Ariana Veronica Solimando
November 1, 1985 – May 1, 2018
Ariana Veronica Solimando, 32 of Park Ridge, NJ, formerly of Emerson, NJ, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 surrounded by her mother, father and her brother. Ari was a 2003 graduate of Emerson Jr. Sr. High School and an up and coming player on The Emerson Cavos softball team before being struck down by a catastrophic spinal cord injury in the summer of 2003. Despite her paralysis, Ari was and still is an inspiration to many. Surviving are her parents, Kim Dastis of Park Ridge, NJ and Gary T. Solimando and his wife Joann of Emerson, NJ, her brothers Gavin Solimando, Justin Rowan of Orlando, FL, Nicholas Solimando of Emerson, NJ , her sister Jenna Solimando of Laguna Niguel, CA and many cousins, aunts, uncles and three nephews. Memorial Visitation will be held at Becker Funeral Home, 219 Kinderkamack Road, Westwood, NJ on Thursday, May 17 from 4-8PM. In lieu of flowers, Ari would like donations sent to: The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and/or Canine Companions for Independence.
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
636 Morris Tpke Suite 3-A, Short Hills, New Jersey 07078
Canine Companions for Independence
286 Middle Island Road, Medford, New York 11763
- Memorial Visitation Thursday, May 17, 2018
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May 13, 2018
Dear Kim, Gary and Family: my deepest condolences and prayers at this sad time....I lived on Eagle Drive in Emerson and used to see Ari drive by in her new power wheelchair....hair flying as she sped by...she was an inspiration of acceptance, determination and patience and must have gotten spiritual help...I never met Ariana..... but after I moved from Emerson I found an old brochure about her with her picture,... and I decided to sent a few cards ....and wrote a few letters...and sent a statue of Our Lady of Fatima..... she told me she was at peace.......I know she is Heaven, and I hope to met her there....I'm 89 Love Bill OBrien
May 12, 2018
May 8, 2018
To my beautiful cousin, you left this earth way too soon. I am grateful for the 30 years we shared together - especially as kids spending time at Noni and Grandpa's house. You were there for me the whole 9 months Avery was growing in my belly, talking to him, and eagerly awaiting his arrival. It made me so happy you could be a part of his life, even for a short while. He will cherish (as will I) the times we visited, as he sat on your lap and played with Nexus and we all would sit and eat mac and cheese with Noni. Times were hard for all of us, but those days were priceless.
I admired your ability to wake up each day after your accident and keep going, you taught me the meaning of humble. Through good times and bad, whether near or far, you always had a special place in my heart and always will.
Kim, Gavin, Justin and Gary, I am so sorry for your loss. May Ari rest in peace - and may she and Nexus run free together in heaven.