Memorials 

Many people request information on how to give back to G-PACT in memory of a loved one whom has passed away. This is one of the best ways G-PACT has received donations and it such an honor to use those funds to continue to help others fight. We will be honored to accept donations in memory of a loved one and memorialize them on our website.

If you would like to have funds sent to us in memory of a loved one, please use one of the following options:

  1. Request that donors send a check or money order to:

G-PACT
185-132 Newberry Commons
Etters, PA   17319

2. Direct donations to our PayPal account at accounting@g-pact.org.

For every memorial donation, please include the following:

-Name of deceased
-Name and address of next of kin (we will send them an acknowledgement of your donation)
-Your name and address (so we can send you a receipt)

Every person who has been memorialized will be listed on our website.  If you provide us with any background information (birth-death dates, cause of death, obituary) we will include a brief memorial statement as well.  

Donations are not required for a deceased patient to be added to our Memorial Wall. Requests to add someone to the Memorial Wall should be emailed to contact@g-pact.org.

Memorial Wall

2020

Randi Morse, died March 25, 2020, in MA

MORSE–Randi Meredith. The Board of Directors, Officers, and Staff of Lighthouse Guild note with great sadness that Randi Meredith Morse, daughter of our esteemed CEO and friend Dr. Alan R. Morse, passed away peacefully in her sleep after a very long illness. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Alan, his wife Judy and the entire Morse family. The funeral is private, for family only. Contributions in memory of Randi may be made to Lighthouse Guild at www.lighthouseguild.org/donate/.  Services are private and restricted to family only.

Brittaney Wood, died March1, 2020 at the age of 29, in MN

WOOD — Brittaney.  

Our precious Brittaney, loving mother, daughter, sister, auntie, niece, granddaughter and friend to all.

Brittaney Kathryn Wood, daughter of Larry and Roberta (Manning) Wood, was born May 28, 1990 in Fridley, Minnesota.  She grew up and attended school in Zimmerman, Minnesota and graduated from Morris, Minnesota in 2008. Following her schooling, Brittaney worked as a certified nursing assistant at several nursing homes.  Brittaney loved working at the nursing home and always wanted to become a registered nurse. Due to her medical complications with type 1 diabetes and gastroparesis, she was unable to continue working.  She lived in Glenwood, Minnesota at the time of her death.

Brittaney loved entertaining and spending time with her son and nieces and nephews.  She loved her friends and helping others.  She was full of gusto and free spirited.  She will be remembered for her generosity, spunky and feisty attitude, and her love of having fun.

Brittaney died Sunday March 1, 2020 at the Glacial Ridge Hospital in Glenwood, Minnesota.  She was 29 years old.

2019

Daniella McAlpine (Chook), died 05/27/2019 at the age of 26, in Australia

Danielle McAlpine (affectionately known as Chook) died on the 27th May 2019 at the young age of 26. Although she was born with many challenging medical problems she would always overcome them; sadly it was the results of GP that took her life due to the vomiting causing aspirated pneumonia. She lived with her family and received much love from them, she was such a giggle girl until she was also diagnosed with GP just 3 1/2 years ago. She loved having her siblings around making a racket and loved listening to music. She will always be in our hearts. Love you lots Chook.

Tasmin Nicole “Vail” Duncan, died 05/01/2019 at the age of 18, in CO

Our extraordinary Tasmin Nicole “Vail” Duncan was born on October 27, 2000 in Aurora, CO to David Vail Duncan and Cheryl Brumbaugh-Duncan.  Tasmin lived her life in Lakewood, CO, attending Bear Creek K-8, and then Lakewood High School until her untimely death on May 1, 2019, and was set to graduate with honors on May 18.  Academically Tasmin excelled in all areas, achieving a 4.6 grade point average and had completed a year of college credit.  Tasmin had a unique ability with languages and by her senior year she spoke Spanish and French fluently, which led to her acceptance with scholarships to several universities.  Tasmin had selected the University of Michigan, the oldest and one of the top linguistic schools in the nation.  As a student, Tasmin was multi-talented and was involved in a wide variety of activities and causes including National Honor Society, choir, swim team, the Breathe Easy Club, and the American Music School where she studied piano and voice.  Beyond academics Tasmin was incredibly creative as a musician and as an artist,  She began composing her own music and lyrics at an early age and created unique styles of jewelry throughout her teenage years.  Forever she will be missed in the hearts of her family and friends.

Tasmin is survived by her loving Grandparents, Jack and Doris Duncan of Akron, CO, and Philip and Barbara Brumbaugh of West Milton, OH, her proud parents David and Cheryl Duncan of Lakewood, CO, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family and friends who LOVED her very much.

At the Bridge Church at Bear Creek, 3101 South Kipling Street, Lakewood, CO 80227, the family will receive friends and family for the viewing on Thursday, May 9th, from 5 to 7:30 pm, and the Funeral services on Friday, May 10th, at 11:00 am.  Graveside services will take place at the Akron Cemetery, Washington County, Colorado, on Saturday, May 11th, at 12:30 pm, with dinner to follow at the Akron United Methodist Church, 101 W. 3rd St, Akron, CO   80720.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions of import to Tasmin and her family are Stomp Out Bullying (stompoutbullying.org), the Alliance for a Healthier Generation (healthiergeneration.org), or Gastroparesis Association for Cures and Treatments (g-pact.org).  In her final act of generosity and activism, Tasmin was a tissue donor (donoralliance.org).  

2018

Steve Stevenson, died 03/17/2018 at the age of 38, in TX

Steve was a man of God, loving husband and friend as well as an amazing music educator.  He was born and raised in East Texas, found the love of his life in college at Texas State University and was happily married for eight years.  He was a band director in San Antonio and influenced kid’s lives all over the nation through music.  He lost his battle with diabetes which led to other health complications.  It was a part of him, but did not define him.  His love for faith, family and music made him who he was.

Paul Frederick Sylvester, died 04/17/2018 at the age of 67, in WI

Mr. Paul Frederick Sylvester, of Appleton, Wisconsin, passed away at age 67 on April 24, 2018 in Appleton, Wisconsin. Born on March 30, 1951 in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, to the late Charlotte Butler and the late Walter Sylvester, Paul grew up in both Plover and Kimberly. 

After graduating from Kimberly High School, Paul attended UW-Green Bay for undergraduate work and UW Oshkosh for graduate school. He was a Credit Union Examiner at the State of Wisconsin for almost 30 years, retiring in 2009. 

Paul married Charisse (Tripp) in 1979 and was happily married until his death. He is survived by his wife, his son, Bob (partner J.P. Nichols); daughters, Colleen Detloff and AnnaClaire Sylvester; and brothers, George (Norma) Sylvester, and Don (Catherine Bloomer) Sylvester. He also leaves behind his adored cat, Annie. 

In addition to being a news-junkie, Paul loved walking in nature, local music and theatre, reading, and helping where he saw need. He was a member of both the Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Appleton and the White Star Psychic Science Church. He volunteered for the Historic Central Neighborhood Appleton and Gastroparesis Patient Association for Cures and Treatments (G-PACT). 

His family would like to thank the staff at St. Elizabeth’s hospital for their efforts to maintain Paul’s health over the last few years (as well as St. Elizabeth’s cafeteria, which became one of his favorite places to eat). Those who wish to may donate in Paul’s name to G-PACT. 

Friends and family are welcome to attend the memorial service at the Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2600 Philip Lane, officiated by Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg, on Saturday, May 5th from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. 

Nicole Roberts, died 06/19/2018 at the age of 30, in KS.

Nicole Roberts (January 4, 1988 – June 19, 2018) passed away this morning.  

“Our beautiful girl passed away this morning at 1:04am. She heard all the goodbyes, and then this warrior slipped away. Nicole is now free of pain, wheelchair, tubes and doctor visits. She’s missed by so many, loved by all. We love you Nicole… no more pain.”

She was a wonderful friend, advocate for GP, and such a positive person.  I was lucky enough to be her friend.  I’m still in shock about the news.  I did want to share some things she posted on her profile, in case you didn’t know her, to give you an idea of the kind of person she was.

“Hello! A little bit about me…I’m an animal, Green Bay Packer, Kansas Jayhawks, and Keith Urban lover. I’ve been in the veterinary field for 10 years and it’s a passion of mine. I will yell and scream whether my team is winning or losing. I’ve been to 29 concerts of Keith Urban’s and will be making #30 in October 2016. I have the most amazing husband with two beautiful four-legged children. The three of them complete my life!”

Her favorite quotes,

“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.”

“A best friend is the only one that walks into your life when the world has walked out.” 

“Doctors are great–as long as you don’t need them.”

May she walk among the stars and may her family and friends find peace

Yvette Maynes, died 09/08/2018 at the age of 72, in CT

Yvette C. (Pariseau) Maynes, 72, of Lebanon, passed away Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, at Yale New Haven Hospital.

Yvette was born Sept. 6, 1946, in Rockville, the daughter of the late Richard and Helen (Dureiko) Pariseau. She will be remembered as an accomplished seamstress and creative craftswoman offering her items at major craft shows throughout Connecticut. She enjoyed the outdoors and tending to her numerous flower and vegetable gardens.

Yvette is survived by her husband of 50 years, James Maynes; her children, Garret of Lebanon, and Shelly and Darren of Manchester; her brother, Dane Pariseau and his wife, Mary, of Vernon; and her sister, Carol Blais of Oregon; her grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Justus, and Silas; and many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her brothers, Michael, Christopher, and Richard Pariseau; and her niece, Valerie Blais.

Relatives and friends are welcome to join the family for a celebration of her life Monday, Oct. 22, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Wickham Park in the Log Cabin, 1329 West Middle Tpke., Manchester. Burial will be held privately at the convenience of the family.

Donations in Yvette’s memory may be made to G-PACT (Gastroparesis Patient Association for Cures and Treatments, Inc.)

2017

Susan Sargent, died 02/02/2017 at the age of 57, in CA

Susan Sargent, 57 of Red Bluff, CA, passed away on Thursday, February 2nd in Redding surrounded by loved ones.

Services will be held at Manton Cemetery on Saturday, February 11th at 11:00 am followed by a potluck celebration of life at the Manton Grange Hall.

Susan was born in Hawthorna, CA to be and Jacqueline Lenker on December 11, 1959.  She managed Harry Ritchies Jewelers for many years, then worked at Tehama County Social Services until she retired.

Susan was a loving mother and grandmother who loved to help those in need.  She touched many lives in our community and will be missed.

Susan is preceded in death by her father, Bob Lenker, grandoarents Bonnie and Clarence Allen.  

Susan is survived by her mother, Jacqueline Lenker, brother Robert Lenker, children Keff, Juston, Stacia, Logan Sargent, daughter-in-law Laura Sargent, grandchildren Zoey and Marley Sargent, nephew Sylan Lenker.

Please bring a favorite dish to enjoy together at the celebration of life.

The family of Susan wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Mercy Medical ICU, Manton Community Church, Pastor Mike and Gayle Steiner, Pastor Paul and Robin Crabtree and everyone else for their continued prayers.

Marni Herskowitz, died 03/22/2017 at the age of 32, in FL 

Marni was a GP warrior since 2010 and fought a hard battle. She will be forever missed and loved by her family and many friends.

Pat Jones Washington, died 4/26/2017 at the age of 49, in IN

Patricia J. Washington, age 49, passed away on Friday, April 28th, 2017 at her residence in New Albany, Indiana. Patricia was born July 9th, 1967 at 11:00 am to Leola Carnell and the late Joseph Jones Jr. She was a member of the Nebo Baptist Church and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She was a Registered Nurse and graduated school with National Honors. She loved her family dearly. 

Left to mourn her passing are her loving mother Leola Carnell and her mother’s husband Marion Carnell. Patricia had three loving children; two sons, Kristopher and Kevin Washington; one daughter, Kristine Washington; four brothers: Joseph, Collier, James, and Reggie Jones; five sisters: Joyce Bullock, Joann Washington, Renee Barron, Monica Kraft, Elizabeth Clayton; and one loving grandchild: Cambree Lahman. She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Jones Jr., brothers Marion Cantrell Jr. and Billy Jones. 

A wake will be held Thursday, May 4th 2017 from 4 to 8 PM at the Mt. Nebo Baptist Church and funeral services will be conducted at the church on Friday, May 5th at 11:00 AM with the Brother Benny Williams officiating. Burial will follow in the Green Meadows Cemetery located in Louisville KY.

Pat was a big part of the GP Community.  She will be missed by so many people.

Shelly M. Skawinski Ecuyer, died 05/02/2017 at the age of 39. in NY

Shelly M. Skawinski Ecuyer, 39, of Central Avenue in Cohoes, NY passed away peacefully at Albany Medical Center on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, after a long illness, embraced by her loving family. Born in Troy, she was the beloved daughter of Edward F. and Tammy (Murray) Skawinski of Cohoes; and devoted wife of Robert Ecuyer of Cohoes. Shelly was a lifelong area resident and graduated from Cohoes High School. She was employed as a title clerk with various Fuccillo car dealerships in the Capital District. Shelly enjoyed the excitement of scary movies and just relaxing watching T.V. Her true enjoyment came from being a loving mom to her sons; she was dedicated to her family and home. In addition to her husband and parents she is survived by her sons, Christopher M. Knight and Robert Alexandre-Xavier Ecuyer; siblings, Crystal L. (Danny) Skawinski, Nichole A. (Andrew) Russell, Edward M. Skawinski and Albert J. Skawinski all of Cohoes; father-in-law, Robert L. Ecuyer of Albany and several nieces and nephews. #rainbowsforrobbie

Jayme Lyn Henley Stringfellow, died 05/07/2017 at the age of 37, in AR

Jayme Lyn Henley Stringfellow, 37 of Fordyce, formerly of Star City, died Sunday at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. She was born December 11, 1979 in Pine Bluff to Rodney Henley and Cheryl Jones Tucker. She was a member of Hickory Grove Baptist Church and was a former teller and financial service representative for Simmons Bank.

Survivors include her husband, James Stringfellow of Fordyce; father, Rodney Henley; mother, Cheryl Tucker, both of Star City; 2 sisters, Jennifer Bates of Star City and Jessica Villa of Little Rock; and maternal grandparents, Billy and Maurice Jones of Star City.

Funeral services are 10:00AM Wednesday at Griffin Funeral Chapel with Clay Wynn officiating. Visitation is 6:00-8:00PM Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial at Hickory Grove Cemetery.

Cindy Dixon, died 05/26/2017 at the age 53, in OH

Cindy Dixon was a gastroparesis warrior for many years and was a member of G-PACT’s original support group through yahoo groups.  She was a kind, compassionate person who touched the life of everyone who knew her and they will all carry a little piece of her in their hearts.  

Not only was Cindy a great friend, she provided support to many others.  She did not focus on her illness but, instead, gave of herself to others.  She will be greatly missed by her friends, and a special little boy she treated as her own grandson.

Abigail Blazio, died 06/16/17 at the age of 24, in LA.

Abigail suffered with gastroparesis and was having issues with blood clots.  She was a member of G-PACT’s social media community and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Amy Ramsey, died 07/3/2017 at the age of 34, in PA

Amy was born on July 24, 1982 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She always fought the battle with a smile on her face even though she was suffering and in great pain.

Amy was an associate member of Wilkins VFC # 3 and enjoyed being part of the fire company. She loved her little dog Millie,  camping, painting ceramics, reading, crocheting and country music. Amy adored her two little nephews. Amy was a kindhearted, loving, generous person and is greatly missed by all those that knew her. 

Michelle Dawn Gallaher Frasure, died 7/5/2017 at the age of 35, in KY.

Michelle Dawn Gallaher Frasure, 35, of Catlettsburg, passed away Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at Kings Daughters Medical Center in Ashland. Michelle was born March 8, 1982 in Ashland a daughter of Leanna Gallaher of Ashland. She was a lifelong resident of Boyd County and graduated from Rose Hill. She also attended Ashland Community College and took Medical Billing courses through Huntington Junior College. She loved scrapbooking, writing, reading the bible and looking at old pictures. She had many pen pals over the years and enjoyed keeping in touch with them. She worked in several area businesses including Western Southern, Kroger and Speedway to name a few. She also loved any country song by Luke Bryan. In addition to her mother she is also survived by her maternal grandparents Paul and Dorothy Gallaher of Ashland, her children, twins Elijah Frasure and Ameila Frasure both of Westwood, son Nicky Long of Hanging Rock, OH, daughter Madison Frasure of Ashland, her boyfriend Eric Dalton of Catlettsburg, a very special aunt and uncle Roy and Dianna Suttles of Ashland and a host of extended family and friends.

Alexis Oswald, died 8/22/2017 at the age of 24, in FL

Alexis was born April 28,1993 in Palm Springs, California.  She was a fighter who underwent so many surgeries. They tried everything from g tubes, j tubes, a pacemaker in her stomach to completely bypassing her stomach in an effort to try to help her.

Even though she had to endure all those things, she still did her best to smile. She adored her niece and nephew.

Hannah Baldwin-May, died 10/12/2017 at the age of 24, in PA

Hannah Baldwin-May, 24, of Cranberry Twp., passed away in the loving presence of her parents on Thursday, October 12, 2017, under the care of Family Hospice & Palliative Care at Canterbury Place in Pittsburgh following an extended chronic illness. 

Born June 12, 1993, she was the adored daughter of Thomas E. May and Carla S. Baldwin of Cranberry Twp and birth parents Kelley Snyder (Nick Zinobile) and Eric Smith of Pittsburgh. 

Hannah was an enthusiastic and lifelong member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the North Hills and a 2011 graduate of Seneca Valley School District. She graduated from Kent State University, Magna Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing as a member of Sigma Theta Tau international honor society of nursing. She was a loyal employee of Aladdin’s Eatery for 5 years as a server and manager. After college, she was employed as a nurse in the Cardio-thoracic Surgical ICU at Allegheny General Hospital. In August, 2017 she received her honorary wings as an Allegheny Health Network Lifeflight nurse. She was a published writer on the subject of chronic illness and a contributing author to the mighty.com as well as an inspirational speaker.

Hannah was a cake decorator and Irish dancer who loved color, fashion and people. An adventure seeker, she enjoyed traveling and skydiving. She was well-loved, perpetually happy, and a friend to all. 

In addition to her parents, Hannah leaves behind the following to cherish her memory: Grandmother, Carolyn Baldwin; aunts and uncles Charles May (Kristine), William May, Chester May, Carolyn Chandra, Catherine Baldwin, and Connie Baldwin (Victor Guinto); cousins Stephen May (Kati), Michael May, Tawnya Ciesielski, Amber May, Carolyn May, Chester May, Kyle Guinto, Nathan Guinto, and Jackie Baldwin; special friends Erica Glynn and Victoria Shearer; godson Jackson Shearer; “Hannah’s angel” Beasley Shearer; and beloved pets Tiko and Monkey.

Hannah was preceded in death by grandparents Charles and Carolyn May, and Carl Baldwin.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M. at the Boylan-Glenn-Kildoo Funeral Home & Cremation Svcs., Inc., 130 Wisconsin Ave., Cranberry Twp., PA 16066.

Additional visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday, October 20, 2017 from 4 P.M. until 8 P.M.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11 A.M. on Saturday October 21, 2017 at Grace Community Church, 9160 Marshall Rd., Cranberry Twp., PA 16066, with Rev. Don Rollins officiating. Wear bright colors!

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Hannah Baldwin-May Legacy Fund at https://www.youcaring.com/hannahbaldwinmaylegacyfund-939811/.

Penny S. Rorrer, died 10/31/2017 at the age of 49, in VA 

Our dear friend , Penny S. Rorrer, lost her battle on October 31, 2017.  Penny is survived by her parents in PA; husband, Lee; her children, Jessica and Ryan; her granddaughter, Sonya; and her fur babies.    Penny was determined to live long enough to hold her first grandchild and it was a goal she met.   It was one of the best experiences of her life.

Over the past year, Penny has had a below the knee amputation and was diagnosed with cancer, in addition to dealing with Digestive Tract Paralysis.  Penny met every obstacle and setback with grace, dignity and a fighting spirit.  

For the past two years, Penny was the volunteer Fundraising Director for G-PACT and sat on the Board of Directors.  She was responsible for putting together our largest fundraising campaign ever, where over $10,000 was raised to fund our Registry research study for three years.   Her determination to make this fundraiser a success resulted in Penny dying her hair green, and shaving her head to raise the funds.   

Penny’s dedication to the DTP community made her well-known and admired.  She was always available to help others and reached out on many occasions to assist newly diagnosed patients or those who were struggling.  She was a compassionate and caring soul and will be greatly missed.  

Christina Julia Anderson, died 11/27/2017 at the age of 37, in Canada

Christina Julia Anderson passed away at the age of 37 on November 27th, 2017 in Montreal, Canada, after a long and chronic illness. She was born on April 22, 1980 in Montreal. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science from McGill University. She loved animals and worked in the field of marine biology and especially enjoyed her travels to Kenya. She excelled in various athletic endeavors including triathlon, horseback riding, and downhill skiing. In addition to her many talents she was an avid reader of classic literature and poetry. As an accomplished graphic designer she used various media, including chalk drawings and stained glass. She is greatly missed.

2016

Richard Fioravaniti, died 01/21/2016 at the age of 56, in DE

Richie passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, January 21, 2016.

Richie was an auto painter for A. R. Myers for 22 years before retiring in 2003.  He was a NASCAR fan and enjoyed fishing, crabbing and working around his house.

Richie was preceded in death by his brother, Anthony Fioravaniti; his sister, Rose Yannes and his stepfather, Merrill Eskridge.  Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Terri; his mother, Martha Eskridge; his brothers, Joey, Duane and Frank; his sister, Theresa; his brother-in-law, Larry Lawson; his mother and father-in-law, Doris and John Buckingham.

Memorial Services will be 7 PM on Wednesday, January 27 at NICHOLS-GILMORE FUNERAL HOME, 212 E. Justis St., Newport, where visitation will begin at 6 PM.  Burial will be private. 

In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions in Richie’s Memory to www.g-pact.org.

Emily Convery died 02/08/2016 at the age of 28, in OH

Emily Convery, age 28, of Louisville, KY and Adrian, MI, passed away Monday, February 8, 2016, at the Cleveland Clinic after a long battle with Mitochondrial Disease. Emily was born May 19, 1987, in Adrian, MI, to James and Robin (Raines) Convery. Emily graduated from Wittenberg University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Bio Chemistry/Molecular Biology and was preparing for medical school when she became ill. Emily loved swimming, water skiing, traveling, the theater, helping others, and medical research.

Emily is survived by her parents James (Jane) Convery of Louisville, KY, and Robin Raines of Adrian; grandmothers, Agnes Convery Gray of Toledo, OH, and Veneda Raines of Adrian; step-grandparents, Jim and Ida Erhart of Louisville, KY; sisters, Rachel (Shawn) Brown of Bryan, OH and Jennifer (TJ) Moreschi of Louisville, KY; step-sister, Samantha Davis of Louisville, KY; step-brother, Eric Davis of Louisville, KY; nephew and niece, Alex and Angel Brown, and many aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, James T. Convery and Arnold Raines, nephew Hal David Brown, beloved pet Lilly, and uncles Terry Raines and Jerry H. Maxwell.

At Emily’s request, cremation has taken place. Visitation will held on Saturday, February 13, 2016, from 2 to 8 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian, MI. Memorial services will be held on Sunday, February 14, 2016, 2:00 p.m., also at Anderson Funeral Home, with Pastor Lynn Brooks officiating. A memorial and mass will be held at a later date in Louisville. You may send condolences to the family at www.andersonfuneralservices.com. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ronald McDonald House; envelopes are available at the funeral home. The family wishes to thank Emily’s friends, family, contributors to the planned transplant fund, her care givers, and the volunteers of Kids Wings and Lifeline Pilots who transported her to life-saving treatments. To quote one of Emily’s many friends, “Emily was one of the most kind-hearted people I ever had the honor of calling a friend and sorority sister. Emily touched so many lives and that is shown by the outpouring of love just on Facebook today. She was so strong and endured more than any one person should ever have to, and she did it with a positive attitude and a beautiful smile.” Emily’s message to us would be to love one another, be all that you can be, live life to the fullest, and know that a visit to a sick friend may be just the medicine they need.

Gabriel Martinez, died 4/10/2016 at the age of 36, in CA

Our beloved son, brother, uncle, and friend has earned his angel wings on April 10, 2016 at the young age of 36. It breaks our hearts to have him gone but we are grateful for the the precious time we had with him, and that he is at peace and is united with loved ones.

Gabriel was a fighter, a kind, gentle and compassionate soul who has touched so many peoples lives. He loved to sing, cook, write,take his mom to the movies, read,spend time with family and friends. He was a jokester who always made everyone laugh and smile, he loved to inspire people. Gabe was also studying to get his bachelors degree in health care management to become advocate for patients who couldn’t or were to afraid to speak up for their patient rights.

Gabriel is survived by his mother Ida Martinez, Fathers Paul Martinez & Miguel Soto, Sisters Jennifer Martinez & Lorena Soto, Brother Javier Soto, Nephew Gabriel Michael Martinez, Partner Miguel Ramirez and extended Family.

Visitation will be held 1:00pm to 6:00pm on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at Alta Vista Mortuary, 41 East Alisal Street, Salinas, CA 93901.  Evening Service will be held 6:00pm to 9:00pm on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at Alta Vista Mortuary, 41 East Alisal Street, Salinas, CA 93901

Kathy Marie Hawk, died 06/22/2016 at the age of 41, in VA

HAWK, Kathy Marie, 41, of Goochland, departed this life on June 22, 2016.  She was preceded in death by her brother, Wayne Duncan.  Kathy is survived by her eternally devoted husband, Victor; and two cherished sons, Austin and Justin.  She was the daughter of Lee and Eula Duncan; and daughter-in-law of Mamie Joyner and Floyd Hawk Sr. (Debra); sister, Susie (Tommy); sister-in-law, Kathleen Duncan; brothers-in-law, Ronnie, Donnie (Debbie), Floyd Jr. and Melvin “Pee Wee” (Cindy).  She leaves a host of special nieces, nephews, a great-niece and a great-nephew.  She also leaves a host of special family members and close friends too great to mention.  Kathy’s memory will be forever remembered by the “Rhino Pack”.  The family will receive friends at the Norman Funeral Home, Goochland, Va., on Friday, June 24, from 4 to 7 p.m.  Graveside services will be held on Saturday, June 25, at 2 p.m. at the Hawk Family Cemetery, located on Camelback Road in Maidens, Va.   In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Goochland Rescue Co. #5, Goochland, Va.  

Amy Jo Foore, died 7/3/2016 at the age of 47, in PA

Amy Jo Foore, R. N., 47, died unexpectedly Sunday, July 3, 2016, at Rockhill Furnace.

Born May 27, 1969, at Huntingdon, she was the daughter of Susan Keith Ferguson, Dover, and Richard Foore, Richmond, Ind., and stepdaughter of David Ferguson, Jacobus, who all survive. 

Her maternal grandmother, Mary Ella Keith, survives of Rockhill Furnace; a half-brother, Jordan Foore and a half-sister, Hillary Heaston, survive of Indiana; along with two step-sisters, Becky Goodling, Wrightsville, and Angie Gotwalt, York. Maternal grandfather, Ted Keith, and paternal grandparents, Erie and Edwinna Foore, are deceased.

Miss Foore was extremely fond of her nieces and nephews of her extended family.

A 1987 graduate of Spring Grove Area Senior High School, she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and Psychology from York College in 1997.

Miss Foore worked at several York county hospitals and at Pediatric Care of York. She concluded her career as Director of Nursing at Manor Care North, York, before becoming disabled.

Suffering with gastroparesis, she served as a board member and was especially active with the Gastroparesis organization (www.g-pact.org).

She attended and was dedicated at the Rockhill Church of the Brethren, Rockhill Furnace.

Miss Foore enjoyed attending concerts, especially those of Bret Michaels. She had interests in crafts and collecting. Her most recent interests were Vera Bradley, scrapbooking and adult coloring books.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 8, 2016, at the Martin R. Brown Funeral Home, 565 Ridgley St., Orbisonia, PA 17243, with Pastor Robert Detwiler officiating. Interment will be at Orbisonia Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the service on Friday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Rockhill Church of the Brethren, P.O. Box 39, Rockhill Furnace, PA 17249; or to G-Pact, 185-132 Newberry Commons, Etters, PA 17319.

Jordan Brooks, died, 8/29/2016 at the age of 32, in CA

Jordan was born in February 1984. She grew up in Taft, Bakersfield & Pismo Beach & attended Arroyo Grande High School, graduating from Taft College in 2006. She was very close to her Grandma & Grandpa, Lloyd & Charmayne Brooks, and spent a lot of time with them fishing and singing karaoke. As a young adult she had the pleasure of working with her Grandma at the Taft Chamber of Commerce and was an honorary member of Taft Soroptomist Club, where she had many friends who adored her. Jordan spent time as a student teacher at Taft Conley School and was awarded “Student Teacher of the Year” in 2007. From 2009-2013 she attended UCP Work Inc in Santa Maria as a junior staff & mentor to over 100 folks with disabilities – this was her true passion. 

In 2012 Jordan was diagnosed with a rare, incurable stomach disease called Gastroparesis which took away her ability to eat food. Coupled with chronic migraines and dysautonomia, she fought like a warrior in every sense of the word to stay positive while trying to enjoy her family, friends and constant companion, Teddy, her labradoodle. Jordan was an active member of several Facebook support groups for Gastroparesis. Through this she realized she was not alone in the battle of her life. Her network of nurses, caregivers and friends is far and wide. Jordan endured illnesses for many years, but she carried hope each day that a cure would be found; she spent many hours daily tweeting and emailing every news agency and celebrity possible to help bring awareness.

Jordan leaves behind her mom & dad, Bill & Michele Tillery who were dedicated to her daily care; aunt & uncle, Frank & Judy Miller; her grandma, Charmayne Brooks; cousins, Keith, Kara, Kody & Kassidy Miller as well as many other family members and close friends. Jordan will be remembered for her positive attitude in the worst of situations, her sock collection, her love of purple and George Strait, but most of all her smile. Jordan had the courage to say goodbye. She was ready to go to Heaven and received her “Angel Wings” on August 29th. Jordan’s Journey touched many lives; she is finally home where she belongs. She was 32.

The family would like to personally thank Dignity Hospice & Home Health. Nurses: Tara Allen, Wendy Knight, Linda Stone & Leslie Rodham. A special thank you to Miss Sunshine for staying true to her name.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, October 9th from 10am to noon at The Monday Club, 1815 Monterey St. in San Luis Obispo. It will be informal with stories and memories shared. Sign her guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries. Donations in Jordan’s memory can be made to www.gpact.org.

Karen Leslie Terrell, died 11/17/2016 at the age of 55, in CA

Samantha (Sammi) Bye, died on 12/15/2016 at the age of 19, in NJ

Bye, Samantha Davie, 19 years, 6 months, and two precious days, was called to heaven on December 15th, after a lifelong battle with a familial syndrome causing immune dysregulation and a connective tissue disorder. Her parents, Allen and LeeAnne Bye; sisters, Lauren Schwiers and Amanda Bye; brother, Matthew Bye; grandmother, Anne Schwiers were at her bedside as she peacefully flew to heaven. Her multiple rare disorders included: a familial syndrome causing connective tissue issues and severe osteoporosis, bleeding issues, autoimmune enteritis, chronic intestinal pseudo obstruction, severe immune dysregulation with hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis and recently thrombotic microangiopathy and numerous deadly infections.

In Sammi’s short time on earth, she touched many hearts and inspired and helped many who also lived with serious health issues. Samantha was an Oley Ambassador, and reached out and supported others adjusting to life on tube feeding or feeding nutrition through intravenous lines. In spite of the many physical losses she incurred during her lifetime (the loss of being able to eat, to walk, hearing issues, vision issues and learning to live with severe chronic pain), Samantha was known for living life to the fullest, cherishing moments and bringing smiles to peoples’ faces. Sammi was a peacekeeping, tenderhearted, nurturing, forgiving, loving and compassionate soul, who always put the needs of others before her own. Although Samantha was unable to eat, she enjoyed the flavor of food. She was a “cooking mama” who loved making meals for her family and sending special meals to others who were ill. Her life’s ambition was to become a catering, specialty chef. She was a homebound student at Mainland Regional High School, under the tutelage of Jim Winkler, who she loved and adored. Through all of her losses she continued to adapt, always cherishing the gift of life. She fought a courageous and brave battle and chose to continue to fight that battle until her death. Though she had a strong Catholic faith and conviction that heaven awaits, she wanted to stay, in spite of all her physical hardships. We know many that she loved and cared for awaited her at heaven’s gates. She will be sorely missed the remainder of our days.

She is predeceased by her grandfathers, William A. Schwiers and David Bye; her grandmother, Florence Bye; her brother, Taylor Bye; and best friend Jennifer Wiley. She leaves behind her parents, Allen and LeeAnne Bye; her siblings, Lauren Schwiers, Amanda Bye and Matthew Bye; her grandmother, Anne Schwiers; aunts and uncles, cousins, friends, her beloved Physical Therapist, Jodi Handler, and beloved cat, Kitty.

A viewing will be held from 7 to 9 pm Wednesday, December 21st at George H. Wimberg Funeral Home 1707 New Road, Linwood, New Jersey 08221. Followed on Thursday, December 22, 2016

12 noon Viewing, 1:00 pm Mass of Christian Burial at Saint Gianna Beretta Molla Parish: Church of Saint Bernadette, 1421 New Road, Northfield. Interment to follow at Laurel Memorial Park cemetery.

2015

Hannah Humphris, died 3/24/2015 at the age of 18, in Virginia

HUMPHRIS, Hannah Rose, 18, of Glen Allen, Va., earned her angel wings and crossed the Rainbow Bridge on Tuesday, the 24th of March, 2015. She was born on May 15, 1996 in Charlottesville, Va. to Robert R. Humphris Jr. and Victoria Lynn Preston (formerly Humphris). She was preceded on this journey by her grandmothers, Patricia Johnson and Charlotte Y. Humphris. She is survived by her loving parents; and her grandfather, Dr. Robert R. Humphris Sr. of Charlottesville, Va. Also surviving are her half-brothers, Jeff Edwards of San Antonio, Texas and Michael Edwards of Wilmington, N.C. and their families; her aunt and uncle, Patsy and Joel Ledford of Glen Allen, Va.; her cousin, Bill McClure and his wife, Jeanine and their daughters, Ashley and Brittney; and many Humphris and Yancey relatives. Her loving Minka kitty of 18 years preceded her, and her furry family members, Brinkley, Ariel, and Reggie miss her very much. She enjoyed many cruises, visited Disney World and attended Camp Korey in Oregon. She leaves behind many special friends in the Gastroparesis community, Mitochondrial community and Starbright World. The family extends their special thanks to Dr. Archuletta and the staff of Noah’s Children, Dr. Yanni and her staff at St. Mary’s Palliative Care unit, the St. Mary’s Pediatric and PICU units and Bon Secours Hospice (all in the Richmond area) for their loving care during her illness. We would also like to express our appreciation to the firefighters and medics at Henrico Station 12. She participated in many online communities and support groups where she helped and taught others about their disease(s) and possible treatments. Through the Internet, Hannah had constant contact with many other young people across several continents who also had this little-known disease. She had become quite knowledgeable about Mitochondrial Disease’s many symptoms and ramifications and, in fact, had desired to pursue her education in research in this field. There will be a private service at a later date. The family is planning a Celebration of Life at Hannah’s request. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Mitochondrial Foundation at www.umdf.org, Camp Korey at www.campkorey.org or the Starlight Foundation at www.starlight.org.

Alice Hale, died 4/21/2015 at the age of 29, in Washington.

Alice Hale passed away on April 21, 2015, shortly before her 30th birthday.  Alice is survived by her mother Deborah, her father George, and her brother Morgan. Alice and her father were very close. He was devoted to Alice and very active in her life. Alice loved her family . They taught her to love herself because you can’t love others unless you do.    Alice suffered with many illnesses including JRA, epilepsy, fibromyalgia, sphincter oddi dysfunction, severe pancreatitis and gastroparesis. She had a pacemaker to help with the gastroparesis. Digestive diseases seemed the worst for Alice. She and her family started a support group for SOD in Spokane. Unfortunately, she was told not to come back to hospitals and ER’s with her complaints. She and her family felt abandoned by the medical community.    Amazingly, with all of her difficulties, Alice did get her AA in psychology! She only ever wanted to help others get through tough times. She was forthright, honest, and fought for justice at every turn.  Alice’s mother listed her qualities best: She gave. She contributed. She loved. She was the true definition of what a human being should be : a kind person who cares for everyone else. Alice will be sorely missed.

Julia Hayes, died 10/01/2015 at the age of 32, in Pennsylvania

Hallie Rose Brody, died 10/11/2015 at the age of 23, in Texas  

Hallie Rose Brody passed away, Sunday, October 11, 2015, at home with her family, Jerry, Abby and Ben Brody, in Georgetown, Texas. She died from complications of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a genetic connective tissue disorder with few treatments and no cure.  

Hallie was born 23 years ago in Santa Rosa, California to Katie and Eric, two young people who had chosen Jerry and Abby Brody to be Hallie’s parents.

Hallie was full of life, joy and happiness, right at the very beginning. The entrustment ceremony where Eric and Katie symbolically gave Hallie to the Brody family was full of love, light and joy. Hallie’s years in California and then in Alfred, NY were incredibly happy ones. With an infectious smile, a brilliant, creative mind, and a kind and generous heart, young Hallie made friends instantly everywhere she went. She was the leader of the pack when it came to imaginative play in her big backyard—the 5 acre old growth forest behind her home. As a little girl, she’d also be the one comforting others who had fallen or who were ill.

Hallie moved with her family to Georgetown, TX in August, 2004. It was then that symptoms of her genetic disorder began to overshadow her life. She was able to finish Liberty Hill high school in 2009, and attended both Austin Community College and Baylor University for a few months. Sudden seizures that affected her memory forced her to leave college, and her health declined steadily after that.

Eventually home and wheelchair-bound, unable to eat or drink, and in never-ending pain, Hallie continued to give hope and support to thousands of people with chronic illnesses via her Facebook page, “Hope for Hallie Rose.” Over 2000 people were part of her online community and followed her story daily. She spent time every night Skyping with people around the world who had similar chronic illnesses and needed encouragement, a smile, or a laugh. She would talk about helping the “little zebras,” those newly diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, with gastroparesis, with POTs and dysautonomia, and teaching them everything she knew about the horrible disease that would claim her life.

Hallie Rose had a lot to complain about, but she almost never complained about her own condition. Her pain was excruciating, constant and would cause many other young people with EDS to take their lives. Hallie was incredibly brave to endure so much. She had many major surgeries, cross country trips to see specialists, trips to emergency rooms and trials of new medications that inevitably failed her. Even worse, there were many doctors who were not familiar with EDS, and would not believe she was really ill. However, there were many doctors, nurses, friends and strangers who came to Hallie’s and the family’s aid when they needed help, and the Brody family is deeply grateful to all of them.

Despite her terrible illness, Hallie brought so much joy and love to her family. She’d find a way to laugh and smile through almost every ordeal. She had an eye for fashion, and always looked spectacular, at home or in the hospital, wearing colorful scarves and hair bows and jewelry…even when the IV tubes, oxygen cannula, stomach tubes and urinary catheter got in the way. At home, she always wanted to be part of the action, and would volunteer to do whatever she could, even when exhausted and wheelchair-bound. She was the first to say “I’ll go with you!” when an outing was afoot. Even if it was just errands, she wanted to be with her family, out in the world at every opportunity. She loved life with a passion and never lost hope for a cure.

Hallie and her Daddy were incredibly close. The love they shared was deep and enduring. They had their first Daddy-Daughter dates when Hallie was in elementary school, and they continued on her twenty-first birthday in Las Vegas. Jerry and Hallie shopped together, went skiing together, went to campus events together, and spent many hours just talking together.

Another big hero in Hallie’s life was Matthew Moses. Matt and Hallie met years ago in college, and became very close friends. Even as illness slowly destroyed her ability to function, Matt remained by her side. He became her caretaker night and day, usually staying up most of the night to make sure she had taken her medications and that she was safe in bed. He literally saved her life, and gave her a reason to live. Matt was Hallie’s hero, and Hallie’s family will forever be grateful to him.

Hallie would not want her family and friends to remember her by her illness, but by her joyous spirit, her insistence on keeping her hopes and dreams alive, her refusal to give in to despair, and her generosity in loving and inspiring others. She never wanted to let her body dictate who she was. She inspired her family and everyone she met to have hope, stay strong, and live life, whenever you can, as much as you can, and remember the joy that life can bring.

In lieu of flowers, Hallie’s family requests memorial donations to the Ehlers-Danlos National Foundation, ednf.org.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 11:00 am in the chapel of Ramsey Funeral Home with a reception to follow.

Alyssa Landrith, died 11/6/2015 at the age of 18, in Pennsylvania

Alyssa Krystine Landrith became an angel on November 6, 2015.  She passed in her Clarion home suddenly but peacefully with her mother and her dog, Ted, by her side.  She was 18 years old.

Alyssa fought years of misdiagnoses for an eating disorder when in fact she had Gastroparesis and a rare digestive disorder called Superior Mesenteric Artery Syndrome.  Both diseases caused chronic and unrelenting malnutrition which ultimately caused her body to shut down from starvation.  Her stomach and intestines were paralyzed. She was a fighter, and through 7 feeding tubes and many treatments she always had a smile through the constant pain.  She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Alyssa is preceeded in death by her grandmother, Kristin Stroupe, of Clarion.

Alyssa is the daughter of Lori R. Landrith, of Clarion, and James M. Landrith, of Albuquerque, NM. She was born July 6, 1997 in Rio Rancho, NM.  She had been a student of Clarion-Limestone Elementary and High school, and later PA Cyber school.

Aly loved her family, her friends, and her animals.  She had aspirations to become a Child Advocacy Attorney in the medical arena, and was a brilliant student, artist, musician and young woman.  Alyssa never gave up, but her little body simply did.

She is survived by her parents, grandparents, Don and Linda Corbett of Parker, PA and Karen Shatar and James Schlosser of Placitas, NM, and her great-grandfather, Clyde Corbett of Clarion, PA.  She also had aunts and uncles, great aunts and uncles, cousins, and friends across the country who are mourning her life lost too soon.

Alyssa has been cremated, and private service will be held at a later date.  The Robert V. Burns Funeral Home has taken care of arrangements.  In leiu of flowers, donations will be accepted to help with the funeral home expenses, and medical bills that have been mounting.  They can be arranged through the Robert V. Burns Funeral Home or via www.gofundme.com under Alyssa Landrith’s name.

Please take the time to think of Aly often, and know that the energy that drove her is now part of all of us.  Her blue eyes looking down at us, now no longer in pain.  Now no longer suffering.

Gerome DelShawn Meminger-Jennings, died December 14, 2015 at the age of 25, in New York

Gerome DelShawn Meminger Jennings, lovingly known as, Romey entered into eternal rest on Monday, December 14th, 2015. Gerome was born on Monday, September 3rd, 1990 to Gerome Meminger Jr. and Demeka Patriece Jennings. Romey’s first church affiliation was United Fellowship Baptist Church in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Romey’s most recent church affiliations were Epiphany of Brooklyn, New York and Jesus is Lord Fellowship, Toms River, New Jersey.

Romey was educated through the Neptune, New Jersey school system. Through the years, he worked for agencies who served the Developmental Disabled population. Romey was a remarkably talented and exceptionally brilliant young man with a loving spirit, he was beautiful in all ways. Romey’s talents were reflected in his love of music and unique style of fashion. 
Romey’s passion for music was evident in the many hours that he spent in the studio making his music come to life. 

Romey had an intense love for his family and cherished the time that he spent with them. Romey was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Dorothy Meminger. 
Romey is survived by his father, Gerome Meminger Jr. (Brandy), Clinton, Maryland, mother, Demeka Patriece Davis-Jennings, Toms River, New Jersey, and step-father MacArhtur Davis, Asbury Park, New Jersey. His grandparents, maternal, Rev. Stanley and LaBabara Watts, Manchester, NJ, Devoyd Jennings (Gwen), Fort Worth, TX, Gerome Meminger Sr. (Linda) Virginia Beach, VA. He is also survived by great grandmothers, Margaret Phillips, New York, NY, Margaret Jennings, Fort Worth, TX, and Louise Marsh, Fayetteville, NC. Romey has two brothers, Kyzier Davis, Brandon Meminger, and four sisters, Isis and Zion Davis, Riley and Brooklyn Meminger. He has four uncles, Colonel Charles DelShawn Jennings USMC (Michelle), Stanley Christopher Watts (Tara), Pastor Brandon Watts (TyNisha), Hollis Meminger; and Aunt Adriana Hunt. His great uncles are Randall Phillips (Antionette), and Dwayne Phillips. Romey is also survived by a host of cousins Jasmine Jennings, Christopher Bryce Watts, Jordan Jennings, Jaden Watts, Jeremy Watts, Gianna Watts, Cameron Watts, Mayah Watts, Marqui Hunt, Jordan Hunt, Noah Hunt, Satya Meminger, Laini Meminger, Kyeilla Entzminger, Theo Phillips, Randy Phillips, Nakya Entzminger, Jada Phillips, and Arthur Anderson. Romey has many lifelong friends whom he considered to be his brothers and sisters. 

Visiting will be Sunday 3:00pm until 4:00pm at Jesus Is Lord Fellowship Church, 2236 Massachusetts Avenue, Toms River,, NJ. Funeral services will begin 4:00pm. Cremation will be private.

Marlie Dulaurier MD, died 12/26/2015 at the age of 35, in Florida.  Marlie served as G-PACT’s volunteer Pediatric Director.

Dr. Marlie Eddia Dulaurier was born November 22, 1980, in Brookdale Hospital in Brooklyn, New York to proud parents Eddy Dulaurier and Marie Simone Nemorin. She was raised in Miami and graduated from MAST Academy in 1998. While at MAST, Dr. Marlie’s spark-plug personality led her to participate in numerous extracurricular activities; she quickly became recognized as a go-getter and leader through her volunteer experiences.

Her giving spirit and tender heart led her to a career in medicine. Dr. Marlie graduated from Florida International University Honors College in 2001 and matriculated to medical school at Howard University, where she graduated in the top of her class in 2005. In 2008, she completed her residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital and was later a Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellow at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Even while hospitalized, Dr. Marlie pursued her Master of Public Health.

In addition to her academic accomplishments, Dr. Marlie was known to her family, friends, colleagues, residents, nurses and patients as a compassionate, caring and wise physician.

Dr. Marlie’s caring and compassion extended to all walks of her life. She was a longtime and faithful supporter of Pure Reality and mentored many young ladies, encouraging them to lead lives pleasing to God. Dr. Marlie also donated to and helped fund numerous scholarships to assist young people to attend Pure Reality retreats. Even during her illness, she would attend the annual retreats in her wheelchair. No problem was too big or too small for her to lend an ear or mentor a teenager navigating her way through adulthood. 

Dr. Marlie gave so much of herself that in 2011 and 2012, she volunteered for the Healing Arts Mission in Haiti, a country which is still recovering from the devastating 2010 earthquake.

In 2014, Dr. Marlie was presented the Malaika Mentor of the Year award by Franklin County Children Services for her mentor and volunteer services. As a young minority physician, Dr. Marlie made it her mission to assist aspiring health professionals to achieve their goals. She was always available to be a listening ear, to provide words of encouragement and wisdom, and to pray with and for her mentees. Her influence led others to enter the healthcare field, and to do so with a heart dedicated to service and consecrated to God.

Her numerous accolades and accomplishments paled in comparison to the wonderful person Dr. Marlie was. She had a passion for life; born into a Seventh-day Adventist home she was baptized July 22, 1994. Her faith was undeniable and her grace was a beacon to all who knew her. During the course of her life and illness, Dr. Marlie never stopped caring for her family and for the wellbeing of others.

Throughout her life, Dr. Marlie was a light to those around her. She had a passion for people and family that was unparalleled. Dr. Marlie loved to cook and try new things. Many of us will remember her for her love of food and discovering new dishes to share with family and friends. She introduced many to the vegan dishes which were exquisite to taste. She could often be found planning celebrations, cooking, and barbequing for friends and family. Dr. Marlie also loved to travel and experience different cultures, she would immerse herself in learning the history, customs and anything pertinent to understanding the people within her travels. Her adventurous spirit allowed her to live a full life wherever she was.

After contracting Guillain-Barre syndrome in Ohio, Dr. Marlie underwent a plethora of tests and treatments in hopes of receiving a multivisceral transplant. On June 6, 2015, Dr. Marlie had the courage to undergo this incredible procedure. She fought passionately to recover from the surgery, but later passed from complications on December 26, 2015. Dr. Marlie may have lost the battle, but we are confident she won the war. On resurrection morning, those of us who are faithful will see her whole, happy, running, jumping and laughing with the infectious smile that only she could bring.

Dr. Marlie leaves to mourn Mother Marie Simone Nemorin, Father Eddy Dulaurier (deceased), Step Father Dany Nemorin, Sister Waleska Augustin, Brother Nardino Dargenson, Brother-in-law Jocelyn Augustin Jr., Nephew and Niece Isaiah and Victoria Augustin, Grand-mother Miralda Bruno, Step-brother Robenson Dargenson and family, Uncle Wilner Theagene and wife Marie Ghislaine, Gravy, Aunts Isabelle Julmisse, Angelique Marc and husband Barnabe Marc, Solange and Violette Alexandre and family, Andree Vernet(deceased), Lumene Alexandre (deceased) Cousins Eldridge and Andrea Julmisse and family, Glenice Julmisse, Marcie Julmisse, Ricarda Julmisse, Baudlaire Theagene and family, Emerson Theagene and family, Lunbentz Theagene and family, Sophia Theagene and family, Ruth and Pierre Auguste and family, Othniel Baudouin and family, Edouard Baudouin Jr, Joel Baudouin (deceased), Rachelle and Cassandre Baudouin, Berlande Gibson and family, Ben Marc and family, Jethro Alexandre and family, Rodes Pierre Noel and family, Roberta and Monfort family, the Bruno family, the Dargenson family, along with a host of other family members, friends, colleagues and the lives she touched as a physician, mentor, church member and friend. 

Dr. Marlie left a legacy of love that will be completed when we all see Jesus. What a day of rejoicing that will be.

2014

Michelle Moon, 01/15/2014, at the age of 35, in Nevada.

Nicole “Nikki” Lefebre, 02/02/2014, at the age of 26, in Wisconsin.
Nikki went to heaven on February 2, 2014 and joins her beloved grandparents, Woody and Dale Weber, and Mike and Judy Miller.

Nikki was born on December 20, 1987, in Appleton, Wisconsin. Nikki was a dedicated perfectionist who sought knowledge and avidly researched her disease (Gastro Intestinal Pseudo Obstruction). She was proud of her education, attending Conserve School, graduating from Oconto Falls High School and pursuing a degree from UW-Oshkosh.

Nikki enjoyed cooking, swimming, picture taking, and loved the color purple but bled green and gold being an avid Packer fan.

Nikki was an excellent judge of character. She wore her heart on her sleeve and made friends for life.

Nikki’s greatest joy was being with her husband, Benjamin, and her loyal companion, Jack. Though married only two years, the high school sweethearts showed us all what true love and devotion mean.

Nikki is sadly missed by her loving husband, Benjamin; her best pet, Jack; mother, Jacquelynn Miller, father, Clark Miller; brother, Ben Miller (Alessanda); sister, Stephanie DeWilde; in-laws, Anthony and Kristine LeFebre, brother-in-law, Andrew LeFebre (Suzanne); and treasured family and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, from 10 a.m. until time of service at 2 p.m. at the Germania Hall, 320 Chute Street, Menasha, Wisconsin 54952 (920-725- 6666) Luncheon to follow.

Her husband Benjamin wishes to thank all those who worked so hard to give her strength and hope; her family, the Indiana University Hospital Transplant Team, the many friends offering prayer and donation, and a special thank you to Christina and family for their care and friendship.

Karen Marie Simons, 2/19/2014, at the age of 44, in Washington

Karen is survived by her husband Miles Simons who has asked me to share with our members that in lieu of flowers, Karen expressed interest in having donations made to one of two charities Mason County Kitten Rescue and the Diabetes Foundation.

Miles states, “I thank all the people that have contacted me. It is over whelming how many people’s lives she affected, helped and befriended.”

Karen’s friends and family will be gathering in her memory on Pay it forward day, Thursday, April 24, 2014.

Christina Fullington, 4/26/2014, at the age of 35, in Tennessee

Jeannie Pierce Seegers, 6/7/2014, at the age of 36, in South Carolina

MOORE, SC– Jeannie Pierce Seegars, 36, passed away Saturday, June 7, 2014.

She is survived by husband Ardell Seegars, parents Gene and Lorene Pierce, Moore, sister Melissa McKay (Timothy McKay), nephew Pierce McKay, niece Reagan McKay, Brentwood, TN and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Celebration of Life Service TBA. In lieu of flowers, Jeannie requested memorials to www.g-pact.org to fund research for severe gastroparesis.

Carol Cave, 7/16/2014 at the age of 51, in NE

Carol Cave, 51, of Lincoln, passed away on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at her home in Lincoln. 

Carol was born on May 9, 1962, in Des Moines, Iowa to Richard and Patricia Cave.

She worked as an RN for 18 years having received her BSN from UNMC.  She enjoyed reading, traveling, good food, her family, and going to garage sales and thrift stores.

Carol is survived by her husband James F. O’Connell, Jr. of Lincoln, parents Richard and Patricia Cave of Sun City West, AZ., a brother Jim Cave of Kansas City, two daughters Elizabeth Steadman of LaVista, NE and Connie Knorr of Lincoln and her grandchildren Ava, Addisyn and Cohen Steadman.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday (7/22/2014) at Butherusm Maser and Love Funeral Home, 4040 A Street.

Memorials are suggested to the family.

Sabrina Jean Myrick, 9/25/2014, at the age of 44, in Arkansas

Sabrina Jean Myrick, 44, of Marmaduke, died Thursday at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center. She was a retired Paramedic.

Survivors include her life partner, Jaree Johnson of Marmaduke; daughters, Britney Revel of Paragould, Jennifer Downs of Batesville and Alexandrea Hitesman of Lead, SD; father, Gene Kellim of Paragould; mother, Patricia Kellim of Paragould; sisters, Andrea Kellim, Amberlee Penny and Summer Huffine all of Paragould; brother, Kristopher Kellim of Paragould and 8 grandchildren.

Visitation will be Monday from 6:00-7:00 P.M. at Heath Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 7:00 P.M. at Heath Colonial Chapel. No burial is planned

April Hawkins, 11/9/2014, at the age of 36, in Washington

April Hawkins died tragically on November 9, 2014 due to complications of gastroparesis.  April leaves behind her husband and two young daughters.  April volunteered with G-PACT for almost 4 years and was a good friend and supporter to many in the digestive tract paralysis community.  

2013

Rebecca Fortune, died 02/13/13 at the age of 39, in Mississippi.
Rebecca Leigh Fortune, 39, passed away on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at her home. Visitation will be 5-9pm Saturday at Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Brandon. Funeral services will be 2pm Sunday at Concord Baptist Church in Pelahatchie, with burial in Concord Cemetery.

Rebecca was a member of Concord Baptist Church and as long as her health allowed she was very active and loved to sing in the Choir. She was a graduate of Morton High School and loved to make crafts and needle point.

Survivors include her parents, Pam and Arnold Olander of Pelahatchie; brother, James Skiles of Pelahatchie and her former husband, Steven Fortune of Pineville, MS.

Claire Lelchuck Hawkins, died 03/05/13 at the age of 60, in Ohio.

Claire Lelchuck Hawkins went to be with the Lord on March 5, 2013 after a courageous battle with gastroparesis.

A memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1361 W. Market St., with Rev. Mark J. Pruitt officiating. Friends may call 4 to 7 p.m. TODAY at the Billow FAIRLAWN Chapel, 85 N. Miller Rd.

Shea L. Heribacka, died 06/29/13 at the age of 19, in Michigan.

Ishpeming- Shea L. Heribacka, age 19 of 501 N. First St. Ishpeming passed away Saturday, June 29, 2013 at the Marquette General Hospital surrounded by the loving care of her family and friends. Shea battled Gastroparesis, which developed into total digestive paralysis, a battle she had been fighting for the past 3 years.

Shea was born July 11, 1993 in Ishpeming to Joel & Melissa (Haukkala) Heribacka. She attended the Ishpeming Public Schools. Shea was a compassionate loving person who had a small group of amazing and caring friends who cared for her during her illness. Shea had a love for animals, music, and the water, but had a special love for her nephew Alec. Shea was grateful for her Make A Wish trip where she shared the experience with a friend who also has the same illness.

Shea is survived by her mother Melissa Heribacka of Ishpeming, father, Joel (Tara) Heribacka of Sheboygan, WI, 2 sisters: Ashley (Matthew) Cody of Ishpeming and Rhea Heribacka of Sheboygan, a brother Darian Ahtonen of Ishpeming, nephew Alec Cody, maternal grandparents: Fran & Jim Lahtinen of Negaunee, Lynn & William Haukkala of Ishpeming, paternal grandparents: Anna & Richard Heribacka of Big Bay and Nancy & Kim Bengry of Palmer, along with many aunts, uncles, cousins and her closest friends: Logan Heribacka, Rachel Pascoe, Billy Anderson, Rachel Peterson, Michael Perrault and Baylie Schmeltzer. Shea was preceded in death by a special friend Roxanne Adams.

A memorial service for Shea will be celebrated at 1:00pm on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Ishpeming with Rev. Warren Geier officiating. Shea’s family will greet relatives and friends at Trinity Lutheran Church on Tuesday from 11:00am until the time of service at 1:00pm. A luncheon will follow the service in the church fellowship hall.

Emalie Fogg, died 07/25/13 at the age of 27, in New Hampshire.
Emalie Elizabeth Fogg, age 27, died July 25, 2013, surrounded by loving family in Whitefield, N.H.

Emalie was born, Sept. 26, 1985, to Amy and Brian Fogg, during Hurricane Gloria. Her birth was as traumatic as the weather and it didn’t take long for the family to learn that she had cerebral palsy. They said she would never crawl, she crawled. They said she would never walk, she walked.

Continuing to defy all predictions, in 2004 Emalie graduated from White Mountains Regional High School, then Keene State College in 2008 with a degree in history. She moved to Washington DC to accept a prestigious internship focusing on the History of Americans with Disabilities at the Smithsonian Institute . She spent 2010 as the Patricia Morissey Fellow at the Institute for Educational Leadership. For the last two years she was employed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Although she loved her job, she took great pride in introducing herself as a “bureaucrat.”

Emalie’s previous good health declined suddenly and she struggled with conflicting diagnosis. Emma was forced to choose between her valued independence in D.C., and the loving support of family in NH. She came home to comfort and be comforted by her loved ones.

Though she was hardly ever at rest and quite noisy at times, we will say “Rest in Peace” for her body but “Shine On” for her soul. We will watch for glimpses of her huge grin in every sunrise and gorgeous red hair in every sunset.

Donations in Emalie’s name should be sent to the Smithsonian Institution Accessibility Program c/o Krista Flores 14th Street and Constitution Ave., NW NMAH Room 1050 MRC 607, PO Box 37012 Washington, DC 20013-37012

A Celebration of Emalie’s life will be held on Aug. 11, 2013.

Desmond White, 9/4/2013, at the age of 48, in Texas
Desmond White II
Date of birth: July 12, 1965 Date of death: Sept. 4, 2013. Surviving family members: father: Desmond Sr.; grandmother, uncle, aunt and cousins Funeral arrangements are private.

 

Michelle Grinzi, 10/5/2013, at the age of 28, in California
Michelle was born on October 19, 1984 and passed away on Saturday, October 5, 2013.

Michelle was a resident of Spring Valley, California.

Corynna Strawser, 12/11/2013, at the age of 16, in Ohio.
Corynna R. Strawser, age 16, of Greenville, went to be home on Dec. 11, 2013 at 9:47 a.m. at her residence, with her family by her side.

A celebration of life will be held on Monday at 2 p.m. at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, with Pastor Gary Oser officiating. Burial will follow in the Abbottsville Cemetery, Darke County. Family will receive friends on Sunday from 2-6 p.m. and on Monday from 1-2 p.m. at the funeral home.

2012

Bethellen Dilcher, died 02/03/12 at the age of 46, in Michigan.
Bethellen Dilcher, 46, passed away on February 3, 2012. Beth was born to Lawrence Dilcher and Nancy Thomson in Columbus, OH on February 15th, 1965. She enjoyed watching both the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Lions play, working with a medical support group and using her knowledge as an RN to help others. Bethellen is survived by her parents Lawrence Dilcher of Athens, OH and Nancy Levingston of Springfield, MO; her step-father Alton Levingston; son Wayne (Kelly) Dilcher of Woodhaven, MI; brother Larry Dilcher Jr. and sisters Julie (Danny) Wheeler of Hanceville, AL and Rebel Dilcher of Monroe, MI and one granddaughter. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, February 9 at Monroe Church of Christ, 3470 E. Dunbar Road, Monroe, MI 48161 at 11:00am.Services provided by Crane Funeral Home, 36885 Goddard Road, Romulus MI, (734) 941-9200.

John Scott Jara, died 05/18/12 at the age of 83, in California.
John S Jara Sr., 83, Peacefully departed this life to Heaven on August 23rd. Family and friends will come together and celebrate his life on Monday, August 27th from 4 PM – 8 PM for viewing with a Rosary at 7 PM at Cavazos Funeral Home. Mass will be held on Tuesday, August 28th at 10 am at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. The burial will be held immediately following at Earthman Resthaven Cemetery off of I-45 and Rankin Rd. In God’s care he leaves behind his loving and devoted children, grand children, and great grand children.

Tara Crumbliss, died 06/15/12 at the age of 34, in Ohio.
Tara Christine Crumbliss, 34, passed away on Friday, June 15, 2012.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Rosco C. Crumbliss and Mr. and Mrs. Edward H. Bogard. Tara leaves behind her parents Daniel and Jana Crumbliss, Dick and Geri Crumbliss and family, Anita Hastings, Blake Shannon, Mike, Keli, William Meyers, Bob and Dana Bertrand, Brock and Courtney Bertrand and family, Dale and Brandy Harvey and family, The Walker family, Rob and Sherry Cass, Renee Durand and family, and many friends. She was a graduate of ECS, and was awarded The Pursuit of Excellence Academic Scholarship, and attended The University of the Ozarks. She always lived her life to bring joy to others.

Sharon Walk, died 07/24/12 at the age of 27, in New Jersey.

Gina Lauren Massey, died 08/30/12 at the age of 28, in Colorado.
Born July 17, 1982. Died Aug. 30, 2012. 13-year Colorado Springs resident. Survived by her father, William; her mother, Martha; and a sister, Nicole. Visitation, 5 p.m. Thursday, September 6, 2012 at Shrine of Remembrance ‘America the Beautiful’ Chapel, 1730 E. Fountain Blvd. A Rosary will follow at 7 p.m. also at Shrine of Remembrance ‘America the Beautiful’ Chapel. Memorial Mass, 10 a.m. Friday, September 7, 2012 at St. Paul Catholic Church, 9 El Pomar Road. Private inurnment.

Keith Sailor, died 10/06/12 at the age of 58, in Alberta, Canada.

Haley Stonehocker, died 10/11/12 at the age of 18 , in Utah.
October 14, 2012 Haley Nicole Stonehocker, born November 7th, 1993 in Provo, Utah to Eldon and Cynthia Stonehocker, passed away peacefully in her home on October 11th, 2012 after a two year long battle with Gastroparesis. Haley was born with beautiful big blue eyes and curly blonde hair. She had a spunky personality and loved a good joke. She was nurtured and loved by her brothers and sister and had many cherished friends.

With little formal training Haley mastered the piano and accompanied various choirs. She was a very talented dancer, singer, and soccer player, but her true passion was track. Haley had a gentle and tender spirit and an enormous love for her nieces and nephews. She always made time for them. Despite her illness she was able to earn her diploma from Maple Mountain High in 2012. She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and a Seminary graduate. Her brief time on earth was lovingly and passionately filled with family, friends and numerous interests and activities. She especially loved and was very appreciative of her doctors and nurses that cared for her at Mountain View Hospital, Primary Children’s Hospital, and Nationwide Hospital. Her greatest desire was an increased awareness of Gastroparesis and the development of a cure to help others who suffer.

As a family we want to thank our friends and community for your generous contributions and support.
Haley is survived by her parents and her four siblings Brittany (Marshall) Hooper, Joseph (Lindsay) Stonehocker, Lance (Angela) Stonehocker, Ian Stonehocker and her nieces and nephew Libby, Indie, and Izaiah. She is also survived by her grandparents Richard and Cindy Price and Lavern Stonehocker. She was preceded in death by her 2 grandfathers, Joseph Stonehocker and Dennis Harris Marriott.

The viewing will be on Monday, October 15, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Wheeler Mortuary, 82 West 400 North, Mapleton. The funeral will be on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 11 a.m. in the LDS Chapel at 475 North 1600 West in Mapleton with a viewing from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. prior to the service. Burial will be in the Springville Evergreen Cemetery.

Stephanie Nicole Johnson, died 10/11/12 at the age of 22, in South Carolina.
Stephanie Nicole Williams Johnson was called from her earthly home on Thursday, October 11, 2012 by her Savior Jesus Christ to be greeted in Heaven and reunited with Grandma and Grandpa, Thomas and Gleaner Thomsen. Stephanie had a special and close relationship with her grandparents, and as much as our hearts break to let her go, we know there is a great and happy reunion upon her entrance to Heaven. Stephanie was born May 11, 1990 and resided most of her life in Pensacola.

Stephanie leaves to cherish her memory, her husband, Jerry Johnson; her parents, Kevin and Michele Williams; her grandmother, Anita Runnacles, her father and mother-in-law, Butch Johnson and Jena Jones and her sisters Hannah and Rebekah Williams. She will also be greatly missed by a host of other family members and friends.

Stephanie and Jerry were married on March 3, 2012 and they moved to Jerry’s Naval Duty Station at Goose Creek, South Carolina.

Stephanie was diagnosed in 2005 with a severe and rare form of juvenile arthritis called Ankylosing Spondylytis. In 2008, she became very ill and was diagnosed with the stomach’s disorder, Gastric Paresis. This disease destroys the stomach’s ability to function and digest food. Despite the severity of her illness, Stephanie was determined to not only live but make a difference in this world by sharing her faith and love for Jesus Christ and making a life with Jerry. Stephanie was a very special girl from the moment she was born and it became obvious early in her life that the Lord had a special plan for her. Stephanie accepted the Lord as her Savior at age 8. During her youth and teenage years, she was instrumental in many events that focused on worshipping, exalting, and glorifying Jesus.

In 2006, an article in the Florida Baptist Witness featured Stephanie. The interview with Stephanie was centered on the severity and effects of her illness and her determination to continue to minister and share her faith. She was a very strong and determined young lady who got her strength from the Lord and His written word. Most days she was very sick but she was determined that this disease would not defeat her. She continued to reach out to others, to minister to their needs and always put herself last. She showed such love and compassion as she shared her faith. Stephanie’s mother and dad searched for the best possible medical treatment for her illnesses; however, not much is known by the medical profession in effective ways to provide treatment.

Stephanie loved horses. She also enjoyed playing the guitar, singing, and writing songs. These songs glorified the Lord and also were a window into her struggles against the relentless and terrible diseases. In Stephanie’s Bible, she had underlined Romans 5:3 which states Moreover, let us exult and triumph in our sufferings, knowing that pressure and affliction and hardship produce patient and unswerving endurance.

Stephanie, our precious, sweet baby girl, we miss you so much. We are so sorry for the pain and suffering you endured. We cling to God’s word knowing that God’s will is best, also knowing you no longer suffer, and Sweetheart, we will see you soon.

Visitation will be held at Myrtle Grove Baptist Church on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

A celebration of her life will be held at Myrtle Grove Baptist Church on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. with Brother Ron Lentine officiating.  Interment will follow at Pensacola Memorial Gardens.

Leslie Williams, died 10/21/12 at the age of 24, in Ohio.
Leslie C. (nee Whitt), Loving wife of Jeff Williams. Daughter of Roy Jr. and Allisa Whitt. Sister of Megan Whitt-Sheehy(Christian). Granddaughter of Roy Sr. and Carolyn Whitt, Robert and Billie Burns. . Niece of Robert David Burns and Greg Burns (Chrissy). Daughter in law of Sharon Dean. Sister in law of Julie Williams. Good friend of Laura Tycon and Cassie Daddario. Preceded in death by her grandmother Gloria Whitt and father in law David Williams. Leslie passed away Sunday October 21, 2012 at the age of 24. She was a resident of Middletown Oh. Visitation will be at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home 177 W. Main St (St. Rt. 125) Amelia , on Thursday October 25th from 5-9:00PM. Funeral Service will be Friday at 10:00AM. Memorial may be made to Ronald McDonald House of Akron 245 Locust St. Akron Oh, 44302 and or The United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation 8085 Saltsburg Road, Suite 201 Pittsburgh, PA 15239.

Sarah, died 12/03/12 at the age of 13, in Colorado.

2011

Jesse Day, died 01/20/11 at the age of 29, in California.
Jesse Day, 29, of Placerville, Calif., passed away peacefully after a very long illness at his home on Jan. 20, 2011, with his mother, sister and brother surrounding him. He attended Charter Home and Camino Schools and was a graduate of the class of 2000 at El Dorado High School. He is survived by his mother, Nancy Day; siblings, Sarah Day and Cody Day; grandparents, Jay and Barbara Pitcher; aunt, Jayann Askin; and a loving extended family.

Jesse will be greatly missed and always a part of our hearts.

A memorial and celebration of Jesse’s life is being planned. The family invites you to join us on Feb. 5, from 1 to 4 p.m., at Calvary Chapel of the Foothills in Shingle Springs, 4260 Business Drive. The family wishes to thank Bristol Hospice of Roseville for their dedication and continuous care of Jesse and his family. In lieu of flowers the family is asking for donations to help cover the expenses of his illness and help them recover financially. Donations received in excess of what is needed will go to research for a cure for Gastroparesis. If you would like to donate please contact Jayann Askin at 530-306-7020.

Angela Mitchell, died 4/29/11 at the age of 26, in Pennsylvania

Angela Marie Mitchell, age 26, of Bryan, Ohio, died at 12:20 P.M. on Friday, April 29, 2011, at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center-Montefiore/Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, following a fifteen-month battle with complications of a rare form of pancreatitis. A lifelong illness resulted in a five-organ digestive transplant on September 11, 2005, at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center-Starzl Transplant Institute in Pittsburgh, from which she recovered and was able to return to a normal lifestyle and was attending Northwest State until her recent illness. Angie attended Four County Career Center in Health Occupations and was a 2003 graduate of Bryan High School. She was a ten-year member of Kid Clovers 4-H Club, in which she took many animal projects, winning many awards. She was a member of Bryan First Brethren Church, of the Classic Feathers Bird Club for three years, of which she served as secretary. She was also a member of the Oley Foundation and was awarded the Mead Johnson Enteral Award in 1993. Her first job was as a paper carrier for The Bryan Times with her brothers. Then she went on to work for Susie’s Lunch in Bryan. During her senior year she began working for Interim Healthcare in Defiance, Ohio, as a home health aide. She enjoyed all types of animals and worked part-time at the Bryan Area Animal Hospital for a year. Angie also enjoyed going to drag races with her dad and two brothers and did some drag racing of her own at Summit Raceway Park in Norwalk, Ohio. She attended Camp Make-A-Dream in Montona two times.

Angela Marie Mitchell was born on November 21, 1984, in Bryan, Ohio, the daughter of Merril L. and Linda S. (North) Mitchell. She is survived by her parents, of Bryan, two brothers, Michael (Jamie) Mitchell and Jeffrey Mitchell, both of Edon, Ohio, her grandparents, Paul and Kathleen Mitchell, Walter “Jack” North, and Mary Carter, all of Bryan, three nieces, Kailee and Olivia Mitchell and Maggie Carter, and a nephew, Taj Mitchell. Also surviving are numerous aunts, uncles and cousins and a special friend, Cody Rhodes, of Bryan.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 4, 2011, from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 P.M. in the Krill Funeral Home, 860 West Mulberry Street, Bryan. Services will be held on Thursday, May 5, 2011, at 11:00 A.M. in the Krill Funeral Home, Bryan, with Pastors Sam Shultz and Fred Brandon officiating. Interment will follow in Fountain Grove Cemetery in Bryan.

Memorials are requested to Family House at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, the Oley Foundation in Albany, New York, or to Angie’s Fund at Bryan First Brethren Church.

Roxanne Adams, died 05/24/11 at the age of 17, in Alabama.
ADAMS, ROXANNE MARIE age 17 of Mt. Olive went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, May 24, 2011. She was a member of Evangel Assembly of God. Roxanne was a very active student at Gardendale High School serving as an Ambassador and was in the Academic Top 20. Survivors include her mother Lisa Adams; step father Ric Burkhead; brother Dalton Hoffine; uncles: Dennis and Jeff Adams; aunt Margaret Hestla and many close and precious friends.

Her funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 27, 2011 at Gardendale First Baptist Church South Campus with burial in Oakwood Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Thursday from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Evangel Assembly of God in Mt. Olive. The family would like to thank the ICU staff at Children’s Hospital and Drs. King and Savany.

Jules McClaren, died 08/19/11 in Alabama.

Sarah Kozushin, died 09/27/11 at the age 30, in New York.

Vanessa Rae Mack, died 10/31/11 at the age of 30, in Virginia.
On Monday, October 31, 2011 at her home in Sterling, VA. Beloved daughter of Debra and Gregory Mack; loving sister of Melissa and Christopher J. Mack; loving companion of Teddy Mack. She is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and very dear friends.

The family will receive friends at ADAMS-GREEN FUNERAL HOME, 721 Elden Street, Herndon, VA on Sunday November 6, 2011 from 2 to 5 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 7, 2011 at Providence Baptist Church, 8980 Brook Road, McLean, VA at 1 p.m. Interment National Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or to G-PACT, 702 Winebary Circle, Lewisberry, PA 17339.

2010

Amber Casey Graves, died 08/25/10 at the age of 27, in Arkansas.

2009

Julie Werner, died 01/27/09 at the age of 26, in Michigan.
WERNER JULIE MARIE Age 26, after a courageous battle with a rare dysmotility disorder, Julie joined our Lord on January 27, 2009. She will be sadly missed and loved forever. Beloved daughter of Dennis and Virginia (Ginny) (nee Moceri). Loving sister, best friend, and hero of Amy. Dear granddaughter of Vincent and Pauline Moceri, and Phillip and the late Phyllis Werner. Also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins. Visitation Monday 5-9 p.m. and Tuesday 3-9 p.m. at McCabe Funeral Home, 31950 W. 12 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills. Scripture service Tuesday 6:30 p.m. In state Wednesday 10:30 a.m. until time of Mass 11 a.m. at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 4300 Walnut Lake Rd., West Bloomfield. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to G-PACT, or the National Foundation for Transplants.

Tierney Eggert, died 3/21/09 at the age of 19, in California.
Ms. Eggert, 19, of Rancho Bernardo, passed away Mar. 21.

Telitha McAdams, died 03/27/09 at the age of 26, in Ohio.
McAdams, Telitha A., beloved daughter of Paul and Andrea (Cash) McAdams, dear sister of Chris, loving granddaughter of Claris Cash and Lois McAdams, and special friend of Benjamin Rhodes and Tim Sterwerf.. Friday, March 27, 2009, due to complications after a long illness. Visitation at the Hodapp Funeral Home, 8815 Cincinnati-Columbus Rd. (Rt 42), West Chester, Sunday 4-6 p.m. Burial at Arlington Memorial Gardens, Mt. Healthy, Monday at 11 a.m.

2008

Charlotte, died 11/07/08.

2007

Anji, died 03/18/07, in the United Kingdom.

Jennifer Gayle Harbin, died 08/15/07 at the age of 25, in Mississippi.

Jessica Biada, died 09/29/07 at the age of 31, in Utah.

Jessica Lee Biada 1976 ~ 2007 WEST BOUNTIFUL Our beautiful daughter, sister and aunt, Jessica Lee Biada, returned with honor after fulfilling her earthly mission on Sept. 29, 2007 at LDS Hospital. She was born on September 18, 1976 in Rochester, Minnesota, a daughter of George and Ann Biada. Although her mortal body had many problems, her spirit was strong and beautiful. Jessica attended Utah State University, majoring in Music, which was her life’s love. She loved to share her unique musical gifts and she was a very talented pianist. She was a faithful member of the North Canyon Young Single Adult Ward, she loved the members of her ward and she cherished attending church meetings, activities and especially the temple. She is survived by her parents George and Ann Biada, West Bountiful; siblings Aimee Biada, North Salt Lake; Erica (David) Low, Providence; Lauren Biada, Katelyn Biada and Joshua Biada all of West Bountiful; also two special nephews Isaac and Dawson. Funeral service will be held on Fri. October 5, 2007 at 11 a.m. at the Stone Creek Stake Center, 990 North Chapel Dr. (just off 1000 North) in Bountiful, where a visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. A visitation will also be held on Thurs. October 4th from 6 to 8 p.m. at Russon Brothers Bountiful Mortuary, 295 North Main. Jessica fought a good fight. She has finished the course. She has kept the faith. Interment, Bountiful Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to IHC Hospice, 3776 Wall Ave, Ogden, UT 84405. Arrangements under the direction of Myers Ogden Mortuary.

Shannon Ishman, died 10/12/07 at the age of 29, in Pennsylvania.

Shannon M. Ishman, 29, of South Buffalo Township, passed away Friday, Oct. 12, 2007, while in the company of family members at their family farm. Miss Ishman was born March 3, 1978, in Kittanning, the daughter of Richard J. Ishman, of South Buffalo Township, and Cynthia D. (Frantz ) Ishman, also of South Buffalo Township. She was a member of Faith Community Church, Freeport. Shannon was a 1996 graduate of Freeport Area High School. She had worked at the J-Barn Restaurant in Buffalo Township for a number of years and the Fox Chapel YMCA working with children’s programs. In 2000, she graduated from Pittsburgh Technical Institute and then took a job with U.S. Airways as a flight attendant for three years. Shannon was also an award winning model for eight years. Her awards include 1995 WMA Teen America Model (NYC), 1995 Fashion Plate USA, 1995 Miss Cameo Model (USA), 1995 Miss Picture Perfect Model USA, 1995 Miss Fashionality USA and 1995 Miss Charisma USA. She had also won the TV Commercial Excellence Award in New York City. She had done runway modeling, designer fashion shows, choreographic modeling and mannequin modeling for Deb Shop, Koening Sporting Goods and Fashion Bug. Shannon was a member of the World Modeling Association and the Professional Models Club. She enjoyed snow skiing, snow boarding, knee boarding, swimming and horseback riding. She was also a PAD1 certified scuba diver. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her maternal grandmother, Shirley Frantz, of South Buffalo Township; her brother, Daniel R. and his wife, Angie Ishman, of South Buffalo Township; her sister, Jessica D. Ishman and her fiance, Joe Lang, of Leechburg. Shannon is also survived by four nephews, Damian and Matthew Ishman, both of South Buffalo Township, and Tyler and Hunter Lang, both of Leechburg; and two nieces, Kia and Emma Ishman, of South Buffalo Township. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Robert J. Ishman and Edith Ishman Clowers; and her maternal grandfather, Robert Frantz. Family and friends are being received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday and Monday in the REDMOND FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 High St., Freeport. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Faith Community Church, Freeport, at 11:00 am on Tuesday with Pastor Chuck Edwards officiating. Burial will be in Slate Lick Cemetery, Freeport.

2006

Jerry L. Haynes, died 2/16/06 at the age of 55, in Texas.

Scott Bush, died 05/19/06 at the age of 29, in Indiana.

Scott Bradley Bush 29, of Beech Grove, passed away May 19, 2006 after a long battle with cancer. He was born May 8, 1977 in Beech Grove. He attended Roncalli High School and the University of Indianapolis. He worked as a Research Genealogist. Scott was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church. Survivors include his parents, Penny G. Bush and Ralph Bradley Bush; his sister, Alican (Dennis) Parmley; two brothers, Joshua D. (Rachel) Bush and Ben Bush; his grandparents, Ann Middleton and Boyd Middleton; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins, including his beloved Karli and Hannah who knew him as “Unkie”. A funeral Mass was conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, May 22 at St. Mark Catholic Church with visitation from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the service on Monday at the Church. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to G.H. Herrmann Madison Ave. Funeral Home, 5141 Madison Ave.

Veronica Pennington, died 06/30/06 at the age of 29, in Ohio.

Veronica L. Pennington, 29, of Belle Center, died at 11:24 a.m.Friday, June 30, 2006, at Mary Rutan Hospital.

Born in Covington, Ky., on March 12, 1977, she was a daughter of Ronald G. and Roberta L. Harroun Reeder, who survive in Marysville.

On July 15, 1995, she married Thomas “Matt” Pennington in Crestview, Fla., and he survives in Belle Center. Also surviving are two sons, Matthew Aaron and Nicholas Andrew Pennington, at home; two brothers, Ronald Gregory Reeder of Riverside, Calif., and Gary Todd (Cheryl)Reeder of Galena; one sister, Jennifer (Kirk) Horton of Bellefontaine; and several nieces and nephews.

A homemaker, medical assistant and Web page designer, she served as vice president of G-Pact Gastroparesis Patient Association for Cures and Treatment.

Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Eichholtz Funeral Home, Belle Center, where the funeral follows at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Chuck Temple officiating. Burial is in Fairview Cemetery, Belle Center.

Rhonda Ferguson, died 8/30/06 at the age of 53, in Mississippi

2005

Beverly “Hope” McDaniel, died 10/22/05 at the age of 40, in Florida.

2003

Angie Goodson, died 07/26/03 at the age of 33, in Virginia.


Miss Angela Dawn Goodson went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, July 26, 2003 after a long illness. Angela was born in Abingdon, VA to Homer Lee Goodson and the late Mary Edith Goodson. She was a graduate of East Tennessee State University and worked as a counselor at Blue Ridge Job Corp. She was a member of the Woodland Baptist Church and was an avid fan of softball, basketball and fishing. Angela was preceded in death by a sister, Peggy Goodson; twin brothers, Lonnie Mike Goodson and Roger Dale Goodson and her mother Mary Edith Goodson. She is survived by her father, Homer Lee Goodson; brothers, Richard Goodson and wife Gloria of Lancaster, PA, Donald Ray Goodson of Abingdon, Freddie Lynn Goodson and wife Alisa of Piney Flats, TN; a sister, Jane Gobble and husband Gene of Abingdon; nephews, Kevin and Robbie Gobble of Atlanta, GA, Joshua Goodson , Curtis Goodson and wife Melinda all of Abingdon, Roger Goodson and wife Cindy of Bristol, VA, Adam and Andrew Goodson of Piney Flats, TN; nieces, Jade and Cassidy Goodson of Abingdon and Shelley Goodson of Piney Flats, TN; a special cousin, Tammy Lester of Abingdon; her faithful companion Jasper and lots of loving friends. The funeral service will be conducted at 8:30 P.M., Monday in the Farris Funeral Chapel with Rev. Bob McCormick and Rev. Jerry Eggers officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8:15 P.M., Monday before the funeral service. They will also be gathering at the home of her Sister, Jane Gobble and husband Gene, 19191 Wyndale Road, Abingdon. A graveside committal service will be conducted at 1:00 P.M., Tuesday at Knollkreg Memorial Park. Family members will gather at the home for a procession to the cemetery on Tuesday. Pall bearers will be Kevin Gobble, Robbie Gobble, Curtis Goodson, Joshua Goodson, Adam Goodson, Andrew Goodson and Roger Goodson. Honorary pallbearers will be Gary Lester, Johnnie Hicks, Jonathan Howard and Nathan Robinette.

2001

Bob Rader, died 06/03/01

Accomplishments

Carol Pasinkoff, G-PACT volunteer and member of the Board of Directors, testified before the FDA in October 2012. Due to her testimony, the FDA selected gastroparesis as one of only 20 diseases to be addressed in the Patient-Focused Drug Development meetings that will be held for gastroparesis on May 11, 2015.  In addition, G-PACT was chosen as the advocacy organization to collect data for the PFDD.

As a result of G-PACT’s hard work, the passion of our followers, and the efforts of Medtronic, Medicare reversed their decision to stop covering idiopathic gastroparesis as a primary diagnosis. Many patients would no longer be able to receive care if we had not gotten this decision reversed.

We lobby at DDNC every March and have made some political connections that show interest in supporting our cause.

G-PACT has worked hard to obtain sponsors and votes for legislation proposed by IFFGD to obtain funding for research of motility disorders. 

While exhibiting at the Oley Conference, members of the TSA walked up to our booth and said “G-PACT! We know G-PACT! You have been REALLY helpful in helping us learn the needs of patients who need to travel with medical supplies”. We have been one of the most active organizations with the TSA in the midst of much larger organizations, and it was nice to be recognized as one that has helped them make some policy changes to make it easier for patients to travel with tubes, lines and other medical needs.

We are formal members of the DDNC (Digestive Disease National Coalition) and serve as a member on their Board. We are also members of the ANMS (American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society) and we presented at their annual patient/physician symposium in July 2012. We work closely with other non-profits such as the Oley Foundation, ThriveRx, Scleroderma Foundation, and other legal, respected non-profits who have a vested interest in our patients. We are also affiliated with a number of professional companies such as Medtronic, Tranzyme Pharma, and others researching DTP.

As our health and funds permit, G-PACT attends and exhibits at both the Oley Conference and DDW (Digestive Disease Week).