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Abrazo was saddened to learn last night of the death two years ago of birthmother Angela Lewis. Angela had placed here twice, so her children are growing up in the same adoptive home, and we lift the adoptive family in our prayers along with Angela's mother, her children and her siblings, as they manage this news and deal with this loss. 

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Board member Angela Martinez and executive director Elizabeth Jurenovich travelled to Blacksburg, VA at the end of last month to represent the Abrazo community at the memorial service for adoptive mother Susan Marmagas, who bravely contended with ovarian cancer for several years before passing away on 12/21/18. Susan and her husband Bill had adopted twice through Abrazo, and never missed bringing their daughters to Camp Abrazo, despite her illness. She will forever be fondly remembered by our community, and greatly missed by all of us, including their daughter's birthbrother's adoptive family, the Salinases, and their other daughter's birthsister's adoptive families, the Scott Wise family and the Linda Perkins family. Bill and Tasia and Elektra, you three are being lifted in all our prayers!

Abrazo was saddened to learn last night of the death two years ago of birthmother Angela Lewis. Angela had placed here twice, so her children are growing up in the same adoptive home, and we lift the adoptive family in our prayers along with Angela's mother, her children and her siblings, as they manage this news and deal with this loss. 

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On ‎1‎/‎21‎/‎2019 at 6:18 PM, Stork Central said:

Board member Angela Martinez and executive director Elizabeth Jurenovich travelled to Blacksburg, VA at the end of last month to represent the Abrazo community at the memorial service for adoptive mother Susan Marmagas, who bravely contended with ovarian cancer for several years before passing away on 12/21/18. Susan and her husband Bill had adopted twice through Abrazo, and never missed bringing their daughters to Camp Abrazo, despite her illness. She will forever be fondly remembered by our community, and greatly missed by all of us, including their daughter's birthbrother's adoptive family, the Salinases, and their other daughter's birthsister's adoptive families, the Scott Wise family and the Linda Perkins family. Bill and Tasia and Elektra, you three are being lifted in all our prayers!

Abrazo was saddened to learn last night of the death two years ago of birthmother Angela Lewis. Angela had placed here twice, so her children are growing up in the same adoptive home, and we lift the adoptive family in our prayers along with Angela's mother, her children and her siblings, as they manage this news and deal with this loss. 

Thank you Abrazo for everything that you do! I appreciate that you were there in VA for the Marmagas family during this difficult time. 

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Thank you Abrazo! Missing Susan! 

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Abrazo recently learned that local attorney and AbrazoDad Michael Panzarella died in San Antonio last July, at the age of 62.

Mike and his former wife Teri adopted through Abrazo twice. We are saddened to learn of his passing, albeit late, and we hope his family draws strength from their many happy memories together. 

Michael Panzarella’s Obituary

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We were saddened to learn last week of the death of a beloved Abrazo birthmom, just a day before her 44th birthday.

Vilaylak Phomsouvanh (known to us as "Vee")  contacted Abrazo over two decades ago, when she was a pregnant nineteen-year-old from a culture that shunned unmarried mothers. 

She made an adoption plan with an Abrazo couple who would've loved to keep in closer contact with her over the years, however, Vee did not seek an actual reunion until her placed daughter turned nineteen. She took great pride in the talented young woman her daughter had become, but sadly, she did not find the courage to actually meet with that daughter before her death. She did, however, live to hear her father say he understood the choice she had made in opting for adoption, and that he was proud of her. That meant the world to Vee. 

Her family is planning no memorial service. If you wish to contribute to her burial, click here.

We extend our heartfelt condolences to both Vee's son and daughter, to his family and to her adoptive family, as well. 

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The Abrazo staff was informed today of the recent passing of adoptive dad Joseph Defosse in Mississippi in August. Joe and his wife Lisa adopted their daughter Jamie here in 2003; they were part of the Los Misionarios orientation group of February 2003. The family traveled this summer to Hawaii for the trip of a lifetime, but five days after returning home, Joe suffered a stroke that later led to his death. His obituary can be read here. Please join us in lifting Lisa and Jamie in your prayers as they adapt to this great loss in both their lives.  

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Thank you for sharing this. Many prayers for the family.

 

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Praying for his family 

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Condolences to his Family and all who love him. May he rest in peace 🙏 

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Prayers for this loss. May you find peace in all the memories made. 

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