Laurie Katheryn Sanchez

Born: Thu., Jul. 15, 1982
Died: Sun., Sep. 17, 2017


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., Sep. 21, 2017
Location: St. Ignatius Church

Funeral Mass

11:00 AM Fri., Sep. 22, 2017
Location: St. Ignatius Church


12:00 PM Fri., Sep. 22, 2017
Location: St. Ignatius Church Cemetery

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Laurie Katheryn Sanchez, 35, of La Plata, MD passed away on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center. Laurie was born in Silver Spring, Maryland and grew up in La Plata, Maryland. She attended Archbishop Neale Elementary School and St. Mary’s Ryken High School. She had a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Marymount University and a master’s degree in school counseling from Johns Hopkins University. She was also a certified play therapist. Prior to her time as a stay-at-home mother, Laurie worked as a school counselor and was very proud of her work advocating for children at Seven Oaks Elementary School in Baltimore, Maryland.

Laurie truly epitomized the motto, “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” She struggled with stage IV breast cancer for three years but in between endless doctors’ appointments, treatments, and procedures, she always found joy in life and remained active. She was a loving and attentive mother to her five-year-old son, Reed, who was everything to her. She enjoyed spending time with her family, shopping, planning outings and activities for Reed, shopping, trips to the beach with her girlfriends, shopping, interior design, and the occasional cocktail…and shopping.

Laurie is survived by her son, Reed Sanchez-DiManno; parents, Guillermo and Patricia Sanchez; sisters, Donna Fialkowski and Maria Weirich; brother, Patrick Sanchez; brothers-in-law, Paul Fialkowski and Cal Weirich; and nieces and nephews, Allison Fialkowski, Helen Fialkowski, Tommy Fialkowski, Caroline Weirich, CJ Weirich, Anna Maria Weirich, and Will Weirich.

Visitation services will be held Thursday, September 21, 2017 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and funeral services will be held Friday, September 22, 2017 at 11 a.m. All services will be held at St. Ignatius Church (8855 Chapel Point Road, Port Tobacco, MD 20677).

The family requests that memorial donations be made in Laurie’s name to the Young Survival Coalition (

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Megan McGarry
   Posted Tue September 19, 2017
I'm so sorry for your loss. Wishing you peace and comfort always.

Richard Ferraro
   Posted Tue September 19, 2017

SWEET AND WARM  REMEMBRANCE TABLE ARRANGEMENT was sent by UM Charles Regional Medical Staff.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We are sorry for your loss. From all of your Medical Staff friends at Charles Regional Medical Center.

Andrea T.
   Posted Wed September 20, 2017
My deepest sympathy for the family and friends of Laurie. Keeping you all in prayer.

Stephanie Campbell
   Posted Wed September 20, 2017
I am so sorry to hear of Laurie's passing. She was my intern in Baltimore County Public Schools when she was in school to be a counselor. I am thinking of her family during this difficult time.

Mia Rochfort
   Posted Wed September 20, 2017
I am so very sorry for the loss of such a beautiful soul. May her spirit shine on in her son.
Mia Rochfort, colleague , Baltimore County School Counselor

Kendra Powell
   Posted Wed September 20, 2017
I'm sorry for your loss. Her son and the family are in my prayers.

Marianne Andrews
   Posted Wed September 20, 2017

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by Marianne and Andy Andrews.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Mythis peace plant bring you some peace. Love Marianne and. Andy Andrews

Darlene and Tom Cadden
   Posted Wed September 20, 2017
We are very sad to hear about Laurie's passing. Please accept our heartfelt sympathies for your loss and know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers. May God Bless Laurie and give her eternal peace.

Darlene & Tom Cadden

Yvette Chisholm
   Posted Wed September 20, 2017
Wishing you all peace and love. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Becky Adams
   Posted Wed September 20, 2017
Laurie was a very sweet soul. She is at peace now.

Margaret Stewart
   Posted Thu September 21, 2017
From all your friends and neighbors in Garden Hills, Donna, we offer our condolences at this immense loss you are experience.

Kirsten N.
   Posted Thu September 21, 2017
Dear Sanchez Family,
As a friend of Donna's in Atlanta, what I know of Laurie I've learned from my dear friend... I know Laurie was strong in spirit and positive always, and I know how much she loved her son and how close she was with her family. Laurie was so loved by all and will be missed so deeply! I am sharing in your loss across the miles. Your family will be in my family's thoughts and prayers!

Keech and Joyce Edelen
   Posted Thu September 21, 2017
Our hearts ache for your loss of beautiful Laurie. Our love, thoughts and prayers to your entire family. May The Lord guard and guide you on this difficult journey. We were so blessed to have enjoyed Laurie's SMILE, company and friendship.....forever in our hearts💖
Keech and Joyce Edelen

Lindsay Huntington
   Posted Thu September 21, 2017
We send our heartfelt condolences to the Sanchez family. Laurie was such a bright light in this world. She was a remarkable soul. Although, it's been many years since I've seen Laurie, I have so many memories that make it feel like it was just yesterday when we were silly Middle School girls. Our hearts and prayers are with you all during this time. May God rest her soul and be with your family during this time and always.

Jewel Jackson
   Posted Wed September 27, 2017
Ms. Sanchez - I was so saddened to read of your loss. During the time that you were at SOES, you interacted with two of our children. You were always kind and always had a smile on your face.
To the Sanchez family, what I do know is that the Lord heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds. I pray for your peace, your comfort, and your hearts. Please know that your daughter, sister, mother, friend, Ms. Sanchez, made a difference in the world and in the lives of countless children and families.

With deepest condolences,
Jewel Jackson and the Jackson Family

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