Eric Maxwell Monday

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On Sunday, July 26, 2009, Eric Maxwell Monday passed from us unexpectedly. Treasured, loved & needed son of Joanne "Penny" Rossi & Brian Monday. Survived by older brother, Jevon Monday & younger brother, Clay Monday; & hundreds of close family memebers, friends & relationships. Eric studied at Washington & Jefferson where he wrestled (2nd all time season win record) & played lacrosse. He graduated from James Madison High School, where he was heavily involved with wrestling, football, & lacrosse. Eric was active in music as a saxophone player, in almost all VYI/Vienna sports (football, wrestling, lacrosse, baseball, basketball, & soccer) & in many youth groups such as Oakton Cub Scouts. He was a tremendous skier.

Eric was a friend to all, compassionate & caring where otheres gave little. He brightened the lives of others with humor, energy, hugs & loyalty through thick & thin. He was intelligent, articulate, handsome, strong, athletic, worldly, creative, adventuresome, spontaneous & thoughtful. A life cut short- we miss you already!

In lieu of flowers, please donate in Eric's name to the Vienna Youth, Inc (for the establishment of wrestling development grants in his name) or Save the Children, 54 Wilton Road, Westport, CT 06880.

Funeral Home:

Money & King Funeral Home

171 W. Maple Ave.

Vienna, VA

US 22180

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Memories Timeline


  1. Penny and Brian, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. The boys and I are heartsick. Please know that I am here if you need me.

  2. I am so sorry for your loss. I count myself, one of the many who have been profoundly touched by the gentle strength and compassion that Eric gave to so many. I will always treasure those interactions I was fortunate enough to share with Eric. He is sorely missed.

  3. Mr. and Mrs. Monday, My deepest condolences for your loss. Eric will always be remembered and in our hearts. Noone fought harder than Eric.

  4. Brian and Penny, You are in our thoughts and prayers. I have very fond memories of coaching Eric. He was a special young man, with a high level of intensity, passion and caring. I will cherish his memory. Paul & Toni Taffe

  5. Eric will always be a special, wonderful memory in my life. I will never forget the loving soul he is. I love you, Penny. My prayers and thoughts are with you. Betsy

  6. Eric was the ultimate Tigger – bouncy, flouncy, pouncy, trouncy, fun, fun, fun, fun, FUN. He was one of a kind and will live in our hearts forever. We have been blessed to know him. Jeannie & Steve

  7. Dear Penny and Brian, We were shocked and deeply sadden to hear of Eric’s passing. We were blessed to have known him. He was a good, kind and thoughtful person who loved people and life. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

  8. We would like to extend our deepest sympathy on the loss of your son. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  9. We are deeply saddened to hear of your loss. We have fond memories of Eric and all of enjoyment he got out of playing sports. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  10. Penny, I remember Eric as a cute, energetic, handsome young boy…it was like yesterday that I saw you two at the zoo. I am so, so, shocked and saddened to learn of his passing. Penny, you are such a strong, loving, giving person…Eric was lucky to have a Mom like you!! All my love and prayers are with you and your family.

  11. Eric touched more lives than he knew, and it was a priviledge to know him. He was the guy my son and all the wrestlers at Madison looked up to. He was the team cheerleader when things went well, and the chief consoler when a match went the other way. He took his responsibility as a mentor seriously, and worked hard to help his team mates be better wrestlers. He had the biggest heart, gave the best (sweaty) hugs, and his smile could light up a room. Oh, he will be missed. Penny and Brian, I am so sorry for your loss. I cannot fathom the pain and anguish you must be going through. I pray that your pain will lessen each day, and that you will find some peace in knowing how many people loved and cared about Eric.

  12. Penny & Brian, Eric was a wonderful and talented young man that radiated joy and happiness on everyone he met! Eric touched the lives of so many people in a positive way and he will make all of us look forward and really appreciate life in general! Words aren’t sufficient to express condolences during a time like this, however, know that all of your friends and family are behind you and will do anything we can to assist during this extreme time of need.

  13. Unfortunately Tom and I never had the pleasure of getting to know Eric, but after reading all these wonderful messages, it is clear that he will be truely missed. Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you and your entire family.

  14. We loved Eric as if he were our own. If there is anything we can do please let us know. Godspeed! The Coleman’s

  15. Penny and Brian, words cannot express the loss you are enduring and the sorrow with which Lenny and I heard the news. Eric was such an amazing young man, and we will miss him terribly. Our hearts and prayers are with you, and we would be honored if you would call on us for support, should you desire. Please accept our sincerest condolences. God Bless.

  16. Penny & Brian, We ache for your loss. We love you and our prayers are with you. Eric was a beautiful person we will all miss very much. We are here for you to lean on. Love you, Buck and Angie Beckner

  17. We are so sorry to hear about Eric’s passing. We remember Eric as a wonderful mentor to our son when he joined the Madison wrestling team. He was a true team leader who took the time to make sure each of the wrestlers felt that they were part of the group. He was a special young man and he will be missed.

  18. Dear Penny and Brian, My heartfelt condolences to you and your family. It was a pleasure working with Eric over the years. I am glad to have known him.

  19. Penny and Brian, You are in our prayers and thoughts. We hope that the wonderful memories you have of Eric will bring you some comfort during this time of sadness. Hugs, Paula and Nick

  20. Penny, Brian and Jevon – Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers for peace to each of you. We loved Eric so much and remember all the joy he brought everyone each time he entered a room. We will never forget his vibrant energy and have memories of such wonderful times with such an awesome human being. God bless….Jim, Jeannie, Amanda, Jimmy and Jeffrey Flynn

  21. Penny, Brian, Jevon: Eric’s smiles, smirks, and competitive gazes……Throughout the years, we were blessed with experiencing them from both the same and opposing sides of the field and mat…. Eric is an icon of leadership, friendship, fun, competitive spirit and compassion. Words cannot console or describe the loss that you must be experiencing – but know that this community (and far beyond) will share that loss with you. Please remember – the experiences Eric lived and the joy he gave during his shortened life have made an impact on so many ….and will remain a symbol of spirit for many to emulate and follow. We, standing shoulder to shoulder with your friends and family, are struggling on how to support you – but know – whenever needed – we will be there. Karen, Darrell, Chris and Collin Newcomb

  22. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Monday family. I miss you and I feel your loss. Take care. God speed. BJ Carl

  23. Penny and Brian, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your son. I truly wish I had the opportunity to meet him, so many people have said such nice things about Eric. My family and I will keep you in our prayers.

  24. Brian, Penny, and family, We are extremely sadden to learn of Eric’s passing. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you during this tremendously difficult time.

  25. My family and I pray for your strength through these trying times. God Bless you all. The Anderson’s

  26. Brian, Penny and Jevon, I cannot thank you all enough for raising Eric the way you did. Eric is my best friend and always will be. Great people are not born, they are raised and it takes a strong family to raise such a great person. No matter what Eric was going through, he stood by me every step of the way. Eric always knew how to make someone smile even on their darkest days. Without Eric, I wouldn’t be who I am today and for that, I thank you all so much! -Love Jimmy

  27. Brian, Penny, and Family, We were, and are, so very sad to hear the news about Eric. Our hearts and prayers go out to you, during what must be an impossibly difficult time. Eric was a remarkable young man. For so many years he was a great role model for Justin and for Jason — in wrestling, football, and lax; on and off the field/mat. He was a tough competitor with a great work ethic, who took care of the younger wrestlers in the room. And he was always smiling, ready to chat, and completely happy (never embarrassed!) to be hanging out with his dad or his mom at the Inn or wherever! It was clear to all of us that you had built very close and special relationships with one another. We will cherish these memories of him and how he touched our lives. Love and prayers, Kim, Harry, Justin & Jason

  28. We did not know Eric but want his family to know we share in your heartache and can only imagine what emotions you are trying to bear. Please know you are in our hearts and prayers. The Cooke Family

  29. Dear Brian and Penny, When children die before us grief comes like no other and answers might flee. Words, for you and your family, to offer hope, peace, respite, faith, and consolation…these elude me. Someone else said it best, and I offer this thought with condolences and prayers: “In my distress I cried unto the Lord, and he heard me”. Jeanne Rossow

  30. To the Monday Family – I was so sorry to learn of this tragedy. I watched Eric come up through VYI. He was a good person and a friend to all who knew him. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you during this time of sorrow. He will be missed Coach Tommy Cooke

  31. We did not know Eric but want his family to know we share in your heartache and can only imagine what emotions you are trying to bear. Please know you are in our hearts and prayers.

  32. Brian: I cannot tell you how sad I was to hear about your son eric. I am out of town for the life celebration but you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Karen

  33. Penny and Brian; We cannot begin to express our feelings in the loss of your son. It was such an honor and pleasure to get to know Eric while a roommate and fellow student with our son at Washington and Jefferson. Please except our sympathy and prayers. Mark and Dana Yackey

  34. To the Monday Family: It was a pleasure knowing Eric, and having him as a friend throughout high school. I am truly saddened by your loss, but know that Eric’s spirit will stay alive through memories and friends who loved him. Your family will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. Anne Lee & family

  35. I was shocked and saddened to hear that Eric had passed from this world. He was a good friend and a hard worker, and was also very kind to me when he hosted me for my overnight to W&J College. While I am out of town and unable to attend the service Saturday, I will have you all in my thoughts.

  36. Brian, Penny, and Jevon, We are deeply saddened by Eric’s passing and wish to express our deepest condolences to you. It was such a pleasure to know Eric and watch him compete on the mat over the years. He was a good teammate and positive influence on George and the other KMC wrestlers. Words cannot adequately express our sorrow; and know that you, Eric, and his friends are in our thoughts and prayers.

  37. Brian and Penny, I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your son. I didn’t know Eric but it sounds like he was a wonderful young man. May your memories sustain you now and in the future. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Colleen

  38. Dear Penni, Brian and family, Please accept our sincerest condolences on your loss of Dear Eric. He brought such joy to us whenever he was with our family, and of course Peter O’Donohue spent many happy times with Eric and your family. His kindness, sense of humor, and infectious enthusiasm for explaining interesting movies or events are qualities we all shall remember. From Kuwait, to Madison Wisconsin, to Oakland and Berkeley, California, we are all with you. Love, Ellen

  39. To all the Monday family: May wonderful memories of Eric, and the knowledge that you will be with him again with God in Heaven, give you comfort in this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  40. Penny, Brian and family, Over the past few days, the Lillards have remembered Eric and Coach Monday and VYI football. We are saddened to hear of your great loss. Though Eric is no longer where you are, he is – forever – everywhere you are. You are in our prayers, John, Barbara and Sean Lillard

  41. Our sincere wish is that you all find a few “moments of peace” over the coming days, weeks, and months – knowing that he is in a better place. He is now held in the hands of Christ, and there is no better place to be. All our love and support, Curt and Shelley Pryor

  42. I am so sorry for your loss and want to extend my condolences. I know you were so proud of Eric and remember seeing sports related pictures of him in Brian’s office when he worked at SunTrust. Please take comfort in knowing others are thinking of you during this difficult time. With Sympathy, Kyra Atherton-Hodges

  43. Penny and Brian, We are so terribly saddened to hear about Eric’s passing. We will always remember him as a wonderful, thoughtful, funny, kindhearted person and will never forget all the fun he and Jason had over the years. He was a pleasure to be with and am glad that we had the opportunity to know him and be part of his life. Please know that you are all in our hearts. He will be missed. Dale, Mike and Jason Bare

  44. we will never forget you Eric, and you will always be present with your smile when you were gronpi, baby I’ll have your hoggies and kisses in my hart mi angelito solo estas de viaje love Mama Bravo Ranyer and Family

  45. We are praying for you during this difficult time and hope you may find some comfort in know there are so many thinking and sending love and support your way. You have our sincerest condolences.

  46. “Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there, I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glint on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn rain. When you wake in the morning hush, I am the swift, uplifting rush Of quiet birds in circling flight. I am the soft starlight at night. Do not stand at my grave and weep. I am not there, I do not sleep. Do not stand at my grave and cry. I am not there, I did not die!” You just can’t see me!

  47. Dear Penny and family, Ray Bonebrake forwarded an email to me yesterday stating that Ginger Waltz noticed in the Washington Post that your son had passed. Once you are a Waynesboro resident you always remain connected to those of us still living in the area. I am so sorry to hear of Eric’s passing, our children are never supposed to precede us in death, but yet,sadly, it continues to occur. Please know that I am thinking of you and your family and hope that your many wonderful memories will comfort you.

  48. Dear Penny and family, Please accept my deepest sympathy in the loss of your son and brother, Eric. I am sorry I never met him; he must have been a remarkable young man. I am sure with time the good memories of his short but noteworthy life will bring only happiness to you. His portrait immediately summoned thoughts of A. J. Rossi, whom we still remember fondly. Peace unto all of you.

  49. I was so sorry to read of your son, Eric’s death. May the Grace of God bring you peace and comfort now and in the days ahead. With Deepest Sympathy. Mary

  50. Dear Penny and Brian, My deepest condolences are with you and your family. Although I have not had the privilege of knowing Eric, I have loved the Rossi family since Mrs. Rossi first came to our Grant Street door holding young Penny in her arms on a snowy day years ago. May your strong faith and memories of happy times with Eric sustain you and your family. And may God fold his arms around you in love. Sincerely, Cindy Miller Gettins

  51. Jonathan and I are crushed to learn about the sudden loss of Eric. All of us will always remember Eric’s athletic prowess with VYI, Madison, and W&J, and his good-natured personality. Our prayers are with you.

  52. Eric was a always a blast to be around. His happy and joking personality will be truly missed. My prayers go out to Eric’s family.

  53. Dear Penny, I am so sorry to read this. My mother lost my three year old sister when I was six, and looking back, and thinking of you, no mother should have to go through this. Use the strength you have to get through this with God. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  54. Eric I will always remember you. We’ve had good memories together, all the way from boy scouts in elementary school to football in vienna back in the day. Even though you’re gone i know you’re still around. R.I.P. and god bless you, i know i’ll see you again.

  55. To the Monday Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. You have my deepest sympathies. I feel so blessed to have known Eric and will never forget his great smile and fun loving spirit. He was a true friend to Matt. Heaven now has another angel to wrap his wings around us and watch over us.

  56. Dear Penny and Brian, No words can touch what you and your Family are experiencing. I am so sorry. May you have courage and strength each day to wake up and do what you must to live with your loss. You are in my thoughts. Love, Teresa Stouffer (Mary Lee and Seth’s daughter from Waynesboro)

  57. Dear Mr. and Mrs. Monday & Family, We are so sorry to hear of your wonderful son Eric’s sudden death. He was so handsome. He looks and sounds like such a wonderful young man. Eric reminds us so much of our own son, Andrew, who died of Sudden Cardiac Arrest at only 18 years old and was always the epitome of health. We hope that Eric and Andrew will be together and forever playing lacrosse, soccer, wrestling and just hanging out. No parent should ever have to go through this. We are truly so sorry for you and we know the pain you have. If you would ever like to talk or we can do anything for you, please let us know. We have lit a candle for Eric. Our sincere sympathy, Rita and Richard Helgeson “Andrew’s parents”

  58. Dear Brian and Family, What a wonderful son you raised. I am very sorry for your loss. I am lost for words, I will pray that you will find peace and comfort. Your son will always be missed. Fondly, Terri Penna Kemmerer

  59. It is with great sadness that we heard of your son’s death. May the strength of your wonderful family and friends help you navigate these most difficult times. With our love and prayers, Barry and Lisa Donohoe

  60. Mr. and Mrs. Monday: I still remember the day I met Eric on his recruiting visit to W&J. We spent the night in my room watching NCAA wrestling and talking about lacrosse. I knew right then he was going to be a great addition to our school. W&J will be absent the most recognizable smile on campus this school year. I am so sorry for your loss.

  61. Dear Penni – My Mom shared with me about the loss of your son, Eric. Unfortunately I have not seen you and your family for many years but I have never forgotten you. My prayers are with your family at this time and just wanted to let you know how sorry I was to hear about Eric.

  62. Eric, we will miss you dearly; but we will never stop loving you! Till we meet again…

  63. Dear Brian and family, Our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your son. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. May the memories of your wonderful son sustain you throughout.

  64. Dear Penny and Brian, I am so sorry and saddened to hear about your loss of Eric. It seems like just yesterday, we were both pregnant and excercising together. I will keep you all in my prayers. Karen

  65. Praying for you with your great loss. I hope the Lord comforts you with sweet memories in the hours, days and months ahead. Judy Smith Hulsey

  66. Dear Penny, I was deeply saddened to read about Eric in the Waynesboro paper. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Extend my condolences to your family. May God bless and watch over you. Roberta

  67. It was great getting to know Eric during the semester he spent at Fudan University in China. He was always in high spirits and very positive . Rest in peace Eric!

  68. Dear, Dear Penny I am at a loss to put into words my thoughts right now. I have so many wonderful memories of growing up with you. How we played cowboys, hung out at the Funks, baked that cake for French class, went to the beach, and all the wonderful Scout memories. I didn’t get to know Eric that well, but I do remember him teaching Brett how to open the refrigerator door. I am so sorry to learn about his sudden passing. I want you to know if there is ANYTHING I can do, please let me know. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  69. Dear Penny, I just read Friday’s RH newspaper. I cannot imagine what this feels like for you, and am so sorry to hear of it. We as a family remember the day when the boys were racing around the driveway circle on bikes and suzuki. A very handsome young man per the photo. If there is anything we can do for you, please call or write or visit. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Debbie, Chuck, Chuck, Joey

  70. Dear Penny and family, My sincere condolences to you and the family for the untimely loss of your beloved son. Please know that you are in my prayers. We don’t understand the reason for God’s plan; however, one day, it will become apparent. Have faith and love each other even more.

  71. Dear Penny and family, I am so sorry for the loss of your son Eric. I will have all of you in my thoughts and hope you find comfort with one another as you grieve. With peace, Linda

  72. Dear Penny and Family, I received such sad news from Deb Addleman. I’m so sorry to learn about Eric. I read about him and he sounds so accomplished,so wonderful. He is so handsome,too. We will be praying for you and your family and friends in hope that we can be of some small comfort. God Bless You. Your old friend, Nancy

  73. Dear Brian, Penny, Jevon, & little Clay, We were so saddened when we heard of Eric’s sudden passing. Though we didn’t see as much of Eric after the VYI years, we have cherished memories of him in his youth. His charm, smile, his laugh, his HUGS and let’s not forget the one of a kind smirk. Always on the go, full of adventure. You are so lucky to have had such a wonderful guy, even for such a short time. I know you will cherish your memories and love for Eric, as those memories and your love will help you through all your tomorrows. May Eric rest in peace. Susan, Andy, Jackson, Glenna and Leanne Kibler

  74. Dear Penny and Family, So sorry to hear about your loss. Deb Addleman sent me an email informing me that Eric had passed. I read that Eric attended W&J here in Western Pa. and was on the wrestling team (our son is an football player at Waynesburg). Fate has it that we learn this now. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of need.

  75. Brian, Penny and Family: Our family is so very sad to hear the news about Eric. Please know that our thoughts are prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. I remember the days at Cunningham and Waters, and recall the images of Eric playing the Sax, as the American League Indians marched in the Opening Day Ceremonies at Yeonas Park. Take comfort in his memories and knowing what an accomplished and fine young man Eric grew up to be. Please accept our sincerest condolences and know that your friends and family are here to help in any way we can.

  76. Brian and Family, All the words in the world cannot express the loss you are experiencing during this difficult time. I’ve often said that even though their being is not around everyday their soul lives on in our hearts. Our heavenly father will now watch over him. Knowing this I hope you will find peace and comfort to go on and live with the wonderful memories of your son Eric. God Bless.

  77. Penny, Brian & Family, I am greatly saddened to hear of your tragic & untimely loss. I must say Eric must have been such a joy to have a part of your lives from reading his accomplishments & accolades. My heart truly hurts for all of you. I believe the last time we were together, Jevon was your only child and I remember what joy he was for you & Brian! I can imagine what great parents you two have been. Please do not hestitate to call (843-683-1142) or e-mail, I’d love to hear about your entire family and your life. I’ve got a tale or two of my own! Girl Scouts Together That Is Our Song! Thoughts & Prayers are with you!

  78. Dear Penny and Family, I happen to see the obituary in the Waynesboro paper for an article that my mom had sent to me. My heart aches for all of you, for we have suffered losses the last several years. What a fine young man he was, I know he has terrific parents. Through God’s grace we are truly blessed and forgiven, and may you be comforted as well. Life is so precious, I pray you have the support of those close by, and be uplifted by the wonderful memories of Eric. Please know that my family and I hold you close in our thoughts and prayers. If I could help you in anyway, please call. God bless.

  79. RIP Eric..God must have loved you because he took you so are in a better place now. I’ll keep you and your family in my prayers at all times. love u

  80. Penny and Brian, I was thinking of you this Thanksgiving holiday and decided to try to get in touch. I googled Penny then Brian with no luck, so I tried Eric. What a shock. I’m so sad for you all. I can’t imagine how it feels. Please contact me and let’s reconnect.

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