Thursday, August 16, 2007

R.I.P. Christina Sacorafas-Mosher & Vera Peck

Two more victims of the bridge collapse have been revealed today raising the number to 11. Their families can finally mourn them properly.

My thoughts and prayers are with them all and may these women rest in peace:

Christina Sacorafas-Mosher, 45

Sacorafas-Mosher was on her way to teach a Greek dance class for children at St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church in Minneapolis when she called a friend at 5:57 p.m. Aug. 1, apologizing for being late because she was stuck in traffic. The bridge fell eight minutes later.

Her father, Nick Sacorafas, was in the Twin Cities to receive the news that her remains had been found. He is on leave from his job as an adjunct professor at Mesa College in San Diego, a school official said.

Born in Detroit, Sacorafas-Mosher moved to San Diego after high school. She moved to White Bear Lake from the San Diego area in 2004.

Friends in her dance group and church described her as a vibrant, loving woman who loved to quilt, sew and sing in the choir. She was deeply proud of her Greek heritage.

"She was a very loving and caring person," said the Rev. Paul Paris of St. Mary's. "She became very involved in the church in a short time."

Vera Peck, 50, drowned

Peck was pregnant with her second child when she emigrated to Minnesota from Cambodia in 1980, according to her sponsor at the time, Yanat Chhith. She is survived by her daughters Pollee Chit and Caroline Chit, who live in the metro area.

Peck's third child, 20-year Richard Chit, was with her when the bridge collapsed two weeks ago, trapping their vehicle under the wreckage of cars and concrete roadway. Chit's remains were recovered over the weekend. The two lived in St. Anthony, according to the medical examiner.

"Obviously, we are in mourning right now," David Chit, Richard's father and Peck's former husband, said Thursday.

She worked for 22 years as a production operator on an assembly line at Seagate Technology in Bloomington, before leaving her job last year.

A Cambodian memorial service was held last Saturday for Peck and her son, and a church service is being planned.

More on this found in these two articles:

At I-35 bridge, divers search for last two of the missing

Medical examiner confirms identities of two bodies pulled from I-35W bridge debris

Meanwhile, progress is slow but moving ahead:

Divers work to get last vehicles out of river

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