Hannah Ernst, a teenager in New Jersey, lost her grandpa, Calvin Schoenfeld, to covid-19 in May. Schoenfeld, 83, was a graphic designer, and Hannah created a digital silhouette of him as a tribute.
Since then, she has made hundreds more silhouettes of Covid victims from around the world.
“I’m trying to just raise awareness that there are so many lives that can be saved and hopefully that means that there’s less faces I have to draw,” she recently told The Washington Post.
“My grandpa is the inspiration for this and he meant everything to me,” she says. “He was my No. 1 supporter in everything that I did.”
She works from photographs provided by survivors of victims and posts the silhouettes to Instagram.
Here is one she made of Yolanda and Rolando Garcia, both 70, who died four days apart in July after nearly 50 years of marriage.
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Yolanda Garcia and Rolando Garza Garcia, both 70. He passed away July 4th followed by his wife on July 8th, 2020. Born August 6, 1949, in Rio Grande City TX. Yolanda was born November 30, 1949, also in the same place. They were high school sweethearts and graduated in 1968. After graduation, they both left to pursue careers in the valley for better opportunities. They married and settled in San Juan TX around 1971 where they raised three children. They attended St. John the Baptist Church and had many friends and loved his town where everybody knew everybody. Yolanda attended the Beauty College in San Juan and also become an instructor for a few years. She then worked at JC Penney Hair Salon until she opened Yolanda’s Hair Fashions in 1981. Around 2010, after 40 years of working, she eventually decided to work parttime until retiring. She loved her profession and met so many people. She enjoyed spending time with her family and close friends. Her favorite past time was having coffee and a good conversation. Often times, she had homemade cake and goodies for the family or friends that stop by. She was a very thoughtful, caring and beautiful individual inside and out. After high school, Rolando served several years in the Army reserve and was a volunteer fire fighter in the 1970’s for San Juan Fire Department. For many years, he was a salesman for different food distributing companies. In the late 1980’s, he started his own company R. Garcia Brokerage which allowed him to work on his own and represent large companies in the food industry to promote products which proved to be very successful. Through his work, he was able to travel to different places and abroad too. His office was at home which was next door to his wife’s Beauty Shop. You could always find him there working the phone and later the computer which he taught himself to operate. A simple and humble man, he always helped out anyone in need. He was a great husband and father that protected and provided for his family. He was always there for his children for advice, direction and assistance in any matters. He would tell the funniest jokes and always had a positive, self-starter and outgoing spirit.
And here is one of a nurse and army vet, Beverly Savala-Weaver, who was 66 when she died in August.
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Beverly Savala-Weaver, 66. She was a nurse kf 46 years, an army vet, a wife, a mother, and a granny. She sadly lost her fight to covid-19 on August 29. “We will never be the same without her.” #covid #covid19 #covidvictim #covidvictims #covid19victim #covid19victims #covidtribute #covid19tribute #covidvictimmemorial #notjustanumber