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Waneta Marie Achaj

September 25, 1958 ~ February 2, 2017 (age 58) 58 Years Old
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A candle was lit by Ginny Melendez on August 21, 2018 11:45 PM
Message from Kate McDevitt (KateKintail)
May 6, 2017 4:43 PM

Waneta (FURBALL) was a wonderful friend and member of our local BookCrossing group. She was my roommate when we went to Dublin, and we spent a lot of time trading stories, having meals, and exploring Ireland together. She was always a great presence at our meetings and book giveaways, generously sharing her time and the books she loved. I will cherish the books on my bookshelf that she recommended to me (some of which I'll pass on so they can be read again and again by new readers and some of which I'll keep for myself so I'll always have something of hers). We have a small tribute on our website with some photos you might enjoy seeing: I am so sorry for your loss. Please know she will be missed by book-lovers around the world.
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A candle was lit by Anna on May 2, 2017 1:40 PM
I am so saddened to hear about Waneta’s tragic death. I met and knew Waneta as "Furball", her Bookcrossing name. I always enjoyed her sense of humor at the BCinDC, Bookcrossing meet-ups and book fairs. I will miss her very much especially at the next BC in DC holiday party, “1st Line" party game. She always found books with interesting, quirky 1st lines. Being a cozy mystery fan as well, I ended up with many of the books she registered. She had the greatest sense of humor and could make anyone laugh, she was a hoot. She was a kind and gentle being. I am so sorry for your loss. May you find solace in knowing she had a wonderful group of friends who loved her and will always remember her.

most sincerely,
aka "SqunutZips"
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A candle was lit by Australia on May 1, 2017 9:20 PM
I'm saddened to hear of Waneta's passing. However, I know her better as Furball from Bookcrossing. She was a lovely, giving, generous person in our lives - and yours. Her memory and spirit will still be with us all every time I pick up a Bookcrossing book and find her BC name inside the cover (and believe me, there's a lot of them in my collection here in Australia).
In 2008, I did a collage of bookmarks; and Waneta sent me a handful of Marshal bookmarks; and soon after I finished it I asked if anyone who was taking part would like their screen names on the piece. Waneta put her hand up and I wrote her name on it... it's still there, along with other names. The piece is called 'Spread the Word (of bookcrossing)'.
We will all miss her online. I know you will all struggle in the first year; as she was taken too soon from us all. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Lynda Parker
(aka: Mozette)
Message from Madeline Guzman
May 1, 2017 4:04 PM

I was terribly saddened to learn today of Waneta's tragic death. She had been a long-time member of my local BookCrossing group, BCinDC. She loved to spend time with us, particularly at book festivals where we'd give away hundreds of free books to whoever wanted them, at BookCrossing meetups where we'd just sit and chat, and at our annual holiday party where we'd always direct murder mysteries (her favorite genre) to her. We will miss her presence greatly.

Rest in peace, dear friend.
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A candle was lit by BCinDC on May 1, 2017 10:50 AM
Message from Cheryl Handy (6of8)
May 1, 2017 8:15 AM

So sad today to find this information when I looked on Google after not hearing back from a few emails. FURBALL (a name she happily answered to) was a cherished member of the BookCrossing in Washington DC ( BCinDC ) family. We loved to exchange books with her (she and I liked the same kinds of mysteries) and to hear stories about her cats. She was always planning her next elaborate Halloween display and her next trip. I had the privilege of spending time with her during her trip to the Dublin BookCrossing Convention in 2012. Her smile and her kind spirit will be greatly missed. Hugs to her family and friends.
Message from Kate "melydia" Weber
May 1, 2017 8:09 AM

I knew Waneta through our local group, where she'd been an active member for years. She always made me laugh. She loved cozy mystery novels and cats and always had a funny comment. I'll miss her.
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A candle was lit by Nancy Gallant on February 15, 2017 11:33 AM
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A candle was lit by Scott Ley IOD-DIB on February 13, 2017 5:48 PM
Message from Lynn Drenning-Godigkeir
February 13, 2017 4:35 PM

To my friend I will miss you very much and thank you for your love.
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A candle was lit by Karen Hughes and Tom Wight on February 13, 2017 10:12 AM
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A candle was lit by Mark and Julie Shealey on February 13, 2017 9:14 AM
Message from Mark and Julie Shealey
February 13, 2017 9:13 AM

Our condolences to the Achaj family! Waneta was a wonderful, humorous, big hearted person who would do anything for you. We always loved the holiday appropriate Beanie Babies displays. Waneta, you will be missed!
Message from Nancy King
February 13, 2017 9:04 AM

My condolences to Waneta's family and friends. We went to school together many years ago. May the memories we have comfort us as remember the great person she was. She will truly be missed by all.
Message from Dale V. Price
February 12, 2017 4:11 PM

As a USMS retiree, I know that Waneta will be greatly missed by all in her Marshal Service family. She was a lovely and lively person who had a quick and quirky wit and sense of humor. My prayers go out for all family and friends who feel the sting of her loss. Rest in peace, Waneta.
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A candle was lit by Heather Haycock on February 10, 2017 12:40 PM
Message from Heather Haycock
February 10, 2017 12:39 PM

Like so many others, I was uplifted and entertained by Waneta's witty emails at work. She is a wonderful lady and will be greatly missed. I send my warmest condolences to family and friends.
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A candle was lit by Teri and Miguel Santiago on February 10, 2017 12:36 PM
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A candle was lit by USMS SOIB-Southeast on February 10, 2017 10:56 AM
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A candle was lit by USMS- NY/NJ RFTF Family on February 10, 2017 9:58 AM
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A candle was lit by Sabrina Gonzalez on February 10, 2017 9:56 AM
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A candle was lit by Deborah Adams on February 10, 2017 9:17 AM
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A candle was lit by Kathleen Luta of CIB/NSOTC on February 10, 2017 9:01 AM
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A candle was lit by Teri Santiago on February 9, 2017 8:47 PM
Waneta will be dearly missed by her USMS family. Please accept our condolences and may our prayers help comfort your family.
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A candle was lit by USMS-Boston Tim Orava on February 9, 2017 7:25 PM
Message from Mike Pagliughi
February 9, 2017 6:28 PM


May God comfort you. Although we never met in person, I enjoyed many good hearty laughs from your numerous hilarious emails. May your family find peace.

Mike Pagliughi
Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force
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A candle was lit by Virginia Owens on February 9, 2017 5:11 PM
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A candle was lit by Denise "DJ" Johnskn on February 9, 2017 4:38 PM
Message from Tito Del Valle (USMS IOD TOG)
February 9, 2017 4:10 PM

I never met Waneta in person but knew her for many years through emails and phone calls, she was always willing to help, whether it was a passport issue right before COB on a Friday, or a timekeeping issue. I will miss her witty and quirky emails about WEBTA, especially over any holiday weekend, they were always fun to read!. She really cared about making sure we got paid. My condolences to her family and to the rest of the USMS family that will greatly miss her. She was one of a kind!
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A candle was lit by Shannon Robinson and the IOD staff (GLRFTF-Hammond) on February 9, 2017 4:07 PM
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A candle was lit by Donna Carr on February 9, 2017 4:00 PM
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A candle was lit by US MARSHALS OCDETF FIELD INSPECTORS on February 9, 2017 3:43 PM
Message from Sandee Burkemper
February 9, 2017 3:42 PM

Rest in God's Peace
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A candle was lit by Sandee Burkemper on February 9, 2017 3:41 PM
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A candle was lit by Kathleen Luta on February 9, 2017 11:06 AM
My condolences to Waneta's family, Waneta was a caring person with a great sense of humor. I have have known her for the past 16 years at work. I always enjoyed the emails that she would send with her particular sense of humor included in every one of them. She was also very professional in her work. What a tremendous loss. I will greatly miss her.
Message from Trudy Burnley
February 7, 2017 4:44 PM

My condolences to Waneta's family and friends. It's so sad that she died at such a young age and by such a horrible accident. May God be with her family and friends and may she rest in peace.
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