Nathaniel Weilin Ho

Nathaniel Weilin Ho, 5 months, beloved son of Alice Hwang and Justin Ho of Falls Church, VA, died unexpectedly on May 22, 2019. Nate was born December 5, 2018, at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, VA, right on schedule. Nate loved mommy’s milk, smiling and laughing, playing with his daddy in the mornings, watching his big sister, songs at bedtime, babbling, grabbing and chewing on everything in sight, and trying to suck on his toes.

In addition to his parents, Nate will be lovingly remembered by his big sister, Madeleine Manlin Ho, who adored her baby brother; maternal grandparents, Richard Hwang and Grace Hwang; paternal grandparents, Richard Ho and Cora Ho; uncles and aunts, Jeremy Hwang and Soohyung Yoo, and Bryan Ho and Jane Reynolds; cousins Dylan Hwang, Noelle Hwang, and Catherine Ho; maternal great grandparents, Nien-Jung Lee and Sheng-Sheng Hsu; and a host of extended family and friends both near and far.

Nate was preceded in death by maternal great grandparents, Yu-Mei Chang Hwang and Moy-Sam Hwang; and by paternal great grandparents, Fan Ho and Tsuo-Chian Shieh, and Din-Kao Lee and Run Lin.

A private visitation and memorial service for family will be held at Advent Funeral Services, Falls Church, VA. As an expression of sympathy, contributions in Nate’s name may be made to the charity of your choice.

“When the lights go down in the city / And the sun shines on the bay.”

26 Responses to Nathaniel Weilin Ho

  1. Andrea & Julia Asoni says:

    Our hearts are broken with yours
    You’re in our thoughts and prayers, and we are here for you and with you.

  2. Andrew Tepperman says:

    Justin and family,
    I can’t begin to express how deeply sorry I am to hear of your heartbreaking loss. Your Toronto friends have you in our thoughts at this terrible time, and if there is any support we can provide please do not hesitate to reach out.

  3. Lee W. Jackson says:


    In a very short time you have become not only my trusted colleague and Partner, but also my valued, and well loved friend. Please know that I am truly sorry for the loss of your beautiful, happy, little boy Nate. I know that you, Justin, and all who love Nate are devastated.

    Please know that if there is anything I can do, ever, to make the burden of your loss easier for you to bear, you have only to let me know what I can do.

    Your friend,


  4. Katherine Montrone - Gmail says:

    We are beyond heartbroken to know of your sudden loss. I wish I had the right words to comfort you. Please know we love and support you. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and angel Nate.
    ❤️ Katherine, Paul and Reece Montrone

  5. Justin Ho says:

    Dear Nate,
    We love you buddy and always will.

    When you were conceived, we would say Maddie and Daddie and Mommie and baby bean make family. When you were born, we would say Maddie and Daddie and Mommie and Nate make family.

    Family, though, is so much larger. You touched the lives of many in this room intimately. Your smiles, chuckles, and your playfulness brought so much joy. All of your family came at a moment’s notice to say farewell to you and support us. We are so thankful for their love and support.

    Nate – you taught me so much. I want to tell you what you taught me about love.

    When I met your mom, I learned a love based on mutual respect and admiration. I found someone I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. We chose each other. We chose a commitment to intertwine our lives forever.

    When your sister Maddie arrived, I learned a love unconditional. I discovered an instinct to care and nurture that I never knew I had. I learned love that was patient. I learned to overcome my own frustrations and put aside my own selfish desires. How strange and wonderful – in giving those things up, my life grew fuller and greater.

    Nate – with you, I learned these lessons twice over. More than that, I learned love is not finite. It grows and multiplies in unexpected ways. I will always remember picking you up in the morning and bringing you to play with your sister. I will always remember watching you nurse from mom. Seeing Maddie bring you toys, helping to feed you, seeing you chuckle and laugh. There are so many things that will never be forgotten. Words can never do justice to how much I love you.

    My heart grew bigger when you were born and it grew bigger every day I had to spend with you. I promise you that my love for you will stay with me always.


  6. David Yi says:

    Justin, Alice,
    I am very sorry for your loss. Words are inadequate for moments like these. Instead, I hope that you find comfort in each other as well as family and friends. Know that we are thinking of you in your moment of grief.

  7. Rebecca Scholtz says:

    Dear Alice, Justin, and Maddie,

    We are so profoundly sorry and sad for your loss of your beautiful child. We can’t imagine the pain and sorrow that you all are going through. We do know that Nate, in his far-too-short time on this earth, could not have had a more wonderful, loving family.

    We love you and are here if there is anything we can do, now or any time.

    Rebecca & Chang

  8. Sharanya says:

    Dear Justin and Alice (and Maddie),

    Sending you all the love in the world in this difficult time. Even though your loss is immeasurable, please know you always have a willing ear to listen and willing hands to help out. You are in our thoughts.

    Sharanya & Antoine

  9. Olivia Burns says:

    I’m unsure if there are words to properly express what you must be feeling. If there are, I cannot claim to know them. Please know that you, Alice, Maddie, and Nate are all in my thoughts, and my whole heart goes out to you.


  10. Deb Resnick and Dave Bassett says:

    We are so very sorry to hear about your loss, and I know no words can provide the comfort needed. You are in our thoughts and our hearts during this difficult time.

  11. Sangram says:

    Extremely sorry to hear about Nate. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Nothing can describe this loss. I am lost for words.


  12. Maisha Islam says:

    Dear Justin,

    I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. This is beyond heartbreaking. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


    • Jacquelyn Phillips says:

      Dear Alice, Justin, and Maddie,

      I’m so devastated to hear of Nate’s passing, and still can’t even believe it. I remember “seeing him” as he grew in your belly, Alice, for all of those precious months as you walked Maddie to school- it seemed that you were pregnant for far longer than 9 months! I know Maddie was so excited to be a big sister. Nate was beautiful, and just as in the picture of you above it has always been clear that you couldn’t have been a prouder, more loving mother for his five and a half short months in this world. He was so so loved.

      I can’t even begin to imagine what this has been like for you all. I send my deepest sympathy and shed tears for you all.

      Jacqui Phillips
      (Gunnar’s and Hugo’s mom)

  13. Spencer and Louise Graf says:

    Dear Justin and Alice,
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We cannot imagine the pain you are experiencing. You are in our hearts and prayers. If there is anything we can do for you, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
    Spencer and Louise Graf

  14. Isabel and Nic Tecu says:

    Justin and Alice,

    We are at loss of words for what you must be going through. We grief with you and we pray for you.

  15. Maria Rivera says:

    Nate has left his footprints on our hearts forever. He will be remembered with smiles, laughter and joy as this is what he gave in his short time with us. May peace surround you all in knowing his love for you is eternal.

  16. Maia Otermin says:

    Justin, Alice, and Maddie,

    I am so sorry this has happened. I don’t have the words to express the heartbreak. You and Nate are in my thoughts.

  17. Ambrosia Barber says:

    Dear Justin,

    I am truly heartbroken to hear of your loss. I am at a lost for words. My family and I will continue to pray for your families strength through this difficult time.

  18. Susan Yeh says:

    Dear Justin, Alice, and family,

    I am so sorry about Nate. At a loss for what to say about such a heartbreaking loss. Thinking of you all

  19. Paul Labys and Jennifer Ritterhouse says:

    Dear Justin and Alice,

    There are simply no words, this is heartbreaking. We are so very sorry for your family’s loss and are keeping you in our thoughts.

    Paul & Jen

  20. Jessica Paulino Arnold says:

    Dear Alice, Justin, and Maddie,

    You and your entire family are in my thoughts and prayers. May you find peace and comfort in the memories that you shared together.

    “Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near, so loved, so missed, so very dear.”

  21. martino says:

    Dear Justin and Alice,

    this is just unimaginable; I am so sorry.

  22. Safiye Kaya says:

    Dear Nate,
    Your unexpected leaving us caused a very deep sadness in our heart. When I got the message which told me that you are not with us anymore, I couldn’t have believed. Because of my bad English, I assumed that I misunderstood. I asked my friend to translate the message one more time. Unfortunately she said “ you understood correctly!”
    I cannot tell how I am sad! I have always had very pleasure of being with you. You were my little sweet baby but as of now you are my little sweet angel.
    I also know that your parent has to live with this world’s greatest grief. I hope God gives them patience.
    You will always be in my heart as your mother’s super baby, your father’s buddy and my kuzu.

  23. Alice Hwang says:

    Dear Nate,

    Mommy and Daddy and Maddie love and miss you so much. Below is the text of the poem that I read to you when we laid you to rest today. I will carry your heart with me (and carry it in my heart) for all of my days, until we meet again.

    With all of my love, your Mommy, now and always

    [i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]
    i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
    my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
    i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
    by only me is your doing,my darling)
    i fear
    no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
    no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
    and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
    and whatever a sun will always sing is you

    here is the deepest secret nobody knows
    (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
    and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
    higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
    and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

    i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

  24. Eva Wang says:

    Dear Justin, Alice, Richard and Cora,
    So sad to receive the news about your precious son/grandson Nate. Words can’t express our deepest sympathy and grief. We are living in such an imperfect world; this shouldn’t have happened. One thing that is certain, however, that is with Faith you will meet Nate again one day.
    May our Lord Jesus Christ, Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace comfort you during this difficult time; and let Nate’s wonderful smile, smell stay in your memory forever.
    Wang Family

  25. Alfredo Ok says:

    Alice and Justin,
    I’m so so sorry to hear about this; it seems like Nate really blessed you guys in the time he had on this earth with you all. I’ll be praying for you and your families; God bless.

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