Memorial service for ‘Guadalupe’ planned Nov. 24 |

Memorial service for ‘Guadalupe’ planned Nov. 24

The newborn baby whose corpse was discovered by Eastern Regional Transfer Station workers Monday probably never had a name during her brief life, but she will not be nameless in death.

“Guadalupe,” as workers at the station named her, will have a memorial service and proper funeral, courtesy of people whose lives she touched in our community. Operations manager Kevin Delaney, who supervises the materials recovery center where the baby’s body was found, said workers there decided to adopt the infant for their own, and see that she received a dignified burial. He said workers first voiced their feelings during counseling with Placer County chaplains Tuesday.

“They felt the mother of this baby did not love her, and that God brought her to them to take care of,” Delaney said. “They wanted to name the baby and provide a funeral.”

He said Joe Aguera of Tahoe-Truckee Mortuary volunteered his services, and Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal Co. will cover the funeral and burial costs at the Truckee cemetery.

“Everyone here wants to take care of this little girl,” Delaney said. “We have taken her in as our baby, and we are going to take care of her now.”

He said the incident touched the lives of all the workers on duty when the baby was found, including his own.

“I was here when it happened, and it was one of the toughest things I’ve ever had to take care of,” Delaney said. “The people at the materials recovery center are taking a very negative situation and turning it into a positive one.

“Over 20 people were here when it happened,” Delaney said. “A lot of people were affected. They believe that if they had not found the baby, she would have been buried at Lockwood Landfill in Nevada, and that God brought her to them to take care of in a dignified manner.”

In addition to the memorial service and burial, workers plan to place a small statue of an angel as a memorial to “Guadalupe” in the materials recovery center, Delaney said.

The memorial service will be conducted Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 5:30 p.m. in Assumption Catholic Church on Church Street.

“The whole community is invited,” Delaney said. “Everyone who feels they should be there should come to the service.”

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