Tuesday, July 28, 2009

From Ron:
It has been 24 hours and we continue to have trouble wrapping our minds around the concept that Elena has left us. Please bear with me as I try to explain some things about the arrangements.

After Elena passed we gave the doctors permission to study her case and to try and find out exactly what caused her death. If they can find out something that will save some other family from going through what we've gone through there will at least some reason for her passing that we can embrace.

Since the funeral home won't be receiving any flowers for us, it is not possible for flowers to be received or any place to leave them after the service. Given these difficult times there are so many worthwhile causes that could really use the money that would be spent on floral arrangement that it would be a real waste to send flowers for a one hour service. We are asking that in lieu of flowers donations should be made to ardsusa.org or any other appropriate charity.

We will have a celebration of her life on Friday at 1:00pm, followed by a catered meal, all taking place at Florida Bible Church (9300 Pembroke Road in Miramar - map here.

The service and the following celebration is open to all of Elena's friends and family. We are honored that there are several people from Kendal Regional Medical Center have expressed an interest in attending because they were so crucial in giving us the time that we had.


  1. The decisions you have made to honor Elena are so admirable. I know it could not have been easy. Although I cannot attend Friday I will be with you in spirit.

  2. The decisions you have made to honor Elena are so admirable. I know it could not have been easy. Although I cannot attend Friday I will be with you in spirit.
    Elena will forever be in our hearts.
    With love
    Pat & Alan Jotkoff

  3. My heart goes out to the Walters family for your terrible loss. Knowing Elena from high school, she was a beautiful person both inside and out and will be deeply missed. This is a very difficult time and my thoughts and prayers will be with all of you. God Bless.

  4. I do not find it strange that it is Friday after noon, and now 2:30 as I type this, that I found this site and read the story. A friend of Elena's posted about her passing today on her own personal blog. Thus how I came to yours. I laid down with my 15 month old daughter for her afternoon nap, only to have awaken to a very loud thunderstorm at 1:20 PM. The time that your family is to be celebrating Elena's life. I read from the beginning to now and I am very sad to see how this turned around and ended.

    Wanted to know that I have you and your family at heart and in my prayers and you journey through this difficult time.

    God Bless.

    PS: She was beautiful and seemed like a beautiful person inside and out. You must be proud parents.

  5. Although I won't be able to attend the service, my prayers go out to you (her family and close friends). Elena had an amazing spirit that will truly be missed. I'll especially miss her smile.

    Jenn Bondi, Co-worker and Friend

  6. We will miss you Elena and will always be in my thoughts and prayers. You were so much fun to be around and an amazing person. You made peoples lives better just by being in their lives. I will miss you

    Zachary Kopf

  7. My thoughts and prayers are with the Walters Family. may god give you all the strength to cope. I use to work at Central Alarm Control and Secure America Ron found me the job when he came to sell my parents an Alarm System it was over 19 years ago. I remember that he would bring Melissa & Elena to the office to help us we would have such a wonderful time. Elena will always be in my prayers. Mary Ann Kuffrey Lima

  8. Ron, Mary, and all of the Friends and Family of Elena:

    We just learned of Elena's terrible illness and tragic death and are saddened beyond words. Our hearts goes out to all of you. She was so lucky to have you in her life, and you to have her in yours.

    There are no words that can adequately express our sympathy - please know that we're thinking of you and praying for you.

    Patti & Mike Marriott

  9. Although we will not be able to attend the service, we will forever celebrate the life of Elena. She will be in my thoughts and my heart always and will always be a part of Isabella and Zoe's childhood memories. Thank you and God bless you, the Walters family, for giving us such a beautiful gift.
    Heather Romeu

  10. I wish I could be at the service Friday. Please accept my gift of song as a tribute to a true angel.

    ~ RoJo

  11. I will not be able to attend the service. My sympathy goes out to Elena's family. I will cherish the memories I have her from middle school to high school. Heaven has gained a beautiful angel.

    Danica Wydra( last name Hosin in school)

  12. I truly miss Elena and wish I could be there. My heart goes out to the Walters family. Elena was and always will be an angel. Sincerely, Lori Martin

  13. I am saddened to hear this. Please know that your entire family is in my thoughts and prayers. If you guys need anything at all, please let me know.

    Thank you,

    Melissa Powell
    (the wedding photographer for Melissa Walter's wedding)

  14. Ron
    I am so sorry ....I just saw that the services are today at 1pm and here it is 5 15 pm...Please forgive me for not being there for you brother..

    Send me your contact info when you are ready.

    Robbery grant
    Frankie Maye

  15. I am so sorry for your family's loss.. You are in my thoughts and prayers...