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With our deepest sympathy we share the following:

CTAMFT/AAMFT Clinical Fellow, Nelba Márquez-Greene, LMFT, tragically lost her daughter in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, CT. Mrs. Márquez-Greene states, “I hope the tragedy of the school shooting will bring a greater awareness to mental health issues and to reduce the stigma attached to those with mental illness, perhaps preventing tragedies like the one that took Ana’s life.”

Ana Grace

Ana Grace

Ana’s love for dancing and singing was evident very early in her short life. In a musical family, her gift for melody, pitch and rhythm stood out remarkably. She was full of energy and she never walked anywhere — her mode of transportation was dance. She danced from room to room and place to place. She danced to all the music she heard, whether in the air or in her head. Ana loved her God, loved to read the Bible and loved to sing and dance as acts of worship.

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

The family asks that you pray for the legions of people who are left behind to cherish memories of her.

Cards for the Márquez-Greene family may be sent to:

WCSU
Department of Music
181 White St.
Danbury, CT 06810

or

Klingberg Family Centers
370 Linwood St.
New Britain, CT 06052.

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

1. The Ana Grace Márquez-Greene Family Therapy Fund,
c/o
Outpatient Clinic/Family Therapy Institute
Klingberg Family Centers
370 Linwood St., New Britain, CT 06052

2. The Artist’s Collective, 1200 Albany Avenue, Hartford, CT 06112

3. The Ana Grace Márquez-Greene Music Scholarship Fund,
c/o Western Connecticut State University
Office of Institutional Advancement
181 White St., Danbury, CT, 06810

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

Additional information including that of a “Homegoing Celebration” this Saturday in Bloomfield, CT is available at www.facebook.com/RememberingAna.

Our Hearts Are Broken

Ana Grace

Ana Grace

We continue to share in the shock and sadness of the Newtown Tragedy. Our hearts are with all of the families of those affected. Unfortunately we must convey the news that our MFT community has been directly touched by the loss of Ana Grace Márquez-Greene, daughter of our beloved friend and colleague Nelba Márquez-Greene and her husband Jimmy Greene, and little sister to Isaiah who was also in the school at the time of the shooting.

We will be at their sides and do all we can to help them through this unfathomable tragedy. Funeral arrangements will be forthcoming.

In lieu of gifts and flowers, the family has established a fund to award scholarships in Ana’s name at Western Connecticut State University’s Department of Music and the Artist’s Collective in Hartford. Those wishing to send cards to Nelba and her family are asked to mail them c/o Wendy Davenson, 88 Church Hill Rd., Sandy Hook, CT 06482.

In Remembrance – Jane Lobdell

Phyllis Gordon and Wendy Davenson

Jane Lobdell

Jane Lobdell

Jane Lobdell, LMFT, unexpectedly passed away on Saturday, July 14, 2012 from complications related to lung cancer treatment.

As Director of Naugatuck Youth and Family Services, Jane supervised many Southern Connecticut State University MFT interns as well as interns from other MFT programs. Many students will remember her for her warm yet astute, supervision direction. Recently Jane had begun to teach the AAMFT Approved Supervisor course, continuing to show her dedication to the profession and therapist personal growth.

As CTAMFT’s President from 2005-2007, Jane directed the Association in the hiring of a dynamic lobbyist, whose presence ensured the progress of CTAMFT’s mission to improve the professional lives of Connecticut’s marriage and family therapists.

Jane’s CT license plate read “BAMBI”. That is what Jane’s grandchildren called her. When a grandmother puts her ‘grandmother’ moniker on her license plate, that speaks volumes about the love of her! Jane had many friends in many venues. She touched everyone with whom she worked, taught, volunteered, befriended. She will be sorely missed but remembered with many smiles!

Jane lived her life with honesty, integrity, and love. Jane’s legacy to all who crossed her path includes being enriched by her wisdom, spirit, humor and heart. Because she was teacher, mentor, friend, mother, and hero to hundreds of us, we will keep her memory alive and vibrant. As she lived in life, may she live in death.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to her mother and sister, son Sean and his fiancée Soraya, daughter Alicia and her husband RIck, grandchildren Libby and Jake and to those with whom she worked most closely at Naugatuck Youth and Family Services.