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Memorial created 07-26-2008 by
John Ginzo
Vanessa Ginzo
December 10 1972 - September 14 2007

I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge - myth is more potent than history - dreams are more powerful than facts - hope always triumphs over experience - laughter is the cure for grief - love is stronger than death
--Robert Fulghum

Vanessa was born in 1972 in Costa Rica, but of Cuban parents.  She lived in Union City, New Jersey as a child.  She and I grew up practically in the same neighborhood, yet we never met until we were adults, in Miami.  I like to think it was kind of destiny that we met.  We even played in the same playground back home.  Sometimes I imagine me seeing her as a child, sliding down the slide, or swinging on the swings. 

She was an only child, her parents working as factory workers, then buying a factory of their own.  They moved to Miami in the early 80's.  I met Vanessa in Febuary 1992.  It was not long before we hit it off and were dating.  Within 5 months we were engaged, and August 6th, 1993, we were wed in Todo Los Santos Episcopal Church in Miami.

 Although our first year of marriage was a little rough, our love for each other pulled us through.  Every day I spent with Vanessa I loved her just a little bit more.  Why?  There were so many reasons to love Vanessa.  Let me tell you a few:  

Vanessa was the kindest person I ever knew, one of the few people I have ever met that could never knowingly wrong anyone.

Vanessa was one of the few people I have ever met who achieved her greatest joy from seeing other people happy.  She lived every day trying to make me happy and she succeeded. 

Vanessa could never see a stray animal without wanting to take it home.  I remember the day we saw a van throw a pit bull puppy out on a major highway.  Vanessa stopped, picked up the puppy and took it home, without blinking an eye. 

One thing I can say about Vanessa, she made me a better person.  Knowing her has made my life better, richer... 

Vanessa died after a long battle with Diabetes and Kidney failure.  She was the strongest woman I have ever known, the most loving wife I could ever expect to have.  She was everything to me and I will never forget her.

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