you for doing this project in memory of Covid deaths. My father, Robert Gilchrist, passed away on December 11, 2020, from COVID. He was sick only 5 days in the hospital and passed with two wonderful nurses but not family by his side. It is a scary, horrible death for sure. He lived a wonderful 90 years and even played golf last fall 6 times, shooting his age, too. Bob was in the Navy during the Korean War and was married for 50+ years with two children and 6 grandchildren. He was loved by many and is missed so much. Thank you for your commitment to this valued project. Use what you believe best with the enclosed items. We will honor and remember Robert on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF DONALD F. COMSTOCK JR. - OCTOBER 20, 2020

IN MEMORY OF DONALD F. COMSTOCK JR. - OCTOBER 20, 2020

This Memorial Square comes to us from Bill in Nebraska in honor and memory of his uncle, Donald "Don" F. Comstock, Jr., who died of COVID-19. Bill writes: I was hoping to stop in Scottsbluff, NE, this summer to visit my uncle Don, my dad's older brother, and just found this obituary. My uncle died from COVID-19 last fall. The last time I saw him was in 2008, when we went back to Nebraska to spread my dad's ashes. His wife died in November from Alzheimer's. This was not how I thought this part of the story would end. We will honor and remember Don on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF JEAN BASS DELOACH - 7/7/1951 - 1/20/2021

IN MEMORY OF JEAN BASS DELOACH - 7/7/1951 - 1/20/2021

This Memorial Square comes to us from Christy in Georgia in honor and memory of her sister, Jean Bass DeLoach, who died of COVID-19. Christy writes: To begin with, let me just say thank you for doing this, it has uplifted my spirits since seeing your story. My dear sister passed away due to COVID-19. She was the oldest of 7 siblings and always took care of us. She had been having some health issues and having to stay off her feet. Therefore, when you would call her she would often say, "I'm watching the Hallmark Channel." Our other sister ordered her this shirt and unfortunately Jean died before she got to give her this shirt. When I saw your story, I knew immediately what to do with the shirt. We will honor and remember Jean on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF CAPTAIN SIR TOM MOORE - 1920 - 2021

IN MEMORY OF CAPTAIN SIR TOM MOORE - 1920 - 2021

This Memorial Square comes to us from Joan, now in California, originally from England, in honor and memory of Captain Sir Tom Moore, who died of COVID-19. Joan writes: I was much moved by the story of Sir Captain Tom Moore in England, a ninety nine year old World War 2 veteran who set himself the challenge of walking ten laps of his garden every day before his 100th birthday on April 30th, 2020.  He pushed his walker round his garden, doing 55 yards [50 meters] every day, and wearing his military medals with pride.

His aim was to raise one thousand pounds to help the National Health Service which was overwhelmed by the pandemic. Under lockdown, the British public became fully invested in Tom’s story and he made headlines for many weeks. 

Captain Tom ended up raising thirty five million pounds for the NHS {$45,000,000} and was knighted by the Her Majesty the Queen at Windsor Castle on July 17th  2020. In England he will be forever remembered as a national hero. A foundation has now been set up to continue the fund-raising efforts of Sir Captain Tom Moore and to support charities and other needy causes. We will honor and remember Captain Tom on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

THANKS TO OUR FIREFIGHTERS - 2020

THANKS TO OUR FIREFIGHTERS - 2020

This Memorial Square comes to us from Joan, now in California, originally from England, in thanks and honor of our Firefighters. Joan writes: Within weeks of the lockdown starting there was excitement in our street. 

Some neighbors experienced a small fire in their roof space and the fire trucks arrived in minutes. We live on a quiet, hilly street and nobody had been out much in the preceding weeks so, even seeing people on the sidewalk was a thrill. 

Concerned neighbors stood in gardens, all well distanced and masked, as we watched fire hoses being unrolled and burly firefighters clamber about on the roof next door. It was the most exciting thing that had happened in our lives since the middle of March and, as there were no visible flames and we could see that everyone was safe, we were all highly ‘entertained’ by the event.

For me it was a wake up call. Here was I staying safe in my home with my family, all of us trying to make sure we took every precaution against Covid 19, yet firefighters were forced by the very nature of their jobs to brave not only flames and danger but the risk of infection too. 

I had read with concern about overworked nurses and doctors of course but the day of the neighborhood fire made me stop and think about all the many people who were continuing to do what they do despite the pandemic. 

These were everyday folk, working in their chosen careers, who now found themselves risking their own health and wellbeing simply by going to work. 

It seemed important that the Covid Memorial Quilt project did not only serve to help those who had lost someone, but also expressed our gratitude and care for those who continued to work for the benefit of the rest of us regardless of the danger.

Using cross stitch fabric I made my first square to honor and thank all the firefighters whose courage and commitment we are grateful for always, but especially during a pandemic. 

IN HONOR OF OUR NURSES - 2020

IN HONOR OF OUR NURSES - 2020

This Memorial Square comes to us from Joan, now in California, originally from England, in thanks and honor of our nurses. Joan writes: I have a lifelong friend in the UK who is a nurse. She was transferred to a Covid ward at the peak of the first surge, working long hours and risking infection as she cared for those who were sick. With her in mind I made a square using cross stitch fabric to thank nurses the world over for their dedication and hard work. 

Christina’s name is not on the square but I hope all those who see it, and are members of the nursing profession, will recognize how much they were appreciated.

IN HONOR OF OUR DOCTORS - 2020

IN HONOR OF OUR DOCTORS - 2020

This Memorial Square comes to us from Joan, now in California, originally from England, in thanks and honor of our doctors. Joan writes: This square is to honor all the doctors who struggled daily to deal with so many cases in hospitals across the world. Shortages of PPE and dealing with a virus about which so little was yet known must have been indescribably stressful for doctors who were suddenly thrown into the front line. I hope the square reminds people in years to come of the hard work and sacrifices made by all the world’s medical professionals in 2020.

THANKS TO OUR FIRST RESPONDERS - 2020

THANKS TO OUR FIRST RESPONDERS - 2020

This Memorial Square comes to us from Joan, now in California, originally from England, in thanks and honor of our First Responders. Joan writes: Another British friend in the UK is a paramedic so, thinking of Rachael, I stitched a square to thank all the emergency response workers in every country around the globe who get called out to the accidents that inevitably still happen during a pandemic. We are all grateful for their expertise, dedication and willingness to put their own lives at risk in the service of others.

IN MEMORY OF RODOLFO and MARTHA CASILLAS - 01/15/2021 and 01/10/2021 - LOST WITHIN 5 DAYS OF EACH OTHER

IN MEMORY OF RODOLFO and MARTHA CASILLAS - 01/15/2021 and 01/10/2021 - LOST WITHIN 5 DAYS OF EACH OTHER

This Memorial Square comes to us from Arleen in California in honor and memory of her father and her mother, Rodolfo and Martha Casillas, who died of COVID-19 within 5 days of each other. Arleen writes: COVID-19 literally took half of my family. My father, my mother and my brother all died within a 2.5 week period from the virus. My other brother, my sister and I also all battled the virus and lived. This is a photo of my father and my mother. My rocks have departed this earth and are now dancing together, truly enjoying each other. I will miss them terribly, but I'm at peace. Their dates of life are: Rodolfo Casillas: May 4, 1937 - January 15, 2021. Martha Casillas: September 10, 1943 - January 10, 2021. Thank you for the work you are doing. You are touching many lives and helping me and my family heal.  We will honor and remember Rodolfo and Martha on the Covid Memorial Quilt.  (NOTE: These two Memorial Squares will be placed next to each other on a panel of the Covid Memorial Quilt.)

IN MEMORY OF RODOLFO CASILLAS (THEIR SON) - 8/13/1964 - 01/28/2021 - LOST 13 DAYS LATER

IN MEMORY OF RODOLFO CASILLAS (THEIR SON) - 8/13/1964 - 01/28/2021 - LOST 13 DAYS LATER

This Memorial Square comes to us from Arleen in California in honor and memory of her brother, Rodolfo Casillas, who died of COVID-19. Arleen writes: COVID-19 literally took half of my family. My father, my mother and my brother all died within a 2.5 week period from the virus. My other brother, my sister and I also all battled the virus and lived. God called my brother Rudy home and he has joined my parents in Heaven. I will miss his laughter, his smile but most of all his kind heart. Be still and know that I am God. Ps 46:10. Thank you for the work you are doing. You are touching many lives and helping me and my family heal.  We will honor and remember Rodolfo on the Covid Memorial Quilt.  (NOTE: These two Memorial Squares will be placed next to each other on a panel of the Covid Memorial Quilt.)

IN MEMORY OF MILTON KENT - 02/10/21

IN MEMORY OF MILTON KENT - 02/10/21

This Memorial Square comes to us from Gary in California in honor and memory of his father-in-law, Milton Kent, who died of COVID-19. Gary writes: This is our papa Milt who succumbed to COVID-19 on 02/20/2021 at age 91. His love of life was only exceeded by his love for family. Thank you for doing this. We will honor and remember Milt on the Covid Memorial Quilt.  

IN MEMORY OF FRANCISCO MERO AND LESLIE MLODZINSKI - FATHER AND DAUGHTER LOST 12 DAYS APART

IN MEMORY OF FRANCISCO MERO AND LESLIE MLODZINSKI - FATHER AND DAUGHTER LOST 12 DAYS APART

This Memorial Square comes to us from Kathy in honor and memory of her uncle, Francisco Mero, and her cousin (Francisco's daughter), Leslie Mlodzinski, who both died of COVID-19. Kathy writes: This is my cousin Leslie and her father, my uncle, Francisco. They both died of COVID-19, 12 days apart. She was 44 and he was 74. My cousin leaves a 9-year-old daughter, Abbie. Leslie died September 15, 2020. Francisco died September 27, 2020. We will honor and remember both Francisco and Leslie on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF CINDY AND RUBEN TREJO - JANUARY 12 AND JANUARY 13, 2021 - LOST A DAY APART

IN MEMORY OF CINDY AND RUBEN TREJO - JANUARY 12 AND JANUARY 13, 2021 - LOST A DAY APART

This Memorial Square comes to us from Gloria in California in honor and memory of her brother-in-law, Ruben, and sister-in-law, Cindy, who died of COVID-19. Gloria writes: My brother-in-law, Ruben, and sister-in-law, Cindy, died from COVID-19 on January 12 and 13, 2021. Both worked in the medical field, Ruben worked in a hospital for over 20 years. Both are missed tremendously by friends and especially their families. Gloria suggested we see the Los Angeles Times for a story about Ruben and Cindy. Here is an excerpt: Cindy, 47, and Ruben, 51, died hours apart from COVID-19 in separate hospitals. Cindy and Ruben were essential workers working at different hospitals. Cindy worked in Administration and Ruben with mental health patients. "They were big goofballs," Brianna, their daughter said. "Their love story was crazy. It was like they couldn't last without each other." Cindy was bubbly and outgoing and obsessed with all things Mickey Mouse. Ruben was a jokester who would tease Cindy and prank her often. Brianna said she and her parents all started feeling sick the first week of January, 2021. On January 4th, Cindy had difficulty breathing and had be hospitalized. "The last thing she told me was 'be good' and we waved goodbye," Brianna said. On January 6th, Ruben drove himself to the hospital. "I was thinking, 'OK, he's just going to come home," Brianna said. "It didn't happen that way." On the night of January 7th, Brianna was also hospitalized with COVID-19 symptoms, just floors below her father in the hospital. Her father had no idea she was there. On January 12th, Ruben died. The next afternoon, Cindy died. "I was just like, no, this can't be happening. This isn't real," Brianna said. Now Brianna says she takes comfort in knowing her parents are together. We will honor and remember Ruben and Cindy on the Covid Memorial Quilt.

IN MEMORY OF TIMOTHY L. RUSSELL - SEPTEMBER 3, 1957 - MARCH 30TH, 2020

IN MEMORY OF TIMOTHY L. RUSSELL - SEPTEMBER 3, 1957 - MARCH 30TH, 2020

This Memorial Square comes to us from the Russell Family in Tennessee in honor and memory of Timothy Lowell Russell who died of COVID-19. The Russell Family writes: My husband was one of the first to die in Memphis from this terrible virus. You would have liked him. From his obituary: Tim was a beloved pastor, mentor, scholar, devoted husband, and friend to many. He was a gifted man of God with a deep commitment to diversity, equal opportunity, and an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. In recent years, he served as Assistant and Associate Pastor, Second Presbyterian Church, Memphis, TN., and Head of School, Lexington Christian Academy, Lexington, MA. Tim was close to his immediate and extended family and the neighborhood where he grew up. He was a great storyteller with wonderful memories. If you were befriended by Tim, you were his friend for life and became part of his story. He was a gifted man of God with a deep commitment to diversity and equal opportunity and an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. He had deep compassion for his fellow man and often prayed for them in person or in private. A faithful servant of God, Tim passed on March 30, 2020 in the sweet peace and glory of God from complications of COVID-19. That voice, the smile, his hugs, and his deep compassion will be missed but never forgotten.  We will honor and remember Timothy on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF DANETTE MCGLONE MARTIN - JULY 2020

IN MEMORY OF DANETTE MCGLONE MARTIN - JULY 2020

This Memorial Square comes to us from Lisa in Florida in honor and memory of Danette McGlone Martin, who died of COVID-19 in July, 2020. We will honor and remember Danette on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF BOB SILVIA - 1947 - 2020

IN MEMORY OF BOB SILVIA - 1947 - 2020

This Memorial Square comes to us from Wendy in Connecticut in honor of Bob Silvia of California who died of COVID-19. Wendy writes: Our dear friend Bob Silvia died on December 12th while in a rehab facility. He had been there for 20+ days getting therapy for a broken hip. He did not have COVID-19 when he entered and had been unable to be with his wife for the entire time he was there because of COVID-19 restrictions. He contracted the virus and was dead within a few days. He leaves his wife Eileen of more than 50 years, two children and three grandchildren. Bob and his wife have lived in California for more than 20 years. They moved there for his job and fell in love with it. Their children live and work in New Hampshire. All were hoping to know when and where the Covid Memoria Quilt will be displayed so they can see it in person. Thank you so much for doing these memorial quilts, There seems so little we can do for the grieving families. We will honor and remember Bob on the Covid Memorial Quilt.

(NOTE: Please see the PANELS ON DISPLAY page on this website for photos of panels in process/completed and where they will be on display or exhibit.)

IN MEMORY OF GENARO III - 1976 - 2020

IN MEMORY OF GENARO III - 1976 - 2020

This Memorial Square comes to us from a prison in Texas in honor and memory of Genaro III, husband to Elizabeth, father to Genesis and Destiny, son of Juanita, and friend to many, who died of COVID-19. A presently incarcerated woman in a Texas prison reached out to us after reading a story about the Covid Memorial Quilt in People magazine. She told us many incarcerated people have lost someone on the outside and want to honor them on the Covid Memorial Quilt. Some of those lost by incarcerated people were not in prison, and the incarcerated could not attend any services. Others lost were in prison with them and had become "the only person they had" and they want to honor them on the Covid Memorial Quilt. It was explained to us that incarcerated people have no access to fabric to make Memorial Squares or scanners to email photographs. What they do have are colored pencils and plain white paper. They will be using colored pencils to draw their Memorial Squares on white paper and mailing them to us. We will then scan them and print them out on fabric, creating a Memorial Square. We will honor and remember Genaro III on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF ANN CORSINO - JULY 9, 1923 - JUNE 5, 2020

IN MEMORY OF ANN CORSINO - JULY 9, 1923 - JUNE 5, 2020

This Memorial Square comes to us from Michele in Tennessee in honor of her mother, Ann Louise Couture Corsino, who died of COVID-19 on June 5, 2020. Michele writes: Thank you so much for undertaking and creating this project. It will soothe so many souls and help us remember the victims of this tragic disease. About Ann: Ann lived a long and wonderful life before succumbing to COVID-19 in Virginia just a few weeks shy of her 97th birthday. Her early years were spent on a timber farm in northern Vermont with her older sister and brother before she moved to Hartford, Connecticut at the onset of World War II. What a change from very rural Vermont to the city of Hartford where she took her first elevator ride and saw a dentist for the first time in her life. During the war, Ann worked at Colt Industries before marrying Victor Corsino in 1948. Together, they had two children, Michele and Bruce, and were married for 25 years. Ann was passionate about education - for herself and those around her. She encouraged everyone to continue to learn and did so herself even getting a college degree late in life. In the few days before her death she was still using her computer, playing Scrabble and watching political discussion news shows. She traveled worldwide, often by herself, and enjoyed many family trips with her children and grandchildren. Quick to smile, determined and with incredible fortitude she navigated through life on a path of her own design. She is survived by her children, grandchildren and six great grandchildren. We will honor and remember Ann on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF MAJOR CHARLES AND RACHEL ROGERS - JANUARY 7th and JANUARY 10th, 2021

IN MEMORY OF MAJOR CHARLES AND RACHEL ROGERS - JANUARY 7th and JANUARY 10th, 2021

This Memorial Square comes to us from Harry in honor and memory of his parents, Major Charles and Rachel Rogers of Virginia, who both died of COVID-19 in January, 2021. Harry writes: These are my beloved parents who were married 59 years. They perished from COVID-19 within three days of each other on January 7th and 10th, 2021. They will be forever loved and cherished by their 4 children and 7 grandchildren. Thank you for the opportunity to honor our parents in this way. We will honor and remember Major Charles and Rachel on the Covid Memorial Quilt.

IN MEMORY OF CLARA BARBARA NEWCOMB - MAY 27, 1923 - JUNE 15, 2020

IN MEMORY OF CLARA BARBARA NEWCOMB - MAY 27, 1923 - JUNE 15, 2020

This Memorial Square comes to us from Kelley in Illinois in honor and memory of Clara Barbara Newcomb who died of COVID-19 on June 15, 2020. Kelley writes: I am privileged to be a friend of the family of this great matriarch. Clara liked so many others did not have the death she deserved. She survived many previous things and without COVID-19 might still have been here. She died alone after months of isolation. We mourn as so many do. We mourn the loss of Clara Barbara Newcomb. Clara was born in Chicago to Mary and Waslow Stempenski, the youngest of their thirteen first-generation American children. She married George Newcomb in 1945, celebrating 55 years of marriage before his death in 2000. Clara was a loving mother to their six children, proud grandmother of ten, and great-grandmother of ten as well. She was a cherished aunt, great-aunt and friend to many. Clara was a down-to-earth and giving person with a great sense of humor. Her children knew she would always be there when they needed her. Clara was a talented craftsperson who mastered many skills, and was always willing to share her knowledge with others. She built fun-filled communities involving bingo, crocheting and storytelling. One of her greatest joys was creating and giving handmade gifts to family and friends. Clara inspired a legacy of traditions; theme parties, white elephant bingo, pierogi days and Sunday dinners. She will forever be appreciated for her solid no-nonsense advice, sarcastic wit and for giving the best hugs in all the land. Clara will be remembered with much love. Thank you for helping us memorialize Clara and so many others. We will honor and remember Clara on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF RICHARD MARTIN RENNIE - OCTOBER 10, 1951 - MARCH 26, 2020

IN MEMORY OF RICHARD MARTIN RENNIE - OCTOBER 10, 1951 - MARCH 26, 2020

This Memorial Square comes to us from Regina in New York in honor and memory of Richard Martin Rennie who died of COVID-19. Regina writes: Rick Rennie was a much loved father, brother, uncle and friend who left us too soon due to COVID. Thank you so much for what you are doing to remember those lost during this terrible pandemic. We will honor and remember Rick on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF LARRY ALLEN CARLSON - 1947 - 2020

IN MEMORY OF LARRY ALLEN CARLSON - 1947 - 2020

This Memorial Square comes to us from Steven and Marie in Washington in honor and memory of Larry Allen Carlson, his brother and her brother-in-law, who died of COVID-19. Steve writes: Larry Carlson passed away alone in ICU from COVID-19 on April 26, 2020, after many days of suffering. He was an early victim of the the lack of PPE use by medical personnel in a rehab facility. The workers brought COVID-19 into the facility and exposed their patients. Larry was always very industrious and extremely talented with his hands. Only he could start with a ten foot by ten foot vacation cabin and an outhouse, and transform it through several iterations into a three story mansion. He always worked on all of his cars and motorcycles, and even rebuilt the engine of his VW van. He always had a project going. Larry was a great guy. He was kind, gentle, and adventurous. Larry will always be greatly missed by his wife and two sons, as well as his two brothers and their families. Thank you for your kindness in gathering quilt pieces, putting them together. This means a lot to our family. We will honor and remember Larry on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF ORITT STEPHEN EVERETT - 10/22/27 - 4/9/20

IN MEMORY OF ORITT STEPHEN EVERETT - 10/22/27 - 4/9/20

This Memorial Square comes to us from Denise in New York in honor and memory of Oritt Stephen Everett who died of COVID-19. Denise writes: I am sending you two Memorial Squares for the Covid Memorial Quilt that I made to honor my friend's parents who died last year. Oritt Stephen Everett was born on October 22, 1927 in La Ceiba, Honduras. As a child, he helped his father in the family bakery. He was an altar boy in the local Anglican Church. He immigrated to the United States in 1953 and served in the Army in the Korean War. He went AWOL to marry Aida Mercedes Suazo, and then was shipped to Japan and Korea. Upon his return, he settled in Brooklyn, New York, worked in commercial bakeries in Brooklyn, and had 3 children with Aida: Gilda Everett, Mercedes Everett, and Adolph Everett. He had a son and a daughter from a previous relationship Oritt Everett and Feron Everett Andrews. He passed away on April 9, 2020. Many thanks for undertaking this project. You have no idea how touched my friends were to hear about all the work you are doing to make this quilt possible. We will honor and remember Oritt on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF AIDA MERCEDES SUAZO EVERETT - 10/29/27 - 4/20/20

IN MEMORY OF AIDA MERCEDES SUAZO EVERETT  - 10/29/27 - 4/20/20

This Memorial Square comes to us from Denise in New York in honor and memory of Aida Mercedes Suazo Everett who died of COVID-19. Denise writes: I am sending you two Memorial Squares that I made to honor my friend's parents who died last year. Aida Mercedes Suazo Everett was born on October 29, 1927, in Santo Domingo, Republica Dominicana. She loved learning and church, and graduated from nursing school in the Dominican Republic. She immigrated to the United States in 1950, and studied English at night. She was able to work as a registered nurse in Mother Cabrini Hospital in New York City. She married Oritt Stephen Everett on September 13, 1953, and moved to Chicago while Oritt served in the Army during the Korean War. While there, she worked in Cook County Hospital as a nurse. Upon their return to New York City, they settled in Brooklyn and had 3 children, Gilda Everett, Mercedes Everett, and Adolph Everett. Aida passed away on April 20, 200, 11 days after her husband of 66 years. You have no idea how touched my friends were to hear about all the work you are doing to make this quilt possible. We will honor and remember Aida on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF STEPHEN ALBERT HARMON - JUNE 15, 1945 - DECEMBER 26, 2020

IN MEMORY OF STEPHEN ALBERT HARMON - JUNE 15, 1945 - DECEMBER 26, 2020

This Memorial Square comes to us from Olive in Kansas in honor and memory of her husband, Stephen Albert Harmon, who died of COVID-19. Olive writes: My husband, Stephen Albert Harmon, died on Dec. 26, 2020, after spending nearly a month in the hospital, much of that time on a ventilator. He was 75 years old. The worst part of those of us who loved him was that we couldn't go be with him; he left home in an ambulance on Thanksgiving Eve, and I never saw him alive again. We had been married for six years; our anniversary was Dec. 14, which he spent in the hospital. I sent him an anniversary card. After his death, it was returned to me unopened with his other effects. One of the most ironic things about his death was that we didn't expect him to be the first to go. We married in 2016, and I spent most of 2017 in the hospital being treated for Acute Myeloid Leukemia. After seven months apart and a bone marrow transplant, I was able to come home. The difference between my long hospital stay and his was that he was able to come visit me and spend most weekends with me. After my months of chemo, my kidneys were damaged and I am now on dialysis awaiting a kidney transplant. We had put out lives on hold in so many ways even before the pandemic closed everything down, and we were extremely careful because of my compromised immune system. I got the first call for an available kidney the night they took Steve to the hospital, and of course, I had to turn it down because I also had Covid at that time, but I had no symptoms. It seems unfair that we spent so much time and effort keeping me alive, and he is not here to enjoy it with me. In the first weeks after his death, I often wondered why I had survived. What was the point? But we go on. I'm sending you a crazy quilt block made out of pieces of fabric that represent various parts of Steve's life. The quilt block was pieced by Sue Hiller Horner and I did the embroidery and bead embellishment. Here are the meanings behind each piece. The black and white fabric: Crazy quilts traditionally have a spider and spiderweb. This was so much fun to make. The fabric itself represents Steve's ties to Africa. It's from a keffiyeh scarf that he wore often. He was an historian specializing in North and West Africa and the Middle East. He said the keffiyeh is the duct tape of the desert. The indigo dyed cloth also represents Africa. The fishing pole is based on one that Steve's family will find familiar. I know his son James learned to fly fish with it, and many years later, so did I. The fly is made from my own hand spun yarn. It's embroidered on one of the bandanas Steve always carried in his pocket. The maroon fabric is one of Steve's neckties, representing his life as a college professor. The piece of Paraguay flag represents his many teaching trips to South America and his love for his students and their culture. The gold represents California, where he lived for many years and to where he always longed to return. I thank you for taking on this project, allowing us who are left behind to tell the stories of our loved ones. We will honor and remember Steve on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

These Memorial Squares come to us from Julie J. Johnson, the Art Teacher and NHAS Sponsor at Glen Allen High School in Glen Allen, Virginia. Julie writes: Dear Madeleine. The Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society would like to present you with our donation of handmade quilt squares for your amazing project. We are so inspired by your work and wish you all of the best in your creative and meaningful endeavor! In honor and memory of all those lost and on behalf of all those affected by this deadly pandemic, Madeleine and the Covid Memorial Quilt gratefully accept these beautiful handmade works of art by the students of the Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society. Thank you.  

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

These Memorial Squares come to us from Julie J. Johnson, the Art Teacher and NHAS Sponsor at Glen Allen High School in Glen Allen, Virginia. Julie writes: Dear Madeleine. The Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society would like to present you with our donation of handmade quilt squares for your amazing project. We are so inspired by your work and wish you all of the best in your creative and meaningful endeavor! In honor and memory of all those lost and on behalf of all those affected by this deadly pandemic, Madeleine and the Covid Memorial Quilt gratefully accept these beautiful handmade works of art by the students of the Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society. Thank you.  

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

These Memorial Squares come to us from Julie J. Johnson, the Art Teacher and NHAS Sponsor at Glen Allen High School in Glen Allen, Virginia. Julie writes: Dear Madeleine. The Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society would like to present you with our donation of handmade quilt squares for your amazing project. We are so inspired by your work and wish you all of the best in your creative and meaningful endeavor! In honor and memory of all those lost and on behalf of all those affected by this deadly pandemic, Madeleine and the Covid Memorial Quilt gratefully accept these beautiful handmade works of art by the students of the Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society. Thank you.  

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

These Memorial Squares come to us from Julie J. Johnson, the Art Teacher and NHAS Sponsor at Glen Allen High School in Glen Allen, Virginia. Julie writes: Dear Madeleine. The Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society would like to present you with our donation of handmade quilt squares for your amazing project. We are so inspired by your work and wish you all of the best in your creative and meaningful endeavor! In honor and memory of all those lost and on behalf of all those affected by this deadly pandemic, Madeleine and the Covid Memorial Quilt gratefully accept these beautiful handmade works of art by the students of the Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society. Thank you.  

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

These Memorial Squares come to us from Julie J. Johnson, the Art Teacher and NHAS Sponsor at Glen Allen High School in Glen Allen, Virginia. Julie writes: Dear Madeleine. The Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society would like to present you with our donation of handmade quilt squares for your amazing project. We are so inspired by your work and wish you all of the best in your creative and meaningful endeavor! In honor and memory of all those lost and on behalf of all those affected by this deadly pandemic, Madeleine and the Covid Memorial Quilt gratefully accept these beautiful handmade works of art by the students of the Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society. Thank you.  

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

These Memorial Squares come to us from Julie J. Johnson, the Art Teacher and NHAS Sponsor at Glen Allen High School in Glen Allen, Virginia. Julie writes: Dear Madeleine. The Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society would like to present you with our donation of handmade quilt squares for your amazing project. We are so inspired by your work and wish you all of the best in your creative and meaningful endeavor! In honor and memory of all those lost and on behalf of all those affected by this deadly pandemic, Madeleine and the Covid Memorial Quilt gratefully accept these beautiful handmade works of art by the students of the Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society. Thank you.  

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

These Memorial Squares come to us from Julie J. Johnson, the Art Teacher and NHAS Sponsor at Glen Allen High School in Glen Allen, Virginia. Julie writes: Dear Madeleine. The Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society would like to present you with our donation of handmade quilt squares for your amazing project. We are so inspired by your work and wish you all of the best in your creative and meaningful endeavor! In honor and memory of all those lost and on behalf of all those affected by this deadly pandemic, Madeleine and the Covid Memorial Quilt gratefully accept these beautiful handmade works of art by the students of the Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society. Thank you.  

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

These Memorial Squares come to us from Julie J. Johnson, the Art Teacher and NHAS Sponsor at Glen Allen High School in Glen Allen, Virginia. Julie writes: Dear Madeleine. The Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society would like to present you with our donation of handmade quilt squares for your amazing project. We are so inspired by your work and wish you all of the best in your creative and meaningful endeavor! In honor and memory of all those lost and on behalf of all those affected by this deadly pandemic, Madeleine and the Covid Memorial Quilt gratefully accept these beautiful handmade works of art by the students of the Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society. Thank you.  

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

These Memorial Squares come to us from Julie J. Johnson, the Art Teacher and NHAS Sponsor at Glen Allen High School in Glen Allen, Virginia. Julie writes: Dear Madeleine. The Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society would like to present you with our donation of handmade quilt squares for your amazing project. We are so inspired by your work and wish you all of the best in your creative and meaningful endeavor! In honor and memory of all those lost and on behalf of all those affected by this deadly pandemic, Madeleine and the Covid Memorial Quilt gratefully accept these beautiful handmade works of art by the students of the Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society. Thank you.  

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

These Memorial Squares come to us from Julie J. Johnson, the Art Teacher and NHAS Sponsor at Glen Allen High School in Glen Allen, Virginia. Julie writes: Dear Madeleine. The Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society would like to present you with our donation of handmade quilt squares for your amazing project. We are so inspired by your work and wish you all of the best in your creative and meaningful endeavor! In honor and memory of all those lost and on behalf of all those affected by this deadly pandemic, Madeleine and the Covid Memorial Quilt gratefully accept these beautiful handmade works of art by the students of the Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society. Thank you.  

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

These Memorial Squares come to us from Julie J. Johnson, the Art Teacher and NHAS Sponsor at Glen Allen High School in Glen Allen, Virginia. Julie writes: Dear Madeleine. The Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society would like to present you with our donation of handmade quilt squares for your amazing project. We are so inspired by your work and wish you all of the best in your creative and meaningful endeavor! In honor and memory of all those lost and on behalf of all those affected by this deadly pandemic, Madeleine and the Covid Memorial Quilt gratefully accept these beautiful handmade works of art by the students of the Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society. Thank you.  

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

These Memorial Squares come to us from Julie J. Johnson, the Art Teacher and NHAS Sponsor at Glen Allen High School in Glen Allen, Virginia. Julie writes: Dear Madeleine. The Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society would like to present you with our donation of handmade quilt squares for your amazing project. We are so inspired by your work and wish you all of the best in your creative and meaningful endeavor! In honor and memory of all those lost and on behalf of all those affected by this deadly pandemic, Madeleine and the Covid Memorial Quilt gratefully accept these beautiful handmade works of art by the students of the Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society. Thank you.  

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

These Memorial Squares come to us from Julie J. Johnson, the Art Teacher and NHAS Sponsor at Glen Allen High School in Glen Allen, Virginia. Julie writes: Dear Madeleine. The Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society would like to present you with our donation of handmade quilt squares for your amazing project. We are so inspired by your work and wish you all of the best in your creative and meaningful endeavor! In honor and memory of all those lost and on behalf of all those affected by this deadly pandemic, Madeleine and the Covid Memorial Quilt gratefully accept these beautiful handmade works of art by the students of the Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society. Thank you.  

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

These Memorial Squares come to us from Julie J. Johnson, the Art Teacher and NHAS Sponsor at Glen Allen High School in Glen Allen, Virginia. Julie writes: Dear Madeleine. The Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society would like to present you with our donation of handmade quilt squares for your amazing project. We are so inspired by your work and wish you all of the best in your creative and meaningful endeavor! In honor and memory of all those lost and on behalf of all those affected by this deadly pandemic, Madeleine and the Covid Memorial Quilt gratefully accept these beautiful handmade works of art by the students of the Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society. Thank you.  

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

These Memorial Squares come to us from Julie J. Johnson, the Art Teacher and NHAS Sponsor at Glen Allen High School in Glen Allen, Virginia. Julie writes: Dear Madeleine. The Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society would like to present you with our donation of handmade quilt squares for your amazing project. We are so inspired by your work and wish you all of the best in your creative and meaningful endeavor! In honor and memory of all those lost and on behalf of all those affected by this deadly pandemic, Madeleine and the Covid Memorial Quilt gratefully accept these beautiful handmade works of art by the students of the Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society. Thank you.  

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

These Memorial Squares come to us from Julie J. Johnson, the Art Teacher and NHAS Sponsor at Glen Allen High School in Glen Allen, Virginia. Julie writes: Dear Madeleine. The Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society would like to present you with our donation of handmade quilt squares for your amazing project. We are so inspired by your work and wish you all of the best in your creative and meaningful endeavor! In honor and memory of all those lost and on behalf of all those affected by this deadly pandemic, Madeleine and the Covid Memorial Quilt gratefully accept these beautiful handmade works of art by the students of the Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society. Thank you.  

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

These Memorial Squares come to us from Julie J. Johnson, the Art Teacher and NHAS Sponsor at Glen Allen High School in Glen Allen, Virginia. Julie writes: Dear Madeleine. The Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society would like to present you with our donation of handmade quilt squares for your amazing project. We are so inspired by your work and wish you all of the best in your creative and meaningful endeavor! In honor and memory of all those lost and on behalf of all those affected by this deadly pandemic, Madeleine and the Covid Memorial Quilt gratefully accept these beautiful handmade works of art by the students of the Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society. Thank you.  

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

These Memorial Squares come to us from Julie J. Johnson, the Art Teacher and NHAS Sponsor at Glen Allen High School in Glen Allen, Virginia. Julie writes: Dear Madeleine. The Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society would like to present you with our donation of handmade quilt squares for your amazing project. We are so inspired by your work and wish you all of the best in your creative and meaningful endeavor! In honor and memory of all those lost and on behalf of all those affected by this deadly pandemic, Madeleine and the Covid Memorial Quilt gratefully accept these beautiful handmade works of art by the students of the Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society. Thank you.  

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

These Memorial Squares come to us from Julie J. Johnson, the Art Teacher and NHAS Sponsor at Glen Allen High School in Glen Allen, Virginia. Julie writes: Dear Madeleine. The Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society would like to present you with our donation of handmade quilt squares for your amazing project. We are so inspired by your work and wish you all of the best in your creative and meaningful endeavor! In honor and memory of all those lost and on behalf of all those affected by this deadly pandemic, Madeleine and the Covid Memorial Quilt gratefully accept these beautiful handmade works of art by the students of the Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society. Thank you.  

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

These Memorial Squares come to us from Julie J. Johnson, the Art Teacher and NHAS Sponsor at Glen Allen High School in Glen Allen, Virginia. Julie writes: Dear Madeleine. The Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society would like to present you with our donation of handmade quilt squares for your amazing project. We are so inspired by your work and wish you all of the best in your creative and meaningful endeavor! In honor and memory of all those lost and on behalf of all those affected by this deadly pandemic, Madeleine and the Covid Memorial Quilt gratefully accept these beautiful handmade works of art by the students of the Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society. Thank you.  

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

These Memorial Squares come to us from Julie J. Johnson, the Art Teacher and NHAS Sponsor at Glen Allen High School in Glen Allen, Virginia. Julie writes: Dear Madeleine. The Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society would like to present you with our donation of handmade quilt squares for your amazing project. We are so inspired by your work and wish you all of the best in your creative and meaningful endeavor! In honor and memory of all those lost and on behalf of all those affected by this deadly pandemic, Madeleine and the Covid Memorial Quilt gratefully accept these beautiful handmade works of art by the students of the Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society. Thank you.  

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

These Memorial Squares come to us from Julie J. Johnson, the Art Teacher and NHAS Sponsor at Glen Allen High School in Glen Allen, Virginia. Julie writes: Dear Madeleine. The Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society would like to present you with our donation of handmade quilt squares for your amazing project. We are so inspired by your work and wish you all of the best in your creative and meaningful endeavor! In honor and memory of all those lost and on behalf of all those affected by this deadly pandemic, Madeleine and the Covid Memorial Quilt gratefully accept these beautiful handmade works of art by the students of the Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society. Thank you.  

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

These Memorial Squares come to us from Julie J. Johnson, the Art Teacher and NHAS Sponsor at Glen Allen High School in Glen Allen, Virginia. Julie writes: Dear Madeleine. The Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society would like to present you with our donation of handmade quilt squares for your amazing project. We are so inspired by your work and wish you all of the best in your creative and meaningful endeavor! In honor and memory of all those lost and on behalf of all those affected by this deadly pandemic, Madeleine and the Covid Memorial Quilt gratefully accept these beautiful handmade works of art by the students of the Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society. Thank you.  

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

These Memorial Squares come to us from Julie J. Johnson, the Art Teacher and NHAS Sponsor at Glen Allen High School in Glen Allen, Virginia. Julie writes: Dear Madeleine. The Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society would like to present you with our donation of handmade quilt squares for your amazing project. We are so inspired by your work and wish you all of the best in your creative and meaningful endeavor! In honor and memory of all those lost and on behalf of all those affected by this deadly pandemic, Madeleine and the Covid Memorial Quilt gratefully accept these beautiful handmade works of art by the students of the Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society. Thank you.  

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

These Memorial Squares come to us from Julie J. Johnson, the Art Teacher and NHAS Sponsor at Glen Allen High School in Glen Allen, Virginia. Julie writes: Dear Madeleine. The Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society would like to present you with our donation of handmade quilt squares for your amazing project. We are so inspired by your work and wish you all of the best in your creative and meaningful endeavor! In honor and memory of all those lost and on behalf of all those affected by this deadly pandemic, Madeleine and the Covid Memorial Quilt gratefully accept these beautiful handmade works of art by the students of the Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society. Thank you.  

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

These Memorial Squares come to us from Julie J. Johnson, the Art Teacher and NHAS Sponsor at Glen Allen High School in Glen Allen, Virginia. Julie writes: Dear Madeleine. The Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society would like to present you with our donation of handmade quilt squares for your amazing project. We are so inspired by your work and wish you all of the best in your creative and meaningful endeavor! In honor and memory of all those lost and on behalf of all those affected by this deadly pandemic, Madeleine and the Covid Memorial Quilt gratefully accept these beautiful handmade works of art by the students of the Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society. Thank you.  

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

These Memorial Squares come to us from Julie J. Johnson, the Art Teacher and NHAS Sponsor at Glen Allen High School in Glen Allen, Virginia. Julie writes: Dear Madeleine. The Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society would like to present you with our donation of handmade quilt squares for your amazing project. We are so inspired by your work and wish you all of the best in your creative and meaningful endeavor! In honor and memory of all those lost and on behalf of all those affected by this deadly pandemic, Madeleine and the Covid Memorial Quilt gratefully accept these beautiful handmade works of art by the students of the Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society. Thank you.  

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

These Memorial Squares come to us from Julie J. Johnson, the Art Teacher and NHAS Sponsor at Glen Allen High School in Glen Allen, Virginia. Julie writes: Dear Madeleine. The Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society would like to present you with our donation of handmade quilt squares for your amazing project. We are so inspired by your work and wish you all of the best in your creative and meaningful endeavor! In honor and memory of all those lost and on behalf of all those affected by this deadly pandemic, Madeleine and the Covid Memorial Quilt gratefully accept these beautiful handmade works of art by the students of the Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society. Thank you.  

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

These Memorial Squares come to us from Julie J. Johnson, the Art Teacher and NHAS Sponsor at Glen Allen High School in Glen Allen, Virginia. Julie writes: Dear Madeleine. The Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society would like to present you with our donation of handmade quilt squares for your amazing project. We are so inspired by your work and wish you all of the best in your creative and meaningful endeavor! In honor and memory of all those lost and on behalf of all those affected by this deadly pandemic, Madeleine and the Covid Memorial Quilt gratefully accept these beautiful handmade works of art by the students of the Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society. Thank you.  

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

These Memorial Squares come to us from Julie J. Johnson, the Art Teacher and NHAS Sponsor at Glen Allen High School in Glen Allen, Virginia. Julie writes: Dear Madeleine. The Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society would like to present you with our donation of handmade quilt squares for your amazing project. We are so inspired by your work and wish you all of the best in your creative and meaningful endeavor! In honor and memory of all those lost and on behalf of all those affected by this deadly pandemic, Madeleine and the Covid Memorial Quilt gratefully accept these beautiful handmade works of art by the students of the Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society. Thank you.  

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

These Memorial Squares come to us from Julie J. Johnson, the Art Teacher and NHAS Sponsor at Glen Allen High School in Glen Allen, Virginia. Julie writes: Dear Madeleine. The Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society would like to present you with our donation of handmade quilt squares for your amazing project. We are so inspired by your work and wish you all of the best in your creative and meaningful endeavor! In honor and memory of all those lost and on behalf of all those affected by this deadly pandemic, Madeleine and the Covid Memorial Quilt gratefully accept these beautiful handmade works of art by the students of the Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society. Thank you.  

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

These Memorial Squares come to us from Julie J. Johnson, the Art Teacher and NHAS Sponsor at Glen Allen High School in Glen Allen, Virginia. Julie writes: Dear Madeleine. The Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society would like to present you with our donation of handmade quilt squares for your amazing project. We are so inspired by your work and wish you all of the best in your creative and meaningful endeavor! In honor and memory of all those lost and on behalf of all those affected by this deadly pandemic, Madeleine and the Covid Memorial Quilt gratefully accept these beautiful handmade works of art by the students of the Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society. Thank you.  

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

These Memorial Squares come to us from Julie J. Johnson, the Art Teacher and NHAS Sponsor at Glen Allen High School in Glen Allen, Virginia. Julie writes: Dear Madeleine. The Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society would like to present you with our donation of handmade quilt squares for your amazing project. We are so inspired by your work and wish you all of the best in your creative and meaningful endeavor! In honor and memory of all those lost and on behalf of all those affected by this deadly pandemic, Madeleine and the Covid Memorial Quilt gratefully accept these beautiful handmade works of art by the students of the Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society. Thank you.  

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

These Memorial Squares come to us from Julie J. Johnson, the Art Teacher and NHAS Sponsor at Glen Allen High School in Glen Allen, Virginia. Julie writes: Dear Madeleine. The Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society would like to present you with our donation of handmade quilt squares for your amazing project. We are so inspired by your work and wish you all of the best in your creative and meaningful endeavor! In honor and memory of all those lost and on behalf of all those affected by this deadly pandemic, Madeleine and the Covid Memorial Quilt gratefully accept these beautiful handmade works of art by the students of the Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society. Thank you.  

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

These Memorial Squares come to us from Julie J. Johnson, the Art Teacher and NHAS Sponsor at Glen Allen High School in Glen Allen, Virginia. Julie writes: Dear Madeleine. The Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society would like to present you with our donation of handmade quilt squares for your amazing project. We are so inspired by your work and wish you all of the best in your creative and meaningful endeavor! In honor and memory of all those lost and on behalf of all those affected by this deadly pandemic, Madeleine and the Covid Memorial Quilt gratefully accept these beautiful handmade works of art by the students of the Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society. Thank you.  

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

These Memorial Squares come to us from Julie J. Johnson, the Art Teacher and NHAS Sponsor at Glen Allen High School in Glen Allen, Virginia. Julie writes: Dear Madeleine. The Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society would like to present you with our donation of handmade quilt squares for your amazing project. We are so inspired by your work and wish you all of the best in your creative and meaningful endeavor! In honor and memory of all those lost and on behalf of all those affected by this deadly pandemic, Madeleine and the Covid Memorial Quilt gratefully accept these beautiful handmade works of art by the students of the Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society. Thank you.  

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

These Memorial Squares come to us from Julie J. Johnson, the Art Teacher and NHAS Sponsor at Glen Allen High School in Glen Allen, Virginia. Julie writes: Dear Madeleine. The Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society would like to present you with our donation of handmade quilt squares for your amazing project. We are so inspired by your work and wish you all of the best in your creative and meaningful endeavor! In honor and memory of all those lost and on behalf of all those affected by this deadly pandemic, Madeleine and the Covid Memorial Quilt gratefully accept these beautiful handmade works of art by the students of the Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society. Thank you.  

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

These Memorial Squares come to us from Julie J. Johnson, the Art Teacher and NHAS Sponsor at Glen Allen High School in Glen Allen, Virginia. Julie writes: Dear Madeleine. The Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society would like to present you with our donation of handmade quilt squares for your amazing project. We are so inspired by your work and wish you all of the best in your creative and meaningful endeavor! In honor and memory of all those lost and on behalf of all those affected by this deadly pandemic, Madeleine and the Covid Memorial Quilt gratefully accept these beautiful handmade works of art by the students of the Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society. Thank you.  

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

These Memorial Squares come to us from Julie J. Johnson, the Art Teacher and NHAS Sponsor at Glen Allen High School in Glen Allen, Virginia. Julie writes: Dear Madeleine. The Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society would like to present you with our donation of handmade quilt squares for your amazing project. We are so inspired by your work and wish you all of the best in your creative and meaningful endeavor! In honor and memory of all those lost and on behalf of all those affected by this deadly pandemic, Madeleine and the Covid Memorial Quilt gratefully accept these beautiful handmade works of art by the students of the Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society. Thank you.  

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

These Memorial Squares come to us from Julie J. Johnson, the Art Teacher and NHAS Sponsor at Glen Allen High School in Glen Allen, Virginia. Julie writes: Dear Madeleine. The Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society would like to present you with our donation of handmade quilt squares for your amazing project. We are so inspired by your work and wish you all of the best in your creative and meaningful endeavor! In honor and memory of all those lost and on behalf of all those affected by this deadly pandemic, Madeleine and the Covid Memorial Quilt gratefully accept these beautiful handmade works of art by the students of the Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society. Thank you.  

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

These Memorial Squares come to us from Julie J. Johnson, the Art Teacher and NHAS Sponsor at Glen Allen High School in Glen Allen, Virginia. Julie writes: Dear Madeleine. The Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society would like to present you with our donation of handmade quilt squares for your amazing project. We are so inspired by your work and wish you all of the best in your creative and meaningful endeavor! In honor and memory of all those lost and on behalf of all those affected by this deadly pandemic, Madeleine and the Covid Memorial Quilt gratefully accept these beautiful handmade works of art by the students of the Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society. Thank you.  

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

These Memorial Squares come to us from Julie J. Johnson, the Art Teacher and NHAS Sponsor at Glen Allen High School in Glen Allen, Virginia. Julie writes: Dear Madeleine. The Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society would like to present you with our donation of handmade quilt squares for your amazing project. We are so inspired by your work and wish you all of the best in your creative and meaningful endeavor! In honor and memory of all those lost and on behalf of all those affected by this deadly pandemic, Madeleine and the Covid Memorial Quilt gratefully accept these beautiful handmade works of art by the students of the Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society. Thank you.  

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

These Memorial Squares come to us from Julie J. Johnson, the Art Teacher and NHAS Sponsor at Glen Allen High School in Glen Allen, Virginia. Julie writes: Dear Madeleine. The Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society would like to present you with our donation of handmade quilt squares for your amazing project. We are so inspired by your work and wish you all of the best in your creative and meaningful endeavor! In honor and memory of all those lost and on behalf of all those affected by this deadly pandemic, Madeleine and the Covid Memorial Quilt gratefully accept these beautiful handmade works of art by the students of the Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society. Thank you.  

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

These Memorial Squares come to us from Julie J. Johnson, the Art Teacher and NHAS Sponsor at Glen Allen High School in Glen Allen, Virginia. Julie writes: Dear Madeleine. The Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society would like to present you with our donation of handmade quilt squares for your amazing project. We are so inspired by your work and wish you all of the best in your creative and meaningful endeavor! In honor and memory of all those lost and on behalf of all those affected by this deadly pandemic, Madeleine and the Covid Memorial Quilt gratefully accept these beautiful handmade works of art by the students of the Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society. Thank you.  

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

These Memorial Squares come to us from Julie J. Johnson, the Art Teacher and NHAS Sponsor at Glen Allen High School in Glen Allen, Virginia. Julie writes: Dear Madeleine. The Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society would like to present you with our donation of handmade quilt squares for your amazing project. We are so inspired by your work and wish you all of the best in your creative and meaningful endeavor! In honor and memory of all those lost and on behalf of all those affected by this deadly pandemic, Madeleine and the Covid Memorial Quilt gratefully accept these beautiful handmade works of art by the students of the Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society. Thank you.  

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

These Memorial Squares come to us from Julie J. Johnson, the Art Teacher and NHAS Sponsor at Glen Allen High School in Glen Allen, Virginia. Julie writes: Dear Madeleine. The Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society would like to present you with our donation of handmade quilt squares for your amazing project. We are so inspired by your work and wish you all of the best in your creative and meaningful endeavor! In honor and memory of all those lost and on behalf of all those affected by this deadly pandemic, Madeleine and the Covid Memorial Quilt gratefully accept these beautiful handmade works of art by the students of the Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society. Thank you.  

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

FROM THE STUDENTS AT GLEN ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA

These Memorial Squares come to us from Julie J. Johnson, the Art Teacher and NHAS Sponsor at Glen Allen High School in Glen Allen, Virginia. Julie writes: Dear Madeleine. The Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society would like to present you with our donation of handmade quilt squares for your amazing project. We are so inspired by your work and wish you all of the best in your creative and meaningful endeavor! In honor and memory of all those lost and on behalf of all those affected by this deadly pandemic, Madeleine and the Covid Memorial Quilt gratefully accept these beautiful handmade works of art by the students of the Glen Allen High School National Art Honor Society. Thank you.  

A STAIRWAY FOR ALL THOSE WHO HAVE ASCENDED

A STAIRWAY FOR ALL THOSE WHO HAVE ASCENDED

This Memorial Square was sent to us anonymously in honor and memory of all those who have died of COVID-19. The center steps in the Memorial Square were used to convey stairs or the ascension to a new beginning or new existence. This is the theme behind the 8 inch x 8 inch size being chosen for the Memorial Squares themselves. 8 being a number when turned on its side becomes the symbol of infinity - meaning a person's essence or energy continues on, even if it has left the physical body behind. 

IN MEMORY OF NORBERT ARLEN GREENE

IN MEMORY OF NORBERT ARLEN GREENE

This Memorial Square comes to us from Marlene in Michigan in honor and memory of Norbert Arlen Greene who died of COVID-19. Marlene writes: Norb was a policeman before cancer of the larynx struck. He fought the cancer for 20 years during which time he could never talk, eat, swallow or anything of the like. He had a tracheostomy and a feeding tube for those 20 years. He communicated by writing only. Truly a most magnificent man that words can't describe, and then to lose him to COVID-19, which he got from a doctor's office was, and is, devastating to his family. The fabric is from his uniform shirt he wore when he was a police officer. Norb is forever in our hearts. We will honor and remember Norbert on the Covid Memorial Quilt.

IN MEMORY OF RICK D. OLSEN - 2/15/49 - 1/2/21

IN MEMORY OF RICK D. OLSEN - 2/15/49 - 1/2/21

This Memorial Square comes to us from Camie in Utah in honor and memory of her cousin, Rick D. Olsen, who died of COVID-19. Camie writes: Rick Olsen was my cousin and a truly amazing human being. Our entire family misses him dearly! He is survived by his wife, Sue, their 4 kids, 18 grandkids and 2 great grandkids. Just a note of gratitude for the "healing" work you are doing by making this quilt. It's an amazing gift to those of us who have lost a loved one to this horrible pandemic. We will honor and remember Rick on the Covid Memorial Quilt.

IN MEMORY OF DUANE COOK - 4/29/1949 - 12/06/2020

IN MEMORY OF DUANE COOK - 4/29/1949 - 12/06/2020

This Memorial Square comes to us from Ruthann in honor and memory of her brother, Duane Cook, who died of COVID-19. Duane Cook, 71, of Cheyenne, Colorado, died on Sunday, December 6, 2020. He was born on April 29, 1949, in Rifle, Colorado. Duane was a U.S. Air Force Viet Nam combat veteran. Upon discharge from the Air Force, he continued his studies toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and Outdoor Recreation. He went on to complete his Masters Degree in Athletic Administration. He taught and coached at Central High School for 28 years. In the 1990-1991 boys basketball season, he led that team to an undefeated season, a state championship and induction of the Central Indians into the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. He then took up woodworking as a hobby and turned it into a full time business. Never one to stay idle, he founded Platte Rivers Veteran's Fly Fishing in 2011. His love of the outdoors and helping others seem to be his calling in life. He was quick with his wit, humor and always had a story. He is survived by his wife Deborah of 48 years; sons, Jason, Joshua, daughter Jaclyn and daughter in his heart, Sherra. The young people he most wanted to surround his heart were his seven grandchildren, Sam and Aiden, Baylor and Hanley, and Hayden, Kennedy and Charley. He is also survived by his sister Ruthann, several nieces, nephews and cousins. "I will see you in my dreams. I will meet you by the streams. For all the times." We will honor and remember Duane on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF JUANA MARTIN - 3/10/57 - 1/11/21

IN MEMORY OF JUANA MARTIN - 3/10/57 - 1/11/21

This Memorial Square comes to us from Laurie, Michelle, Laurie and Ricky from American Airlines in honor and memory of Juana Martin, loving mother of Ricky, who died of COVID-19. They write: I saw your article in the January, 2021 issue of the People Magazine, about your school project. I was so touched by what you are doing that I enlisted one of my co-workers to help make two squares to commemorate two other co-workers who lost their Moms to COVID-19. Thank you so much. We are forever grateful. Laurie, Michelle, Laurie, Ricky - American Airlines. We will honor and remember Juana on the Covid Memorial Quilt.

IN MEMORY OF CAROL RICHARD - 4/20/40 - 12/29/20

IN MEMORY OF CAROL RICHARD - 4/20/40 - 12/29/20

This Memorial Square comes to us from Laurie, Michelle, Laurie and Ricky from American Airlines in honor and memory of Carol Richard, loving wife, mother, Nemo, Grandma, "old Grandma," who died of COVID-19. They write: I saw your article in the January, 2021 issue of the People Magazine, about your school project. I was so touched by what you are doing that I enlisted one of my co-workers to help make two squares to commemorate two other co-workers who lost their Moms to COVID-19. Thank you so much. We are forever grateful. Laurie, Michelle, Laurie, Ricky - American Airlines. We will honor and remember Carol on the Covid Memorial Quilt.

IN MEMORY OF JAMES ROY HARRISON - FEB 23, 2021

IN MEMORY OF JAMES ROY HARRISON - FEB 23, 2021

This Memorial Square comes to us from Nichole in honor and memory of James Roy Harrison, who died of COVID-19. James Roy Harrison, 66, of Rineyville, KY, died Tuesday, February 23, 2021. James was a native of Fort Knox, served 23 years active duty in the U.S. Army and was a Gulf War veteran. His military awards included the bronze star medal, fourth time meritorious service medal, joint service commendation medal, fourth time Army commendation medal, second time Army achievement medal, joint meritorious unit award, national defense service medal, southwest Asia service medal, Army service ribbon, second time overseas service ribbon, liberation medal, Kuwait liberation medal and a silver star medal. James left behind a wife, Clara, 3 sons, and 5 grandchildren who all miss him very much. We will honor and remember James on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

A MESSAGE OF HOPE IN MEMORY OF JAMES HARRISON AND ALL THOSE WHO HAVE PASSED OF COVID-19

A MESSAGE OF HOPE IN MEMORY OF JAMES HARRISON AND ALL THOSE WHO HAVE PASSED OF COVID-19

This Memorial Square comes to us from Nichole in Kentucky as a message of hope and also in memory of James Roy Harrison, who died of COVID-19. Nichole writes: This Memory Quilt Square was made as a message of hope for a better tomorrow after the pandemic has passed. It was also made in memory of all the people who have perished in this pandemic. My name is Nichole. I have a friend named Clara, who would take me to Special Olympics Bowling every fall from 2013 - 2019. Her husband James Harrison succumbed to COVID-19 this past February. James was a retired military officer and won the Silver Star. The words on the quilt square are inspired by the song, "Tomorrow," from the classic Broadway musical show, "Annie." We will honor and remember James on the Covid Memorial Quilt.

IN MEMORY OF SARAH OLIVER - NOVEMBER 21, 2020

IN MEMORY OF SARAH OLIVER - NOVEMBER 21, 2020

This Memorial Square comes to us from Deedee in honor and memory of her Aunt, Sarah Oliver, of West Branch, MI, who passed away on November 21, 2020 at 69 years of age due to complications from COVID-19.  Deedee writes: This fabric is being submitted in memory of my Aunt, Sarah Oliver. The fabric I chose to send was from a skirt I made for her in 2019. Every year we always made a trip to Disney World and I made us each Disney skirts to wear while we were there. Thank you so much for taking the time to make this wonderful treasure. We will honor and remember Sarah on the Covid Memorial Quilt.  

IN MEMORY OF RICK SIBERY - 5/30/1943 - 12/30/2021

IN MEMORY OF RICK SIBERY - 5/30/1943 - 12/30/2021

This Memorial Square comes to us from Linda in Arizona in honor and memory of her husband, Rick Sibery, who died of COVID-19. Linda writes: I am a little behind in my reading and just now read your article in People Magazine. If it is not too late, I would love for you to add my beloved husband of almost 30 years to your Covid Memorial Quilt. His name is Rick Sibery. Rick loved watching the Green Bay Packers, the University of Wisconsin football team and NASCAR racing. He sadly lost his struggle with COVID-19 in December. We will honor and remember Rick on the Covid Memorial Quilt. (NOTE: We are always accepting new Memorial Squares. There is no deadline - or "too late." Madeleine's goal is to honor and remember every person lost.)

IN MEMORY OF ETHAN THOMAS NEWMAN - 6/25/74 - 12/29/20

IN MEMORY OF ETHAN THOMAS NEWMAN - 6/25/74 - 12/29/20

This Memorial Square comes to us from Peggy in honor and memory of musician Ethan Thomas Newman from Arizona who died of COVID-19. Peggy credits and thanks Ethan's wife, Kiersten, for her help in designing the Memorial Square for her husband. Peggy writes: Ethan was loved by everyone who knew him and that is the honest to God truth. He was genuine and loved people and treated everyone like they were the most special person he knew, even though he knew thousands. He was funny and smart and talented beyond measure. The Universe lost a beautiful soul when he died. Peggy also shared Ethan's obituary with us. Some words for that text: Musician Ethan Newman didn't he was anyone special. He turned down interviews because he believed he wasn't newsworthy. But Newman, who frequently played Larry's Cocktails near Cave Creek and Jolie's Place in Chandler, was someone special. When word of his death on Dec 29, 2020, at age 46 of COVID-19 hit social media, his feed was a never-ending series of eulogies. Within 24 hours, there were 657 comments. "Our hearts are broken," started the post about his death. "He fought as hard as he could until the very end. Our lives, our hearts and the music world will never be the same from this. The joy and love that he brought others is unmatched, and we are comforted by knowing that he brought smiles to the faces of everyone he met." As a testament to his heart, Newman was a Department of Defense volunteer who played for U.S. military personnel in Korea, Japan, Okinawa, Guam, Bosnia, Kosovo, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Qatar and Djibouti. "He was one of the kindest people I've ever known. He had a wonderful way of making others feel special. He made sure you knew you were extraordinary." "Everybody remembers the time they met Ethan Newman. He was a unicorn of a human being. Everybody had a connection to him, and it was always honest and genuine." We will honor and remember Ethan on the Covid Memorial Quilt. (NOTE: Peggy and Kiersten designed the Memorial Square leaving a blank space at the lower left for this photo of Ethan. Madeleine added Ethan's photo to complete his Memorial Square.) 

IN MEMORY OF JACQUELINE BLAY - 1/3/2021

IN MEMORY OF JACQUELINE BLAY - 1/3/2021

This Memorial Square comes to us Anthony from Arizona in honor and memory of his mother, Jacqueline Blay, who died of COVID-19. Anthony writes: My mom, Jacqueline Blay, died on 1/3/2021. We loved going to meals and movies together. She loved England and especially Scotland. She went on vacation there in 2015 by herself. That's my Mom, adventurous and fearless. She was a giving person. If someone was injured or needed help she would be the one to act. I am and will miss her dearly. We will honor and remember Jacqueline on the Covid Memorial Quilt.  

IN MEMORY OF JEFFERY JAMES SENECA - 10/23/54 - 4/17/2020

IN MEMORY OF JEFFERY JAMES SENECA - 10/23/54 - 4/17/2020

This Memorial Square comes to us from Christine in New York in honor and memory of her husband, Jeffery James Seneca, who died of COVID-19. Christine writes: I lost my husband, Jeff Seneca, to Covid in April 2020. He was only 64. He was alone in the hospital on a ventilator for two weeks, we did not get to see him or say goodbye to him. That haunts me. The idea that his story will live on with your quilt brings me great peace and joy. I have enclosed a photo of Jeff, it was unstaged and one of his favorites. He was always so serious and focused when taking photos, so it was funny and very silly that this bird landed on his head while he was taking pictures of other birds. I have also attached an excerpt from his obituary, please include as much or whatever you can. And thank you again for everything, most of all calling attention to the horror of this cruel virus and the beautiful lives that it has stolen. From Jeff's obituary: Jeffery James Seneca, of Pleasantville, New York, died peacefully on April 17th, 2020, from complications associated with the coronavirus. He was 64.  Jeff lived a full life filled with ‘abbondanza.’ In the 1970s Jeff and his brother Drew made their way from New York to California as a successful guitar duo performing original music. Jeff wrote timeless songs he recorded and played professionally into the next decade. In later years Jeff became an award-winning wildlife photographer and accomplished birder whose great respect for nature inspired others to live more thoughtfully. He embraced holidays, especially Christmas, and relished the opportunity to share his collection of seasonal decorations. He was full of intrigue and surprises, and even managed to acquire the title of Lord in Glencoe, Scotland despite never having visited the country. Jeff was born on October 23, 1955 to his pre-deceased parents Andrew and Marge. He is survived by his wife Christine, whom he met on 2-4-78 while performing with his band at the Colonial Tavern in Hawthorne, NY. They shared 36 beautiful years of marriage and created a loving family with their children, Jeffery Jr. (43) and Christopher (34). Jeff cherished his in-laws, Lisa and Geno, his daughters-in-law, Laura and Amisha, his grandchildren, Gabriella and Hunter, and the extended network of nephews, cousins, relatives, and friends with whom he created the memories we hold in our hearts. Jeff was generous until the end, caring, kindhearted, spontaneous, and fun. We are devastated at his departure, but he left a treasure trove of artifacts and remembrances that will lighten the lives of those who are still here and yet to come. We could have only asked for more time, though it would never have been enough for those who loved him. We will honor and remember Jeff on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF JAY M GALST, MD - MAY 15, 1950 - APRIL 12, 2020

IN MEMORY OF JAY M GALST, MD - MAY 15, 1950 - APRIL 12, 2020

This Memorial Square comes to us from Joann in honor and memory of her husband, Jay M. Galst, MD, who died of COVID-19. Joann writes: I lost my husband of 47 years on April 12, 2020 due to complications of Covid. I am outraged at how our leaders handled the beginning phases of this pandemic, and later phases, as well. I am sending you a photo of my husband, Jay M. Galst (born May 15, 1950, died April 12, 2020). He was an ophthalmologist and renowned expert on ophthalmologists and ophthalmology depicted on coins and medals. I am also sending you an article I had published in Medium about the experience of losing him to this awful scourge, and information about an item of special meaning to him, in hopes that something of these items may be incorporated into a memorial square. I, unfortunately, am not a sewer. Thank you so much for the kindness and empathy you and your mom have shown in starting and continuing this project. To read the Medium article, please search My Husband Died of Covid-19 - And the President Allowed It to Happen by Joann Galst on Medium.com. Here is an excerpt: I was married to Jay Glast for 47 years and 10 months until he died needlessly this spring...There is no one with his head lying on the pillow next to me anymore. There's a three-year-old who keeps asking about Grandpa. There's a three-month-old boy who will never even get to meet his grandfather. Two hundred thousand is an unfathomable number - a numbing number - but there is real human pain behind it. I will not let my husband's death, nor the deaths of 200,000 other Americans, be in vain. We will honor and remember Jay on the Covid Memorial Quilt.

IN MEMORY OF JENNIFER BEESON - JANUARY 30, 2021

IN MEMORY OF JENNIFER BEESON - JANUARY 30, 2021

This Memorial Square comes to us from Sam and Alex in Arizona in honor and memory of Jennifer Beeson, who died of COVID-19.  Sam writes: I am attaching a photo of my wife.  She was my high school sweetheart and mother of a special needs child.  She was a tremendous advocate for people with disabilities and supported many of their causes.  She was my wife of 36 years, together for 44.  She passed away from Covid on January 30th, 2021 at the age of 60.  I miss her terribly.  But with your wonderful project, her memory will live on.  I live in Arizona, and I have just heard that the quilt is coming here.  I don't know if my submission will make it there on time, but either way, I look forward to seeing it.  Again, thank you so much.  If you are looking for something to say about her:

Jennifer Beeson
Phoenix, Arizona
7/13/60 - 1/30/21
Loving wife, mother and friend
We miss you so much
Sam and Alex

We will honor and remember Jennifer on the Covid Memorial Quilt.

IN MEMORY OF DAWN WELLS - 10/18/1938 - 12/30/2020

IN MEMORY OF DAWN WELLS - 10/18/1938 - 12/30/2020

This Memorial Square is made by Madeleine on behalf of her Aunt Barbara of California in honor and memory of Barbara's very dear friend, Dawn Wells, who died of causes related toCOVID-19. Some words about Dawn taken from Variety: Dawn Wells, who starred as "good girl" Mary Ann in the popular 1960s sitcom "Gilligan's Island," died of causes related to COVID-19. Dawn was 82.

Pig-tailed and attired in her ubiquitous dungarees or gingham dress, which is on display at the Hollywood Museum, the Mary Ann character was the girl-next-door to Tina Louise’s suggestive evening dress-clad Ginger, who was often subjected to leering comments from the male stars they were shipwrecked with on a tropical island after becoming stranded during a “three-hour tour.”

Quote from Tina Louise, the last remaining member of the crew: “I was sad to learn of Dawn’s passing, I will always remember her kindness to me. We shared in creating a cultural landmark that has continued to bring comfort and smiles to people during this difficult time. I hope that people will remember her the way that I do – always with a smile on her face.”

Quote from Barbara Eden on Dawn Wells: "I just read about the passing of Dawn Wells and I am saddened that Dawn left us earlier today. She was such a fun, charming and funny lady. Dawn and I had known each other for years. My then husband Michael (Ansara) and I had met her father Joe first, then later Dawn. We often would visit Dawn and her husband at their home and play bridge together. Over the years our paths crossed continually, and she was always delightful and fun to be around.

My deepest condolences to her loved ones and family. While her health had been in decline, it is never easy losing someone so suddenly. I hope everyone will take a moment to think of Dawn at her brightest and happiest and hold onto that memory for Dawn loved to laugh and focus on the happy, positive joys of life. She may have “left the island” but Dawn will always be in our hearts." -Barbara Eden

"I have a faith in a God that's much bigger than any of this."- Dawn Wells.

We will honor and remember Dawn on the Covid Memorial Quilt.

IN MEMORY OF EDWARD TIMAR - 7/29/1924 - 11/19/2020

IN MEMORY OF EDWARD TIMAR - 7/29/1924 - 11/19/2020

This Memorial Square comes to us from Kris in California in honor and memory of Edward Timar of Texas who died of COVID-19. Kris writes: Edward Timar was my mentor in real estate over 40 years ago. I was fortunate to have visited him in February at the nursing home where he was living in Texas. We had a chance to relive some great memories and make some new ones. We will honor and remember Edward on the Covid Memorial Quilt.

IN MEMORY OF MARY ANN WELLS - 9/7/1955 - 11/16/2020

IN MEMORY OF MARY ANN WELLS - 9/7/1955 - 11/16/2020

This Memorial Square comes to us from Kris in California in honor and memory of Mary Ann Wells who died of COVID-19. Kris writes: Mary Ann Wells and her husband Bob both contracted the virus. Sadly, Mary Ann did not survive. Her husband continues to miss his dear wife every day. We will honor and remember Mary Ann on the Covid Memorial Quilt.

IN MEMORY OF DAVID UTTING - 7/30/2020

IN MEMORY OF DAVID UTTING - 7/30/2020

This Memorial Square comes to us from Lauren in Florida in honor and memory of her husband, David Utting, who died of COVID-19. Lauren writes: I was so touched to hear on the news about your project to make a Covid Memorial Quilt to remember those we have all lost. I have attached the quilt square made by my sister to add to the quilt for my sweet husband David. He passed away from Covid on July 30, 2020. We had been married for 45 years and it was just so incredibly tragic to lose him like this - as due to this horrible virus I was unable to be with him in the hospital and hold his hand as I was able to do for 45+ years. I was truly blessed to have this special man for so many years so I try to hold onto that. You asked for a few words about him: David was born in England and I met him when I journeyed to England to meet my mother's family - my mother was a British war-bride - and all her family lived in the same city in England as my husband's family. We married and spent three years living in England before emigrating to the US in 1976. Although he spent 43 years in the USA he never lost any of his British accent! He was an extremely kind, gentle, quiet, loving but funny wonderful husband, brother and uncle. Although we were never blessed with children of our own, my sister was extremely generous sharing her two daughters and grandchildren with David and me. He truly loved and enjoyed being with them all. David's nieces really miss their Uncle David, as well as David's five sisters and three brothers (he was the oldest son) in England miss him so much. Thank you so very, very much for this wonderful labor of love for those we have lost and those left behind...another way that their memory and loss will not be forgotten. "Life is not forever, Love is." We will honor and remember David on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF A MALE PRISONER - NOT FORGOTTEN - SEPTEMBER 2020

IN MEMORY OF A MALE PRISONER - NOT FORGOTTEN - SEPTEMBER 2020

This Memorial Square comes to us from Jay in Texas in honor and memory of a Male Prisoner who died of COVID-19 in September, 2020. These two Memorial Squares are hand drawn with pencil on white paper, the only supplies afforded to the incarcerated people in a Texas prison. They are hand drawn then sent to us. We will scan them and create a Memorial Square. On the right margin, Jay has written: A male Prisoner past away from Covid last September. He was away from his family but God never left him. Prison may tell a different story but there was others who saw and told his story. We will honor and remember Jay's friend, a Male Prisoner, on the Covid Memorial Quilt.

IN GOD'S HANDS - IN MEMORY OF A 7 YEAR OLD CHILD WHO DIED

IN GOD'S HANDS - IN MEMORY OF A 7 YEAR OLD CHILD WHO DIED

This Memorial Square comes to us from Jay in Texas in honor and memory of a 7 year old child who died of COVID-19. These two Memorial Squares are hand drawn with pencil on white paper, the only supplies afforded to the incarcerated people in a Texas prison. They are hand drawn then sent to us. We will scan them and create a Memorial Square. On the right margin, Jay has written: A story about a friend who lost her baby girl due to Covid. She was only 7 years old. We will honor and remember this sweet 7 year old child on the Covid Memorial Quilt.

IN MEMORY OF JOAN VIRGINIA HAUG - AUGUST 11, 1943 - DECEMBER 4, 2020

IN MEMORY OF JOAN VIRGINIA HAUG - AUGUST 11, 1943 - DECEMBER 4, 2020

This Memorial Square comes to us from Kim in honor and memory of Joan Haug who died of COVID-19. Kim writes: Our quilt square is for Joan Haug. My husband's parents never married. He was raised by his maternal grandparents and never knew his father. Much later in life, we looked for his father and could never find him. We did find his half brothers and sister and their mother, Joan. The father had passed away several years earlier. Joan welcomed us into their family and shared stories about my husband's father and told my husband that his father did love him. It was a great act of selflessness that touched our lives. We have kept in touch with his brothers and sister and at the end of last year learned that Joan had contracted the virus after a hospital stay. Sadly, she was in no condition to fight the virus and passed away just before Christmas. This quilt piece is our way of honoring Joan and acknowledging her kind and giving heart. May she rest in peace. We will honor and remember Joan on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF ROGELIO "RO" LECHUGA - 2/8/1976 - 10/26/2020

IN MEMORY OF ROGELIO

This Memorial Square comes to us from Susan in California in honor and memory of her husband, Rogelio "Ro" Lechuga, who died of COVID-19. Susan writes: If I could only give one statement to describe Ro, my husband, it would be a bright light in this dim world. Ro was the hardest working man who gave his whole heart to whomever or whatever was brought into his path. That's why when he was diagnosed with COVID on October 22, 2020, we truly thought he'd beat it. He was strong, resilient, and fought to survive his whole life. He went to the doctor on October 20th. They said there was no chance he had COVID. Treat it like any other virus. Sleep, over the counter meds and liquids. Even the night he passed, he protected me and the children while he sent them to their rooms and I outside to call the ambulance. Always the protector of his family. He passed with strangers to spare us the pain. Ro was husband to me, Susan, for what would have been 22 years on May 15, 2021. We were first loves. He was father to Roana, 20, Rogelio A, 15, and Rodrigo, 7. He was loved and will be missed until we are reunited in heaven one day. He fought a short battle with the virus but the mark he left in their world will be forever. We will honor and remember Ro on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF ALL DEAF AND DEAF-BLIND

IN MEMORY OF ALL DEAF AND DEAF-BLIND

This Memorial Square comes to us from Bethany in New Hampshire in honor and memory of all the Deaf and Deaf-Blind. Bethany writes: This quilt square was designed and sewed in memory of several Deaf and Deaf-Blind individuals who touched my life and the lives of many. The cardinals represent two special people who will never be forgotten. I dedicate this square to honor all Deaf and Deaf-Blind individuals throughout our nation whose beautiful souls shared an abundance of love. Thank you for making the Covid Memorial Quilt; this moving tribute brings so much peace. We will honor and remember all the Deaf and Deaf-Blind on the Covid Memorial Quilt.

IN MEMORY OF MARY RAGLAN "POLLY" WEBSTER - 4/8/2020

IN MEMORY OF MARY RAGLAN

This Memorial Square comes to us from the family of Mary Ragan "Polly" Webster, who died of COVID-19. They write: Mary Ragan (Polly) Webster was a lifelong Marylander, who had a deep appreciation for flowers, clouds and treating family, friends and strangers with kindness and optimism. She was involved in her community—raising funds, organizing festivals, helping needy families and supporting good deeds, including working for the war effort in WWII. She helped found her city’s Episcopal church and was a cheerful and loving caretaker of people and the natural world. We will honor and remember Polly on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF BRUCE ALAN HOFFMEIER - 5/20/1943 - 11/20/2020

IN MEMORY OF BRUCE ALAN HOFFMEIER - 5/20/1943 - 11/20/2020

This Memorial Square comes to us from Karen in Iowa in honor and memory of her husband, Bruce Alan Hoffmeier, who died of COVID-19. Karen writes: Bruce Hoffmeier was a loving husband, dad and grandparent. He spent his whole life making a difference in other peoples lives. Bruce was a teacher, counselor and principal in the public school system. He received the honor of being the outstanding assistant principal of the year and served on a plethora of professional and community committees. He was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame and the local community high school Hall of Fame. After 35 years of public service he served as the Foundation Director for the local hospital for eleven years. He started several fundraising efforts in that position that continue to bring revenue to the local hospital. Bruce and Karen were avid travelers and visited all 50 states and took numerous other European vacations. Some of their favorite trips were with family to Hawaii and Disney. Their adventures took them on a Friendship Force trip to England and on a number of house exchanges. Bruce was a faithful church servant and never hesitated to step forward to serve as a trustee, lector, sing in the choir or help Knights of Columbus activities. His favorite activity was singing and he sang with a Barbershop Men's group chorus in Des Moines, Iowa, and with his own quartet, Cul de Sac. Although he was busy with a number of activities, his family ALWAYS CAME FIRST! He adored his two daughters and his wonderful grandchildren. He was a survivor in every sense of the world. R.I.P. dear Bruce! We will honor and remember Bruce on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF AL VOLLBRECHT - 9/24/42 - 12/28/20

IN MEMORY OF AL VOLLBRECHT - 9/24/42 - 12/28/20

This Memorial Square comes to us from Carole in California in honor and memory of Al Vollbrecht. Carole writes: Dear Madeleine, Thank you for all your hard work and your big beautiful heart. The Rotary Club of Murrieta thanks you for keeping Al's memory alive through your quilt. Al was an invaluable "doer" in our community, leaving his mark on the student symphony, the Field of Honor, Chalk Art displays, Murrieta Thru Time project, and so much more. We will honor and remember Al on the Covid Memorial Quilt.

IN MEMORY OF HENRY IRWIN MILLER - NOV 24, 1936 - AUG 27, 2020

IN MEMORY OF HENRY IRWIN MILLER - NOV 24, 1936 - AUG 27, 2020

This Memorial Square comes to us from Sandra in California in honor and memory of Henry Irwin Miller from Jerusalem, Israel, who died of COVID-19. From the Memorial Square that Sandra has made, we see that Henry was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Henry was a talented artist, musician, and he liked making pickles. We will honor and remember Henry on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF SANTOS GOMEZ - 07/11/2020

IN MEMORY OF SANTOS GOMEZ - 07/11/2020

This Memorial Square comes to us from Sonia in Arizona in honor and memory of her father, Santos Gomez, who died of COVID-19. Sonia writes: My father, Santos Gomez, was such an amazing dad who had so much love for his family. His love was endless. He worked hard to provide for his family and built our house will his own hands. My father enjoyed going to yard sales to find old Marvel toys and robots he loved to restore them. Aside from his hobby, he loved to dance, laugh and take my mom out shopping. One of the many aspects that I cherish about my father was his loving partnership with my mom. He taught his children to be independent, kind to others, forgive and be compassionate. I lost this amazing man, my father and my hero, on July 11, 2020, to COVID-19. He is missed everyday. Love lives on. We will honor and remember Santos on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF RILEY C. GOODHART - 1946 - 2020

IN MEMORY OF RILEY C. GOODHART - 1946 - 2020

This Memorial Square comes to us from Stella in California in honor and memory of her husband, Riley C. Goodhart, who died of COVID-19. Stella writes: Riley C. Goodhart was my husband who passed away last year due to COVID-19. He was the light of my life, a thoughtful and caring husband and person. He contracted the virus in July 2020 and lost the battle after he was hospitalized for more than a month. He loved life and enjoyed it to the fullest. His passion was traveling, fishing, and enjoying good times with his good friends and family. We all miss him very much. In his Memorial Square, please use a green color and put down the following with his picture on it:

"In loving memory of my beloved husband Riley C. Goodhart 1946 - 2020. Love always, your wife Stella." Thank you very much. We will honor and remember Riley on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF THOSE LOST IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

IN MEMORY OF THOSE LOST IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

This Memorial Square comes to us from Celeste in California in honor and memory of all those lost in her homeland, Trinidad and Tobago. Trinidad and Tobago was once the 2nd highest ranked country in the world for their immediate lockdown and handling of the Coronavirus. Recently, with the admittance of refugees and tourists, who did not abide by the protocols, that has tragically and drastically changed. The country, an island near Venezuela, with approximately 1.3 million inhabitants, is now in the red zone, losing an average of 17 people a day to COVID-19. This is the flag of Trinidad and Tobago. We will honor and remember them on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF JOHN WHITLOCK - 1929 - 2021

IN MEMORY OF JOHN WHITLOCK - 1929 - 2021

This Memorial Square comes to us from Mary in Arizona in honor and memory of John Whitlock who died of COVID-19. Mary writes: John Whitlock was a beloved member of Desert Heritage Church in Mesa, AZ. His smiles lives on forever. We will honor and remember John on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF CHARLIE STEWART - 1948 - 2021

IN MEMORY OF CHARLIE STEWART - 1948 - 2021

This Memorial Square comes to us from Mary in Arizona in honor and memory of Charlie Stewart who died of COVID-19. Mary writes: Charlie Stewart was a faithful Dallas Cowboys fan. He always wore gray and blue. We will honor and remember Charlie on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF CHARLES HENRY KREBBS - AUGUST 7, 2020

IN MEMORY OF CHARLES HENRY KREBBS - AUGUST 7, 2020

This Memorial Square comes to us from Tara in Arizona, in honor and memory of her father, Charles Henry Krebbs, who died of COVID-19. Tara writes: I would like to submit information for a square for my dad, Charles Henry Krebbs. He passed away in Phoenix, AZ on August 7th 2020. He has just turned 75 and was looking forward to enjoying his retirement w/ my mom. A little more about dad:

My dad was a hard working family man. My dad had many diverse interests including gardening, cooking, reading, jazz music and fitness. He loved trying new things, learning and laughing. He particularly enjoyed reading about science. But above all else, my dad loved his family and community. He made it a point to spend quality time with the people he cared about and he was never more than a phone call away. My dad believed that the purpose of life is to do whatever we can to leave the world a better place. He believed in equality and that a person’s worth is not measured by their material possessions, but by how they treat others. 

I have attached some photos. Please let me know if you need anything else. He really was an avid gardener so anything related to that would be perfect for his square. Thank you so much for all you are doing. We will honor and remember Charles on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF PAT HARDY - DIED EASTER SUNDAY 2020

IN MEMORY OF PAT HARDY - DIED EASTER SUNDAY 2020

This Memorial Square comes to us from Eleanor in Illinois in honor and memory of Pat Hardy who died of COVID-19. Eleanor writes: Pat Hardy was a beloved co-worker, boss, mother, sister and friend. She started at St. Joseph Hospital in 1972 as a morgue assistant. She was 18. She rose to be the Director of Academic Affairs. She had a family but her St. Joe's family was quite important. She died of COVID-19 after helping screen people entering the hospital in the early days of the pandemic. She died on Easter Sunday, 2020. The hospital has named the medical library after her. She was truly one of a kind and is much missed. Thank you for making the Covid Memorial Quilt. Making the square for Pat has helped. Pat's family approved this square. Pat never met a stranger and was particularly dedicated to mentoring young women throughout her career. We look forward to seeing the quilt at some point. Stay well. We will honor and remember Pat on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF DAVID SHELTON - 8/7/45 - 2/17/21

IN MEMORY OF DAVID SHELTON  - 8/7/45 - 2/17/21

This Memorial Square comes to us from Cheryl in California in honor and memory of her husband, David Shelton, who died of COVID-19. Cheryl writes: This patch was made by me to honor my husband, David Shelton, who died on February 17th, 2021 from COVID pneumonia. He was an Air Force Veteran, a sailor, and a handyman among many other things. He is missed by his family. We will honor and remember Dave on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF ADAM FRAUM - APRIL 14, 2021

IN MEMORY OF ADAM FRAUM - APRIL 14, 2021

This Memorial Square is in honor and memory of Adam Fraum, a beloved teacher at David Posnack Jewish Day School in Florida, died on April 14, 2021. Adam spent six years at the school, where he worked in the Performing and Visual Arts Department. "All who knew Adam felt his joy and spark of positive energy every time you were in his presence," Head of School Dr. Richard Cuenca said in a statement, "We will miss Adam's passion and his dedication, and I will miss his smiling presence above all." Adam as 34 is survived by his fiance and 4-year-old son. We will honor and remember Adam on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF DYKOTA MORGAN - age 15, DIED MAY 4, 2021

IN MEMORY OF DYKOTA MORGAN - age 15, DIED MAY 4, 2021

This Memorial Square is to honor Dykota Morgan, a 15 year old star athlete and honor student in Bolingbrook, Illinois, who died of COVID-19 on May 4, 2021. Dykota's parents, Krystal Morgan and Rashad Bingham, said she had no underlying conditions and died within days of her first COVID-19 symptoms. The happy, "well-rounded" teenager loved art, food, music and sports. Dykota had already been offered scholarships to four universities and hoped to attend an HBCU followed by law school. We will honor and remember Dykota on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF LUIS LOPEZ - MARCH 2, 2021

IN MEMORY OF LUIS LOPEZ - MARCH 2, 2021

This Memorial Square is honor and in memory of Luis Lopez, who died of COVID-19 on March 2, 2021 at the age of 42 in Washington state. Luis is survived by his wife and five children. Luis spent more than 12 years as a volunteer firefighter with West Benton Fire Rescue, Fire Chief Seth Johnson said. "While at WBRFA, Firefighter Lopez responded to a staggering 1, 613 emergencies and logged over 720 hours of training," Johnson said in a statement. "Outside of emergency response, Firefighter Lopez was a frequent sight during station tours, public education, events, parades and loved to dress as Santa Claus during the annual Holiday Tour." We will honor and remember Luis on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF DONNA M. SCHROEDER - MAY 21, 2021
IN MEMORY OF DONNA M. SCHROEDER - MAY 21, 2021

This Memorial Square comes to us from Veronica in Illinois in honor and memory of her mother, Donna, who died of COVID-19 on May, 21, 2021.  Veronica writes: My mom was very outgoing and the last few years of her life she enjoyed Harley Motorcycle riding with her boyfriend. My mom was born in Chicago. I am a quilter but cannot get into the spirit to make her one. We will honor and remember Donna on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF BLANCA MERO-CASTANO - DIED APRIL 19, 2020

IN MEMORY OF BLANCA MERO-CASTANO - DIED APRIL 19, 2020

This Memorial Square comes to us from Diana in honor and memory of her mother, Blanca Mero-Castano, who passed away from COVID-19 on April 19, 2020. Diana writes: I am also a Marked by Covid supporter. My mother's photo was taken a couple of months before the pandemic hit. She was a strong, generous, and loving mother. She enjoyed gardening, cooking on special occasions and being with her family. She enjoyed the beach as well. She was battling breast cancer. I hope a Memorial Square can be made of this photo. It was her birthday. We will honor and remember Blanca on the Covid Memorial Quilt. (NOTE: Once the Memorial Square is completed, it will be posted here. Please check the PANELS ON DISPLAY page to see which panel the Memorial Square is on and where you can see it in person on display.)

IN HONOR OF KRISTIN URQUIZA, IN MEMORY OF MARK URQUIZA - June 30, 2020

IN HONOR OF KRISTIN URQUIZA, IN MEMORY OF MARK URQUIZA - June 30, 2020

This Memorial Square comes to us from Jeff to honor Kristin Urquiza for her efforts co-founding Marked by COVID and in memory of her father, Mark Urquiza, who died of COVID-19 on June 30th, 2020. Mark Anthony Urquiza passed away after more than three weeks battling COVID-19. Mark was a high school 400 meter dash state champion and cross-country runner. Mark was known for his infectious energy, strong will, and yes, stubbornness. COVID-19 robbed Mark Urquiza of his life - and the funeral Kristin Urquiza thought her father deserved. "The amount of people that wanted to be here but couldn't is overwhelming," Kristin said. "It absolutely breaks my heart to know that this man who was so beloved by so many people for 65 years isn't able to get a proper send-off." Marked by COVID was founded by Kristin - with the help of friends and family when her dad passed away. Marked by COVID is a growing movement of individuals highlighting the true cost of the U.S. response: lives unnecessarily lost. We will honor Kristin for her work and we will remember Mark on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

IN MEMORY OF TAGAN JA'NAE MARIE DRONE - age 5, 4-21-15 - 10-30-20
IN MEMORY OF TAGAN JA'NAE MARIE DRONE - age 5, 4-21-15 - 10-30-20

This Memorial Square comes to us from Nancy in California in honor and memory of Tagan, age 5, who died of COVID-19 on October 30, 2020. Nancy writes:

I was happy to find this project, which was started by a young girl, with a huge heart and great support team. As Madeleine said, in her own words in her simple, yet powerful Mission Statement:

"They're not numbers. They're people who died and they deserve to be remembered." -Madeleine Fugate, 13, student.

This has been one of my rants for months, People not Numbers.

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Tagan's obituary spoke of her age, family, school, favorite toys...the story of her 5 short years.

For, yes she was five.

That's what I kept thinking about. It was one reason I chose Tagan to represent on a Covid Memorial Quilt block. When I first heard her story in the NEWS, back in November, I couldn't get the various images of her out of my mind. She was so young, with such a twinkle in her eye. You could see her spirit shining through as she smiled at the camera.

She was five.          

As I listened to her parents telling her story, their story, my heart broke for them. Their voices held so much pain, so much pain from an unbearable loss. You can read her father's heartbreaking words here.

This was a long, slow process. I just could not get going on it. I couldn't settle on an idea, besides the broadest thoughts of fabric choice (which was super easy and decided upon well before I stitched on stitch) and the symbol I'd use, the heart, which was an obvious choice and a trademark of mine. I spent time considering how to use the fabric color choices, using one, some or all of the different colors. What color would, should the heart be? How big should that heart be? And what of the stitches, what color would I use to stitch? How much stitch should I add? Finally, which direction should the colors orientate? I believe my slow start stemmed from my idea that I would do a cloth weaving base. No matter how I designed it in my mind, it felt too busy with a woven base. When I finally let go of that idea, things started to fall into place.

I used my much loved finger paint fabrics because this is often a first art experience for young children. It is often a favorite way for young children to explore and create. Yet, even though it can be a universal mode of expression, each mark made is unique to the maker.

She was five

In the end, I used almost all of the colors of the finger paint fabric in bold stripes, like crayons laying in a row.  The brown, a bit wider than the others to represent the fact that Tagan is a child of color and so many more people of color had contracted Covid and been so much sicker, dying more frequently.  The colors held meaning. 

Yellow-Orange = sun, sand

Green = growth, life

Brown = earth, people

Blue-Purple/black = sky, deep water

 The red was placed across all of the other colors, holding the colors, as we hold one another. The red for love, heart, community, family. The red, the life's blood, which holds it all together.

 She was five

All of the edges were left raw, ragged, ripped ~ to exclaim the brokenness at the loss of a child.

The light tan/blue colored heart, sewn on with a blanket stitch (another trademark for me) to show the love her family and community had for her...to show the love she gave back and to show the love the world felt upon hearing of her loss...for wouldn't we all wrap her in that love, that blanket and protect her for all time, if only we could.

 She was five

Between each step of the process, a day or two passed by. I moved slowly, gathering my thoughts, considering what would come next and how I would do that next step. A pause to meditate on a young girl, who was once so full of life.

She was five

To show respect to her family, I chose to embroider her full given name. I used a rich brown. I used a lovely green to show her growing years, birth - death dates.
 
I left most of the colors bold, stitch-free (only the invisible baste stitch to secure them) and added a light, swirling touch of stitches to the band of red...like love in the air, which can be seen and felt.

She was five

Last step for me is always my "NAE '21" (or whatever year the making took place). Here it is on the back of the heart. Connection.

Every step, every mark, and every stitch ~ a part of the story. Each phase photographed, documented...rested with.

She was five

It felt important to me to honor this child with symbolism that was meaningful, not trite.

I hope I did that.

It felt important to honor this child with colors that could hold a deeper meaning.

I hope I did that too.

It felt important to honor this child.

I know my heart did that.

She was five.

We will honor and remember Tagan on the Covid Memorial Quilt. 

"They're not numbers. They're people who died and they deserve to be remembered." -Madeleine Fugate, 13.