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National Funeral Home & National Memorial Park

7482 Lee Highway, Falls Church, VA

OBITUARY

Anita Drapaki Henriques

January 8, 1951July 11, 2019

Anita Drapaki Henriques, 68, of Falls Church, VA, passed away July 11, 2019, with her loving husband by her side. Anita was born to Ukrainian parents, the late Simion Drapaki and Maria Kolenczuk Kiryluk, in Curitiba, Brazil. Anita married Humberto Henriques in 1975 and they lived together in Brazil for ten years before moving to Rockville, MD. In 1991, the family moved to Falls Church, VA. Anita was a member of Maranatha Christian Church, where she was a Sunday School teacher, Ladies group leader and Praise group member.

Anita graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Bennett Methodist Institute in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She also obtained an Associate degree in Travel and Tourism from NOVA in Annandale, VA. Anita had a passion for the Nation’s Capital and was a member of the Guild of Professional Tour Guides of Washington, DC, where she was a Certified Master Guide (CMG). As a CMG, Anita was able to share her love for the city and teach others about it.

Anita was the glue to her family and her grandsons were her pride and joy. She was a dedicated grandmother who was always ready to take her grandsons on new adventures. Anita also loved to travel; her favorite places to visit were her hometown in Brazil to visit family, and Geneva, Switzerland, where she would often visit friends.

Anita is survived by her husband, Humberto Henriques; her children, Renato “Mike” Henriques (Jennifer) of Vienna, VA and Daniel Henriques (Melissa) of Johns Creek, GA; and her grandchildren, Benjamin (10), Nathan (8) and Carson (1).

The family will be hosting a lunch reception from 12:30 pm to 3 pm at Maggiano’s Tyson’s Corner in the Calabrese/Gabbiano Room, 2001 International Drive, McLean, VA 22102, 703-893-5810.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, July 18, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Thursday, July 18, 2019
  • Graveside Service Thursday, July 18, 2019

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Katia DaCunha

July 19, 2019

Pra sempre me lembrarei do jeitinho carinhoso que Anita me chamava “Katinha”
Convivíamos pouco uma c/ a outra, mas tínhamos muito amor no coração, o que nos fazia sermos bem amigas e nos sentirmos pertinho.
Mulher virtuosa seria uma frase perfeita pra descrevê-la. Como te admiro! Queria ser um pouquinho + parecida contigo. Uma pena que nunca te contei esse meu segredo.
Sentirei sua falta..,

Isabela Gueiros

July 19, 2019

I was overflowed with joy when I was visiting my parents in Switzerland and I heard Anita was also in Switzerland and coming to spend a day with us. What a wonderful coincidence! I was 31 years old that year and the last time I'd been with her before that was when I was only 10 - she kindly let me stay at her house for a few weeks when I was on vacation visiting the US. I remember I couldn't get over how happy SHE was to see ME! It made me feel quite special. I also remember that she bought a super cute teddy bear for my son Martim that had a hole for a bellybutton and how it was the perfect gift for that 2 year old boy who at the time was obsessed with bellybuttons! He loved it.

Kids have often quite random and unexplainable memories... I don't know why I remember this, but one of my memories of when I was 10 is of her connection with her dog Copain. She had so many funny/cute stories of the things he did and when she told them anyone could tell how much she cared for that beagle! But that's who she was. Always spreading the love to whoever was around. Even a dog. She'll be missed.

Thajssjla Chaplin

July 18, 2019

Anita was my closest friend at Maranatha Falls Church. I never imagined I would find such a close friendship in a lady that is so much older than me, but she was a true friend. We just clicked. She was there for me in the hardest times. It’s almost like she knew that I needed her. I learned so much with her. It’s not often that 30 year olds look forward to being in their 60s, but seeing Anita with her grandchildren always made me look forward to being like her someday. When I first moved to VA and was still looking for a job, Anita would often call and invite me to hang out at her house or go to fun adventures with Ben and Nate. We took the boys to the swim club, museums, restaurants and ice cream. We had so much fun together. I remember one day that I was having a really bad day at work and Anita stopped by just to say hi and bring me some ice cream. I know that she is now in the loving arms of our Savior and the heavens rejoice but I will deeply miss her and cherish our memories together forever. I wish I could tell her how much she has impacted my life and how much i’ve learned with her.

Gabriela Dodd Gueiros Barrenechea

July 17, 2019

We are sincerely saddened with the passing of
our friend Anita. She left only good memories of her smiles and sweetness. I still had hopes of seeing her again and introducing my family to her. I last saw her in Portugal, at my house, before getting married. She always made people feel like they were really special to her.

She had many talents but was always very humble about it all. One thing I remember was that she was really good at restoring furniture. I'm not sure if that was a quick phase but she'd get used furniture, sand it and treat it.

We'll continue to pray for comfort for the whole family. Love, Gaby and family

Terri Gilbert

July 17, 2019

The Gilbert family and the Henriques family have known each other for more than 30 years. Our paths (and our children's paths) have criss-crossed in New York, in DC, in various other states, in Brasil, in Korea, and in Europe. (Pictured below was our fun Thanksgiving Feast in the Netherlands).

I'm grateful for Anita's friendship and kindness to all of us. We mourn with the entire Henriques family at her passing -- she left too soon. In one of Anita's texts to me, she said "come back ... we didn't finish talking..." And indeed, our conversation on this earth was interrupted, but just for a short time. I am grateful for our Heavenly Father who truly comforts those who mourn, and it is a great blessing to know that although we are all apart for a little while, we WILL see her again.

Anita was beloved by all of us Gilberts and we will miss her terribly. I will miss her terribly.

May God bless and comfort Bert, Mike and Daniel, Jen and Melissa, and bring a special comfort to Ben and Nathan. I'm so glad she was able to have time with Carson, too. She loved you all so much. We will all continue to be praying for each of you.

With much love and prayers,

Terri and Jeff, Alex, Jordan, Trevor and Claire

Gladys Gueiros

July 17, 2019

I am grateful to the Lord that Him who knows our hearts and my love to Anita gave me a full week in her company to enjoy her in the beginning of December, 2018, here in Brasilia, D.F.
We had the most wonderful time together! Little did I knew at that time that she would be taken from us in such short time. Nevertheless, our ignorance, hers and mine, permitted we had light days, lots of laughter remembering our time together in the U.S., our children's childhood together, the Work performed in our church together, and so many other memories of our friendship. Sightseeing the Capital, monuments and government buidings with her was pure joy. She was enthusiastic of everything and she made me feel valued and happy.
Anita's friendship to me was bonded in times of trouble for me. She helped me everyday of Isabela's sickness and I felt hers and Humberto's caring love in a special moment when we didn't have any friend in Virginia. God gave me Anita as a friend and I was privileged with this gift.

Gizelli Silva

July 17, 2019

I was saddened to hear that this especial friend and sister in Christ passed away. Anita was a joy to our lives! I can remember when arriving from Brazil in USA, so many advices she gave about life, persistence and children. A prayer sister, a faithful child of God who always helped us in prayers.
I loved to receive her Christmas cards and updates from the family, I have my best memories of staying in DC visiting her and Bert, her passion for that city was amazing.
What an amazing person and what a remarkable life.
caring and thoughts are with all of you,
Anita you are in God's arms resting in heaven !

Verônica Teixeira

July 17, 2019

Lembro com carinho do tempo que passei com vocês, para estudar inglês... a tia Anita sempre tão atenciosa e carinhosa! Tenho boas lembranças dela no cruzeiro que fizemos, nos passeios, no cuidado dela com todos, dela tocando teclado na igreja...
Depois, o acolhimento dela com o Renildo e com as meninas... a tia "Anira" vai deixar saudades...
Que o Senhor os console neste momento! Estão em nossas orações! Com a esperança de que em breve estaremos todos juntos, na eternidade, Vê, Rê, Carol e Samantha.

Angie Vieira

July 17, 2019

I’ve known Anita for over 25 years through our church- as a Sunday School teacher to my girls and as she did the Lord’s work with the ladies. I know she had her struggles, but to me and my family she was a pillar of faithfulness to God. There have been difficult times in my life when I wanted to give up, but Anita was always there to encourage me. Not only by what she said but by how she lived. She was always gentle, but firmly persistent in her faith no matter what the circumstances. This is something we all need right now.
With love,
Angie

Gabriela Bebchick

July 16, 2019

I'm shocked and sad to hear about Anita's passing.
She was always lovely, a pleasure to talk to; she will be missed.
May the family gather strength from sweet memories of her.

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