Andrea Danielle Ortega, suddenly, 25 years old of Tinley Park, Illinois. Beloved daughter of Thomas and Suzette Ortega. Cherished sister of Joseph (Angelica) and Thomas (Kelly) Ortega. Loving aunt of Theodore. Dear granddaughter of Johanna (the late Edward) Adas and the late Oscar and Carmen.
A Memorial Visitation will be held on Saturday, June 1st, in the Great Room at St. Julie Billiart Catholic Church, 7399 W. 159th Street, Tinley Park, from 9:00 A.M. until the time of the Mass of the Christian Burial at 10:00 A.M. In lieu of flowers, contributions to St. Jude Children's Research, Special Olympics, or Masses for Andrea would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to the Becvar & Son Funeral Home, Crestwood. (708) 824-9000 or www.becvarfuneralhome.com.
Reflections from Andrea's parents:
Our daughter, our beautiful daughter, our joy in life ...
Those beautiful rosebud lips on your precious face when you were born;
The stars that twinkled as your blue eyes gazed upon them in life's journeys;
Your pure love and essence that graced a world that never understood your quietness, tenderness, and your dreams.
We tried with all our being to love you, guide you, care for you, but only God was able to comfort you. Your last notation written was "God Friended Me." How befitting that our Heavenly Father accepted you as his beloved daughter, and now comforts you in heaven with our dearly departed loved ones.
Rest our darling daughter in love and peace with the presence of those in paradise.
Until we meet again, Love
Mommy and Daddy
Poem from her Brother Tommy
O Me! O Life!
BY WALT WHITMAN
Oh me! Oh life! of the questions of these recurring,
Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the foolish,
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)
Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects mean, of the struggle ever renew’d,
Of the poor results of all, of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me,
Of the empty and useless years of the rest, with the rest me intertwined,
The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these, O me, O life?
That you are here—that life exists and identity,
That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.
Reading that reflects the heart from Andrea's brother Joseph:
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love Never Fails.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
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