Sanaz Nazami

MARQUETTE – Sanaz Nazami, 27, formerly from Iran, most recently of Houghton, MI, died December 9, 2013.

Sanaz was born July 15, 1986, in Iran. During her short life she accomplished many great things. Sanaz earned a Masters degree in French Translation, a BS in Environmental Health Engineering, and another BA in French Translation before she was most recently accepted to Michigan Tech, planning to start a PhD program in Environmental Engineering in January of 2014. Sanaz loved America, and Americans. She wanted to become the “cream of the crop” in America and help “give back” to America because America has given so much to other countries.

At a very young age she wrote a paper, entitled “Friendships and the Differences Between Us” which earned her first place in a literature competition when she was only 15.

She was preceded in death by her Mother, but is survived by her Father and several siblings. Her sister, Sara, was instrumental in helping the doctors and nurses at Marquette General Hospital learn more about Sanaz, and the person she was. With that, Sanaz’s family decided she would have wanted to help people through organ donation. While communicating with the family via video chat, the family consented to organ donation, and Sanaz went on to save seven American lives. Live on, Sanaz. At the family’s request, burial services will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 18th at 2:00 pm at Park Cemetery in Marquette, MI.

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