It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved daughter Emma Kellan Irizarry, age 12. Emma passed away suddenly on the morning of Sunday November 19th, 2023, at her home.
Born March 18th, 2011, in Chicago Illinois, Emma was the daughter of Karen and Manny Irizarry. Emma and her family moved to Brasher Falls, New York in August 2021. Emma attended elementary school in Potsdam, NY.
Emma was a beautiful and patient soul that left an indelible mark on the hearts of all who knew her. Full of life, Emma was a smart, sassy, funny, 12-year-old with a silly sense of humor and a magnetic personality. To know her was to love her. She loved music, visiting the museums in Chicago and being around friends, family, and her schoolmates. Emma was a trail blazer, she was the first child with a disability like hers to ever attend our neighborhood school in Chicago and she opened the minds of not just her peers, but also her teachers. She helped Rett research participating in the Igf-1 trials. Emma showed the world at 12 that a disability was not inability. Emma ran the Chicago Half marathon, she went kayaking with her dad, fishing with her grandfather and she loved taking walks and horseback riding. Above all, as anyone who knew her can attest to, she loved her Bubble Guppies.
Emma is survived by her parents Manny and Karen Irizarry. Her twin brother Manny Irizarry, older siblings Mallory Irizarry and Ty Irizarry, her maternal grandfather Michael J. Hoag of Brasher Falls, NY, her paternal grandmother Nilda Irizarry of Chicago, Illinois, and paternal grandfather Manuel Irizarry of Guayanilla, Puerto Rico. Emma is also survived by countless aunts, uncles, and cousins across the United States and across the globe.
A visitation will be held Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm at Hammill Funeral Home in Winthrop. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday at 11 am at St. Patrick Church in Brasher Falls with burial to follow in the parish cemetery.
Memories or words of comfort can be shared with Emma's family at ww.hammillfh.com.