I am very sorry to report that Ana passed away last night (Monday, September 5) around 6:00. Please see the journal below for an update from Loras. Feel free to post your thoughts and prayers.
Below is a letter from Ana (Click 'Read Story' below).
August 4, 2005
The shocking news of having stage IV pancreatic cancer left Loras and I in a state of confusion, sadness, and feeling somehow hopeless. Reality is sometimes so cruel that we forget that there is something beyond logical explanations. It is in this spiritual realm, far away from reality, where we really find hope. I have struggled trying to find what would be hope for me in this case. I have lived every single moment since I remember with all the passion and energy that probably most of you know me for. Each of you has been in my life making it enjoyable, challenging, and worth living. I wanted you to know about my condition and where I am right now because I couldn’t imaging leaving you out of my life in this moment that I feel so vulnerable and so lost. You may think that my obsession with teamwork couldn’t be left out of a situation like this. Actually, I wanted you to know that it never occurred to me what was going to happen.
I have been touched, deeply, by all your messages of hope, visits, cards, your good wishes, the beautiful flowers, and delicious fruit that I have received. Each of you has not only made me aware of how much you care about me, but also how something that I said or did made a difference. All the messages came across with such a power that suddenly I have seen hope in an unexpected way. Thanks to you, I realize that I am my own hope, and the gift of who I am has to prevail regardless of this unfortunate situation. As I get ready to go through this journey, I welcome your help since I won’t be able to do it by myself. Help me pray for strength and the joy of a miracle, which I am sure is going to be a lot of work. Oh, well, that seems to be Ana’s way.
At this time we are still deciding on the route of treatment, but I will let you all know.
Ana L. Alvarez-Holmberg, age 46, of Plymouth, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 5 from cancer.Survived by husband and soulmate, Loras Holmberg, and a large, extended Latino family in Peru, Canada, Europe, and the U.S.
Immediate family members in Peru include parents Alberto and Auvina Alvarez in Trujillo and the following in Lima:sister Magdalena and husband Manuel Adrianzen; sister Syra and partner Luis Delgado; niece Fiorella Adrianzen; and nephew Daniel Adrianzen.
Ana was the second woman to ever graduate from the Mechanical Engineering School at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica in Lima.In 1991, Ana immigrated to the U.S. from Peru with two suitcases of belongings.
Ana will be remembered as being spirited and a people magnet.In her 15 years in the U.S., Ana made hundreds of friends and professional acquaintances.She was particularly proud of her work as Assistive Technology Team Leader at CourageCenter.
A special thank you to the caring staff at N.C. Little Hospice in Edina.
Mass Friday, September 9, at St. Mary Of The Lake Catholic Church, 105 N. Forestview Lane, Plymouth with visitation starting at at the church.Private interment GethsemaneCemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Assistive Technology Department, CourageCenter, 3915 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley, MN55422.