April 11, 2001 ~ September 30, 2014
Veronica quietly but firmly embraced life and held it tight, making sure to get from it what beauty and joy it had to offer. She played the cello, was teaching herself the guitar, including her favorite Johnny Cash songs, and sang with the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Her curiosity about all things - people, animals, the natural world - was deep and piercing. A voracious reader, it was not uncommon for her to finish a 500-page novel in a weekend. With her mighty collection of cameras, she took beautiful pictures and inquired about pretty much everything. Preternaturally bright and industrious, Veronica was an 'A' student and was set to begin this school year in all 'honors' classes. Veronica was a giving soul. She would pull little children to her lap, read to them, engage the attention of her elders, get hilariously silly with friends and dote on any dog or cat she came in contact with - and there were a lot of dogs and cats, including her faithful companion Murray. With luminous blue-green eyes and a coy smile, she beamed a subtle joy and love that warmed us all. 'Would you like this?' 'How can I help?' and, always, 'Thank you' - offered with a nonchalant grace. But Veronica's trademark was her laugh: pealing bells, at the same moment innocent and wise. Its music is with us always.