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Sonya Essaadi Story

Pi Beta Phi Mourns the Loss of a Willamette University Student

Published On: 2015-12-18

For information please contact:
Eily Cummings
Pi Beta Phi Fraternity
Marketing and Communications Director
(636) 256–0680, Extension 735

Pi Beta Phi Mourns the Loss of a Willamette University Student  

ST. LOUIS, MO – December 18, 2015 – It is with great sadness Pi Beta Phi shares Sonya Essaadi, a Pi Beta Phi member at Willamette University, lost her battle with a rare form of bone cancer on Sunday, December 13, 2015. 

Sonya Essaadi

Sonya was a junior at Willamette and served Pi Beta Phi as Vice President of Member Development. She will be remembered as having a beautiful smile, charming wit and encouraging her sisters to live boldly, freely and with courage.

“Sonya was a source of kindness, bravery and genuine friendship,” chapter member Marie Masyczek said. “Despite the challenges she faced, Sonya constantly chose to focus on the good and happiness our sisterhood could bring. This loss has left us with an incredible hole in our hearts.”

When school is back in session after the new year, Sonya’s Pi Phi sisters will plan a memorial service to honor Sonya and her courage.

“The entire Pi Beta Phi family mourns the loss of Sonya,” Pi Beta Phi President Paula Shepherd said. “During this difficult time, we celebrate Sonya’s life, her leadership and the sincere friendship of the women of Oregon Gamma. We send our sincerest condolences to Sonya’s family, friends and Oregon Gamma sisters.”

If you would like to send letters of condolences, please send them to: The Oregon Gamma Chapter of Pi Beta Phi, 900 State St. #H-230, Salem, Oregon 97301–3922.

About Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women: Founded in 1867 at Monmouth College in Illinois, Pi Beta Phi has installed 202 collegiate chapters and nearly 300 alumnae organizations worldwide. Pi Beta Phi promotes friendship, develops women of intellect and integrity, cultivates leadership potential and enriches the lives of members and their communities. The Fraternity believes in the power of reading and through its philanthropy, Read > Lead > Achieve®, promotes a lifelong love of reading that can unlock true potential. For more information, visit www.pibetaphi.org or follow Pi Phi on Twitter and Facebook.