Metra Sharene Naraghi, 52, persevered with joy through challenges of Rett’s Syndrome

By on February 10, 2016

Metra Sharene Naraghi, 52, beloved daughter of Joyce Bixler Hooper of Wrightsille; and Masud and Taraneh Naraghi of Newburgh, N.Y.; entered into her heavenly home Jan. 31, 2016 at Hanover Hospital.

Metra was born in Glen Cove, N.Y., on Dec. 2, 1963, with Rett’s Syndrome, which presented enormous challenges. She and all who loved her persevered through these times to encounter happiness and joy, illuminated by Metra’s bright eyes and lovely smile.

Metra lived years far beyond what was predicted, and her life was graced by extraordinary, loving care and tenderness by all who knew her. She especially enjoyed music, and the birds and flowers of our wondrous creation.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her stepfather: James Hooper; and stepbrothers: Dr. Reza (Sanaz) Naraghi of Australia; Dr. Amair (Mina) Naraghi of Ohio; and Ali (Sepideh) Naraghi of Washington, D.C.; also step-siblings Patrick (Tara) Hooper; and their children Brooke, Nicholas, and Zoe; and Adam Hooper and fiancée Megan; aunts: Gwendoline Lehman and Bonita (Russ) Frey of Ephrata; and nieces and nephews: Jesse, Tim, and Regina, Eric, and Michelle (Chris) Cable.

Services were held Feb. 5 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Ephrata, with Pastor Henry Herbener officiating; and Feb. 6 in Gettysburg at Christ Lutheran Church, with Chaplain Eric Stenman, of Hanover Hospital, officiating. Interment will be held privately at Bergstrasse Lutheran Cemetery at a later date.

The family expresses deep gratitude to all the caregivers and staff of Skill of Central Pennsylvania and the Dover Community Home for the quality of life and the excellent care that Metra received.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Metra’s honor can be sent to Skill of Central Pennsylvania Inc., 600 Linden Ave., Hanover, PA, 17331

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at

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