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Funeral Services for Ana Marquez-Greene, Rachel D’Avino
Funeral services will be taking place over the next few days for two members of the University of Hartford family who lost their lives in the tragic violence at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
A funeral service for Ana Grace Márquez-Greene, 6, will be held on Saturday, Dec. 22, in Bloomfield, Conn. The Homegoing Celebration will begin at noon at The First Cathedral, 1151 Blue Hills Ave., Bloomfield. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon prior to the service at the church. Burial will be private.
Media have been asked not to attend the funeral, which is open to friends and family only.
Ana is the six-year-old daughter of alumni Nelba Marquez '97 and Jimmy Greene '97, a well-known jazz musician. Both attended The Hartt School.
The Ana Grace Fund has been established to provide financial support for the Marquez-Greene family in this, their time of great need. Visit www.anagracefund.com to donate.
Click here for Ana’s obituary, as well as additional information on memorial donations, online condolences, and cards for the Marquez-Greene family.
Rachel D’Avino ‘07
A funeral service for Rachel D'Avino '07 will be held on Friday, Dec. 21, at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Nativity on East Street in Bethlehem, Conn. Friends may call today (Thursday, Dec. 20) from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Munson-Lovetere Funeral Home located at 2 School St. in Woodbury, Conn.
Rachel, 29, graduated from the University of Hartford in 2007 with a BA in psychology. The behavioral therapist was one of the six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School who lost their lives in the Dec. 14 attack.
Police have told Rachel’s family that she died heroically, while trying to shield children from shooter Adam Lanza.
After receiving her bachelor's degree from the University of Hartford, Rachel went on to earn a master's degree from Post University, and was working toward a doctorate at the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford. Rachel was passionate about working with children with autism, and she recently completed her final requirements to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Rachel’s boyfriend was planning to propose to her on Christmas Eve.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Autism Speaks, 1 East 33rd Street, 4th floor, New York, NY 10016.
Read Rachel D’Avino’s obituary.
Visit the University’s "Supporting Sandy Hook" web page for regularly updated information about tributes to Ana and Rachel, and ways that you can help support the families of all of the Sandy Hook victims.