In Memoriam

The Step Sisters have lost important members of our organization to breast cancer. They are truly missed. Our mission is carried on with added meaning in honor of our fellow Step Sisters.


In memory of Sharon Iglesias

Sharon Lee Iglesias passed away peacefully at her home in Ashburn, VA on Thursday, December 5, 2013 after an eight year battle with breast cancer. Sharon was born on September 12, 1957 in Washington, DC to George and Sylvia Bachman. She was married to Angelo Anthony Iglesias for 28 years and is survived by her two sons: Joseph Anthony Iglesias and Alexander Andrew Iglesias, both of Ashburn, VA; her parents George U. Bachman and Sylvia A. Bachman of Hughesville, MD; her brother Michael Bachman of Nanjemoy, MD; and numerous, uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her sister Lori Jean Bachman.

She will be missed by her many friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Sharon formerly worked for the US Department of Defense and most recently was a Teacher Assistant in the Loudoun County Public School System. Sharon was a part-time Independent Product Consultant for doTERRA Essential Oils. She was a Sunday school teacher at Our Savior’s Way Lutheran Church in Ashburn, VA and was a Breast Cancer support volunteer for Y-Me and the Step Sisters of Brambleton, VA. She was extremely creative and was an excellent artist. She loved to travel and visited many parts of the United States and Europe.

In memory of Amy Barraj

Amy Jo Barraj, 58, born in Bangor, and resident of Leesburg, Va., died Monday, May 19, 2014 at Johns Hopkins Medical Center.

She is survived by her three children, Alana, Marina and Andrew Barraj; father, Ronald Striar; siblings, Barry Sokol and Wendy Striar; ex-husband, Riad Barraj; family pet, Oliver; many members of her extended American and Lebanese families and countless loving friends.

Amy will always be remembered as a devoted mother, daughter, sister, cherished friend and partner, co-worker and mentor. Her spirit will live on in countless ways, but especially in every time we see spring flowers bloom, walk on the beaches of Maine, buy a funny card, watch ‘The Sound of Music’, and eat lobsters on Christmas day.