Saturday, September 22, 2012

UPDATED: Wake and Funeral Arrangements

Update:  Reception information added below.

There can’t be much worse things to do than to plan the funeral for your child.  As Julianne and I sat with the funeral director, I thought how unnatural it is to be looking at a casket so small.  And yet, there was a conflicting feeling I had of how beautiful the casket is and how the dress that we have picked out for Isabella would look so nice in it.  P1020399

As we toured the cemetery, again, I had conflicting and polarizing feelings as we tried to pick the perfect spot where Isabella would spend forever.  The lack of sleep and appetite caused waves of nausea and I just wanted to go home.  I just wanted to hug Isabella one more time.

Anyway, here is what we finally settled on.  I do hope that as many people as possible can come out and help us remember Isabella.

I should also note that we are encouraging everyone to dress in bright and vivid colors to the activities.  As you know, Isabella loved the rainbow’s colors (especially purple), so let’s shower her with colors.


The wake will be held at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT on Wednesday, September 26 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm.  I would like to add that we are planning an open casket because we wanted everyone to see how beautiful Isabella is for one last time.  Parents may want to prepare their children.



The funeral mass will be held at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 203 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT on Thursday, September 27 at 10:00am.  This was the church where Isabella was baptized and had her first communion.



The burial will immediately follow the mass at Fairfield Memorial Park, 230 Oaklawn Avenue, Stamford, CT.  Roneil’s dad, grandmother, grandfather, and uncle are also buried here so it’ll be nice that she’ll be with other family.



A family friend has graciously offered their house to host the reception, which will immediately follow the burial.  The reception will be held at 61 Cove Ave., Norwalk, CT.  All are welcome.



  1. Roneil and Julianne,
    My deepest sympathy to you and your entire family from Michigan. Wish I could have met Isabella, she sounds such a strong child. She also looks so beautiful. Our family will be praying for your family. Sending you and yours our most sincere sympathy.
    Ivette Auz Flandreau and fam

  2. Roneil and Julianne,
    I am so sorry my oldest of friends. I am deeply saddened by your loss.
    You and your family are in my prayers.
    Matthew Disette

  3. Roneil and Julianne,
    My daughter Michelle was in Isabella's class last year. They played games together. I am so sorry.
    Isabella had a quiet strength and courage. She was a fighter too! Whenever we see butterflies we will think of her inspiring spirit.
    All of you have taught us how important perseverance and courage is and to appreciate our families ever more.
    Please accept our most humble sympathies.
    Lorraine and Michelle Busardo and family

  4. Our daughter was on Isabella's softball team a couple of years ago and this year was in her 4th grade class. We had the honor to see her Thursday night at the open house and were deeply saddened to hear of her passing the next day. She was a brave and beautiful child and as parents and neighbors our hearts bleed for you. Accept our condolences and prayers.
    The West Family

  5. Our deepest sympathy. Prayers and well wishes are sent from the Philippines.

    -Jay and Family

  6. I am so very sorry. My prayers are with your family as you make it through the coming days.
    Laurie, Kat's mom
    GBM dx 10/07

  7. Isabella will remain in our hearts forever. She was always been in our thoughts and prayers everyday. May your heart and soul find peace and comfort.

    Roneil, on behalf of your Dad’s family in Toronto, in Manila and Aklan (Philippines), we’re all sending our love and prayers. Our deepest sympathy to all of you.

    Victoria Icatar Abbarin (Toronto, Canada)

  8. Roneil- I am the manager of the Waterbury Timber Rattlers in our 38+ baseball league. I would like to speak for our team and say we are very sorry for your loss. We will pray for Isabella and your family.

  9. Roneil, Julianne, Annaliese, Nathanial, words cannot express the sorrow I feel for your family.

    Although I only met Isabella once through EJ, she touched my heart.

    I pray for your family and send love and prayers to all who loved your beautiful girl.

    Cathy McCann

  10. My thoughts and prayers for all of you during this difficult time. I have been praying for Isabella since this all began. She is always at the top of my prayer list and will always remain there along with all of you.

    Terri Johansen

  11. Roneil, Julianne, Annaliese, Nathanial, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We will always remember Isabella's beautiful smile as she played with her little brother at her big sister's softball games. We will continue to pray for your family. The Downey Family (John, Debbie, Kat and Matt)

  12. Icatar Family, We are deeply saddened by your loss, words cannot descibe. Our daughter Summer went to pre school with Isabella at all saints. Isabella was a shining star that was taken away to early. She will always be in our hearts and our prayers God Bless and stay strong during this difficult time. The Wilmot Family (Michael, Kyoung, Summer, and Amanda)

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  15. Im so sorry to hear this.Isabella will remain in our hearts forever. She was always been in our thoughts and prayers everyday

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