When it's time…

Adriana’s earliest memories include when she rode her tricycle into the stucco wall of their house. The other was her holy communion in which she won $100 for beating all of her cousins in a race.

Adriana loved taking her nonna Lucia to Sunday catholic mass and shopping for groceries. Nonna always ate most of the grapes before they got to the checkout line.

Adriana always found a bargain at Macy’s with her beloved mother Giovannina Rosa Suriano. The day her mother died was the worst day of her life. Adriana would never recover.

The best days of Adriana’s life is when her sister Rosanna gave birth to her two nephews, Albert and Eric. The other day was when she met her husband, Bill.

Adriana spent her career in Washington DC. She served the most vulnerable families and individuals whom she loved and cherished. Community Connections allowed her to do so for the last 20- years.

Adriana loved talking to her father morning and evening in which they would both laugh and tell stories. Adriana loved to steal cheese from whole foods and clothes from target. She never got caught.

Adriana discovered her love of gardening late in life. She was proud to grow vegetables from seed.

Adriana never had children. She never wanted the responsibility of screwing up a person’s life. Adriana claimed youth in DC as their Auntie. She loved them almost as much as her biological nephews.

It was an honor and a privilege for Adriana to serve the residents of DC. A city she loved. A city she grew up in. A city in which she bore witness to suffering and death. A city in which she bore witness to love and hope.

Adriana would want us to pay our love, money, and hope forward. Please do this in her memory.

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adriana suriano

i am a first generation italian-american who grew up in southern new jersey. Life is amazingly beautiful and devastating. Sometimes in the same day.