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11-28-2006, 07:56 AM
We will take this disease apart and destroy it

Stephen Heywood, 37; he opened his life to other ALS patients
By David Abel, Globe Staff | November 28, 2006
During the past several years, Stephen Heywood allowed stem cells to be injected into his spinal column, participated in clinical trials for new drugs and genetic studies, and received a brain implant as part of an experiment in how thoughts can be used to control a wheelchair and other robotic objects.

Just as the 37-year-old father from Newton gave his body to science in the waning years of his life -- even allowing himself to be the subject of the recently released, critically acclaimed documentary "So Much So Fast" -- he submitted himself to science in death as well.

Eight years after being diagnosed with ALS, the degenerative neurological disorder also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, Mr. Heywood lost the use of his ventilator early Friday morning, leaving him brain dead. His body survived for two days, long enough for him to donate his kidneys to two patients, relatives said.

"Stephen would tell a joke about wanting to die a heroic death," said his brother, Jamie of Newton. "It went something like this: There would be a fire, and he would save someone. But it would have be a slow fire with ramps, because he would be in a wheelchair. I think he found a way to do that."

In addition to the documentary, the brothers have been the subject of features in The New Yorker, on "60 Minutes," and in a book titled "His Brother's Keeper."

They chronicled how Jamie Heywood, a mechanical engineer without medical training, quit his job to seek a cure for ALS. He set up a foundation, raised millions of dollars, established a research laboratory, recruited scientists, and spent the last several years engaging in "guerrilla research" in a desperate effort to test a range of drugs, including those approved for other diseases.

"Stephen used to talk about how I gave him a gift in all the work we did on ALS," his brother said. "But what most people don't understand is that really he gave me the gift. . . . Stephen's disease will change . . . the way therapies are developed. His illness is a lens to make the process of discovering therapies better. His humanity gives the moral authority to fight the battles to fix the system."

Born in Newton, Mr. Heywood graduated from Newton North High School in 1987, his brother said. He studied English and art at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., graduating in 1992.

Over the following six years, he worked in construction and forged a career in California by designing and building houses in a distinct way. His brother called him "an artist-builder."

"He felt how you formed the wood was a higher art than the actual architecture," Jamie Heywood said.

Mr. Heywood was diagnosed with ALS in 1998 and returned to Newton. He was married in 2000 and had a son, Alexander.

"The thing about Stephen that's the most wonderful, valuable thing about him was that he always said the right thing," said his wife, Wendy. "He made you feel special, that he knew you through and through. He had a sort of Zen knowing. He said everything straight.

" He had the capacity to love everybody, for who they were. He never wanted to change them."

Even as his ALS progressed toward paralysis, he built three houses, including his own. His brother said he trained apprentice craftsmen when he could no longer use his hands and inspired others to imagine and build his designs when he could no longer use his voice.

In 1999, his brother founded ALS TDF, what he calls the world's first nonprofit biotechnology company. Mr. Heywood's other brother, Ben of Newton, and a friend started another company, PatientsLikeMe, allowing Mr. Heywood and other patients to share their disease progression and treatment regimens online.

"Stephen inspired those around him to imagine the impossible and then quietly challenged them to make it reality," Jamie Heywood said. "Though Stephen's ALS was advanced, no one thought of him as a dying man. He inspired thousands of ALS patients, not by fighting or living defiantly against the disease, but by simply making it inconsequential. . . . Stephen lived his life and forgot his disease."

Besides his wife, son, and brothers, Mr. Heywood leaves his, parents, John and Peggy of Newton.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Grace Episcopal Church in Newton Center.
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A memorial service will take place at 3:00 PM on Sunday, December 3, 2006 at Grace Episcopal Church, 76 Eldredge Street, Newton Center, MA 02458.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to ALS Therapy Development Foundation, 215 First Street, Cambridge, MA 02142.

For those who are traveling, the ALS Therapy Development Foundation has arranged for a block of rooms at the Sheraton Newton Hotel. For your convenience, there will be a shuttle from the hotel to the church for the service. To make reservations, please call 888-627-7179 or click the link below for online reservations.

11-28-2006, 09:58 AM
Cyberkinetics Honors Stephen Heywood, the First ALS Participant in BrainGate Clinical Trial
Nov 28 2006, 6:30 AM EST

Cyberkinetics Neurotechnology Systems, Inc. (OTCBB:CYKN; Cyberkinetics) issued a statement to honor Stephen Heywood, the first participant with advanced ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease) to participate in the Cyberkinetics' BrainGate Neural Interface System (BrainGate) clinical trial. Stephen, 37, died Sunday, November 26, 2006, as the result of respiratory failure that was unrelated to the BrainGate technology. Stephen enrolled in the pilot trial of the BrainGate System in January 2006.

"Stephen Heywood's participation in the BrainGate pilot trial can be compared to Orville Wright's first plane flight from the hilltop in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. His efforts over the last year have demonstrated the potential of the BrainGate System to improve the lives of those with ALS and other motor neuron diseases," stated Timothy R. Surgenor, Cyberkinetics' President and Chief Executive Officer. "While we are saddened at Stephen's loss, we honor his courage and commitment to the advancement of our BrainGate technology and recognize him as a critical member of our development team. Stephen's indomitable spirit will keep us moving forward to develop the BrainGate technology to which he dedicated the last months of his life in order that people may ultimately lead more independent and productive lives despite their debilitating injuries and diseases."

"Stephen volunteered to participate in the clinical trial of the BrainGate technology because he believed it could change the world," added James A. Heywood, Chief Executive Officer and d'Arbeloff Founding Director of the ALS Therapy Development Foundation and Stephen Heywood's brother. "Following a recent BrainGate session in which he worked to control a robotic arm, Stephen sent me an email message that read: 'After being paralyzed for so long, it is almost impossible to describe the magical feeling of imagining a motion and having it occur.' Those with Stephen's pioneering spirit can see that the BrainGate technology, though only in its infancy, has the potential to enable those who are completely disabled to control computers, wheelchairs and robots with their minds. My family and I applaud the team at Cyberkinetics and the investors who support this valuable work for having the vision to bring this promising technology into reality."

In appreciation for Stephen Heywood's contributions to the development of Cyberkinetics' BrainGate technology, the Company will make a contribution to the ALS Therapy Development Foundation.

About the ALS Therapy Development Foundation

The ALS Therapy Development Foundation (ALSTDF) is a nonprofit biotechnology company that aggressively seeks out, develops and delivers promising therapies to slow, arrest and cure ALS. To learn more about ALSTDF or to make a donation, visit the foundation's website at www.als.net.

11-28-2006, 10:00 AM
Press Release Source: ALS Therapy Development Foundation

Stephen Heywood 37, Dies; Subject of the 2006 Major Motion Picture - 'So Much So Fast'
Monday November 27, 10:11 pm ET

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Nov. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- ALS Therapy Development Foundation CEO and d'Arbeloff Founding Director, James Allen Heywood, announces the sudden, accidental death of his brother, Stephen Heywood, 37.
(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20061127/NYM223 )

Newton, MA
Saturday, November 25, 12:49 PM

Dear Friends,
Friday morning at 5:30 I received the call from Wendy that I have gone to bed each night hoping would never happen. I could tell from the sound of her voice that this one was different. When I arrived, their small street was lit up with the flashing lights of two fire trucks, an ambulance, and a police car. Going inside past Wendy holding Alex in her arms and into his bedroom, I found Stephen. His vent had disconnected, his lips were blue and despite aggressive CPR he looked peaceful perhaps with even a slight trace of a smile. I rode to Newton Wellesley with the ambulance driver who also grew up in Newton and remembered Stephen from other visits.

Between Wendy, his caregiver and the EMT's, Stephen had CPR for over 40 minutes. I don't know if it is because he forgot that he was sick or because his heart is larger and stronger than any I have ever known but it restarted. You could actually see the disbelief on the ER team's faces. You also knew that they were not sure this was a good thing because Stephen's eyes were not responding at all. They wanted to make sure we understood how bad it was but they missed Stephen's point as people often do.

Stephen would tell a joke about wanting to die a heroic death. It went something like this. There would be a fire and he would save someone but it would have to be a slow fire with ramps because he would be in a wheelchair. I think he found a way to do that.

There is no blood flow to either hemisphere of his brain and he has no EEG signals. Stephen is gone, left in our hearts and in the relationships and structures he built. Stephen was in command of his world and his body at all times and never lived life on anything other than his own terms. Thursday night before bed he sent an email to Ben saying how wonderful our Thanksgiving was; it was a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Stephen has kept his body alive so that his family and friends could gather and say goodbye. As Stephen indicated he wanted to, he will donate his organs to others to give them a chance at the amazing years of life that he gave us. Sometime over the next few days if it is possible, some very lucky person will get his heart.

So he found his slow fire and it has ramps.

-- jamie

Newton, MA
Sunday, November 26, 11:03 PM

Stephen Update

This morning at 6:30 a.m. Stephen went into surgery after being declared legally brain dead. Wendy quietly sang "Arms of an Angel" by Sarah McLachlan, and then we walked him down as a group. His body fought for 2 days to enable him to donate his organs in the best way. As I write this two patients, age 33 and 47, are receiving his kidneys and are being given a chance at life. Stephens's heart stopped at 7:36 a.m. My family was all together at our parents'.

Stephen found a chance even in death to help others. He gave so much strength to so many.

This does not end here. Together with Stephens's spirit continuing to guide us, we will take this disease apart and destroy it.

-- jamie

Stephen John Heywood, 37; Master-Builder/Architect

NEWTON, Mass. -- From December 1998 when Stephen Heywood was diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease) to Sunday morning November 26, 2006 when he passed away with his family and friends Stephen lived a lifetime.

As his ALS progressed toward complete paralysis, Stephen, a vigorous artist builder, began a journey that compressed time. Over the past eight years he built and rebuilt three homes, including his own and a carriage house that is more art than structure. He trained apprentice craftsmen when he could no longer use his hands. He inspired others to imagine and build his designs when he could no longer use his voice. Stephen took joy in the feel of the materials and the art of the forms as they became reality.

Stephen married Wendy Stacy and together they built a family. They had a son, Alexander, in 2000 and together raised him to be a strong and caring child equipped with his first, full-sized power drill at the age of 2. Stephen was a most loving father and husband.

In 1999, Stephen and his brother Jamie founded ALS TDF, the world's first non-profit biotechnology company, now widely recognized as the leading edge in a new breed of institutions that are changing how treatments are developed for disease. Today, ALS TDF is the world's leading ALS research center and has defined new standards for quality and effective research.

Medically, Stephen's ALS progression was average for his age. Five years after diagnosis he opted for full-ventilator support to counter the degenerative effects of ALS. In 2000, he was the first patient in the world to receive a stem cells injection into the spinal fluid of his ventricle and lumbar cord. Stephen was resilient and often chose to participate in clinical trials for new drugs and genetic studies. And, for the last three years of his life was on an experimental drug discovered by the research team at ALS TDF.

Stephen was the impetus for PatientsLikeMe, a new online collaborative medicine company founded in 2005 by his brother Ben and friend, Jeff Cole. PatientsLikeMe was built to allow Stephen and other patients to share their disease progression and treatment regimens. With Stephen's inspiration, PatientsLikeMe is working to empower patients with all diseases to share their medical information and experiences to help improve treatment outcomes and quality of life.

Stephen embraced technology. His wheelchair, customized by his brother Jamie, is arguably the most advanced in the world with integrated power for his ventilator, computer, and even robotics which he could use to play with his son. Stephen was connected to his computer 24 hours a day enabling him to position any part of his body using the control system, and with the twitch of his jaw hit a variety of switches that kept him part of every conversation. The system ran Microsoft windows so every few hours or so Stephen would have to "reboot" himself.

Stephen's belief in the redemptive power of technology lead him to be the first ALS patient to have a brain implant as part of a clinical trial by the company Cyberkinetics. He was not so much the subject of the trial as he was a member of the development team using his signature humor to prod and drive his fellow engineers to new advances. Stephen inspired those around him to imagine the impossible, and then quietly challenged them to make it reality. In his last weeks he was able to achieve for the first time multi-axis control of a virtual robot arm by just imagining motion.

"Invincible." This is the word that has been used more than any other in the hundreds of emails received from around the world in the last day. Stephen's instant messenger and online handle were ALSKING and he was a constant presence on the phones and computers of his friends and family. Though Stephen's ALS was advanced, no one thought of him as a dying man. He inspired thousands of ALS patients not by fighting or living defiantly against the disease but by simply making it inconsequential -- it did not matter to him. There was no moment in Stephen's disease when he could not communicate and at no time was he not in control of every aspect of his life. Stephen lived his life and forgot his disease.

On Wednesday, Stephen took Alex to the barber where they both received haircuts, and on to the pet store to buy food for Alex's pet snake. On their way home, as Stephen did every week, he bought flowers for his wife Wendy. The holiday was with his family and friends. Watching Alex play he said, through his computer, "I am very lucky." His last email at 10:20 p.m. was to his brother Ben: "We had wonderful Thanksgiving. Elliot is incredible (referring to Ben's four-month old daughter)."

The cause of death was an accidental disconnection of his ventilator circuit at 5:00 a.m., the day after thanksgiving. The human and technological systems and backup systems failed. Between his wife Wendy, his caregiver and the EMT's, Stephen had CPR for over 40 minutes. Perhaps it is because his heart is so strong that it restarted despite the incredible odds against that happening. It was clear from the team at the hospital that his recovery was not necessarily a good thing because Stephen's eyes were not responding at all. There was no blood flow to either hemisphere of his brain and he had no EEG signals. Stephen was gone, left in the hearts of his family and friends and in the beauty of the structures he gave the world.

Stephen is survived by his wife Wendy Stacy Heywood, a son, Alexander, parents John and Peggy Heywood and Brothers James and Benjamin (Sherie); and nieces Zoe and Elliot, all of Newton.

A memorial service will take place at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 3, 2006 at Grace Episcopal Church, 76 Eldredge Street, Newton Corner, MA 02458.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to ALS Therapy Development Foundation, 215 First Street, Cambridge, MA 02142, http://www.als.net.

Stephen and his brother Jamie have been covered in "The New Yorker," "60 Minutes," "The Wall Street Journal," "The New York Times," "Science Magazine," and "The Economist."

Pulitzer Prize winning author Jonathan Weiner wrote a biography of Stephen and a chronicle of the early foundation of ALS TDF, by his brother Jamie, in "His Brothers Keeper."

Stephen's story is told in "So Much So Fast" a documentary now in limited nationwide release. Filmed over 4 years by Academy Award nominated Directors Steve Ascher and Jeanie Jordan, the Sundance celebrated film chronicles many of the amazing things Stephen has done and captures his humor, grace, and style in his own words.


ALS TDF -- http://www.als.net
PatientsLikeMe -- http://www.patientslikeme.com
Cyberkinetics -- http://www.cyberkineticsinc.com
So Much So Fast -- http://www.somuchsofast.com
His Brothers Keeper -- http://www.jonathanweiner.com

CONTACT: James Heywood / Anthony Bernal
617-441-7222 / 617-733-3525

Source: ALS Therapy Development Foundation

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Holt A. Murray Jr. Kevin Heidrich
Judy Cooper Robert Fulford
Donald F. Jarrell Jr. Lucy Jane Buchanan
Robert Bob Mayes Denny White
Brian Thomas Wolfe Walter Antle Wall
Michael R. Hubbell Sharon Ambroso
Roderick Douglas Macleod John F. Malley
Robert Joseph "Bob" Marsh Victor Mezzo
James Clare Warner Robert R. Henderson
John Frederick Piquette Doyle Wade Mcclennen
Sarah Childs-Grebe Jean (Bradley) Stockwell
Albert Todd Jason A. Davis
Helen Elizabeth Edmisten J. Carl Coleman
Bill Singer Patricia Hamilton
Stephen L. Proctor Maureen Burke-Paolantonio, RN
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11-30-2006, 01:04 PM
Edward M. Drost Sr., 79

Edward M. Drost Sr., a retired Crown Cork and Seal Co. supervisor and baseball fan, died Nov. 23 at Oak Crest Village in Parkville of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 79.
Mr. Drost was born and raised in East Baltimore and graduated from City College in 1945. He served in the Marine Corps from 1945 to 1947 and earned a bachelor's degree from Loyola College in 1962.

While at City, he played second base, and in the late 1940s, he played professional baseball for several years as a third baseman for the minor league Danville Leafs in Virginia.

A highlight of his career, family members said, was attending spring training with the old Washington Senators.

"At the end of spring training, he was given his pink slip, and he returned to Danville," said a daughter, Julia D. Snyder of Raleigh, N.C.

Mr. Drost was a member of the City College Athletic Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Maryland Old-Timers Baseball Association Hall of Fame in 1984. In 1988, he was inducted into the Susquehanna League Baseball Hall of Fame.

He also officiated at local basketball games for more than 25 years.

Mr. Drost worked for more than 40 years at Crown Cork and Seal, retiring in 1991 as procurement supervisor. He subsequently worked part time for a decade for T.A. Gorman Co. Inc., a Rosedale engineering firm.

"He enjoyed working and said that this was his 'golf course,'" said another daughter, Elisa A. Gittings of Roswell, Ga.

Mr. Drost was a member of the Parkville Post of the American Legion and the Headquarters Marine Corps Association.

He was a communicant of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church in Overlea.

A funeral Mass was offered Monday at the Parkville retirement community.

Also surviving are his wife of 50 years, the former Theresa H. Hock; a son, Edward M. Drost Jr. of Parkton; another daughter, Kristina D. King of Carney; and nine grandchildren.


Anne Davis
Anne Karen Davis, 66, of Chattanooga, passed away Sunday, Dec. 3, 2006, at her home after a courageous four-year battle with ALS, Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Born on Oct. 31, 1940, Karen lived a life full of joy and love. She was an active member of Brainerd Baptist Church and played clarinet in the church orchestra. She taught speech and English at both the college and high school level for many years as well as being part of the sales team at J.C.

Penny’s. She was a positive voice for the neighborhood where she lived.

Karen is survived by her husband of 37 years, Allen Hill Davis Jr.; daughters and sons-in-law, Helen and Bill Johnson, and Susan and John Lazenby; grandchildren, Emma Johnson, John and Kathryn Lazenby, all of Chattanooga; and sister, Helen Chouinard, of Hollister, Calif.

Visitation for the family will be held from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006, at Brainerd Baptist Church, 300 Brookfield Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37411, (423) 624-2606. A memorial service will follow at 6:30 p.m.

Visit www.lane-southcrestchapel.com to send condolences.

I Corinthians 15:54 — "The perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality... " "Death has been swallowed up in victory."

Arrangements are by the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home & Crematory.

12-01-2006, 07:06 PM
Particle physics pioneer Bernard Gittelman, Cornell professor emeritus, dies at 74
By Lauren Gold

Bernard Gittelman, Cornell professor emeritus of physics, died in Ithaca Nov. 25 at age 74. The cause of death was amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as ALS and Lou Gehrig's Disease).

Gittelman was a pioneer in the design and development of storage rings at the Wilson Synchrotron Laboratory. He led in the design and construction of the CLEO detector, the large multi-university collaboration devoted to exploiting the production and decay of new particles containing heavy quarks from the Cornell Electron Storage Ring.

"Bernie was one of the key reasons why Cornell and the CLEO collaboration led the world in heavy quark physics during the 1980s and 1990s," said friend and colleague Karl Berkelman, professor emeritus of physics at Cornell.

Gittelman earned his bachelor's degree and Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, then worked as a research associate at Princeton University (1958-66) and Stanford University (1966-69), where he collaborated with Nobel laureate Burton Richter and colleagues to construct the first colliding beam device. He joined Cornell's faculty in 1969. In 1987 he was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society "for contributions to the design of storage rings and detectors as well as for contributions to the understanding of the physics of the production and decay of B mesons."

After his retirement, Gittelman continued his involvement with the CLEO research program in spite of his illness.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra, and three children.

Ex-Saints CEO Thom Clark dies
The Lowell Sun
Article Last Updated:12/03/2006 09:53:39 PM EST

Thomas Clark, the executive who led Saints Medical Center from the red to the black while maintaining a hearty outlook and holding close the hospital's Catholic mission, died Saturday evening at his home in Westwood.

He was 63 and is survived by his wife, Lloyd, and four grown children, two sons and two daughters.

Clark, Saints' president and CEO for 10 years, died following a long battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, said his good friend and Saints Chief Financial Officer Thomas Klessens.

Klessens called Clark "bigger than life" and "a Southern gentleman."

Clark left Saints (then known as Saints Memorial Medical Center) in June 2005 on indefinite medical leave. He officially retired two months later. He was replaced a year ago by Michael Guley.

An affable man with a shock of gray hair and an accent that betrayed his Southern roots, Clark was known for his communications skills, ability to lead, optimism and a forcefulness for getting results. And a profound love of golf.
In all, he compiled three decades of experience as a health-care executive.

His decade at the helm of Saints began in March 1995

Post Script: Despite disease, teacher never lost his spirit of adventure
By STACI DENNIS, Correspondent
© December 5, 2006

NORFOLK - Bill Sams Jr. was a romantic at heart.

He proposed at the top of the Eiffel Tower and recited wedding vows in a private ceremony under an apple tree in Vermont.

"He was my adventure buddy," said his wife, Elizabeth McDowell. "He was creative and fun, but most of all, he just loved to travel."

McDowell said they would work and save money for trips. They would plan where they wanted to go and do what it took to get there, she said.

Sams, who died Nov. 20 at age 42 after battling ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, since 2001, didn't let his diagnosis slow him down. Even after he was in a wheelchair, the couple visited The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C. It was their last trip together.

Sams and McDowell married five years ago, but their adventures together date to their college years. After the couple graduated, they spent the summer in Maine working to raise money to live in the West Indies for six months.

"When we finally reached the remote beach where we were going to live, his eyes got so wide and a huge grin spread across his face," McDowell said. "Out of everywhere we ever went, that was his favorite place."

In addition to his global travels, Sams also spent time traveling with his friends. One of his favorite destinations was South Carolina - to pick up fireworks.

"He didn't care if he was in a wheelchair or what," said longtime friend John Hickey. "He commanded us into the car and didn't let up until we picked up the fireworks."

Sams' father, Skip, said his son's adventures started early and he never lost his boyhood imagination. "He was a kid at heart," he said.

When Sams was 12, he brought home a few ducklings that had been separated from their mother.

Sams nurtured the fowl, even helping them learn to swim in the bathtub.

"They started following him around like they would have their own mother," Skip Sams said. "The next thing I know, he's telling me he wants a gorilla."

McDowell says Sams never lost that sense of adventure, even days before his death.

"He told me he wanted to refinish the boat his dad gave him and take it out on the ocean," McDowell said about a 1955 vintage speedboat he got from his dad as a teenager. "He was never one to let a dream die."

Reach Staci Dennis at postscripts@pilotonline.com.

12-06-2006, 08:08 AM
David Abell
David A. Dx 6/96, PEG 10/99, Vent 1/00
Oswego, IL
Don't forget to live!


David Earned His Wings Today


A Newspaper article about me.

Oswego & Montgomery IL.
"The Sun"
Friday, May 5, 2000
By Stacy M. Strunk
When Oswego resident David Abell was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 1996, it brought his naval career to a premature end. It began as a weakness in his right hand that would eventually spread to his left hand and then his legs. He didn't realize, at first, that ALS becomes both jailor and executioner for most patients.
"I didn't think I was going to die," said David. "I thought there would be a prescription that will take care of it."
ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a progressive neuromuscular disease in which specialized nerve cells controlling movement of voluntary muscles gradually cease functioning and atrophy.
Eventually, the paralysis will also affect the muscles used in breathing and the patient will die of respiratory problems. According to the Les Turner ALS Foundation, the average survival rate is three to five years, although many people live 10 or even 20 years after a diagnosis is made.
No matter how severe the paralysis becomes, an ALS patient maintains his sensations, vision, sexual function and intellect.
"Because the muscles are withering and atrophying, they become prisoners in their own bodies," said Jerry Abell, David's father.
There is no cure, but many of the symptoms are treatable and new drugs are being tested all the time. For instance, David took part in a drug study at Northwestern University Center for Clinical Research. He was testing Sanofi, which was supposed to slow the progression of ALS.
There are also new technologies available that make living with ALS easier. Abell's doctor recommended he buy a computer to help him keep busy.
He has an Eyegaze System, which uses his eye movements to control the computer. By looking at control keys displayed on a screen, he can synthesize speech, control the lights and appliances in his home, type, operate a phone, run computer software and access the Internet and his e-mail.
"I use Eyegaze for all of the above," said David. "It is my link to the world."
"I got info on ALS from the Internet," he said. "I contacted the MDA. They were very helpful. And I slowly began to accept the fact that I was losing my physical abilities."
The computer system was a blessing for David, said Jerry. Until he received the system, his father had to Velcro the computer mouse to David's left hand, which still had a little strength in it.
"It has been frustrating at times," said David, "but I try to focus on what I can do rather than what I can no longer do. I've had to accept help and re-evaluate what is important in life."
Help from others
Help has come in many forms. The ALS Association provided books on ALS management and other resources. The Paralyzed Veterans of America have helped him receive his Veterans Administration benefits. And the V.A. provides David with medical care.
"Although it is 40 miles away and frustrating dealing with all the paperwork and bureaucracy, I don't know how I would afford all of the services I receive without the V.A.," he said.
The V.A. helped build his wheelchair-accessible home and buy a van with a wheelchair lift. It also provided a powered wheelchair, a ventilator and the computer he uses for everything.
Even with the help David receives, it isn't easy dealing with ALS, especially for the people who love him.
"It hasn't been a good situation," Jerry said. "But we've gotten to know each other a lot better, I know that."
David said re-evaluating his priorities has reminded him how grateful he is for his family and friends, many of whom are taking part in a fund-raiser for the Les Turner ALS Foundation. The Tag Days fund-raiser on Saturday and Sunday in Montgomery and Oswego will raise awareness and money for the treatment of ALS. Similar fund-raisers will be taking place throughout Chicago during May.
"If there is going to be a cure for ALS, it is going to require money from private donations," said David. "The government can only do so much."
"With the advances being made in research and medicine today, there is hope that a cure will be found in the near future," he said.
For now, David said, he will continue to make the most of the time he has.

I have had a trach & ventilator since Jan. 2000. I use a Shiley 6cfs cuffless trach & I can still talk. My speech is not clear because of my tongue weakness but my volume is better because the vent gives me more air. I had a peg G-tube put in before the trach (Oct. 99) and haven't eaten by mouth since then because of swallowing troubles but I can still drink Pepsi or water if I want. I have to tuck my chin down to swallow & I don't take a lot. I use an Nellcor Puritan-Bennett LP-10 Ventilator. It is small enough to fit on the back of my wheelchair and has an internal battery backup and an external battery that can go for 6 - 8 hours so I can go out and about. Having a vent is not as hard as many think. It requires some training to learn how to operate and suctioning but my family and caregivers were able to learn fairly quickly. I'll be happy to answer any questions about ALS.

Take care,

I created a page and means to recognize our friend David. You may wish
to make a donation in memory of David elsewhere, but I wanted to make
sure that there is a place where donations that will benefit PALS can
be made in his memory. Go to: http://web.alsa.org/goto/David.Abell

Gamboachuck aka Chuck Hummer

12-06-2006, 11:23 AM
John Mahan, Santa Clara civic leader
By Julie Patel
Mercury News
John Mahan was a quiet but powerful force in the valley for five decades, as a Santa Clara councilman and a civic leader.

``He wasn't the most talkative council member, but when he talked, everyone listened,'' Santa Clara City Manager Jennifer Sparacino said of Mr. Mahan's time on the council in the 1970s and '80s.

Mr. Mahan died Monday at a VA Palo Alto Health Care System facility after a yearlong battle with Lou Gehrig's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

A devout Catholic, Mr. Mahan graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose. He joined the U.S. Navy, serving three years during World War II, then attended San Jose State University. In 1948, he married his high school sweetheart, Laura, whom he had met on a summer cannery job.

As the couple raised three daughters, Mr. Mahan managed an electronics and appliance store and volunteered for various city commissions.

Mr. Mahan, whose father died when he was 3, worked at his grandparents' bakery in San Jose as a teenager. His mother, a teacher, worked at the bakery, too, and the family spent many holidays baking turkeys and hams ordered by customers.

``They worked hard together and had fun together,'' said his daughter, Santa Clara Mayor Patricia Mahan.

Mr. Mahan served two terms on the city's Civil Service Commission, two terms on the Planning Commission and 11 years on the council, after he was appointed for a one-year term.

He was also a Santa Clara Unified School District board member. He joined the Santa Clara Host Lions Club in 1958 and during the 48 years that he was in the club served as secretary, treasurer, president, deputy district governor and district governor. He had many years of perfect attendance at club meetings. He was also an active volunteer for the club's Blind Center.

Patricia Mahan said she knew about ``Dad's meeting nights'' as a girl but didn't fully appreciate his role in the city until she grew older and was inspired to serve on the student council, the planning commission and the community college board, and eventually the city council.

``It wasn't ever about him, it was about what's best for everyone. He led by serving other people,'' she said.

Colleagues say Mr. Mahan was thoughtful, reflective and articulate.

``People respected him for that, they looked up to him, and they looked to him for leadership,'' Sparacino said.

About 20 years ago, the council was divided on whether the city should borrow $130 million to buy Great America amusement park, blocking a developer's plan to turn the site into an office park. After a lot of thought, Mr. Mahan cast the deciding vote to approve the deal.

``He didn't just make decisions intuitively. He worked at it,'' Sparacino said. ``He asked what all our options are, what are the costs, what's at stake?''

The city eventually sold the theme park but kept the land. It paid off its debt last year and is now getting $5.3 million in annual rent from the park operators.

With the San Francisco 49ers' plan to propose a new stadium in Santa Clara early next year, Patricia Mahan will confront some of the same issues her father faced when the Giants wanted to build a ballpark in the city in the late 1980s.

``Considering what the Giants seem to want, and what I don't think we have, I'm trying to find out if it's worth our time to pursue this,'' Mr. Mahan told the Mercury News in 1988, his last year on the council. Two years later, voters in more than five cities in the county shot down a tax increase that would have helped pay for the park.

Patricia Mahan said that despite the time her father devoted to public life, he spent a lot of time at home, too. She remembers him making banana pancakes and German foods, like sauerbraten and rabbit. He also seemed to know something about almost every subject she studied.

``He could help me with anything except French -- math, geography, you name it,'' she said. In recent years, she said he was even more computer-savvy than she.

Mahan said her son, Colin, was a troublemaker when he was 3, but he seemed to mellow around his grandfather.

``Why are you such a good boy with Grandpa?'' she asked the toddler. ``He said something like, `Mommy, Grandpa just has a way about him that's kind and gentle.' ''

John Mahan

Born: April 30, 1924, in San Jose

Died: Dec. 4, 2006, in Palo Alto

Survived by: wife, Laura of Santa Clara; daughters, Regina Mahan Visger and Patricia Mahan of Santa Clara, and Bernadette Mahan White of Danville; and grandchildren, Nick and Teddy Visger, Colin Boyles, and Katherine and Allyson White.

Services: Pending

Memorial: VA Hospital in Palo Alto, 3801 Miranda Ave., Palo Alto, Calif., 94304.


Thomas Edward Shimon

Thomas Edward Shimon, age 57, of 1326 N. 27th Street, Sheboygan, died at his home Wednesday morning, December 6, 2006, as a result of Amytropic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also called Lou Gehrig's Disease.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Tom Shimon will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 9, 2006, at St. Dominic Catholic Church, 21st Street and Geele Avenue, Sheboygan. Visitation of family and friends will be held at the church from 9:00 a.m. until time of the Mass at 10:00 a.m. The Rite of Committal and interment will take place at 2:00 p.m., Sat. Dec. 9th, at St. Mary's Cemetery in Reedsville.

A complete obituary will be placed in Friday's edition of The Press.

The Sheboygan Press

December 7, 2006

12-08-2006, 08:19 AM
Thomas Edward Shimon

Thomas Edward Shimon, age 57, of 1326 N. 27th Street, Sheboygan, died at his home Wednesday morning, December 6, 2006, as a result of Amytropic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

Tom was born at Holy Family Memorial Hospital in Manitowoc on May 15, 1949, a son of Norbert E. and Irene M. (Vondrachek) Shimon. He attended Holy Rosary Catholic School in New Holstein and was a 1967 graduate of New Holstein High School.

Tom served in the U.S. Navy from Sep. 20, 1968 to Sep. 19, 1974. An Electronics Technician Second Class (ETR2), he was primarily assigned to the destroyer tender, USS Samuel Gompers (AD-37), known by her crew as "Fast Sam." The ship was homeported in San Diego, CA, and was deployed to the Philippine Islands, Taiwan, and Vietnam in the western Pacific (WESTPAC).

On May 1, 1971, Tom was united in marriage to Linda Lee Hauch at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Sheboygan. From 1975 until his retirement this year, Tom was the manager of Aladdin's Castle in Sheboygan.

Tom was a member of St. Dominic Catholic Church. He was an active member of the American Legion, Prescott-Bayens post 83, in Sheboygan. He served as post commander from 1989 to 1991, and he worked in Badger Boys State. In the early 1990s, Tom served as the coordinator for the Memorial Day parade and activities in Sheboygan.

An accomplished chess player, Tom was a true student of the game. He was an avid sports fan who thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the game, especially the strategy of fantasy leagues. He also had a passion for creative and unique home renovation.

Tom is survived by his wife, Linda; his father, Norbert Shimon of New Holstein; a daughter and her husband, Heather Shimon and Brian Turany of Madison; a son and his wife, Keith and Jennifer Shimon of Grafton; a brother and his wife, William and Susan Shimon of Appleton; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Robert and Shirley Hauch of Sheboygan; a brother-in-law and his wife, Robert and Marie Hauch of Sheboygan; and two sisters-in-law and husbands, Pamela and Peter Behrensprung of Sheboygan, and Cynthia and David Potter of New Jersey. He is also survived by loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives, as well as good friends, especially close friend, Ruth Neisius.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Irene Shimon on February 22, 1979, and a brother, Gary Charles Shimon on October 23, 2006.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Thomas Edward Shimon will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 9, 2006, at St. Dominic Catholic Church, 21st Street and Geele Avenue, Sheboygan. The mass will be celebrated by Rev. John Radetski, pastor of St. Dominic Catholic Church, and Rev. Daniel Lasecki, pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Elkhart Lake. Visitation of family and friends will be held at St. Dominic Catholic Church on Saturday, Dec. 9th, from 8:30 a.m. until time of mass at 10:00 a.m. The Rite of Committal and interment will take place at 2:00 p.m., Sat. Dec. 9th, at St. Mary's Cemetery in Reedsville.

Memorials are appreciated for the ALS Association Certified Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin/Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee or the Neurology Dept. at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee.

The family of Tom Shimon deeply appreciates the professional, kind and compassionate care he received from the nurses in the Intensive Care Unit at St. Nicholas Hospital and the nurses of Aurora Visiting Nurses Association, specifically Tonya Smith. They also wish to thank all the members of St. Dominic Catholic Church for their prayers and support.

Shimon Funeral Home of Hartford is directing services, and Novak-Ramm-Ziegler Funeral Home of Sheboygan is providing assistance.

The Sheboygan Press

December 8, 2006

12-08-2006, 04:26 PM
Custodian remembered for love of racing

By JILLIAN COMPTON - jcompton@nwherald.com
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WOODSTOCK – Charles Kayse died slowly in the same room from the same disease that killed his mother four years ago.

For him, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also called ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, started in his hands and arms, bringing spasms that made holding a cigarette or cup of coffee impossible.

Kayse, 52, died Wednesday at home.

He knew what he faced before doctors diagnosed him in June 2005, but his father remembered a few jokes he used to make while the disease was still in the early stages.

“He said: ‘I’m going to live 10 years, because I got the long kind,’ ” John Kayse Sr. said.

Before the illness, he worked for a decade as a third-shift custodian at McHenry County College.

During the day, he worked in the yard, played with his children and delivered newspapers, often sleeping only two or three hours a day, his family said.

He loved NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon and Elvis Presley and insisted on wearing long sideburns and watching NASCAR races every Sunday. His daughter, Cammi, 17, taught him to play guitar, and he serenaded his wife, Betty, with “Love Me Tender” on her birthday last May.

As Kayse’s disease progressed, he needed 24-hour care, so his father sat with him during the day, and Cammi slept on a nearby couch at night. The family kept the same promise they made his mother: Neither of them ever spent time in a nursing home.

Health insurance didn’t cover all his medical expenses, so a McHenry County College union social committee organized two luncheons that raised about $6,200. The Illinois Federation of Teachers Local 1642 donated $500 this summer, and the college’s Harmony Committee is planning to set out a box for donations at the holiday party next week.

The response was overwhelming, even though few people at the college had ever met Charles Kayse, said Amy Carzoli, who organized most of the efforts.

“In fact, it’s been incredibly heart-warming to see how many people are willing to donate time and money,” she said, “to someone they don’t know but who they feel a connection to through MCC.”


Oboe Master Gomberg Dies At 85
Ralph Gomberg, one of the top oboists in the United States and a fixture of the Boston Symphony's woodwind section for 37 years, has died at 85.

Gomberg died last weekend at a hospice in Wayland, Mass., of primary lateral sclerosis, a neuromuscular disease better known as Lou Gehrig's disease, said his wife of 58 years, Sydelle Silver Gomberg.

Gomberg played with the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1950 to 1987.

He taught at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore; the New England Conservatory; Boston University and the Berkshire Music Center. Many of his former students are principal oboists of U.S. symphony orchestras, the Boston Globe said.

Gomberg was born in Boston's West End, the youngest of seven children. Several of them were as musically talented as he was and also played professionally.

He used to joke that it would be daunting to find a quiet room in which to practice.

Gombenrg is survived by his wife, three daughters and seven grandchildren.

12-12-2006, 11:45 AM
Tuesday December 12, 2006
Homer Ledford dies at 79

By Mike Wynn

His instruments have graced the halls of the Smithsonian Institute and sold for more than $1,000 on eBay. The renowned bluegrass musician and craftsman won local immortality with many Winchester residents who couldn’t even play — they would buy his instruments simply because they wanted a “true Homer Ledford.”

But “a pretty instrument is worthless unless it plays pretty,” Ledford told the Sun in 1978.

After more than a half century of celebrated craft and showmanship, Ledford, 79, died Monday at his Winchester home, leaving behind a legacy that included more than 6,000 dulcimers and international acclaim as a bluegrass musician with his band, Homer Ledford and the Cabin Creek Band.

“I think he is best known as an instrument maker,” said Colista Ledford, his wife of 53 years.

Doctors could never say for certain whether he had Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Colista said he had been sick for three years, his condition worsening in the final six months of his life. In the end, he may have suffered from a stroke, she said.

Friends and family remember him as a gentle husband and father.

“They all gathered around him and held his hand and told him how much they loved him as he died,” said Colista.

According to his band’s Web site, Ledford was born in the Appalachian Mountain region of Tennessee, where he constructed his first fiddle at an early age in 1941. He later received a scholarship to attend the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, N.C., in 1946, and constructed his first dulcimer there while recuperating from rheumatic fever.

“As far as I can remember, I have always been interested in playing instruments. My uncle had a guitar I always wanted to just sit and strum,” he once said.

He attended Berea College and later received a Bachelor of Science degree in l954 from Eastern Kentucky University. He set up a woodworking shop in the basement of his Winchester home on Sunset Heights in 1955. For 10 years, he taught high school industrial arts in Jefferson and Clark counties, but resigned in 1963 to pursue a a full-time career as an instrument maker, according to the Web site.

Early in his career, Ledford was known for producing a dulcimer a day and was still creating about 50 instruments per year in 2005.

Ron Pen, a University of Kentucky associate professor of musicology and director of the John Jacob Niles Center for Appalachian Music, said in 2005 that Ledford’s life-long output was unparalleled.

“He’s something of an Edison,” Pen said. “It reflects a time in craftsmanship in which beauty and function were absolutely intertwined.”

Ledford’s proficiency in woodworking led him to invent the dulcitar, which is registered in the U.S. patent office and displayed in the Smithsonian along with two more of his creations, a fretless banjo and an Appalachian dulcimer.

By the time of his death, Ledford had completed 6014 dulcimers, 476 banjos, 27 mandolins, 26 guitars, 18 ukuleles, 13 dulcitars, 3 dulcijos, 3 dulcibros, 4 violins and one bowed dulcimer.

Many of the instruments were displayed on stage as he played to local and international audiences with his band, which was formed in 1976 and has still remained active. The group toured as far as Ireland and Ecuador, but performed mostly in Kentucky for the last few years.

Ledford also played solo concerts in Japan, opened for Alison Krauss, shared the stage with bluegrass legend Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys and entertained five Kentucky governors. He played 13 instruments and his ability to perform complex tunes with a saw was often a crowd favorite.

“Music is something for the soul,” Ledford said in 2005. “It will keep you sane in an otherwise insane world.”

His band maintained the longest-running radio show will all the same members for ten years and the city of Winchester held the Homer Ledford Bluegrass Festival in his honor for three years starting in 1986.

Among the honors he received are the 75th annual Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southern Highland Craft Guild and the 1996 Milner Award from the Governor’s Awards for the Arts. He also was nominated for the National Heritage Award and was named a “Star of Kentucky” in 2002.

In 2004, Ledford also released “See Ya’ Further Up The Creek,” an autobiographical book of short stories and poems. His craft also became fodder for other writers and filmmakers, who made Ledford the center subject in several documentaries, including the recent KET production, “The Dulcimer Maker.”

Ledford was a founder of the Bluegrass Heritage Committee and remained involved in numerous community events over the years.

“He was a very fortune man, a very hard worker,” Colista said.
WUKY 91.3 F.M. is producing a one-hour show on the musician tonight on “Curtains @ 8” with guest Michael Jonathan, who will recount some of Ledford’s life.

Ledford is survived by his wife, four children and five grandchildren.

“He was a wonderful man, and I was very blessed to have him for almost 54 years,” Colista said.

Copyright:The Winchester Sun 2006

Bluegrass legend Homer Ledford dies at 79




Homer Ledford and the Cabin Creek Band

Dec 12, 2006 : 10:28 am ET

WINCHESTER, Ky. -- Bluegrass legend Homer Ledford, an Appalachian band leader who crafted hundreds of banjos and guitars, has died from an apparent stroke. He was 79.

Ledford died Monday evening at his home in Winchester after battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, his wife, Colista Ledford, said on Tuesday. The disease causes progressive paralysis.

However, he wanted to string a fiddle up to his last day, his wife said.

"He was best known for the musical instruments he made," she said. "I'll miss his music."

The Tennessee native started making musical instruments as a youngster and earned a scholarship at 18 to attend John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, N.C.

He later attended Berea College, where he met his wife. The two would have celebrated their 54th anniversary on Dec. 20.

Ledford graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 1954 and taught industrial arts in Jefferson and Clark counties for the next 10 years, Colista Ledford said.

Eventually he devoted his career to instrument-making and the Cabin Creek Band, which performed for 20 years and recorded a half-dozen albums.

He completed an estimated 5,776 dulcimers, 475 banjos, 26 mandolins, 26 guitars, 18 ukuleles, and four violins, among other instruments, according to the band's Web site.

The Smithsonian Institution also houses a sample of his collection, including a fretless banjo, an Appalachian dulcimer, and a dulcitar -- an instrument of his own invention, which he patented.

The Homer Ledford Bluegrass Festival in Winchester was named after him in 1986 and he was one of the original inductees in the Kentucky Stars. A sidewalk plaque honoring him is in front of the Downtown Arts Center on Main Street in Lexington.
The Rowlan Taylor Funeral Home in Winchester was handling funeral arrangements, which were tentatively scheduled for Thursday.

Nancy Dee (Croninger) Fegenbush
Nancy Dee (Croninger) Fegenbush, died peacefully on Saturday, December 2, 2006 after a courageous and well fought eleven year battle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS).

On September 13, 1951 in Wauseon, Ohio, Nancy was born to N.D. and Phyllis (Jo) Croninger. When she was 10, her family moved to Gila Bend, Arizona, where they lived until 1964 and the family moved on to Yuma. Nancy graduated from Yuma High School in 1969. During high school she was active in the theater and the Choralairs. At the age of 15, Nancy’s singing talent was discovered and nurtured by local Yuma entertainer and musician Joe Wehrle Sr. She and Joe performed together at the Yuma County Fair and other functions. At the age of 16, Nancy was performing on weekends at the Holiday Inn. She won various talent shows and in 1969 was crowned Miss Yuma County. In 1970, she was a runner up in the Miss Arizona Pageant. Nancy attended Arizona Western College for two years before transferring to Northern Arizona University (NAU) in Flagstaff, Arizona. In 1974, she graduated from NAU with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. She continued to live in Flagstaff and worked as a deputy clerk for the Coconino County Clerk of the Superior Court. Upon returning to Yuma, she worked for Kammann/Johnson Mortuaries for 15 years and then was an Administrative Secretary to Chief Robby Robinson of the Yuma Police Department. Well known for her singing talent, Nancy continued to entertain at various functions around the city. But her most favorite engagements were for her beloved Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

In 1992, Nancy met and married her one true love Doug Fegenbush. Doug, also a terrific singer, performed with Nancy on many occasions. In 1994, for the second time in her life, Nancy moved away from Yuma to live on Coronado Island in San Diego while Doug was stationed there with the U.S. Marine Corps. It was there in April of 1996 that she was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease) a terminal illness. In 1997, she and Doug returned home to Yuma to live until 2000 when they moved once again to Newport, Rhode Island. In 2004, Nancy and Doug moved to Ford Island in the middle of Pearl Harbor on the island of Oahu in Hawaii where she lived until she quietly passed away at home, with Doug at her bedside. Now, Nancy is making her final trip home to Yuma, her favorite place on earth.

Nancy is survived by her husband Colonel Doug Fegenbush, USMC; her mother Phyllis (Jo) Croninger of Yuma, her sisters, Sue Stallworth and Joni (Steve) Meinhardt of Yuma; her stepchildren, Brandon Fegenbush (currently serving an LDS Mission in the Kenya-Nairobi mission), Amy and Nicky Fegenbush of Portland Oregon, and Chad Schreiber of San Diego. She is also survived by her nephews, Toby (Carli) Myers and Steven Seale of Yuma, Ryan Seale of Chandler, Arizona, two great-nephews, Trace Myers and Jace Seale; and great niece, Macy Myers. Nancy was preceded in death by her father, N.D. Croninger; and brother-in-law Richard Stallworth.

There will be a visitation from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, December 15, 2006 at Johnson Mortuary and memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 16, 2006 at the Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 4300 West 16th Street, Yuma. Gravesite services will follow at Desert Lawn Cemetery Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Nancy’s memory may be made to the LDS Missionary Fund (c/o LDS Stake Center, 4300 W. 16th Street, Yuma, AZ 85364), the ALS Association (27001 Agoura Road, Suite 150, Calabasas Hills, CA 91301-5104) or the Miss Yuma County Scholarship Pageant (c/o 770 S. 8th Avenue, Yuma, AZ 85364).

12-16-2006, 11:35 AM
Robert V. Cordle

Feb. 22, 1952 — Dec. 12, 2006

Robert V. Cordle, 54, of Hillsboro died Tuesday at Tuality Community Hospital.

He was born in Albany, the son of Francis and Letta Mae (Stanley) Cordle.

He married Sherry Huggard on March 9, 1991, at Spring, Texas.

Survivors include wife Sherry; children Jennifer Thomas of Kirkland, Wash., Norma Cook of Beaverton, and Andrew Cordle of Silverdale, Wash.; sister Evelyn Rake of Albany; and grandchildren Gabriel, Sophie, Robbin, Cameron and Hailey.

Private interment will be held.

Remembrances can be made to the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association, Oregon and S.W. Washington Chapter, 310 S.W. Fourth Ave. #630, Portland, OR 97204, or www.alsa-or.org.

Tualatin Valley Funeral Alternatives is handling arrangements, (503) 693-7965.

12-18-2006, 04:26 PM
Bo Busby passes away
Austin Business Journal - 3:03 PM CST Monday

Bo Busby, the chairman of Hill Partners Corporate Services Inc., passed away on Sunday evening after a long battle with Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 40.

Busby founded Hill Partners Corporate Services, a division of the company now known as HPI Real Estate Services & Investments Inc., in 2000. That same year he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. ALS destroys the body's neuromuscular system over time resulting in paralysis.

"Bo built up Corporate Services to what it is today, and it remains an evergreen operation," says Richard Hill, partner and co-founder of HPI. "Bo was a great partner and a great friend as well. He had a lot of loyalty around the community and the office as well."

"If I were cured tomorrow, I don't think I would change the way I approach life--as a precious gift," Busby said in a June 2005 interview. "Every day isn't earned, it's a gift."

"I'm dealing with the frustrations of not being able to do things I used to be able to do," Busby said. "I gave up golf, fishing, riding bikes with the kids, snow skiing..." He added that the diagnosis had led him to take stock of what matters most. "Today, I'm content with today."

Busby is survived by his wife, Kerri, and daughters, Madeline and Abigail.

"Bo faced his illness with a courage and selflessness I have never encountered elsewhere in my life," says Volney Campbell, co-managing partner of corporate services. "The example he put before us facing death is the example all of us should use to live our lives going forward. He did not let adversity weigh him down, and his charity towards others has inspired many, including me, to strive to emulate those qualities."

In April 2005 employees with Hill Partners launched The Busby Foundation, in honor of their colleague. The foundation held biannual crawfish boils to raise money for Central Texans coping with ALS and their families.

"Obviously, it's very flattering to have your peers and friends step up and form this in your name and carry forward my legacy, whatever that may be," Busby said in an interview at the time. "But even before this, the last five years, they've been behind me the whole way."

According to a Web site on ALS, about 13 cases of the disease are diagnosed each day nationwide. Most of those who develop the disease are between 40 and 70 years of age. The average expected survival time for those suffering from ALS is three to five years. At any given time, approximately 30,000 people in the United States are living with the disease.

12-19-2006, 07:06 PM
Jail liaison, public housing advocate dies

MUNCIE -- Longtime public servant Jerry Thornburg, 71, who had been suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease, died Sunday.

He was a union, neighborhood and Democratic activist, a three-term county auditor and a pipe fitter at Delco Battery, finishing his career as Community Development director for the city of Muncie until the disease forced him out of city hall several months ago. He lived in the historic East Central neighborhood.

As auditor in the late 1980s, he spearheaded efforts to build a new county jail after Democratic County Commissioners Doyle Bell and Lawrence (Sparky) Walsh and Republican Commissioner Ronald Quakenbush gave up responsibility.

"He kept the project on its feet after I resigned as liaison," Quakenbush recalled Monday. "I couldn't handle it. I couldn't get anywhere in the minority. Jerry picked it up and carried the ball."

Former Special Master Lee McNeely, who was appointed by U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker to complete the jail project, on Monday said of Thornburg, "He was a dedicated public servant who we found, in very difficult times, was a man of integrity and strength. I know the court appreciated his candor. Jerry could be pretty blunt at times. You didn't always like what he said, but you knew what he told you was from the heart and that it was the truth."

Kaye Nelson, the widow of former Democratic Party Chairman Ira (Rip) Nelson, recalled that when Thornburg was auditor, he removed the door to his office and had it stored in the basement of the county building because he believed in open government.

Thornburg's three siblings were all teachers, Nelson said. "Jerry didn't go to college, but he was smarter than all of them," she said. "He could've been anything he wanted."

Thornburg's involvement in the jail fiasco probably is what cost him a fourth term as auditor when he sought re-election in 1990.

But he became a public servant again in 1998 when Republican Mayor Dan Canan appointed him as CD director.

His legacy in that position includes Millennium Place, which replaces the barracks-style Munsyana Homes, the oldest public housing project in the state, with colorful Craftsman-style, New Urbanist public homes with gables, dormers, covered front porches, brick facades and old-fashioned street lights.

"As CD director, he was a real advocate for people in need," Canan said. "Millennium Place is a direct result of his perseverance and tenacity in sticking with that project."

Bill Smith, a city sanitary district commissioner, said, "Jerry probably bent a lot of rules, but he wanted to get a lot of things done. If anybody wants to see the true story of Jerry Thornburg, look at Munsyana Homes and what's happened down there and the improvement he made."

Last month, U.S. Rep. Mike Pence presented the ailing Thornburg with a Sagamore of the Wabash award from Gov. Mitch Daniels. That coincided with the dedication of a linear park at Millennium Place as "Jerry L. Thornburg Park."

Just because Thornburg went to work for a Republican mayor doesn't mean he quit being a Democrat.

"Absolutely not," Canan said. "I didn't make him a Republican. He was a very proud Democrat."

Reporters remember a sign that Thornburg used to have in his office when he was auditor. It read: "Democrat born, Democrat bred, and when they bury me I'll be Democrat dead."

12-24-2006, 10:30 AM
'Sullivans' son loses disease fightFioana Byrne

December 24, 2006 12:00am

ACTOR Richard Morgan, who found fame as a youngster as Terry Sullivan on the much loved Australia drama series The Sullivans, has lost his battle with motor neurone disease.

Morgan, 48, died in Melbourne yesterday. He leaves his wife, Lisa, and two daughters, Ella and Zoe.
Morgan's last acting role was that of detective Reg Masters in the undercover cop drama Stingers in 2004.

He was diagnosed with motor neurone disease last June.

Morgan revealed his condition in an emotional radio interview a year later, stating that he knew his time was limited.

"The attitude I had to take was that tragedies occur everywhere, all the time," Morgan said.

"For a lot of people, the tragedy is sudden. My life hasn't stopped instantaneously.

"I may as well enjoy each day I have, because that's all I have.

"I have feeling in my legs but I have no control over them. The muscle has wasted.

"It's started moving to my chest, which is why my breathing sounds laboured, and it's moving to my arms."

Motor neurone disease is the name given to a group of diseases in which the nerve cells controlling the muscles that enable us to move, speak, breathe and swallow do not work normally.

With no nerves to activate them, muscles gradually weaken and waste.

Morgan followed his stint in The Sullivans with roles in the hit film Phar Lap and TV series Home and Away, A Country Practice and Sons and Daughters.

Despite his obvious talent and ready work opportunities, Morgan dropped out of acting for a decade during which he built a profitable computer business.

He sold the business and returned to acting, landing roles in quality shows including MDA, Blue Heelers and Something in the Air.

12-27-2006, 07:19 PM
Businessman cruised Route 66 despite illness
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
By Kym Reinstadler
The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS -- A Grand Rapids businessman, who in May parlayed his dream of cruising U.S. Route 66 in a red Corvette into a benefit for Lou Gehrig's disease, died at home Friday of the disease.

Funeral services for John "JJ" Bouma Jr., 54, chairman of the board for Bouma Corp., are 11 a.m. Friday at Calvary Church, 707 East Beltline Ave. NE, with Jim Samra and the Rev. Edward Dobson officiating.

Dobson was Mr. Bouma's pastor at Calvary Church. The two became friends in September 2005, the month the disease forced Dobson to step down from the pulpit.

That was the same month Mr. Bouma was diagnosed with bulbar, an aggressive form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a neurodegenerative condition commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

"JJ wanted to share his faith with PALS (persons with ALS) who came out to meet our group in eight states along Route 66," said Doug Bouma, JJ's brother.

"By then, his voice was weak, but Pastor Dobson was there to help when he couldn't get the words out."

With organizational help from longtime friend Ross Luurtsema of ALTL Inc., a local trucking company, the entourage grew to include 42 friends in 13 Corvettes -- many bought specifically to make the trip -- and two motor homes.

The caravan's weeklong, 2,800-mile journey from Chicago to Los Angeles raised $318,000 for ALS research and was photographed for an exhibit and videographed for a documentary about the disease.

"The trip was both exhausting and exhilarating for him," said Pam Bouma, JJ's wife. "It was indicative of how he liked to do things. Nothing was ever just about him."

The couple spent their 1994 honeymoon in Albania, helping to build an orphanage for Bethany Christian Services.

He raised money and helped construct two orphanages in Albania in the 1990s, said JJ's father, John Bouma Sr.

"My brother was like a cheerleader without pompons," Doug Bouma said.

To keep alive his passion to make the world a better place, the Bouma family is setting up a JJ Bouma ALS Clinic Fund at Fifth Third Bank. Memorial contributions will be used to establish a clinic associated with a Grand Rapids hospital to treat West Michigan ALS patients.

Currently, all ALS patients in state go to the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor for treatment, family members said.

About 125 people in West Michigan are known to have ALS, but that's probably a third of the actual number, said Tom Farley, executive director of the ALS Association's West Michigan chapter.

ALS Association has named its cross-country cruise in May 2007 from Los Angeles to Washington in Bouma's honor, Bouma said.

Mr. Bouma graduated in 1970 from East Christian High School and worked in the family business 35 years, including 12 as president and chief executive officer. He was designated chairman of the board a year ago.

The company has two divisions and employs 250 people building commercial interiors and schools in several states, he said.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Bouma is survived by his children and their spouses, Aimee and Ian Mortensen, of Rockford, Jessica Carpenter, of Grand Rapids, Tyler and Melinda Carpenter, of Texas, Scott and Angie Bouma, of Marquette; parents John and Sharon Bouma of Holland and Betty Hall, of Grand Rapids; three grandchildren; and brothers and sisters, Pam and Bob Molenhouse, of Holland, Doug and Trish Bouma, of Ada, and Susan and Timothy Small, of Lancaster, S.C.

Visitation is 5 to 9 p.m. today and 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Matthysse-Kuiper-DeGraaf Funeral Home,

4145 Chicago Drive, Grandville.

To contribute to the ALS fund in Bouma's memory, contact the ALS Association's West Michigan chapter,

731 Front St., at 459-1900 or at mail@alsa-westmichigan.org.

Send e-mail to the author: kreinstadler@grpress.com

12-28-2006, 12:49 PM
Investor-developer Zimet dies at 68
By Tony Davis
Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 12.28.2006
Michael Zimet, an investor and developer who helped make peace between Tucson's development and conservation communities, died Tuesday.
Zimet, a property-rights activist whose views moved closer to those of environmentalists over time, died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, at a Northwest Side hospice. He was 68.
He had been active in the Tucson area from the late 1970s until he was stricken with the disease in spring 2006.
Over the years, Zimet and his Vanguard Companies, where he was a principal partner and investor, worked on projects across Arizona: in Marana and the Sahuarita area near Tucson, in the town of Quartzsite near the California line and in Pomerene in Cochise County.
A New York City native, he worked as a developer and investor in Southern California before moving here in 1978.
His most recent project, Ocotillo Ranch in the Santa Rita Mountains foothills, was the first development to seek approval under Pima County's conservation subdivision ordinance. The law tries to regulate the layouts of developments so the maximum number of homes allowed by their zoning can be built with the least possible effects on the desert.
Zimet sat on the county advisory committee that drafted that ordinance. He spent nine years securing a wide range of government approvals for his project of 42 four-acre lots on 174 acres at the extreme south end of South Houghton Road. Vanguard hopes to start formal land-clearing next year.
He was most publicly visible as one of a handful of property-rights activists who sat on a county advisory committee on the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan, the proposed land preservation plan spanning more than 500,000 acres of environmentally valuable land.
He started as a strong skeptic if not outright opponent of the plan. Later, he negotiated closely with his philosophical opposites at the Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection and became a strong although still skeptical supporter of Pima County's land-saving efforts.
"He was a hard-driving businessman but he knew that you had to look at it from all sides," said Dennis Melin, one of his two partners at Vanguard.
Zimet grew and wasn't afraid to learn something new, said Christina McVie, a Northwest Side environmental activist.
"Michael wasn't your average-looking enviro. People listened to him when he spoke to the property-rights groups. He was very helpful in building a sense of trust and consensus in the community," McVie said.
Zimet is survived by his wife, Mona Hart of Tucson; his mother, Charlotte Zimet, and a sister, Beverly Sachs, both of Beverly Hills, Calif.; four sons: Jeffrey and Kenny, both of Tucson, Marc of Miami Beach, Fla., and Lynne of Miami, Fla.; and four grandchildren.
Services are at 11 a.m. Friday at East Lawn Palms Cemetery, 5801 E. Grant Road.
● Contact reporter Tony Davis at 806-7746 or tdavis@azstarnet.com.
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12-30-2006, 10:20 AM
Ted Cron, 76; Editor, Public Affairs Executive, Koop Speechwriter
Saturday, December 30, 2006; Page B05

Theodore O. "Ted" Cron, 76, who created three magazines during a 25-year career as a public affairs executive at six federal agencies, died Dec. 20 at his home in Somerset. He had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Mr. Cron came to Washington from New York City in 1964 to join the public affairs staff of the office of education in what was then the Department of Health, Education and Welfare.

He started the magazine American Education and revamped an outdated agency photo file that included only white children. He ran the press office at the White House Conference on Education in 1965.

When James L. Goddard became Food and Drug Administration commissioner in 1966, Mr. Cron served as assistant commissioner for education and information and as Goddard's principal speechwriter. He also established a consumer education program that was extended nationwide by consumer specialists in each of FDA's 18 district offices.

He started the monthly magazine FDA Papers and published it in color to help readers recognize pharmaceutical products and see how contaminants might affect foods.

He also spearheaded an affirmative action program that made the FDA one of the first federal agencies to actively promote more job opportunities for minorities.

After leaving the FDA in 1968, Mr. Cron joined a public relations firm in Washington, testified before congressional committees on health and consumer legislation and sued HEW to contest an announced Medicare premium increase. He contended that the department failed to provide an actuarial basis for the proposed increase and did not invite public comment on the issue.

Three years later, he returned to the federal government as publications director of HEW's Social and Rehabilitation Service, where he started Human Needs, a national magazine with inserts for each of the agency's 10 regions.

He served for a time as director of information of the Federal Trade Commission during the Carter administration.

In 1981, Mr. Cron became speechwriter for Surgeon General C. Everett Koop.

During the next eight years, he wrote 350 speeches for Koop, tackling such issues as AIDS, alcoholism, smoking, domestic violence and sudden infant death syndrome.

Mr. Cron left the Public Health Service in 1989 and joined the National Association of Elementary School Principals, where he set up pen-pal relationships between elementary schools in the United States and in Hungary and Czechoslovakia.

A prolific freelance writer and editor, he completed a novel, "Assignment: Istanbul" (2005), and was working on a second when he was stricken with ALS. Earlier, he co-authored a picture-and-text history, "Portrait of Carnegie Hall" (1966).

A native of Newton, Mass., Mr. Cron received a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in teaching in 1953 from Harvard University. He joined the Army that same year and married soon afterward. He was on active duty in Japan, then worked for the Army as a civilian for two years.

In 1957, he and his wife returned to the United States and settled in New York.

He worked for Scholastic for three years, serving as managing editor of its weekly classroom publication Practical English and then became editor of the trade periodical Overview, later renamed American School & University.

In Washington, Mr. Cron and his wife, Lee H. Cron, were among the founding members of Southwest Hebrew Congregation, which later became Temple Micah and relocated to Wisconsin Avenue NW. His wife died in 1998.

Mr. Cron was a founding member of the Temple Micah choir and sang with the group for 40 years. He also enjoyed creating pencil and ink sketches, watercolors and whimsical statuary.

Survivors include his wife, Suzanne Harris, whom he married last year, of Somerset; two children from his first marriage, Elizabeth D. Koozmin of Reston and Adam D. Cron of Allentown, Pa.; a sister; and three grandchildren.


Martha Alexander

Dec. 12, 1938-Dec. 17, 2006

Former Troutdale resident Martha Alexander, 68, died of ALS, which is more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, Sunday, Dec. 17, at her home in Tomball, Texas.

A funeral was held Tuesday, Dec. 26, at First Baptist Church in Tomball.

Martha was born Dec. 12, 1938, in Travis County, Texas, to Robert Wilburn and Bessie Vivian (O’Brien) Turner. She was raised and educated in Smithville, Texas, where she graduated from high school.

Martha married James Alexander. They were married for 46 years and lived in Colorado Springs, Colo., and Troutdale, before returning to Texas, where they retired.

She taught piano lessons.

Survivors include her husband of Tomball; two daughters; two sons; and 11 grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the ALS Association, Greater Houston Chapter, P.O. Box 271561, Houston, TX 77277-1561, or the First Baptist Church “Because We Believe” fund, 411 Oxford St., Tomball, TX 77375.

Legacy Memorial Inc. in Houston is handling arrangements.


2006 WSOP Champ Jamie Gold's father passed away recently. Jamie had just landed in Las Vegas to play in the $15,000 Bellagio 5 Diamond Poker Classic when he got the call, and got right back on a plane home. Gold's father, a doctor, suffered from Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS). WSOP viewers may remember tender moments during the ESPN telecast where Gold would talk to his father on the telephone, at a point when the disease had already taken many of his faculties away. Our condolences go out to the Gold family. Readers can find out more about ALS at alsa.org

12-31-2006, 02:04 PM
Chase Bruns
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Chase Lane Bruns, of Alexandria, Va., and Castine, Maine, died on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006, after a long struggle with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis ) popularly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. At the time of her death, she was 73. She was one of the founders and a longtime member of the Hollin Hills Potters, an art-boutique /studio pottery, in the Old Towne, Alexandria, Va., Torpedo Factory Arts Center.

Mrs. Bruns was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lane, of Lookout Mountain, Tenn.

She graduated in 1955 from Sweet Briar College, where she majored in psychology and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

In 1974, Chase joined with several artists to found Hollin Hills Pottery, one of first boutique workshops established in the revamped Torpedo Factory.

Throughout her life she supported a wide variety of artistic, social, political, medical and environmental social organizations, national as well as regional in scope, including service on the board of the United Community Ministries in Alexandria, as well as supporting, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Trinity Episcopal Church in Castine, the National Resources Defense Council of Maine, the ALS Society and the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance.

She is survived by her husband, Eugene; three children: a daughter, Jordan Richards; and two sons, Emerson and Lane; three grandchildren, Thorpe Richards and Gracie Lane and John Chase Bruns; and her brother, Joseph H. Lane, of Greeneville, Tenn.

Memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Alexandria.

01-01-2007, 05:55 PM
Glen Curtis, noted philanthropist and 2002 Citizen of Year, dies

Dec 31, 2006, 6:51 pm

Glen G. Curtis, one of Yuma’s most successful and generous business leaders, died Saturday at his home in Yuma. The noted citrus farmer, developer and philanthropist was 85 years old.

Glen T. “Spike” Curtis said his father had been suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease for the past few years and passed away at 6:20 p.m. Saturday. The elder Curtis was with his wife, Annette, his 12 children and their families at the time of his death.

“He was just a real charitable and giving person,” Spike Curtis said. “He gave a lot of money to the Yuma Community Food Bank, the Catholic Church, the University of Arizona, the Catholic school. But he gave a lot of money anonymously, too. He was just a very charitable person. That’s what he liked doing.”

Spike Curtis said the family is planning a private burial Thursday with a memorial service at 2 p.m. Friday and a wake to follow that service. Spike Curtis said the family is “getting by.”

“We’re doing good,” he said.

In a life filled with accolades thanks to his generosity, Glen Curtis was chosen as The Sun’s 2002 Citizen of the Year and the Benefactor of the Year and Philanthropist of the Year at the 2004 Yuma Community Foundation Heart of Yuma Awards. He came to Yuma in 1950, helping to grow 20,000 acres of citrus as well as to develop residential and commercial areas throughout the county.

The final project Glen Curtis worked on is still ongoing — the ambitious Coyote Wash development in Wellton. The development, now selling in stages three and four, has plans to add a championship golf course and more homes in the future.

Dunbar Norton, who worked for many years on economic development in Yuma, said Glen Curtis was always very supportive of those endeavors. “I have a great deal of respect for the man,” he said.

When asked why the man gave so generously, Norton recalled being among a group having coffee who asked Glen Curtis just that question. “He said it was based on the premise that you pay back,” Norton said. “You have earned, you owe, you pay back. If you can’t give back dollars, you give back time.”

Glen Curtis’ commitment to Yuma was honored in April 2006 with the naming of the Glen G. Curtis Agricultural Research Building at the Yuma Valley Experiment Farm, 6425 W. 8th St. The Curtis family pledged $250,000 to kick off the fundraising campaign to develop the 20,000-square-foot building.

Glen G. Curtis was born June 5, 1921, in San Diego. He served as a U.S. Air Force pilot in World War II and retired from the service as a major to San Diego with his first wife, the late Elena Orendain Curtis. In 1949, they moved to the Baja peninsula to farm, and it was the farmers there who introduced the Curtises to Yuma.

In 1950, Glen Curtis moved here and opened a real estate brokerage office focusing on agriculture properties. He and Elena would raise 12 children together.

Glen Curtis developed the citrus business as Curtis, Woodman and Roach. The development side of the business grew as well. Today, Glen Curtis Inc. sells commercial and residential properties throughout the county, and its sister company, Glen Curtis Development Inc., plans and develops those properties.

Glen Curtis donated $2 million to Yuma Catholic High School to help build an athletic complex that is named in honor of Elena Orendain Curtis, who passed away in 1987. In 1990, Glen Curtis married Annette Lux Fitzgerald. Between them, they had 15 children, 42 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Father John Friel, the founding president of Yuma Catholic, said Glen Curtis was excited that the school and the city of Yuma could both use the athletic fields at the complex, so he gave $1 million to the project. Friel said that when Glen Curtis heard that the fields would be done on time, but the school may not be, he gave another million to get the school done as well.

Friel said Glen Curtis was aware that people had helped him, so he wanted to help others. “Glen was a good, good soul,” he said.

According to a letter written by one of his daughters to nominate him as the Citizen of the Year, Glen Curtis in 2002 alone gave $2.5 million to local charities, such as the Yuma Community Food Bank, Assistance League of Yuma, Crossroads Mission, Hospice of Yuma and Yuma Catholic.

Rocky Curtis said his father was one of the "good old timers" and as generous as they come. He said his father supported all kinds of groups including little league baseball, girls softball and the Catholic Church. "He loved this community, and he loved his family and friends," Rocky Curtis said.

Jeffrey Gautreaux can be reached at jgautreaux@yumasun.com or 539-6858.

01-03-2007, 07:59 AM
Jerald 'Jerry' Francis Tifft

January 02, 2007

Jerald "Jerry" Francis Tifft, 63, Newell, died Thursday Dec. 28, 2006 at his residence following a courageous battle with Lou Gehrig's disease.
Funeral services were held Tuesday Jan. 2, 2007 at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Mr. Jim Chafee officiating. Burial follows at the Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
Memorials have been established to the Hospice of the Northern Hills and to the Ronald McDonald House in Honor of his Grandson, Conner, who is battling Leukemia.
Jerry was born Dec. 13, 1943 at Rapid City, to Glenn Lathrop and Inez (Chafee) Tifft. He was raised at Union Center, S.D. where he developed his loved of ranching. On Oct. 2, 1965, Jerry married Janet Miller at Newell. Together they ranched for 20 years at Stoneville, S.D. To this marriage four children were born.
In 1985 he sold his ranch and went to work for the Meade County Highway Department as the bridge foreman. He worked until his retirement in 2005.
His infectious humor and love for life attracted numerous friends. His honesty and abundant willingness to always be there to help his family, neighbors and friends is a legacy that will be forever remembered by all who knew him.
Survivors include his wife Janet, Newell; two sons, Vince (Collette) Tifft, Newell, Verl Tifft, Newell; two daughters, Velvaleah (John) Clauser, Spearfish, Vonda (Mike) Clausen, Newell; one sister, Twyla (Larry) Schraeder, Sturgis; one brother, Tom (Brenda) Tifft, Union Center; seven grandchildren, Chelsey, Kyle, Katelyn, Jacindah, John, Matt and Conner.
He was preceded in death by his parents.

©The Black Hills Pioneer, Newspapers, South Dakota, SD 2007

Body of missing woman found
Authorities in Burke County on Thursday found the body of a 75-year-old Morganton woman in a wooded area behind her mobile home -- two days after her family last spoke with her.

Veronica Hallyburton, who had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, a pacemaker and was partially blind, hadn't been seen since Tuesday morning, according to a Burke County Sheriff's Office press release.

She was last seen when she wished her great-grandson goodbye as he headed to school after spending the night at her home, the release said.

Authorities said they found Hallyburton's body in the woods near her home Thursday afternoon and, because of her poor health, do not suspect foul play.

The family told authorities that Hallyburton had spoken with a daughter-in-law at about 10 a.m. Tuesday, according to the release.

The next afternoon, a neighbor found Hallyburton's dog, which generally stays inside the mobile home, with leaves and mud caked in its fur, authorities said.

The family told investigators that they found the door unlocked and slightly open when they brought the dog to Hallyburton's home but that her purse and cane were inside the house.

01-03-2007, 11:48 AM
Wife of Clinton’s Gordon Graham dies

Native of England became deeply involved as parent, volunteer while in town


CLINTON— Most Clintonians know of the Rev. Gordon Graham, and many who knew him also recall the charming British woman who became his wife.

Sadly, Barbara Graham last week lost a long struggle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

She died Thursday in Newcastle, Northern Ireland, where the couple moved several years ago.

Mrs. Graham, 72, lived with Rev. Graham in his hometown of Clinton from 1970 through 1986, according to her daughter, Rachel Evans, who lives in Somerville.

During that time, Rev. Graham, who became an Anglican priest in the Church of Ireland in 1997, worked as an environmental regulator for the state Department of Environmental Management, and for the Metropolitan District Commission.

He was also a teacher, served on the School Committee, and founded Clinton High School’s first Irish student exchange program.

A few years later, in 1985, Rev. Graham established the Lillian and George Graham Trust in honor of his parents. The trust funds the popular exchange program.

The program was Rev. Graham’s endeavor to bring together students from British Northern Ireland, where his father’s roots were, and the Republic of Ireland, his mother’s home country.

His mother took the path of many other new Clintonians, leaving County Mayo in the west of Ireland for her new home.

The exchange program stipulates that students from both countries come to town.

Narrowing the divide between England and Ireland was already demonstrated in his own life, when he married Mrs. Graham — who started life as Barbara Sutton in Southampton, England.

Leading as colorful a life as her husband — perhaps more so — she served in Vienna with the British high commissioner, Lord Harold Caccia, and then accompanied him as his personal secretary in his next post as British ambassador to the U.S., Ms. Evans said.

Ms. Evans said her parents met at an Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C.

After marrying Rev. Graham and moving to Clinton, Mrs. Graham, according to her daughter, raised three children here and participated in church and civic activities.

She was a trustee of the Weeks Fund, an educational foundation that brings lectures and music to town, and was in the choir and vestry of the Church of the Good Shepherd.

She continued to work, and retired from Harvard Medical School, where she was an administrator in the social medicine department and an editor of an international journal on medical anthropology.

After moving to Northern Ireland, she remained active and served on the Boards of Age Concern (similar to Councils on Aging in the U.S.) and with a group called Protestants and Catholics Encounter, and sang in three chorale groups.

Mrs. Graham had a degree in languages from Royal Holloway College in London, her daughter said.

Nancy J. Gerlach of Clinton, who worked with Rev. Graham on the exchange program, described Mrs. Graham as a “lovely, lovely woman.”

Mrs. Graham’s funeral will be held Jan. 13 in St. John’s Church in Newcastle.

Contact Karen Nugent by e-mail at knugent@telegram.com.

01-04-2007, 08:27 AM
Martha Graeber
Article Launched: 01/03/2007 02:29:31 PM PST

Martha V. Graeber, a 57-year resident of Redlands, died of Lou Gehrig's disease Dec. 30 at her home in Redlands. She was 82.
She was born Nov. 23, 1924, in Tempe, Ariz., and graduated from Sacred Heart Academy in Los Angeles.

She earned in art from the University of Southern California and was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.

In 1947 she married Charles C. Graeber at Christ the King in North Hollywood.

She was involved in many organizations, and served as a docent at Kimberly Crest House and Gardens in Redlands.

Survivors include her husband, Charles C. Graeber of Redlands; sons Charles C. Graeber Jr. of Fallbrook and Arthur Graeber of Yucaipa; daughters Ann King of Yucaipa and Erin Graeber Bougie of Highland; and six grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 115 W. Olive Ave., Redlands. A reception will follow at 3 p.m. at Redlands Country Club, 1749 Garden St., Redlands. Emmerson-Bartlett Memorial Chapel in Redlands is handling arrangements.

Memorial donations may be made to ALS Foundation, Redlands Hospice or Redlands Community Hospital.

01-05-2007, 11:36 AM
Robert M. Hearin

Funeral services for Robert M. Hearin, 48, of Cullman, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007, at the First United Methodist Church, the Rev. Bob Alford and the Rev. Bob Murray officiating, with burial in the Cullman City Cemetery.

Cullman Heritage Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Hearin died Wednesday, Jan. 3, following a long battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was born on March 1, 1958, to the Rev. Gerry and June Hearin in Montgomery.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, G.M. and Alma Hearin, and Robert and Matilda Fitzpatrick.

Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Marsha Brock Hearin of Cullman; two sons, Robert Tyler and Preston Brock of Cullman; a daughter, Carissa Michelle of Cullman; parents Rev. Gerry and June Hearin; a sister, Lisa (Steve) Alexander; his mother-in-law, Genneli (Jim) Barrs; his father-in-law, Moody (Margie) Brock; a sister-in-law, Sherry (Pete) Moore; a brother-in-law, Jimmy (Heather) Brock; nieces and nephews, Kyle, Keith and Kirk Wingard, Christopher Moore, Hunter and Clay Brock, Blaire and Reese Alexander, and Duck, the family’s special dog.

Mr. Hearin came to Cullman in 1973 when his father was named minister at First United Methodist Church. He was president of his senior class in 1976 and graduated from Cullman High School where he was a basketball star, earning most valuable player honors in the Tennessee Valley Conference tournament and establishing a scoring record for tournament play. He earned a scholarship to Huntingdon College in Montgomery.

He was a successful entrepreneur, helping start Computer Network Inc., Computer Network Link Inc., Cullman Logistics Inc., Cullman Bonded Inc. and Cullman Oil Inc. after working for the Blount County and purchasing Ben Prickett’s China and Gift Store.

Mr. Hearin was actively involved in local sports programs. He coached boys and girls youth AYSO and AYSA soccer teams, basketball teams, softball teams and baseball teams.

While president of the Cullman Quarterback Club in 2003, the football field was resurfaced. During his tenure as president of the Cullman Tip-Off Boosters Club in 2001, the gymnasium floor was resurfaced for the first time in 20 years and a court divider curtain for Cullman Middle School’s gymnasium was purchased. And as vice president of the Cullman High School Baseball Boosters in 2002, he organized and oversaw the construction of the baseball field house at Cullman High School.

Three times as a Republican candidate, he ran for positions in the state Senate and the state House of Representatives.

Mr. Hearin was named Kiwanian of the Year in 1991-92 and was a past officer of the Cullman Historical Society.

First United Methodist’s fellowship hall was named Hearin Hall in honor of contributions by Mr. Hearin and his family. He served as chairman of the Board of Stewards and chairman of the Pastor Parish Relations Committee. He was a Sunday School teacher for both the senior high class and the adult Enthusiasts’ class, drove the church bus, served as an usher and was a frequent volunteer in virtually all aspects of church life.

For the past six months, he wrote a weekly column in The Cullman Times.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund or the Cullman High School Athletic Department.

Pallbearers will be Phil Anderson, Mike Arnold, Tim Binkowski, Wilson Blaylock, Rusty Buster, Neal Culpepper, Tim Culpepper, Ed Darling, J.J. Guthrie, Doug Harris, Clayton Ingram, Mike McConatha, Joe McElroy, Mike Roden, Fess St. John, Keith Scott, Bill Shields, Allen Stricklin, Steve Sweat, Cody Sweetland, Craig Villar, Rodney Whittle and Stan Wood.

Honorary pallbearers will be Michael Chandler and Cody Green.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today in Hearin Hall at First United Methodist Church.

01-07-2007, 06:00 PM
Richard “****” Reiling


June 10, 1942 — Dec. 27, 2006

On Dec. 27, 2006, Richard “****” Reiling lost his long battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) in Gresham.

Richard was born June 10, 1942, in Klamath Falls to Wilbur and Charlene Reiling. He was raised on a dairy farm in South Poe Valley, where he was a member of the Olene Dairy club for 10 years and attended Henley schools for 12 years, graduating in 1960.

He went on to attend school at Southern Oregon University on a football scholarship, graduating with a bachelor of science in secondary education in 1965. This is where he met his beloved wife of 43 years, Yvonne Bailie (Klamath Union, class of 1960). They married in June of 1963. **** went on to receive his master’s degree from Texas A&M in 1969 on a National Science Foundation grant. In 1984 he attended the University of Oregon and earned his administrative degree.

****’s 34 year career in teaching and coaching included: Vandenberg Air Base Junior High in Lompoc, Calif.; Klamath Union High School and Mazama High School in Klamath Falls; Lost River High School in Merrill, and Henley High School, also in Klamath Falls.

In 1980 **** moved into administration and became vice principal at Henley High School. In 1984 he moved to Scio to accept the position as principal of Scio High School.

In 1986 **** became principal at Lebanon High School, retiring from there in 1997. His coaching throughout the years included football, basketball (boys and girls), baseball, wrestling and golf.

**** loved coaching and found great joy in many of his teams achievements some of the highlights were winning the baseball state championship in 1973 while coaching at Lost River High School and the girls basketball state championship in 1980 while coaching at Henley High School.

In 1980, **** was named high school coach of the year for the state of Oregon. That same year he was named girls basketball coach of the Year. In 1973, **** was named baseball coach of the year. All of these accomplishments meant so much to **** as did each of the players he had the privilege of coaching.

He was an avid golfer and loved running. He ran in the Hood to Coast Relay two consecutive years. He spent many enjoyable years as an assistant 4-H leader for the Olene Buckaroos. He had a passion for fishing, hunting, camping and traveling, but his greatest joy in life was for his wife and family.

Survivors include wife Yvonne of Gresham; daughter and son-in-law Chuck and Rhonda Fletcher, Boring; son Scott Reiling, Gresham; grandchildren Rick and Cheri Fletcher and Rob and Jeff Reiling; father Wilbur Reiling, North Bend; brother and sister-in-law Steve and Jeanine Reiling of Maine; sister and brother-in-law Diane and Don Boyer, North Bend; sister and brother-in-law Joe and Linda Corbin of Oakland; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews and cherished friends Mary Thomas and Bobbe Jones.

A celebration of ****’s life will be held in both Lebanon and Klamath Falls. The Lebanon service will be at 2 p.m. Jan. 20 in the Lebanon High School auditorium. The Klamath Falls service will be at 2 p.m. Feb. 3 in the Henley High School gymnasium.

The family has requested memorial donations be made to any Key Bank branch to the Richard Reiling Memorial Fund. These donations will be used to build memorial benches at both Lebanon and Henley high schools and the remaining funds will be donated to the ALS Research Foundation.

Family members may be reached at: Reiling5360@comcast.net

01-09-2007, 11:47 AM
Investor-Developer Zimet Dies at 68
By Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star


Michael Zimet, an investor and developer who helped make peace between Tucson's development and conservation communities, died Tuesday.

Zimet, a property-rights activist whose views moved closer to those of environmentalists over time, died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, at a Northwest Side hospice. He was 68.

He had been active in the Tucson area from the late 1970s until he was stricken with the disease in spring 2006.

Over the years, Zimet and his Vanguard Companies, where he was a principal partner and investor, worked on projects across Arizona: in Marana and the Sahuarita area near Tucson, in the town of Quartzsite near the California line and in Pomerene in Cochise County.

A New York City native, he worked as a developer and investor in Southern California before moving here in 1978.

His most recent project, Ocotillo Ranch in the Santa Rita Mountains foothills, was the first development to seek approval under Pima County's conservation subdivision ordinance. The law tries to regulate the layouts of developments so the maximum number of homes allowed by their zoning can be built with the least possible effects on the desert.

Zimet sat on the county advisory committee that drafted that ordinance. He spent nine years securing a wide range of government approvals for his project of 42 four-acre lots on 174 acres at the extreme south end of South Houghton Road. Vanguard hopes to start formal land-clearing next year.

He was most publicly visible as one of a handful of property- rights activists who sat on a county advisory committee on the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan, the proposed land preservation plan spanning more than 500,000 acres of environmentally valuable land.

He started as a strong skeptic if not outright opponent of the plan. Later, he negotiated closely with his philosophical opposites at the Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection and became a strong although still skeptical supporter of Pima County's land-saving efforts.

"He was a hard-driving businessman but he knew that you had to look at it from all sides," said Dennis Melin, one of his two partners at Vanguard.

Zimet grew and wasn't afraid to learn something new, said Christina McVie, a Northwest Side environmental activist.

"Michael wasn't your average-looking enviro. People listened to him when he spoke to the property-rights groups. He was very helpful in building a sense of trust and consensus in the community," McVie said.

Zimet is survived by his wife, Mona Hart of Tucson; his mother, Charlotte Zimet, and a sister, Beverly Sachs, both of Beverly Hills, Calif.; four sons: Jeffrey and Kenny, both of Tucson, Marc of Miami Beach, Fla., and Lynne of Miami, Fla.; and four grandchildren.

Services are at 11 a.m. Friday at East Lawn Palms Cemetery, 5801 E. Grant Road.

* Contact reporter Tony Davis at 806-7746 or tdavis@azstarnet.com.

01-09-2007, 10:31 PM
Former Angleton ISD leader dies

By Jason Smith
The Facts

Published January 9, 2007

ANGLETON — Lynne Perryman is considered a prime example of what an educator is supposed to be.

Perryman, who rose from a classroom teacher to superintendent in her 29 years with Angleton ISD, died early Monday after a 31?2-year battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease. She was 55.

“She was the ultimate example of an educator,” said Pat Montgomery, executive director of instruction at Angleton ISD. “She was involved in everything and loved helping everyone.”

Montgomery remembered Perryman helping a teacher who was in need of money to pay her bills while waiting for her first paycheck. It was going to be several weeks before she would get a paycheck, so Perryman gave her money out of her own pocket, Montgomery said.

Montgomery also credits Perryman with helping her get her doctorate.

“One of the best things she did was mentor to other people,” Montgomery said. “There is not an administrator in the district who didn’t receive support from her.”

Perryman grew up in Angleton and graduated from Angleton High School in 1969, the same year she helped the girls basketball team go to the state finals, Montgomery said. She went on to receive her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas. She also received master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Houston.

She began her teaching career in 1973 with Brazosport ISD, but went back to her roots twoyears later and taught seventh-grade science at Angleton ISD. She would go on to be the director of gifted and talented education, then assistant superintendent in 1993 under Superintendent Herman Smith.

When Smith retired in 2002, she took his place, guiding the district through the transition from the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills to the tougher Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, on which the third-graders achieved exemplary status. She also helped balance the district’s budget in 2002 when state funding was cut by $1.1 million.

“She was very well respected in AISD,” said Linda Winder, a former teacher of Perryman and now an Angleton ISD trustee. “Lynne was a wonderful person.”

Perryman stepped down from her position as superintendent in 2004 for medical reasons.

“People in education have an incredible opportunity to teach people and that is what she was about,” said Dr. Mark Bonnen, a close friend.

Perryman taught Bonnen in her seventh-grade science class and also was a close friend to his wife, Bonnen said.

“It was difficult to go places with her where she didn’t run into someone she knew,” Bonnen said.

Funeral services will be at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, 227 S. Chenango in Angleton. Perryman asked that memorial donations be made to the A-Team Scholarship, in memory of Lynne B. Perryman, 1900 N Downing Road, Angleton, TX 77515.

01-10-2007, 07:40 AM
Fort Lauderdale Firefighter Led Battle Against Disease To The End
January 10, 2007

Florida - During 14 years as a Fort Lauderdale firefighter, John W. Bruce always collected donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, a charity supported by firefighters nationwide. He never thought he would call on the organization for help.
But three years ago, Bruce was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease, a degenerative muscular condition. What started as a numbness in his hand eventually left him unable to walk or speak.

Still, Bruce continued to raise money for the MDA, inspiring firefighters around Florida to do the same.

Bruce died of the disease Friday. He was 42.

"John touched so many lives, fighting fires and fighting the disease," said Assistant Chief Stephen McInerny. "He was an amazing man."

Bruce had two great loves in life: his wife, Michelle, and the Fort Lauderdale Fire Department.

The son of a Fort Lauderdale police officer who was killed in the line of duty, he began fighting fires in January 1992.

"John wasn't afraid of anything," said Battalion Chief Bob Simac, who worked with Bruce for more than a decade. "He was always the first to respond to any emergency."

Bruce's colleagues still talk about a blaze that ripped through a home in February 2000. That morning, Bruce and Lt. Josef Majer rescued an 82-year-old disabled man from the kitchen. They escaped moments before the concrete roof collapsed.

Off duty, Bruce enjoyed preparing pulled pork and barbecue chicken sandwiches at department events, friends said. And each Labor Day, he helped the department collect for the Muscular Dystrophy Association -- a tradition among firefighters nationwide.

"He was our unsung hero," said Kim Van Sant, a firefighter and close friend. "He never wanted to take any of the credit. He just served others."

Three years ago, Bruce was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the condition known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The disorder is in the same family as muscular dystrophy.

He began to rely on the MDA, which provided him with clinical care, therapy and support, friends said.

As his body withered, Bruce visited firehouses across the country to raise awareness about the disease. He urged firefighters nationwide to participate in the Labor Day drive.

Last summer, he set a lofty goal for his own department: He wanted Fort Lauderdale to raise more money for the MDA than any other department in country.

In years past, the department had raised between $10,000 and $20,000. This summer, Fort Lauderdale firefighters raised about $102,000, Van Sant said.

It was enough to win them the top honor.

After almost two years on disability leave, Bruce retired on Nov. 8, 2006. By then, the disease had rendered him unable to walk or speak.

During his final months, firefighters went to Bruce's Oakland Park home for regular visits. The firefighters kept him company and told him what was going on in the department.

Most of the time, Bruce already knew. He kept a fire department radio at his house so he could listen to calls.

"People thought we visited John to make him feel better," Simac said. "But truth is, we visited John to benefit ourselves, too. We were lucky to know him."

The funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at the Amaturo Theatre at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Written by The Miami Herald

Andrew C. Olson
RINDGE, N.H. — Andrew C. Olson, 45, of Butternut Lane, Rindge, N.H., died January 2, 2007, after a long and courageous battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease).

He was born on May 18, 1961, in Winchendon Mass., a son of Michael and Elaine (Seppala) Olson. He attended Conant High School and lived in Rindge all of his life.

A self-employed construction worker, he operated heavy equipment.

Members of his family include his wife of 27 years, Sandra (Holombo) Olson; two sons, Bryce and Chaz Olson of Rindge; three daughters, Rochelle and Joel Blanton of South Carolina, Heidi and Josiah Blanton of Washington, and Cheyanne Olson of Rindge; three brothers; seven sisters; a grandson, Liam Blanton; and his mother, Elaine Olson.

Services were held January 7, 2007, in New Hampshire.


Edward J. Elsener, 79, died Jan. 8. He was a sheet metal worker.

He was a Marine Corps veteran.

Survived by wife Joan Elsener; children Marilyn Stemann, Marsha Martini, Mark Elsener, Mary Kay Sunderhaus; grandchildren Curt, Sandy, Michelle, Scott, Thea, Seth, Ben, Abby, Alex; Charles Elsener, Bert Schamer; siblings seven great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by brother Gus Elsener.

Services are 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at St. Teresa of Avila. Arrangements by B.J. Meyer Sons Funeral Home. Memorials to: St. Vincent de Paul Pantry, 1125 Bank St., Cincinnati, OH 45214 or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Western Ohio Chapter, 1810 MacKenzie Drive, Suite 120, Columbus, OH 43220.

01-16-2007, 08:12 AM
Local teacher 'free at last'
By By Rick McCrabb

Staff Writer

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

WEST CHESTER TWP. — Her obituary wasn't the final chapter in Lois "Tot" Schultz Ashworth's life.

Ashworth, 12 days shy of her 62nd birthday, died Saturday after a 31/2-year battle against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Lou Gehrig's disease.

During her Monday afternoon memorial service — fittingly called "My Life In Song" – her contributions to Middletown, where she lived, and West Chester Twp., where she worked, were celebrated through music, memories and an emotional slide show.

The pews at West Chester Church of the Nazarene were packed with family, friends and former students.

One person said after the service: "I'm going to put the program with my will. I want something like this when I die."

Music filled the church before the service, and, nearly an hour later, as pallbearers wheeled Ashworth's casket up the aisle, her family members continued to sing.

The Rev. Virgil Applegate, who called himself Ashworth's "spiritual daddy," said she always helped others, and through her fight against the incurable ALS, showed "courage and inspiration."

Later, he referred to Ashworth as "a shining star that will never quit shining."

Ann Mincey, one of Ashworth's three sisters, carried a basket of stones to the podium. Each stone, she said, represented a part of her sister's life: faith, family and fun. But when paying tribute to Ashworth, there was no way to separate the three.

That's when Mincey displayed one large rock.

"She is very much alive," Mincey said. "She has taken her first heavenly breath."

And once in heaven, Mincey knew the first person her sister would seek.

"She's up there right now talking to Dr. Martin Luther King," Mincey said. "She's saying, 'Free at last. Free at last.'"

Ashworth taught in the Lakota Local School District for 30 years, retiring in 2000. Paul Carpenter, now an adult, represented all of Ashworth's former students.

He said Ashworth was his second-grade teacher at Adena Elementary School. He remembered a day when a bully threatened to beat him up — at the red monkey bars — but before the confrontation, he was comforted by Ashworth.

She hugged Paul and assured him of his safety.

"My confidence started that day," he said.

As Sam Ashworth, Lois' companion for 21 years and her husband for 10 years, stepped to the podium, he asked the overflow crowd to "take a deep breath, please."

He pulled out a tissue, and said his wife promised to give him strength at her memorial service.

"She's not helping me at all," Ashworth said.

He broke down again, then before walking away, said, "She will never stop singing."

He was greeted with a standing ovation. Lois Virginia "Tot" Schultz Ashworth, the woman with a personality to match her many names, probably put down her heavenly hymn book, and joined the congregation.

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at (513) 705-2842 or rmccrabb@coxohio.com.


Eugene Nelson

ARVADA, Colo. — Eugene Nelson, 86, formerly of Anderson, died Jan. 16, 2007 of Lou Gehrig’s disease.

He worked at Delco Remy and served in the Merchant Marines during World War II. He worked for Kiebler Bakery in Denver until he retired.

Survivors include his wife, Benarda; son, Dan; two daughters, Barbara and Carla; and his sister, Virginia Thomason.

Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. Visitation will be Monday at Olinger Crown Hill, 7777 W. 29th Ave., Wheat Ridge, Colo.

01-22-2007, 11:52 AM
Brel's muse Madeleine dies
22/01/2007 15:47 - (SA)

Paris - A former model who inspired one of Belgian singer Jacques Brel's best-loved songs, Madeleine, has died by assisted suicide to escape the ravages of a neurological disease, French newspapers reported on Monday.

The 69 year-old woman - whose name was only given a Madeleine Z - swallowed a cocktail of drugs on January 12 at her home in Alicante, Spain, after taking advice from the Spanish association Right to Die with Dignity (DMD), newspapers said.

Brel wrote his classic song in 1962 about waiting with a bunch of lilies for a cinema date with a girl who fails to turn up.

Half-Jewish, Madeleine Z narrowly escaped deportation during World War II and afterwards frequented Paris's thriving jazz-club scene, where she met Brel and sang with him when he performed in prisons and hospitals.

She later said that an occasion when she stood him up for a date was the inspiration for his song.

01-23-2007, 08:10 AM
Jason M. Dedrick
By Herald staff
Monday, January 22, 2007

Jason M. Dedrick of Cambridge, a retired youth hockey coach, died Friday at home after a lengthy battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was 35.

Born in Somerville, he lived in Cambridge all his life. He graduated from Matignon High School in 1990, where he played baseball, football and hockey.

He also graduated from Curry College, where he was named MIA rookie of the year in hockey.

Mr. Dedrick was a retired youth hockey coach in Wayland and Revere.

He is survived by his parents, Shirley (Lavalle) and Michael of Cambridge; two sisters, Lauren of Medford and Kristen Kelley of Saugus; his grandfather, Francis of Sandwich; one niece; and many aunts, uncles and friends.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. John’s Church, Cambridge.

Burial will be in Cambridge Cemetery.

Arrangements by Keefe Funeral Home, Cambridge.

01-24-2007, 11:44 AM
Cornelius Van Leuven Stewart, a retired attorney, died Jan. 16 of complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, while on a vacation in Belize. The Stevenson resident was 70.
Born and raised in the Eccleston section of Baltimore County, he was a 1954 graduate of Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va., and captain of its wrestling team. He earned a bachelor of arts from Yale University and a law degree from the University of Virginia.

After teaching legal writing at the University of California at Berkeley, he moved to Baltimore and practiced law at the firm of Venable Baetjer and Howard for nearly 30 years. In 1991, he founded the firm of Stewart, Plant and Blumenthal. He retired about four years ago.

Mr. Stewart, known as Van, was a past president and board member of the Irvine Nature Center. He was a former president of the Metropolitan Baltimore Association for Mental Health and Maryland Ballet Company.

He was on the boards of the Baltimore Symphony, Baltimore School for the Arts, Parks and People Foundation and Roland Park Country School.

Services were held Monday at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, where Mr. Stewart was a communicant.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 47 years, the former Clare Horsley; two daughters, Clare Winston Stewart Perry and Lillie Elliotte Stewart, both of Baltimore; two brothers, Cary McHenry Stewart of Baltimore and Warren Emerson Stewart of Fort Collins, Colo.; and five grandchildren. A daughter, Jenett Ten Eyck Stewart, died in 1977.


01-24-2007, 11:47 AM
Obituary: Rivera, 40, flew Marine planes around world before ALS struck

Web Posted: 01/23/2007 09:12 PM CST

Nancy Martinez

Jimmy Rene Rivera, who as a boy stood on a T-ball field and showed more interest in the Air Force planes taking off and landing than the game, died Saturday.
Rivera, who grew up on the West Side with dreams of flying airplanes, died of ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. He was 40.

A graduate of Jefferson High School and the University of Texas at Austin, he was a Marine pilot who also did a two-year stint at United Airlines before joining the Marines again.

"He should have written a book about his life," said his wife, Tammy. "He was such an amazing person. He was an ambitious person and a character on top of that, just a total comedian."

She said Rivera worked on secret missions with the Marines, flying to Israel, Australia and Africa, among other places.

The couple married in 2000 on Pensacola Beach in Florida, where they met two years earlier. He was a flight instructor and had two children from a previous marriage, as did Tammy.

Jimmy Rene Rivera
Born: April 16, 1966, in San Antonio
Died: Jan. 20, 2007, in San Antonio

Military: U.S. Marine Corps

Survived by: His wife, Tammy Rivera; children Natasha, Casey, Victoria, India and Sydney; his mother, Mary Alice Rivera; sisters Ernestine Campos and husband George, and Patricia Rivera; brothers Jesse Rivera and Jacob Rivera; two granddaughters; and many nieces and nephews.

Services: Today at 9:30 a.m. at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower at 824 Kentucky Ave. Committal services will follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery with full military honors.

ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, according to an ALS association Web site. There is no cure.

It was in Africa in December 2004 that Rivera first told his wife about his symptoms. He fell on New Year's Eve and didn't understand why, she said. Then he began to lose his balance, and his legs began feeling heavy.

Rivera was medically retired from the Marines on Dec. 31, 2005, having attained the rank of lieutenant colonel.

"The disease was so aggressive. Some people will have it for 10, 15 years, but he wasn't even diagnosed for two years," Tammy Rivera said. "It takes everything. All of your muscles fail."

She said it wasn't long before her husband, who once ran 6 miles a day, was completely paralyzed.

With a computer from his wheelchair, he tried to keep in touch with military friends across the world and worked out a financial plan for his family for after his death.

"It's the worst disease you can have because the mind stays normal but you are trapped in a paralyzed body. But he never complained," Tammy Rivera said.

He told his wife the most beautiful place he flew over was the Kakadu National Park in Australia. He named his 4-year-old daughter Sydney and asked that his ashes rest at the park.

Rivera's friend Albert Urrabazo, 40, played T-ball with him when they were 6. He remembers Rivera staring at the planes and that his friend was always motivated to meet his goals, even encouraging him to pursue his own.

"At a very young age, he knew he wanted to be a pilot, and he knew the first step was education. I wasn't college-bound and he convinced me to take a look at going to college," said Urrabazo, now an electrical engineer.

"He went with me to take a four-hour entrance test. He didn't even need to take it, but he did it to encourage me."


01-24-2007, 05:37 PM
Cornelius Van Leuven Stewart,

a retired attorney, died Jan. 16 of complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, while on a vacation in Belize.
The Stevenson resident was 70.
Born and raised in the Eccleston section of Baltimore County, he was a 1954 graduate of Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va., and captain of its wrestling team. He earned a bachelor of arts from Yale University and a law degree from the University of Virginia.

After teaching legal writing at the University of California at Berkeley, he moved to Baltimore and practiced law at the firm of Venable Baetjer and Howard for nearly 30 years. In 1991, he founded the firm of Stewart, Plant and Blumenthal. He retired about four years ago.

Mr. Stewart, known as Van, was a past president and board member of the Irvine Nature Center. He was a former president of the Metropolitan Baltimore Association for Mental Health and Maryland Ballet Company.

He was on the boards of the Baltimore Symphony, Baltimore School for the Arts, Parks and People Foundation and Roland Park Country School.

Services were held Monday at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, where Mr. Stewart was a communicant.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 47 years, the former Clare Horsley; two daughters, Clare Winston Stewart Perry and Lillie Elliotte Stewart, both of Baltimore; two brothers, Cary McHenry Stewart of Baltimore and Warren Emerson Stewart of Fort Collins, Colo.; and five grandchildren. A daughter, Jenett Ten Eyck Stewart, died in 1977.

01-25-2007, 11:37 AM
Fayetteville lost one of its biggest theater supporters on Tuesday.

Sarah Burnside, 76, passed away after a two-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Robert James, a fellow board member of TheatreSquared, the local theater group Burnside help start, summed up the city’s loss.

“ It was definitely a great loss of someone who truly loved theater, ” James said.

Burnside had a wellknown passion for theater, and she had a desire to see a strong theater scene in the Fayetteville area. That desire was rewarded on Oct. 20 when she received the firstever Premier Award from TheatreSquared.

Burnside was born Jan. 26, 1930, in what is now Bibanga, Congo. She grew up there and moved to Georgia and in 1951 earned a Bachelor of Arts from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Ga. She married Wade W. Burnside of Mountain Home in 1953. They had one daughter, Carole Bustard-Burnside, and twin sons, Kirk McMillan Burnside and Allen McKee Burnside. She ended up in Seattle, where she had her first stint with the arts.

Burnside enrolled in some drama classes at the University of Washington in 1980 to help fill the extra time after her children left the house. Her husband later decided to move the family back to Northwest Arkansas, and Burnside started working on her Master of Fine Arts in drama at the University of Arkansas, which she finished in 1987.

She worked heavily in the arts during that time. In 1978 she was named the vice president of a theater group called the Kaleidoscope Players. She helped the group set up and perform six showings of “ The Diary of Anne Frank. ”

The group disbanded five years later, and Burnside fed her passion by seeing plays in New York City and London.

Burnside became eventually a big player in the drama scene in Fayetteville. She produced the first-ever locally written theater performance at the Walton Arts Center and worked as the president of the Ozark Stage-Works, helping the group go from one performance a year to three performances a year in 1992.

In 2004, Burnside had her first experience with TheatreSquared. James said her vision and dedication helped the organization get off the ground.

“ She introduced TheatreSquared to the board and its directors, and she even personally hosted a fund-raising dinner at her own house to help it out, ” James said.

James said that involvement was one of the reason she got the Premier Award, and her passion was one of the reasons TheatreSquared survived.

“ She was willing to stand up and fight for what she believed in, ” James said. “ It was a great loss of someone who truly loved theater. ”

There will be a memorial service at 2 p. m. Saturday at First United Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville.

01-26-2007, 05:47 PM
Honors for a veteran

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Disabled United States Marine veteran David Paradis of Townsend lost his battle with Lou Gehrig's disease this month. He was laid to rest in a private Pepperell cemetery plot last Saturday with military honors.

He had asked that the service be kept simple. Nevertheless a sizable crowd gathered reflecting a cross section of the community, from family members to Townsend firefighters in dress uniform.

Paradis was a member of Pepperell VFW Post 3291, whose firing team and chaplain took part in services.

Particularly important to David was the presence of the flag and Marines. His son, Bret, a Marine Corps lieutenant, made sure that happened. Three senior enlisted members of the 25th Marine Regiment from Devens, all Iraqi war veterans, did the honors.

Standing in uniform beside Paradis's wife, Patty, and his brother, Michael (a Townsend firefighter), Bret had the heartbreaking task of standing tall and saluting as the flag that draped his father's coffin was carefully folded and "Taps" was played. David's father and

a brother are veterans as well.
As he had when he was a severely-wounded "tunnel rat" in Vietnam, Paradis continued his struggle to live as his body began shutting down last year. An avid outdoorsman, his quiet request to be able to travel outside his home in a wheelchair became, once discovered, a well-publicized effort by Townsend and Pepperell VFWs to build him a long, wooden access ramp.

Paradis was too sick to fully enjoy the ramp, although it reportedly aided EMTs who were often called to his home.

Patty told Pepperell VFW past commander and fellow Marine, Tony Saboliauskas, that hours before her husband died, he had asked her to take him outside on the wooden ramp so he could see the stars.

Veterans who were involved in the ramp project can take at least some comfort in knowing that David knew people cared.

Bret said one of his father's last words was "Marines."

Semper Fi, David.


Mildred E. "Randy" Riggs, a retired public health nurse, died Tuesday of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, at her Odenton home. She was 76.
Born Mildred Marando in New York City, she was raised in Delmar, Del., where her parents ran a motel.

She was a 1948 Delmar High School graduate and its class valedictorian. She then moved to Baltimore, where she attended Union Memorial Hospital's School of Nursing and earned her diploma in 1951.

She was a public health nurse who traveled throughout the city from a base in West Baltimore. She treated and identified cases of tuberculosis, among other illnesses.

From 1980 to 1995, she served as a clinic staff director for the Anne Arundel County Health Department, first at the Meade Village Center and then at the Odenton Health Center.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Epiphany Episcopal Church, 1419 Odenton Road, Odenton.

Survivors include a son, Robert R. Riggs of Berkeley, Calif.; a daughter, Laura Riggs of Odenton; and three grandchildren. Her huband of nearly 30 years, Joe R. Riggs, who owned a roof truss business, died in 1985.

01-27-2007, 07:02 PM
Carlsbad company president dies
By: PATRICK WRIGHT - Staff Writer

CARLSBAD ---- Fredrica Thode, Hot Dog on a Stick's president and chief executive officer known for her commitment to employees, died recently. She was 64.

Thode (pronounced Toad-ee) died Jan. 13 after battling an advanced case of Lou Gehrig's disease, or Amyothophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

Thode, a Vista resident, spent 27 years with Hot Dog on a Stick, based in Carlsbad. Often referred to as Freddie, she became president of the 61-year-old company in 2001. The company has more than 100 locations that serve lemonade and hot dogs on a stick dipped in cornbread batter.

One company employee said Thode believed that taking care of employees was the key to taking care of customers. She was also known for her garden containing 400 roses. In Thode's honor, Hot Dog on a Stick made a $10,000 donation to the San Diego chapter of the ALS association.

Dan Smith, the company's chief operating officer, becomes the company's new president. No one has been named chief executive officer, according to a release.

Contact staff writer Patrick Wright at (760) 739-6675 or pwright@nctimes.com.

01-30-2007, 09:12 AM

My dear friend Mike

0 comments | Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Last week, a wonderful man named Mike Andrews passed away. He was young, only 45, and had been suffering from ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, for the last four years. His wife Jana was holding his hand when he died. I hope he is at peace now, his rugged, powerful spirit freed from a body that had failed him.
Mike and Jana were my neighbors on Alexander Road in Raleigh, North Carolina, where I lived for six years. Raleigh is the place I still consider more like home than anywhere else I've lived, and Mike and Jana were two big reasons why this otherwise low-key southern American city felt so comfortable. I met them when I interviewed them for a transportation story. Both Sierra Club members and ardent environmentalists, they told me about the short-sightedness of building more major highways instead of public transportation. We ate pizza at Lilly's and, after the policy talk was over, I pelted them with so many personal questions that Mike was taken aback.
"I don't usually talk about that," he said when I, in a particularly undiplomatic and baldly stupid act, asked him about his divorce from his first wife. I had, after all, just met the guy.
"He doesn't," echoed Jana, looking as startled as Mike.
Still, he didn't shove me off and ignore me forever. Instead, we talked again and again, about Bob Mould and Texas and hiking the Linville Gorge and the beauty of the Outer Banks. I loved his sense of humor -- he had the most finely tuned sense of comic timing -- and his devotion to his two lovely, offbeat and grown-up children, Shane and Sarah. I envied him and Jana, both so compatible and full of optimism, but I did not linger on the jealousy. Instead, I was happy to know that love could be something both stable and precious, so incandescent that you marveled it, yet so real that you believed you could have it someday too.
Mike and Jana invited me to dinners and shows and camping trips, brought me Chilean bean stew (Mike's special recipe) when I was too tired to cook, and included me as family on Thanksgiving Day. Mike showed me how to kayak and anonymously mowed my lawn. Good-looking and funny, with a dynamic heart and an athletic sense of life, he was the perfect guy. I secretly wished there was a way to clone him so I, too, could have a handsome husband who kayaked and cooked and practiced environmentalism and told great jokes and said that I was beautiful, as I often heard him telling Jana.
The photo above was taken on Halloween 2002. Mike didn't know he was sick yet, and he had shown up to the party dressed as George Bush, complete with a scary plastic mask that so resembled our evil and dumb president. But the mask got too hot and when Mike took it off and wasn't costumed anymore, Jana came up with a plan to make him a "black-eyed pea." (See the black eye? See the P?) I came dressed as my Cretan grandfather, which nobody got, especially because, as Mike pointed out, my Cretan grandpa likely never wore a see-through blouse that showed off his leopard skin bra.
A few months later, when we were on the remote Outer Banks island of Cape Lookout for a camping trip, Mike started noticing something was wrong with his speech. He thought the slurring had come from the copious drinking on the trip -- God knows, we all drank a lot and at least one of us, a real southern cowboy of a dude, had ended up shirtless and dancing around the campfire, singing "Beth" by Kiss at the top of his lungs -- but then he noticed that it persisted long after the flippy camping trip was over.
After numerous tests, doctors told him that he had ALS, or Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a fatal neurogenerative disease that eventually atrophies the entire body. Those who have ALS remain very sound of mind, but they are trapped in their frozen bodies.
ALS trapped Mike, one of the most physically active people I have ever known, quickly. Within a couple of years, he was in a wheelchair and could not talk. He used a special computer program to type out his thoughts, which included both the serious (about his Sierra Club work, for instance) and the hilarious, such as his amusement over one of his daughter's boyfriends, who made art that consisted of drawing facial hair on tools (think a saw with a mustache and beard, for instance).
"Is he a fruitcake?" he typed the first year I visited Raleigh from my new and uncomfortable home in Greece.
I laughed. "Maybe he is the next big thing," I said.
"Whatever," he typed in response.
The last time I saw him, in early January of last year, we were recounting the fun wedding of our friends Dan and Andrea, who got married over New Year's in a fancy remodeled barn outside of Chapel Hill. Dan and Andrea were overwhelmed when Mike showed up with Jana, who wore a sexy red dress and looked, as Mike typed later, "really hot." Mike was in a wheelchair and he was clearly tired, but he wanted to come. Andrea, not an easily emotional person by any stretch of the imagination, teared up when she saw him.
"We're so happy you came," she told him, as Dan clasped his hand.
And later, he typed: "She looked beautiful. You tell Andrea that she looked beautiful."
I was on a nervous talking spree that last day I saw him, recounting a ridiculous two-CD audio travelogue my friend Alisa and I had made for him the previous year. We had spent a week traveling around Greece, recording everything from waterfalls to old ladies to Canadian tourists to ourselves singing Stevie Wonder songs. We called our microphone "the Mikeaphone" and we tried to invoke the sense of spontaneous fun that lit all our time together in Raleigh.
I missed North Carolina very much, but I also specifically longed for Mike and Jana, and what they represented -- the bond that only friends who truly love you can offer.
In my avalanched words, I tried to tell him so, but it was coming out incoherently. But he picked up on my sentiment, if not my warbled sentences.
"We miss you Joanna," Mike typed in his last message to me that day. "Come back home."
Surprising myself -- because I tried to act all happy around Mike when I saw him -- I started to weep and tried to cover it up by laughing, to mixed success. I had this strange and unsettling feeling that I would never see him again.
And I did not.
When I visited again in September, he was too weak to visit. And when Jana sent me an email last week telling me he was gone, I fell into the warmth of the past, not wanting to believe that Mike was dead. When I read his obituary in my old newspaper -- he and Jana were devoted readers -- and saw a particularly gorgeous photo of him in scuba gear, I started to smile then cracked into tears. It was 2 a.m. in Athens at the time, and I was sitting in my room, wishing so much that I could whip myself back in time to that camping trip on Cape Lookout, when we made scary jack-o-lanterns and laughed in glee with dear David the drunk cowboy, who eventually switched from Kiss to Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide" in his free-form serenade.
Over the last few days, I've been thinking a lot about Mike. I made his Chilean bean stew, recalled the Nick Drake song "From the Morning" that I had dedicated to him and Jana when they got married on Ocracoke island in the Outer Banks, and remembered how I made him dance with me once at a party, much to his chagrin. ("Is this music?" he wondered as I played a truly ridiculous Greek techno song and flailed around like an epileptic cowgirl.)
And I remembered the evening in Ocracoke just before the wedding, when a group of us were eating grilled fish and white trash sushi (filled with something like fish sticks and potato chips), as Jana's best friend Roommate and Roommate's man Fritz, playing guitar, sang funny songs. Mike laughed so heartily and looked so handsome, a Robert Redford from Texas, and he would not take his eyes off Jana. She was tan and her hair was that golden blond of the outdoorswoman, her eyes glittering as she sang and laughed with Roommate.
Some days before, he had proposed to her at the home they shared on Alexander Road, dropping on one knee and holding a rose. Of course, she said yes.
"You're beautiful," he told her that night, and then again and again.
And you're beautiful, too, Mike. May you rest in peace.

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01-31-2007, 09:06 AM
Teacher's legacy lives again for 100th day

Mitchell Elementary School third-graders from left, Erik Martinez, 9, Roman Munoz, 9, Samantha Montoya, 8, and Annessa Henderson, 8, react to a display of 100 earth-worms during a celebration of the 100th day of school in the Atwater School District.

By Abby Souza

Last Updated: January 31, 2007, 12:30:51 AM PST

ATWATER -- One hundred discarded socks, macaroni shells, candles on a cake and live worms were just some of the items exhibited at Mitchell K-6 Elementary School on Tuesday.
In honor of its 100th day of school, each class at the Atwater campus collected 100 of something to put on display.

The celebration also was held to celebrate the life of Barbara Smith, a teacher in the Atwater Elementary School District for 17 years who died Jan. 20 of Lou Gehrig's disease.

A kindergarten teacher for 15 years there, the 54-year-old Smith always made a big deal of the 100th day of school.

"This is her kind of thing," said Shelley Bowen, a sixth-grade teacher at Mitchell. "(The celebration) really incorporates her spirit."

Every class got involved in the celebration, both collecting items and touring the campus to view the displays in front of each classroom.

Students took special interest in all the food exhibits. Doughnuts, candy bars, soda cans, and Fruit Loops caught many students' eyes and stomachs.

But the favorite display was undoubtedly the night crawlers that second-grade teacher Mike Powell had sitting in front of his classroom.

Sixth-grader Tim Janz, 11, said those worms were his favorite.

"They're cool," he said, watching the night crawlers move through the mud in their plastic jar.

Bowen said while the 100th day celebration is usually a kindergarten and first-grade activity, many teachers have found ways to incorporate it into their curriculum.

"My students will be writing about this later," she said.

The assignment will be to describe their favorite collection on display at school Tuesday and what they would suggest for a 100-piece collection of their own.

"How about 100 gallons of battery acid," said Bowen's student, 11-year-old Cody Baron.

Baron said he liked the marshmallows the best.

"They should collect 100 more," Janz chimed in.

Bowen said conversations about the collections continued in her classroom after the tour.

"Students were amazed that 100 macaroni shells were so minute compared to other things," she said.

Activities like this that make learning fun were right up Smith's alley, Bowen said.

"If we had any event, Barbara was there," Bowen said, remembering Smith's bunny and clown costumes she would wear to school.

She also enjoyed dressing up as a queen when her class was studying the letter Q, Bowen said.

"Kindergarten was her life," she said.

Third-grade Mitchell Elementary School teacher Gina Peters said Smith took a medical retirement last year when her disease made it too difficult to teach.

"She wouldn't have retired yet," if not for her health, Peters said.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis -- or Lou Gehrig's disease -- attacks motor neurons throughout the body, destroying the brain and spinal cord.

A memorial service was held for Smith on Thursday afternoon, but Tuesday's event was just as much of a memorial as anything else, Bowen said.

"This is a wonderful way for the kids to remember her," she said.

Reporter Abby Souza can be reached at 385-2407 or asouza@mercedsun-star.com.


Inspired by ex-head's sporting prowess
A MAN whose sporting prowess and exceptional leadership skills encouraged hundreds of people to push themselves to the limit, whether walking, playing badminton or cross country ski-ing, has died.
Ralph Bailey (77), a former teacher and headmaster, died peacefully surrounded by his family in Clitheroe Hospital on Saturday.
Mr Bailey was dealt a huge blow two years ago when he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease.
Despite the rapid onset of the illness, he remained resolutely determined to fight it until the end, continuing with his regular bridge playing sessions until just a few weeks ago.
Born and raised in Accrington, he grew to love the Ribble Valley as a young man, enjoying frequent camping expeditions into the area as a King's Scout and exploring the narrow country lanes on his bicycle.
He attended Accrington Grammar School and Cambridge University where he obtained a degree in geography. His first post was at ICI prior to embarking on a career in teaching. He taught in Stockport, then at Whitefield School during which time his family lived in Mellor, on the Cheshire and Derbyshire border.
He was delighted to be offered the post as head of his old school, Accrington Grammar and to be able to move to Clitheroe. He continued his headship of the school, leading it into a new era as a comprehensive at which time it was renamed Moorhead High School.
He retired in 1983 having spent 28 years in teaching and embarked on a new life travelling abroad as a walk leader and ski instructor with local company Alpine Overland, Waymark and with Guide Dogs for the Blind.
He thoroughly enjoyed all three, but particularly the latter and, although he was held in great regard by all his customers, it was the blind and partially sighted skiers whose lives were especially enriched by Mr Bailey's teaching and ski-ing skills. 0He was passionate about the outdoors and in particular the garden he created at his Barrow home.
A member of Mellor and then Clitheroe Golf Club, he achieved his ambition to have a single figure handicap by the age of 65. He was a former member of Empress Squash Club and a former chairman of the Lancashire Schools' Badminton Association.
During Army National Service he played football for Wrexham and gained a half blue at university for football. Tennis was another of his loves, along with bird-watching.
A long-time member of Clitheroe Concerts Society, he appreciated classical music and was particularly pleased to be able to attend Clitheroe's Last Night of the Proms again with his family in 2006. A member of Clitheroe and Great Harwood Bridge Clubs, he played several times a week until recently.
A private family burial on Tuesday will be followed by a service of thanksgiving at Trinity Methodist Church, Clitheroe at 2 p.m.

01 February 2007

02-06-2007, 09:28 AM
Dolores M. Kuehl

Dolores M. Kuehl, 81, formerly of Reeseville, passed away on February 4th in her new home at Charleston House Assisted Living Apartments, Beaver Dam, after a sudden and brief battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), surrounded by her immediate family.

She enjoyed good health through her 80th birthday party, which she celebrated with nearly 200 family and friends in May 2005.

Dolores was born on July 13, 1925 in the Town of Lowell, the daughter of Edward and Adeline (Vick) Lau. She graduated from Reeseville High School in 1942. On June 23, 1945 she married Carl A. Kuehl at Trinity Lutheran Church, Reeseville.

Following their marriage the couple resided briefly in rural Reeseville, and then lived the rest of their lives in the Village of Reeseville.

She was a cook for Dodgeland School District for over 30 years, cooking and baking at the old Reeseville Middle School on the southern village limits, then at Clyman Elementary, and finally at the Dodgeland Middle School on the northern city limits of Reeseville. Dolores was a devoted member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Reeseville and served in many of its organizations including Choir, Ladies Aid, Altar Guild, and as a Sunday School and Vacation Bible School teacher. She was a member of Reeseville's American Legion Auxiliary Unit #190. Dolores enjoyed cooking and baking and was well known for her yeast breads and rolls. She was an avid bowler both on a women's league in Reeseville and on a mixed couples' league in Watertown with her husband, Carl, and many friends. She was a very loving, caring person and a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. She will be sadly missed and mourned by many.

She is survived by two daughters, Bonnie (Howard) Kulke of Waterloo and Connie (Al) Mintzlaff of Reeseville; one son, Greg (Anne) Kuehl of Kiel; eight grandchildren, Stephanie (Jackson Wilson) Kulke of Evanston, IL, Christopher Kulke of Necedah, WI, Erik Kulke of Milwaukee, WI, Matthew (Kira) Weier of Minneapolis, MN, Vanessa Kuehl of Madison, WI, Adam Kuehl of Milwaukee, WI, and Christina and Alexandra Kuehl of Kiel, WI. She had three great-grandchildren, Alice Wilson of Evanston, IL and Logan and Ian Weier of Minneapolis, MN. Dolores is also survived by one brother, Edward (Pat) Lau of Bellingham, WA, one sister-in-law, Ione (Gilbert) Kuehl of Madison, WI as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends. She also made many brand new friends with the residents at Charleston House in Beaver Dam.

Special thanks to daughter-in-law, Anne Kuehl, for her compassionate nursing, and to Gail and staff of Charleston House for their exceptional daily care and support of Dolores as well as her family.

Carl Kuehl, her loving husband, preceded Dolores in death in May 1989. Also preceding her in death were two brothers, Alfred (Mary Lou) Lau in June 1980 and Henry (Marie) Lau in December 1993, and two sisters, Anita (Howard) Miller, in August 1989 and Marie (M.J.) Straseske, in November 2001.

Friends and relatives may call on the family at Murray Funeral Home in Reeseville on Thursday, February 8, 2007 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. They may also pay their respects at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 210 Lincoln Avenue in Reeseville from 10:00 AM until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 AM. with Rev. Donald Steinberg officiating. Burial will follow at Reeseville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated.

The Murray Funeral Home of Reeseville is serving the family.

Murray Funeral Home 214 S. Main St. Reeseville, WI 53579, 920-927-5502, www.MurrayFH.com

The Sheboygan Press

February 6, 2007

02-06-2007, 05:26 PM
Islander Jim Peterka loses battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease


Originally published — 2:30 p.m., February 6, 2007
Updated — 4:34 p.m., February 6, 2007

Friends will remember him as an amiable, soft-spoken man who dedicated the latter part of his life to an island community he came to love and serve.

Submitted photo

Jim Peterka as he will be remembered by friends and family. The prolific Marco Island volunteer, ex Air Force man and husband of Monica Peterka died Sunday after a three-year battle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
Colleagues will remember him as an Air Force Colonel and combat pilot who switched to the operational side of commercial aviation to hold more than half a dozen senior positions countrywide in a career that spanned more than 40 years.

And, his wife will remember him as a loving spouse who remained cheerful and upbeat right up until this past Sunday when he finally succumbed to a three-year battle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

It had been a special weekend for Jim Peterka, said his wife Monica. Under hospice care at home for the previous two weeks, the twosome decided to enjoy a “snow” day together on Saturday evening because of the cold snap that had hit Marco Island.

“He suggested the snow day,” Monica Peterka said. “It’s what they do up north when it gets really cold. So, we watched movies, and had some wine and pizza. We watched Little Miss Sunshine, and The Devil Wears Prada.”

The next morning, she said, her husband lost the fight.

That fight, said Sandi Riedemann-Lazarus represented the ultimate in stoicism and bravery.

Riedemann-Lazarus, who is Executive Director of the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce, said Peterka had been a member of the inaugural Leadership Marco program in 2002.

“He was a great supporter of the Chamber, and all of our events,” Riedemann-Lazarus said. “Everybody knew about his illness, and that he always had a smile throughout.”

Former Chamber President Pat Neale agreed.

“He was always his old self, amazingly so,” Neale said. “He was at a Chamber After 5 gathering as recently as this January.”

Monica Peterka said she and Jim had been lifelong friends in Maryland, but had both raised their own families.

“I didn’t realize for all that time that I was in love with the guy,” she said.

Redemption came in 1997 when their paths crossed again, and they married in 1997, a year before moving to Marco Island.

In his final career move, Jim Peterka served as Senior Facilities Manager at Southwest Florida International Airport, and was directly responsible for all planning, programming, budgeting and management of the airport facilities program.

He retired in June, 2003, and was diagnosed with ALS four months later.

Monica Peterka said it was typical of her husband that before his death he stipulated samples of his DNA should be used for researching the dreaded disease.

“He said he just hoped it might help somebody else,” she said.

Jim Peterka, who is eligible for a burial with full military honors, was 66. A memorial service is planned for this Friday on Marco Island, with details to follow.

02-07-2007, 12:31 PM

Cosovich, Hoover Institution adviser, dies

Jon C. Cosovich, who worked as a development officer at the university and later as a senior adviser to the director of the Hoover Institution, died Jan. 24 at his home in San Francisco. He was 71.

Cosovich had been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a neurodegenerative disease also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, in 2003.

Born June 19, 1935, in Astoria, Ore., Cosovich attended Stanford, graduating in 1957 with a degree in political science. He also met his classmate and future wife, Katharine "Timmie" Getchell, at the university. The couple married in 1960.

Cosovich began working at Stanford as a development officer in 1961. He left in 1983 to become vice president for development at the University of Michigan. From 1996 until recently, he served as senior adviser on development matters to the director of the Hoover Institution.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by brothers Peter Cosovich of San Francisco and Alan Cosovich of Seaside, Ore.; sons Charles Cosovich of Burlingame and Peter Cosovich of Phoenix, Ariz.; daughter Sarah Cosovich of San Francisco; and four grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Cosovich's memory may be made to Stanford University Memorial Gift-Jon Cosovich, 326 Galvez St., Stanford, CA 94305-6105, and to Forbes Norris ALS Research Center, 2324 Sacramento St., Suite 150, San Francisco, CA 94115.

02-07-2007, 12:38 PM
Pack Hall of Famer loses battle with ALS

Friends and family remembered John Ramatici for his strength, courage and unwavering spirit during his 16-month battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

"I probably have to say the most remarkable part of the whole process was, here's a guy who was given a death sentence, and to the very, very end he was still able to smile," his brother, Paul, said Tuesday. "He was just happy. He never pitied himself, never once said, 'Why me?' He was truly amazing."

Ramatici, a former Kodak All-American linebacker at Nevada (1980-81), died Sunday at his home in Petaluma, Calif. He was 46.

"I think John was probably in a lot more pain than people thought," said longtime friend and Reno resident Bubba Melcher, who was a teammate and graduate assistant coach with Ramatici while at Nevada. "It's one of those things, you're so thankful it's over. On the other hand you're going to miss the guy for the rest of your life.

"If there is such a thing as making this process easy, John was able to do that."

Chris Ault was in his fifth year as head coach of the Pack when Ramatici joined the team.

Ramatici is the second former Pack player in recent months to die at a young age. Former lineman Deron Thorp died of a heart attack on Nov. 4. He was 34.

"My memories of John Ramatici are crystal clear of a wonderful person who was a great Wolf Pack football player and a tremendous human being," Ault said. "It's really tough. Last fall, Deron Thorp passed away. It certainly sparks vivid memories of the times when they were with you.

"All of our love and prayers go to John and his family. He'll be dearly missed and fondly remembered by the Wolf Pack."

Melcher, whose friendship with Ramatici was rekindled in recent years as both got into competitive cycling, said he made frequent trips to Petaluma in recent months to see Ramatici, and he always left in awe. The visits were inspiring, Melcher said. Having to leave was difficult.

"When he cries he has trouble breathing," Melcher said. "So you tell yourself, 'Don't cry.' Yeah, right."

Melcher said he asked a friend, John Bedell, to help him build a wheelchair ramp for Ramatici a couple weeks ago. Bedell is a contractor who lives in the Bay Area.

"We're building the ramp and John comes out with this big smile on his face," Melcher said. "He was just so appreciative."

Melcher said he called Bedell on Sunday to tell him of Ramatici's death, and Bedell told Melcher how Ramatici had changed his life.

"Here's this guy in a wheelchair. (Bedell) looks up and there's a smile on his face," Melcher said. "John (Bedell) said, 'I just don't know if I could smile. It just really changed my life.'

"That's the message that John Ramatici sent."

Ramatici, who is the Wolf Pack career leader in tackles over a two-year period (279), was in Reno in October for the hall of fame ceremonies. He was inducted on Oct. 21. A few weeks prior to that he went to a Michigan State football game in Lansing, Mich., as a guest of Spartan coach John L. Smith.

Smith, who was fired after the season, was Ramatici's position coach at Nevada, and the two remained close friends. Melcher said Ramatici's condition worsened soon after his induction.

"(The trip to) Michigan State and the Hall of Fame weekend, that was pretty much his last hurrah, if you will," Melcher said. "He spent Thanksgiving and Christmas with his family in Petaluma."

Paul Ramatici said John awoke Sunday in pain, and hospice nurses wanted to give him morphine.

"He said no," Paul said. "He wanted to watch the Super Bowl. So he watched the Super Bowl, and then about an hour later he passed."

John Ramatici and his wife, Michelle, started a Web site (jandmramatici.com) soon after he was diagnosed.

"For over a year, that's how he kept people abreast," Paul said. "It was straight up and from the heart. He didn't candy-coat it."

Ramatici, who was vice president and co-owner of Don Ramatici Insurance, is survived by his wife and their son, Natale, 10. Ramatici had three children from a previous marriage, Kylie Ramatici, Jake Ramatici and Brittany Freitas, all of Reno. He is also survived by his parents, Don and Jan Ramatici; sisters Donna Ramatici, Susan Powers and Joan Johnson; brother, Paul Ramatici; and numerous aunts, uncles, nephews and nieces.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at Parent-Sorensen Mortuary & Crematory in Petaluma. A vigil service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Petaluma. A funeral mass is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Friday at St. Vincent de Paul.

The family has asked that memorials be made to the Hospice of Petaluma or the ALS Association, Greater Bay Area Chapter.

'Wobble Club' man loses illness battle
08 February 2007
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Harmen pictured in March 2005
BRAVE Motor Neurone Disease sufferer Harmen van Rijs, whose illness resulted in thousands of pounds being raised for research into the neurological disease, died on Sunday.

Harmen, aged 43, who had moved from Sandridge to a specially -adapted bungalow in Kimpton prior to his death in the Hospice of St Francis in Berkhamsted, was the inspiration behind The Wobbly Club.

It was set up with his wife Helen to raise awareness and funds for Motor Neurone Disease (MND) research and events such as a quiz night, a horse show, a picnic-in-the-paddock and a sponsored walk by Helen's brother helped raise a total of £13,360.

The Wobbly Club got its name because Helen told friends that even before Harmen had been diagnosed with the illness, he had wobbly legs. The couple had married in 2001 and ever since Helen knew him, he had suffered from a bad knee.


But it took a local physiotherapist to recognise that the problem lay with his central nervous system and he was finally diagnosed with MND.

For some time after his diagnosis, Dutch-born Harmen continued to work as a global risk accountant in London, driving himself into the capital in a hand-controlled car.

The couple eventually moved to Kimpton where Helen gave up work to care for her husband. When his care became too much to cope with at home, he went into the hospice where he died on Sunday with Helen at his bedside.

Helen said this week: "The people there were truly amazing and allowed me just to be his wife rather than his carer. He died as I stroked his face and once at rest became the beautiful man I married."

Harmen's funeral is being held at Garson Crematorium at 1.20pm on Saturday and the family has asked mourners to wear blue and be dressed in something comfortable and casual. Donations in his memory can be made to the Hospice of St Francis via www.justgiving.com/harmen

02-09-2007, 03:13 PM
Christopher Blaker, prominent New York layperson, dies of pneumonia

Friday, February 09, 2007

[Episcopal News Service] Christopher Den Blaker, an ardent layperson in the Episcopal Church, died February 3 at his residence in New York City, of complications due to pneumonia. He was 57.

His remains were cremated on February 6. A service of celebration and thanksgiving for his life will be held April 15, Blaker's birth date, at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 240 E. 31st Street, New York City.

Blaker, who had battled Lou Gehrig's disease for more than 10 years, was an accomplished and multi-talented craftsman, sculptor, silversmith, painter and photographer. Two of his finest artistic pieces are a moving processional cross commissioned by historic All Hallows–By-The-Tower, in London, and a chalice presented by the delegation from the National Council of Churches of the United States to the China Christian Council in Shanghai, on their first visit to China in 1982.

In the Episcopal Asiamerica Ministry (EAM) community, he is remembered as the designer and crafter of the EAM Cross, which features a distinctive lotus flower in the center of the cross, an adaptation of the symbol of the historic Nestorian Christianity in China, one of the earliest contextualizations of Christianity in Asia.

Blaker had a deep interest in helping and advancing the works of the EAM, especially the scholarship for seminarians, youth and young adult ministries.

"Chris saw his life as an instrument used by God in expressing and illuminating spiritual truths in the patterns and rhythms of life through his art," said the Rev. Dr. Winfred Vergara, director of Ethnic Congregational Development and missioner of Asian American Ministries for the Episcopal Church. "When asked of his life, talent or artistry he would refer to himself as a 'glove on the hand of God.'"

Blaker is survived by his sister, Dr. Laura Den Blaker, his brother, Peter Den Blaker, and companion the Rev. Dr. Winston Ching.

02-10-2007, 11:41 AM
Attorney Duncan remembered for being trustworthy, respected
SEAN P. FLYNN, Staff Writer
Published February 10, 2007

Attorney Mike Duncan died Thursday as a result of Lou Gerhig's Disease.
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Michael N. Duncan was always one of the most trustworthy and respected people that Charlie Jones ever knew.

"If Mike told you something, you didn't have to worry about it," Jones said. "It's like they say, 'his word is his bond,' and it was for Mike."

Duncan, a prominent Spartanburg lawyer, died Thursday night of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. He was 55.

Duncan graduated from Spartanburg High School in 1969, and attended The Citadel before transferring to Wofford College, where he graduated in 1973. He graduated from the University of South Carolina Law School in 1976 and practiced law in Spartanburg for 29 years, most recently at the firm Duncan & Phillips.

Duncan also served as a deacon at First Baptist Church, a municipal judge in Chesnee and the city attorney for Wellford.

He is survived by his mother, Alliene Layton Duncan, his wife Helen Maria "Rie" Boniface Duncan, his brother Bill and four children --Virginia, Elizabeth, Mary and David.

The family will receive friends at his residence on Arbor Road on Sunday afternoon, and a funeral service will be held Monday at First Baptist.

At Spartanburg High, he was a football player and active in student government.

"He always kept such good care of himself, even into his diagnosis," said Terrell Ball, the associate director of admissions at Wofford, who graduated with Duncan from Spartanburg High and Wofford. In high school, "he was a top athlete, and he was very well known in school, very popular."

Duncan's great-great-grandfather came to Spartanburg when he was hired as the first professor at Wofford College. His grandfather donated the land that became Duncan Park.

Jones met Duncan in the 10th grade, and the two graduated from high school, college and law school together. They eventually practiced law together for many years.

Duncan was an accomplished athlete at Spartanburg High and remained active throughout his life. He was diagnosed with ALS, a degenerative neurological disease, in June of 2005.

"You know somebody that long, see him almost every day, five or six days a week, it's hard to imagine that anything will happen to him," Jones said. "You're not going to imagine he won't be around."

Sean P. Flynn can be reached at 562-7426 or sean.flynn@shj.com.

02-10-2007, 06:43 PM

John Bell sadly passed away today - 10 February 2007 - at his home near Sheffield, at the age of 32. He had lived with Motor Neurone Disease for almost six years.

By sharing his journey with others, John did so much to raise awareness of MND and support for the MND Association. He was also a loving husband to Charlotte, and a devoted father of two wonderful young boys - Samuel and Gabriel. Our thoughts are with them now.
Posted: Sat Feb 10, 2007 3:39 pm Post subject: Johns Journey


hi all,

It is with great sadness that I tell you that Johns journey sadly ended at 0130 this morning, He died at home surrounded by his family just as he wanted.

I cannot say how proud I am or was of John and his courageous fight against this dreadful illness and thankyou all for your support as we have battled our way through this nightmare.

John like many of you was one of lifes most admirable people and fought this illness to the bitter end with sheer detirmination and spirit and I am proud to have been a major part of his life, JOhn was one of lifes unspoken heros.

I wish all of you good luck in your own journeys and will assist wherever possible to strive and help us find a cure for this evil illness.

Charlotte x


'John's journey' at an end for brave battler

John Bell

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A YOUNG dad who battled for almost six years against Motor Neurone Disease has lost his brave fight for life.

John Bell, aged 32, from Killamarsh, near Sheffield, was diagnosed with the degenerative disease - which also affects Professor Stephen Hawking - at the unusually young age of just 27.
Although the news was devastating, he was determined to use his experiences to help others.
Motor Neurone Disease usually affects people over 40, causes progressive paralysis as the muscles stop working, and the average life expectancy is only between 18 months to five years from diagnosis.
But John - who had been signed to Sheffield Hallam FC as a semi-professional and had ambitions to play for Manchester United - agreed to talk publicly with his wife Charlotte about the disease which had turned their lives upside down.
Star readers took the couple to their hearts and raised thousands of pounds to enable John to fly to China for experimental stem cell treatment. It was hoped the treatment would slow or even reverse the condition. Sadly there was no dramatic improvement for the father-of-two.
The couple then decided to speak out to a wider audience by taking part in a national campaign to raise awareness of the disease that robs sufferers of their ability to move, speak or swallow - even though their intellect remains intact.
Posters showing John as a healthy young man and keen footballer, and then in a wheelchair as a result of his condition, featured in the Motor Neurone Disease Association's 'John's Journey' campaign.
John wrote movingly about his experiences on the internet, using specialised computer equipment when he could no longer speak.
The campaign helped double public awareness and resulted in £100,000 of additional donations for the charity.
Charlotte, 32, today paid tribute to her husband's courage and said: "John was one of life's most admirable people and fought his illness to the bitter end with sheer determination and spirit.
"He battled so bravely for six years, and found ways of carrying on without each thing that Motor Neurone Disease took from him. Above all, he turned the darkest moments into light ones with his constant humour, without which I doubt either of us could have carried on."
She added: "John was the most handsome man I ever met, he was brave and kind, and most of all he was my silent, unspoken hero. I am proud to have been a major part of his life."
The couple have two sons Samuel, aged five, and Gabriel, two.
Dr Kirstine Knox, chief executive of the Motor Neurone Disease Association, praised the couple's courage and said: "John's contribution to raising awareness, and of the need to cure this cruel disease, cannot be overstated."
Hundreds of people sent messages of support to the website including Prime Minister Tony Blair, Tory leader David Cameron MP, actor Jude Law, Lord Archer, Christine Hamilton and MND Association President Lembit Öpik MP.
His last online entry was on December 7 last year, when he was no longer well enough to be photographed for the website and told his readers: "I have been having a difficult few weeks."
But he added: "Aside from all this we cannot wait till Christmas. The kids are beside themselves with excitement. I cannot wait to see their faces on Christmas morning."
Log on to www.johnsjourney.org for more information.
Last Updated: 14 February 2007

02-14-2007, 12:28 PM
An economics instructor who might have taught more students than any other teacher at K-State has died.
Roger Trenary, instructor of economics and director of undergraduate studies, died at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday in his home at the age of 60 after a long battle with Lou Gehrig's disease. He was diagnosed with the degenerative nerve disease, also called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, in 2003.

A memorial will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at All Faiths Chapel.

During his 29-year career at K-State, Trenary taught an estimated 24,000 students in an introductory economics course and many other classes. He won a number of teaching awards, including the Commerce Bank Teaching Award and the university-wide Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence in 1998. He also won the Stamey Award for outstanding teaching in the College of Arts and Sciences four times.

"It's a huge loss to the university," said Bob Shoop, professor of educational leadership and a close friend of Trenary's. "As a professor I believe there has never been an instructor who was more dedicated to the education of every student in his class."

Trenary leaves behind an endowment of more than $600,000, initiated and funded largely by former students for the Trenary Chair in Economics in his memory. Friends, family and colleagues, including President Jon Wefald, also gave to the fund.

Shoop said Trenary continued to teach for as long as he was physically able, until the end of last school year.

"He decided he wasn't going to have any heroic methods used," Shoop said. "He knew it was terminal. When it started getting bad, he refused any intravenous feeding or anything like that."

Trenary was born on Feb. 27, 1946 in Detroit, Mich., to Mary Lee Trenary and the late Glenn Trenary. He was preceded in death by his father, and sister, Carol Trenary. He is survived by his wife, Kate Philp; son, Ben, senior in pre-professional secondary education, and his fiancée, Trish Gott, senior in modern languages; brother, Robert Trenary of Farmington, Mich.; and his mother of Michigan.

Trenary came to K-State in 1977 after earning bachelor's and master's degrees from Wayne State University in Detroit.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the KSU Foundation Trenary Chair in Economics, the ALS Society, or the Roger Trenary Tennis and Education Fund, Manhattan Community Foundation.

02-15-2007, 08:09 AM
Eugene E. Ziolkowski

Eugene E. "Gene" Ziolkowski, 63, of 3205 N. 28th Street, died Wednesday afternoon, February 14, 2007 of ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) at St. Nicholas Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

Gene was born May 30, 1943 in Green Bay, WI. His family lived in Armstrong Creek where he attended local schools. He was a graduate of Goodman High School, Class of 1961.

On October 14, 1961 Gene and Rita Hupf were united in marriage.

Gene attended technical school in Chicago, IL where he worked at Standard Oil Co as an IBM processor for a few years. He relocated to Sheboygan where he was employed at Kohler Co. as an engine technician for thirty-nine years, retiring in December, 2005.

He was a faithful member of Ss. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Parish. He was a member of the Kohler Quarter Century Club.

Gene was an avid outdoorsman whose passion was Musky fishing with his family. He participated in many fishing tournaments and loved his trailer on Pelican Lake. He also enjoyed hunting and reloading ammunition for his family and friends. Gene took pride in gardening and also liked leathercrafting.

In addition to his loving wife of forty-five years, Rita, Gene is survived by his son, Robert (Theresa) Ziolkowski of Menomonee Falls, WI; two daughters, Tina (David) Castellan and Gina (Haris) Mackic, both of Sheboygan; seven grandchildren, David and Robert Ziolkowski, David and Aaron Castellan, Brittani and Austin Garcia, and Emin Mackic; one great-grandddaughter, Analicia Cilia; one sister, Patricia (Dave) Rhode of Arkansas; other relatives and friends; and his dog, Scruffy.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Adeline Kleszewski.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:00 A.M. Saturday, February 17, 2007 at Ss. Cyril & Methodius Catholic by Rev. Glenn Powers, Pastor. A time of visitation and support will be held Friday evening at Ballhorn Chapels from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. and at the church Saturday morning from 10:00 A.M. until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in his name for ALS Research and Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Gene's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Detrana, the nursing staff at St. Nicholas Hospital, the St. Nicholas Hospital Home Health & Hospice, and VNA for the wonderful care and support they gave to Gene and his entire family.

Gene will always be remembered as a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. His legacy of love will live on in his family and friends.

Email condolences to support@ballhornchapels.com

The Sheboygan Press

February 15, 2007

02-16-2007, 08:14 AM
La. 'lost a giant in the field of public education'
February 15, 2007

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Maurice. Entombment will be in the church mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers, Picard's family has asked that memorial contributions be made in his name to The Cecil Picard Endowment Fund, benefiting the Early Childhood Development Center at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

LAFAYETTE - Louisiana Education Superintedent Cecil J. Picard died this afternoon “after a mighty fight against a heartbreaking disease," says a statement from his family. He was 69.

Picard, superintendent since April 1996, had planned to resign May 1 because of amytrophic lateral sclerosis, known as Lou Gehrig's disease. He was diagnosed in May 2005.

"Today Louisiana lost a giant in the field of public education," Gov. Kathleen Blanco said. "Cecil Picard was passionate about and dedicated to Louisiana's children. He leaves behind a rich legacy of service that includes expanding quality education to all Louisianans, from pre-K through high school."

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted earlier this week to name an interim superintendent next month.

The state Education Department released the statement from Picard's son Tyron Picard.

"In his final days he was surrounded by our family and his closest friends who all knew of his love for the state of Louisiana and especially its children," he wrote. "As a family, we ask that the public respect our privacy as we mourn his loss. We ... hope that all who loved him will join us in remembering this great educator and statesman.”

Cecil Picard, from French Settlement, had been a state senator for 18 1/2 years when BESE chose him unanimously over two other finalists to replace Ray Arveson, who was retiring. Picard applied after losing a race for state Senate president.

"Cecil helped guide this state through some tremendous education reform that positions Louisiana as one of the national leaders," BESE member Leslie Jacobs said.

She said some of her favorite memories of Picard are of their joint press conferences. "I guess the analogy would be that I was the play-by-play commentary and Cecil was the color commentary. I would be pretty factual and dry, and Cecil would add color to the presentation."

Once, she said, he brought a prescription bottle and said they had the cure for problems in education.

"Cecil was an elected official for a very long time, and he was a Cajun. And he brought that skill set to the job," Jacobs said.

He also had been a teacher, coach, principal and a legislative floor leader on education issues for several governors.

Jacobs said Picard changed the state Education Department from one of the nation's worst to one of the nation's best. Its response after hurricanes Katrina and Rita shows its quality, she said.

"We had to get transcripts for all 50 states. We had to help displaced teachers. We had to get help to the districts. And there was very little complaining that the department wasn't responsive."

Jacobs said the department's testing, school accountability and its work to improve teacher quality all have been praised. "The state board of education may pass policy. But what makes quality is how it's implemented."

Picard was not a "detail person" but was extremely good at choosing staffers, Jacobs said. "These reforms don't happen unless you have a lot of good people in key positions."

In addition to his son, Picard's survivors include his wife, Gaylen David Picard, another son, Mark Picard, and four grandchildren.

02-16-2007, 08:26 AM
Eugene E. "Gene" Ziolkowski

Eugene E. "Gene" Ziolkowski, 63, of 3205 N. 28th Street, died Wednesday afternoon, February 14, 2007 of ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) at St. Nicholas Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

Gene was born May 30, 1943 in Green Bay, WI. His family lived in Armstrong Creek where he attended local schools. He was a graduate of Goodman High School, Class of 1961. On October 14, 1961 Gene and Rita Hupf were united in marriage.

Gene attended technical school in Chicago, IL where he worked at Standard Oil Co as an IBM processor for a few years. He relocat-ed to Sheboygan where he was employed at Kohler Co. as an engine technician for thirty-nine years, retiring in December, 2005.

He was a faithful member of Ss. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Parish. He was a member of the Kohler Quarter Century Club.

Gene was an avid outdoorsman whose passion was Musky fishing with his family. He participated in many fishing tournaments and loved his trailer on Pelican Lake. He also enjoyed hunting and reloading ammunition for his family and friends. Gene took pride in gardening and also liked leathercrafting.

In addition to his loving wife of forty-five years, Rita, Gene is sur-vived by his son, Robert (Theresa) Ziolkowski of Menomonee Falls, WI; two daughters, Tina (David) Castellan and Gina (Haris) Mackic, both of Sheboygan; seven grandchildren, David and Robert Ziolkowski, David and Aaron Castellan, Brittani and Austin Gar-cia, and Emin Mackic; one great-grandddaughter, Analicia Cilia; one sister, Patricia (Dave) Rhode of Arkansas; other relatives and friends; and his dog, Scruffy.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Adeline Kleszewski.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:00 A.M. Saturday, February 17, 2007 at Ss. Cyril & Methodius Catholic by Rev. Glenn Powers, Pastor. A time of visitation and support will be held today at Ballhorn Chapels from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. and at the church Saturday morning from 10:00 A.M. until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in his name for ALS Research and Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Gene's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Detrana, the nursing staff at St. Nicholas Hospital, the St. Nicholas Hospital Home Health & Hospice, and VNA for the wonderful care and support they gave to Gene and his entire family.

Gene will always be remembered as a wonderful husband, fa-ther, grandfather, and great-grand-father. His legacy of love will live on in his family and friends.

Email condolences to support@ballhornchapels.com.

02-16-2007, 09:25 AM
Jennifer Vattuone (30) passed away after a brave fight with Lou Gehrig's Disease
Published: Feb 15, 2007
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Jennifer Vattuone (30)

Date: Jan 18, 2007
Cause of Death: ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease)
Location: San Diego, CA
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"As most of you already know, I've been going through some serious health issues since my car accident last year and was recently diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease."

Jennifer G. Vattuone, 30, of San Diego died Jan. 18. She was born in San Diego and was a child-care resource consultant for the YMCA.

02-17-2007, 04:09 PM
Jenison, Tri-unity mourn loss of Visser
Saturday, February 17, 2007
By Steve Ungrey
The Grand Rapids Press

WALKER -- Adam Visser's presence at last year's Class D state championship game energized Tri-unity Christian as it won the school's third boys basketball title.

The Defenders fans chanted "It's for Adam" as the final buzzer sounded and the players gathered around Visser, an assistant coach who graduated from Tri-unity in 1989 and served as a coach at Jenison Junior High for 10 years.

Visser's presence has been missed in recent months as his health took a turn for the worse. Thursday night Visser lost his three-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's Disease) at age 35.

"It's been an emotional time for us," said Tri-unity Christian coach Mark Keeler, who was at school when Visser's death was announced to staff and students Friday morning. "Some of the kids were crying this morning. He's made an impact here."

Since Visser was diagnosed with ALS, he touched the lives of students at Tri-unity Christian and Jenison.

"It was a little tougher day around the school today," said Jenison junior high athletic director Kevin Van Duyn. "A lot of kids went over to say their goodbyes over the weekend. Our kids have learned a lot about life's struggles and how to overcome them. He was helping us a lot, and the community came together."

Family together to say goodbye

Visser was in a brief coma before emerging from it last week. He wanted the family together one last time and said his goodbyes shortly after midnight Thursday, and then slipped back into a coma.

He will not be forgotten.

A 3-on-3 roundball classic has been held the past few years to raise money for ALS research, and Van Duyn said that tournament would continue.

This year's event is scheduled for April.

Keeler said black wristbands will be worn for the remainder of the season to remember all that Visser meant to the Tri-unity athletic community.

Jared Mysliwiec and Matt Boersen, two returning players from last year, said it was tough to be at school Friday. They hoped to win their game that night in his memory. They did, beating Covenant Christian 58-41.

"It was nice to win one for him," Boersen said. "Here was someone who was going through a very hard time yet still maintained a strong faith, and he made our problems look trivial."

Added Mysliwiec: "Coming out of the locker room tonight, we dedicated this game to him. He was a big inspiration to us. He made us thank God that we were able to play still. He always put his two cents in on the basketball court when he coached us."

02-18-2007, 10:12 AM

'Smiling Sandy' expressed enthusiasm, love for life

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Courier-Post Staff

Everyone called Sandy DeSantis-Comito "Smiling Sandy."

She signed her name with a happy face. She was as open as a field of fresh snow and just as pure in her enthusiasm for life.

She was a hugger, says her husband of eight years, Tony. And she was a listener, someone who would ask a question of another person and wait earnestly for an answer. Sandy finessed that skill as a longtime addictions counselor with the Step-Up program in Camden County, where she saw possibilities in people who had long given up on themselves.

"With Sandy, it was all about meeting you," says Tony, of Laurel Springs. "It was about learning about you as a person. About asking the simple everyday things . . . . She was very genuine that way."

Joe O'Neill, a senior counselor with Step-Up, saw a dedication in Sandy that sometimes went beyond the call of duty.

"She was very dedicated," he says. "Very compassionate. . . . And she was very patient in counseling alcohol and drug addicts. She was a giver."

"Sandy was all about her family and her clients," adds Kathleen Dobbs, also a Step-Up colleague. That office still has a message from Sandy that says, "I will be on medical leave until further notice."

That leave was for ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, which struck her randomly and suddenly last June and took her life Dec. 30. She was 58.

But Tony likes to emphasize that while his wife had the disease, it did not have her. Last September, the couple shocked their five children by taking a three-week, cross-country train trip. By the time they returned, Sandy had progressed from a walker to wheelchair. Still, she insisted on joining the conga line at her Camden High School reunion in November.

"She was not to be denied," says Tony, who had known Sandy for years before they married, each for the second time.

"She was living with ALS more than she was dying from it."

A fervent belief in God and personal experience with addiction were the major forces in Sandy's life. Combined, they altered lives. At her viewing, says Tony, mourners waited two-and-a-half hours in the rain to tell him Sandy stories.

"Everyone needed to tell me something about meeting her," he recalls. "There were many clients who had 20-year-old stories. . . . One man introduced himself as someone she had "lifted out of the gutter.' And his wife thanked me."

Among the wisdom Sandy imparted to the hopeless and Tony referenced in his eulogy: The good you do truly lives on. Keep believing in what you can't see. Laugh a laugh that's loud and unique and contagious. Use what you've got; it's more than you think.

And smile.

Contact Christina Mitchell at (856) 317-7905 or cmitchell@courierpostonline.com.

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02-18-2007, 10:19 AM
Jan E. Burns, pushed leeward development

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Jan E. Burns

Jan E. Burns, a former Campbell Estate executive, died Feb. 3 of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, in St. Louis. She was 57.

Burns worked for the estate for 20 years, moving up the ranks to become manager of special projects. She handled the land transactions that resulted in much of the development of 'Ewa, Makakilo and East Kapolei.

She helped found the 'Ewa Villages Non-Profit Development Corporation, formed to manage money designated for the historic preservation of plantation homes in 'Ewa Villages.

"She had Hawai'i at heart," said Emogene Martin, who worked with Burns on the preservation project as president of the Friends for 'Ewa. "In her own quiet way, she helped preserve 'Ewa's history as well as ensure 'Ewa's future."

"Her early work in 'Ewa and Makakilo helped make fee-simple homeownership a reality for thousands of people," said Steve MacMillan, the chairman and CEO of the James Campbell Co.

Burns ended her career at Campbell Estate when she became ill in 2002. Prior to her Campbell Estate work, Burns worked as a real estate appraiser with her father-in-law, Edward J. Burns. Jan Burns was a 1967 graduate of Kalani High School.

"She was an extraordinary woman who never stopped giving," said her daughter, Juliet Burns. "She is truly loved and deeply missed."

She is survived by her mother, Stella Natale; her daughter, Juliet; five stepchildren and six stepgrandchildren.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at St. Andrew's Cathedral in Honolulu. Flowers or donations to the Lanikuhonua Cultural Institute are welcome.

02-18-2007, 10:09 PM
Ingrid Magnus Shomo

HARRISONBURG — Mrs. Ingrid Magnus Shomo, 62, passed away following a two-year battle with ALS on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2007 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Ingrid was born May 22, 1944 in Dover, Delaware She was a member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Harrisonburg.

On Dec. 16, 1967 she married William P. Shomo of Harrisonburg.

She was a licensed clinical social worker and worked for Augusta Medical Center. She spent her life helping people.

Ingrid is survived by a sister, Sonja Exley of Newark, Del.; a brother, Eric Magnus of Rehoboth Beach, Del.; her husband of 39 years, Bill Shomo; three sons, Porter Shomo of Ashburn; Daniel Shomo of Falls Church and Hunter Shomo of Richmond; and a host of other loving relatives.

A Memorial Service will be held at Emmanuel Episcopal Church on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2007 at 11 a.m. There will be a reception at the church following the service. Private burial will be in Woodbine Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Ingrid's memory to either ALS Association of DC/MD/VA Chapter, 7507 Standish Place, Rockville, MD 20855 or Rockingham Memorial Hospice, 235 Cantrell Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

The Lindsey Harrisonburg Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. E-mail condolences may be sent to lindseyfh@alderwoods.com.

02-19-2007, 08:02 PM
Friends, family remember former economics instructor as teacher, role model

Katie Philp, wife of the late Roger Trenary, looks back at family members during Trenary's memorial service Saturday. Speakers at the memorial reflected on Trenary's life and the influence he had on many students and faculty members.

K-State president Jon Wefald fights back tears while talking about Roger Trenary. Wefald and Trenary were tennis partners and Wefald said Trenary would be remembered as one of the best instructors in K-State history.

Roger Trenary's wife, Katie Philp, and son, Ben, right, greet guests at Trenary's memorial Saturday afternoon in All Faiths Chapel. Trenary died Tuesday after a 3 1/2-year battle with Lou Gehrig's disease.

Mike Butler, Manhattan resident, remembered his close friend Trenary with humor in a memorial Saturday afternoon at All Faiths Chapel. Trenary, former economics instructor, died early Tuesday morning at age 60 after a 3 1/2-year battle with Lou Gehrig's disease.

Butler recalled a plane ride returning from a European vacation during which Trenary ate all of his purchased chocolates out of fear customs officials would make him discard them.

"This man truly loved chocolate," Butler said. "His idea of a nightcap was a cup of coffee and chocolate."

Five close friends and family members presented statements in Trenary's honor during the memorial. President Jon Wefald said he met Trenary during his first year at K-State in 1986. The two soon became close friends and frequently played tennis together. After Trenary's diagnosis, Wefald said Trenary never complained about his illness.

"How many people do you know who'd find out they had a serious affliction like Lou Gehrig's disease and not whine and complain?" Wefald said. "I know I speak for everyone here that we all love Roger, and we're all going to miss him."

During his 29-year teaching career, Trenary taught about 24,000 students in beginning and intermediate-level economics courses. Though such records are not kept, Wefald said Trenary might have taught the most students ever by an instructor at K-State. He continued teaching until fall 2005.

"When Roger retired from economics, he continued to teach all of us about life, strength and dignity," said Nancy Philp, Trenary's sister-in-law.

Trenary also taught his students how to think critically, a skill they will remember beyond economics, said Robert Shoop, professor of educational leadership and Trenary's close friend.

"I think our real challenge is to meet up to Roger's standards of what it means to be a great partner, parent and friend," Shoop said.

Trenary is survived by his wife, Katie Philp; son, Ben, senior in secondary education and his fiancée, Trisha Gott; twin brother, Robert; and his mother.

Upon hearing of Trenary's illness, former students helped raise a portion of the $600,000 endowment for the Trenary Chair in Economics. Lloyd Thomas, head of the Department of Economics, said the chair will be filled in fall 2008 with an instructor whose emphasis is on teaching and students.

"We will never find another Roger Trenary, but we will do our best," Thomas said. "Farewell, Roger, and congratulations on a life well-lived. We will never forget you and the contributions you made to the lives of students."

02-20-2007, 05:33 PM
February 20. 2007 12:00AM

Barbara F. Michael, 65

Barbara Frances Hayes Michael, 65, of Hendersonville, died Saturday, Feb. 1, 2007, at Four Seasons Hospice after a long courageous fight with Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS).

She was born on July 18, 1941, in Middlesboro, Ky., into a family of a loving mother and father and seven siblings. She had lived in Hendersonville since 2002.

She lived her life to its fullest as a devoted Christian, friend, encourager and wife. She was never a stranger to anyone and all who received her love and true friendship will miss her dearly.

She moved to Washington, D.C., in 1960 to obtain a degree in political science from George Washington University and enjoyed a career culminating as an executive assistant on Capitol Hill.

She is survived by her husband, Ron; sisters Vickie and Edith; brother Tommy; and many loving relatives.

A "Celebration of Life" service will be held 2 p.m. Friday at Jackson Funeral Service, 1101 Greenville Highway, Hendersonville, N.C. 28793. In lieu of flowers, monetary donations may be made in Barbara's name to Four Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, N.C. 28731.

02-22-2007, 12:37 PM
Obituary North: Dr. Richard W. King / Dentist could identify some patients by only an X-ray
Thursday, February 22, 2007

By Alisha Hipwell

After more than three decades as a dentist, Dr. Richard W. King didn't need a name or a face to identify his longtime patients.

"He could look at an X-ray without a name and say, 'Oh, that's so and so,' " said his wife, Gwendolyn F. King.

Dr. King, of Hampton, practiced dentistry on Mount Royal Boulevard in the township for 34 years. He died Saturday of pneumonia, a complication of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. He was 63.

Diagnosed with ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig's disease, in January 2006, Dr. King initially experienced difficulty speaking. By March of that year, his hands were weakening and he was forced to close his practice.

Dr. King knew early that he wanted to be a dentist.

"He started being interested in dentistry when he had braces on his own teeth," his wife said.

He was raised in Shaler, graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dentistry and enlisted in the Army Dental Corps. He served three years, including a year in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. In addition to treating soldiers, he gave dental hygiene instruction at local orphanages.

After his discharge, he opened his own practice here.

"He loved his work. ... He really liked the people," said Mrs. King, who described her husband as outgoing and friendly.

When he wasn't in his office, he loved to be outdoors. He enjoyed fishing, camping, running, biking and just about anything that kept him active.

In addition to his wife, Dr. King is survived by his parents, Joseph J. and Mary L. King, of Shaler; a son, Brian A. King, of Laurel, Md.; a daughter, Laura A. King, of Pittsburgh; and a brother, Joseph B. King, of Cleveland, Ohio.

A Mass was celebrated yesterday in St. Ursula Church in Hampton. Burial was in Christ Our Redeemer Cemetery in Ross.


02-23-2007, 08:50 AM
Pollen scientist was one of a kind
By Ned Rozell

February 23, 2007
Friday AM

Jim Anderson has died, and the world is a more boring place.

Anderson was 66. He suffered from ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease, for several years before his death. A few weeks ago, the disease killed him. I felt a pang of loss even though I spoke only a few times with the former librarian of the Biosciences Library at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Jim Anderson holds the leash of one of his Samoyed dogs at a Fairbanks dog show in 1993.
Photo courtesy Carol Haas.

I remember a man who dressed in colorful plaid jackets with wide lapels, someone who was a good interview because he knew his stuff so thoroughly. Until his death, I didn't know he lived alone in a cabin with two Samoyed dogs, 25 typewriters, hundreds of teddy bears, 700 sport coats, and that he had a collection of 12,000 books on his property.

"Sometimes I think people noticed only the eccentricities and the compulsions Jim had (such as collecting 7,000 neckties), and miss the value of that very compulsiveness," Karen Jensen wrote in an email. Jensen was Anderson's co-worker for a few years at the Biosciences Library.

One of those compulsions for Anderson was the study of a small airborne irritant that each spring makes life miserable for one in five northern people: pollen. For years, he sampled pollen with a mechanized air-sniffer on the roof of the Arctic Health building on the UAF campus. By being meticulous in counting the pollen grains trapped on the clear film of his samplers, Anderson came up with a pollen calendar for Fairbanks, and later Anchorage. His calendar shows that birch trees in both cities release the most pollen-up to 4,500 grains per square meter of air-from May 10 through the 20th.

Birch pollen grains are so small that eight of them could fit on a period. People's immune systems react to the protein coating, called exine. "EXINE" was also the word on the license plate of Anderson's van.

He climbed to the roof for his pollen counts every day in spring, and spent many hours looking through a microscope to see what species of pollen were stuck to his slides. He found that the concentration of pollen in the air was highest three days after birch leaves popped from buds.
"He loved that phenomenon, how predictable it was," said Dr. Tim Foote, a pediatrician and allergist at the Tanana Valley Clinic in Fairbanks. "Before Jim, nobody even had a name for what the pollen was (that irritated them). Everybody thought it was spruce pollen that was bugging them."

Anderson helped Foote, and his colleague Susan Harry, set up pollen counters at the clinic. Now, thanks to Anderson, they can alert patients to the worst pollen days.

"He championed a cause that very few clinicians or patients knew anything about," Foote said. "I loved him-he was the epitome of a scientific mind."

Beginning in 1974, Anderson also kept a 30-year record of the date of "greenup" in Fairbanks, when leaves emerged on a hill visible from the university.

"He was looking at the idea of whether he could look at global warming with the greenup data," said Carol Haas, who worked with him at the Biosciences Library.

Anderson grew up in Kennewick, Washington, and went to college at the University of Washington, Michigan State, and Brigham Young University before settling in Alaska in 1970. He found himself attracted to the solitude of the Goldstream Valley north of Fairbanks in 1974. He lived there most of his adult life.

"It's heaven out there," he once told journalist Tom Delaune.

Anderson, who left his books, typewriters, and other possessions to UAF, was different, Karen Jensen said, but that was his gift.

"The fact that he was a rather odd man is to me proof positive that this world really does need all kinds of people, and that while most of us fall comfortably into conformity, those who don't - like Jim - might have something really terrific to contribute."

02-23-2007, 08:57 AM
John E. Heyning's research grew out of a passion for sea
The Hermosa Beach biologist and graduate of North High gained renown for his work with marine mammals. He died at the age of 50.
By Lee Peterson
Staff Writer

Whale and dolphin expert John E. Heyning, the noted marine mammal curator at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County known as much for his enthusiasm and wit as his scientific accomplishments, has died.

The South Bay resident was 50 years old, and had battled amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, for the past 3½ years.

Despite his early demise, Heyning has long been an internationally recognized marine biologist. He spent his entire professional career at the museum, working tirelessly to expand the institution's research and outreach on cetaceans.

As leader of a stranded marine mammal scientific response team, he performed numerous necropsies to investigate the animals' deaths and built the second-largest collection of marine mammal specimens in the world.

He traveled the globe to lead expeditions for the museum and to conduct research. Along the way, he made many important findings, especially on beaked whales. He also teamed up with another scientist to discover that there are actually two species of common dolphin, the short-beaked and the long-beaked.

Born in San Jose on Jan. 6, 1957, he died Saturday at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance.

A 1975 graduate of Torrance's North High School, Heyning was an avid surfer and scuba diver, drawn to the study of marine mammals because of his love of the ocean.

He started at the museum as a volunteer, becoming a collection manager, then curator, then in 1999 deputy director of research and collections.

In addition to his scientific research and publications, Heyning had a knack for explaining whales and dolphins to nonscientists. He actively reached out to the community, sharing his knowledge of and passion for cetaceans on whale watch trips, to scuba clubs, schools and elsewhere.

"He talked to kindergartners as well as he could talk to crusty old Ph.D.s. He could get down on his hands and knees and make a kindergartner understand thermal regulation," said his wife, Corinne Heyning.

Heyning, his wife and two children made their home in Hermosa Beach.

Alisa Schulman-Janiger, who first met Heyning in a marine biology class 28 years ago, said Heyning was a rising star of science by age 24, and his inspirational enthusiasm changed her life, making whales the focus of her own career.

Schulman-Janiger, a killer whale expert who teaches marine biology at San Pedro High School's marine science magnet and is director of the Gray Whale Census for the American Cetacean Society's Los Angeles chapter, said it wasn't just Heyning's scientific mind that served him so well.

He was an accomplished lecturer because of his infectious enthusiasm, lighting the passion for whales in many others, she said. It was also his sense of humor: "The first time I sat down and had a meal with him, I don't think I laughed so much, ever," she said.

At the museum he was known for his affable personality, exotic plants and Hawaiian shirts. After his promotion to deputy director in 1999, Fridays became "Hawaiian shirt day" at the museum.

Schulman-Janiger noted that Heyning was also a fine artist, working in sketches with charcoal and pencil, as well as sculpture. He also wrote poetry.

He was one of the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific's "trustees of the Pacific," and helped with the aquarium's recent "Whales: A Journey with Giants" presentation. He has consulted on exhibits at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and has had a long association with the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro.

"He will be missed as a scientist, both as an extraordinary scientist who was using his knowledge to help conserve whales and he'll be missed because he was a great colleague who was very willing to share his knowledge," said Jerry Schubel, president and CEO of the Aquarium of the Pacific.

After his ALS diagnosis in October 2003, Heyning started researching the disease, and following up on his own ideas about its cause. Mrs. Heyning said that her husband, thinking that there was an infectious component to the malady, put himself on AIDS antiviral drugs, a move that preceded a noted ALS researcher's clinical trial on antiviral medications.

For all his personal and professional achievements, Heyning felt his most important role was as a father, which is why he fought the disease so hard.

"His family was the light of his life," Schulman-Janiger said.

In addition to his wife, Corinne, Heyning is survived by a daughter, Marlene; a son, Nico; his mother, Johanna Alving of Torrance; his father, John M. Heyning of Texas; a sister, Yvonne Gregory of South Carolina; a brother, Eric of Torrance; and a brother and sister in Australia, Laura and Marc Heyning.

A celebration of Heyning's life will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday in the North American Mammals Hall on the second floor of the Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles.


Thomas Cook, 87, of Caledonia died Saturday, February 17th, 2007. Memorials may be made to ALS - Lou Gehrig's Disease, ALS Association, PO Box 127, Elbridge, NY 13060.

02-27-2007, 02:55 PM
History professor, Las Vegas expert Hal Rothman dies


LAS VEGAS (AP) - Hal Rothman, a writer, professor and expert on all things Las Vegas, has died after a yearlong battle with Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 48.

Rothman hosted a radio show, wrote a column in the Las Vegas Sun and wrote several books. He died Sunday night of complications related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, his wife, Lauralee Rothman, said.

Rothman began teaching history at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1992, when the Las Vegas Strip was leading southern Nevada into a decade-long economic boom. He focused on the city's reinvention and growth in his 2002 book, "Neon Metropolis: How Las Vegas Started the Twenty-first Century."

His analysis made him the media's choice for thoughtful perspective on the city. He was quoted in or appeared on almost every national news outlets, including The New York Times, Newsweek magazine, ABC World News Tonight, The Wall Street Journal, the CBS Evening News, CNN and National Public Radio.

"I'm on television more than anybody who isn't a member of the Screen Actors Guild," Rothman joked in the Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2003.

Though he became known as a historian of modern Las Vegas, Rothman's areas of expertise also included environmental history and the history of the American West. He was the chairman of UNLV history department from 2002 to 2005.

"In Las Vegas, you can pick your fantasy," Rothman wrote in an Oct. 29 op-ed piece in the Los Angeles Times. "In the rest of America, you don't always get to pick."

Rothman is survived by his wife and their two children, Talia and Brent. A memorial service will be held Wednesday at Palm Mortuary in Las Vegas.


Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com


Farmer, friend to many dies of ALS

David Pendray, whose family has been a mainstay of the local farming community since the early 1900s, has died at 57 from the effects of ALS.


03-03-2007, 09:40 AM
Clyde Bland was active in politics and the arts during his more than 40 years in Tracy. Press staff report

Former Tracy Mayor Clyde L. Bland, 81, died Thursday afternoon at a hospice medical facility in Hughson, Stanislaus County, ending a long battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Services are pending at Fry Memorial Chapel in Tracy.

A native of Rogers, Ark., Bland had been a Tracy resident since 1963 and was Tracy’s mayor from 1990 to 1994. Before serving as mayor, he was a member of the Tracy City Council for five years.

While a member of the council and as mayor, Bland helped create planning and financing for Tracy’s growth through the development of Residential and Industrial Specific Plans and the city’s Growth Management Ordinance.

As the city’s representative on the San Joaquin Rail Commission, he was involved in the original planning for the Altamont Commuter Express passenger rail service.

Bland, a State Farm Insurance Agent for 27 years in Tracy, did not seek re-election as mayor in 1994, but he continued to be active in the community.

As a member of the West Side Pioneer Association, he worked to save and restore the old one-room Lammersville School, which was eventually moved to Clyde Bland Park.

Mr. Bland was co-chairman of the Arts Leadership Alliance campaign to raise private funds for the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts project and served as ALA liaison with the city of Tracy.

Several years ago, Mr. Bland encountered problems with muscle control and last year was diagnosed with ALS, a motor-neutron disorder for which there is no cure.

He remained in his Tracy home under care of his wife, Ina, until Feb. 20, when he was taken to the Alexander Cohen Hospice in Hughson.

03-03-2007, 09:44 AM
Over 300 pay homage to former mayor
It’s the small dash between the birth date and date of passing on memorial cards that piques Rev. Les Halliwell’s interest the most.

Ed Moore
Leader Staff
Monday March 05, 2007

“It’s that dash in the middle that’s always fascinated me. That symbol represents an entire life. For all of us who knew Ron (Linford) he was much more than that,” Halliwell said.
He made his remarks during the memorial service last Thursday for former Edson Mayor and IGA owner Ron Linford. The 77-year-old long-time resident died of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s Disease on Feb. 25.
Over 300 people attended the afternoon service. In the crowd were Mayor Greg
Pasychny, West Yellowhead MLA Ivan Strang, a good friend of Linford’s, IGA employees, members of Edson town council, along with a good cross-section of prominent businesspeople, family members, friends and acquaintances of Linford’s.
Halliwell said conducting the service was one of the toughest things he’s ever had to do.
“Sometimes I feel like Mark Messier did the other night.”
He said Linford was a man who knew when to be quiet and when to tell a joke.
“He told me one time the best thing to do sometimes is just shut up,” Halliwell said.
Strang said many people might have got the wrong impression and misunderstood Linford.
“He was a very shy man but a very giving man.”
Strang added that Linford was a very generous man who helped a lot of people and did a lot of things behind the scenes.
“He never really wanted any praise -- it was something he wanted to do. He did a lot of things that people never knew he did.”
Strang said one of Linford’s greatest legacies was working with young people. During the memorial service he told those gathered that Linford bought modular classrooms for Parkland Composite High School because he recognized the need.
He also donated day old baked goods on a regular basis to an Edson elementary school because he realized that some youngsters were going hungry.
Hwy 16 twinning booster
Linford was also instrumental in lobbying for the eventual twinning of Hwy. 16 during the early-1990s and pushed for continued safety measures on the road.
“He was very proud of that,” Strang said.
Ann Marie Francis, Linford’s sister-in-law, gave the eulogy. She provided some personal insights about him that many may not have been aware of.

She said Linford loved to drive but he wanted to get to his destination as soon as possible with no distractions.
“He was a point A to point B kind of guy -- with no diddling along the way.”
Francis said Linford also liked his gadgets and sometimes went to extremes to test their workability.
She said on one trip he suddenly veered the vehicle sharply to the left. This was totally out of character for Linford as he usually
adhered to the tried and true when it came to motoring. Suddenly everyone heard an electronic voice.
“This was his way of demonstrating his GPS.”
It turned out the GPS informed him he was going the wrong direction, which told Linford the device had lived up to its advanced billing, she said.
Avid sports fan
Francis said Linford was an avid sports fan who faithfully purchased Edmonton Oilers and Edmonton Eskimos season tickets. She added he was also a generous supporter of Edson sports organizations.
She told of his many visits to her home in Saskatchewan where she said she must have accompanied Linford to many of the province’s IGA stores.
“He was attracted to that sign like a bear was attracted to honey.”
The former Edson IGA owner was also an avid train buff, Francis said. He used to unveil his train set every year for all to see and had a tape of train whistles he used to play often, she added.
Francis said Linford had a great sense of humour and had a stable of one-liners.
But despite his success he still had simple tastes, especially when it came to food, Francis said.
“One of his favourite meals was macaroni and cheese done in the oven -- how simple is that?”
Halliwell said he had many fond memories of Linford when they both served on the St. John’s Hospital Board, later to become the Edson and District Healthcare Centre. At the time Halliwell was the hospital’s chief administrative officer and Linford was the board chairperson.
“He was a very, very excellent guy -- I deeply admired him.”
Halliwell also admired his friend’s honesty and forthrightness -- traits he appreciated.
“He wouldn’t beat around the bush. If he didn’t like it he told you so and if he liked it he’d tell you that too.”
Halliwell said Linford was a quiet man and kept to himself a lot of the time but he
also projected strength.
Carried a big stick
“He stayed in his own space -- he carried a big stick and certainly he was a powerhouse in his own right.”
Both Halliwell and Strang agreed that one of Linford’s joys was spending time with his family.
“He was a family man -- he enjoyed his family,” Halliwell said.
Another love of Linford’s was his work, he added.
“He liked his business -- he enjoyed business life. Certainly he was good at what he did. He was a fellow who liked to work, enjoyed his occupation and was well respected by his peers.”
It was a common occurrence to see Linford at work in the store stocking shelves. In other words he wasn’t afraid of getting his hands dirty, Halliwell said.
“He’d be right in the middle of it all even if it meant that he would have to go home and change his clothes afterward.”
One of his greatest legacies was his community spirit, Halliwell said. That and his generosity.
“I don’t think the people of Edson will ever fully know what he gave in the community both to organizations and to individuals -- it would be thousands and thousands of dollars.”
Linford served on Edson town council from 1980 to 1983 and was the town’s mayor from 1983 to 1986.
He is survived by wife Evelyn, three sons, Ken, Keith and Brian, grandson Jordan, mother Henrietta, brothers Alan, and Bob, sister Pat, Francis family in-laws and numerous cousins, nephews and nieces. Linford was predeceased by father Frank and brother Lorne.

03-06-2007, 03:29 PM
Harpswell mourns Irving Chipman, who died Friday at home
HARPSWELL — Irving F. Chipman, a beloved longtime resident of Harpswell who "lit up everyone's life," died Friday at his home on Allen Point Road, one day after his 85th birthday.

Many Harpswellians knew Chipman through his 60 years of service in the Harpswell Neck Fire Department — 32 of those years as chief. On Monday, Chipman's son, Ron, remembered growing up watching his dad head out on fire calls.

"Of course, every boy wants to be a fireman at some point in their life," Ron Chipman said. "As soon as we were old enough, we would say, 'Hey Dad, can I go?' He wouldn't want us to get in harm's way, but he'd say, 'Sure, jump in.' We grew up seeing him in that role."

Ron is now a captain in the Harpswell Neck Fire Department, and his brother, David, is also a member.

In fact, the Irving F. Chipman Station, which houses the Harpswell Neck Fire Department, was so named because, "There wasn't too much that happened that didn't start with him," longtime fire chief Nelson Barter said Monday.

"Irving was a first-class gentleman, and that isn't said about many men," said Shirley Thompson, who worked with Chipman on the first ambulance squad that started in 1957, using a retired hearse as an ambulance. "He always treated you with respect."

"Anyone who ever met him loved him," his son, David, said today. "He was just so disarming, charming, and soft-spoken. This community was central to his life. He lit up everyone's life. You could see the sunshine in him."

Born in Harpswell, Chipman lived in Poland until the age of 12, attending Poland Elementary School and Harpswell Center School. He graduated from Brunswick High School, then served in the U.S. Army. Following the end of World War II, he served in the military police in Germany.

On Oct. 1, 1949, he married Carolyn M. Allen.

Chipman was a member of the John Leo Murray Jr. American Legion Post 171, and fellow Legionnaire Dan Boland remembers him as a relentless recruiter to the post.

"The guy was a dynamo," Boland said. "I loved the guy. He was a very talented tradesman, friend, neighbor … he was a God-fearing, loving patriot. He was a contributor." Boland said Chipman visited bedridden veterans at Togus veterans hospital just last year. "He was a very sensitive, caring person. ... You could see in the patient's eyes the recognition, the acceptance, and that he cared enough to hold their hand. He was just a decent human being."

Ron Chipman said his father was greatly influenced by growing up in Depression-era rural Maine without many resources, and held on to those values throughout his life.

"He was resourceful, and with the very minute budget we had back then, we couldn't afford anything," Barter said of working for Chipman when he started at the fire department almost 28 years ago. "But he would find ways to make things happen."

Chipman worked for Glen Rollins Construction and later for Bowdoin College. His son, Michael, remembered that after his father retired as locksmith and head of carpentry at Bowdoin College, he and a friend who was an electrician took on "side jobs," and soon had more work than they could handle.

"He'd help out neighbors, anyone that needed anything," Michael Chipman said. "He'd tune up people's furnaces, run wiring for them, fix broken windows … right up until this winter, really, when he started getting sick, he was busy all the time."

As recently as last month, Chipman was helping people out. During the Valentine's Day snowstorm, Chipman saw a light on in the home of a neighbor who was living in an assisted living facility. Despite using an oxygen tank, he headed to the home to see what was wrong. Discovering the house was low on oil, he called the oil company to arrange for delivery, and then arranged for the neighbor's driveway to be sanded.

First and foremost, however, Irving Chipman was "a good family man," Ron Chipman said, and remained involved with his three sons, six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. "We're all going to miss him."

Chipman's health began deteriorating this winter, and last week he went to Boston to see a neurologist, who confirmed a diagnosis of ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease. On Thursday, Ron Chipman said, the family received a call that he wasn't going to live through the day, and they rushed to his father's bedside. They found him sitting up in bed, talking, Ron said, but the rally was only temporary.

"He was brilliant, charming and gentle, and he enhanced the lives of everyone who will ever live in Harpswell, in ways that most may not even be aware," granddaughter Nicole Chipman said Monday. "Harpswell has lost a pillar, a friend, a savior ... a truly great man."

03-08-2007, 08:37 AM
'A gift from God'
Jeff Dent found good in disabling illness
By Damian Gessel
The Daily Item
March 08, 2007

Editor's note: Danville native Jeff Dent lived with ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. While he was no longer able to speak leading up to his death, Mr. Dent communicated through e-mail. This is the final story in a three-part series.

DANVILLE — A light snow fell Wednesday afternoon as Jeff Dent's body was lowered into the ground.

The Rev. Brian E. Cope spoke the "Our Father" and nearly 100 people, surrounding Mr. Dent's flower-adorned casket in all directions and clad in heavy coats and gloves against the frigid air, bowed their heads on a high hill at St. Joseph Cemetery.

On March 4, at 39, Mr. Dent finally succumbed to ALS, the disease that years before had taken his ability to move, to speak and to live independently.

But it had never taken his spirit. That was evident, as dozens of people packed into the Roat-Kriner Funeral Home on Bloom Street for his funeral.

Every space in the parking lot was taken. Many people were double-parked.

They had all come to see off a man that, even without the use of his arms or legs, was able to touch so many.

"Jeff didn't let ALS define him," said the Rev. Cope during the service. "His life and love continued to go on. I'm not saying he didn't have places he stumbled over. I'm not saying he didn't have pain. But he had love. There's no reason to feel sorry for him."

Mr. Cope asked those in attendance not to be sad, instead urging them to celebrate Mr. Dent's life. But as Mr. Dent's own words were read out loud, written months in advance of his death, people began to weep openly.

In a letter, Mr. Dent addressed each of the mourners directly, as if he were alive and in the room.

"I've thought of ALS as a gift from God. It taught me to live every day to the fullest," he wrote. "I would not change a thing about my life, even though it was cut short. I want each and every one of you to know that I love you."

In the funeral home's front room, tacked to cork board, hung Mr. Dent's life: at least those moments of it captured by the flash of a camera.

In one photo he held his infant son against his bare chest. In another, he fished along the banks of a river. In a third he was in his 20s — a long-haired young man standing in front of an AC/DC poster. In still another, he grinned mischievously with both hands at the top of his head.

The images at once cut through the palpable sadness and elevated it; here was a life fully lived; a man fully loved; a father, son, brother and friend taken too soon.

For Mr. Dent, ALS was a double-edged sword. It confined him to a wheelchair and eventually cost him his life, but it gifted him with the deep knowledge of what was most important.

"I am honored that He chose me," he wrote. "I am looking forward to meeting all who went before me, and meeting up with you one day again.

"I will be watching. I will never forget any of you."

At one point during the service, the Rev. Cope asked those in attendance to close their eyes and picture Mr. Dent's smiling face.

And for a few seconds of unbroken silence, they did.

E-mail comments to dgessel@thedanvillenews.com.

03-08-2007, 08:58 AM
Winthrop D. Jordan, Expert in the History of Race Relations in America, Is Dead at 75

Published: March 8, 2007
Winthrop D. Jordan, a National Book Award-winning historian who wrote several influential works on American slavery and race relations, died on Feb. 23 at his home in Oxford, Miss. He was 75.

University of Mississippi, 2000
Winthrop D. Jordan
The cause was amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, said his wife, Cora.

At his death, Dr. Jordan was emeritus professor of history and African-American studies at the University of Mississippi, where he taught from 1982 until his retirement in 2004.

Dr. Jordan’s most famous book was “White Over Black: American Attitudes Toward the Negro, 1550-1812” (University of North Carolina, 1968). “White Over Black” was considered one of the first significant works of scholarship to trace the deep roots of 20th-century racial inequality, devoting particular attention to its basis in the collective psyche of the early European settlers of North America.

Reviewing the book in The New York Times Book Review, the historian C. Vann Woodward wrote, “In seeking out the origins, meaning and explanation of Negro debasement in America, Mr. Jordan has tackled one of the most abstruse, subtle, tangled, controversial and certainly one of the most important problems of American history.”

“The result,” he added, “is a massive and learned work that stands as the most informed and impressive pronouncement on the subject yet made.”

“White Over Black” received a National Book Award for history and biography. It also won a Bancroft Prize, awarded by Columbia University for the best books of the year in American history and international relations.

Dr. Jordan won a second Bancroft Prize for “Tumult and Silence at Second Creek: An Inquiry Into a Civil War Slave Conspiracy.” The book chronicled a planned slave rebellion in Mississippi in 1861 and its aftermath, in which the revolt was thwarted and more than two dozen slaves were hanged.

Winthrop Donaldson Jordan was born on Nov. 11, 1931, in Worcester, Mass., the son of Henry Donaldson Jordan, a professor of history at Clark University, and Lucretia Mott Churchill, a great-great-granddaughter of the abolitionists James and Lucretia Mott. Disinclined at first to follow in his father’s field, Winthrop Jordan earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard in 1953; his major — a gentle act of rebellion — was not history but social relations.

“My undergraduate background meant that my approach to history was strongly influenced by the social sciences of the early 1950s,” Dr. Jordan wrote in a recent autobiographical essay posted on the Web site History News Network (www.hnn.us). “More particularly, I aimed to understand the large component of emotion and indeed irrationality that characterized the attitudes of the white majority toward ‘Negroes’ in this country.”

His career as an academic was briefly delayed, however, when, after graduating from Harvard, he went to work as a management trainee at the Prudential Life Insurance Company. Having quickly realized that gray flannel suits were not for him, he then took a job teaching history at Phillips Exeter Academy. The lack of a degree in the field was no impediment: he had soaked up more than enough history at the dinner table.

He earned a master’s degree in Colonial American history from Clark in 1957 and a Ph.D. in the field from Brown University in 1960. In 1963, Dr. Jordan joined the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley, where he taught until 1982.

Dr. Jordan’s first marriage, to Phyllis Henry, ended in divorce. He is survived by his wife, the former Cora Miner Reilly, whom he married in 1982; a brother, Edwin C., of Kennett Square, Pa.; three sons from his first marriage, Joshua, of Davis, Calif.; Mott, of Santa Cruz, Calif.; and Eliot, of Berkeley; three stepchildren, Michael Reilly of New York; Steven Reilly of Greeneville, Tenn.; and Mary Beth Conklin of Atlanta; five grandchildren; and five step-grandchildren.

His other books include “The White Man’s Burden: Historical Origins of Racism in the United States” and, with the historian Leon F. Litwack, “The United States,” a college textbook.

In a telephone interview, Ira Berlin, a historian at the University of Maryland who is the author of many books about slavery and race, discussed the enduring significance of Dr. Jordan’s work, in particular “White Over Black.”

“It’s directed toward a question of signal importance, that remains of signal importance: What is the nature of race?” Dr. Berlin said. “And his book in some ways is kind of ground zero for understanding that.”


Archambault, Leonard Wilfred

LENOX -- Leonard Wilfred Archambault, 82, of Devonshire Estates, formerly of Oxford Street, Pittsfield, died Wednesday at Kimball Farms Nursing Care Center of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease. He had resided at Devonshire for 14 months.

Born in Pittsfield on March 7, 1925, son of Roland P. and Marie Paulhus Archambault, he graduated from Dalton High School in 1943.

A World War II veteran of the Marine Corps, he served from March 5, 1943, to June 4, 1946, and was discharged with the rank of staff sergeant.

An insurance agent, Mr. Archambault worked for Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. from 1955 to 1980. After his retirement, he worked part time at the former City Savings Bank in the life insurance department from 1986 to 1989. Following his military duty, he worked at the former Brookshire Ford car dealership.

He was a member of Charles A. Persip American Legion Post 68, where he served as post commander from 1985 to 1986 and as adjutant and finance officer at various times. A supporter of the legion's Boys State Program, he was chairman of both the Post 68 and District 1 Boys State committees and vice chairman and chairman of the Department of Massachusetts Boys State Committee. In 2006, he was recognized for 60 years of continuous legion membership.

He also was a longtime member and former president of Berkshire Coin Club. He was active with the Pittsfield Squares and Berkshire Archaeological Group. He photographed the progress of urban development in Pittsfield over the past two decades and presented a public slide program. He also enjoyed playing golf, woodworking, gardening and camping.

He and his wife, the former Clara C. Masino, were married May 6, 1950, at All Souls' Church.

Besides his wife, he leaves a son, Marc L. Archambault of Claremont, Calif.; a daughter, Donna M. Drew of Great Barrington; a brother, Paul E. Archambault of Dalton; a sister, Elaine Boyd of North Eastham; and two granddaughters.

FUNERAL NOTICE -- The funeral for Leonard Wilfred Archambault, who died Wednesday, March 7, 2007, will be conducted Monday, March 12, at 11 a.m. at DERY FUNERAL HOME by the Rev. Geoffrey J. Deeker, CCS, pastor of All Souls' Church. Burial will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Post 68's Boys State Fund, in care of the funeral home, 54 Bradford St., Pittsfield, MA 01201, or to HospiceCare in the Berkshires, 369 South St., Pittsfield. Mr. Archambault also leaves his son-in-law, Bernard A. Drew; his daughter-in-law, Amy McGough; two granddaughters, Jessie and Darcie Drew; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Robert Archambault, in 1991. Mr. Archambault took great interest in a family link with the early history of Montreal, Quebec, where Jacques Archambault's 1658 well in d'Youville is a historical site. Mr. Archambault and his family especially appreciated the care and support of the HospiceCare staff and volunteers.

03-09-2007, 09:47 PM
William Herbert Beasley


Former Gardnerville resident, William (Bill) Herbert Beasley, 63, died in Alamo, Texas, on Dec. 13, 2006, from Lou Gehrig's disease, which was diagnosed in August 2006.

Mr. Beasley was born Oct. 30, 1943, to W. Herbert and Ioma Estelle Fitch Beasley in Wilder, Idaho. He graduated from Wilder High School in 1961. In his early years he worked in a casino in Elko. He then moved to Lake Tahoe and worked for Harveys Casino as a games supervisor where he met and married Joni Purvis Erwin in 1975. The liked to travel, as well as loving the outdoors. He loved fishing, hunting and his favorite past time was listening to talk radio 24 hours a day.

In 1994 Joni was incapacitated by an illness, which left her dependent on Bill who lovingly took care of her until his death.

Mr. Beasley was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and an uncle. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Joni Beasley; his two daughters Carrie Beasley and Wendy Hill, both of Elko; two stepchildren, Becky Erwin Taggart of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Joe Erwin of Orlando, Fla., as well as grandchildren Trevor, Roxanne, Dillion; his sister Marilyn Beasley of Boise, Idaho; other relatives; a host of friends but especially Steve Orlob of Las Vegas with whom he worked for 18 years at Harveys Casino.

Memorial services took place Jan. 24, 2007, in Alamo, Texas. Memorial donations may be made to help support ALS research: ALS Association-South Texas Chapter, 6800 Park Ten Blvd. Suite 220N, San Antonio, Texas 78213.


BEAL-ALLEN, Mrs. Jacqueline A. age 61, of Dayton, departed this life at home with her daughters in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, March 3, 2007 from ALS aka Lou Gehrig's Disease. She was a native Daytonian and a graduate of Roosevelt High School, Class of 1963; a graduate of Central State University where she earned a B.A. degree in Education. She obtained her Master's degree in Elementary Education and an Ed.S in Educational Leadership from Wright State University. She was adjunct faculty in the Department of Mathematics at Sinclair Community College for 10 years. She was a member of Phi Delta Kappa and a former educator advocate and representative for the Dayton Education Association. She was active in the community and the National Priority Board. She retired from the Dayton Public School System in June 2005 with 33 years of classroom service. She is preceded in death by her father, Augustus J. Beal, Sr. and her brother, Augustus J. Beal, Jr. "Butchie". She leaves to celebrate her homegoing, her beloved mother, Mable Beal; her beloved and dedicated children, Kimberly Renee Allen and Andrea Nichole Allen "Nikki", of Atlanta, GA; her sister, Constance Y. Beal; her brother, William H. Beal and other cherished relatives and friends. Funeral service will be held 1 pm Monday, March 12, 2007 at St. Paul Global Outreach Ministries, 2050 Germantown Street. Bishop Mark C. McGuire, Sr. and Elder John Allen officiating. Interment West Memory Gardens. Visitation 9 am Monday at the church until the time of service. Family will receive friends one hour prior to service. Arrangements entrusted to the HOUSE OF WHEAT Funeral Home, Inc., 2107 North Gettysburg Avenue. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in the name of Jacqueline A. Allen to the DREAM Foundation, 1528 Chapala Street, Suite 304, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 www.dreamfoundation.org (310) 385-7973. Online condolences may be expressed at houseofwheat@woh.rr.com
Published in the Dayton Daily News from 3/9/2007 - 3/11/2007.


Polk Co. man convicted of patricide dies in prison

March 12, 2007
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Richard Wheeler, 52, who had been in prison the past 22 years for the December 1984 slaying of his father in Polk County, died today at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison.

Wheeler succumbed to Lou Gehrig's Disease, also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, said Fred Scaletta, a spokesman for the Iowa Department of Corrections. He had been a patient in the penitentiary's hospice care unit.

Wheeler entered prison in 1985 for the shooting and bludgeoning death of his father, Dale Wheeler, 59, at the family's home in northeast Polk County. He was convicted and given a life sentence after a judge ruled he was not legally insane at the time of the killing.

A psychologist and a psychiatrist disagreed during Wheeler's trial about his mental status when the slaying occurred. But both agreed he was mentally ill and probably had been for at least a year before his father was killed.

03-11-2007, 03:11 PM
Clyde Bland was active in politics and the arts during his more than 40 years in Tracy. Press staff report

Former Tracy Mayor Clyde L. Bland, 81, died Thursday afternoon at a hospice medical facility in Hughson, Stanislaus County, ending a long battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Services are pending at Fry Memorial Chapel in Tracy.

A native of Rogers, Ark., Bland had been a Tracy resident since 1963 and was Tracy’s mayor from 1990 to 1994. Before serving as mayor, he was a member of the Tracy City Council for five years.

While a member of the council and as mayor, Bland helped create planning and financing for Tracy’s growth through the development of Residential and Industrial Specific Plans and the city’s Growth Management Ordinance.

As the city’s representative on the San Joaquin Rail Commission, he was involved in the original planning for the Altamont Commuter Express passenger rail service.

Bland, a State Farm Insurance Agent for 27 years in Tracy, did not seek re-election as mayor in 1994, but he continued to be active in the community.

As a member of the West Side Pioneer Association, he worked to save and restore the old one-room Lammersville School, which was eventually moved to Clyde Bland Park.

Mr. Bland was co-chairman of the Arts Leadership Alliance campaign to raise private funds for the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts project and served as ALA liaison with the city of Tracy.

Several years ago, Mr. Bland encountered problems with muscle control and last year was diagnosed with ALS, a motor-neutron disorder for which there is no cure.

He remained in his Tracy home under care of his wife, Ina, until Feb. 20, when he was taken to the Alexander Cohen Hospice in Hughson.


William Joseph Waters

Date: March 8, 2007
Publication: Standard-Examiner (Ogden, UT)

1948 -2007 "Faith and Courage"

MIDVALE -Our Loving Friend, Husband, Father, Grandfather, Son, Brother, and Uncle passed from this life to his eternal home to be with his daughter Anna. On Monday, March 5, 2007, under the watchful care of Vista Care, Bill passed away from complications of ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease).

Bill was born on April 24, 1948 in Brigham City, Utah to Joseph William Waters and Donna Mae Chlarson. He attended Bonneville High .

A great sport, reporter calm through a storm

Thu, March 15, 2007

Longtime Free Press staff member Doug Langford was best known for his coverage of golf and car racing.


Doug Langford wrote stories, edited copy and on more than one occasion gave an antsy reporter on deadline an impromptu shoulder massage to calm him down.

Barry Langford loved that story when a Free Press sportswriter recounted it to him at a funeral home visitation for his father on Tuesday.

"It said so much about dad," he said after a funeral service at St. Stephen's Memorial Anglican Church in London yesterday. "He was such a calming influence."

Doug, best known as a former Free Press golf and auto racing writer, died at the age of 70 at University Hospital on March 9, six months after being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Fortunately, said Barry, he was given "an early entry into heaven" and didn't have to suffer the most devastating effects of the fatal motor neuron condition also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

"Dad was never one to look for sympathy," said Barry. "I was amazed and awed by the courage he showed after the diagnosis."

Langford was remembered yesterday as a humble, friendly man of generous spirit, who didn't let the disease dampen his good nature.

Free Press records show that Langford came to the paper as a linotype operator from the Simcoe Reformer in 1965.

"He was probably the fastest hot metal typesetter we had in the composing room," said Dale Stolk, a veteran copy editor and page designer in the editorial department.

When metal type was replaced with paper pasteup in the mid-1970s, Langford was given a chance to retrain in the sports department.

"Dad appreciated the break he got and made it work for him and the paper," said Barry. "He was the kind of guy who would repay you ten-fold for what you did for him."

Langford became a mainstay of sports as a writer and editor for about 20 years until his retirement in 1995.

His career highlights included covering George Knudson and Moe Norman in golf tournaments and Mike Weir at the beginning of his career. His coverage of CASCAR and NASCAR racing was widely read for more than a decade.

He was a good golfer and a "huge gear head," said his son.

"He was always fixing and restoring cars like Corvettes and Malibus. I've seen aluminum heads on his kitchen table."

It was Doug Langford's nature to give his all to his passions, said Barry.

"He went to drag racing school to learn more about racing. And he made and repaired golf clubs."

Stolk, co-owner of a software training company called Q Integrators for about a decade, employed Langford after his retirement.

"He was unflappable, nothing phased him. He made learning easier for people."

03-15-2007, 07:00 AM

Hartselle High band director Dexter Greenhaw.

Longtime Hartselle High band director dies

By Deangelo McDaniel
and Holly Hollman

HARTSELLE — No matter what was going on in his personal life or how his health was, Dexter Greenhaw always put his students first.

Just shortly after he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease in 2004, for example, Greenhaw sat in his vehicle and watched the Hartselle High soccer team defeat Athens.

"It was a special moment and spoke volumes about Mr. Greenhaw," said Lisa Galloway, whose son, Nick, played for Hartselle.

Greenhaw, who served 10 years as director of Hartselle High's award-winning band, died at his Athens home Wednesday morning. He was 52.

His funeral will be Friday at 3 p.m. at Friendship United Meth-odist Church Multipurpose Building in Athens. The family will receive friends Friday from noon to 2:45 p.m. at the church.

McConnell Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

When doctors diagnosed Greenhaw with Lou Gehrig's disease, he said it was tough, but he accepted it and kept living.

"I've always said, we're all born terminal, it's just how we leave this world," Greenhaw said in a 2006 interview.

"He never lost his humor," said Greenhaw's minister, Cal-vin Havens of Friendship United Methodist Church in Athens. "He was diagnosed two years ago, and he contributed at the church until he could no longer go out a few months ago."

His church family watched as Greenhaw went from being able to play trumpet, guitar and piano to being unable to speak. He served as the church's music director for 17 years.

In October, Dexter, confined to a wheelchair, agreed to let Havens interview him for a video for the church's Web site. Havens said the video has had 90,000-plus hits and the church has received comments from those ranging from band directors to soldiers in Baghdad.

"He knew he was dying," Havens said. "He always kept the faith. He never lost the belief he was going to a better place."

Hartselle High Principal Jerry Reeves called Greenhaw a "dear friend" who was an "outstanding band director." Greenhaw was at Hartselle from 1994 to 2004. He also served as band director at Clements High in Limestone County from 1978 to 1986.

"He was the kind of teacher you wanted the kids around," Reeves said.

He credited Greenhaw with starting Hartselle's annual band competition fundraiser, which draws marching bands from across the state and Southeast.

"Dexter had an amazing ability to relate with people of all ages," Havens said.

Greenhaw also served as assistant coach of Hartselle High's soccer team when his son was a player.

Even though he could no longer stand on the sideline after doctor's diagnosed him with Lou Gehrig's disease, he continued to come to the games.

After the win over Athens, the team rushed to his car to show their appreciation.

"No matter what happened that day, the boys were going to win that game for Mr. Greenhaw," Galloway said.

To pay tribute to him, the players wore patches on their uniforms that said "Mr. G."

"He was so special and those kids loved him," Galloway said.

Greenhaw, an Athens High and University of North Alabama graduate, is survived by his wife, Cindy Greenhaw of Ath-ens; two sons, Zach Greenhaw of Atlanta, and Ian Greenhaw of Athens; his mother, Edna Greenhaw of Athens; and one brother, John Greenhaw of Athens.

In addition to teaching, he was music director at Friendship United Methodist Church for 17 years and played with the group, Denim, for 25 years.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Hospice of Limestone County or the Friendship United Meth-odist Church Building Fund.

In the online interview, Greenhaw said the disease made him feel like a prisoner in his own body. His mind was active, but his body unwilling to move. Still, Greenhaw said that when he thought about how Jesus had suffered for mankind, he couldn't be hopeless.

"I don't want my funeral to be depressing," Greenhaw said. "I want it to be a celebration."

He said he wanted "To God Be The Glory" and "The Potter's Hand" played, as well as something band-oriented.

"I want everyone to know what it is like to live through the music," Greenhaw said.

Havens said Greenhaw will be cremated and his ashes spread around an oak tree at the church. Members of one of Limestone County's high school bands may perform at his memorial.

Those who want to view Greenhaw's interview, called "Discovering Hope," can do so online at http://www.friendshipumc.org/.

03-16-2007, 07:03 AM
Nobody stood taller
Friday, March 16, 2007

Staff Writer

BRIDGETON -- The word "Benderized" cannot be found in Webster's Dictionary.

In fact, it probably doesn't mean anything to most people outside of Cumberland County.

But to the many people touched by the benevolent spirit of Lt. Leslie Bender, who died Monday, the word holds a very special meaning.

It's the feeling a person got after spending even just a little bit of time with the 26-year Bridgeton Police Department veteran, according to Det. Lt. Michael Gaimari.

"Anybody that met (Bender) walked away with a little part of him inside of them," he said Thursday, at a funeral service for the beloved former police officer. "Three-quarters of the current department never worked with him, but through their superiors, everyone has a little bit of him in them."

Bender died Monday at the age of 72 after a lengthy battle with Lou Gehrig's disease, a neurodegenerative disease which confined the lifelong county resident to a wheelchair for the later part of his life.

But somewhere out there, the Upper Deerfield resident is back on his feet, believed those who mourned the passing of the city police officer Thursday morning at Freitag Funeral Home.

"He's one person who probably didn't deserve this," Bridgeton Police Chief John Wentz said at Thursday's funeral service. "But he's probably in a much better place right now."

Wentz said he knew Bender his entire life, and told the crowd of friends and family gathered Thursday the former officer was "a very good man (who) never held a harsh feeling toward anyone."

That character trait was infectious, Wentz said.

Which made it just so much more tragic when, only days after retiring from the Bridgeton Police Department in January 1996, Bender was diagnosed with the deadly disease.
"He was looking forward to spending time with his family. There were things he wanted to do," said Rev. David L. Strope of the West Park United Methodist Church, comparing Bender to the character of George Bailey in the movie, "It's a Wonderful Life."

Strope officiated Thursday's service, which included a military-style multigun salute.

Strope said, like the character actor Jimmy Stewart made famous, Bender overcame his sudden disabilities and appreciated life to its fullest.

Like Bailey, Bender didn't let life's setbacks control him.

"In the last few days, (Bender) laughed," Strope said. "He was happy. He knew that he was going to be going to heaven."

Bender certainly had a full life to look back on in his final days.

Born in Bridgeton, he served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War as an underwater demolition diver.

After leaving the military, he worked for a few years at Ed's Body Shop.

But Bender was destined to do so much more than just help people by changing their oil and rotating their tires.

"He had a passion to help people," Strope said. "And he thought this could best be done by being a police officer."

Bender was the first person to obtain an associate's degree in criminal justice from Cumberland County College, after which he served as a Bridgeton Police officer for 26 years, rising to the level of sergeant.

At the time of his retirement, he was the highest-ranking city police sergeant, only one step removed from becoming lieutenant.

He took that last step in 2005, when city council bestowed the title of "lieutenant emeritus" upon Bender.

It was a proud moment that doctors told Bender he probably wouldn't live to see.

"(Bender) was proud that he exceeded (doctor) expectations for his life expectancy. But (this week), his fight against the disease had come to its conclusion. In his last few days, he laughed, happy that he would soon be with his wife, his son and his parents," Strope said.

Bender was predeceased by his wife of 49 years, JoAnna Hanshaw Bender, who died in 2006, and a son, Robert, who died at 22 months.

His surviving family members include a son, a daughter, four grandchildren, and one great-grandson, most of whom were at Thursday's service, along with his two caretakers, Loretta Soto and Margaret Miller.

Soto and Miller were like family to Bender.

Soto sang and read a poem at the funeral, her voice shaking with emotion.

"Now I know I can live in peace because I know you live in peace with angel wings," she recited.

Later, Bender's American flag-draped casket was carried from Freitag Funeral Home between two lines of saluting uniformed Bridgeton Police officers.

A lone bagpipe player played "The Rowan Tree," a traditional Scottish tune commonly heard at military-style funerals.

In that moment, after reflecting on the life of the celebrated Bridgeton Police officer, it was hard not to feel Benderized.


The Rev. Herman G. Stuempfle Jr., a former Lutheran minister in Baltimore who became a national church leader and president of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, died Tuesday at the Lutheran Home in the Pennsylvania town from complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis - Lou Gehrig's disease.
Born in Clarion, Pa., he attended public schools in Hughesville, Pa., and was a graduate of Susquehanna University and the Lutheran seminary. He held advanced degrees from Union Theological Seminary in New York and a doctorate from the Claremont School of Theology.

Before coming to the seminary in 1962 as professor of preaching, Dr. Stuempfle had ministries at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Baltimore from 1950 to 1953, and also in York, Pa., and Gettysburg. He had a 27-year career at the seminary, including 13 as president, and retired in 1989.

An author and poet, Dr. Stuempfle's most widely read theology text, Preaching Law and Gospel, was published by Fortress Press in 1978. He was a prolific writer of hymns, and produced four volumes of them.

03-16-2007, 11:46 AM
Wilma Quay (Peggy) Vines

Wilma Quay (Peggy) Vines, 75, of Fernandina Beach, passed away at her home on March 12, 2007, after an extended battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's disease."

Born on Jan. 6, 1932, in Oxford, Miss., the former Peggy Walker graduated from University High School and attended the University of Mississippi, where she studied Psychology and Business. Her marriage to a career military officer led to moves across the country, including Ft. Bragg, N.C.; Ft. Rucker, Ala; Anchorage, Alaska; Memphis, Tenn.; Ft. Monroe, Va.; Ft. Jackson, S.C.; Ft. Leavenworth, Kan.; Newport, R.I.; and Washington, D.C. After settling in the Washington, D.C., area, she worked as a Personnel Management Specialist for the Department of the Army and retired as a GS-12.

Upon retirement, Mrs. Vines and her husband relocated to Amelia Island 18 years ago, where she enjoyed her leisure time gardening, traveling, reading, golf outings and visiting with family and friends.

Peggy is survived by her husband of 52 years, Col. (Ret.) Ronald C. "Pete" Vines; three children and their spouses, Rebecca (Charles) Jenkins of Greer, S.C., Ronald C. (Jacklyn) Vines Jr. of Corona del Mar, Calif., and Jeffrey A. (Theresa) Vines of Woodbridge, Va.; five granddaughters, Dawn Jenkins, Lauren Jenkins, Charlotte Jenkins, Morgan Vines and Jessica Vines; siblings Dean Walker, Ken Walker and Genendle Parker, all of Oxford, Miss., and Jimmy Walker of Montgomery, Texas; a niece, Pamela Malone of Richardson, Texas, and two step-grandchildren and eight step-great-grandchildren of Newport Beach, Calif.

Mrs. Vines was a loving wife, mother, sister and friend who touched the lives of so many and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She was a truly wonderful lady of the oldest traditions and about whom an unkind word was never spoken. May she now rest in peace.

The family will receive friends between 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Oxley-Heard Funeral Home. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Graveside services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the ALS Association, 3242 Parkside Center Circle, Tampa, FL 33619-0907.

Oxley-Heard Funeral Directors

Decter, Andrew Scott

DECTER Andrew Scott Decter Owned insurance group and brokerage company, 47 Active in fund-raising and research to fight ALS Andrew Scott Decter, 47, died March 7, 2007, after a 5- year battle with ALS, Lou Gehrigs Disease. Arrangements were by Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel, Livingston. A longtime resident of West Orange and Livingston, Andrew was a 1980 graduate of Livingston High School and George Washington University in 1984. Andrew and his late father, Philip, owned the Decter Insurance Group and Private Brokerage of Livingston. After being diagnosed in 2001, Andy became a tireless searcher for the latest, cutting edge treatments for this disease, taking him to doctors from Harvard, the Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins and Beijing, China, where he received stem cell treatment. His involvement with the ALS Association of Greater N.Y. enabled him to turn a fatal diagnosis into an activist role. Andy and his parents created a fundraising golf tournament at the Green Brook Country Club to raise money for the ALS Association of Greater N.Y. From there, they, along with family friends, helped to establish the South Florida Research Foundation, which has as of March 5, 2007, held their fifth golf tournament fundraiser, raising in excess of $600,000 for Project ALS, whose sole purpose involves funding research for a cure for this disease. Andys credo was always to take lifes challenges, whatever they may be and meet them head on with courage and conviction. He was a wonderful and loving father, son, brother and friend. Andy is survived by his children, Jessica, Alex and Amanda; his mother, Alice Decter; his sister, Lori Yaspan; his uncle, Stephen Decter; his nephew, Corey Yaspan, and his brother-in-law, Richard Yaspan. He was the son of the late Philip Decter. Contributions may be made in Andys memory to the ALS Association, 116 John St., Suite 1304, New York, N.Y. 10038.
Published in the Star-Ledger on 3/11/2007.

03-17-2007, 05:27 PM
To a fine lady, a small town and a big legacy

By Ron Rozelle

Published March 18, 2007

Here goes a totally inadequate attempt to say goodbye to my friend Janice Eubank, who was a textbook example of a master teacher, a constant lover of life and a courageous fighter.

She was a proud daughter of Tulia, who left that tiny burg a long time ago and went home for good last week.

I never heard her say “I’m from a little town near Amarillo,” or “I’m from the Panhandle.” It was always “I’m from Tulia,” boomed out in a confident, determined voice.

One summer, I tagged along on one of the many trips on which she took her students to Washington, D.C. Janice believed that every American should visit our capital city and, since I hadn’t, she shamed me into going. One hot day, our tour bus broke down in a seedy neighborhood. While we waited beside the street for another bus to come and collect us, one of the kids took a look around and said she sure wouldn’t want to live there. Another student said it wasn’t any worse than where he was from.

Whereupon Janice, her nose already in the city map and planning our next stop, cast one of her pearls. “Don’t ever be ashamed of where you came from,” she said, “just don’t let it keep you from where you’re going.” Then she slapped the map shut — everything she did was so full of energy that I sometimes got exhausted just watching her — and looked up the street for that new bus.

She was always looking for something. A new way to teach a lesson, a new place to eat, a new cake recipe that she could whip up and bring to the teacher’s workroom, a new town in the Hill Country to explore.

This was a lady who truly made an effort to get the most out of each and every day. And there’s just not a lot of folks that I can say that about. She could thoroughly enjoy an Italian opera in Houston and, later that night, have a great time two-stepping to country music.

She decided she wanted to be a teacher when she was still a little girl, out there in Tulia. And she never wavered from the plan. She started teaching in the early 1960s and she kept at it well past when she could retire with full benefits. In fact, when she had stayed longer than her health had, we thought we’d have to change the lock on her classroom door to make her stay home and rest.

Because she didn’t want to rest. She wanted to teach. She was my colleague for more than 20 years, and I don’t believe I’ve ever seen anyone who honestly loved the profession as much as she did. She was almost always the first teacher to arrive in the morning, and often the last to leave in the afternoon. She served on countless committees, was the chair of the social studies department and was elected the district’s Teacher of the Year. But honors and committees weren’t nearly as important to her as when she stood up in front of her class and did what she knew that she had been built to do.

Her students were fortunate to have crossed her path. And so were her friends. I counted myself one of those, and I’ll always be grateful for it.

In all the years I knew her, the only thing close to a disagreement that we ever had was over homemade chili. I put beans in mine, and Janice maintained that real Texans just don’t do that. So she was quick to tell me, and quick, literally, as she told me. Sometimes she’d get to talking so fast that her listeners would lean forward, as if being pulled along in her wake.

She talked like she lived, at full throttle.

In fact, I never saw anything slow her down until she got Lou Gehrig’s disease. When she had to start using a wheelchair, we knew that it was bad. Then, when that fine, quick mind started going, we knew that it was only a matter of time.

The time finally came last week.

She was a proud daughter of Tulia. And Tulia, where she was buried, can be mighty proud of her.

© 2007 Ron Rozelle

Award-winning author Ron Rozelle has written six books. He teaches creative writing at Brazoswood High School. He can be reached at ronrozelle(at)sbcglobal.net.

03-18-2007, 10:54 AM
Ronald Robert Trump 1945 ~ 2007 CENTERVILLE - Ronald Robert Trump passed away in his home on March 13, 2007 of causes related to ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). He was born June 28, 1945 in Lincoln, Nebraska to Robert Austin and Estella Ford Trump. Ronald married Nancy Louise Price in the Salt Lake Temple on June 5, 1967. Their family has been their most prized possessions, having eight children all who have been sealed to eternal companions. Kim (David) Thompson, Kerri (Jon) Erickson, Kristin (Michael) Childs, Stephen (Janice) Trump, Scott (Susan) Trump, Shane (Elizabeth) Trump, Bradley (Lacey) Trump, Bryan (Erin) Trump. His 26 grandchildren, all of whom he adored, loved, cherished, and played with constantly will remember: holiday excitement, 4-wheelers, camping, sleepovers, D.Q. runs, late nights with friends, barbeques, swimming pool, and wild rides. The times he treasured most were going places with his wife, spending time with his children, and sharing happy times with grandkids, neighbor kids, and friends in his backyard. He taught his children to work hard, be responsible, to love each other, to be respectful of others, and to go beyond themselves with helpful hands and hearts to those in need. He served an LDS mission to Northern England. He was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and he served faithfully wherever called. He particularly enjoyed the youth and the many boating and camping trips with the young men and young women. For 15 years he coached baseball in the Centerville Baseball Leagues. His association with his sons and other young boys in those years brought joy and satisfaction to many families. He served two terms on the Centerville Planning Commission and served for over 18 years on the Centerville Irrigation Company Board of Directors. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Utah. He owned his own small development and residential construction business in Centerville, where he enjoyed his associations with many people. Funeral services will be held in the Centerville Utah South Stake Center at 270 North and 300 East on Monday, March 19 at 12 noon. Viewing held 10-11:30 a.m. prior to the service. Viewing in the Centerville Third LDS Ward meeting house at 900 South and 400 East will be from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 18, 2007. In addition to his immediate family, he is survived by four brothers and one sister (and spouses); Roland (Susan), Douglas (Grace), Roger (Nan), and Bryce (Kelley), and Phyllis (Darol Wintle), and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Robert A. Trump on June 19, 1978 and his mother Estella Ford Trump on December 25, 2006. Contributions may be made to any Wells Fargo branch in Ron's name for ALS Research. Online guest book at www.russonmortuary.com
Published in the Salt Lake Tribune from 3/15/2007 - 3/18/2007.
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Joseph A. Miller

Joseph A. Miller, 57, of Kenna passed away March 13, 2007. Long and Fisher Funeral Home, Sissonville is in charge of arrangements.

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Joseph A. Miller

Joseph A. Miller, 57, of Kenna went home to be with the Lord March 13, 2007, at the Huntington VA Hospital after a courageous battle with Lou Gehrig's disease.

Joe was a truck driver, an avid hunter, fisherman, and was a Marine, having served in the Vietnam War. Joe received the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with a Good Conduct Medal, and the Rifle Sharpshooter Badge.

Joe was preceded in death by his uncle, Billy K.

He is survived by: his wife, Carol Jividen Miller at home; stepchildren, Angie Noble of Kenton, Ohio, Kelly Spurgeon and her husband, Duane, of Roanoke, Va., and Derrick Mowery and his wife, Alicia, of Alexandria, Va.; parents, Harold and Gloria Miller of Kenna; sister, Linda Lion of Charleston; grandchildren, Sara and Tyler Noble of Kenton, Ohio, Michael, Kayla, Hannah, Tiffany, Jacob and Brandi Spurgeon of Roanoke, Va., and Brandon and Taylor Mowery of Alexandria, Va.; loving canine companion, Fats; and a host of friends.

The funeral service will be 6 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Long & Fisher Funeral Home, Sissonville, with Aaron Jones officiating. Military rites will be conducted by the West Virginia National Honor Guard.

Friends may call from 3 p.m. Saturday until the time of the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the ALS Association, Development Department, 27001 Agoura Road, Suite 150, Calabasas Hills, CA 91301.

Condolences can be made by visiting longfisherfuneralhome.com.


John R. Rand
Mining and Engineering Geologist, 82, Of Elmwood Road, Pownal, MEdied of Lou Gehrig's Disease on March 15, 2007 at the Maine Veteran's Home in Scarborough. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, a son of William Baker McNear Rand and Lucy Kimball Robbins Rand. Upon graduation from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1943, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps, and served as radio operator gunner in the First Photo Reconnaisance Squadron in North Africa and Okinawa, reaching the grade of S/Sgt. After the war, he earned a degree in Geological Sciences at Harvard in 1949 and followed with a year at graduate courses in mining geology. His work in geology spanned more than 57 years, including early positions as Chief Geologist for a copper mining company in northern Michigan, and as the State Geologist of Maine. Going into consulting in 1959, as a sole proprietor, his practice dealt with many varied engineering geology and mining projects. He was Principal Geologist for five pump-storage hydroelectric projects and more than a dozen nuclear power projects including Maine Yankee, the Seabrook Station and Central Maine Power's project at Sears Island in Penobscot Bay. With geologist Carol A. White of Chebeague Island, he performed numerous groundwater studies for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, both for remediation of contaminated groundwater and in searches for new water supplies. In mining, he did coal lands management in Kentucy, and exploration for metals and industrial minerals throughout the United States. In 1960, Ed Lowe, the inventor of Kitty Litter and founder of the cat litter industry, retained him to find absorbent clay deposits for his new company (now part of the Nestle Company), and to plan and design all of its mine developments, and he continued in that position for more than 4 decades. He married Sally Ann Wallace of Lunenburg, Massachusetts on June 23, 1951, and they moved immediately to Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where their two sons were born, Robert Wallace Rand of Freeport, Maine and William Baker Rand of Pownal, Maine and Torre Vieja, Spain, all of whom survive him. Also surviving are his granddaughter Katherine Alden Rand and his sisters Emily Rand Herman of Georgetown, Maine and Lucy Everts of Wayland, Massachusetts and his brother Dr. Peter W. Rand of Cape Elizabeth, Maine and many beloved nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother William M. Rand, Jr. of Raymond, Maine. The family is most grateful for the many kindnesses and love given by the staffs at Togues and Midcoast Hospitals and the Maine Veteran's Home in Scarborough. There will be only a Private Service. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the puppy dogs at Coastal Humane Society, 30 Range Road, Brunswick, Maine 04011. Arrangements are under the guidance of Independent Death Care of Maine LLC, 471 Deering Avenue, PORTLAND, ME.
Published in the Boston Globe on 3/18/2007.

03-24-2007, 02:24 PM
To a fine lady, a small town and a big legacy

By Ron Rozelle

Published March 18, 2007

Here goes a totally inadequate attempt to say goodbye to my friend Janice Eubank, who was a textbook example of a master teacher, a constant lover of life and a courageous fighter.

She was a proud daughter of Tulia, who left that tiny burg a long time ago and went home for good last week.

I never heard her say “I’m from a little town near Amarillo,” or “I’m from the Panhandle.” It was always “I’m from Tulia,” boomed out in a confident, determined voice.

One summer, I tagged along on one of the many trips on which she took her students to Washington, D.C. Janice believed that every American should visit our capital city and, since I hadn’t, she shamed me into going. One hot day, our tour bus broke down in a seedy neighborhood. While we waited beside the street for another bus to come and collect us, one of the kids took a look around and said she sure wouldn’t want to live there. Another student said it wasn’t any worse than where he was from.

Whereupon Janice, her nose already in the city map and planning our next stop, cast one of her pearls. “Don’t ever be ashamed of where you came from,” she said, “just don’t let it keep you from where you’re going.” Then she slapped the map shut — everything she did was so full of energy that I sometimes got exhausted just watching her — and looked up the street for that new bus.

She was always looking for something. A new way to teach a lesson, a new place to eat, a new cake recipe that she could whip up and bring to the teacher’s workroom, a new town in the Hill Country to explore.

This was a lady who truly made an effort to get the most out of each and every day. And there’s just not a lot of folks that I can say that about. She could thoroughly enjoy an Italian opera in Houston and, later that night, have a great time two-stepping to country music.

She decided she wanted to be a teacher when she was still a little girl, out there in Tulia. And she never wavered from the plan. She started teaching in the early 1960s and she kept at it well past when she could retire with full benefits. In fact, when she had stayed longer than her health had, we thought we’d have to change the lock on her classroom door to make her stay home and rest.

Because she didn’t want to rest. She wanted to teach. She was my colleague for more than 20 years, and I don’t believe I’ve ever seen anyone who honestly loved the profession as much as she did. She was almost always the first teacher to arrive in the morning, and often the last to leave in the afternoon. She served on countless committees, was the chair of the social studies department and was elected the district’s Teacher of the Year. But honors and committees weren’t nearly as important to her as when she stood up in front of her class and did what she knew that she had been built to do.

Her students were fortunate to have crossed her path. And so were her friends. I counted myself one of those, and I’ll always be grateful for it.

In all the years I knew her, the only thing close to a disagreement that we ever had was over homemade chili. I put beans in mine, and Janice maintained that real Texans just don’t do that. So she was quick to tell me, and quick, literally, as she told me. Sometimes she’d get to talking so fast that her listeners would lean forward, as if being pulled along in her wake.

She talked like she lived, at full throttle.

In fact, I never saw anything slow her down until she got Lou Gehrig’s disease. When she had to start using a wheelchair, we knew that it was bad. Then, when that fine, quick mind started going, we knew that it was only a matter of time.

The time finally came last week.

She was a proud daughter of Tulia. And Tulia, where she was buried, can be mighty proud of her.

© 2007 Ron Rozelle

Award-winning author Ron Rozelle has written six books. He teaches creative writing at Brazoswood High School. He can be reached at ronrozelle(at)sbcglobal.net.


Phyllis McCombs
MCCOMBS, PHYLLIS, age 59, of Hueytown, AL, passed away on Sunday, March 18, 2007. She was a member of River Road Baptist Church and was a part time employee of Peoples Chapel Funeral Home. She passed away after a courageous battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert "Mac" McCombs. She is survived by her daughter, Sharon Veasey (Mark) of Hueytown; two sisters, Janet Bates (Larry) of Gardendale and Jo Wood of Columbiana; one brother, Gary Pickett (Alberta) of Hueytown; two grandsons, Ryan and David Veasey of Hueytown; and a host of other family and friends. The family would like to thank New Beacon Hospice and their staff, the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the ALS Ironhorse Foundation. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 21, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. at People Chapel Funeral Home with burial in Forest Grove Cemetery. Steve Garland and Fred Raymond officiating. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 from 5:30 until 8:00 p.m. at Peoples Chapel. The family requests that memorials be made to the ALS Ironhorse Foundation, P.O. Box 59794, Birmingham, AL 35259-9794.

03-24-2007, 02:41 PM
Michael Mario Xuereb: Made his mark in food and real estate

07:05 AM CDT on Thursday, March 22, 2007
By JOE SIMNACHER / The Dallas Morning News

Michael Mario Xuereb, a native of Malta, became a successful Dallas real estate entrepreneur and restaurateur.

The businesses complemented each other, and for several years, beginning in the late 1980s, Mr. Xuereb operated both in northeast Dallas.

"He always used to brag to everybody that he took care of the two basic needs: food and shelter," said his son Michael J. Xuereb of Dallas.

"You could come on in to him and, in an evening, walk out with a full belly and a house, if you wanted one."

Mr. Xuereb, 67, died Sunday of complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

A funeral Mass for Mr. Xuereb will be celebrated at 10 a.m. today at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.

He will be entombed in Calvary Hill Mausoleum.

"He just loved people, obviously," his son said.

Born in Tarxien, Malta, Mr. Xuereb grew up in a family of 11 children.

He majored in theology and philosophy at the University of Rome before he immigrated to Detroit in 1963 to be near an uncle who lived there.

Mr. Xuereb didn't like Detroit and moved to the Dallas area, where his brother, the Rev. Publius Xuereb, had been assigned after being ordained. Father Xuereb is pastor of Holy Cross Catholic Church in The Colony.

Mr. Xuereb attended what is now the University of Texas at Arlington and received his master's degree in English from the University of Dallas, while teaching Italian one day a week at Richland College.

He attended law school at Southern Methodist University but changed his career plans after his mother died in Malta.

In 1972, he and two brothers opened an Italian restaurant, Mike's Spaghetti Inn, on East Mockingbird Lane at Skillman Street. His brothers later returned to Malta, but Mr. Xuereb stayed with the business, where he met many real estate professionals.

By the early 1980s, Mr. Xuereb, who had dabbled in real estate since his law school days, decided to focus on the profession, his son said.

"That's when he started working for Merrill Lynch; he got his real estate license and went to work for Merrill Lynch and did very well," his son said.

Mr. Xuereb then started Michael's Realty Inc., which specialized in property in East Dallas and Lakewood. In addition to helping people buy and sell homes, he invested in properties and became a landlord.

By the late 1980s, he decided to re-enter the restaurant business: He opened the Spaghetti Inn, this time in Hillside Village at Mockingbird Lane and Hillside Drive. His real estate office was right next door.

An avid sports fan, Mr. Xuereb gave up his second restaurant to attend all his son's football games at Bishop Lynch High School in the early 1990s.

In addition to his brother and son, Mr. Xuereb is survived by his wife, Mary Carmel Xuereb of Dallas; another son, Colin Xuereb of Dallas; and several other brothers and five sisters, who are scattered around the world.

Memorials may be made to the North Texas ALS Association, 1231 Greenway Drive, Suite 270, Irving, Texas 75038.

C. George Brower
PLEASANT VALLEY - C. George Brower, "Popcorn Man", 66, a lifelong resident of Pleasant Valley died Monday, March 19, 2007 at his home after a brave and courageous battle with Lou Gehrig's Disease. He was lovingly cared for at home by his family and friends. Mr. Brower was employed by Norki Energy Systems in Poughkeepsie prior to his illness. He was a member of Pleasant Valley Presbyterian Church in Pleasant Valley. Born in Sharon, CT on June 9, 1940, he was the son of the late Clayton Edward Brower and Dorcas Honour Brower who resides in Hyde Park. After graduating from Arlington High School he joined the Air Force and served 4 years. He then signed on with the US Navy Sea Bee Reserves, retiring after 28 years of service. On May 28, 1965 at Pleasant Valley Presbyterian Church, George married Joyce Purdy. Mrs Brower survives at home. George had a great love for people and spent many years with his antique popcorn wagons at fairs, flea markets and car shows. He was one of the original members of the Century Museum Village demonstrating with his collection of old time antique engines and other collectibles. He also loved collecting music boxes and carousel items, traveling around the country to many meets. Wheels were his passion and he loved restoring old cars. We would like to thank his many friends from the car community who have supported us during George's illness. In addition to his wife Joyce and mother Dorcas, George is survived by his son Jeff, daughter in law Aimee and the light of his life, granddaughter Isabella all of San Francisco,CA; sisters, Kathy Blackwell and husband Rory of Hyde Park and Nancy Heriegel and husband Mert of Florida; brothers, David Brower of AZ., and Peter and his wife Gayle of Pleasant Valley; mother in law, Anne Purdy of Pleasant Valley; sister in law, Ida Mikula and husband Mike of Pleasant Valley; and brother in law, Edward Purdy and wife Carole of OK. George was able to experience some wonderful adventures/interests with his many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Thursday 4-8 pm at Allen Funeral Home, 1605 Main St., Pleasant Valley. Funeral services will be held Friday 11 am from Pleasant Valley Presbyterian Church, Main St., Pleasant Valley. Inurnment will be at the convenience of the family in Pleasant Valley Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in George's memory to Pleasant Valley Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 417, Pleasant Valley,NY 12569 or Pleasant Valley Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 664, Pleasant Valley,NY 12569. If you would like to send the family a condolence and for directions, please visit www.HudsonValleyFuneralHomes.com

03-25-2007, 07:51 PM
George Bainbridge

George Bainbridge, age 46, of Manhattan, IL, born Oct. 2, 1960, passed away March 20, 2007, at Joliet Community Hospice Home. George suffered from ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) since July of 2004. George was a 20 year member of the Chicago Local #52 Tuck Pointer Union. George is survived by his wife of 12 years, Amy; and their three young boys, Ryan, nine; Carson, three; and Grant, nine months old. A benefit fund has been established for the Bainbridge Family at any Harris Bank location.

03-28-2007, 08:29 AM

Gary "The Grrr" Loritz
Gary "The Grrr" Loritz 1949 ~ 2007 Gary "The Grrr" Loritz died peacefully in his sleep on Monday, March 12, from ALS at the age of 57. Gary was attended by his loving wife Kristie. Gary was born in Biloxi, Miss., on Nov. 11, 1949, while his father was in the Air Force. He was raised in Southern California until 1963, when his mother, sister and brother David moved to Park City. Gary attended Park City High School and graduated from Skyline High in 1967. Gary attended the University of Utah where he was on the ski team. Gary's passion for skiing started in 1963 at Treasure Mountain Resort, now Park City Mountain Resort, where he was on the first ski racing team and was coached by Gordy West and Jim McConkey. His passion for skiing continued throughout his life. He was a world-class ski racer and well known by USA Ski Team members and the racing community. He and Claudio Vianello founded the USSA Alpine Master's Ski Racing Program. Gary was known for his love for speed, his impatience with tight courses and his quick wit. His lifelong contribution to ski racing is celebrated with the USSA Alpine Master's Loritz Cup held in January. Gary built his ranch, "Racers Roost," in 1995, where he raised his horses and ran his business, Spa Tenders, started in 1984 and now run by his son Gordy. He had a strong spiritual connection to the Escalante River on Lake Powell, where he loved to take family and friends. Gary is survived by his loving "Angel" wife Kristie; his beloved son Gordy; father Edmund Loritz; sister Kathy Loritz-Mechling; and brother Danny Loritz. Other family members include Sally Lundstrom Loritz Sunberg; Sheila Loritz; Brook Haven and Janzen Gower; Patricia, Tracie and Stephie Fails. He is preceded in death by his mother Lianne K. Parks and brother David Loritz. His beloved and faithful dog, Sierra, died shortly after his death. There will be a celebration of Gary's life on March 31, from 2 to 6 p.m., at Butcher's Restaurant on Park Avenue in Park City. All friends and family are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, please send a contribution to your favorite charity.
Published in the Salt Lake Tribune on 3/18/2007.
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03-28-2007, 07:25 PM
Mauldin, community leader and volunteer, died Saturday

Lanny Mauldin, a community leader and long-time member of the Rhea Medical Center Board of Directors, died Saturday at RMC of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was 66.

A retired professional photographer who owned successful businesses in Florida, Chattanooga and Dayton, Mauldin was a strong supporter of the Dayton community since moving from Florida in 1979.

He served as president of the Dayton Chamber of Commerce in 1984-85 and was a member of the Rhea County Commission from 1990 to 1998. He was also a member of the Rhea County Homeland Security Team. Mauldin was a long-time member of the Rhea County Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol and served as squadron commander for several years.

Bryan College President Dr. Stephen Livesay gave an informal eulogy for Mauldin Monday evening during the Dayton Chamber of Commerce annual banquet.

“Lanny helped virtually every institution in this community in some way,” Livesay said. “He was a man of diverse interests. The last trip we took together up to Muddy Pond to get some fresh sorghum molasses—something we both loved—he told me about how he used to work with the Civil Air Patrol and volunteer his time for search and rescue missions.

“Lanny was a friend to all,” Livesay continued. “It didn’t matter to him if you were a king on a hill or a peasant in the valley; he would treat you with the same respect.”

Mauldin was born in Mansfield, La., on Dec. 26, 1940. He served with the U.S. Army and was an award-winning professional photographer who was contracted to photograph NASA space shots and several presidents.

He and his wife, Barbara, former principal of Graysville Elementary School, moved to Dayton in 1979. A member of Dayton First United Methodist Church, he was well known for his fish fries and chili suppers, which he regularly prepared as fundraisers for local church and civic groups.

The owner and operator of Mauldin Photography in Dayton and then Quality Photo Services in Chattanooga, he also served on the President’s Conference on Small Business. Recently the Dayton Rotary Club named him an honorary member and a Paul Harris Fellow for his contributions to the club, although he had never been a member. Wal-Mart also recognized Mauldin as a Wal-Mart Hometown Hero.

03-31-2007, 08:10 AM
Respected judge dies after house fire
San Grewal, The Toronto Star Staff Reporter
TORONTO -- When Canadian legal icon Sam Filer reached the height of his career, he refused to let a debilitating condition slow him down. The man who had earlier helped persecuted Jewish citizens of the former Soviet Union continued his dogged fight for human rights.

Shortly after he was appointed an Ontario District Judge (now referred to as Ontario Superior Court Judge) in 1984, Filer was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which eventually paralyzed him from the neck down.

On Wednesday, after a fire at his home, he died at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre of complications related to his condition.

During a memorial service yesterday, Filer's wife Toni Silberman asked those in attendance to remember her husband as both a courageous champion of human rights and a beloved family man and friend to all those he loved.

She singled out her husband's close relationship with her mother -- whom Filer invited on their honeymoon -- and her sister, Canadian Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Abella.

His legacy, she said, will live on in the memories of all those he touched.

"He had a fundamental interest in people and their concerns," said Patrick LeSage, former Chief Justice of the Ontario Superior Court. "I was there when he was appointed in 1984 and we became not only colleagues, but close friends."

LeSage spoke at yesterday's service at Benjamin's Park Memorial on Steeles Ave. W., detailing Filer's illustrious career as a corporate lawyer with a personal interest in human rights and then his remarkable career as a judge.

He told the Star about the work that set Filer apart.

"There was a group in Canada started around the late '70s, early '80s, called the Canadian Committee of Lawyers and Jurists for Soviet Jewry, to promote the cause of Jews in the (former) Soviet Union. Sam was one of the co-founders."

The group was instrumental in putting pressure on the Russian government to allow often-persecuted Jewish citizens to emigrate. Filer made regular trips overseas and the movement eventually helped thousands of Jewish Russians come to Canada and other western countries, long before the cold war ended.

"When he was diagnosed with ALS, it was obviously tremendously traumatic and upsetting to he and Toni," LeSage said.

"As it progressed, though, what you saw was this tremendous strength of character and sheer courage you might not have seen before. It began to shine."

In 1999 Filer was honoured with a special award by B'nai Brith's League for Human Rights.

"He had an absolutely stellar reputation, not just with one organization, but with an entire range of Jewish organizations," said Frank Dimant, vice-president of B'nai Brith Canada, said in a phone interview from Florida. "He was a natural leader."

Filer chaired the national Civil Liberties Section of the Canadian Bar Association and its Ontario branch, and was also on the national executive of the Canadian Jewish Congress, which honours other distinguished members with an award in Filer's name.

Eventually, however, the ALS -- a progressive fatal neurological disease -- began to take its toll. Although he continued working as a judge with the help of a speaking device, the rigors of the job finally caught up with him. He retired from the bench in 2004. Sam Filer is survived by his wife, their four children, and eight grandchildren.

04-01-2007, 07:42 AM
Tom Jay showed strength on and off the field


Tom Jay was a gifted athlete.

He grew up in Massillon, Ohio, a town rich in high school football tradition, and was an All-Ohio right end during Paul Brown’s tenure as coach.

Brown, for whom the National Football League Cleveland Browns are named, went on to become a member of the NFL Hall of Fame.

Mr. Jay was an athlete at the universities of Oregon and Wisconsin and played semi-pro football in Cleveland.

He was a sports fan throughout his life and was an avid tennis player, a good swimmer and an outdoorsman.

Thomas Cashmere Jay died in his sleep March 19 of complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He was 82.

The disease attacks the nervous system and Mr. Jay was paralyzed from the neck down his last three years.

The deterioration of such an active man was difficult for his family to watch.

“But in spite of that, he maintained his strength of character and his dignity through the whole thing,” his son, Thomas Dale Jay of Fayetteville, said. “ALS can strike anyone at any time during their life, but luckily it struck Dad in his late 70's, so he was able to live most of his life actively without the disease.”

In addition to his son, Mr. Jay is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary; daughters, Linda Marie Bischoff of South Hold, N.Y., and June Renee Eck of Fayetteville; and three grandchildren.

Mr. Jay served in the Army in World War II and was awarded three Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart. He was among American troops who marched into Nagasaki shortly after an atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese city.

In civilian life, he worked for Whitney Trading Co. for 20 years and was also affiliated with J.C. Penney, Treasure City and Wal-Mart as a manager and director of stores.

He loved his work and was good at it, spending his last 20 years in Fayetteville.

“He kept retiring,” his wife said, “but he couldn’t stay retired. He was restless and if someone asked him to do something, he was there.”

Mrs. Jay met her future husband in high school.

“He was tall (6-3), handsome, and a nice, wonderful person from the very beginning,” she recalled. “He was very out-going and a sincere person. He loved people and always wanted to help those who needed help. He was just a lovable guy.”

Mr. Jay enjoyed life to the fullest. He loved laughter and often whistled when he was relaxed or busy doing yard work.

“He was an eater,” Mrs. Jay said. “Everything was his favorite, but he loved to make his own spaghetti.”

Mr. Jay was a music lover and owned a large selection of compact discs. He loved the Big Band sounds such as the Glenn Miller Orchestra.

“We’ve seen all the Big Band guys in person,” Mrs. Jay said. “We would go and dance. I guess you could say dancing was our other sport.”

Mr. Jay had the knack of making people feel special. He was a dedicated family man and made friends easily, mustering smiles for home health caregivers and the nursing staffs on the eighth floor at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center and the third floor at Highsmith-Rainey.

Looking after his ailing father’s needs also influenced his son.

“It gave purpose to my life,” Thomas Dale Jay said. “The lesson that comes out of that is the strength that you find in your families and friends.”

Mr. Jay’s daughter, Linda, remembers her father’s coolness under pressure, even as his health failed.

“I can’t say enough for what my father’s life represents,” she said, “but I remember that, when things got tough, he would always say ‘At least I’m not in a foxhole and no one is shooting at me.’”

Mr. Jay often closed conversations with a simple request: “Do good things.”

“That’s what I’m going to do with the rest of my life,” Linda said. “I want to do good things.”

Jim Pettit can be reached at pettitj@fayobserver.com or 486-3583.

04-03-2007, 03:33 PM

Ronald A. Snyder, of Kennedy, started every day with a pot of coffee and an enthusiasm for life that kept him young.
"He never looked his age," said Kathy Snyder, his wife of more than 29 years. "He looked 10 years younger than his age."

Mr. Snyder, a Lawrenceville native and retired firefighter, died Saturday, March 31, 2007, after a lengthy battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). He was 66.

His interests included country and rock music, coffee, bicycling, gardening, do-it-yourself home projects, cooking, camping and classic cars. And dental flossing?

"My daughter put that in (his obituary notice)," Kathy Snyder said with a laugh. "He liked to take care of his teeth. That was one thing for sure."

Alyssa Snyder said her father was a "country boy at heart" despite his urban background. He never tired of watching the seasons change, she said.

Her father never let his wide-ranging interests take the place of his family, Alyssa Snyder said.

"He saved a lot of money, but he never used it for the things that he liked to do," she said.

Instead, the money put her and her brother, Eric, through college.

Mr. Snyder's two favorite places were Virginia Beach, where he and Kathy spent their honeymoon, and Disney World. They went to Disney World several times with the children and several times more on their own, his wife said.

Typically, they started each day as soon as the amusement park opened up and would stay until it closed. "He was like a kid at heart," she said.

Mr. Snyder worked as a machinist and spent four years in the Air Force before discovering his passion for firefighting. He served on the Allegheny County fire department at Pittsburgh International Airport until he retired in 2001.

Mr. Snyder took a week off before starting a job with Butler Auto Auction in Cranberry, where he worked for four years until his worsening condition from ALS forced him to take medical leave, his wife said.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy Strope Snyder, of Kennedy; daughter, Alyssa Snyder, of Kennedy; son, Eric Snyder, of Westland, Mich.; mother, Dorothy Dieter Snyder, of Lawrenceville; brother, Edward Snyder, of Sebring, Fla.; and sister, Gloria Watcher, of Penn Hills.

He was preceded in death by his father, Edward Snyder.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. today at McDermott Funeral Home, 334 Forest Grove Road, Kennedy.

A funeral service will be held at noon Wednesday at Ken Mawr United Presbyterian Church, Kennedy.

04-04-2007, 02:27 PM
BOWMAN, Chad, 34, of Tampa, passed away Monday, April 2, 2007. He was preceded in death by his brother, Shane, and is survived by his parents, Brian and Brenda Bowman of Auburn, Ala. The family will receive friends 7-8 p.m. Thursday at Blount & Curry Funeral Home, 605 S. MacDill Ave. Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, April 6, at Hyde Park United Methodist Church, 500 W. Platt St. Those who so desire may make memorial contributions to The ALS Association, Florida Chapter, 5005 W. Laurel St., Suite 110, Tampa, FL 33607. Please sign the online guestbook at www.blountcurry.com

04-04-2007, 05:03 PM
Obituary: Ronald A. Snyder / Allegheny County firefighter who had a sense of humor
July 5, 1940 - March 31, 2007
Wednesday, April 04, 2007

By Torsten Ove, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

He grew up a car-loving gearhead in Lawrenceville and spent nearly 30 years as a robust firefighter at Pittsburgh International Airport who dreamed of building a house one day with his own hands.

Ronald A. Snyder was the kind of guy who could do things.

On a bet, he once lifted an engine out of a car as an 18-year-old and walked around his block in Lawrenceville carrying it to prove his strength.

Even when he developed ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, in 2005, he said he would defeat it.

"He was just so upbeat, so positive," said Gene Hillard, president of International Association of Firefighters Local 1038. "We went to his house and we laughed and joked. This is the kind of guy who inspires me, because I'm pretty much a pessimist."

But after a long battle, Mr. Snyder's condition steadily declined. He ultimately couldn't beat the disease and died Saturday. He was 66 and lived in Kennedy.

A former fuel specialist in the U.S. Air Force, Mr. Snyder spent his career as an Allegheny County firefighter at the airport, where he and his comrades responded to fuel spills, fires, medical problems.

He especially enjoyed working as an emergency medical technician and once helped rush a pregnant woman to the hospital just as the baby was crowning.

His best friend, John McMurray, 65, of Las Vegas, said Mr. Snyder was relieved not to handle the delivery himself. That was one of the few duties he hoped he wouldn't have to tackle.

"It was closer than he ever wanted it to be," said Mr. McMurray. "His worst nightmare was to have to deliver a baby."

The airport has 44 firefighters who stay busy on calls of all kinds.

"You'd be surprised," said his wife, Kathy, 53. "A lot of stuff doesn't make the news."

Many days were routine, but not Sept. 8, 1994, when USAir Flight 427 crashed in Beaver County. Mr. Snyder responded from home.

"He was there within a half hour," said Mrs. Snyder. "He spent a lot of time there. It really affected him."

Many firefighters retired after the crash and Mr. Snyder could have, too, but he stayed on out of a sense of obligation to his family and his enthusiasm for the job.

"He just really loved the camaraderie and the bond that firefighters have," said Mrs. Snyder. "It's just a special bond that nobody knows but firefighters."

Mr. Snyder was known as a conscientious firefighter. At an annual function last November in Lawrenceville, he was presented with the St. Florian service award for his dedication.

"He was a jokester but he took his job very seriously," said a former colleague, Jozef Lataster, 68, of Moon. "I always told him he was one of the good guys."

Colleagues and family members mostly remember his sense of fun.

His daughter, Alyssa, 27, of Kennedy, described him in a paid obituary as an "avid music lover, dental flosser, coffee drinker, bicyclist, gardener, do-it-yourselfer, mechanic, cook, camper, firefighter and classic car fan."

The dental flossing was kind of a compulsion. Mrs. Snyder said he was so particular about his teeth that he flossed as many as four times a day.

Healthy as he was, the ALS slowly robbed him of the use of his body.

As his condition worsened, Mr. McMurray persuaded Mrs. Snyder to bring him to Las Vegas last June to see some of the sights.

"We just partied the whole week," said Mr. McMurray. "I'm so glad that I was there to help."

Besides his wife and daughter, Mr. Snyder is survived by his mother, Dorothy, of Lawrenceville; son, Eric, of Westland, Mich.; brother, Edward, of Sebring, Fla., and sister, Gloria Wachter, of Penn Hills.

Visitation was Monday and yesterday at McDermott Funeral Home in Kennedy. A funeral service will be today at noon at Ken Mawr United Presbyterian Church, Kennedy.

04-06-2007, 09:25 AM
Kevin N. Schrandt -- Rochester
ROCHESTER -- The funeral Mass for Kevin N. Schrandt will be at 1 p.m. Monday in the Church of the Resurrection in Rochester, with the Rev. Thomas Loomis officiating. Burial will be in Byron Cemetery.

Mr. Schrandt, 52, of Rochester, died Wednesday (April 4, 2007) at Charter House Hospice. He had been ill for two years with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Born Aug. 5, 1954, in Austin, he moved to Winona as a child. Following high school, he graduated from the College of St. Theresa in Winona, and later graduated from Winona State University as a registered nurse. He was a nurse at Rochester Methodist Hospital until becoming ill. On Oct. 21, 1989, he married Linda L. Sobieck in Rochester; she is also a nurse at Methodist Hospital. Mr. Schrandt enjoyed being with his family, fishing, gardening and baking.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters at home, Amy and Kari Ann; three brothers, Dennis and Brian (Sherri), both of Rochester, and Dean (Barbara) of Mantorville; and a sister, Trish (Don) Corcoran of Winona. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Resurrection Catholic Church. There will be a rosary at 6 p.m.

The family prefers memorials to the Kevin N. Schrandt Memorial Fund at any Associated Bank branch in Rochester.

Macken Funeral Home of Rochester is in charge of arrangements.

04-08-2007, 10:27 AM
Margaret Booth, 65, hairdresser
By Sue Chenoweth
Mercury News
Article Launched: 04/08/2007 01:56:35 AM PDT

Margaret "Peggy" Booth, a Willow Glen hairdresser for more than 35 years, touched three generations with her clippers, kindness and sense of humor.

Mrs. Booth opened "Peggy's Willow Glen Beauty Salon" in 1975. When the long, narrow brick structure sandwiched between doughnut and vitamin shops closed in the early '90s for retrofitting, loyal clients made a beeline for her new space at Ronald's Coiffeurs.

"Every time I sat in her chair, Peggy made me feel like a princess," remembered Kristin Quintin, whose mother and 8-month-old daughter also were clients.

"Peggy gave Emma her first haircut in early February," Quintin said. The ailing Mrs. Booth was in bed when she gently combed the infant's cowlick and gave it a snip.

On March 18, 2 1/2 years after being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease, Mrs. Booth died at her home in San Jose's Blossom Valley. The day before, Mrs. Booth had celebrated her 65th birthday.

For more than three decades, Mrs. Booth carefully permed, colored and cut legions of regulars, from "hip, slick, cool" clients to "blue-haired ladies," her son Sean Mulcaster said.

His mother also kept him "trimmed like a poodle." And she deftly applied her skills on Quintin's mother, Lois Marlow, and her thin, fine hair.

"I haven't seen anyone else in the USA since - except for one time in Clayton, Mo.," Marlow said. "I loved Peggy," she said, acknowledging that she wasn't the only one. "If you were Peggy's

client, you were family."
Mrs. Booth and her first husband "didn't have two dimes to rub together" when they left her native Detroit in the mid-1960s and headed for Southern California. Her wishful, close-knit Irish family gave them six months in the Golden State.

For six years, the young family lived in the shadow of Disneyland's Matterhorn. In 1972, they moved to San Jose. By then, Mrs. Booth was a certified beautician and her first marriage was headed for divorce. The year the divorce was final, 1977, she met Herschel Booth.

The couple married in Oct. 7, 1979 - despite the clumsy English aviator joke he tried to impress her with at their first meeting. The joke "popped up" on occasion throughout their 29-year marriage. And in time, Herschel Booth began to call her his beloved "Pollyanna Peg."

Together the Booths liked playing golf at Ridgemark Golf Club and Country Club in Hollister and working in their yard. They also enjoyed dinner with friends and shopping for Belleck Irish pottery.

"I used to tease Peg," her husband said, "that the huge china cabinet holding her collection was the big Buick we never bought."

His wife was a fastidious homemaker, Herschel Booth said. And very organized.

"Once grown, we started having holidays there," Sean Mulcaster said. "When we arrived, the house was always filled with the aroma of our holiday feast and Mom would be sitting on the couch doing the New York Times crossword puzzle."

The day Mrs. Booth died, her breath was labored as she spoke to her family and asked them to stay close and in each other's lives no matter what, Mulcaster said.

"We were bawling our eyes out, then Mom looked up and said: `Did you guys get something to eat?'"

Next thing, everyone was howling, Mulcaster said. That's when he turned to his mother and quipped: "Oh, so now you're going to host this, too?"


Born: March 17, 1942, in Detroit

Died: March 18, 2007, in San Jose

Survived by: Her husband, Herschel Booth of San Jose; her sons Sean and Christopher Mulcaster, both of San Jose; her daughter, Jennifer Mulcaster of Mountain View; her brothers Philip Johnston of Warren, Mich., and Patrick Johnston of Spokane, Wash.; and her granddaughter, Abigail Porter.

Services: Memorial gathering is scheduled for noon to 3 p.m. Friday at Kirigin Cellars, 11550 Watsonville Road, Gilroy.

Memorial: In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Forbes Norris MDA/ALS Research Center, 2324 Sacramento St., San Francisco, Calif. 94115.

For more obituaries go to www.mercurynews.com/ obituaries/

04-08-2007, 08:48 PM
Hoffmann, Robert J.

Robert J. Hoffmann of Batavia Funeral services for Robert J. Hoffmann, 48, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 950 Hart Road, Batavia, where he will lie in state from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will follow in West Batavia Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 8, at Moss Family Funeral Home, 209 S. Batavia Ave. (Route 31 and Main St.), Batavia. Robert J. Hoffmann went home to heaven on Thursday, April 5, 2007, while surrounded by his family. Bob fought against Lyme disease and/or ALS, a/k/a Lou Gehrig's disease for over two years, most of which was on a vent. We thank God for His presence during our journey and for the rest and peace He now provides for Bob. Bob was employed as a mortgage banker with Fannie Mae in the Chicago office since 1997. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Vicki; their three sons, Bob, Tom and Dan; his sister, Barbara (nee Hoffmann) Preloger of Sioux Falls, S.D.; and his father, William Hoffmann of Brookfield, Wis., along with many members of extended family, church family at Immanuel in Batavia, and friends from the neighborhood and his office. He was preceded in death by his brother, Bill Hoffmann (18 years ago); and his mother, Jean Hoffmann (6 years ago). Contributions would be welcomed for Immanuel Lutheran Church, 950 Hart Road, Batavia, IL 60510, and for Les Turner ALS Foundation, 5550 W. Touhy, Suite 302, Skokie, IL 60077 in Bob's memory. For information, 630-879-7900.
Published in the Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on 4/7/2007.


04-08-2007, 08:53 PM
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Robert “Mike” Williams, 68, of Ona, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 3, 2007, after a long battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).

He was born in South Charleston. He was retired from FMC Corporation with 35 years of service. He was an Army veteran.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Earnest and Ruth Williams; sisters, Pauline Wing, Jean Reed, Carol VanDyke, and Margie Carter.

Mike is survived by his wife, Helen Rader Williams, son, Mike Williams and his wife, Julie, and their children, Bradley and Rachel; sisters, Virginia Ross of Sour Lake, Texas, Phyllis and husband, Carroll Safreed, of St. Albans, Remona Beaver of Lee Vining, Calif., Jo and husband, Ronnie Westfall, of Charlotte, N.C.; brother, Bill Williams and wife, Rose Marie, of Tennessee; and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Mike's life will be 11 a.m. Saturday, April 7, at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home with Bishop Gordon D. Ford officiating. Entombment will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens Mausoleum. There will be a gathering of family and friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, 5233 Rocky Fork Rd, Cross Lanes, WV 25313.

You may express online condolences at tylermountainfuneralhome.com.


Posted by the Asbury Park Press on 04/5/07
BRUCE E. ELMORE, 61, formerly of MIDDLETOWN, passed away peacefully Thursday, March 29, with his loving wife at his side, at their home in Washoe Valley, Nev., after a courageous battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). A former resident of Middletown, he graduated from Middletown Township High School in 1963. Bruce went on to serve his country during the Vietnam Conflict and was honorably discharged in 1968. He had an extensive career in the telecommunications industry beginning in 1968 with New Jersey Bell. When AT&T merged with New Jersey Bell in 1983, he continued to advance his career as a systems technician. Bruce retired from Lucent Technologies in 1999 and resumed his career with Verizon Communications in New York City in 2000. He was a former union delegate for the IBEW, and an active member of CWA Local 1101 in Manhattan. Bruce was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hike, ski, fish and hunt and was an excellent marksman. He had a deep respect and appreciation for the beauty of nature and had always dreamed of hiking the Appalachian Trail. He had hiked portions of the Tahoe Rim Trail in Nevada, and was always eager to explore new adventures. Bruce always kept his Nikon with him to capture the special moments of his experiences.

Bruce is survived by his wife, Caril; and his four children from a previous marriage, Rachael Elmore of Port Monmouth, Daniel and his wife Joy of Keansburg, Rebekah Anderson and her husband Daniel of Charleston, W.Va., and Sarah Sambucini and her husband Michael of Atlantic Highlands. He took great joy in spending time with his eight beautiful grandchildren.

A celebration of his life will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. today at John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, 115 Tindall Road, Middletown. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the ALS Foundation of Nevada, 6370 W. Flamingo, Suite 3, Las Vegas, NV 89103. Letters of condolence may be e-mailed to pflegerfh@aol.com.

04-09-2007, 08:33 AM
HARRISON, Franklin Wayne Elmer -His family mourns his . . .

(Apr 9, 2007) -- HARRISON, Franklin Wayne Elmer -His family mourns his passing, at The Woodhaven Nursing Home, Markham, on April 7, 2007, in his 72nd year from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrigs Disease). Wayne will be sadly missed by his brothers, Jack (Connie) Stouffville, Bill (Pat) New Hamburg; his sister, Margaret Cosgrove of Cape Canaveral, FL; his step-brother, James Steen; step-sister, Ann Smith, their families; nieces; nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews. He was predeceased by his mother, Dorothy Eleanor (June 1943); his step-mother, Vera Esther (June 1989) and his father, William Austin Harrison (October 1989). Friends may call at O'Neill Funeral Home, 6324 Main St., Stouffville (905-642-2855) on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Service in the chapel Wednesday at 11 a.m. Interment will take place at Memory Gardens, Breslau, Ontario. Donations in Wayne's name to the ALS Society of Ontario or the charity of choice would be deeply appreciated by the family.

04-09-2007, 08:46 PM
Dr. J. Jeffrey Eaves

April 09, 2007

Dr. J. Jeffrey Eaves passed away on April 3, 2007, from complications of ALS. Born February 9, 1947, to Jack and Marianne (nee Campbell) Eaves. He grew up in Delafield on Lake Nagawicka and raised his family in the Lake Country area.

Jeff will be deeply missed by his loving wife Deborah; and children Jack, Mick and Liz; mother-in-law Donna Farley; sisters Marcia and Sherry (John) Kennedy; and brother Jamie (Barbara); brothers-in-law Tom Farley (Kathy), David Farley (Chris); nieces and nephews: Jessica, Patrick, Caity, Megan, Courtney, Bridget, Maggie, Cullen, Kerry; other relatives; devoted friends; and loyal patients. Preceded in death by his parents, father-in-law James Farley and Aunt Gertrude Campbell.

Jeff was a 1965 graduate of Arrowhead High School. He graduated from Marquette Dental School, class of 1974. A private practice dentist for 30 years, Jeff was a member of the ADA, WDA and past President of the Waukesha Dental Society. He was also an alumnus of the L.D. Pankey Institute and recipient of the prestigious Academy of General Dentistry fellowship award. Jeff volunteered for many years at St. Joe's Dental Clinic in Waukesha and was active in the Waukesha Rotary Club.

Jeff's great loves, beyond his wife and family, were fishing, snow and water skiing and an avid Packer fan. Jeff spent many hours fishing and enjoyed Lunkers Unlimited outings and trips to northern Wisconsin, on Long Lake with family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all of his fishing buddies. Jeff was a member of the National Ski Patrol at Little Swiss Valley and was a founding member of the Nagawatics Water Ski Club. He skied competitively, and was one of the first people to barefoot ski on Lake Nagawicka. His last barefoot run was at age 50 while teaching his own children.

Coaching his children's sports teams through grade school, high school and CYM basketball at St. Charles, was one of his greatest joys. This past season, his team won the Division Championship. An active member of St. Charles Parish, Jeff helped to start the successful St. Charles fish fry.

The visitation will be Thursday, April 12th from 4:00-7:00 PM at St. Charles Catholic Church, 313 Circle Drive, Hartland. Mass will follow. If desired, memorials to Wisconsin ALS Association or to St. Charles Parish.

Heartfelt thanks to the many friends, patients, relatives, caregivers and parish members who helped to support Jeff and his family with their thoughts, prayers and visits. A special thanks to the caring staff of ProHealth Homecare and the ALS Association.

"Just tell me old shipmates, I'm takin' a trip mates and I'll see you one day in Fiddler's Green."

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04-11-2007, 08:21 AM
Thelma (Schmidlin) Foley March 28, 1925-April 8, 2007

story updated April 10. 2007 10:55AM

LAMBERTVILLE - Thelma (Schmidlin) Foley, 82, of Lambertville died Sunday morning in her home. She had suffered from Parkinson's Disease for three years and from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease) for three years.

Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Blanchard-Strabler Funeral Home, Toledo, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. Private burial will take place later.

Born March 28, 1925, she was the daughter of Louis and Pauline (Dolgner) Schmidlin. She married Gerald (Jerry) Foley July 3, 1948.

Mrs. Foley worked for Walding, Kinnan and Marvin of the Toledo area. Later, she was a homemaker.

She graduated from Clay High School, Toledo, with singer Theresa Brewer.

Surviving are her husband; two daughters, Shelly (Dave) Antkowiak of Lambertville and Robin (Kevin) Raley of Palm Coast, Fla.; four brothers, Harold (Kathy), Bob (Donna), Frank (Donna) and Bill (Betty); two sisters, Ruth (Bud) Wolf and Hazel (Bob) Holden; four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Glen.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Toledo and Perrysburg, Ohio.


Naomi L. Disbennett-Heavlin

DELAWARE - Naomi L. Disbennett-Heavlin, age 69, of Delaware, died early Tuesday morning, April 10, 2007, at Wintersong Village following a courageous four-month battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, April 12, 2007, at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 75 W. William St. (Ohio 36), Delaware, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 13, 2007, with Pastor Darrell Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice at Grady, 561 W. Central Ave., Delaware, OH 43015.

Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuner alhomes.com

04-12-2007, 05:00 PM
Michael G. Snyder

EL PASO, Texas — Michael G. Snyder, 47, passed away March 26, 2007, at Beaumont VA Hospital in El Paso, Texas, following a courageous battle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS).

Sgt. Snyder was retired from the U.S. Army, 1st Cavalry Division. He was the recipient of many medals, awards and commendations during his Army career. He was a veteran of Operation Desert Storm in Iraq in 1990-91.

A viewing for family and friends was followed by services performed by the Fort Bliss Army National Honor Guard and Chaplain Johnston. Cremation preceded burial in Fort Bliss National Cemetery.

Michael was born in Escanaba on Jan. 31, 1960.

He is survived by his mother, Carole Kamp of Stanwood, Mich.; maternal grandmother, Hannah Johnson of Escanaba and children, Andrew and Daniel of El Paso, Texas, Melissa of Edgerton, Wis., and Michelle of Bennington, Vt.

Also surviving is his loving caregiver, Beverly Snyder and stepsons, Joe, Tony and Kenny of El Paso, Texas and two half-brothers, Scott Little of Madison, Wis. and Joseph Kamp of Traverse City. Other family members include aunts, Georgianna Peterson and Robin Johnson of Austin, Texas; nephews, Kino, Cole, Aidan and Owen; as well as several cousins and special friend, Lou Dellinger.

Michael was preceded in death by his father, Patrick T. Snyder of Madison, Wis., and grandparents, Walter and Ruth Snyder of Escanaba

04-14-2007, 12:53 PM
Hurst, Steven Robert, 41, of Dade City, died Tuesday (April 10, 2007) after a long battle with Lou Gehrig?s disease. He came here from his native New Jersey. He was a Navy veteran and a general manager at Celebration Station until illness forced him to retire. He was a member of Riverhills Church of God and served as chairman of the church?s school board. He enjoyed NASCAR, riding motorcycles and fishing. Survivors include his wife, Laura; two children, Shawn and Lauren; his mother, Barbara Hurst, New Jersey; his father, Joseph Hurst, Hawaii; two sisters, Donna Walton and Sandra Beckett; and two brothers, Kevin and Patrick. Hodges Family Funeral Home, Dade City.


04-14-2007, 01:21 PM

Willard Madison Marvel died at Rex Hospital on Easter Sunday after a long and courageous battle with ALS.
He was born in Milton, DE. Will served in the United States Air Force for eight years before completing a degree in Computer Science. He managed the Technical Support Division of Perdue, Inc. for the last 17 years of his career. Will had a passion for cycling. Before his illness, Will and his wife spent many hours riding their tandem bicycle, planning vacations around cycling events with a wide circle of friends. Will was an active member of Genesis United Methodist Church and loved his church family.
He was a devoted father, friend, and mentor.
Surviving are: his cherished wife, Carol Adams; two children, Sharon Johnston and Jeffery Marvel and his wife, Blair; two stepchildren, Kimberly Small and Clayton Small and his wife, Ann; brothers, James Marvel and his wife, Marion, Phillip Marvel and his wife, Beverly; sister, Amy Smith and her husband, Carlton.
Son of Ruth Marvel, Will was predeceased by his father, Harry Marvel. A tireless champion for quality living with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), Will inspired all who knew him. He was a role model for many affected by this terrible disease and kept his wry sense of humor. He spent much of his time involved with ALS support groups, planning fundraisers, and participating in ALS Advocacy Days in Washington, DC. Although Will's presence will always be with us, he will be greatly missed.
A celebration of Will's life will be held 1:00 p.m. Thursday, April 12, 2007 at Genesis United Methodist Church, 850 High House Road, Cary, NC 27519. A memorial service will also be held in his hometown of Milton, DE on April 21, 2007.
Will would want to be remembered by donations to the ALS Association, Jim "Catfish" Hunter Chapter, 120-101 Penmarc Drive, Raleigh, NC 27603.
Published in The News & Observer on 4/11/2007.
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04-14-2007, 02:46 PM

Sherry Gay Ketzbeau
KETZBEAU, Sherry Gay - Age 56, of Linden, died Wednesday, April 11, 2007 at home. Funeral services will be held 1PM Saturday, April 14, 2007 at Sharp Funeral Homes, Fenton Chapel, 1000 Silver Lake Rd., Fenton, Rev. Allen F. Schweizer officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Linden. Visitation will be held 1-9PM Friday and 11AM Saturday until time of service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to ALS of Michigan or the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Sherry was born November 2, 1950 in Flint the daughter of Ward and Mildred (Eggelston) Kramer. She married Steven Ketzbeau on May 25, 1991 in Port Austin. Sherry was a graduate of Mott Community College Nursing School, and had been employed by McLaren Regional Medical Center and Kith Haven Care Center. She loved animals of all kinds and had rescued many from undesirable conditions. Sherry enjoyed gardening, but most of all she loved her children and grandchildren. Surviving are her husband, Steven of Linden; 2 children, Kristina Vert (Herbert) of Burton, Jeremy Vert (Manda) of Flint; 3 grandchildren, Megan Vert, Faith Sego, Tyler Vert; and many other loving friends. She was preceded in death by her parents. The family extends many thanks to Heartland Hospice and all the caregivers throughout the years. Those desiring may share online condolences or post a tribute at www.sharpfuneralhomes.com.

My sincere condolences go out to Sherry's family.

Sherry Ketzbeau

04-17-2007, 07:23 AM
ALS victim's advocacy, attitude recalled
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
By TJ Greaney ~ Southeast Missourian
Jim Trickey, a local man who fought a five-year battle with Lou Gehrig's disease, died Saturday at his home in Cape Girardeau.

Friends and family gathered Monday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home to remember the man who traveled to China to undergo radical surgery in an attempt to extend his life.

"He just made the best of the situation and he was such an advocate for the cause and became a poster child for it. He kept that attitude to his last day," said his father, James Trickey Sr.

In 2005, Trickey traveled to China, where surgeons implanted four million cells into the frontal lobe of his brain. The stem cells from aborted fetuses were intended to regenerate and possibly repair damaged nerves in his brain.

Similar tests have been conducted in the United States, but never on human patients.

The disease, also known as ALS, causes a progressive degeneration in the central nerve system resulting in the atrophy and lack of control of muscles.

Trickey Sr. said the operation had a temporary positive impact.

"There was an improvement. He went over there and couldn't walk very well, but he spent the next day after the operation walking to Tiananmen Square and to the Great Wall of China. Within months of coming home he had regressed and was back in the wheelchair," he said.

Trickey Sr. wants people to remember someone who kept his dignity and humor while facing the grimmest of diseases.

"He had the greatest attitude and the greatest smile and he was so mischievous. You know throughout his fight he was constantly cutting up with everybody which made it easier for the whole family," he said.

Trickey worked as a building inspector for the city of Jackson and is survived by his wife, Brandy Nichole Trickey. His funeral will be at 10 a.m. today at La Croix United Methodist Church.



04-18-2007, 09:40 AM
Music legend Gary Rosen dies

Wednesday, April 18
BRATTLEBORO -- For more than 25 years, Gary Rosen's music has encouraged us to get up and sing.
And now his audience and fans will have to continue the song without him.

Rosen, the Brattleboro musician who took his inventive and unique style of family entertainment to audiences of all ages across the country, died Saturday from complications brought on from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

He was 60.

Rosen and his former partner, Bill Shontz, formed the duo Rosenshontz in New York City in the late 1970s and they moved up to the Brattleboro area at about the same time.

Rosenshontz is credited with bringing a higher level of sophistication and musicianship to children's music. The group performed at hundreds of shows and appeared on national television before breaking up in 1996.

Rosen continued performing for families and released a number of solo CDs after Rosenshontz split up.

He recorded and performed in concert until complications from ALS made it impossible to perform.

In a prepared statement from the Rosen family, Mary Rosen said her husband kept a positive outlook

throughout the time that he battled the incurable sickness.
"Gary lived life to the fullest and found joy in every day, despite his disease," she wrote.

"Gary always said, 'It's not going to get my spirit.' And it didn't. He kept the twinkle in his eye, and the smile on his face, and he overcame the fear of knowing what the day might bring."

In Rosen's final two years, a group of about 20 volunteers cared for him and his family as the debilitating illness progressed.

The family said the Brattleboro community came together to lend tremendous support. "In April of 2005, Bonnie Stearns pulled together a 'circle of care,' and what a circle it has been. Since Bonnie held the first meeting, the family has welcomed and loved all the support that everyone provided. Because of Bonnie's initiative, patience, determination, and understanding of what was needed, Gary continued to live comfortably in his home."

Stephen Stearns, director of the New England Youth Theater and a close friend of the family, worked with Rosen and the two shared performing stages around New England throughout their careers.

Stearns said Rosen helped build Brattleboro into a strong community that supports artists, and he said the music Rosen wrote will live on like the great traditional folk songs of the past.

"He made a huge difference on the music scene in New England and nationwide," Stearns said. "He wrote songs that touch people. Gary's music goes beyond cute. It goes to the heart and soul of the human experience and the dreams of the child. It is not simple, formula stuff. It comes out of a deep understanding of children, and their longing to find their voices."

Stearns also said Rosen's success changed the way the entertainment industry looked at children's music.

The success of Rosenshontz created a market that could fill a small hall with parents and children who were willing to pay for a ticket and come out to hear his songs.

"Gary's music opened that door and people saw that you could make a living and raise children because out of the work he was doing there was demand for those things," said Stearns. "It became a real way for artists and theater and children performers to succeed."

Peter Amidon, a Brattleboro musician who came to southern Vermont at about the same time that Rosen did, said that the town was drawing artists from around the East Coast.

Amidon said he remembers walking down Elliot Street and hearing the music of Rosenshontz coming from a performance space that has since closed.

Amidon said he was struck by how the young audience reacted to the music.

"Young children can be brutally honest and they will not be engaged against their will," said Amidon. "He definitely had a particular gift for engaging young children and he had a lot of other gifts as well."

Amidon performs folk music, and though he did not cross musical paths often with Rosen, he said Brattleboro's cultural palette has lost a color that will never be replaced.

"He was always very expressive and we always came out feeling like we got a gift from him," Amidon said. "Gary had a particular niche carved out and I don't see anyone jumping in to fill it."

Rosen and Shontz started playing children's music almost by accident. The two met and started playing folk and rock and roll in Greenwich Village in the mid-'70s.

After performing for tips outside of the gorilla cage at the Central Park Zoo, Shontz remembers, the pair found that parents and children reacted well to their early brand of family entertainment.

"We would play every gig we could get and children's music was one," Shontz remembered.

After playing a show in Vermont, they decided to move to the area.

They got a job playing for the schools in Windham County and, after working up a repertoire that would appeal to anyone between the ages of 5 and 17, the duo decided to concentrate on playing music for young people.

For many years Rosenshontz booked its own shows and sold albums out of the back of a well-traveled vehicle.

"We had to create a show for every age group and decided that was our niche," said Shontz.

Then a national booking agent signed them and the duo started appearing on national television and touring more extensively.

"It took off, and everything went crazy," he said.

Their recordings featured professional session musicians, which Shontz said was a change from most of the children's music available at the time.

The new musical form appealed to parents as well as their children, and at one point Rosenshontz sold out 43 shows in a row across the country.

Their original 1978 album, "Rosenshontz Tickles You," still sells. "From the beginning we never babied the music," Shontz said. "If we played rock it was rock. If it was swing, we played swing. We took children's music up several notches. The whole point was to make music that wouldn't drive parents crazy."

Rosen was born in Amherst, Mass., and attended Oberlin College. He played the clarinet in junior high school and picked up the guitar with millions of other teenagers during the folk movement in the 1960s.

He cited Pete Seeger as an early influence.

Throughout his career, Rosen has performed at The White House, New York's Town Hall, The Smithsonian and he once sang the National Anthem at Fenway Park.

His recordings have been recognized with a National Parenting Publication Award, a Children's Music Web Award and a Parent's Choice Award.

He was diagnosed with ALS in 2004 and lost the ability to play his guitar shortly thereafter, though he continued to sing at local shows with his children.

At a benefit concert last year, about $20,000 was raised to help the family augment what insurance does not cover. Some of the money is being put away in a trust fund for Rosen's family.

He is survived by his wife, Mary, and their three children; Lela, Penn and Eliza.

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04-18-2007, 10:40 AM
Joan M. LinneInterior Designer


Joan Margaret Shackelford Linne, 74, an interior designer in the furniture department at Woodward & Lothrop for 30 years, died April 8 at her daughter's home in Centreville. She had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease.

Mrs. Linne was a professional model for about seven years in her youth, having graduated from a local modeling school. She was named the 1949 May Day Queen at Stafford High School, and in 1952, she was a princess in the Cherry Blossom festival.

She also graduated from a local interior design institute and began working at the department story in 1962, retiring in 1992.

Her husband of 52 years, William Arthur Linne, died in 2006.

Survivors include three children, LuLynne Linne of Centreville, Tara Marie Mahootian of Shepherdstown, W.Va., and William Linne of Falls Church; and five grandchildren.

04-18-2007, 03:46 PM
Nancy Inez Pawlik

NANCY INEZ RAPP PAWLIK OAKHURST, Calif. - Nancy Inez Rapp Pawlik passed away Monday, April 2, 2007, after a long and painful battle with Lou Gehrig's disease. God saw fit to take his daughter Nancy home to heaven. Born June 11, 1946, the daughter of Dan and Edna (Rittmeyer) Rapp. She was a graduate of Durand High School. Nancy was such a gift and talent to all. Whether it was in her career as an aero-tech office manger, raising and sacrificing for her three children, being a great neighbor, devoting herself to her husband, helping in community efforts, being a loving sister to her blood brothers and sisters or serving her Lord in church. We all shall miss her beautiful face, smile, laughter, genius, kindred spirit and the grace of being in her presence. Her truest desire was that each and every one of us will be reunited in the eternal joy and glory of God's kingdom. Her favorite bible verse was and still is John 11:25, "Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live." Nancy is survived by her husband and caretaker, John; her children, Guy, Troy and Amy, with their respective families; five grandchildren; her brothers and sisters, Gary (Connie) Rapp, Dennis (Sue) Rapp, Bobbi "Roberta" (Jim) Montgomery, Doris (Bob) Akin and their respective families. Preceded in death by both parents; and her sister, Judy Dorney. A private funeral was April 7, 2007. Memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 28, in Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church, 39696 Highway 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644. It was Nancy's request that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to your local A.L.S Association on her behalf and others with this disease. For more information call 559-683-6742.

04-18-2007, 03:54 PM
Fogarty, Deborah Christine Brooker

Nov. 2, 1950-April 15, 2007
"Devoted mother, loving sister, loyal daughter, doting grandmother, adoring aunt, beloved teacher, gifted musician, cherished friend, child of God."
Debbie was born at St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam, and grew up in East Worcester. She attended Worcester Central School and graduated with the class of 1969.
She was a member of the Honor Society and was consistently active in both band and chorus which led her to be the accompanist for many of the school's plays and graduations. She was proud to be an exchange student, spending time in Argentina and Spain. She furthered her education at the Crane School of Music via Potsdam State University in Potsdam, where she was classically trained in piano and voice. She also managed to attain majors in Spanish and French as well, which led her to teach high school French and then Spanish at a few schools in upstate New York. Her last position was at Lisbon Central School, where she remained a favorite of many students for almost 20 years.
She was honored in "Madison's Who's Who of Executives and Professionals" on several occasions, and was awarded a Certificate of Achievement by the American Federation of Teachers. Her students nominated her for The National Teacher of the Month many times, sending in essay upon essay stating the reasons why they believed in her so deeply, mostly because she believed in them.
Beginning her musical career with Mrs. Florence Russell, she became an accomplished pianist and vocalist and for many years was the Minister of Music at the Potsdam Church of the Nazarene.
She raised her family in the Potsdam area, finally settling in Norwood. She returned to East Worcester two years ago after her ALS diagnosis to be with her family.
She was an avid reader and was a tremendously talented knitter and crocheter. She also loved to create beautiful cross-stitch pieces for friends and family.
She was immeasurably kind and generous, never letting anyone she knew to be without comfort and love. She had a vast heart and is remembered by everyone she ever came in contact with as one of the most extraordinary individuals you could ever be blessed to know.
She quietly lost her courageous battle with ALS at 12:33 p.m. as the snow fell outside Sunday, April 15, 2007.
She was deeply loved by her three children, Heather Lyn (Fogarty) Mortellaro (and husband, Richard) of Corfu, Lisa Ann Fogarty of Potsdam and Joseph Michael Fogarty of Norwood. She delighted in her three grandchildren, Kaitlyn (9), Kyle (1) and Avery (4).
She is survived by her loving parents, Louis S. Brooker and Esther (Mathewson) Brooker, of East Worcester; one brother, Louis S. Brooker Jr. (and wife, Barbara) of New Jersey; and two sisters, Lynn B. Urrey and Kathleen A. Shaffer, both of New York. She is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews in New York, Virginia and South Carolina.
She was predeceased by her grandparents, Edmond E. and Angela (Radez) Brooker, of Worcester, and Glenn W. and Alice E. (Skellie) Mathewson, of Westford.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes contributions in her name to be made to the ALS Association, PO Box 127, Elbridge, NY 13060, Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, 327 West Main St., Cobleskill, NY 12043, East Worcester First Responders, PO Box 781, East Worcester, NY 12064, Worcester Emergency Squad, PO Box 191, Worcester, NY 12197 or the MDA, 1249 Front St., Binghamton, NY 13905.
Viewing will be held at the E.J. Skinner Co. Funeral Chapel, 155 Main St., Worcester, beginning at 6 p.m. in the evening and lasting until 8 p.m. April 20, 2007, when the family will be in attendance.
There will be an additional viewing at the East Worcester United Methodist Church from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 21, 2007, followed by funeral services to begin at 11 a.m. Friends and family are invited to stay for refreshments immediately following.
Interment will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Worcester, at a later date.
Online condolences may be sent to www.skinnerfuneralchapel.com.
The E.J. Skinner Co. Funeral Chapel is serving the family.

Published in The Daily Star on 4/18/2007.

04-18-2007, 04:01 PM

Julia Adams

Julia (Augustis) Adams, of Culpeper, VA, 83, born in Jersey City, NJ, and who made her home in Wilmington, DE for 49 years, was called home by her Lord on Monday, April 9, 2007. With her family by her side, she passed away peacefully after a 3 year courageous battle with ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Julia honored her Lord by doing His work every day. Her loving spirit and caring devotion to others inspired all whose lives she touched. She took advantage of every opportunity to bring into the hearts of others the light and beauty of God's love. In her final days, her radiant spirit showed us all the path to a better day. We are blessed to have shared in her life. She will be remembered for her kindness and generosity. God now holds her gently in his embrace. Julia's parents came to the U.S.A. from Lithuania. At age 45, with 4 children at home, she attended the University of Delaware and graduated with honors. She worked at Aldersgate Methodist Church for 6 years, then became a Human Relations Coordinator at the DuPont Company, where she was employed for 15 years. She worked as a volunteer docent at Winterthur Museum and the Delaware Riverfront Arts Center. She was a member of St. Matthew's Roman Catholic Church, Wilmington, DE. Julia's greatest joy in life was found in being a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. She volunteered at Christiana and St. Francis Hospitals through the Junior Board of Wilmington. She hosted students from around the world who were attending the University of Delaware. For 40 years, she considered Mac and Noriko Hatada of Osaka, Japan, family members and they hosted Julia in their country in 1998. It was her firm belief that people from all nations and all walks of life should embrace the opportunity to come together and share their lives with one another. She vacationed with friends and family in Avalon, NJ for over 30 years.

Those remaining here to celebrate her life are her husband of 62 years, Joseph J. Adams, of Culpeper, VA; her 4 children, John Adams, and wife, Christine, of Wilmington, DE, Janet Kovach, and husband, Lou, of North Venice, FL, Jill Devine, and husband, Donald, of Cincinnati, OH, and June Brick, and husband, Jonathan, of Culpeper, VA; her sister-in-law, Elenor Adams, of Paterson, NJ (sister of Joe); her grandchildren, Alethea Avatara, and husband, Satyan, Alyssa Adams, of Bucerias, Mexico, Anna Adams, of Newark, DE, Lauren Brick, of Tallahassee, FL, Jenna Brick, of Charlottesville, VA, and Julianne Brick, of Culpeper, VA; her great-grandchildren, Devon and Peyton Arcieri and Braeden Avatara of Landenberg, PA. Julia was predeceased by her mother, Tekla Augustis, in 1966; her father, John Augustis, in 1962; and her brother, Anthony Augustis, in 1992.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Precious Blood Church, 114 East Edmondson Street, Culpeper, VA on May 3, at 10 am.

In lieu of flowers, her family ask that donations be made to either Hospice of the Rapidan, 1200 Sunset Lane, Culpeper, VA 22701; or the ALS Association, 7507 Standish Place, Rockville, MD 20855.

04-24-2007, 08:45 PM
Dad leaves 'Sweet Pea' letters for her future

Drew Squires, 36, leaves behind wife Liz and daughter Abby after battling ALS.

GREENSBORO — At first glance, it looked like a wedding.

Thirtysomethings, dressed in their best, crowded the sanctuary. They came from as far away as London and Los Angeles to spend a Sunday afternoon inside Grace United Methodist Church.

But then you saw their faces, as stiff as stone, and heard a deafening silence, broken occasionally by a symphony of sniffs. The guests, sitting shoulder-to-shoulder, all came to say goodbye to Drew Squires, a neighbor, colleague and friend.

He died Thursday after a 22-month battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis , better known as its dreaded acronym: ALS. He was 36.

You may remember Drew. I wrote about him in this space last fall. He was the father, husband and attorney who became the local face of ALS, a disease that took baseball legend Lou Gehrig.

Last week, the disease took Drew, a Wake Forest grad who loved movies, music, ACC basketball and his wife, Liz, the woman he called his "little red-headed girl.''

During a moving eulogy Sunday, Drew's longtime friend, John Meroney , talked about that love story, sharing an

e-mail Drew sent his wife on the eve of her 32nd birthday. It's an e-mail Meroney still keeps on his computer.

"You get better looking every year and every year I fall deeper and deeper in love with you,'' Drew wrote. "However long the Lord allows me to stay with you, rest assured that I will cherish every single second of it.''

I met Drew and Liz last fall at their home in Greensboro's Kirkwood neighborhood after hearing their neighbors had organized a run in his name to raise money for the ALS Foundation.

His daughter, Abby, then 2, played around his feet. His wife sat beside him. He sat in a mechanized wheelchair and talked about his family, his friends and his will to live.

He told me about his quick deterioration and his appreciation for the little things, like the ringing wind chimes and slight breeze that tickled his cheek. Then, he told me about the letters.

He wrote them to Abby, the little girl he called "Sweet Pea," so she could open them when she turned 3, 4, 5, 15 and 20, as well as when she celebrated her wedding day. He worried he wouldn't be there.

When he mentioned the letters, his voice buckled. But always, he recovered and mentioned the support that enveloped him like a well-worn quilt.

"To receive all this love and support confirms your faith in man,'' Drew told me, wrestling with every word. "There's truth to what you hear, that people are at their best when times are at their worst.''

You heard about that on Sunday. Neighbors and friends spent months coordinating every aspect of the Squires' life. They called themselves The Squires Squad.

Eighty-six members strong, connected through a Web site, they cooked, mowed the lawn, scheduled play dates for Abby, took Liz out to dinner and hung out with Drew to watch ACC basketball.

The tasks helped The Squires Squad deal with their own anguish. They were young, many at the same station in life: caring for young kids, climbing the professional ladder, creating memories.

Just like Liz and Drew.

On Sunday, Liz's college friends came from near and far to support the girl they remembered from Clewell , a dorm at Salem College.

Those friends remembered Drew as the fun-loving man who charmed Liz and loved "those Ziggy's bands.''

They remembered that when they watched the minister push the play button on a boom box perched on the pulpit and heard a Drew favorite, one of "those Ziggy's bands,'' fill the sanctuary.

It was the alt-country band Uncle Tupelo. And it was beautiful. It turned a somber wake into a cathartic celebration, as people walked out of the church and heard a nasal-toned vocalist sing these words:

I'm going where there's no depression
To a better land that's free from care
I'll leave this world of toil and trouble
My home's in heaven
I'm going there.

04-25-2007, 03:51 PM
Claudia R. Long

Claudia R. Long, 78, of Chillicothe, went to be with the Lord at 4:35 p.m. Monday, April 23, 2007, in Adena Regional Medical Center following an extended battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).

Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 27, at the Glorious Church of God, 123 W. Main St., with Bishop Melvin Maughmer officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Haller Funeral Home.

She was born April 27, 1928, in Dayton, OH to the late Rev. William and Mary (Luckadoo) Cotton.

Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law Bruce E. (Lanita) Bunch, Columbus; daughter Mary F. Hill, Conyers, GA; grandchildren: Abdu Bunch, Jehan Bunch, Jamila Bunch, Maren (Anthony) Pope, and Matthew Hill; and a great-grandchild Israel Pope.
Mrs. Long was a member of the Glorious Church of God and retired from the former Wear-Ever Aluminum.

Her online guestbook is available at www.HallerFuneralHome.com

Originally published April 25, 2007

04-27-2007, 03:42 PM
Michael Lawrence Knotts
Published: April 26. 2007 5:00AM PST
Feb. 9, 1950 - April 20, 2007

Michael Lawrence Knotts, of Cottage Grove, died Friday of Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 57.

A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Smith-Lunds-Mills Chapel in Cottage Grove.

Mr. Knotts was born Feb. 9, 1950, in Doniphan, Mo., to Everett and Hester (Forsyth) Knotts. He married Lynda Knotts in 1994.

Mr. Knotts served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1968 to 1972 in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. He worked as a heavy-equipment operator, retiring in 2006. He also was an artist.

He was a member of the Bend Church of Christ and the Church of Christ in Eugene. He enjoyed biking, bow hunting and basketball. He previously had lived in Gilchrist.

Survivors include his wife; four daughters, Anna Evans, Sarah Welden, Diane Vaught and Joanne Franklin; a brother, Hershal; a sister, Pam Blackwood; and six grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Sacred Heart in Eugene or Church of Christ in Eugene.

Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel in Cottage Grove is in charge of arrangements.

04-28-2007, 08:24 AM
Veteran newsman Keith Bradbury succumbs to Lou Gehrig's disease

2007-04-27 22:02:00

VANCOUVER (CP) - Keith Bradbury, a former lawyer and then longtime newsman at BCTV, died Friday morning at his home on the Sunshine Coast north of Vancouver.

He was considered one of the mainstays at BCTV, which is now known as Global TV, and was one of the reasons the station grew from third place in B.C. to one of the most watched stations in the country.

In a report aired Friday, Global TV reviewed his career and aired tributes from many of the people who worked with him.

He earned a bachelor's degree at the University of B.C. and then went to study law. He practised law for a time before the journalism bug caught him.

"Keith was responsible, virtually every day for determining the nature and direction of most of the editorial flow," former BCTV news boss Cameron Bell said in the Global TV report.

In his student days, he was once editor of the UBC newspaper, The Ubyssey, which was chosen the best student newsaper in Canada that year.

He and Bell believed in letting pictures tell the story and together they and their reporters broke many stories over the years.

He died of ALS - Lou Gehrig's disease.

He was named a lifetime achievement award winner in 2004 by the Radio-Television News Directors Association of Canada.

In 1999, Bradbury and former BCTV News boss Cameron Bell were jointly awarded the Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jack Webster Foundation.

04-28-2007, 08:27 AM
EMS pioneer Marilyn Crook dies
By Gerald Ensley

Marilyn Crook, a Tallahassee paramedic who became the first female director of an ambulance service in the nation, has died.

Crook, 78, died Monday in Raleigh, N.C., from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a degenerative neurological condition known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. Crook had spent most of her life in Tallahassee before moving to Raleigh two years ago.

In 1972, Crook became one of the first 18 emergency medical technicians — and the only female EMT — hired by Tallahassee Memorial Hospital when it assumed control of the ambulance service. Until then, local funeral homes provided ambulance service.

Crook was believed to be the first paid, female EMT in the state. Three years later, TMH promoted her to director of the ambulance service — making her the first female emergency-medical-services director in the nation. She remained in that role until her retirement in 1987.

She oversaw TMH's growth to 60 EMTs and paramedics and 10 state-of-the-art ambulances. She also helped found the TMH Life Flight helicopter service in 1982.

TMH operated the ambulance service until December 2003, when Leon County government assumed control.

"Marilyn was a pioneer — and just a wonderful person," said Bobby Bailey, a retired director of the TMH's ambulance service who joined the department in 1975 under Crook. "She was very caring, very committed to the job we did. She did so many wonderful things for so many people and touched so many lives."

For more on this story, read Saturday's Tallahassee Democrat.

05-03-2007, 03:37 PM
4 WILSON, Helen Mary - With heartbreaking sorrow the family . . .

(May 3, 2007) -- 4 WILSON, Helen Mary - With heartbreaking sorrow the family announces the passing at her residence, on Monday April 30, 2007. Helen M. (Smida) Wilson, in her 70th year, much loved wife and best friend of Tommy. Loving mother of Leanne and her husband Terry Gregory and Joey. Devoted grandmother of Matthew and Mark Gregory. Dear sister of Margaret and her husband Frank Shutsa and sister-in-law of Verne Contini (Joe), Diane Godfrey (late Ray), Carol Horner (Mike), Jill Pembleton (John), Ted Wilson (Patti) and the late Jack Wilson. Favourite aunt to many nieces and nephews. Helen will be missed by her friends from the University of Guelph and the infamous "S & B Club" and the girls of the Guelph Curling Club. Resting at the Gilbert MacIntyre and Son Funeral Home, DUBLIN CHAPEL, 252 Dublin Street North, Guelph, (Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.) Funeral on Friday morning, May 4, to St. Joseph's Church for Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Interment Marymount Cemetery. Vigil for Helen on Thursday evening at 8:45 p.m. As expressions of sympathy, donations to A.L.S. (Lou Gehrig's Disease) or the charity of one's choice would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home 519-822-4731 or send condolences at www.gilbertmacintyreandson.com).

05-04-2007, 03:52 PM
Earl H. Graffam, 79, a retired Navy captain who was chief of staff and commander of the Middle East Force, died April 10 at his home in Arlington. He had complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease.

Capt. Graffam was a native of Winnipeg, Alberta, and a graduate of Drake University in Iowa. He served as a White House military aide and a temporary aide to Fleet Adm. Chester Nimitz early in his career.

He was the first executive officer of the destroyer McMorris and commanding officer of the minesweeper Persistent. After graduating from the Naval War College, he was an aide to the chief of naval personnel in Washington. He then was the first executive officer of the guided missile cruiser Fox and the first commanding officer of the frigate Schofield.

Capt. Graffam also studied at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and served in the office of the chief of naval operations. From 1972 to 1974, he was chief of staff and commander of the Middle East Force in Bahrain. He then returned to the United States as commanding officer of the Recruit Training Command in Orlando, a post from which he retired.

He was a member of Rock Spring Congregational Church in Arlington, the Arlington Kiwanis, the Military Officers Association of America, the American Bahraini Friendship Society and the Society of White House Military Aides.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Olive Blair Graffam of Arlington; a son, Earl H. Graffam Jr. of Fort Washington, Pa.; a sister; and a grandson.

05-11-2007, 05:39 PM
Sherwood V. Cohen | Ophthalmologist, 71
Rev. Robert J. Conner Sherwood V. Cohen, 71, of Elkins Park, a retired ophthalmologist, died Wednesday of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease) at home.
A native of Hudson, N.Y., Dr. Cohen earned a bachelor's degree from Columbia University and a medical degree from State University of New York in Syracuse. He interned at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and completed an ophthalmology residency at Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia.

He established a practice in Northeast Philadelphia in 1965, shortly before he was drafted during the Vietnam War. From 1966 to 1968, he served in Army hospitals in the States.

After his discharge he returned to his practice and treated generations of patients before retiring at the end of 1999. He was on the staffs of Graduate Hospital, Holy Redeemer Hospital, and Rolling Hill Hospital.

Dr. Cohen wrote medical columns for the Jewish Exponent and the Northeast Jewish Times. His letters to the editor appeared in the Exponent and in The Inquirer. He had strong opinions about certain subjects, including medical ethics and the Middle East, said his wife, Judith Silver Cohen.

He was a member of Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park and conducted the summer services. He was an avid traveler and a longtime Philadelphia Orchestra subscriber.

In addition to his wife of 43 years, Dr. Cohen is survived by sons Stephen and David; two sisters; and two grandsons.

The funeral will be at 12:30 p.m. today at Goldsteins' Rosenberg's Raphael-Sacks Memorial Chapel, 310 S. Second Street Pike, Southampton. Burial will be in Roosevelt Memorial Park, Trevose.

05-12-2007, 08:56 AM
Famed veterinarian leaves behind stories and memories

By MICHAEL BECKER Chronicle Staff Writer

John A. McIlhattan, veterinarian, horse driver, outdoorsman and author, died last week at his home in Bozeman. He was 61.

A fourth-generation resident of the Gallatin Valley, McIlhattan was the son of Alton and Katherine (Bohart) McIlhattan. Three decades ago, after veterinary school, he opened the well-known Valley View Veterinary Hospital.

In the last few years of his life, McIlhattan was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, which robbed the strength from his arms and took him away from many of the activities he loved.

Despite his weakness, he spent much of the past two years writing the stories of his life in longhand. McIlhattan self-published the stories in his book “Montana-Born Luck” earlier this year.

Nick Shrauger, chairman of the Draft Horse Teamster Hall of Fame, to which McIlhattan was inducted in 2006, said Friday that the book reveals the humor and warmth behind the doctor's quiet personality.

"He did such a service to us all by his book because it gives us a characterization of this warm and funny person," Shrauger said.

McIlhattan had a passion for draft horses and volunteered where he could. Gene Surber worked with McIlhattan on various 4-H programs and said McIlhattan loved teaching children about the animals.

"From a standpoint of helping out youth, John was there," Surber said. "He thought youth ought to have a nice start and there should be somebody there to help."

McIlhattan and his wife, Eileen Wallin, had one son, John.

At the veterinary hospital -- on McIlhattan Road -- farrier Larry Grantier said McIlhattan held on to traditional values.

"He was an old-fashioned kind of guy, where a handshake meant something," he said.

Grantier recalled the stories McIlhattan told, many of which are recorded in the book.

One tells how his father, while training dairymen in Cuba, barely escaped a violent revolution in the 1930s. Another tells the secrets of keeping buffalo happy -- McIlhattan raised buffalo on his farm since 1981.

"The way he tells it, you're laughing so hard," Grantier said. "You can picture every single moment."

Chris Nielsen, a family friend who helped care for McIlhattan in the last months of his life, said he always lived for the present, reveling in having too many irons in the fire.

Even after his ALS diagnosis, McIlhattan told her, "I feel more like myself than I did before."

Friends say reading the book is knowing the man.

"You read the book and you feel like you get to know the man," Nielsen said. "His whole life is that book."

Family and friends will gather Sunday, May 13, at the Springhill Community Pavillion north of Bozeman. All are welcome to share stories and memories.

McIlhattan's book can be purchased at the Valley View Veterinary Hospital.

Michael Becker is at mbecker@dailychronicle.com

05-17-2007, 07:12 AM
Ex-Indian 'Gomer' Hodge dies
Tuesday, May 15, 2007Dennis ManoloffPlain Dealer Reporter
Harold "Gomer" Hodge played just one major-league season, but he was around long enough to utter one line that left an indelible impression.

After notching his fourth hit in four official at-bats for the Indians in April 1971, Hodge said, "Golly, fellas, I'm hitting 4.000."

The quote captured the essence of the easygoing Hodge, who died Sunday in Rutherfordton, N.C. He was 63. Hodge had suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease.

"Fans loved him," said Russell Schneider, who covered the Indians for The Plain Dealer in 1971. "Everybody loved being around him."

Schneider devoted a chapter to Hodge in his latest book, "Whatever Happened to Super Joe'? Catching up with 45 Good Old Guys from the Bad Old Days of the Cleveland Indians."

Hodge finished the 1971 season with a .205 average in 83 at-bats in 80 games. The reserve infielder had one homer -- over Fenway Park's Green Monster -- and nine RBI.

The Indians demoted Hodge, then 27, to Class AAA and he never made it back. Hodge was a minor-league player/coach or manager in the Indians' system through 1976, Schneider wrote. Hodge held various jobs in the systems of other clubs, and coached in Australia and Mexico before retiring in 2001.

"Gomer would be the first to tell you he wasn't blessed with an abundance of talent," Schneider said. "He was a solid, hard-working country boy who played the game for the sheer love of it."

Hodge was nicknamed Gomer by teammates in the minors because they thought he sounded like Gomer Pyle, the TV character played by Jim Nabors.

The funeral is at 11 a.m. today at McMahan's Funeral Home, 249 S. Main St., Rutherfordton. The family will receive friends after the service.

Donations can be made to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills Inc., 130 Forest Glen Drive, Columbus, N.C., 28722.

To reach this Plain Dealer reporter:

dmanoloff@plaind.com, 216-999-4664

05-18-2007, 07:18 AM
Theater advocate succumbs to ALS
WALNUT CREEK: 'Jann' Schaub worked tirelessly on behalf of area arts for a quarter of a century
By Jeanine Benca

Article Launched: 05/18/2007 03:07:51 AM PDT

Janet Rose Schaub, a tireless local arts enthusiast who helped build theater programs in Diablo Valley for more than 25 years, died Monday at her home in Walnut Creek.
"Jann" Schaub was passionate about promoting the legacy of American playwright Eugene O'Neill, especially among young people. She served on the board of the Eugene O'Neill Foundation from 1987 until her death, coordinating the foundation's "Student Days" program, a popular arts workshop for East Bay students held each spring at Tao House, O'Neill's one-time estate in the Diablo hills.

Throughout the 1980s, Schaub hosted a popular community access cable program, "Walnut Creek in Focus." The weekly television show examined issues in local schools and government.

A native of Detroit, Schaub studied drama at Michigan State University and Wayne State University. After moving to California in 1974, she became active in community theater, performing with Center Repertory Company, ACT Now, J&L Players and Town Hall Theatre.

Schaub gave her last stage performance in 2006 at the Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church in Walnut Creek in a production of "Handy Dandy," in which she played an activist nun leading a peace march on a nuclear power plant.

In November, Schaub was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), known as Lou Gehrig's disease, a chronic neuromuscular disease.

"She never made an issue of it. Her focus was not on herself," said longtime Eugene O'Neill Foundation board

member Bob Rezak.
In Schaub's final community theater performance, "she brought the same conviction and passion she has demonstrated for issues she cares deeply about -- world peace, the environment, her church, her community, her country, people and, above all, the arts," Rezak said.

Schaub is survived by her husband of 37 years, Gary Schaub; her brother, Robert Rose of Irvine; and two nephews, Matthew and Scott.

A celebration of her life will be held at 3 p.m. June 2 at the Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the ALS Association, Greater Bay Area Chapter, 131 Steuart St., San Francisco, CA 94105 and to the Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church, 55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek, CA 94596.

05-18-2007, 10:32 AM
Former disc jockey dies at 56
By ROBERT WILSON, rlwilson2594@msn.com
May 18, 2007

Though Bill Purdue never got to see this world, he tried to experience it in every way he could.
Through it all, his wife said, "he didn't hold back."

"He always said being blind could be an ability or a disability. He made his an ability," Sandra Purdue said.

William Ray "Bill" Purdue died Monday at age 56, a victim of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Mr. Purdue was blind almost from birth, said Sandra Purdue. He was born prematurely in East St. Louis, Ill., and weighed 2 1/2 pounds. He spent four months in an incubator where, she said, an overabundance of oxygen in his system cost him his eyesight.

He was educated at the Illinois School for the Blind in Jacksonville and the Missouri School for the Blind in St Louis and was one of the first vision-impaired students in the public school system there.

His father, a Baptist pastor, accepted a job at a church in East Tennessee, and Mr. Purdue wound up getting a degree from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City.

"He would rather have been an auto mechanic," Sandra Purdue said.

She told how his college friend, John Abbott, would place a piece of cardboard on his bike so that it made a sound as the spokes hit it and that Mr. Purdue would follow the sound around campus riding on his own bike.

Mr. Purdue got his degree in sociology and was for a time a social worker. But his prime vocation was in radio. He worked as a disc jockey at stations in Morristown, Alabama, West Tennessee and other places. His wife said he had an ear for classic country and rock music.

"He always called his show the 'Wild Bill Extravaganza,' " Sandra Purdue said, adding he also worked in gospel radio.

Mr. Purdue got his chance to try driving with the help of some of his buddies in a church parking lot once, according to longtime family friend Mary Mitchell.

And Sandra Purdue said that Mr. Purdue also got the chance to drive a boat and pull his friend Abbott as he skied behind.

"I would tell him which way to steer," she said.

"My husband was nothing but a gentleman."

05-18-2007, 10:36 AM
Former owner of Burroughs Appliance dies on his birthday
BETTY TYLER, News Editor
Article Launched: 05/17/2007 02:56:23 PM PDT

John A. Lehman, a longtime Redlands businessman who was active in the community, died on his 81st birthday, May 11, at Redlands Community Hospital from complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
Lehman was well-known in Redlands as the manager and then owner of Burroughs Appliance Center on East State Street, and he was active in the community, especially with Rotary Club projects.

He was born May 11, 1926, in Loma Linda, grew up in Beaumont and finished high school in Compton, where he also attended college.

It was in high school in Compton that he met some of his lifelong friends, his son Jack Lehman said. Those friends included Pete Rozelle, who was commissioner of the National Football League from the 1960s through the '80s.

Lehman and Rozelle were best men at each other's weddings, Jack Lehman said, and they remained close through the years.

The group of friends from Lehman's Compton years, including some from college, became the "Super Bowl" group, about a dozen men and their wives who got together every year at the Super Bowl and visited with Rozelle, Lehman's son said.

After high school, Lehman served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and when he returned to

California he married and raised his family in Colton and Redlands.
He worked for Sears, then for the Edison Co. before he settled into what became a career in the appliance business.

After leaving the Edison Co., he began working with his father in the appliance business, then had an opportunity in the early 1950s to work in sales at Waldo F. Burroughs Appliances in Redlands. He later became the store's manager and then owner after Waldo Burroughs retired.

Lehman retired in 1993 and sold the business to Jim Thorpe.

In recent years, the store switched from appliances to a cabinets, tying in with Lehman's passion for woodworking and his skill as a master cabinetmaker.

After his retirement, Lehman enjoyed making cabinets, furniture, toys and other projects in the workshop of the home in Angelus Oaks that he and his wife Martha built together.

His son said everyone in the family, including every grandchild, has something he made, as do many other families.

In addition to cabinets and furniture, his son recalled the toy wagons made of wood, with wooden building blocks fit into them, that he made for his grandchildren and for other people's grandchildren.

His woodworking skill was also appreciated in the Rotary Club of Redlands. He had been an active member of the club since he joined in 1971.

Bill Hatfield, a member of Rotary and owner of Hatfield Buick-GMC Truck in Redlands, said Lehman was always there whenever Rotary members had a major project, such as building a shade cover at a community garden.

"He was an excellent woodworker," Hatfield said. "He knew how to build and fix anything - always hands on."

Hatfield said Lehman also took on the job of standing at the door during Rotary's annual Red Wine and Blues wine-tasting fundraiser, greeting people and handing out glasses and plates.

He said Lehman was also one of the people who made sure the room was ready for Rotary meetings. "He was one who did all the grunt work," Hatfield said.

Lehman's skill with people equaled his skill in the workshop, according to Hatfield.

"He made sure he got to know everyone in the club," Hatfield said, "and when you saw him, you felt better having visited with him, whether it was just hello or quite a conversation.

"He would compliment you, tell you you were doing a good job. He cared about you."

Lehman was also a "wonderful guy to deal with" as a businessman, Hatfield said.

He recalled the time the icemaker in his first refrigerator broke down the day before the Fourth of July and said Lehman was at his house until 8 that night, fixing it.

In the Rotary Club, in addition to the many hours he gave working on service projects, he was also a multiple Paul Harris Fellow.

A few weeks ago, the Redlands club honored him for his many years of service and made a donation to the ALS Association in his honor.

Lehman's other community involvement included serving on the Redlands school board in the 1960s and serving many years on the board of the Salvation Army.

He had also been a member of the Redlands Business Improvement District and had been active in the First Congregational Church of Redlands, holding many offices.

He had been a member of the Order of DeMolay as a youth and later was a member of the Redlands Masonic Lodge. He had also been a Boy Scout leader and a member of the Exchange Club and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Survivors include his wife Martha Lehman of Angelus Oaks; his son and daughter-in-law Jack and Tawnie Lehman of Brea; his daughters and sons-in-law Susan and Russ Nelson of Belgrade, Mont., Lori and Kent Porter of Bozeman, Mont., and Mari and Cliff DeManty of Fullerton; his former wife Donna Lehman of Bozeman, Mont.; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and friends Ken and Donna Goodner of Angelus Oaks who were like family to him.

A celebration of his life and sharing of memories is planned for 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at the Tartan Restaurant, 24 E. Redlands Blvd., Redlands. Private family services will be held later.

Memorial donations may be made to the ALS Association.

05-20-2007, 11:52 AM
Leonard H. Peterson

Leonard Haley Peterson, 67, passed away on May 5, 2007, in Lodi, Wis., after a two-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Lenny was born to Dora Mae and Haley Peterson on Aug. 30, 1939 in Tacoma, Wash. He served as a jet mechanic in the U.S. Air Force, a pumpman on oil tankers in the Merchant Marine, and a cement truck driver in Santa Rosa, Calif., Cottage Grove, Ore., and in Fairbanks from 1989-2001.

Lenny loved people and cherished all those he knew. He loved restoring and driving antique cars and his Harley. He loved his trees, yard, cats and dogs.

Lenny was preceded in death by his parents, Haley and Dora.

He is survived by his wife, Julie Wojtalewicz Peterson; daughters and sons-in-law, Kim and Jeremy Delich of Normandy Park, Wash., and Christine Peterson Schwab and Jason Schwab of Federal Way, Wash.; grandchildren, Graysen and Annie Delich; stepchildren, Jackie and Mike Sill of Lodi, Wis., Brad Schmauss and his partner Kym Bartlett of London and Ben and Christy Schmauss of Las Vegas; step-grandchildren, Cassidy Sill and Ruby Schmauss; and brother and sister-in-law, Doug and Debbie Peterson of Maryville, Mont.

Condolences may be sent to Julie Wojtalewicz Peterson, N2860 Trevor Ridge Road, No. 12, Lodi, WI 53555.

05-22-2007, 06:48 AM
Fundraiser loses battle with ALS
Local News - Tuesday, May 22, 2007 @ 02:00

A popular financial services agent, who tried to raise awareness about Lou Gehrig's disease after being diagnosed three years ago, has died.

Daniel "Dan" Gentilcore passed away Friday at Greater Niagara General Hospital, surrounded by members of his family.

He was 49.

Gentilcore, who worked in the insurance industry for more than 25 years, was diagnosed with the progressive and slowly debilitating disease in 2004.

He was the subject of a feature article in The Review published in November 2005, while trying to raise awareness and funds to find a cure for the disease, which is also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

"People are not aware, they don't know what ALS is," Gentilcore said at the time. "You mention Lou Gehrig, and they know a little more, but it's not well understood. I want people to be able to understand."

A funeral mass will be celebrated today at 10:30 a.m. at St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church. Entombment will follow at Fairview Mausoleum.

In memoriam donations can be made to ALS Research, c/o Dr. Turnbull at McMaster University.

05-22-2007, 03:53 PM
Marlin E. Johnson, 75, of New Underwood and formerly of Lead, passed peacefully to walk eternally with the Lord Wednesday, May 16, 2007 after his battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) and his brief stay at the Fort Meade VAMC in Sturgis.
Marlin was born March 15, 1932 in Lead to Marion and Margaret (Killoren) Johnson. The family purchased and moved to a ranch south of Lead where Marlin grew up and attended school at the Hillside School on the ranch and later in Lead where he graduated High School in 1952. Marlin enlisted in the Army in 1953 until 1955 when he returned to Lead.
After working briefly with the Corps of Engineers as a laborer on Pactola Reservoir, Marlin began work at Homestake Gold Mine in 1957 until retiring as an electrician in 1992 after 36 years. Shortly after retiring Marlin moved from the family ranch to New Underwood where he remained until he became ill at which time he moved to his Son, Ross', home in Spearfish prior to his final days.
Marlin spent his life enjoying ranching, hunting and fishing, with his children, brother, John, and numerous nieces, nephews and grandchildren. He always remained a jokester and loved socializing with all he met.
He will be dearly missed by his son, Ross (Carolyn) Johnson and two grandchildren of Spearfish, daughters Marcia (Jack) Davis and grandson of Moravia, Iowa, and Jolene Geer and three grandchildren of Clinton, Mo.
He is also survived by his brother's John (Phyllis) Johnson, Deadwood, and Theron (Grace) Young, Huntington Beach, Calif. and their children and numerous other nieces, nephews and cousins. He is also survived by two great-grandson's Raymond Olsen of Moravia, Iowa and Austin Clark of Spearfish.
Marlin was preceded in death by his parent's and one sister, Lavonne Libby of Grants Pass, Ore.
Visitation will be Sunday May 20, from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapel in Spearfish. Services will be conducted Monday, May 21 at 2 p.m. at Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapel, with Chaplin Charley Conger officiating and burial to follow at Mountain Lawn Cemetery in Lead.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to benefit research for Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Arrangements have been placed in the care of Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapel of Spearfish. Online condolences may be written at: www.fidler-isburgfuneralchapels.com

05-23-2007, 01:35 PM
Arlene Ranshaw Wetzel

CHESTERHILL - Arlene Ranshaw Wetzel left this world to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus on May 21, 2007, after a long battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).

Mrs. Wetzel was a music teacher in the Morgan Local Schools for 27 years. She graduated from Moon High School in Coraopolis, Pa. and received her bachelor of music education degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She was a student of organ performance of Dr. Robert Sutherland Lord at the University of Pittsburgh, and served as organist at numerous Pittsburgh area churches including Brookline United Presbyterian, Sharon United Presbyterian, Mount Lebanon United Presbyterian, University and City Ministry (UACM), and Heinz Chapel. After moving to Chesterhill in 1970 she continued her organist career at various churches in Marietta and Parkersburg, most recently at Trinity Episcopal Church, Parkersburg.

She enjoyed more than 50 years of marriage with her husband, Richard D. Wetzel. She is also survived by her four children, Richard (Diana) Wetzel, Erika (John) Paradiso, John (Celia) Wetzel and Dara (Mark) Gillis; four grandchildren, Laura and Andrew Wetzel, and Mark and Jessica Gillis; and her sister, Joanne Pettit of Erie, Pa.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John Dressel Ranshaw and Mildred Cole Ranshaw.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at Stone- Matheney Funeral Home, Chesterhill and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 25, at Matheney Funeral Home in McConnelsville.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 27, 2007, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 430 Juliana St., Parkersburg, W.Va.

05-28-2007, 07:18 AM
Former Van Buren Mayor Dies

POSTED: 8:06 pm CDT May 27, 2007
UPDATED: 8:16 pm CDT May 27, 2007

VAN BUREN, Ark. -- A former mayor of Van Buren has died, officials confirmed.

John Riggs, who had lived with Lou Gehrig's Disease for several years, died at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Riggs retired as mayor last December because of his battle with the disease.
He served as Van Buren's mayor for 12 years and is known not only for his genuine love for the city but also his accomplishments such as successful road projects, the capital improvements program and a community effort to rebuild following the 1996 tornado.


05-28-2007, 07:28 AM
'Will' Weir carried Olympic torch in 2004

By Sharon Boase
The Hamilton Spectator
(May 28, 2007)
A powerful flame has been extinguished.

The worlds of elite triathlons, theatre, modern dance, kick-boxing and ALS advocacy have all lost a leading light since William ("Will") Weir succumbed to ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease, on May 21. He was 58.

Friends and family remember Weir most fondly at a moment in which he truly shone -- carrying the Olympic torch during the Canadian leg of the Olympic Torch Relay leading up to the Athens Games in 2004.

"It was a very proud moment for him, regardless of the illness," said long-time friend Steve Lessy of Weir's participation in his wheelchair. Accompanied by his wife, Jennifer, and then one-year-old son Billy, in carrying the torch in Montreal, it was a moment of joy.

"He used that opportunity to give a very passionate speech about movement -- whether related to dance or sport. He was able to articulate some of his philosophy of life and try to promote ALS issues because it just doesn't get the same attention as cancer or heart and stroke."

Born and raised in Toronto, Weir excelled at swimming, cycling and running. He swam while at university and competed in triathlons for 20 years, winning many top level awards. He also dabbled in kick-boxing, theatre and modern dance.

In 1999, he was diagnosed with ALS, a rapidly progressing disease that causes nerve cells to degenerate and muscles to become paralyzed while leaving the intellect and senses intact. It is incurable and generally fatal within two to five years of onset.

From the age of two, Billy would scramble up his father's wheelchair and plop himself in Weir's lap. Unable to move his arms and hold his son, Weir had a ritual of rubbing noses with his little boy.

In 2004, Weir and his wife (who studied in Steeltown) moved to Hamilton after Weir had to give up his business staffing pools in condominiums with lifeguards and they could no longer afford to live in Toronto.

Jennifer, a nurse, found a job at Dofasco and Weir continued his advocacy work with the ALS Society in Toronto.

"His contribution was immeasurable," said Corina Chevalier, with the ALS Society of Ontario. "He was a pillar of strength and hope for people with ALS because he was always so positive."

Weir had to be moved to St. Joseph's Healthcare where he received complex continuing care after Jennifer was diagnosed with cervical cancer last year. When the cancer returned in her lymph nodes, she went for a second round of chemotherapy but is now part of a clinical trial receiving a drug that targets cancer cells.

Meanwhile, Weir developed a blood clot in his lung. Although doctors managed to clear it up, complications from ALS eventually took his life.

"For someone to have been athletic his whole life, who never smoked or drank or abused his body to be stricken with something like this ... nobody can know unless you walk in his shoes," Lessy said.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the ALS Society of Ontario (alsont.ca).

sboase@thespec.com 905-526-2452

05-28-2007, 08:51 AM
May 28. 2007 6:59AM

Ex-Irish star Demmerle dies
Former Notre Dame standout receiver Pete Demmerle, lost his battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) on Thursday at the age of 53.

He played from 1971 to 1974 and was a starting wide receiver for Ara Parseghian's national championship team in 1973.

A funeral mass will be celebrated Wednesday at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Greenwich, Conn.

A knee injury in his final college game reduced his chances at a pro career, although he was drafted by San Diego in the 13th round. Instead, he attended Fordham University Law School in 1976.

He joined the international law firm of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae in 1979 as an associate tourney.

Demmerle received the 2003 Edward "Moose" Krause Monogram Club Member of the Year Award.

He was Notre Dame's leading receiver in '73 and '74 (43, then sixth-best in ND history), when he helped the Irish post a pair of season-ending bowl victories over Alabama. His three first-quarter catches and a later two-point conversion helped spark the 1973 team to the 24-23 Sugar Bowl victory over the Crimson Tide.

05-28-2007, 08:55 AM

German expressionist artist Joerg Immendorf
dies Monday 28 May 2007 14:04German expressionist artist Joerg Immendorff died on Monday after a long illness, his wife said.One of Germany's foremost modern artists, the 61-year-old had been suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a disease which attacks and destroys nerve cells in the brain.

He died in the early hours of Monday at his home in Dusseldorf, his wife, Oda Jaune-Immendorff, said.

A charismatic figure, Immendorff was known for his flamboyant lifestyle as well as oil his paintings, prints and sculptures that mixed surrealism with an element of satire.

In August 2004, he was fined and given an 11-month suspended prison sentence after pleading guilty to offences relating to a widely publicized "cocaine orgy" at a Dusseldorf hotel.

The terminally ill artist testified that he only wanted to "go out with a fling" when he hired a hotel suite and invited several prostitutes to a party where alcohol and drugs were available in large quantities.

Immendorff became afflicted with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, in 1998, and set up a foundation in his own name to finance medical research into the condition.

ALS leads to increasingly serious stages of paralysis and then to death when the person's respiratory system becomes paralysed.

Born on June 14 in the north German town of Bleckede, he first gained attention in the 1970s with a series of works called "Cafe Deutschland" dealing with the division of Germany.

One of his most publicized works was an official portrait commissioned by Gerhard Schroeder in which the former chancellor appears in a gilded head and clothes.

A professor at the Dusseldorf Academy of Art, Immendorf's last major exhibition was held at Berlin's New National Gallery when he was confined to a wheelchair. dpa ms sc

05-28-2007, 09:43 AM
Officer an inspiration to others, friends say
By Hafsa Naz Mahmood
Posted Friday, May 25, 2007

Retired Glen Ellyn police Sgt. Robert Madden is being remembered as a humble, cheerful, caring, helpful and reliable man who was loved greatly.

The 51-year-old Glen Ellyn resident, who spent 29 years with the department, died Tuesday in his home after a long battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also called Lou Gehrig's disease.

Madden loved his family and was dedicated to his job.

He also was a fighter.

“He just kind of decided that he would do things his own way, so the disease never really took him,” said Alison Madden, his wife of 30 years and high school sweetheart. “He just kind of lived his life.”

Madden was born in Chicago, received his bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University and loved gardening, basketball, bicycling, traveling, reading and the White Sox.

Glen Ellyn Police Chief Phil Norton knew Madden for 21 years and shared an office with him for about five years.

“If you were his friend, you knew he had your back,” Norton said. “He had a great sense of humor, he was a no-nonsense guy and he never held a grudge.”

Norton said he often teamed up with Madden to pull small pranks on their colleagues.

“At the end of the week on Friday afternoons, you’d kind of wind down after busy weeks,” Norton said. “You could hear the laughter from our office. It was a good way to end the week. I miss him.”

Madden had positive influences on the people he worked with and trained throughout the years.

“He was so inspirational through so many things,” said Deputy Police Chief Bill Holmer, who knew Madden for 16 years. “His work was very important to him, but he always had the philosophy of family first. In this line of work, it’s so easy to lose that.”

Friends said Madden was someone they could count on for an honest opinion.

“He was certainly a man full of integrity,” Holmer said.

Visitation will be 3 to 9 p.m. today at Leonard Memorial Home, Ltd. in Glen Ellyn. A memorial funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Glen Ellyn.

Madden is survived by his wife; children, Shawn Barth of Wheaton, Sarah Madden of Chicago and Timothy Madden of Glen Ellyn; and 10 siblings. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.

05-29-2007, 07:20 AM

Triathlete loses battle with ALS

07:35 AM EDT on Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Journal Sports Writer

The triathlon community lost a valued friend and competitor Sunday when Jonathan Blais died after a 2-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Known to his friends as the “Blazeman,” the 35-year-old Seekonk native and Rhode Island College graduate waged a valiant war against the disease, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, after being diagnosed on May 2, 2005.

Realizing that those with ALS usually die within two to five years after being diagnosed, the special-education teacher worked tirelessly to create more awareness about the neurodegenerative disease that relentlessly attacks the motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord and for which there is still no cure.

Documenting his efforts on his Web site ( http://www.alswarriorpoet.com), Blais mobilized an army of triathletes — called Team Blazeman Warriors — to help with his war on ALS. He and that dedicated group of friends have spent the last two years holding fundraisers throughout the United States to support the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Therapy Development Fund, a nonprofit biotech company in Cambridge, Mass., dedicated to finding effective treatments for individuals with ALS.

In 2005, Blais became the first competitor suffering with ALS to complete the prestigious and grueling Ford Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.

Wheelchair bound the following year, he was forced to watch the event as a spectator. Brian Breen — a 31-year-old banker from Tinley Park, Ill. — completed the 2006 event in tribute to Blais.

In accepting an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Edited Sports Special for the 2006 Ford Ironman World Championship at the 28th-annual Sports Emmy Awards Ceremony, Ironman’s executive television producer, Peter Henning, announced that the award was being dedicated to Blais and his family.

Blais was also named the Competitor of the Year at the 15th-annual Competitor Endurance Sports Awards, held last February in San Diego.

Blais’ parents, Mary Ann and Bob, sent out this e-mail following their son’s death on Sunday:

Dear Friends,

Jonathan passed away at approx 8:30 Sunday, May 27, 2007.

He was a great son, brother, uncle and friend. We shall miss him more than you know.

He lost this battle in hopes others may win the war. Donations to the Blazeman Foundation or Jonathan S. Blais Scholarship fund would be appreciated. … Please keep up the fight that Jon started 2 yrs ago in his honor.

Mary Ann and Bob Blais


06-10-2007, 10:01 AM
English, Daniel J.; 62; Evansville; died 5/16; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

06-12-2007, 06:57 AM
Payne family mourns loss of patriarch
By Marty Maciaszek
Posted Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Jim Payne exhibited his toughness and fighting spirit during the toughest fight of his life.

Payne, a teacher and coach at East Leyden High School and patriarch of one of the area’s best-known high school sports families, battled amyotrophic lateral sclerosis for 17¨ years.

And Payne easily bucked the odds of what is better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease and is supposed to result in death after a few years. Payne finally succumbed to it at 10:10 a.m. Monday in his Schaumburg home at 66.

“It’s tough but my father’s in a better place,” said Kent Payne, who was a basketball star at Schaumburg High and has coached at St. Edward and Addison Trail high schools and at Elgin and Harper community colleges.

“I’ve known him all my life and I’ve never heard one person say anything in a negative connotation about him,” said Ray Pettenuzzo, who played for Payne when East Leyden won the Class 5A state football title in 1977. “He’s how an educator should be portrayed and how a coach should be portrayed.

“Whether you were the fifth-string running back or first-string, he treated you the same every day. You were like, ‘Wow, this guy really does care.’æ”

Pettenuzzo credited Jim Payne for pointing him in the direction of teaching and coaching. Pettenuzzo played at Carthage College, where Payne was a star running back in the early 1960s, and just resigned in May after 16 years as head football coach at Maine West.

“His advice to me set the ball rolling,” Pettenuzzo said.

Jim Payne, who is survived by his wife Ruth Ann, graduated from downstate Amboy High School before going to Carthage. He is a member of the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame and also coached track and field at East Leyden.

Payne’s grandchildren include Cully, who will be a junior at Burlington Central and has committed to DePaul to play basketball, Katlyn, who helped St. Edward reach the Class A Elite Eight as a freshman, and Quentin, who will be a seventh grader.

“Driving home (Sunday night), I told all three of them if you get anything out of ‘papa,’æ” Kent Payne said, “it’s he didn’t know when to quit and didn’t know how to quit.”

Visitation for Jim Payne will be from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Thursday at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Schaumburg. A service will follow for Payne, who will be cremated and has donated his spine and brain to the Les Turner ALS Foundation for research.

06-14-2007, 08:03 AM
Coach beat odds with ALS
By Eileen O. Daday
Daily Herald Correspondent
Posted Thursday, June 14, 2007

James L. Payne ~ 1940-2007

Every year after football season ends at Leyden High School in Franklin Park, officials bestow a special honor on one player: the “Jim Payne Badge of Courage Award.”

They began the tradition in 1991, shortly after Assistant Football Coach James L. Payne had been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's Disease.

In 1993, when Mr. Payne was no longer able to coach, the football team dedicated the season to him.

Mr. Payne passed away Monday. The 30-year Schaumburg resident had defeated the odds and lived 17 years after he was diagnosed. He was 66.

“There is no doubt that because he was such an outstanding athlete and he had this tremendous will to stay alive, that he lived that long,” said Jack Leese, former head football coach of East Leyden High School.

Mr. Payne grew up in Amboy, where he was a standout athlete in high school, lettering in football, basketball and baseball.

When he attended Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis., he set several records.

As a halfback for the Redmen, Mr. Payne played on a team that had a 19-game winning streak. During their run, Mr. Payne set the record for longest punt return — 88 yards — and average career yards from 1960-1963 by averaging 8.7 yards per carry.

He held the record for yards per season within the College Conference Illinois Wisconsin (CCIW) and was All-Conference, All-State and All-American while at Carthage.

Mr. Payne began his teaching career in Woodstock before accepting a position at East Leyden, where he taught physical education and coached freshmen football.

Within four years, he moved up to coach the backfield on the varsity team.

“Of the eight years he coached with me at the varsity level, we won six conference championships and one state championship in 1977,” Leese said. “There has to be a correlation.

“From the players’ and students’ viewpoints, he was the most popular coach we every had,” Leese added.

Mr. Payne also was well known in the Schaumburg community. For several years during the summer, he managed Atcher Community Pool, now known as Atcher Island Water Park.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Ruth Ann, as well as his son Kent (Sherry) of Burlington, and daughters Krista (Steve) Feldman of Pingree Grove and Angela (Adam) Gallien of Sugar Hill, GA, as well as five grandchildren.

Services for Mr. Payne will begin with a celebration of life at 5 p.m. today at Church of the Holy Spirit, 1451 Bode Rd. in Schaumburg, followed by a 7 p.m. funeral.

06-14-2007, 08:07 AM
Firefighter's death raises concerns dies of ALS; Second death from ALS in city department has some questioning possible link to job

Local News - Tuesday, June 05, 2007 @ 08:00

Not long after Owen Sound firefighting Capt. Jim Blair retired, he found out he had Lou Gehrig's disease. It claimed his life Friday at age 59.

Blair is the second Owen Sound firefighter to die from Lou Gehrig's disease. Ronald Muzzell died in 1990 when he was 52.

"It's definitely a concern . . . It definitely raised some flags. And nobody really knows what causes Lou Gehrig's disease," said Dave Cruickshank, president of the Owen Sound Professional Firefighters' Association.

"We've looked to our professional organization, the Ontario Professional Firefighters' Association, and posed a question to them: How can we have two people with ALS in a department of 30 people?"

Blair was a firefighter with the Owen Sound Fire Department for more than 30 years.

His wife Nancy Blair said her husband loved being a firefighter and he passed his passion for emergency services to his son, who is an OPP detective, and daughter, who is a paramedic.

Blair retired in 2003. When his neurodegenerative disease, also called ALS, was diagnosed in 2005, Blair accepted it quietly.

"He didn't complain once and he went on with his life," his wife said Monday.

She said her husband came across as stern, but really he was soft-hearted. "He would do anything for anybody. He's kind and he is the most courageous man I have ever known."

Blair was a member of the Canadian Forces reserves and rose to the rank of lieutenant-colonel with the Grey and Simcoe Foresters in 1993.

Blair also volunteered with the Scenic City Order of Good Cheer, was on the Grey Granite Club board of directors and was involved with the campaign to raise $350,000 to put retractable seats in the OSCVI auditorium.

Former Owen Sound fire chief Gord Woods said Blair was too young to die.

He did his job well, but Woods wonders whether firefighting contributed to his illness.

Cruickshank said said Blair was well-liked and respected. "He fell into a leadership role right from the get-go."

The Ontario government announced last month a proposal to amend the Workplace Health and Safety Act that would allow the government to designate eight cancers and heart injuries which happen within 24 hours of fighting a fire which would be presumed to have been caused by firefighting. Workers' compensation coverage would be automatic in those cases if criteria were met.

Lou Gehrig's disease is not on the list.

Blair leaves his wife and their children, Maureen Blair and Jamie Blair Jr. and his wife Tracy and two grandchildren, Keegan and Chris.

A firefighter honour guard was to greet Blair's visitors Monday night at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home. The funeral service was to take place at 11 a.m. today. A fire truck will lead the procession from the funeral home to St. Mary's Cemetery

06-14-2007, 05:05 PM
Jags lose devoted fan
Loses battle with ALS

By Vic Ketchman, jaguars.com senior editor


The Jaguars have lost one of their biggest fans with the passing of Rick Murray, a season ticket holder since the team’s inaugural season who developed a strong friendship with coach Tom Coughlin.

Murray lost a nine-year battle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) when he passed away Wednesday evening at his home in Mandarin. He was relentless in his struggle to overcome the debilitating effects of the disease and his book, “Rick’s Reflections,” was recently released.

“You have accomplished more from the neck up than most of us have accomplished in a lifetime. You are an inspiration to all who know you and we look to you for wisdom and strength,” Coughlin wrote to Murray some years ago.

Coughlin had befriended Murray when the two met during an Ireland vacation in the summer of 2000. Coughlin was the Jaguars’ head coach at the time and the two maintained their friendship when Coughlin became the head coach of the New York Giants. Coughlin paid a special tribute to Murray at the coach’s Jay Fund golf tournament dinner this year. Murray’s home is littered with Coughlin memorabilia.

From his office at Giants Stadium on Thursday, Coughlin told jaguars.com: “We all have our own Hall of Fame; people who have touched our lives deeply and inspired us to live our lives more fully, to appreciate the precious gifts we’ve been given. Rick Murray sits in the front row of my Hall of Fame.”

Despite his affliction, Murray rarely missed a Jaguars home game. He attended practice during mini-camp in May and posed for a picture with the Jaguars’ wide receivers.

06-15-2007, 07:19 AM
Joyce R. Salmon

Joyce R. Salmon, age 64, of Green Bay, passed away on Thursday morning, June 14, 2007, after a courageous fight with Lou Gehrig's disease.

Joyce was born on Aug. 19, 1942, in Manitowoc, a daughter of John and Elmira (Christianson) Huske. She attended the University of Chicago and then graduate school at the University of Denver. Joyce married Donald Salmon on Sept. 4, 1965, at Faith Lutheran Church, Valders. She was the editor of Mai Pen Ry Magazine for 20 years and retired as an administrative assistant at St. Norbert College.

Joyce is survived by her husband: Don; siblings: Wayne (Terry) Huske, Whitelaw; Gary (Linda) Huske, Nashua, N.H.; Charles (Martha) Huske, Karen Huske (John Seidl), Brown Deer; and John (Karen) Huske, Reedsville. She was preceded in death by her parents: John and Elmira Huske, and two sisters: Barbara Olsen and Janice Huske.

Visitation for Joyce will be held at Ryan Funeral Home, 305 N. 10th St., De Pere, on Friday (TODAY), June 15, 2007, from 5 until 7 p.m. Visitation will continue on Saturday, June 16, 2007, at Faith Lutheran Church, Valders, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.

Funeral services for Joyce will be held at 11 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church with the Rev. Marsha Solberg officiating. Burial will be in West Cemetery, Valders.

Please visit www.ryanfh .com to send online condolences to the Salmon family.

06-15-2007, 12:03 PM
Andrew Keller III, 51, battled ALS

Bucks County Courier Times

Andrew A. Keller III was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease in 2005 and he fought the illness on his terms.

His attitude was, “ "I'm going to battle it the way I want, and as long as I can. I'm going to do it my way,' ” said his sister, Connie Ejsmont of Langhorne.

She said her brother didn't want to get into a wheelchair until he had to. That happened last year.

“He was walking on crutches as long as he could, but finally on vacation in 2006 we got him a wheelchair, because it was easier for him to go from one place to another,” she said. “At first, he was a little apprehensive but grew to accept it. His wife, Kathleen, who is a nurse, after seeing how well he did on vacation, said, "Well, you are getting a wheelchair all the time now.' ”

It wasn't an electric wheelchair because he didn't want one. “ "As long as I work my arms and can push myself, that's what it will be, ' ” his sister recalled him saying.

Mr. Keller died May 27 of complications from the disease, formally called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS. The incurable fatal disease affects the body's nerve cells.

He was 51 and had been living in Virginia for six years.

He was a 1973 graduate of Neshaminy High School. He was a former Parkland resident. Before his illness, he worked in the construction industry. He loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman.

“This past Thanksgiving, he even went hunting with his brother at a private farm, and Andy was on a three-wheeler, and he loved it,” Ejsmont said. “I think right before that, he shot a deer. He looked so forward to going again, but it never came around.”

His brother, Timothy of Salisbury, Md., said, “It was the biggest deer he ever shot. It was a nine-pointer and weighed about 200 pounds. It was a long shot and he kind of crawled and hobbled to the deer — it was about 240 yards. I'll always think about Andy when I'm hunting.”

His sister said the Keller family went on summer vacations every year and remembers 20 years ago going to Ocean City, N.J.

“Andy was always the first one up in the morning, had a pot of coffee going, and he was off to the beach for some fishing as soon as the sun came up,” she said. “He just loved to fish, and when the sun went down, he would go back fishing on the beach. Andy always had the biggest and best equipment.”

One of his jobs he held when he was younger was a manager of a sporting goods department at Strawbridge's. “We always joked with him, and said he was his own best customer,” she added.

Mr. Keller was the oldest of five children — two girls and three boys,

“He was always a carefree spirit and moved to his own drum,” his sister said, “always working at different jobs and always upbeat.”

06-15-2007, 06:20 PM
Chad Blooming
May 12, 2007

WOOSTER -- Chad Neil Blooming, 52, of Wooster, died Friday, May 11, 2007, at his home.
Friends will be received at McIntire, Davis & Greene Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster,
on Sunday, May 13, from 3-5 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church with
the Rev. Father Daniel Reed officiating.
Those who wish may make contributions to the ALS Association, Northeast Ohio Chapter, 2500
E. 22nd St., Cleveland 44115-9907, or Hospice & Palliative Care of Greater Wayne County, 2525
Back Orrville Road, Wooster 44691 or to the Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns
Hopkins, 100 North Charles St., Suite 408, Baltimore, Md. 21201.
Born March 11, 1955, in Cleveland, he was the son of Thomas and Cornelia (Pogany) Blooming.
He was a support administrator for Cuyahoga County Board of Mental Retardation
Developmental Disabilities.
He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church. He was an active hockey player from an early
age. Chad established a Web site to update people of his condition and to give hope to others,
According to Chad's wishes, we are to celebrate his life so no one is to wear black.
Surviving are his wife, Ellen Pill, whom he married June 28, 2002; daughter, Danya Blooming of
Wooster; two brothers, Thomas (Wendy) Blooming of Bessemer, Mich., and Charles (Linda)
Blooming of Lake Charles, La., and a sister, Sister Mary Catherine Blooming of Pittsburgh, Pa

06-16-2007, 07:36 AM

His determination was an inspiration

Rick Murray, 66, battled Lou Gehrig's disease for nine years.

By Jessie-Lynne Kerr, The Times-Union

Richard "Rick" Scott Murray, a retired Navy commander and avid sportsman who became the Jacksonville face of Lou Gehrig's disease/ALS by his determination to do the best that he could with the strength he had left, died at his Mandarin home Wednesday evening. He was 66.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at All Saints Chapel at Jacksonville Naval Air Station. Among the speakers will be MaliVai Washington, the former professional tennis player who became a good friend. Burial will be at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery. The family will receive friends at their home from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday and after the service Monday.

Cmdr. Murray acquired a cadre of fans - from sports figures to congressmen to average Joes - who admired the courage he showed over the nine years that he fought the disease he knew one day would take his life.

Those nine years tripled the prognosis of the life expectancy given to him by doctors. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a degenerative disease of the nerve cells that control muscular movement and is named for the baseball great whose career it cut short.

As late as three days before his death, Cmdr. Murray marshaled the strength in his rapidly weakening body to attend the Jacksonville Suns' Lou Gehrig/ALS Day game, an annual fundraiser he convinced the baseball team to start several years ago.

"I could tell Rick was in a lot of pain," said Suns President Peter D. Bragan Jr., who met Cmdr. Murray four or five years ago at a game. "He was not quite his usual smiling self, but he was determined to be there."

Cmdr. Murray this year published what he called Rick's Reflections, a collection of "inspirational thoughts, quotes and phrases for dealing with life's many challenges." The foreword was written by Washington, a 1996 Wimbledon finalist whose kids foundation Cmdr. Murray supported. The two met in 1997 when Cmdr. Murray participated in a 24-hour tennis marathon for Washington's foundation before the early stages of the disease set in.

On the cover is a photo of the author with Tom Coughlin, coach of the New York Giants and former coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. The two men met seven years ago when both had children attending The Bolles School.

After learning of his friend's death this week, Coughlin said in a statement, "We all have our own Hall of Fame - people who have touched our lives deeply and inspired us to live our lives more fully, to appreciate the precious gifts we've been given. Rick Murray sits in the front row of my Hall of Fame."

Former Jacksonville Mayor Hans Tanzler, a neighbor of the Murrays for 10 years, said Cmdr. Murray was a great inspiration to him two years ago when Tanzler, who had been an athlete all his life, lost a leg to a blood clot.

"Every time I would begin to feel sorry for myself, I'd go see Rick because I was so impressed with his attitude and optimism. I took a lot of instruction from him," Tanzler said.

The former mayor went to visit and pray with him shortly before he died. "I sang The Old Rugged Cross to him and I could see his response in his eyes," Tanzler said. "He was one of the most incredible people I ever met."

A native of Philadelphia, Cmdr. Murray graduated from Colgate University in 1962 and entered the Navy later that year. After training as a Navy flight officer, he was assigned to Jacksonville Naval Air Station.

After other assignments, he completed his 25-year career at the U.S. Naval Academy in 1987. The family moved back to Jacksonville in 1995.

Sherry Murray, his wife of 42 years, said friends made bumper stickers that read "Don't Quit, Rick Won't."

"He used this disease to help people," she said. "He wanted people to know you can live with it."

He traveled to Russia and Europe after his illness began, she said. "He said the only difference between an ordeal and an adventure is attitude."

His younger son, Mark Murray of Seattle, said he will remember his father's motto: "Persistence Wins Again."

"Regardless of what the doctors said about his prognosis," Mark Murray said, "Dad was determined to live life to the lees and live as long as he could."

He also is survived by a daughter, Allison Hastie of Orange Park; another son, Richard Scott Murray Jr. of Jacksonville; and five grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation, 2933 N. Myrtle Ave., Suite 101, Jacksonville, FL 32209; or the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund, P.O. Box 285, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250.

06-22-2007, 07:06 AM
W.F. man succumbs to ALS
Andrea Domaskin, The Forum
Published Friday, June 22, 2007

A West Fargo man, whose family relied on their faith and community as he battled Lou Gehrig’s disease for almost a decade, will be buried today.

Alan Grossman, 48, died Monday at MeritCare Hospital. His funeral is 11 a.m. today at Faith Lutheran Church in West Fargo.

Grossman was diagnosed in December 1997 with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, called ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. It’s a progressive disease that affects nerve cells, and there is no cure.

“He was just one of the greatest men I’ve ever known,” Grossman’s wife, Shelly, said Thursday. “He died with as much dignity and love as he lived his life.”

The average life expectancy for someone with ALS is two to five years. Grossman’s disease progressed more gradually.

Shelly Grossman breaks out in laughter after her husband, Alan, relays a joke through his computer at their home in West Fargo in this February file photo.

At first, Shelly said during a February interview, everyone wanted Grossman to see his son, Matt, graduate from high school in 2001. Then the goal became watching his younger son, Mike, graduate in 2003.

Grossman said during the interview that his family tried to battle ALS and live as normally as possible.

By that time, ALS had overtaken most of his body. He used a ventilator to breathe and was receiving round-the-clock care at home from Shelly, family members and nurses.

Grossman communicated by blinking and with the use of a computer.

The couple hosted an ALS support group at their home, and Grossman maintained Faith Lutheran Church’s Web site until he was no longer able to do so.

A note on the church’s Web site, www.growinfaith.org, read, “We are deeply saddened at the death of our dear friend, Alan Grossman, who created and maintained this website for many years... ‘one click at a time.’”

06-24-2007, 08:51 AM
Larsen, Aloma

Aloma Larsen, 79, Oconto Falls, died Monday afternoon, June 18, 2007, at Sharpe Care, from complications of a 10 year illness with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). She was born March 31, 1928, in Slinger, Wis., to John and Lydia (Henschke) Koerber. As a young girl she moved with her family to Gillett where she attended public school, graduating from Gillett High School with the Class of 1945. On June 14, 1947, she married Marvin "Mike" Larsen at Bethel Lutheran Church in Green Valley. Following their marriage the couple lived in Neenah before moving to Oconto Falls in 1952 where Aloma was employed as a clerk at Witt's Grocery Store for 24 years. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Oconto Falls and was a volunteer with Community Memorial Hospital in the city for over 20 years.

Survivors are two children: Michael (Mary Ann) Larsen, Neenah; Judy (Mark) Wilson, Abrams; four grandchildren: Katie Larsen, Hudson; Jennifer (John) Weyenberg, Combined Locks; Scott Wilson, San Diego, Calif.; Kayla (T.J.) Carmody, Oconto Falls; a great-grandson, Thomas H Carmody V.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Mik,e on Dec. 14, 1992, and one brother, Roman Koerber.

Memorial services will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 28, 2007, at Grace Lutheran Church in Oconto Falls with the Rev. Doreen Jeffers officiating. Family and friends are welcome to come at 6 p.m. Thursday prior to the memorial services at the church. Aloma's body was donated to the UW-Madison Anatomy Department and her cremated remains will eventually be buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Oconto Falls. Jones Funeral Service in Oconto Falls (920-848-2222 or visit:


is serving the Larsen family.

The Larsen family would like to thank Dr. Cupino, the nurses and staff of Sharpe Care and Community Memorial Hospital for their care and consideration shown Aloma during her illness.

06-27-2007, 06:19 AM
Well-known priest succumbs to ALS

Local News - Tuesday, June 26, 2007 Updated @ 2:54:27 PM

By Greg Peerenboom



Less than three months after being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, one of the city’s most well-known clergyman passed away Monday.

In an earlier interview, Rev. Rene Dube said the crippling disease had given him a new appreciation of life and faith in God.

“Our faith gives so much.
It doesn’t take away the fear, suffering or hurt, it’s all there, but it gives it meaning,” Dube said earlier this month.

“Life is not what happens to you that’s important, it’s what you do with what happens to you. That’s my way of seeing it.”

Dube preached for nearly 38 years after he was ordained in 1969. To this only child of the late Alfred Dube and Inez Jarvo, many community residents became part of his pastoral family.

He ministered at St. John Bosco, Sacré-Coeur, Christ-Roi, Ste-Thérèse, Nativity Co-Cathedral and, most recently, Sainte-Croix.

Visitation will be at Lahaie and Sullivan Funeral Homes, East Branch, on First Street E., Saturday, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

The body will be transferred from Lahaie and Sullivan to Nativity Co-cathedral, Sunday at 2 p.m., with visitation between 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

Former diocese priest Luc Bouchard and dear friend of Rev. Dube will celebrate the funeral Mass on Monday at 11 a.m.

Interment will be at Notre-Dame Cemetary.

06-28-2007, 05:40 PM
Gregory S. Reeves, award-winning Star staffer, dies
By Mike McGraw The Kansas City Star

Gregory S. Reeves, who spent 31 years as a reporter, database editor and crime blogger for The Kansas City Star, died Thursday of complications from ALS.

Reeves, 57, was an internationally recognized expert in computer-assisted reporting. He analyzed computer data for several award-winning projects at The Star, including a series on the U.S. Department of Agriculture that won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992, and a series on the NCAA that won a George Polk Award in 1997.

“Greg was an excellent investigative reporter and an international leader in computer-assisted reporting,” said Brant Houston, executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors. “And he was wonderful colleague to work with — witty, passionate and always outraged by the injustices suffered by the average citizen.”

Last year, Reeves took on a new role as the newspaper’s crime blogger and quickly turned “Crime Scene KC” into one of the nation’s most popular crime blogs, with more than 600,000 monthly visitors. Crime Scene KC won an EPpy Award in 2006 for the best media-affiliated news blog in the United States, and a McClatchy Newspapers President’s Award in 2007.

Acting as the newspaper’s first crime blogger — chronicling homicides as well as the bizarre occurrences that spark community dialogue — was a perfect fit for Reeves. In the 1980s, he covered the Kansas City Police Department during a particularly violent time in the city’s history, writing straightforward yet poignant accounts of ordinary people touched by crime.

“I first met Greg when he was a police reporter and immediately realized that he had a photographic memory of every crime he had ever covered, down to how the body was positioned,” said Mark Zieman, The Star’s editor and vice president. Zieman said Reeves was an old-school journalist who mastered beat reporting, became a self-taught database expert when computers entered the newsroom, then eagerly embraced the Internet and “on his first try launched a world-class blog.”

“Greg was truly a master at his craft,” Zieman said. “He adapted to every reporting platform, brought home a ton of major awards and, most importantly, his work changed lives.”

Reeves grew up in Chicago and attended the University of Chicago, graduating in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in Germanic Language and Literature. He was constantly teaching himself new skills and was fluent in German and Chinese, in addition to numerous computer languages.

He also worked for newspapers in Belleville, Kankakee and Ottawa in Illinois before joining The Star in April 1976.

In 1977, Reeves was named one of the first three U.S. journalists to travel and report in West Germany under a John J. McCloy Fellowship from the American Council on Germany. More than 20 years later, Reeves spoke at the founding meeting of Netzwerk Recherche, a group of German investigative reporters.

Besides being fascinated with world history and global politics, Reeves studied statistics and mathematics to help him better understand the computer data he spent so much time analyzing. He was a patient newsroom mentor and was always happy to repeat for his math-challenged colleagues how to calculate percentages.

He was diagnosed in 2006 with ALS, the same disease which claimed his father’s life.

Reeves died at his home in Overland Park. He leaves two children, Rebecca Reeves and Jeffrey Reeves, and their mother, Bonita Reeves.

Cremation and a service for family and close friends is scheduled for July 7.

Donations are being accepted in Reeves’ name for a fellowship to support a research assistantship at Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc., a nonprofit journalism training organization at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Donations may be sent to IRE at 138 Neff Annex, Missouri School of Journalism, Columbia, MO 65211.

07-01-2007, 08:39 AM
Dr. Philip Wagley,

a retired dentist and career Army officer who served in three wars, died Sunday of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, at the Blakehurst Retirement Community in Towson. He was 86.
Dr. Wagley was born and raised in Columbia, Pa. He earned his bachelor's and dental degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

He served with the Army Dental Corps during World War II, the Korean and Vietnam wars, at military posts and bases in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

He was a colonel at the time of his 1970 discharge, and his decorations included the Army Commendation Medal and Legion of Merit.

Dr. Wagley moved to Baltimore and enrolled at what is now the Bloomberg School of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University, where he earned a master's degree in public health.

From 1973 until retiring a second time in 1983, Dr. Wagley was an associate professor of prosthodontics at the University of Maryland Dental School.

The 31-year resident of Crofton, who had lived at the Towson retirement community since 2002, was a member of the American Diabetes Association, Military Retired Officers Association and the American Legion.

He was also a member of the alumni associations of the University of Pennsylvania and Hopkins.

His wife of 26 years, the former Ann Elizabeth Baird, died in 1997. An earlier marriage to the former Philomene Kauffman ended in divorce.

Dr. Wagley was a communicant of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Towson, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday.

Surviving are a son, Joseph P. Wagley of Derry, N.H.; a daughter, Karen B. Wagley of Prescott, Ariz.; a stepdaughter, Barbara J. Smith of Lancaster, Pa.; three grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

07-02-2007, 04:06 PM
Edwin Byron “Bud” Selcer, 78, passed away Sunday, July 1, 2007, after a hard-fought battle with ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a cruel and terminal illness.

He was born in Chattanooga and was a lifelong resident of the Falling Water community.

Bud was a veteran of the U.S. Army where tie served as an MP in Germany and pitched for the Nurnberg Tigers baseball team. He also pitched for numerous local amateur baseball teams. He was retired from DuPont and held positions on the boards of DuPont Community Credit Union and Soddy-Daisy /Falling Water Utility Commission. Bud was a lifelong member of Falling Water Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ab and Mabel Selcer, and was a descendant of early settlers of the Falling Water community.

He is survived by his wife, of 56 years, Dorothy Millsaps Selcer; daughter, Regina Miller, of Hixson; two sons Lamar (Sharon) Selcer, of Falling Water, and Rodney (Karen) Selcer, of Falling Water; two sisters, Pauline Merriman and Joyce Hewitt; and five grandchildren, Dusty Miller, Lauren and Evan Selcer, Hannah and Rachel Selcer.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Coulter Chapel of Lane Funeral Home with the Rev. Mark Love, Dr. Steve Canada and Father Mike Creson officiating.

Interment will be in Millsaps Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Chattanooga Foundation, P.O. Box 19269, Chattanooga, TN 37416, and the ALS Association, Tennessee Chapter, P.O. Box 40244 Nashville, TN 37204.

The family would like to especially thank Hospice of Chattanooga and the many friends for their love, support and prayers during Bud’s illness.

Arrangements are by Lane Funeral home Coulter Chapel 601 Ashland Terrace, 577-3524.

07-04-2007, 07:48 AM
REHOBOTH — Robert J. "Bobby" Oliveira, 65, passed away Monday, July 2, 2007, at home after a courageous battle with Lou Gehrig's Disease.

Born in Acushnet, MA, he was the beloved husband of Susan C. (Gonet) Oliveira and father to Lance R. Oliveira, and son of the late Mary C. (Gonsalves) Oliveira and Wilson Oliveira.

He was an avid south paw pitcher for the Rhode Island Senior Men's Baseball League until 2006.

Graduated from the Swain School of Design in New Bedford, MA. He was a retired Commercial Designer and Photographer.

Calling hours will be held Thursday, July 5, 2007, 5-8 P.M., in the PERRY/McSTAY FUNERAL HOME, 2555 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence. His funeral will be held Friday at 9 AM from the PERRY/McSTAY FUNERAL HOME, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Taunton Avenue, Seekonk. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Bobby's name may be made to The ALS Association (Rhode Island Chapter), 2915 Post Road, Warwick, RI 02886, would be deeply appreciated.

07-05-2007, 12:39 PM
Nancy Rea beat the odds of ALS for a long time
A Bermuda Run resident, she died at 51, but her determination and spirit live on in family, friends

By Lisa O'Donnell


Nancy Rea (2001 photo) and her husband, David, were childhood sweethearts.
(Journal File Photo)


In 1992, Nancy Rea learned that she had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Most people with ALS die less than five years after their conditions are diagnosed.

A strong faith, the will to see her children grow up and good medical care helped Rea buck the odds, friends and family said.

On June 24, Rea, 51, lost her struggle with the disease. She died at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center after a short bout with pneumonia.

“She couldn’t fight it off,” said David Rea, her husband of 31 years.

Rea is survived by four children, Sarah, Alissa, Mary Justin and Thomas, and scores of friends who continued to seek her advice even though the disease severely limited her ability to communicate.

Karen Dalton was one such friend.

“I could tell by what she was thinking by a roll of her eyes, a little grin on her face,” Dalton said. “I always went over there for therapy. She just helped me, even with small things.”

ALS is a neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. The disease is marked by progressive muscle weakness that results in paralysis. There is no cure.

Within two years of her diagnosis, Rea was wheelchair-bound. Eventually, muscle weakness and paralysis spread throughout her body.

Despite her physical limitations, Rea stayed active. Using a special computer, she spent long hours typing e-mails to family and friends. She traveled with her family around the United States and to Europe. Not long ago, she met Katie Couric at an ALS gala in New York.

A few weeks before Rea got pneumonia, she and her family went to see Roger Waters, the former singer for Pink Floyd, in concert in Chicago.

“She just wanted to see as much as life and be around her kids as much as possible. She was determined she was going to beat the odds, and she certainly did,” said Susie Marion, a longtime friend.

Since 2000, Rea’s friends and family rallied on her behalf to form one of the largest teams for the annual “Walk to D’Feet ALS” in Winston-Salem. Money from the walk is used for ALS research and to support programs coordinated by the state’s ALS association.

The team, dubbed “Reas of Sunshine, Reas of Hope,” sometimes had as many as 300 walkers. Jerry Dawson, the president and chief executive officer of the Jim “Catfish” Hunter chapter of the ALS association, said Rea’s teams were among the biggest in the state. Her teams have raised more than $100,000 since they began walking seven years ago.

Marion said that the “Reas of Sunshine” will be at this year’s ALS walk, which will be Oct. 13.

“We have to carry on this legacy,” Marion said. “She was an amazing lady.”

Rea and her husband were strong supporters of the soccer program at Forsyth Country Day School. Their children played at the school, whose soccer stadium is called Nancy K. Rea Stadium. She was a fixture at games, watching them from her wheelchair on a platform near the press box, said Chris Turner, the school’s soccer coach.

An access road that leads from the parking lot to the stadium was built with Rea in mind, Turner said.

He said that the soccer teams will come up with a way to honor Rea this season.

“Definitely, there will be tributes from Forsyth Country Day’s end,” Turner said.

■ Lisa O'Donnell can be reached at 727-7420 or at lo’donnell@wsjournal.com.

07-05-2007, 08:50 PM
Christian, Cyril View/Sign Guest Book

CHRISTIAN, CYRIL, M.D., M.R.C.O.G., 60, of Plantation, passed away peacefully at home on June 28, 2007 after a long and courageous battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). He was surrounded by his family and close friends. He is survived by his beloved Katherine, his wife of 30 years, his children Gillian and Simon, and brother, John. He was an extremely loving and dedicated husband, father, brother and friend. Born and raised in Jamaica, he attended The University of the West Indies where he obtained his medical degree. He then studied in Manchester, England and became a member of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. It was during this period that he met Katherine. In 1980 he established his medical practice in Obstetrics and Gynecology - located in Plantation, FL. In the latter years of his career he also worked at the Broward County Health Department, a experience he truly enjoyed. He retired in 2003 due to his illness. He will always be remembered and admired as a person with great integrity and exemplary moral stance. Upon his diagnosis, he continued to enjoy life and demonstrated great strength, courage, and unquestioning acceptance of his illness. He was a great advisor to all who knew him and his guidance, wisdom and love will be missed. He will forever be deeply missed by his family, as well as so many friends who will likewise cherish his memory. His family wishes to thank their many friends for their devotion, love, support, and encouragement during Cyril's illness. The family wishes to express heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Husman Khan for being his personal physician, friend and traveling partner. The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to Pamela Dacosta - Blidgen, Patsy Dennis, Earline Daley, and Elsa Badeo for the loving care they gave to Cyril. The family also wishes to acknowledge the care received from Vitas hospice over the last month. Their services truly helped to make a difficult time more comfortable for Cyril and his family. Funeral services: Saturday, July 7th 10 am at Calvary Chapel (South Chapel) 2101 W. Cypress Creek Road, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery 1300 SE 10th Avenue Ft. Lauderdale, FL. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to The ALS Association Florida Chapter. Please visit http://webfl.alsa.org and click on 'How You Can Help' to contribute. To visit this Guest Book Online, go to www.MiamiHerald.com/obituaries.
Published in The Miami Herald on 7/4/2007.

07-05-2007, 08:53 PM
George Ray Sigmon
George Ray Sigmon, 61, of Kimberly, passed away at Montgomery General Hospital after an extended illness of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, “Lou Gehrig's Disease”.

He was employed as a welder for Cecil Walker Machinery in the Beckley hydraulic shop for 15 years and a graduate of Montgomery High School. He was an avid Mountaineer fan.

He was God's gift to us on July 30, 1945, and our gift to God on June 29, 2007. He was born in Powellton, Fayette County, and was the son of the late Julian and Nellie F. Angel Sigmon. He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Jody Lynn; and his brothers, Tuncil and Pete Sigmon.

Surviving is his wife of 40 ½ years, Becky Reynolds Sigmon; son, Tim and his wife Malinda Sigmon of Boomer; two grandchildren, Karli Nicole and Cameron George; sisters, Faye Grounds of Montgomery Heights and Betty Underwood and her husband Charles of Beckley; brothers, Virgil Sigmon and his wife Wilma and Kenneth Sigmon and his wife Judy of Powellton, Charles Sigmon and his wife Shirley of Mt. Carbon and Julian Sigmon Jr. of Barrett; and a host of nieces, nephews and in-laws.

The family extends a special thanks to all of his caregivers.

The service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 2, 2007, at Kimberly Church of God, Kimberly, with Pastor Bill Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Montgomery Memorial Park at London.

Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Inc., 900 Lee Street No. 1010, Charleston, WV 25301.

07-05-2007, 08:57 PM
Bennetts, John V. "Jack" View/Sign Guest Book

BENNETTS, John V. (Jack) - Age 69, after a courageous battle with Lou Gehrig's disease, our brave hero passed away on Saturday, June 30, 2007 at his Flushing residence, surrounded by his loving family and is now in Heaven moving his arms and legs again! Funeral services will be held 1PM Tuesday, July 3, 2007 at Rossell Funeral Home. Rev. David G. Kulchar will officiate. Cremation will follow the services. Visitation will be 1-4PM and 6-9PM Monday and 11AM-1PM Tuesday at the funeral home. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins. Jack was born January 10, 1938 in Flint, MI, the son of William and Martha (Johns) Bennetts. He graduated in 1956 from Flint Technical High School. In 1958 he married the love of his life, Patricia Aris. Together they raised three children. In 1988 they opened the Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio in Flushing. He retired from GM Grand Blanc after 31 years. Jack had a passion for cars, car shows, hot rods, and drag racing. He won numerous awards and trophies with his cars. Surviving Jack is his adoring wife, Pat; son and his wife, Scott and Diane Bennetts; daughters and their husbands, Lisa and Paul O'Leary, Wendy and Craig Gagne; grandchildren, Amanda and Emilee Gagne and Jason and Shannon Ciszek; and his beloved dogs, Maggie, Kerby, and Lilly. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, William Bevan Bennetts; and a baby daughter, Kimmie. A special thank you to our loving friends and family, and also Dr. Kodsy and Ricky, Todd Walter, Matt, Ryanne, Edel and Darwin for their loving care. Thank you to the staff at Merle Norman for their loving support.
Published in the Flint Journal on 7/2/2007.
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07-05-2007, 09:02 PM
Marge D'Spain

Born April 14, 1923 in Palo Alto, Marge entered into rest on June 23, 2007 at the age of 84. Loving mother to Michael and his wife Gail D'Spain of San Antonio, Rob D'Spain of San Jose, and Deborah D'Spain of Fremont. Grandmother to David, Adam and Joshua of Texas, and proud Great-Grandmother to Blake. Also survived by her cherished sister-in-law Jean McNeil, and many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by her beloved husband Robert in 2002. Marge married Bob June 22, 1947, and she passed away the day after what would have been their 60th wedding anniversary.
The family would like to thank the staff at Carlton Plaza Fremont, Pathways Hospice, and her loving caregivers. With their attentive help, everyone made mom's day a little brighter and helped her cope in numerous ways with her difficult struggle with Lou Gehrig's disease. At Marge's request, there will be no services.

07-05-2007, 09:06 PM
Dr. Philip Wagley, a retired dentist and career Army officer who served in three wars, died Sunday of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, at the Blakehurst Retirement Community in Towson. He was 86.
Dr. Wagley was born and raised in Columbia, Pa. He earned his bachelor's and dental degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

He served with the Army Dental Corps during World War II, the Korean and Vietnam wars, at military posts and bases in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

He was a colonel at the time of his 1970 discharge, and his decorations included the Army Commendation Medal and Legion of Merit.

Dr. Wagley moved to Baltimore and enrolled at what is now the Bloomberg School of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University, where he earned a master's degree in public health.

From 1973 until retiring a second time in 1983, Dr. Wagley was an associate professor of prosthodontics at the University of Maryland Dental School.

The 31-year resident of Crofton, who had lived at the Towson retirement community since 2002, was a member of the American Diabetes Association, Military Retired Officers Association and the American Legion.

He was also a member of the alumni associations of the University of Pennsylvania and Hopkins.

His wife of 26 years, the former Ann Elizabeth Baird, died in 1997. An earlier marriage to the former Philomene Kauffman ended in divorce.

Dr. Wagley was a communicant of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Towson, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday.

Surviving are a son, Joseph P. Wagley of Derry, N.H.; a daughter, Karen B. Wagley of Prescott, Ariz.; a stepdaughter, Barbara J. Smith of Lancaster, Pa.; three grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

07-05-2007, 09:12 PM
Oplinger, Lee Jay View/Sign Guest Book

ITHACA - Lee Jay Oplinger was born December 30, 1947. A native Ithacan, he left this life on June 18, 2007, succumbing to ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).
He was laid to rest June 21 at Greensprings Cemetery in Newfield, in a natural burial in keeping with his love of the environment. A graduate of Cornell University, Lee was a City of Ithaca forestry technician for eleven years. He oversaw the planting of thousands of trees and managed the city's tree inventory system. Lee helped coordinate the Citizen Pruners, a volunteer group tending to Ithaca's trees. Lee was a sweet, caring man who enjoyed gardening, cats, butterflies, music, Christmas celebrations, photography, and the outdoors. He knew the Latin names of every tree in Ithaca. Surviving are his fiancée, Laura Blakeley; sons, Michael and Brandon of Newfield; siblings, William (Irene) Oplinger of Lacey, Washington, Priscilla (Jere) Conover of Freeville, Katherine Ross of Ithaca, and Jeannie (Ron) Pluck of Ithaca; and many nieces and nephews. His parents, Percy and Elizabeth (Allen) Oplinger, predeceased him. Memorial donations may be made to Hospicare of Ithaca, the ALS Association, Upstate New York Chapter, PO Box 127, Route 5W, Elbridge, NY 13060, or the Lee Oplinger Memorial Tree Fund, c/o Andy Hillman, City Forester, 245 Pier Road, Ithaca, NY 14850. A celebration of Lee's life will be held at 2 p.m.
Sunday, July 1, at Hospicare, 172 East King Road, Ithaca. Please bring your memories and a dish to share.

07-06-2007, 06:51 AM
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Boxing: Farewell to father-figure
By Stuart Pink
Deeply missed: Dave Jones was a huge influence on young boxers
Croydon's boxing community has joined forces to pay their respects to much-loved trainer and referee Dave Jones.

The 44-year-old from New Addington passed away last Monday following a 14-month battle against Motor Neurone Disease.

After being diagnosed in April last year, he was originally given six months to live, but sheer mental strength and determination saw him live a further eight - displaying the type of spirit he showed throughout his life.

Croydon's former WBU light-middleweight champion Wayne Alexander first met Dave as a young amateur.

"Dave was great with young fighters and gave them confidence to achieve," said Alexander.

"I was in my early 20s when he said to me I could be the next Nigel Benn. For someone as respected as him in boxing circles to say that meant a lot and gave me so much belief.

"I was gutted to hear he passed away and he will be a huge loss to boxing."

Clinton McKenzie, who knew Dave while he was still an active boxer, said: "He was a lovely guy and a lot of kids looked up to him. Everybody had a good word to say about him.

"He was also a very good referee who commanded respect from fighters."

Born in Ireland, Dave came over to England when he was six-year-old and started boxing two years later. He suffered a serious burn to his left arm while roofing as a 17-year-old, but continued to box.

He went to live in America a year later, where he perfected his right hook and won the Irish American Amateur title.

When he returned to renew his visa a year later, he met his wife-to-be Mandy and stayed in England. They went on to have three children, Levi, now 18, Paige, 14, and Shea, seven.

He stopped fighting after he got married in his early 20s and began to train youngsters at the New Addington Amateur Boxing Club, where the chairman is his father-in-law, Brian Gillam.

His wife Mandy, 44, said he was a father figure to a lot of the kids.

"They all used to look up to him because he gave them time and advice, something a lot of them never got from teachers at school.

"He was a great role model, not just in boxing, but in life, too. He was a real family man."

Brian said: "He was just a lovely guy. You could tell he was well-loved because more than 450 people came to his funeral and more than 500 appeared at his benefit night we held at Fairfield Halls in October."

Dave qualified as a referee in the the early 90s and went on to become a respected official andjudge at amateur level.

But after being diagnosed with the disease last April, he had to stop. He had trouble speaking and became weak. But despite this setback, he refused to use a wheelchair and tried his upmost to attend boxing shows in the area. He even managed to walk up his stairs at home unaided.

But he deteriorated quickly in the last few weeks of his life and passed away last Monday, surrounded by his much-loved family.

Former All Ireland cruiserweight title holder Harry Cowap summed up his admiration for Dave with this tribute: "I had 32 professional fights and I would rather have 32 more than another round with Dave Jones."

10:36am Thursday 5th July 2007
http://www.croydonguardian.co.uk/sport/localsport/display.var.1521938.0.boxing_farewell_to_fatherfig ure.php

07-06-2007, 07:08 PM

Jeffrey Lynn Stanley Jeffrey Lynn Stanley, 49, a lifelong Windham resident, passed away surrounded by his devoted family, at his residence on Thursday, July 5, 2007 following acourageous 17-month battle with Lou Gehrig's Disease. He was born May 11, 1958 in Ravenna, Ohio to the late Roger H. and Arlene N. (Thompson) Stanley. Jeffwas a 1976 Windham High School Graduate and retired from Harbison-Walker Refractories after 23 years of service.He gave countless hours to youth basketball and baseball leagues. He was inducted into the Windham High School Athletic Hall of Fame as an honorary member in February. He served on the Windham Hot Stove Baseball and Softball Board for 18 years, and initiated and maintained their websites. He was a Hot Stove baseball and softball manager for 14 seasons and never had a losing season. In recognition of his lifelong commitment, a ball field at the park will be renamed in his honor this summer. Jeff was devoted to his family, his school, and his community. Windham has lost a true "Bomber." He will be deeply missed by his loving wife, Laura J. (Louie Viebranz) Stanley whom he married September 4, 1982; his children, Adam Marc Stanley (fiancee'Hardip Tukhar) of Kent, Bryan Todd Stanley at home, Kyle Jason Stanley, U.S. Army National Guard at home and Jodi Rae Stanley, Walsh University at home; siblings, Barbara (Henry) Podbielski of New Galilee, PA, Gary (Brenda) Stanley of Jefferson, OH, and Kay (Phil) Ziska of Garrettsville; and his aunt, Genevera "Skip" Thompson of Windham. The family will receive friends and relatives from Noon to 4 PM on Sunday, July 8, 2007 at Windham High School, whereFuneral Services will be at 2 P.M. on Monday with Rev. Doug Snyder officiating. Burial will follow at Windham Twp. Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Jeff Stanley Memorial Scholarship Fund at Cortland Bank. Arrangements were made by Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 8382 Center St., Garrettsville, Ohio 44231. www.carlsonfuneralhomes.com (Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson, (330)527-2188 RC 7/6/2007)

07-08-2007, 01:55 AM
Thanks, Thanks for posting this obituary. This was my fiancee of 10 years. I miss him very, very much.
Laura Blakeley

07-08-2007, 06:04 AM
I'm so sorry for your loss Laura. :grouphug:

07-08-2007, 02:16 PM
March 18, 1929 - July 8, 2007

Sunday, July 08, 2007
My father has been ill for quite some time. As many of you know, I moved in to his house to care for him for several months, until my sister took over those duties in February. He was suffering from chronic obstructive pulminary disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's Disease).
He finally let go early this morning. He went peacefully, with no pain. Penny was periodically spooning chocolate sorbet onto his tongue so he'd pass away with the taste of chocolate in his mouth.
Hence the title of this post.

Thanks to all of you who gave us your words of support and encouragement these very difficult past few weeks.


07-09-2007, 07:07 AM
Connie Donette McLain Cates
July 9, 2007
Connie Donette McLain Cates, 50, of Wichita Falls, went home to be with her Lord on Sunday, July 8, 2007, after an extended battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).

The funeral service will take place Tuesday, July 10, 2007, at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Grandfield, Okla., with Pastor Tim Owens officiating. The interment will be in the Memorial Cemetery in Grandfield, Okla., under the direction of Gray Funeral Home of Grandfield.

A visitation will be held from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday evening, July 9, 2007, at the Gray Funeral Home of Grandfield, Okla.

Connie willingly and lovingly devoted more than 20 years of her life as an early childhood specialist in the Texas public school system in Vernon, Wichita Falls, Round Rock, and Burkburnett, among others. She was the first of two children born to Don and Virgie McLain, and she grew up in Grandfield surrounded by family and rowdy friends. In 1974, Connie graduated from Grandfield High School as valedictorian and later graduated cum laude from Midwestern State University, demonstrating the natural intelligence that her son desperately hopes is genetic. In 1975, that son, Zackary McLain, was born, and Connie spent the rest of her life raising, supporting and loving him.

Survivors include her son and her parents, along with her brother, Randy McLain and wife Debi; nieces, Donette Coker and husband Ben, and Ade McLain; nephew, Jordan McLain and wife Heather; grandnephews, Zeke and Eli Coker; and grandniece Selbie Gonzalez. But that's only a partial list. The number of family and friends who loved Connie and were loved back is too great to print here.

The family would also like to thank Hospice of Wichita Falls for their kind and generous help over the past several months. The staff there provides a service that cannot be measured.

The family asks that memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls, 4909 Johnson Rd., Wichita Falls, Texas, 76310.

An online guest book and sympathy cards are available at www.grayfuneral.com.

07-09-2007, 08:14 PM
Memorial for Jerry Hallberg

July 9, 2007
Chelsey Schell

Last week the Fairbanks community lost Jerry Hallberg due to complications of ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease.

This past May Newscenter 11's Chelsey interviewed Jerry's wife Pam to find out what it is like to live with ALS and the Newscenter has previously talked with Jerry for the MDA Telethon.

Jerry was diagnosed with ALS in 2005.

His memorial is set for next Friday at 7 p.m. In the Friends Community Church on 30th Avenue.


recently informed that Sister Philomena, who taught fifth grade at OLV Elementary School, died on May 15, 2007, in Lafayette of Lou Gehrig's Disease. Sister Philomena was 82.

07-10-2007, 01:48 PM
Disease Killed Him, But People Say He Beat It

By YVETTE C. HAMMETT The Tampa Tribune

Published: Jul 10, 2007

RIVERVIEW - Even while lying in a hospital bed at home, unable to move or speak, David Barker held on to his spark, said his wife, Becky, and their close friends.

Just recently, he had neighbor Jovan Hyde playing "Name That Band" as he played audio clips from some of the 1,000 songs on his computer, using his big toe to move the mouse and switch from one song to another.

"He sometimes called me the Jovanator," Hyde said Monday, recalling Barker as a man with a great sense of humor. He was her neighbor for 11 years in the Lakes of Cristina subdivision.

"He had a funny name for just about everyone," his wife interjected.

Barker, 46, bedridden for the past 10 years, died quietly Friday after living with Lou Gehrig's disease for some 15 years. His family and neighbors were standing near his bedside at South Bay Hospital.

The former Boeing avionics technician, born and raised in Jacksonville, left a lasting impression.

"I'll never, ever in my lifetime have another person in my life with that special relationship," next-door neighbor Shelley Grable said Monday. "Knowing him and loving him and being part of his life, it's the trite thing to say 'Don't take life for granted,' but that's what it was about."

Barker was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at age 31, a little more than a year after getting married. The disease is an incurable neurodegenerative illness that eventually paralyzes all the body's muscles.

Barker never lost his sense of humor or his zest, his wife said.

"I've gotten phone calls from so many people who say he touched their lives," Becky Barker said. That included people he never met but who read about the Barkers in The Tampa Tribune in March.

"He always had a way of drawing people in," said Scott Stephens, who served in the Air Force with Barker and remained a good friend. "He had a quick wit."

Barker, a 1979 graduate of Samuel W. Wolfson High School in Jacksonville, served four years in the Air Force at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa and at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

He worked for Boeing Co. in California for eight years before moving back to Florida, where he worked for GTE in Tampa.

BORN: April 15, 1961

DIED: July 6, 2007

SURVIVORS: His wife, Becky; mother and father, John and Christine Barker; and brother, John Glenn Barker

SERVICE: A graveside ceremony is set for 11 a.m. Wednesday at Green Lawn Cemetery, 4300 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville.

Reporter Yvette C. Hammett can be reached at (813) 657-4532 or yhammett@tampatrib.com.

07-10-2007, 01:56 PM
Farewell to Coach Stanley
By Mike Hixenbaugh

Record-Courier staff writer

WINDHAM -- During the last three decades, some of Jeff Stanley's favorite memories were recorded on the floor of the Windham High School gymnasium.

Consider his part in a championship run as a teenage basketball standout in the late 1970s along with the thousands of hours he dedicated to coaching the youth of his community, and you'll understand why.

For those same reasons, it was fitting that Mr. Stanley said his final farewell from the center of Windham's Marty Hill Court.

Mr. Stanley, 49, died Thursday after a 14-month fight against Lou Gehrig's Disease.

Monday, more than 300 family, friends and community members packed the gymnasium to say goodbye. Very few of them left without shedding tears.

"It's obvious from yesterday and today that I am just one of thousands of Jeff's friends," Marty Sterpka said during the service Monday.

Sterpka, who considers himself a lifelong friend of Mr. Stanley, encouraged his four children.

"To you kids, hold your heads high and walk proudly because you are Jeff's children," he said. "And when you reach milestones, like graduations and weddings, know your dad is beside you, beaming with joy."

Sterpka tried to explain how lucky he considers himself just to know a man like Mr. Stanley -- a man who volunteered countless hours coaching; a man who willingly sacrificed his own comfort to serve his community; and a man who did everything in his power to share his love for life.

Mr. Stanley's wife of 24 years, Louie Stanley, also stepped forward to share a few words. Shaken by tears, Louie read two letters of thanks from a couple of Mr. Stanley's former athletes.

"Having an impact on kids meant so much to Jeff, so I know he would have wanted me to read these," she said.

The letters were littered with praise for a man who was admired and respected by hundreds in the community.

A few more members of the Stanley family stepped forward to share kind words and stories. Inspired by his father's advice to live with no regrets, Kyle Stanley stood to speak after previously planning to remain silent.

Kyle, the Stanley's youngest son, was overseas serving in the military when he heard about his father's diagnosis last May.

"I told him I would come home if he wanted me to, whatever he wanted," Kyle said. "But he told me, 'I just want you to be a good soldier.' So I told him, the whole time me crying like a little girl, that I would do that as long as he did the same for me. I told him, 'you be my soldier, dad.'"

For more than a year, Kyle called whenever he could to see how his father was progressing. The disease moved faster than expected, according to doctors, eventually leaving Mr. Stanley physically disabled and unable to speak. Still, Kyle continued to call hoping for good news. Each time, at the end of the conversation he'd ask his father, "how are you doing, are you still being my soldier dad?"

"And until the time when he wasn't able to talk, he would say, 'yes,'" Kyle said. "And when it reached the point when mom had to hold the phone to his head, I'd ask him ... and he'd grunt or give me some indication that he was fighting.

"That was our way of saying we loved each other."

Occasionally pausing to choke back streaming tears, Kyle offered a final message to his father.

"Dad, I just want to tell you that you're still my soldier and I love you. You put up a good fight."

Turning to the audience, Kyle continued, "And he did. He fought for all of you. He always said, 'work hard, play harder and love unconditionally.' That's how he lived and I wanted to tell you that because I don't ever want to regret not coming up here and sharing my peace about my father, my hero, and my soldier."

Following the service, Mr. Stanley was buried at Windham Township Cemetery where hundreds of family and friends said goodbye to a man known best by those who loved him, simply as, "Coach."

07-10-2007, 02:02 PM
Uncapie Says Good Bye To Jack B. Sowards, WRATH OF KHAN Scripter

Hey, I'm Uncapie...

Gifted storyteller and screenwriter, Jack Sowards, passed away of Lou Gehrig's Disease at 78.

He was my mentor. He was my friend.

Born in Texarkana, Arkansas on March 18, 1929, Jack was one-of-a-kind.

As a child, he was involved in all things most boys like. Climbing trees, running through fields, swimming in the local lake and excelling at sports. Even playing tennis with his buddy; a future multi-billionaire, named Ross Perot.

But, one summer he contracted a rare lung disease and was bedridden for almost a year.

He discovered books and writing.

After, high school, he enlisted in the army and participated in the Berlin Airlift making sure that the destitute and poor had food during the Allied reconstruction in 1949.

After his service was up, he enlisted in the Navy because he wanted to see more of the world.

Three years later, he entered the U.S. Air Force and became a chief mechanic on F-86's. Some of the aircraft he worked on were used in the film, "The Hunters" with Robert Mitchum and Robert Wagner.

With enough service to his country behind him, he wanted to see the United States next.

He became a field worker picking crops wherever the job took him. Sometimes it was vegetables, cotton or wheat. He learned a lot about the United States and its people.

His journey led him to Hollywood and supported himself as a photographer and a furniture mover with a then unknown actor who would inspire many of us in a film called, "Robinson Crusoe On Mars." That actor was Paul Mantee.

He'd hang out at the soda fountains at the now defunct and legendary Schwab's Drugstore and Googie's taking turns buying cokes and burgers with the other actors named James Dean and Dennis Hopper.

Through Dennis, Jack decided to try out for a part in the San Diego Playhouse production of, "Othello." He got the part of "Iago" and played along side Dennis and another up-and-coming actor named, Michael Forrest to rave reviews.

Critics loved his delivery and the constant rubbing of his left hand with his right thumb when he was plotting evil was thought to be a great device on stage. But, with Jack, there was always a story. Dennis Hopper had run his rapier through Jack's left hand during rehearsals and he needed stitches because of it. Rather than bandage it up and tell the stage manager for fear of losing the job, he threw a little make-up on it and continued with all the performances. It wasn't that he was rubbing his hand as a plot device; it was because it hurt like hell!

After the play ended, so did the money coming in. With a wife and a baby on the way, Jack went back to moving furniture.

But, as luck would have it, he ran into the late producer/director Burt Topper who needed an actor to film two movies at American International Pictures.

Those two films were "Tank Commandos" shot on the old M-G-M backlot European town sets and "Hell Squad" filmed out in the Mojave desert.

Jack portrayed radioman, "Private Todd" who was the whiner in a group of tough G.I.'s sent in to destroy a bridge. The total budget of the film was $75,000.00 shot in eight days.
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Sowards on a video cover.

In "Hell Squad," he was a German soldier posing as an American because he could speak a smattering of German. Not only did he act, he also did many of the special effects. That was a budget of $50,000.00 shot in five days.

It was at this time, he decided to be a writer. He wrote five scripts for television and only one was purchased for the series, "Daniel Boone" starring Fess Parker.

But, one was all he needed. He had talent and people recognized it.

He then wrote for "Bonanza," "The Bold Ones" and the "High Chapparal" with a smattering of other scripts that were bought for tv shows, but were never filmed.

I was fortunate to read his script for "Combat!" and it would have been one of the best episodes next to "Hills Are For Heroes." Jack Sowards had the gift of writing.

Years later, the acting bug would bite him one last time where he played the town cop on the TV series, "Peyton Place" while writing movies-of the-week such as "Deliver Us From Evil," "Death Cruise" and a western called, "Desperate Women." He was also nominated twice for an Emmy for his work.

He then became story editor on "Streets Of San Francisco," "Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer" and "B.L. Stryker."

He taught screen writing classes at Santa Monica College and UCLA. This is where I met him and he taught me to write. I was the only one who got an A in a class of twelve.

Years later, he would always joke with me saying, "Of course I gave you an 'A.' I felt sorry for you for writing that ******** 'Battlestar Galactica' script."

Swell. I think he just used to do it to get a kick out of me turning red of embarrassment.

It was last week though, his daughter presented me with a short story I wrote that I had long forgot about in his class. Out of all the years he had taught screen writing and all the scripts and short stories he had to grade; mine was the only one he saved. It was a very heartfelt moment. It now rests in a frame over my desk.

I asked what he was working on next. "Its a space western. You'll like it." But, he'd never tell me what it was.

It was "Star Trek II: the Wrath Of Khan." The best, by far, of all the "Trek" movies and it was typed on a computer that Jack had built himself when the Commodore 64 was thought of state-of-the art.

Jack went peacefully with his wife holding his hand. His family was there when it happened and I am very proud that I am a part of them.

He was a good man.

To sum up Jack Sowards, I quote a line from "Star Trek II: the Wrath Of Khan:"

"You will always be my friend, as I am yours."



07-11-2007, 08:12 AM
Brown, Joseph W.

Joseph W. Brown, Darboy, age 46, passed away at his home on Monday, July 9, 2007, following a long and courageous battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). He was born on March 29, 1961, in Appleton, the son of Carl and Rita (Bohmann) Brown. Joe married the love of his life Amy Coopman on October 31, 1987. They had three children together: Nicole, Andy and Spencer. Joe was employed for over 18 years at Kimberly-Clark as a Research Technician and most recently worked at Pheifer Brothers Construction as a Materials Lab Manager for 6 years before his illness. Joe was a loving father, a devoted Packer fan and a great admirer of both Vince Lombardi and Ray Nitschke. He loved the outdoors and his hunting trips to the Marshfield area in search of the big one. He greatly enjoyed a good game of Yatzee with any one who dared to challenge him. He was a perfectionist in the purist sense, and thought, "anything worth having is worth working for." He applied his skills to the building of a bridge over the creek in Darboy so the children going to school and church at Holy Spirit could take the short cut. His faith in his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was his anchor and sure foundation.

Joe is survived by his wife Amy, their three children: Nicole, Andy and Spencer; his mother Rita Brown, three brothers, Steve (Karin) Brown, Tim Brown, Bob (Linda) Brown, and one sister, Carla (special friend Candy Roth); mother- and father-in-law, Ronald and Dolores Coopman; sisters-in-law, Mickey (Dan) Walbrun and Denice (Bob) O'Connell, brothers-in-law, Dave (Patti) Coopman and Steve (Julie) Coopman; 14 nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and dear friends.

Joe was preceded in death by his father Carl.

A Mass of Resurrection for Joe will be held at Holy Spirit Parish at Holy Angels Church, Darboy at 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 13, 2007, with Tom Pomeroy and Fr. Quinn Mann co-officiating. Public visitation begins at 10:00 a.m. in Church. Relatives and friends may call at BOETTCHER FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, Kaukauna, on Thursday, July 12, 2007, from 4:00 p.m. with the Vigil Service beginning at 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established to benefit his children's education. 920-766-2099.

Joe's family would like to thank the many, many wonderful compassionate friends and neighbors who offered so much assistance during his illness. Words cannot begin to speak of your unselfish kindness which will be forever remembered by them.

2 Tim 4:7-8, I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing. NKJV

07-12-2007, 08:19 AM
Longtime GHS headmaster John Bird dies in Florida

The country was at war and civil unrest was common, yet former educators still fondly recall John Bird's 11-year tenure as headmaster of Greenwich High School the "golden age of teaching."

"Creativity was a big thing," said Roy Blomster, 73, of Sanbornville, N.H., a retired teacher who headed the school's art department during the 1970s. "My friends, when they talk about it, it was like the golden era. It was never like that again after he was gone because people wanted to control things a little more."

John Nauman Bird, who served as headmaster from 1969 to 1980, died at his Fort Myers, Fla., home on June 30. He was 80 and suffered from ALS, a terminal neurological disorder commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Bird, who led the move from the old high school at what is now Town Hall to the larger new building on Hillside Road during the 1970s, championed the concept of giving students more freedom while expecting responsible behavior in return.

This idea of "freedom with responsibility," which became the school's mantra, was seen as novel yet risky, particularly in light of the Vietnam War and civil protests at other schools. But while the times may have been tumultuous, Bird kept those tensions from consuming GHS, primarily by engaging students and inviting their input, educators said.

"I came from another school where the kids were antsy, rebellious, challenging on everything," said Joan Lowe, a retired English teacher and school counselor. "Never with John Bird because he really respected kids and he really believed in freedom with responsibility. Around us there were kids who were sitting in, wanting creativity. At Greenwich High School, he encouraged creativity. He really encouraged respect."

During Bird's tenure, he implemented the concept of organizing students and staff around "houses," and instead of assigning students to study hall during free periods, Bird gave them the ability to congregate in the school's 1-acre student center.

"Each one would like to see different ways of looking at life and education and I think he gave us a lot of ways of trying new things and if we were successful, he would help us to continue and continue working in that manner," said Shirle Jankowich, of Old Greenwich, a retired art teacher. "He was just open about what we were doing. He moved around the school quite frequently so he knew what was happening."

While Bird welcomed student involvement at the school, he endeared himself to the staff by being open to their new ideas. Some teachers said they did their best work under his leadership.

"I always thought it was the golden age for both students and teachers," math teacher and swim coach Terry Lowe said. "It was certainly an exciting time to be an educator."

Lowe began the high school's now wildly successful water polo program during Bird's tenure. At the time, Lowe said the athletic department head did not support sponsoring what he believed to be another swimming program at the high school. But Bird encouraged Lowe to pursue the idea.

"He would just say, 'Branch out and do it,' " Lowe said. "As a result it developed into a true varsity program."

Blomster told a similar story of Bird encouraging him to build a darkroom after hearing students lament the lack of photography classes and a darkroom. Bird gave Blomster some money to buy a stainless steel sink and plywood to build a counter for a darkroom.

"From the seat of our pants, we got this thing going," Blomster said, crediting Bird's encouragement. "He was a special kind of person."

Bird was born in Hellertown, Pa., on Oct. 19, 1926. He graduated from Lafayette College and studied at Rutgers University and the University of Connecticut. He was a second lieutenant in the infantry during World War II, and married Claire Briggs of Trenton, N.J., and had three children.

Bird played professional baseball with the Washington Senators as a catcher before he decided to pursue teaching, his wife said.

"He just felt that he didn't have what he called a good arm to continue with baseball," Claire Bird said. "He had already had his teaching degree, which enabled him to step right into the classroom."

Bird worked first as a history and government teacher before becoming principal of Gilmore Fisher School in Ewing Township, N.J. Greenwich's then-superintendent, William J. Edgar, recruited Bird to town, hiring him as principal of Eastern Junior High School in 1965.

"It was very clear that he was being developed as the new headmaster while he was at Eastern," Terry Lowe said of Bird.

Bird's daughter, Valerie Streuli, a Norwalk resident who now teaches music at Central Middle School, said she remembers attending Eastern when her father was principal. One of his innovations at the school was the creation of a principal advisory board consisting of parents and students from all walks of life.

"It was something the students were really psyched about," she said.

After retiring as headmaster in 1980, Bird taught for several years at the junior high level, including teaching ninth-grade government at Central at the same time Streuli did.

Bird and his wife later retired to Florida but didn't stay put for long, traveling to six continents, missing only Antarctica, Claire Bird said. He also was active as an elder at the Presbyterian Church, singing in the choir, and enjoyed playing bridge and golf.

In addition to his wife and daughter, he is survived by a son, Christopher Bird, of California and a sister, Shirley Gad, of Fort Myers. He is predeceased by his eldest son, Jeffrey.

A memorial service will be held Aug. 18 at 4 p.m. at First Congregational Church on the Green at Park and Lewis streets in Norwalk. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The ALS Association Florida Chapter, 3242 Parkside Center Circle, Tampa, FL 33619-0907 or Hope Hospice, 9470 HealthPark Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908.

07-13-2007, 11:53 AM
Jerome E. Hallberg

Jerry Hallberg died peacefully at home from complications associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis on July 4, 2007, with Pam, his wife of 37 years, and daughter Jamie at his side. During his three-year journey with ALS aka Lou Gehrig’s disease, he showed his family and friends his character as a person of strength and courage. He will be remembered for his love of fly fishing and the great outdoors, for his humor, and as a humble and honest man who was a loving, caring, and giving husband, father, brother, uncle and friend. His humor and guidance are memories for his daughter and the many other young people that his life touched.

Jerry was born on Oct. 30, 1946, in Amery, Wis., and raised on the family’s 200-acre dairy farm in Balsam Lake, Wis., where hunting, fishing and trapping were a big part of his youth. The seventh of eight children, he was the first to be born in a hospital, and the last sibling to attend the nearby one-room schoolhouse before they all went to town for school. He graduated from Unity High School in 1964.

Jerry was in the Army from 1966-68 and had a one-year tour of duty in Vietnam in 1966-67 as a helicopter door gunner. Jerry married Pam Spaulding on Aug. 29, 1970, in Siren, Wis. They lived in River Falls, Wis. , where Jerry attended the university for the next four years. He was the first in his family to graduate from college. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in biology, Jerry and Pam sold most of their worldly possessions, packed up their newly acquired truck and in June 1974, drove to Alaska where they did not have jobs and did not know anyone, but they had youth, hope and optimism on their side.

Jerry had two short jobs with the tour industry and as a carpenter before he began working for the Alaska Department of Fish & Game in January 1975, landing his dream job as a sport fish biologist. Jerry had a 24-year career with the Sport Fish Division where he camped and fished on lakes and rivers across Alaska.

In 1977, the Hallbergs built their own log home on Risse Road outside of Fairbanks. In 1986, they built a cabin on the Salcha River where a lot of memorable family time has been spent during the past 20 years. In October 1987, Jerry and Pam were blessed with an addition to their family when their daughter Jamie was born. Jerry said the birth of their daughter had made his life complete. While working and being a parent, Jerry was also active as a volunteer at Jamie’s school going on field trips and volunteering when her Girl Scout troop needed help from dads.

Jerry, an outdoorsman, felt fortunate to have hunted, fished and trapped extensively while living in Alaska and had a great appreciation for all of God’s creation. He wanted to be remembered as a dad that played catch, was a master pilot of the tire-swing, taught one-match fires, and took his daughter camping, hunting and fishing.

After retiring, Jerry helped his friend Howie move the Alaska Fly Shop to its new location on University Avenue, then he helped unpack, and it evolved into his dream retirement job where he continued to build on his collection of fly rods and equipment. But that was halted when ALS stilled his hands.

Jerry was formally diagnosed with ALS in February 2005. He was the first Alaskan with ALS to attend the national ALS advocacy conference in Washington, D.C. in May 2005. He was also featured on a local segment of the 2005 Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon for ALS awareness. In spite of his illness, he continued to live life to the fullest and enjoyed each new day as he and Pam took a recent six-month tour of the Lower 48 visiting family and friends in their wheelchair-accessible van.

Jerry was a member of the Midnight Sun Fly Casters, Trout Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited, National Rifle Association, Tanana Valley Sportsmen’s Association, Alaska Outdoor Council, Salcha River Property Owners and the American Legion.

Jerry was greeted in heaven by his parents, Clarence and Helen (Larson) Hallberg, and his brother, Gary Hallberg.

Left to carry on until they are reunited in heaven are his wife, Pam, and daughter, Jamie, both of Fairbanks; brothers, Doug, Stu, Tom (Bonnie), and Gene, all of the Balsam Lake, Wis. area; sisters, Darlene (Dorance) Holmberg of Frederic, Wis., Bonnie (Oscar Venegas) Thoreson of Alhambra, Calif.; father- and mother-in-law, Earl and Arlene Spaulding of Balsam Lake; brother-in-law, Dave Spaulding of Fairbanks; Fran Hallberg of Plymouth, Minn.; many nieces and nephews; and a host of close family friends.

A celebration of life will be held on Friday, July 13, at 7 p.m. at Friends Community Church, 1485 30th Ave. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: Kids Fishing, Midnight Sun Fly Casters, P.O. Box 81255, Fairbanks, AK 99708-1255.

Arrangements were by Fairbanks Funeral Home and Crematory.

Memorial for Jerry Hallberg

July 9, 2007
Chelsey Schell

Last week the Fairbanks community lost Jerry Hallberg due to complications of ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease.

This past May Newscenter 11's Chelsey interviewed Jerry's wife Pam to find out what it is like to live with ALS and the Newscenter has previously talked with Jerry for the MDA Telethon.

Jerry was diagnosed with ALS in 2005.

His memorial is set for next Friday at 7 p.m. In the Friends Community Church on 30th Avenue.


recently informed that Sister Philomena, who taught fifth grade at OLV Elementary School, died on May 15, 2007, in Lafayette of Lou Gehrig's Disease. Sister Philomena was 82.

07-14-2007, 07:28 AM
Louis A. Burke Jr., 75, Phila. police officerBy Gayle Ronan Sims
Inquirer Staff Writer

Louis A. Burke Jr., 75, a retired Philadelphia police officer who raised five children with a sense of humor and social responsibility, died of Lou Gehrig's disease Tuesday at home in Mayfair.
He met his future bride, Rose Marie Morris, when he was an 11-year-old growing up in Kensington. When he was 16, Mr. Burke dropped out of the old Northeast High School, then at Eighth Street and Lehigh Avenue, and went to work in the warehouse at Sears.

"He didn't want to go to school anymore," said son Louis III. "He eventually went back and got his GED from Ben Franklin High."

In 1952, Mr. Burke married and six months later was drafted into the Army. He was in the Signal Corps in Germany before being discharged in 1954.

He returned to work at Sears until joining the Philadelphia Police Department in 1957. He started out as a beat cop in Germantown; he was a plainclothes detective in Family Court when he retired in 1976.

Mr. Burke and his wife founded the Catholic Youth Organization in the St. Hugh of Cluny parish in the 1970s, before they moved to Mayfair.

"They ran the program to keep teens off the streets," his son said. "They organized ping-pong, deck shuffle and sports teams for kids in the neighborhood, even if they weren't Catholic."

After retiring from the force, Mr. Burke became the director of the Hu-Catholic Federal Credit Union. During this time, he earned a Realtor's license and a private-investigation license.

When the credit union closed in the 1980s, he and a partner formed an investigation business dealing mostly with insurance fraud and divorce.

Mr. Burke opened his home to everyone and was known for his sense of humor.

"My dad did a dance called 'the worm' at everybody's wedding," his son said. "He lay on his back and his stomach, kicked his feet in the air, waved his hands and made everyone laugh."

Mr. Burke also was an inventor, of sorts.

"He cut a hole in a milk carton and used it for a plastic-bag dispenser," his son said. "He'd laugh and say, 'I'll bet you've never seen one of those before.' My mom still uses the same one he made decades ago."

Mr. Burke was consumed by attending events with his 11 grandchildren.

"He was calm and quiet as kids ran through his home," his son said. "He loved it."

After surviving prostate cancer in 1997, Mr. Burke was stricken by Lou Gehrig's disease in 2005.

"We knew he was bad when he stopped laughing at reruns of Everyone Loves Raymond," his son said.

In addition to his wife and son Louis III, Mr. Burke is survived by sons Thomas, Michael and Timothy; a daughter, Colleen Cowdrick; 11 grandchildren; and a sister.

Friends may visit at 7 p.m. tomorrow and at 8:30 a.m. Monday at John F. Fluehr and Sons, 3301 Cottman Ave. A Funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. at St. Matthew Church, Cottman and Battersby Street. Burial will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Cheltenham.

Donations may be sent to ALS Association, Greater Philadelphia Chapter, 321 Norristown Rd., Suite 260, Ambler, Pa. 19002.

Contact staff writer Gayle Ronan Sims at 215-854-4185 or gsims@phillynews.com.

07-14-2007, 07:29 AM
Bill Sims Jr. dies after battling Gehrig's disease

By Paul Huggins
phuggins@decaturdaily.com · 340-2395

Bill Sims Jr. knew death was inevitable when diagnosed with ALS 21/2 years ago.

That day arrived Thursday at his home in Brentwood, Tenn.

Instead of living in fear, the former Decatur resident lived his last days to their fullest, continuing his lifelong desire to help others, friends said.

Mr. Sims, 43, used his situation to raise awareness about his "most cruel and ruthless disease." This included a fundraiser that brought in more than $153,000 toward finding a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also called Lou Gehrig's disease.

"Early on, talking to him he said, 'Look, there's no help for me. Really, all I want to do is get help for the people who are going to get ALS in the future,' " said Eugene Sartor, his friend for nearly 30 years.

Mr. Sims was great at everything he did, Sartor added — whether water skiing, competing in triathlons, helping employees improve their insurance and finances, or taking care of his family.

"Bill just had a beautiful smile, and you wanted to be around him," said lifelong friend Clint Shelton.

Mr. Sims was the son of Dr. Bill and Betty Sims of Decatur. He was a graduate of Decatur High School and Auburn University.

Mr. Sims, who was vice president of human resources for AmSurge Corp., didn't waste much time with self-pity, even though he had seen his grandmother die of ALS years earlier, and confided to Sartor that it would be the worst way to die.

Though the disease took away his ability to speak, he used a special computer to communicate. He wrote an Internet blog regularly — the last entry was June 4 — to encourage others to "never give up."

In May, he wrote of living in the present.

"Think about the moments in your life you vividly remember," Mr. Sims wrote. "Those are the times you were living in the moment.

"Living in the moment is easy during the significant moments of your life such as your wedding day, or during a great vacation. Most days don't have significant moments, though, and if you're not careful, the everyday fears, resentments, stress and distractions will rob you of your life."

Visitation is Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m. at Brentwood Funeral Home, 9010 Church St. Funeral will be Sunday at 3 p.m. at Brentwood Baptist Church, 7777 Concord Road. Burial will be Monday at 10 a.m. in Woodlawn Cemetery in Nashville, 660 Thompson Lane.

Mr. Sims is survived by his wife, Tara, and two children, Will and Alli.

On the Net

www.msnspaces.com/bill sims

07-18-2007, 03:33 PM
Afton Stephens


Afton Stephens

Afton Stephens, born July 20, 1919 in Anna, Ill., and formally a resident of Sun Valley, quietly made her way to heaven on July 10, 2007.

Afton moved from Sun Valley to Bridgeview Estates in Twin Falls, Idaho, where she courageously and graciously battled ALS (commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease) during the last three years of her life. She was preceded in her passing by her husband, Dennis, and son, Gary.

Afton dearly loved her family, friends and church. Her smiling face, sense of humor, and loving personality will be greatly missed by her daughter, Nancy, son-in-law, Jeff, and grandsons, Rod and Maxwell.

Afton was very grateful for her friends and caregivers who visited and cared for her during her time in Sun Valley and at Bridgeview Estates.

Services for Afton were held at the New Palestine Christian Church in New Palestine, Ind., where she lived the majority of her life prior to moving to Sun Valley.


07-19-2007, 06:55 AM
Rogan, Louise E.

Louise Rogan, of Appleton, age 69 years, died on Wednesday, July 18, 2007, after a brave fight with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) at St. Luke's Medical Center in Milwaukee. She was born June 20, 1938, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the daughter of the late Franklin H. and Alberta (Locklin) Frichtel. Louise graduated from Scranton Central High School in 1956 and attended University of Scranton Business. She married Edward A. Rogan on July 31, 1971, in Appleton, he preceded her in death on April 25, 1999. She was a member of St. James United Methodist Church and was in the choir. Louise was employed at Valley Packaging for over 10 years as a Clerical Services Manager and retired in 2006 as a Rehabilitation Support Specialist. Following retirement she enjoyed living with her daughter's family.

She is survived by her loving daughter, Anna Louise (Christopher) Bork, Antioch, Illinois; granddaughter, Jenna Bork; sister, Ethel A. Neary, Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania; sisters-in-law: Joan Rogan, Scranton, Pennsylvania and Catherine A. Stawinsky, Virginia Beach, Virginia; nieces: Cheryl, Dawn Ann and Sharon; nephews: John, Jeremy, Mark and Christopher; great-nieces: Shana, Hannah, Kristen, Victoria and Halle; great-nephews: Seth and Timothy. Louise is further survived by other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a nephew Thomas Stawinsky, Jr.

The funeral service for Louise will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, 2007, at WICHMANN FUNERAL HOME with Deacon Larry Spohr of St. Bede Church, Ingleside, IL, officiating. Interment will take place at Highland Memorial Park. Visitation will be held on Friday at the funeral home from 4 - 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established for the Antioch Rescue Squad and Les Turner Foundation (Lou Gehrig's).


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07-20-2007, 07:15 AM
Nurse Lynda loses fight for life

The mum-of-two worked for the NHS for over 40 years

View GalleryA caring nurse who dedicated her life to looking after people has lost her battle against a muscle wasting disease.
Lynda Forde, 61, of Howick Park Avenue, Penwortham, suffered from a rapid form of Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

She died at St Catherine's Hospice surrounded by her loving family on July 16.

The mum-of-two worked for the NHS for more than 40 years and nursed patients suffering from HIV, AIDS, TB and even MND.

Her devastated daughter Louise Taylor said: "It broke my heart to see my mum suffering so much but throughout her illness she was so brave and never complained once."

She leaves behind her husband, a son, a daughter and two grandchildren.

07-20-2007, 07:21 AM
Beach babe stole a Midwesterner's heart at a fair
Published July 20, 2007

TEMPLE TERRACE - Jody McGregor's life was like two sides of a coin.

Heads: a miniskirt-clad beach bunny who dated a rock star and worked for a headline-making doctor.

Tails: a stay-at-home mom and elementary school teacher's aide who became a nurse.

She packed both sides into 55 years.

She succumbed Tuesday to Lou Gehrig's disease. But her mind was sharp and vibrant, like the girl Peter McGregor met in 1969.

It was at a county fair dance in Ohio. Jody was 18, on vacation from Tampa. She dodged the $1 admission fee by sneaking in under the tent. Peter, 19 and Midwestern to the core, was struck by the beach babe. "To see a girl like that, it was like, wow," he said.

Twice, Peter asked Jody to marry him before he shipped out to Vietnam. Both times, she said "no way." While he was gone, Jody dated Henry Paul, guitarist and singer from the rock group Outlaws, Peter said.

Peter had to win Jody back. He unsuccessfully asked her out twice. The third time, she agreed.

He bought a blue Corvette with a white top, her favorite car. They got engaged in that car.

In the '70s, Jody got a job in the office of Dr. James Burt, a notorious Ohio gynecologist who performed illicit surgeries. Burt penned a 1985 book called Surgery of Love. Mafia bosses went to Burt with pregnant girlfriends in tow, Peter said. Jody would wonder who might stroll in next.

Jody and Peter house-sat Burt's mansion. Once, they didn't feed the birds in his atrium for two days - big mistake.

Jody bagged the dead birds and went to a pet store. "We need a refill," she said.

The couple moved to Tampa to care for Jody's father. She was a stay-at-home mom for 15 years, taking care of their two children.

She volunteered as an aide for special-needs students at Tampa Palms Elementary. She went to nursing school and worked at University Community Hospital.

Her tongue felt fat at dinner in 2001. Her speech slurred. Maybe it was the wine, they thought.

It was much worse.

Slowly, Lou Gehrig's disease took over. When she could no longer speak, Jody, Peter and a bunch of Jody's friends took sign language classes.

Jody guided Peter through life, helping him recover from haunting experiences in Vietnam.

She was his strength. And so, Peter was hers until the end.

At home and surrounded by family, she went peacefully.

Stephanie Hayes can be reached at shayes@sptimes.com or 727 893-8857.


Jody McGregor

Born: July 31, 1951

Died: July 17, 2007

Survivors: Husband, Peter R. McGregor; sons, Patrick, 26, and Steven, 22; brother, John Hargett, and his wife Charlene; sister, Linda Hargett Cunningham, and her husband Albert.

Services: Memorial service at 2 p.m. today at First Presbyterian Church of Tampa, 412 Zack St. Contributions to LifePath Hospice, 3010 W Azeele St., Tampa.

07-20-2007, 12:19 PM
Iconic humorist Fontanarrosa dies

Fontanarrosa, aged 62, yesterday entered a health institution in his hometown Rosario because of a respiratory deficiency, but doctors were not able to help him given his deteriorated condition and the advanced stage of crippling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
He was creator of many famous stories and cartoon characters including Boogie, el aceitoso, a James Bond parody, and his greatest success Inodoro Pereyra, El Renegáu which in recent times had to be sketched by his colleague Oscar Salas based on Fontanarrosa’s dialogues.


07-22-2007, 08:25 PM
Jarrod Cunningham loses battle
Former top rugby player dies aged 38
- NZPA | Monday, 23 July 2007

Hawke's Bay rugby star Jarrod Cunningham lost a long and brave battle against motor neurone disease when he died last night.

The 38-year-old 1990s' fullback and Hawke's Bay points record holder died hours after doing his regular fitness and exercise programme with physio Mark Foote.

On Saturday, Cunningham defied his illness, insisting on going ahead with an invitation to officially open the refurbished Havelock North Rugby clubrooms.

At that function the Hawke's Bay premiership-leading side paid him emotional tribute with the Ngati Kahungunu haka, Tika Tonu.

His father, Hilton, had performed similar duties when the clubrooms originally opened.

Also on Saturday, Cunningham attended a fundraiser for him at Cinema Gold in Havelock North.

Long-time Havelock North and Hawke's Bay team-mate and current Havelock North coach Murdoch Paewai said today the haka was organised by Cunningham's good friend, Conrad Waitoa.

None anticipated it would be the symbolic last time the club stalwart would see it.

Cunningham learned of his illness while playing in England.

"He was competitive in everything he did," Paewai said.

"He enjoyed running the ball, he didn't like to kick, and if he ran it, he wanted us there for support. We got used to it."

Good friend and former Havelock North team-mate Adman Harvey said today the muscle-wasting disease had become "really bad" recently, but "Jarrod went down fighting".

"He was the most stubborn and determined person I ever knew. . . he just wanted to do those things," Mr Harvey said of the Saturday clubroom opening and fundraiser.

Cunningham was one of few players to score more than 2000 points in first class matches.

In New Zealand he scored 998 points in 77 games for Hawke's Bay between 1990 and 1998, and 173 for Central Vikings in the Hawke's Bay-Manawatu NPC merger.

He was an All Black trialist, a Maori All Black, played Super 12 for the Hurricanes and the Blues, and finished his playing days in England with London Irish.

He turned down lucrative offers aimed at luring him away from Hawke's Bay and Havelock North, his only club in New Zealand.

In England, Cunningham played with the disease in 2001.

He married Englishwoman Carrie Gustafson in 2003 and with her returned to New Zealand, where the Jarrod Cunningham Charitable Trust was set up to help him and others stricken by motor neurone.

A date has not yet been set for the funeral.

07-23-2007, 06:45 PM
Timothy Gallagher
GALLAGHER Timothy Gallagher Vietnam veteran, of Sayreville, 63 Timothy Gallagher, age 63, of Sayreville passed away Thursday, July 19, 2007, at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be Monday, 8:45 a.m., from the Carmen F. Spezzi Funeral Home, 15 Cherry Lane, Parlin, with a 9:30 a.m. Mass at Our Lady of Victories R.C. Church in Sayreville. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington. Calling hours at the funeral home will be Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Born in Jersey City, Mr. Gallagher lived in Sayreville for the past 20 years. Before his retirement, Tim worked as an institutional clerk on Wall Street for 30 years. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of Vietnam. Mr. Gallagher was a communicant of Our Lady of Victories R.C. Church in Sayreville. Surviving are his wife of 24 years, the former Adeline Casazza; his sons, Sean and his fiance, Joanne Graci, of Old Bridge, Timothy of Sayreville, Robert and his girlfriend, Kate, of East Brunswick; his granddaughter, Tyanna; his siblings, Dennis and his wife, Eleanor, of Belford, Helen Kokoszka of Linen, Laurence and his wife, Kelli, of Parlin; his nieces and nephews, Brian Gallagher, Melanie Wilkins and her husband, Kevin, Cynthia Rizzi and her husband, Gary, Renee Kokoszka, and Rebecca Gallagher, and his great-nephews, Dennis Wilkins and Alexander and Nicholas Rizzi. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Tims name to the ALS Society.
Published in the Star-Ledger from 7/20/2007 - 7/21/2007.

07-25-2007, 08:14 AM
"Star Trek II" Writer Mourned

Jack B. Sowards, who scripted what many fans consider to be the best "Star Trek" movie, has died at the age of 78. Sowards wrote the screenplay for "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan," and also shares "Story by" credit on the movie with Harve Bennett.
A few years after "Khan," Sowards also contributed to Star Trek: The Next Generation by writing the second-season episode "Where Silence Has Lease."

Sowards died on July 8 of complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease) and lung disease. He was living in the Valley Village community of Los Angeles.

Sowards was born in Texarkana, Arkansas, in 1929, joined the Marines after World War II in 1947, and then studied theater at the University of Texas at Austin. He moved to Hollywood in 1954 to pursue an acting career and found roles in low-budget war movies, local theater productions and TV shows including Peyton Place. He turned to writing and producing for TV in the 1960s, and became writer/story editor for Bonanza, High Chaparral, Daniel Boone, The Bold Ones: The Lawyers and The Streets of San Francisco. In later years he taught screenwriting at UCLA. He is survived by four children, two grandchildren, and a sister.

07-26-2007, 09:02 PM
LeRoy Walters

WALTERS, LeRoy 1936-2007
A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:00 am Friday, July 27th, 2007 in Christ the King Catholic Church in Milwaukie for LeRoy Walters, who died July 23 of A.L.S. (Lou Gehrig's) disease. Visitation will be 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 26th with prayers at 7:00 pm at Lincoln Memorial Park and Funeral Home.

LeRoy Walters was born August 23, 1936 in Sebecka, Minn. He served three years in the army in Germany. He moved to Milwaukie in 1978 with his family and worked 20 years for United Grocer's, retiring in 1998. Survivors include his wife, Katherine, married 48 years; son Mark; daughters Monica McBride, Michelle Nelson; eight grandchildren; brother Ernie Walters; and sister Darlene Hauser. Remembrances to ALS Association of Oregon. Arrangements by Lincoln Memorial Park and Funeral Home.
Published in The Oregonian on 7/26/2007.

07-26-2007, 09:15 PM

Jason N. Treiber

On July 10, 2007, at the age of 51, Jason N. Treiber died peacefully after a courageous five year battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). He leaves behind his wife Terry and daughter Alyssa, both of San Diego, as well as brothers Lance of Los Angeles, Dane of Lodi, and Adam of Santa Rosa, sister Lisa Gholi of West Linn, Ore., five nieces, a nephew, and several extended family members.

Jason was born and raised in Sacramento, Calif., and left Sacramento to attend San Diego State University. He fell in love with San Diego and decided to make the coastal communities of Pacific Beach, and later Point Loma, his home. Jason graduated from SDSU with a B.S. in Accounting and a minor in Spanish. He went on to become a CPA and had a successful career in accounting and finance until he was forced to give up his career as executive vice president and chief financial officer of an electronics company due to his illness.

Jason was passionate about life and about his faith in God. He excelled as a husband and father (Alyssa was his pride and joy!) He also excelled at sports; in high school it was football that earned him trophies, and as an adult, triathlons, handball, mountain biking, cycling, and snowboarding occupied his free time. Jason loved to vacation in snowy mountains, particularly in Lake Tahoe where he was often the last one off of the slopes at the end of the day. He loved laughing, joking, and hanging out with his friends and siblings. He was a generous person and felt fulfilled holding leadership roles in civic organizations such as the Optimists, where he worked to raise funding for community youth programs.

It is said that when you suffer from Lou Gehrig's disease, you will find out who your true friends are. Jason found out that every one of his friends was true, as his friends and family stood by him until the end. Jason died knowing that he was loved.

Jason encouraged donations to San Diego Hospice Foundation, 4311 Third Ave., San Diego, 92103.
Published in the Sacramento Bee on 7/24/2007.

07-27-2007, 07:56 AM
Phyllis Lucille Hamlin

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, July 30, 2007, in University Park Baptist Church in Portland for Phyllis Lucille Hamlin, who died July 26 of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at age 71.

Phyllis Kraft was born June 21, 1936, in Portland. She was a branch manager for U.S. Bank and lived in Portland, Depoe Bay and then Lincoln City before moving to Beaverton in 1999. In 1953, she married Kenneth; he died in 2005.

Survivors include her sons, Scott and David; daughters, Laurie Kemhus and Kristen Moon; mother and stepfather, Bernice and Sidney Fink; sisters, Susan Charbonneau, Jackie Mazuti, Kathie Tilander and Wendy Cassidy; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Her son Timothy died in 1976.

Arrangements by Oregon Cremation.

07-28-2007, 08:09 AM
Wen Roberts, 70; longtime photographer for Lakers and Kings
From Times Staff Reports
July 28, 2007

Wen Roberts, 70, the longtime official photographer for the Lakers, Kings and Inglewood Forum, died Monday at his El Segundo home of complications from myasthenia gravis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease), his wife, Mary, said.

Roberts, who maintained his own studio and photography business, was hired by the Lakers in 1960 when the NBA team moved to Los Angeles from Minneapolis. After then-owner Jack Kent Cooke was awarded an NHL franchise, Roberts became the official Kings photographer, starting in 1967.

Cooke opened the Forum that same year, and Roberts became the house photographer for all events at the arena. In addition to every pro basketball and hockey game, Roberts shot boxing matches, concerts, circuses and other spectacles.

Most of Roberts' photos were used for internal purposes, in promotional materials and for team publications and archives. His images were prominently displayed at the Forum Club, the arena bar that was a haven for celebrities and other VIPs. He worked for the Kings until 1993 and for the Lakers until 2000.

Over the years he shot photos for various news publications and advertising campaigns. His vintage images of Hollywood stars and political figures in the early days of commercial air travel in Los Angeles have been displayed at the Flight Path Learning Center Museum adjacent to LAX.

Wendell B. Roberts was born Dec. 5, 1936, in Farmersville, Texas. After serving in the Army in the mid-1950s, he attended Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, then launched his professional photography career.


07-29-2007, 03:07 PM
Mr. John W. Arnold ("Jack"), age 67, of Newark, DE, died on Friday, July 27, 2007, following a courageous battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's Disease).

Born in Akron, OH on June 8, 1940, Mr. Arnold was a 1958 graduate of Newark High School. He was a gifted professional mechanic throughout his life, and had been the owner-operater of Equipment Repair Unlimited in Newark for many years. An entertaining and enthusiastic storyteller, it was often said of Mr. Arnold that he was born talking and never stopped. He delighted in spending time with his family, especially while watching favorite movies and television programs. His greatest passion, however, was flying and he was proud to have piloted his Mooney aircraft to all 48 contiguous states. He also enjoyed competitive drag racing in his custom car known as "Special Delivery," as well as boating with family and friends. He was very fond of dogs as well.

He is survived by 3 children, Debi Arnold Moore of Fair Hill, MD; Jayne Mitchell-Werbrich and her husband, Tim, of Newark, DE; and John T. Arnold and his wife, Nicki, of Bear, DE; beloved companion, Carol Dunlap of Newark, DE; Carol's daughter, Jodi Grabusky and her husband, Scott, of Bear, DE; parents, Howard Arnold and Anna Mae Smith Arnold of Newark, DE; sister, Leslie Hill and her husband, Ron, of Newark, DE; 8 grandchildren; and former spouse, Jane Arnold of Newark, DE.

Services will be held privately. The family asks that friends remember Mr. Arnold with the following words that capture both his exuberant love of life and love of flight:

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the ALS Association, 321 Norristown Road, Ste. 260, Ambler, PA 19002 215/643-5434 or www.alsphiladelphia.org.

07-29-2007, 04:47 PM
Shannon died at 1:30 AM this morning, 7/28...with me and his two fav
hospice nurses here--just how he wanted it. He did get to go on his
own terms and that is the best we can hope for I guess.
Some good news is that his brother who is in Baghdad with military is
being flown home by the Red Cross right now to be with the family.

We are real do-it-your-selfers and, as he wished, we are driving him
to the crematorium in Miles City Montana (3 hrs!) tomorrow morning for
a 9AM cremation--he is here in the house with me now and we will see
him right to his final final end tomorrow. Will have a memorial
service later this week or next I guess.
As a wife I have such profound sadness, and as a caregiver I right now
have a sense of relief that I did it, I didnt let him down.

I will stick around to lend support to everyone here, and I know I
will need you too in the year to come.
Thanks for being here...
Peace, Beth


08-01-2007, 05:49 PM
Layne Gayman Kardener, 68

Teacher, Author & Counselor

August 01, 2007

Layne Gayman Kardener passed away July 12 at the age of 68, following a courageous battle against ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).

A vivacious, charismatic individualist who loved to laugh and dance, Layne demonstrated the value of being unconventional and unique. She embraced her humanity and was never ashamed of who she was, or of being imperfect. She taught us all how much richer is a life that is filled with passion.

Layne was a spiritual and intuitive person, devoted to Judaism and the Jewish people. Raised an Orthodox Jew in Detroit, Michigan, she discovered Reconstructionist philosophy in the mid-1960s when she moved with her first husband, Dr. Sheldon Kardener, and their two young children to the Marquez Knolls area of Pacific Palisades, where she became a lifetime member of Kehillat Israel synagogue. Layne took immense pleasure in sharing the beauty of Judaism with others--starting with her family. As a young wife and mother, she was also a member of the Palisades chapters of Church Women United and Hadassah.

Layne was a Palisadian through and through. In the 1960s she marched in anti-war rallies down Via de La Paz with her five-year-old son and toddler daughter in tow. In the 1970s she spent weekends with her family at Palisades Recreation Center and Rustic Canyon Park or went out for an evening meal at The Hotdog Show. In the 1980s she enjoyed walking with friends to the bluffs to watch the sunset. In the 1990s she and her second husband, the late Moses Heichman, could be found 'kibitzing' with everyone she met while hanging out at Mort's Deli and at Starbucks. This decade, accompanied by her grandchildren, she enjoyed watching Fourth of July floats go by near her Sunset Boulevard condominium.

A runway model in her early years, Layne was a stunning woman throughout her life. She had her own style that was apparent in everything she did. She was a devoted wife, mother and great friend to many. A social butterfly, she loved parties, whether she was throwing them or attending as a guest.

Lane was a big fan of Broadway musicals and an entertainer who loved the spotlight but also didn't mind sharing it with others. She loved to sing with friends at every opportunity and for any occasion, including the monthly jazz nights in Mort's Oak Room.

Over the course of her professional life, Layne was a fifth-grade schoolteacher, a marriage, family and child counselor, a Ph.D. candidate in psychology and a pupil of Anna Freud, and a family mediator.

In 1982, Lane co-authored a guide called 'Twenty Questions Divorcing Parents Ask About Their Children' to help mitigate the harmful effect of divorce on children--a later edition of which is still being distributed nationwide throughout the Family and Conciliation Court system. She remained a fervent advocate for children's rights in divorce.

Layne's joy in people and of the sparkling but fragile web of human connection transcended professional interest. Her passion was to find the broken strands in others' lives and try to reweave them into dazzling new patterns, always leaving behind a thread of connection between her heart and the hearts of those fortunate enough to have crossed her path.

A perpetual optimist and a fighter to the end, Layne refused to believe her ALS diagnosis 100 percent, although she underwent the prescribed treatments and courses of medication. She always felt she would be 'the first to beat it!' Her family believes her hope and 'joie de vivre' kept her going long beyond the average life expectancy for a victim of ALS.

Layne will be forever missed by her children, Moss and Rona Kardener, her "daughter-in-love" Renee Kardener and grandchildren Gabriel and Aviva Kardener, all of Oakland; and her brother Joel Gayman of Los Angeles.

Memories of Layne may be addressed to her family at Onstrategy@aol.com. Please indicate 'LGK Memories' in the subject line of your message.

To honor her lifetime work as a family therapist and mediator, charitable contributions may be sent to Family Assessment Counseling and Education Services, Attention Mary O'Connor, 505 E. Commonwealth, Suite 200, Fullerton, CA 92832.

08-04-2007, 08:06 AM
Long-time Butte County tax collector **** Puelicher dies
By E-R Staff
Article Launched: 08/04/2007 12:54:15 AM PDT

**** Puelicher, who voters elected repeatedly over 23 years to serve as Butte County's treasurer-tax collector, has died.
Puelicher died Friday due to complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — a fatal, neurodegenerative disease commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease.

News of Puelicher's death was announced in a Butte County government press release expressing condolences from county supervisors, department heads and staff.

Puelicher joined the Butte County government in 1975 when he was hired as chief of accounting in the auditor-controller's office. His position changed to chief deputy auditor-controller in March 1979.

Voters elected Puelicher to the position of treasurer-tax collector in June 1984. He was re-elected several times, most recently in June 2006 when he ran unopposed for an additional four-year term.

According to the press release, colleagues respected Puelicher for his leadership and the innovative, responsible way he managed the county's treasury.

08-05-2007, 09:02 PM
Tony H. Lum
of Greene
Tony H. Lum, 52, passed away on Friday, August 3, 2007, at his home after a courageous battle with Lou Gehrig's disease. He is survived by his wife, Cindy; son, Joseph and his friend, Anna; daughter, Amber and her friend, Tom; special nephew, Brian and Jodi Whitmarsh; special uncle, Mike Whitmarsh; grandnephews, Anthony Whitmarsh and Brandon Kenyon; grandnieces, Angela and Courtney Whitmarsh; sisters, Ruth and **** Peaslee, Olga and Wayne Ryman, Dorothy and Bill Loiselle, Sally Thompson, Gloria Lum; brothers, Karl Lum, Homer and Penny Lum, Richard and Lois Lum; brothers-in-law, Floyd Whitmarsh and John Markle; several nieces and nephews. Tony was employed by Chenango County and always did mechanic work. He always enjoyed helping others and spending time with his family and friends.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m., Tuesday at Root Funeral Home, 23 N. Chenango St., Greene, N.Y. 13778. Friends of the family may call Monday from 7-9 p.m. at Root Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Chenango County.

08-05-2007, 09:10 PM
Hanson, Juanita Rodgers View/Sign Guest Book

HANSON, JUANITA RODGERS - born February 13, 1945, passed away at home on August 1, 2007 after a hard, courageous battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). Juanita was a 1963 graduate of Powell High School and a member of Wallace Memorial Church. In the past she was an employee of the Marshall's Office and HUD. She was also a member of the Red Hat Society. Lastly she was a Senior Companion for the elderly while she lived at Westview Towers. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Ruth Rodgers. She is survived by daughter, Donna Hanson and companion, Clell Jenkins; son, Doug Hanson and companion Vanessa Howie; granddaughter, Brandy Jenkins; sisters, Alice Burmeister, Louise Rodgers, Norma Barrett and Dot Weaver; several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Saturday at 4 pm in the Fountain City Chapel of Mynatt Funereal Home with Rev. Irby Russell officiating. The family will receive friends from 3-4 pm Saturday at Mynatt Funeral Home, Fountain City. In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to MDA who were very caring and helpful during her illness. www.mynattfh.com

Published in the Knoxville News Sentinel from 8/3/2007


Layne Gayman Kardener, Author, Dies at 68
Layne Gayman Kardener died July 12 at 68, following a courageous battle against ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). A runway model in her early years, Layne was a stunning woman throughout her life. She was a devoted wife, mother and great friend to many.

She was a big fan of Broadway musicals and a great entertainer who loved the spotlight, but didn't mind sharing it with others. Layne loved to sing with friends (frequently at "open-mic" night at Mort's Delicatessen off Sunset Boulevard in Pacific Palisades).

Over the course of her professional life, Layne was a fifth-grade teacher; marriage, family and child counselor; doctoral candidate in psychology; pupil of Anna Freud; and family mediator. In 1982, she co-authored a guide called, "Twenty Questions Divorcing Parents Ask About Their Children." Layne remained a fervent advocate for children's rights in divorce.

Raised an Orthodox Jew in Detroit, Mich., she discovered Reconstructionism in the mid-1960s when she moved with her first husband, Dr. Sheldon Kardener, and their two children to Los Angeles, and became a lifetime member of Kehillat Israel. She took immense pleasure in sharing the beauty of Judaism with others. As a young wife and mother, Layne was also a community leader as a member of the Pacific Palisades chapters of Church Women United and Hadassah.

A perpetual optimist and a fighter till the end, Layne always left room for the doctors to have misdiagnosed ALS, and if not that, believed she would "be the first to beat it!" Her family believes that her hope kept her going long beyond the average life expectancy for a victim of ALS.

Layne will be missed by her children, Moss and Rona; "daughter-in-love," Renee; grandchildren, Gabriel and Aviva, and brother, Joel Gayman.

Contributions may be sent to: F.A.C.E.S.: Family Assessment Counseling and Education Services, Attention Mary O'Connor, 505 E. Commonwealth, Suite 200, Fullerton, CA 92832.

08-05-2007, 09:20 PM
Thomas E. Jackson, 64
Thomas E. Jackson, 64, of West Lafayette, died at 12:20 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007, at his residence after a three year battle with Lou Gehrig's disease.

Born in Logansport on Feb. 26, 1943, to Earl Jackson of Harlingen, Texas, and the late Eleanor McKeever Gutchman, he had resided in West Lafayette since 1990. He had previously resided in Monticello, Fort Wayne and South Bend.

He graduated from South Bend Riley in 1961, Purdue Agricultural Banking School in 1979 and the School of Banking at Wisconsin in 1982. He also attended Pasadena City College and Indiana University.

His marriage was to Janet S. Yundt Wilson on Aug. 7, 1993, in Mulberry, and she survives.

He was a banker for Huntington Bank for eight years and for other financial institutions for a total of 38 years. He was a veteran of the Marine Corps and a member of First Christian Church.

Mr. Jackson was a member of the Mason Libanus Lodge 154 F & AM since 1971; Mizpah Shriner of Fort Wayne; Marine Corps Reserves; Elks Lodge 143; and a 25-year member of the Indiana High School Athletic Association. He was also an avid golfer and bowler.

Surviving with his wife are three children, Renee L. Sullivan (husband: Chris) of Indianapolis, Todd Jackson (wife: Peggy) of Monticello and Sandy Scott (husband: Rodney) of New Castle; stepdaughter, Mindy Blake (husband: Nick) of Lafayette; and four half sisters, Karron Terry (husband: Cecil) and Becca Singleton, both of Puyallup, Wash., Susan Jackson of Bonney Lake, Wash. and Deb Goonen (husband: Bill) of Lafayette.

Visitation 4-8 p.m. with Masonic memorial service at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007, at First Christian Church, 329 N. 6th St., Lafayette. Service there 10 a.m. Monday, the Rev. Greg Eberhard officiating. Cremation to follow. 8 grandchildren also survive. Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church, ALS Association or Shriner's Hospital for Children c/o Mizpah Shrine, 407 W. Berry St., Ft. Wayne, IN 46802. Hippensteel Funeral Home entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at Hippensteelfuneralhome.com

08-05-2007, 09:25 PM
Published on August 02, 2007
Otmar Drekonja, Ph.D

Otmar Drekonja, Ph.D
My children and I, together with their families, want to let our friends and colleagues know of the death of Otmar Drekonja, Ph.D, professor emeritus of St. John’s University in Collegeville. He died on Monday, July 30th 2007.
Otmar was born in 1934 in Kornat, Austria, where he worked as a teacher in elementary schools, high schools and several institutions of higher education. As a young child he was deeply influenced by WW2 and the harrowing years afterwards. He lost his father in 1944. His mother relied on the 12 year old to help keep the family afloat. These years helped him form his outlook on life and his understanding of politics. Educating students to consider the impact of their lives on the world around them was of utmost importance to him.
Otmar arrived at St. John’s University in the fall of 1964 to teach German. He returned to Austria for 3 years and then followed Fr. Dunstan Tucker’s invitation to rejoin the St. John’s faculty. He loved his students, enjoyed teaching, was very involved in the Study Abroad Program and was always interested in a lively discourse with colleagues.
He retired in 2000 after 46 years of teaching.
Otmar’s love of life, sense of curiosity and adventure were contagious, and so were his sense of justice, fairness and social concern. Our three children grew up with this challenge, grew up sharing his interest in music, mountain-climbing, skiing, hiking and politics, and with his constant encouragement, help and support. It was Otmar’s hope that this would aid them to live their lives productively and joyfully. He was proud of all their accomplishments. Later the joy he felt at the arrival of each of his four grandchildren brightened all his days.
For the last 5 years Otmar suffered from ALS, also known al Lou Gehrig’s disease. He had a lot of patience with the indignities this devastating illness presented almost every day (not just Tuesdays with Morrie!) and which he bore with good humor which almost broke your heart because you knew what it cost him! When you talked with him you forgot how ill he was. He was positive and enjoyed each good day; he had the most encouraging words for anyone who helped him. He never stopped caring for his family, his friends and wonderful neighbors. Their visits and discussions kept him involved and enabled him to express and explain his strongly held belief in democracy and our obligation to speak out for peace and human dignity. Always the teacher, he did so with eloquence and conviction.
We miss him, we miss his supportive love, his wisdom and the good humor which he brought to our lives.
The memorial service will be held at St. John’s Abbey Church on Saturday, August 4th at 1:30 p.m., with a reception to follow in the Great Hall.
Ingrid Drekonja, with our children
Dr. Thomas Drekonja with Verena and grandsons Alexander and Nikolaus
Natascha O’Flaherty, J.D., with Glenn and Stephanie
Dr. Dimitri Drekonja, with Kara and Andreas


Warren Philip Welch II
Warren Philip Welch II

COLUMBUS ‹ Warren Philip Welch II, 61, of rural Columbus died Sunday, July 29, 2007, at his home following a lengthy illness.

He was born Oct. 27, 1945, in Chanute to Warren Philip and Edna Teresa (Boaz) Welch. He attended Erie schools and graduated from Chanute Junior College.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army and was a Vietnam veteran. He owned and operated the Chanute Livestock Auction for several years and ranched in the Chanute and Erie area.

He married Cindy Poor on Feb. 14, 2004, at Hallowell Community Church. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include two daughters, Tina Byers of Humboldt and Shelly Barno of Thayer; two sons, Jess Welch of Erie and Berry Welch of Urbana; his mother, Edna Welch of Vinita, Okla.; two stepdaughters, Amanda Feagan and Hallie Feagan, both of Columbus; and a stepson, Richard Feagan of Columbus; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Teresa Brazil of Chanute and Margaret Kellogg of Erie; and four brothers, Jay Welch of Welch, Okla., Tim Welch of Joplin, Stephen Welch of Vinita, Okla., and Matt Welch of Topeka.

The service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Faith Baptist Church in Chetopa. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to noon at the church. Cremation will follow the service. His cremains will be buried in the Edgmand Cemetery at a later date.

The family suggests memorials to the ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) Foundation, which may be left in care of Murdock Funeral Home in Columbus.

08-05-2007, 09:35 PM
Gloria Dawn Martin

Gloria Dawn Martin 3/18/1936 ~ 7/27/2007 Gloria Dawn Willden Hare Martin passed away July 27, 2007 at her home, with loved ones by her side, after a long battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). She was born March 18, 1936 to George Albert Willden and Melba McClellan in Delta, UT. She married Richard K Hare May 14,1953 in Las Vegas, NV; later solemnized in the Manti Temple. They later divorced. She married Stephen William Martin Oct. 19,1993. She was a graduate of Delta High School and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Some of her favorite things were quilting, crocheting, needlepoint, sewing, hunting arrowheads, camping, cooking, going to three o'clock tea with all of her friends, cheering for the Utah Jazz and the Dallas Cowboys, following her kids and grandkids in all their sporting events and sometimes was very vocal in cheering on her team. She was a great cook and enjoyed having family and friends at her home for "get togethers." She is survived by her husband; children, Shauna (Darin) Hansen, Payson, UT, Bart Hare, Fillmore, UT, Lori (Brad) Williams, Delta, UT, Doug (Jena) Hare, Delta, UT; six stepchildren, Steve Martin, Springville, UT, Bert (Juli) Martin, West Jordan, UT, Joseph (Tasia) Martin, Lake Arthur, LA, Janie (Eric) Liston, Ogden, UT, Cindy (Dan) Quinn, College Station, TX, Shelley (Mike) Swift, Logan, UT; 10 grandchildren; 24 step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; brothers and sister, Nye Willden, Miami, FL, Darrell Willden, Delta, UT, Bonnie (Paul) Carter, Glen Springs, UT, Carl (Nila) Willden, Delta, UT. She was preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Clareen Forster. The family would like to thank Dr. Steven Shamo; her hospice nurse, Wendy Stevens; and nurse's aid, Jamie Bassett, for the great and loving care they gave her. We would like to recognize her husband for his unselfish, loving care he gave Mom during her illness. We would also like to thank her bishopric, ward members, and friends for their visits and friendship. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007 at the Delta Stake Center. Friends may call Tuesday, July 31, 2007 from 7-8 p.m. at the Nickle Mortuary and from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Interment at the Delta Cemetery.
Published in the Salt Lake Tribune on 7/30/2007.

08-07-2007, 04:05 PM
Cheryl Lynn Cranmer (Roushia, Maki)
FENNVILLE, Mich. — Cheryl Lynn Cranmer, age 59, of Fennville, died Saturday, August 4, 2007, at the Hospice House of Holland following a long battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

Born in Detroit on May 8, 1948, she graduated from Jeffers High School in 1966.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Eugene H. Roushia of Racine, Wis.

She is survived by her husband, Ken Cranmer of Fennville; her parents, Edward and Helmi Maki of Houghton; her sons, Todd A. Roushia of Houghton, Timothy (Shelley) Roushia of Racine, Wis.; grandchildren, Samantha E. and Joshua F. Roushia; step-children, Kevin and Joan Kramer of Farmington Hills, Mary L. and Brad M. Tabin of Grand Rapids, Michael J. and Patricia L. Cranmer of Holland; step-grandchildren, Samantha J., Sophia L., Skyler A. Tabin, Dominic J. Cranmer, Lydia and Nicholas Cranmer; sister, Sue K. and Leonard Westenbroek of Nisula; brother, Ronald Maki of Nisula; sister-in-law, Arlene Stover of Berrien Springs, Mich.; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters-in-law.

A memorial service will be held at Mountain View Mortuary in South Range.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Hospice House of Holland or the ALS Association.

Arrangements are by the Yntema Funeral Home, Zeeland, MI.

An online registry is available at yntemafh.com.

08-08-2007, 04:05 PM
Patrick T. Digby, 50

Gloucester Daily Times

PALM COAST, Fla. - Patrick T. Digby, 50, of Palm Coast, Fla., passed away Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007 with his family at his side, from a one year battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).

Born at the U.S. Army Hospital at Ft. Eustis, Va. to a career Naval family, he also lived in Pearl City, Hawaii before living in Manchester-by-the-Sea.

08-08-2007, 08:50 PM
Shannon Todd Swanson, 43, died at his home in Medicine Lake, Montana, on July 28, 2007, ending a three year journey with ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Shannon was born November 26, 1963 in Fargo and grew up in Devil’s Lake, North Dakota. After graduating from high school in Devil’s Lake he served four years in the U.S. Air Force, and then attended North Dakota State University. At NDSU he was in the McNair Scholars Program and graduated with a degree in Wildlife Biology in 1991. He attended graduate school at Idaho State University in Pocatello. After college, he worked several seasons as a marine fisheries observer for NOAA on fishing boats in Alaska’s Bering Sea. He returned to Devils Lake in 1993 to work for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In 1998 he transferred to Upham, North Dakota to serve as the interagency Fire Dispatcher for the state of North Dakota.

In 1999 he married Elizabeth Madden and they moved to Medicine Lake to work at the Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Shannon was a prescribed fire specialist and wildland firefighter, as well as an accomplished biologist. He traveled throughout the country working on fires from Florida to Minnesota and Arizona to Idaho.

Shannon was a brilliant yet humble person. He was filled with compassion for others and a passion for life in general. He treasured the time spent together with family, usually working on “one project or another” and always with lots of laughter. He was active locally with the Medicine Lake Trap Club, Ducks Unlimited, and the Montana Native Plant Society. He lead an active life and his loves included bird-watching, hunting and fishing, gardening, woodworking, scuba diving, sailing, and traveling. He was equally active in intellectual pursuits, as an avid reader, a connoisseur of music, and a contemplative student of science and politics.

After being diagnosed with ALS in 2004, Shannon retired from the Fish and Wildlife Service and bought a large sailboat which he sailed from San Diego to Mexico with his wife, his brother, and his devoted dog Runa. He traveled, hunted, continued woodworking, and lived life to the fullest for a year and a half before the complications of ALS set in fully. He remained a loving and happy man to the end.

08-09-2007, 07:23 AM
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Posted: Wed Aug 08, 2007 2:21 pm Post subject:


Hi everyone I am Rob's daughter Sam and have just read all your lovely messages. I knew my Dad was a great man but I didn't realise how many lives he has touched.

My Dad was a great inspiration to me and to a lot of other people and we all feel a huge loss in our lives. I am proud to say that he is my Dad and always will be and his memory will live on through us.

All I want to say is live your lives with the determination my Dad had, my Dad won his battle with MND because he never let it beat his determination and sense of humour which made him what he was and now he no longer has MND - he is free.

Thanks again to you all for being my Dads friends and keeping him company, I know you all meant a lot to him.

All the best to each of you.

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Posted: Thu Aug 09, 2007 8:51 am Post subject: Balloon for Rob


Hi all

Its Sam Rob's daughter, me and Sharon understand that all the people that knew my Dad cannot attend his funeral, so in memory of my Dad we are asking for everyone who knew him to release a balloon at 11am on Wednesday 15th August then everyone can be part of his funeral.

Thankyou for all your support

Sam and Sharon x

08-09-2007, 07:32 PM
Maria Rodilosso Rychlik
July 22, 1966 to Aug. 8, 2007 Maria Rodilosso Rychlik left us due to ALS Tuesday, Aug. 8, surrounded by her family and loved ones at her bedside after a long five-year battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). She has touched the hearts of thousands raising funds for ALS research for a cure. She is now at peace in God's hands. Maria leaves a husband, Manassas businessman Kevin Rychlik, of American Helicopters & Security Associates and a wonderful son, Nathan Philip Rychlik, age 7, both of Nokesville, Va.; her mother and father, Dr. and Mrs. Philip (Rosanne) Rodilosso of Falls Church, Va.; brother, Thomas Rodilosso and sister-in-law, Kierstan Boyd; and nephew, Sam Alden Rodilosso, age 3, of Chesapeake Beach, Md.; a sister, Carla Hirshorn and brother-in-law, Ronen Hirshorn formerly of South Riding, Va., now residing in Colorado; and nephews, Noah Hirshorn, age 9, and Jonah Hirshorn, age 7; a stepson, Derrick Rychlik and his wife, Ashley Rychlik, of Culpeper, Va.; stepdaughter, Natasha Rychlik of Manassas, Va.; and brother-in-law, William Rychlik and his wife, Jana Rychlik, of Grafton, Mass. Maria was supported and loved by many friends and family members. Maria was formerly a Manassas City Police Dispatcher, former member of Yorkshire Volunteer Fire Department as an EMT and a firefighter and the Manassas Volunteer Fire Company serving her community. Maria graduated from McLean High School in 1984; attended St. Leo College in Florida and graduated from American University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in communications. Maria was a dedicated and wonderful homemaker and mother. Maria and Kevin along with their family and friends hosted a charity Auction and BBQ last year at their home in Nokesville which raised almost $200,000.00 for ALS research. She was a loving wife, mother, daughter and sister and will be missed and remembered by many. A Memorial Mass will be offered 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007, at All Saints Catholic Church, 9300 Stonewall Road, Manassas. Interment will be private. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of flowers, or contributions to ALS Association, 7507 Standish Place, Rockville, MD 20855, in memory of Maria Rychlik. Condolences may be sent to www.piercefh.com. Sign the guestbook at PotomacNews.com. ManassasJM.com.

08-11-2007, 10:11 PM
Robert Reid Caldwell
CALDWELL, ROBERT REID, After a valiant battle with ALS-Lou Gehrig's Disease, Bob passed away in his home on August 7, 2007 surrounded by his family, priest, and caregivers. Born Dec. 19, 1932, in Clayton, New Mexico, to Bena and Bob Caldwell and preceded in death by parents and sister, Gayle Caldwell Skousen. Survived by, Mary, his loving wife of 51 years and two sons, Robert Hunt and wife Brenda and Edward Reid and wife Linda and four grandchildren: Courtney, Parker, Lauren, and Robert and a niece and nephew. Bob graduated from the SMU Business School in 1954 and obtained his Masters Degree in 1965. He was a 1953-54 SMU Cheerleader, Swimming Manager, and member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and Beta Gamma Sigma Honorary. He has been a long time supporter of the SMU Mustang Club and in his last years enjoyed mentoring MBA candidates in the Cox School of Business. After college he served a 3 year tour in the Air Force and then worked for Dallas Power and Light for 22 years. For the past 15 years he had a successful career with the New York Life Insurance Company making the Million Dollar Round Table several years. Bob was a member of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church for 45 years serving on its Vestry, Usher and Chalice Bearer Corps, and Stewardship Campaign and for the passed two years was a member of The Church of the Incarnation serving as a Chalice Bearer there. Besides playing golf Bobs particular love was his work with Jonathans Place, a shelter for abused children. He sat on its board for several years and sponsored golf tournaments to support this organization. He, also, served as President of the Exchange Club. The family extends their gratitude and thanks to the doctors and staff at the ALS Clinic at Texas Neurology, St. Michaels Hospice and Louann Yordy, and especially to Bobs outstanding caregivers: Greg Ross, Dorothy Lewis, and Leon Pratt. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in his name to the ALS Association, Jonathans Place, or the Foundations at the Church of the Incarnation or St. Michael and All Angels Church. A Memorial Service and Reception will be held on Monday, August 13, at 2:00 p.m. at the Church of the Incarnation, 3966 McKinney Avenue Restland 972-238-7111 restlandfuneralhome.com

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Published in the Dallas Morning News on 8/11/2007.


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Ward, Mary Ann E. (nee: O'Donnell), O'Fallon, MO, Fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church, August 8, 2007 age 71. Dear daughter of the late Raymond Robert and Adele O'Donnell; cherished mother of Chris (Linda) Ward, Andrea (Rick) Wild, Angelia Ward and Tim Ward; loving grandmother of Kristen Ward (Garret Richardson), Shaun Brown (Noelle), Nicole Ward (Phillip Yates), Steve Jones (Jackie), Melissa Ward (Phil Kendall), Adam Ward and Erica Jones (Brian Rudloff); loving great-grandmother of Owen Brown; dear sister of the late Pat O'Donnell. She was a dear niece, aunt, great aunt and cousin. She was the best mother any family could dream of. She was happiest when gathered at home with her children and grandchildren. She will be missed terribly by her family and friends. May you walk through the gates of Heaven. Mary Ann was a member of Assumption Catholic Church, O'Fallon, Missouri. She was the owner of World of Little People Daycare, O'Fallon, Missouri for 21 years before her retirement. Prior to her ownership of the Daycare, she was a Real Estate Agent for many years.Services: The family is being served by the BAUE Funeral and Memorial Center, 3950 West Clay, St. Charles, MO. A Gathering will be Saturday, August 11, 2007 at Assumption Catholic Church, 403 N. Main Street, O'Fallon, Missouri 9:30-10:30 AM. Memorial Mass 10:30 AM Saturday at Assumption Catholic Church. A Private Graveside Service at Assumption Church Cemetery will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to ALS Society, St. Louis Regional Chapter (Lou Gehrig's Disease), 2258 Weldon Parkway, St. Louis, MO 63146. Share your condolences and memories at www.baue.com.

08-12-2007, 08:43 AM
Karin L. Shelin

Karin L. Shelin, 63, of Des Plaines, died August 10, 2007, from ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). She was a nurse manager in pediatrics at Shriner's Hospital in Chicago for many years, as well as Alexian Brothers Medical Center and Lutheran General Hospital. Karin received her RN from Christ Hospital School of Nursing, Jersey City, NJ and she received her BSN from Elmhurst College Elmhurst, IL. She is survived by her partner Rick Samuelson, cousins Rick and Gary Richardson and many fine and faithful, loving friends. Visitation Tuesday, 4 to 9 p.m. at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home, 6150 N. Cicero Ave., Chicago. Memorial service August 25, 2007, at North Park Covenant Church, 5250 N. Christiana Chicago, IL 60625 at 11 a.m. Memorial contributions to North Park Covenant Church or to ALS Research c/o Raymond Roos, MD, Dept. of Neurology, University of Chicago, 5841 S. Maryland Ave., MC 2030, Chicago, IL 60637 would be, appreciated. 773-736-3833 or www.smithcorcoran.com.

08-17-2007, 04:40 PM
Farewell Charlie old mate.


It is with a heavy heart this morning that I post the news I've just received from Charlie's family.


1935 - 2007
Date of Death: Saturday August 11, 2007
Funeral Date: Monday August 20, 2007
Location: Simplicity Funeral Home Chapel
124 Elizabeth Drive
Time: 12 Noon.
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A celebration of CHARLIE'S life will be conducted by Celebrant David Reardon.

By request, no flowers please, donations may be made to the Motor Neurone Disease Association, Locked Bag 5005, Gladesville NSW 1675. Tel 02 8877 0999.

CHARLIE passed away on Saturday 11th August 2007 at the age of 72 yrears. He was late of Liverpool.

Charles Henry was born on the 29 May 1935 in Sydney to Robert and Doris (nee Connolly) Scroggy. At the age of 21 he married his sweetheart Jan Gifford. They had six children.

CHARLIE was a much loved husband to Jan, loving and devoted father and father in law to Michael, Garry and Doreen, Steven (deceased), Sue and Ray, Craig and Tammy, Kim and Shaun. A cherished pop to Shane, Daniel, Nicole, Adam, Renee, Jason, Carly, Mathew, Michelle, Steven, Rhiannon, Rebecca, Nathan, Emma, Blake and Hayley. CHARLIE was a much loved brother to Bob, (deceased), Syd (deceased), Bill (deceased), Thelma, Dot, and Syd and a special uncle to their families. CHARLIE will be sadly missed by all his family, many good mates, and his online friends.

"A loving husband and father,
true and kind,
fathers like you are hard to find.
To all of us you were the best,
may God give you eternal rest....."

08-20-2007, 04:56 PM
Posted Monday, August 20, 2007
Age 67, lifelong resident of Pennsville, NJ, lost his courageous battle with ALS on Saturday, August 18, 2007.

Born in Pennsville on September 15, 1939, he was the son of the late Evelyn and William Newsome, Sr. Marvin was a member of the 1st graduating class of Pennsville Memorial High School. He was also active in Pennsville Little League, Babe Ruth League, Midget Football, a founding member of the Salem County Baseball League and played semi-pro baseball. He also enjoyed car racing and was East Coast Stock Car Champion. He was a member of the Loyal Order of the New Castle Moose Lodge 1578 and the Woodstown Moose Lodge 932. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and golfing. Marvin was retired from his job as a planner/scheduler from DuPont Chambers Works retiring in 1996 with 36 years of service.

Marvin is survived by his wife, Donna R. Newsome; his children, Wade Newsome and his wife, Georgette, Lance Newsome and his wife, Michelle, and Cami Chambers and her husband, Keith. He had 6 grandchildren, Paris Newsome, Colton Newsome, Jensen Newsome, Brian Atkinson, Austin Chambers and Aidan Chambers. He is also survived by brothers, William, Earl, and Paul, and a sister Joyce; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11 am, Thursday August 23, at the LAUGHREY FUNERAL HOME Pennsville where friends may call Wednesday from 6-9 pm, and also from 10-11 am, Thursday prior to the service. Burial will be at the Lawnside Cemetery, Woodstown.

In lieu of flowers, family suggests that contributions be made to The ALS Association, Greater Philadelphia Chapter, 321 Norristown Road, Suite 260, Ambler PA 19002, www.alsphiladelphia.org

08-20-2007, 05:00 PM
Evelyn R. Thomas | Real estate agent, 66Evelyn Ruthel Thomas, 66, of St. Davids, who sold houses on the Main Line for more than 20 years, died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease) July 18 at her family's summer home in Chestertown, Md.
In 1984, Mrs. Thomas joined Hoopes Real Estate Agency in Wayne, which later merged to become Prudential Fox & Roach, Realtors. She was a top producer for the firm, said her daughter, Kathy. She retired in 2004, a year after her ALS was diagnosed.

A native of Berlin, Mrs. Thomas immigrated to the United States with her parents in 1953. She attended the University of Massachusetts, where she became head counselor for women's dormitories. After graduation, she worked for the Girl Scouts in Germany and then studied in Paris for a year.

In 1965, she married Peter M.H. Thomas. While raising their children in Radnor Township, Mrs. Thomas took college courses in art history and studied horticulture at the Barnes Foundation in Merion.

She was a longtime member of the Four Counties Garden Club.

In addition to her husband and daughter, she is survived by a son, Asa, and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be private.

08-22-2007, 05:41 AM
Energetic educator dies at 82

Date Published | Aug. 21, 2007


Eva Kendel may have been in the golden years of her life, but no one expected the dynamic retiree to die quite so soon.

“She was very active and if anything she didn’t slow down after her retirement. She might have even sped up,” said Jacqueline Kendel, her daughter.

“She’s travelled the world. She’s been to five continents and was planning some more trips.

She was extremely energetic, organized, committed, and dedicated — you name it.”

Eva, also known as Eve to some, died at the age of 82, after a short but fierce battle with ALS, a disease that gradually degenerates the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary movement.

“Her illness was not expected. She was driving until May,” her daughter said. “The disease overtook her very quickly. She had a very atypical presentation of ALS.”

Her quick demise was probably a blessing in disguise. She was a lady who was always in forward motion, one who did not sit on her laurels for long.

Eva was born in 1924, one of four daughters, to a French Canadian family in Manitoba. She graduated from high school at the age of 15. She was a provincial poet laureate and taught in a one-room school house in rural Manitoba, where some of the students were actually older than she was. She began her career as an educator at 16.

“After she taught a few years in Manitoba, she met her husband, who was from Saskatchewan, while he was travelling the western provinces on his way to find a job,” Kendel recalled.

“They met, dated and got married in Quebec, where he went to work in the mines.”

After hearing Inco was hiring in Sudbury, Rudolph and Eva moved to the area in 1948.

“They slept in the car until they got his first cheque, even though my mom was pregnant at the time,” she said with a laugh.

With money finally coming in, Eva and her husband found a place to live where they brought up seven children, two of whom were developmentally delayed.

But even with a herd of children to care for, and two as special-needs, Eva persevered in her teaching career.

“After her first daughter was born, she began looking for teaching work,” Kendall said. “She taught for the Catholic school board at a school in Minnow Lake, and later became the principal there.”

In the 1960s, Eva became the director of library services with the school board, a position she held until she retired in 1989. She was fluently bilingual.

By the time she retired, she and her husband were living on a farm in Val Caron, where Rudolph could pursue his dream of raising horses.

“My father was a farm boy. They lived in the Valley until his death in 2000,” Kendel said.

But within two years, Eva moved to the city’s South End, a little closer to the action she liked so much.

She became active in her retirement, working with several organizations, including the Retired Teachers of Ontario and the Retired Women’s Teachers of Ontario, where she was the past president.

She was also an active member of Families Assisting the Developmentally Disabled and she was president of the Starbury tenants’ association. She was also president of Renaissance, a seniors’ group that has about 150 members.

Eva enjoyed music a great deal. She was a member of the Strumming Belles and was an organist at Holy Redeemer Church for many years.

In 2000, the former educator received a provincial volunteer award.

“She led by example,” said community activist Gerry Lougheed Jr., who has often crossed paths with Eva during his charitable work.

“When she said something would be done, it was done. She was always very passionate about what she did. She gave voice to a lot of very important causes, and by doing that she empowered other people.

“She had a remarkable ability to bring people together and was able to build bridges to people who normally didn’t have access in our community. And that in itself is a tremendous gift.

“She was just a very remarkable lady. Any time you were in her presence you just felt better. She just inspired you. She was a great asset and cornerstone to our community.”

Eva is survived by her children, Marguerite, Susan, Michael, Kim, Monica and Jacqueline, and grandchildren Colleen, Rebecca, Elizabeth and Simon.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Jackson and Barnard Funeral Home, 233 Larch St. A funeral mass will be held at Holy Redeemer Church, Bancroft Rd., Thursday, Aug. 23 at 10 am. Donations to the ALS Society or Heart and Stroke Fund would be appreciated. Prayers will be held at 3 pm Wednesday. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 to 4 pm and from 7 to 9 pm Wednesday.


08-24-2007, 02:30 PM
CHANDLER, Janet Lee - Passed away peacefully and with . . .

(Aug 24, 2007) -- CHANDLER, Janet Lee - Passed away peacefully and with dignity, at Guelph General Hospital, on Sunday, August 19, 2007, after a lengthy battle with A.L.S. (Lou Gehrig's Disease). Janet Chandler at the age of 59 years. Beloved daughter of Sarah "Sadie" Chandler Tomlinson. Cherished sister of Deborah Harvey of Guelph and Chris James of Toronto. Janet will be sadly missed by her brother-in-law, Robert Harvey; her nephews, Dan and Steven Harvey and her niece, Marley Tomlinson. Fondly remembered by Uncle Ron and Aunt Joyce Frank, Uncle Wayne (Butch) Mills of Hamilton and cousin, Gary Collins of Peterborough. Predeceased by her brother, Craig "Tommy" Tomlinson; father, Charles K. Chandler and step-father, Reg Tomlinson. Janet was a source of inspiration to all who knew her and she will be fondly remembered by her many friends and family members who loved her dearly. Janet will be known to many as one of Guelph's finest hair stylists for more than 40 years. Before her death, Janet was associated with Freddy's Hair Salon. In keeping with Janet's wishes, cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service will be held at St. George's Anglican Church, 99 Woolwich Street, Guelph on Saturday, September 15 at 11 a.m. with The Rev. Dr. Derek Anderson officiating. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions to the ALS Society of Ontario [Lou Gehrigs Disease] would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to the GILCHRIST CHAPEL - McIntyre Wilkie Funeral Home , One Delhi Street, Guelph (519-824-0031). We invite you to leave your memories and donations online at: www.gilchristchapel.com LOVE YOU JANET, FOREVER HEARTS.


08-26-2007, 08:28 PM
Mary J. Shipe
Raised more than $50,000 for ALS research

August 26. 2007 12:01AM

ERCERSBURG, Pa. - Mary Josephine Dugan Shipe, 69, died Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007, at her home.

She was born in the Bronx, N.Y., on Oct. 25, 1937, the daughter of Irish immigrants Loretta Hanratty Dugan and Alexander Joseph Dugan. She was the third of six children.

Mary Jo was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS) in 2003. She endured her disease with great courage and grace; over the last several years, she helped raise more than $50,000 for ALS-TDI, a research institute dedicated to finding treatments for patients living with ALS.

She is survived by her husband of 44 years, John James Shipe; four children, John of Concord, Mass., Jennifer Farrell of Manchester, Andrew of Washington, D.C., and Mary Caroline Miller of Mercersburg, Pa.; and her grandchildren.

A memorial Mass was held at St. Jerome's in Hyattsville, Md.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the ALS Association, 5720 Meadowbrook Drive, Harrisburg, Pa. 17112. This article is: 0 days old.

08-26-2007, 08:39 PM
Patsy Lynn Browder
Browder, Patsy Lynn age 53, of Chicago, made her transition on Sunday, August 19, 2007, after an 11 year courgeous battle with ALS (Lougehrig's Disease). Patsy was the loving daughter to Ruth and the late William Browder Jr., sister to Byron, Lezlie and Jutta. Patsy was supported by many family, friends and the NW Hospital Home Hospice. Visitation at Cage Memorial Chapel, 7651 S. Jeffery Blvd., Friday, August 24th, from 12 noon till 5 p.m., Wake/Repast/Funeral Mass Saturday, August 25th, at St. Felicitas Catholic Church, 1526 E. 84th St., 9 a.m. till noon. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

08-26-2007, 08:43 PM
Pawlinski, Jerome J. View/Sign Guest Book

Pawlinski, Jerome J. Passed away peacefully at home after suffering from ALS (Lou Gehrig Disease) on Mon., August 20, 2007, age 71 years. Devoted husband of Kathleen (nee Orcholski). Beloved father of Debra (David) Kopydlowski, Cheryl (John) Kopp and Stephen (Amy). Dearest grandpa of Nick, Nolan, Megan, Erin and Logan. Also survived by brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, other relatives and friends. Visitation Thursday evening at ST. ROMAN CHURCH, 1810 W. Bolivar Ave., from 4PM until Mass of Christian Burial at 6:30PM. Private interment Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Union Grove. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the ALS Assoc. Development Dept., 27001 Agoura Rd. Suite 150, Calabasas Hills, CA 91301. JOHN J. WALLOCH FUNERAL HOME 4309 S. 20th St. 414-281-7145 Family Owned & Operated-We Care

Published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from 8/22/2007 - 8/23/2007.

09-01-2007, 10:10 AM
Paul Anderson, a Game Informer staffer who had been with the magazine since 1992, has passed away following a six-year battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig¹s Disease).

He leaves behind a wife and two children, and was 38 years old. Our thoughts are with Paul's family and the Game Informer team at this time.

Rest in Peace.Paul Anderson, Long Time Game Informer Member, Passes [Game Informer] .


09-03-2007, 10:47 AM
Services for prominent San Diego attorney set

By: North County Times

ENCINITAS -- Prominent local attorney Ben A. Borevitz passed away Saturday, Sept. 1, from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, his family said Sunday. Borevitz was raised in Vista, had his own law practice in San Diego and was involved in several philanthropic, political and civic activities.

He is survived by his wife, Irene; two sons, Brad and Chaim; eight grandchildren; and a brother, Richard. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at El Camino Memorial Cemetery, 5600 Carroll Canyon Road, San Diego. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the ALS Society, http://www.alsa.org, or the Muscular Dystrophy Association

09-04-2007, 07:54 PM
Former Lion Loses Battle
Loren Rutledge Succumbs To Lou Gehrig's Disease Tuesday

A link to McKinney's glorious football past lost his battle with Lou Gehrig's disease Tuesday.
Loren Rutledge, 45, passed away at his home in Dallas after coping with the disease for several years. Rutledge was a senior receiver on the 1979 McKinney High team that won the Class 3A state championship. It was a good time to be a Lion, and it was a time in his life that Loren treasured, according to friends.

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09-07-2007, 07:12 AM
Elizabeth Palmer, 47, teacher

Published: Thursday, September 6, 2007 10:02 PM CDT
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Elizabeth Palmer - teacher, traveler and athlete - died at home in Ridgway on Tuesday, September 4. She was 47. The cause was Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), which is commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Liz was born in Rhode Island and moved to Telluride in 1979, where she initially lived in a teepee above town and explored the backcountry. She quickly became an elegant and highly capable skier.

In 1985, she moved to Durango to attend Fort Lewis College and play on the school's volleyball team. She garnered many accolades as the captain of the squad and graduated in 1989 with academic honors and was inducted into the Fort Lewis College Hall of Fame. She returned to Telluride to teach French at the high school and was coach of the girls' volleyball team in the early 1990s, bringing to the program a level of play respected throughout the region. Her teaching later took her to Salida and France.

She energetically explored the planet, visiting such places as New Zealand, South America, and Europe. During the last months of her life, Liz managed to continue her travels, exploring the coast of California and the exotic animals in a game park of South Africa. She had a particular fondness for France and spent time working and skiing in La Grave and other French locales. She was known to relish a good French dinner, accompanied by friends and a bottle or two from a local vineyard. After the meal, she would likely be the first to clear the table to create a dance floor. Because of her outgoing nature, Liz made friends in every corner of the world.

Her enthusiasm for the outdoors was contagious. She inspired friends and family to follow her and was the impetus behind many backpacking, biking, hiking and skiing adventures. From whale watching to climbing peaks or exploring the desert of Utah, Liz sought to discover and see new things.

She is missed by an astounding number of friends in many different countries and survived by her siblings: Katey Palmer of Alaska, Vicky Palmer of Vermont and John Palmer of Massachusetts and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sister Alex, who also died of the same disease. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations for the Colorado chapter of the ALS Association or Montrose Hospice and Palliative Care.


09-07-2007, 08:15 PM
Herbert Priest

PRIEST, Herbert A., 71, of Alpena, died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2007, at home following a battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease.

He is survived by his wife, Judith; a daughter, Elizabeth Larsen of Farmington Hills; a son, Matthew (Cheryl) of Broadview Heights, Ohio; a sister Margaret (Jim) Ray of Soldotna, Alaska; four brothers, David (Peg) of Presque Isle, Roger of Grayling, Myron (Beth) of Mancelona, and Delmer (Garry) of Williamsburg; and six grandchildren, Cary, Andrea, Timothy, Andrew, Nathan, and Sarah.

He is at McWilliams Funeral Home — Alpena, where friends may call on Friday from 4-8 p.m., Saturday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007 at Word of Life Baptist Church from 2 p.m. until the time of the funeral service at 3 p.m. with Rev. Dan Lute officiating.

Interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery.

09-08-2007, 08:16 AM

Mom's dying gift may help decipher ALS
Advocate for disabled dies peacefully, gives organs to Mayo Clinic

Jacquie Sisco died Friday morning the way she had lived her life -- giving to others.

The longtime champion for Charlotte's developmentally challenged died in her sleep, and her departure's peacefulness greatly relieved her husband, Bob, and their many friends.

Sisco, 49, suffered intensely in recent weeks as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, an incurable neurological disease, destroyed her ability to breathe.

The end came before dawn, with Bob and a nurse at Jacquie's bedside, and their children, Rebecca, 14, and Harry, 17, still asleep.

"She didn't struggle at all," Bob Sisco said. "She went the way she wanted to go."

It was time for her last gift: Within the hour, her body was taken to a medical center in hopes of sparing others her fate.

She had donated her brain and spinal cord to a research facility at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., and her body to a training program for surgeons worldwide in Memphis.

The Mayo already has the brains and spinal cords of Jacquie's mother, who died of early-onset dementia, and her father, who died of Parkinson's disease.

"They think there may be a link between the three diseases, and this may help them find answers," said Judy Oehl, Jacquie's sister.

Bob Sisco said Rebecca, a freshman at East Mecklenburg High, spent Friday with family friends.

Harry, 17, who has Down syndrome, woke about 7 a.m. to find the empty hospital bed.

"Where's Mommy?" he asked his father.

"I said, `Mommy's gone to heaven,' " Sisco said. "And then he broke down."

But Harry, who close friends say has a joyful heart, chose to go to breakfast at Bojangles' with family friend Dana Long and then on to class at Metro School, where Jacquie and Bob Sisco have given so much support.

Sisco said he and Jacquie had tried to prepare the children, "and we have a lot of people who are helping."

That number had swelled to hundreds recently as people not only brought food and comfort but donated thousands of dollars to a fund to help pay the many medical bills not covered by the family's meager insurance plan.

"I just want to say thank you, thank you, thank you," Bob Sisco said. "It's unbelievable. ... They just keep on giving."

Funeral Service

A memorial service for Jacquie Sisco will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 22 at Sardis Presbyterian Church, 6100 Sardis Road.

Want to Help?

The Jacquie Sisco Family Fund has been set up at SunTrust Bank to pay for medical bills; any remaining money will go toward Harry's future care and Rebecca's future college expenses. Mail donations to the fund, c/o SunTrust Bank, 7770 Poplar Ave., Germantown, TN 38138.


ALS/MND Registry

09-09-2007, 05:50 PM
David Goldblatt
Goldblatt, Dr. David
Penn Yan, NY: David Goldblatt, MD, died at home Saturday, September 1, 2007, at the age of 77. Born 3/24/30 in Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Goldblatt was Professor Emeritus of Neurology and the Medical Humanities at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He received his MD degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1955. After his medical internship and neurology residency, he went on active duty with the US Naval Reserve and became Chief of the Neurology Branch at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD. After spending three years in research at the Johns Hopkins University Medical Center, he joined the University of Rochester faculty in 1965 and was appointed Professor of Neurology in 1978. His appointment as Professor of the Medical Humanities came in 1991. Dr. Goldblatt's clinical practice involved all aspects of neurology. His special interests were amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS; Lou Gehrig's disease) and traumatic brain injury. He established and directed a clinic at Strong Memorial Hospital for patients with ALS. He chaired the Clinical Advisory Committee of the ALS Society of America. From 1986 to 1993, while continuing his academic work, he was Medical Director at Neurorehab Associates, an outpatient facility in Rochester for rehabilitation of adults with traumatic brain injury, back and neck problems, and other neurologic disorders. He served as an examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He was a reviewer for several major professional journals and was Associate Editor of Archives of Neurology and Editor in Chief of Seminars in Neurology. He edited a feature that he created for Neurology called Nisus: Neurology and the Humanities.
Dr. Goldblatt had a special interest in clinical ethics that continued in retirement. He studied bioethics at Georgetown University. He chaired the Patient Care Ethics Committee at Strong Memorial Hospital and was a member of the Ethics Consultation Service. For seven years, he served as a member of the Ethics, Law, and Humanities Committee of the American Academy of Neurology. He and his wife, Ann Weiss, were community members of the ethics committee of Soldiers & Sailors Hospital in Penn Yan, NY, which he eventually also chaired.
Dr. Goldblatt published more than 100 articles and abstracts in medical and scientific journals and books. His interest in literature and writing continued to the end. His own nonmedical work included essays, stories, and poems, many of which were published.
Known usually as "Doc" to his teammates, he was an avid slo-pitch softball player. He was player manager of the Rochs in the Rochester area for over thirty years. He also played with and managed a team in Penn Yan for several years, including the 2006 season. He was an amateur potter, photographer, and carpenter.
Dr. Goldblatt was the son of Harry Goldblatt, MD, and Jeanne (Rea) Goldblatt. He is survived by his wife Ann Weiss, his brother Peter J. Goldblatt, MD, and sons, David J., Robert H., and John P. Goldblatt, MD. He is also survived by his three grandchildren, Dallan, Justine, and Taylor. His wife of 33 years, Sally Anne (Clary) Goldblatt preceded him in death in 1995.
A local remembrance will be held on Saturday, 9/15/07. Friends may stop by from 2-4 PM at the Penn Yan United Methodist Church Memorial Building, 166 Main St, Penn Yan, NY 14527. A memorial service will be held at the URMC upper S-wing auditorium on Saturday, 10/6/07 at 2PM. In the meantime, friends and family may sign the guestbook at www.townsendwoodfuneralchapel.com .
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ALS Association, Upstate New York Chapter, PO Box 127, Elbridge, NY 13060 or at www.alsa.org. Arrangements are with Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, 201 East Elm St., Penn Yan, NY 14527 (315) 536-3391.
Published in the Rochester Democrat And Chronicle on 9/9/2007.

09-09-2007, 05:54 PM
Mary Ellen Larson Sullivan

With her loving husband, Wesley, by her side, Mary Ellen Larson Sullivan, age 74, passed away on September 5, 2007, after a long and courageous battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). Mary was born June 7, 1933, in St. George, Utah, a daughter of Reuben and Rose Beacham Larson.

Mary grew up in St. George, Utah, where she spent a happy childhood on her father's farm in Bloomington. She attended Dixie High School and was a waitress at the Big Hand Cafe. She was part of the Lions Dixie Roundup Royalty in 1949. On July 22, 1951, Wes and Mary were married in Henderson, Nevada, and went on to live in Cedar City, Utah where they had their son, Michael and daughter, Colette. Later, son, Donald, was born in St. George, Utah, and their daughter, Teresa, was born in Casper, Wyoming. Mary's fondest memories were when she was living in a sheep wagon on the Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming, while raising three small children, as Wes sheared sheep. Mary Ellen and Wes traveled and hiked their way throughout Utah, Montana, and Wyoming. Her favorite summer was spent following the Lewis and Clark Trail. While living in Las Vegas, Mary joined a ceramics club and discovered she had quite a flair. She loved cross stitching, crocheting, and quilting and made many beautiful pictures and quilts for her children and grandchildren. After retiring from the Clark County School District, Mary spent countless hours searching her family's genealogy and making genealogy books for her children. Mary always took tremendous pride in her grandchildren and was always attending concerts, ball games, plays, and whatever activities with which they were involved.

Mary is survived by her husband, Gordon Wesley, and her children: Michael (Laurie) Sullivan of Henderson, Nevada; Colette (Thomas) Hurley of Las Vegas, Nevada; Donald (Neena Merrill) Sullivan of Cedar City, Utah; Teresa (Russell) Turner of St. George, Utah. She is also survived by twelve grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Her siblings are: George Larson, Beverly Larson, Lottie Watoni Laub, Charles Larson, Kelvin Larson, Janice Davidson, and Debra Haskins. She is preceded in death by her parents, her infant daughter, Lisa, and infant grandson, Gregory Hurley.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 8, 2007, at 1:00 p.m. at the Spilsbury Mortuary Chapel, 110 S. Bluff St., St. George. A viewing will be held one hour prior to services. Interment will take place at Tonaquint Cemetery.
Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, St. George, UT (435) 673-2454. Friends and family are invited to offer their condolences at www.spilsburymortuary.com.

09-11-2007, 08:22 AM
Monday, September 10, 2007
Sad Times and New Beginnings

I suffered a great loss recently. My grandfather, Jack Schneider, died on August 9, 2007. Besides being a very loving and caring person, he was also one of my best mates in the world. Over the past two years, Jack struggled with ALS better known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The man I knew from childhood started to whither way as the condition took control of his whole body.

I flew to Florida for the funeral and was accompanied by my new and very beautiful girlfriend Sara. She dealt with my highly emotional state with grace and compassion. As we buried Jack, Sara held my hand. I was closing one chapter in my life (the loss of someone who was truly amazing to me), and opening a new one (the compassion and care of a beautiful young woman).

Losing Jack was especially hard to cope with because I had just returned from visiting him. One second I was chatting with him and the next, he was gone. Losing him was the most devastating loss I have ever faced. Gone was the loving man who said to me, “Warren you aren't disabled. You can do anything you want in life.”

Jack's confidence in me is something I want to pass on to kids and the families of kids who have Dyspraxia. He taught me that with determination, drive, and a good heart, people are who are just a bit unique can make it in life.

It has been hard adjusting to life without my grand dad, but I know he wanted me to continue working hard with the organization. I have been doing just that and I will now udpate you on new events at Dyspraxia USA NFP.

I decided it was time to get more connected with the non profit world in the city of Chicago. At first I was very nervous about making phone calls and going to selected events. But, I decided that in order to make progress with the organization, I had to try new things. At the beginning of September I did just that.

First, if you have Dyspraxia, the one thing you live on is instant gratification. I am finding out that its ok to ask for help, and I did this when obtaining the new accountant for the organization (Larry Acciari). Instead of just emailing random people I found on the computer, I asked my friends for suggestions about what to do. I needed to hire someone who would be good for the organization, not the first person who was available. Making sure someone could give me references and taking the time to check them out was important. Because I trusted the opinions of others with previous hiring experience, I did not give in to my need for instant gratification. I interviewed our new accountant and my consulted with my dad before making my final decision.

I must say I feel like i made the right decision and I am very happy with Mr. Acciari. He is always available, and he and his assistant have taken the time to learn about Dyspraxia so they know how to explain things to me. They tell me what papers I need to take to them and which documents need to be signed and where.

In memoriam of Jack Schneider 1931-2007 best mate, caring person and the man who instilled a lot of confidence in me until his last breath. He will truly be missed, and his heart and kind spirit will go on forever.

Posted by Warren Fried - dyspraxiausa.org at 1:20 PM

09-14-2007, 06:51 AM
Tom Worth | Teacher, 66

TomWorth Tom Worth, 66, of West Chester, a teacher at the Haverford School for 31 years, died at home Sept. 5 of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease).
Mr. Worth taught sixth-grade English, coached the 90-pound football team, and directed school productions at Haverford, a private boys' school, until retiring in 2003. He previously taught at Friends' Central School in Wynnewood for six years.

For 12 summers, Mr. Worth was a senior counselor at a boys' camp in New Hampshire, where he taught waterskiing and entertained children with skits and stories, said his wife, Connie Geist Worth.

Mr. Worth grew up in West Chester and graduated from the George School in Newtown, Bucks County. He earned a bachelor's degree from Boston University and a master's degree in elementary education from West Chester University.

He enjoyed acting and directing in community theater, and spending time at his log cabin in Wyoming.

In addition to his wife of 29 years, Mr. Worth is survived by daughters Jennifer Mesen and Erin Present, three brothers, and five grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Church of the Loving Shepherd, 1066 S. New St., West Chester.

09-16-2007, 08:16 AM
Architect built great memories in Redlands
Jesse B. Gill, Staff Writer
Article Launched: 09/16/2007 02:24:05 AM PDT

REDLANDS - Robert Van Roekel, an architect who designed many Redlands homes and business buildings, including the former commercial complex that houses city government offices, died Sept. 12 in Redlands from complications of ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) and pneumonia. He was 82.
In addition to his work in Redlands, Van Roekel, a 56-year resident of Redlands, had served as national president of the American Institute of Building Designers and had designed homes and other buildings for clients such as the Mondavis of the Napa Valley's Robert Mondavi Winery.

Robert John "Bob" Van Roekel was born May 26, 1925, in Pella, Iowa, to Louis and Jeanette Van Roekel. Soon the family moved to a farm where he grew up with his sisters Faye and Shirley. He worked on the farm during his school years and played the trumpet in the Pella High School Marching Band. He also enjoyed acting, woodworking and drafting. After graduating from high school in 1942, Van Roekel attended Iowa State University.

He served in the U.S. Army Air Force as an aircraft navigator during World War II, but the war ended before he saw action in combat. After the war, he returned to Iowa State, where he met Marilyn Jean "Frankie" Franks. They were married Dec. 20, 1946,

and he earned his bachelor's degree in architectural engineering from Iowa State in 1949.
After graduating, Van Roekel started his career as a building designer. He designed and built his first home in Ames, Iowa, before moving to Flint, Mich., where he and his wife had their first daughter, Deborah Rae.

After a few years, the Van Roekels moved to sunny Southern California. "His parents actually moved to Redlands first," said Sally Robertson, one of Van Roekel's three daughters. "They came out to get away from those harsh Michigan winters."

Once Van Roekel moved his family to Redlands, he became enamored with the area.

"He fell in love with Redlands," said Robertson, who also lives in Redlands. "He loved the climate and the citrus groves here."

Three of Van Roekel's four children were born in Redlands: Roberta Gay, Sally Ann and Robert Franks.

In Redlands, he and his wife designed and built their home on Monte Vista Drive, which had a beautiful view of the valley and mountains. They later renovated and lived in a turn-of-the-century house on Highland Avenue.

Van Roekel had his own architectural business for much of his career, employing a number of architects and designers. He built his office, the A-frame building at Sixth and Vine streets in Redlands, and designed many houses and commercial buildings in Redlands. He also designed the former Redlands Plaza buildings at Cajon Street and Citrus Avenue that now are used as Redlands city government offices. Van Roekel served as the national president of the American Institute of Building Designers and played a major part in passing legislation for licensing of building designers.

"He was very honored in his field," said Larry Burgess, director of the A.K. Smiley Public Library and former president of Van Roekel's Rotary Club.

In 1967, Van Roekel passed the four-day exam to become a licensed architect on his first try. Soon after, he was appointed by Gov. Ronald Reagan to the state Board for Architects.

In 1968, he became the licensed architect for Cliff May, a renowned designer of early California ranch-style houses. It was through that association that he came in contact with people who wanted large, expensive homes. He designed homes for Robert Wagner, Andy Granatelli and Bob Wian, founder of Bob's Big Boy, among others. He was also a finalist in the design competition for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

His favorite clients, with whom he became close friends, were Robert and Margaret Mondavi of Robert Mondavi Winery. He was the lead architect for their home as well as for the winery that is pictured on Mondavi wine labels. He consulted on the Robert Mondavi Winery in the Disney California Adventure Park and designed the Great Chef's Kitchen in Costa Mesa.

The final major project of Van Roekel's career is the one he was most proud of, his daughter Sally Robertson said. That was designing a 10,000-square-foot home in Redlands for Robertson and her husband, John.

"We built my house together," Robertson said. "That was a very special time for me, personally. He really put his heart and soul into that house."

Robertson said one of her father's great skills was in site planning and in integrating people's hobbies into the features of the houses he designed for them. A couple features of the Robertson home are a climate-controlled wine cellar for John's wine collection and a pasture and riding arena for Sally's horses.

In the tradition of her father's love for Redlands, Sally Robertson said her home has been used for many community functions and as the family gathering spot for Van Roekel's children and grandchildren. Van Roekel's other two daughters, sharing his love for Redlands, also returned here to raise their families.

In addition to his work, Van Roekel was active in the Redlands community.

He was a member of the Redlands Noon Rotary Club, and had perfect attendance for more than 50 years.

"He used to travel all over the world and he'd be sure to find a meeting somewhere so he could keep his attendance up," Burgess said. "It's really remarkable that he never missed a meeting in 50 years.

He was one of the outstanding Rotary members in the last five decades."

"He was a very community-minded person," Robertson said. For many years Van Roekel and his family attended the First Presbyterian Church of Redlands, where they made lifelong friends. He enjoyed camping, hiking, dancing, cross-country skiing and traveling with family and friends. He and his wife Frankie enjoyed Dance Club and Vagabond Club, a local travel group.

"He had a very wide range of interests," said Burgess. "He was a great conversationalist and was very well-read on a lot of topics."

Van Roekel loved the Redlands Bowl and attended every concert he could, and he and Frankie often brought their four children to concerts at the Bowl. Even after he became ill, he had his family take him to the concerts in his wheelchair.

As a member of the Community Chorus of Redlands, he sang in the Feast of Lights at the University of Redlands for more than 15 years.

Van Roekel was proud of his Dutch heritage and visited the Netherlands several times to study windmills. He designed a working windmill for his childhood home in Pella, Iowa, and for many years returned to Pella for Tulip Time, a festival put on by the Dutch community there.

Van Roekel married Jane Smith in 1979 and designed and built their state award-winning passive solar home in Reche Canyon, for which heating and cooling costs were only about $30 a year. Later they designed and built a mountain home in Forest Falls.

Survivors, in addition to his daughter Sally Robertson and her husband John, include his daughters Debi Mac Vie and her husband John (also known as Jmac) and Gay Richards, all of Redlands; his son Robert Van Roekel and wife Wendy of Utah; his sister Faye Massey of New Mexico; 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Emmerson-Bartlett Memorial Chapel, 703 Brookside Ave., Redlands. Graveside services will follow at Hillside Memorial Park, then a reception to celebrate his life at the Robertson home. For more information on the reception, contact Sally Robertson at (909) 792-2186.

Memorial donations may be made to the Noon Rotary Club of Redlands for a scholarship fund in Van Roekel's name. Checks payable to the Rotary Club of Redlands may be sent to: Rotary Club of Redlands, Attn.: Ralph Feller, 131 Cajon St., Suite 5, Redlands, CA 92373.

- Robert Van Roekel's family contributed to this obituary.

09-19-2007, 08:54 AM
Delores Ann Shaheen
Delores Ann Shaheen, 77, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, died Thursday, Sept. 13, 2007, at her home after a lengthy battle with Lou Gehrig's disease.

Services will be 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 17, 2007, at St. George Orthodox Church, Cedar Rapids, with Father Fred Shaheen presiding. Burial will follow in St. George Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at St. George Orthodox Church with a Trisagion Service following at 7 p.m.

Brosh Chapel, Cedar Rapids, is in charge of arrangements.

Delores was born March 9, 1930, in Toledo, Ohio, the daughter of Mike and Rosa Damous Skaff.

Delores married Donald Leroy Shaheen on August 20, 1950, in Charleston, W.V. She worked at Rockwell Child Development and Equifax Service.

Delores is survived by her angels: Drew (Lori) Shaheen of Arvada, Colo., and Dionne (Bill) Pinckney, Tracey Shaheen and Thomas Shaheen, all of Cedar Rapids; her three wonderful grandsons, Blake, Jordan, and Adam Pinckney; her siblings, Evelyn Dodrill of Charleston, W.Va., France Edwards of Nitro, W.Va., and Jeanette (Donald) Kellerman of Cedar Rapids; her wonderful in-laws; many nieces, nephews, and friends; and her dog, Alpine.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Don; her parents; and two brothers, Joseph Skaff and Eli Skaff.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the church, MDA for Lou Gehrig's Foundation, and/or the Hospice of Mercy.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.broshchapel.com.

We thank you for all the love, support and encouragement from family and friends, especially Marcia, Hospice of Mercy and MDA. God bless everyone who has kept us in their thoughts and prayers through our journey. Thank you to Jeanette Kellerman, my special angel, for sacrificing a part of her life to provide care.

09-19-2007, 09:01 AM
Jacquelyn Early Sisco
Jacquelyn Early Sisco
Jacquie Sisco, age 49 of Charlotte, passed away peacefully on Friday, September 7, 2007 surrounded by her loving family after bravely and courageously battling ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). Jacquie was born in Plainfield, NJ to the late Walter and Elizabeth Early. She later moved to Stuart, FL where she met and married her best friend and the love of her life, Bob. In 1993 Jacquie and Bob along with their two children Harry and Rebecca relocated to Charlotte.
Jacquie was employed by Bank of America for many years where she had many wonderful friends and co-workers. She most recently worked with Carolinas Medical Center and also co-owned J & B Enterprises with her husband. Jacquie was an advocate for children with disabilities; she worked feverously to help save Metro School from being shut down, and was very active with the Allegro Foundation.
Jacquie is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Robert 'Bob' Sisco; and her children, Harry and Rebecca Sisco. She is also survived by her sisters, Susan Iannucci of Jacksonville, FL and Judy Oehl of Germantown, TN, as well as several nieces and nephews and her mother in law, Beverly Sisco of Hobe Sound, FL. Jacquie will especially be missed by her beloved dogs, Sheba and Sophie.
A memorial service to celebrate Jacquie's life will be held at Sardis Presbyterian Church on Saturday, September 22, at 11:00 AM. A second service will be held in Stuart, FL on Saturday October 6th at Covenant Fellowship Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Charlotte, 1420 E. 7th St., Charlotte, NC 28204 or Allegro Foundation, A Champion for Children with Disabilities, 3121 Providence Rd., Charlotte, NC 28211 or Sardis Presbyterian Church, 6100 Sardis Road, Charlotte, NC 28270.
Published in the Charlotte Observer on 9/16/2007.

09-19-2007, 09:06 AM
Fournier, Janet Amy Golden View/Sign Guest Book

FOURNIER, JANET AMY GOLDEN, (1948 - 2007), Janet Fournier passed away peacefully on September 15, 2007, after more than 2 years battling ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. She was 58 years old. She is survived by her husband Dr. Arthur Fournier, her two daughters Adrienne and Suzanne, her parents Dr. Theodore and Mrs. Marion Golden, her sister Dr. Nancy Golden, her brother Dr. William Golden, her sister-in-law Mary Fournier, and a large extended family. Janet was born in Framingham, Massachusetts. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Northeastern University in 1970, majoring in Spanish. She moved to Miami in 1973. She received her Master's Degree in Education from the University of Miami in 1988. One year later, she began teaching second grade at The Cushman School. She became a legend at Cushman during the 17 years she taught there. Janet was beloved by her family, friends, colleagues, students and their parents. There will be a celebration of Janet's life from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. outside at The Cushman School on Sunday, September 23, 2007. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Cushman School Janet Fournier Legacy Fund, 592 NE 60th Street, Miami, 33137. To visit this Guest Book Online, go to www.MiamiHerald.com/obituaries.
Published in The Miami Herald from 9/16/2007 - 9/17/2007.

09-19-2007, 09:10 AM
Jay, Lanier* View/Sign Guest Book

JAY, LANIER (LONNIE) FISHER http://mi-cache.legacy.com/legacy/images/Cobrands/SignOnSanDiego/250614ef89a16dcfbfc43507a1c986bfa90a32a1_20070915_ 1.jpg
Lanier (Lonnie) Fisher Jay passed away on September 1, 2007. Born in Texas in 1929, Lonnie was a long time resident of Bonita. She attended Sweetwater High School and graduated in 1947. Lonnie worked for the Municipal Court system of San Diego for 23 years. She is survived by her loving family: twin daughters Kaye McGreevy and Kitty Kaul; their husbands John and Doug; her four grandchildren, Michael, Amber, Marnie and Marcus, and eight great-grandchildren, Shawna, Deylon, Taylor, Ashton, Masyn, Avery, Kamdyn and Ryder. Lonnie lost her brave battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) on September 1, 2007. At her request there will be no formal services held. In lieu of flowers or other remembrances, the family requests that donations be made in Lonnie's memory to the ALS Society or to Children's Hospital. Please sign the guest book at obituaries.uniontrib.com
Published in the San Diego Union-Tribune on 9/15/2007.

09-20-2007, 05:58 PM
James Gerald Riley
RILEY James Gerald Riley, age 80, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on September 19, 2007, after a courageous battle with Lou Gehrig's disease. He was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend who always had a bright smile for everyone who passed his way even as his disease progressed. Jim is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Mary (Felske) and children, Mike (Connie) Riley of Grove City, Sheryl (Steve) Douglas, Rick (Anita) Riley and Don (Janet) Riley, all of Columbus and Lynda (Dave) Kowaski of Grove City; 10 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; sister, Polly Reed of Mt. Vernon; and many nieces and nephews. Jim was a longtime faithful member of Memorial Baptist Church where he was the handyman for several years. He recently attended Immanuel Baptist Church and the worship service conducted by Pastor William Abernathy, Sr. at the Hilltop Senior Village where he and his wife reside. He was an employee of Magnetek National Electric Coil for 43 years and a Veteran WWII, U.S. Navy. Jim loved to travel and spend time with his family. Funeral service 10 a.m. Friday, September 21, 2007, at SCHOEDINGER HILLTOP CHAPEL, 3030 W. Broad St., where friends may call 5-8 p.m. Thursday and 9-10 a.m. prior to the service on Friday. Interment Green Lawn Cemetery. The family wishes to thank the staff of HomeReach Hospice and Kobacker House for their kindness and compassion. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Kobacker House and HomeReach Hospice. To send condolences to the family visit www.schoedinger.com. "Sign the online guestbook at www.dispatch.com/obituaries"

09-21-2007, 05:43 PM
Diane Angela Sheehan
LAKE LURE -- Diane Angela Sheehan, 61, died September 18, 2007. Memorial services will be private. Visitation 5-7 PM Thursday at Green Creek Baptist Church. Crowe's Mortuary is in charge.
Published in the Charlotte Observer on 9/20/2007.

09-22-2007, 09:12 PM
Philip Bowen, instrumental in museum's founding, dies
Posted by Staff Reporter Jo Mathis September 22, 2007 20:28PM

When Cynthia Yao came up with the idea for the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum back in 1978, she knew it would take many hands to make it happen.

The dream would have been hard to pull off, she said, without the help of Phillip Bowen, who volunteered to do all the legal paperwork to set it up, then served on the board and as a museum booster for years.

"He should be a beacon of how any trustee for any organization should act," said Yao, who became the popular museum's executive director. "To me, he embodied what an ideal trustee should be: a person with a very high sense of integrity who really looked out for the organization. He came through when the need was there."

Bowen, 60, died at home Tuesday after a three-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

Until a couple of years ago, Bowen continued to volunteer regularly with the Interfaith Hospitality Network, which runs a family shelter, and for the Hunger Coalition.

Joe Fitzsimmons was the first museum board president. Bowen was the third.

"Phil was a critical part of the museum in those days," he said. "He was a wonderful guy, and he and Kathe (Bowen's wife) were really committed to this concept of a hands-on museum when there were not a lot of them around."

The Nebraska native and University of Michigan Law School graduate moved back to Ann Arbor in 1974 to begin his 32-year career with the law firm of Conlin, McKenney and Philbrick, P.C.

He served on many boards over the years, including those at Ronald McDonald House, The Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, Washtenaw Technical Middle College, and Glacier Hills Retirement Community. He was past chairman of the Community Foundation and past president of the Ronald McDonald House.

Yao said Bowen wrote the first Kresge Foundation Grant for the museum. The grant was a major coup, awarded at a pivotal time in the museum's construction. She said Bowen was her mentor, someone she could turn to for help.

Bowen is survived by his wife and their three children.
A memorial service will be Monday at 2 p.m. at St. Clare of Assisi Episcopal Church, 2309 Packard Road, Ann Arbor, where Bowen held several leadership roles.

Contact Jo Mathis at jmathis@annarbornews.com or 734-994-6849 .


09-24-2007, 06:40 AM
Wilkins engineer served community with compassion
By Brian C. Rittmeyer
Monday, September 24, 2007

The day after David George was told in 2002 that he had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's Disease, he retired from his engineering career and started traveling the country with his wife.
"The doctors told us initially we could travel or do whatever we wanted to do, but we needed to do it right away," his wife, Kay George, said. "That's what we did. He retired from his job and we spent the time together."

David B. George, of Wilkins, died Friday, Sept. 21, 2007. He was 69.

Mr. George went to see a doctor after noticing he was having trouble moving some fingers. The diagnosis came within two months of that visit.

"We were all in a state of shock. He really accepted it fully at the time and never looked back," said Kay George, who was married to Mr. George for 41 years after they met through a mutual friend.
"He was a very courageous individual. He battled with ALS for five years. He just never let it get to him. He never let it get him down, and he was quite an example for other people at how well he handled this disease," she said.

Kay George said her husband had three years before his illness put him in a wheelchair. Their travels took them to Florida, Virginia, California and Arizona.

"They were places we wanted to see in our retirement," she said. "We had to hurry up and do them quickly."

Mr. George was a professional engineer in the construction industry for more than 40 years. He was active in his church, Beulah Presbyterian, and in the Turtle Creek Rotary Club, of which he was a past president.

"He was dedicated to community service. That's what Rotary's all about," said Bob Rupp, 61, of Penn, who met Mr. George 27 years ago through the club. "He was one of the individuals who was the backbone of our organization.

"I think that certain people have that caring heart, and he's one of those individuals," Rupp said.

Mr. George's interests included model railroading and collecting Matchbox cars. Kay George said her husband had an addition built on their house so his train display could take over the basement.

Lisa George, 38, of Wilkins, said her father was disciplined and had an eye for detail.

"He was a very loving and compassionate man," she said.

Survivors include his wife, Kay George; two daughters, Lisa George, of Wilkins, and Lauren Gozur of Boardman, Ohio; and one grandchild.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Jobe Funeral Home, Shaw and Triboro avenues, Turtle Creek. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Beulah Presbyterian Church. Burial will follow at Church Hill Cemetery.

The family asks that memorials be in the form of contributions to Beulah Presbyterian Church, 2500 McCrady Road, Pittsburgh, 15235; or MDA/ALS, 400 Penn Center Blvd., Suite 524, Pittsburgh, PA 15235.

Brian C. Rittmeyer can be reached at brittmeyer@tribweb.com or 724-779-7108.


09-26-2007, 07:13 AM
Every person's story teaches me a life lesson
As she stood greeting friends at Boone Funeral Home, Vicki Kindred stroked her hand across the chest of her husband, Kenny, and tried to hold back some of her tears.

After battling ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly called Lou Gehrig's disease, since January 2005, Kenny Kindred died this month. In June, the Courier & Press profiled the Kindreds, who lost their home in the November 2005 tornado, months after finding out about Kenny's illness.

For two weeks, the Kindreds allowed me to follow them as they watched the walls and roof of their new home go up. And for about four hours, the two welcomed me into their home. They shared everything with me, from how they first met to the emotions of the last two years.

Kenny Kindred had the best attitude about everything going on in his life.

"I might have the disease, but I'm going to keep doing what I'm doing," he told me. "I'm not going to let it get me down. I'm not going to lay in that bed and get stiff. That's the reason I move around."

When he was able to make it to Habitat's New Haven subdivision site during construction of his home, Kenny had everyone constantly laughing, including me. He documented the progress of the home with a video camera and took dozens of photos.

Kenny and I made a deal: We were to keep each other out of trouble. And if either of us slipped, the other person had the right to go crazy. Each time we saw each other, we made sure the other had behaved.

We always had.

The Kindreds hadn't moved into their home yet, but Kenny got to see the house, including the inside. I heard he did wheelies in his wheelchair in the center of the floor.

Kenny and Vicki Kindred were truly connected to each other. They joked with me that they'd been together for more than 300 years. As I watched Vicki look down at Kenny, dressed in a University of Kentucky sweat shirt, I saw the love she had for him and the sadness she felt.

To the entire Kindred family, I'd like to send my condolences. You shared Kenny with the entire Tri-State when you allowed us to tell your story.

I told the Kindreds thank you many times for allowing me to share their story. I realize the evening I approached them about doing it, they could have said no. But they didn't.

As a reporter, families share with us their stories at times of happiness, sadness, fear and anger. They trust us with their words, their emotions. And it's something I think about before I ever sit down and ask my first question.

I think I learn something from everyone I write about, especially stories where I have spent a lot of time with a person. From Kenny and Vicki I learned you take each day one at a time and cherish the moments of each.

And to Vicki, I say, Kenny will not be forgotten by many, including me. His laughter and smile will live on as part of the New Haven subdivision.

— Lydia X. McCoy

464-7431 or mccoyl@courierpress.com

09-26-2007, 08:07 AM
Rev. Gibble loses ALS fight

September 26, 2007
By DAVE GATHMAN Staff Writer
ELGIN -- The Rev. June Gibble was remembered as "a sit-on-the-floor-with-you" mom who put together a blended, Brady Bunch -style family of six kids; a lover of books and travel; a nursery-school teacher; an editor of Sunday school books; and a hospice chaplain who comforted dying people even after she found out she was dying from one of the most dreaded diseases in the book.

Gibble's husband, the Rev. Jay Gibble, said she died at home Thursday from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis -- also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease. She was 70. A public memorial service, followed by a social time and visitation with the family, will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren, 783 W. Highland Ave., Elgin.

Jay said June grew up in a Church of the Brethren family on a farm in Virginia. "She felt a calling from early in life to do ministry. But in this church in those days, it was rare for a woman to get a call" to pastor a church, he said. "So she came in the side door."

Concentrating on her other big passion -- to work with children -- she studied elementary education and worked as a teacher in Minneapolis. At age 40, she was divorced from her first husband. Taking her two daughters to Elgin, she found a job editing Sunday school and small-group curriculum at the Church of the Brethren General Offices here. Five years later, she married Jay, a divorcee with four children who also worked in the denominational offices.

She was almost 50 when she was ordained as a minister in 1986. She continued working as an editor and writer at the denominational offices. The past eight years found her taking part-time jobs as the minister of congregational life at Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren and as a chaplain working with the dying through the Provena Saint Joseph Hospice.

Then one black day in April 2006, she discovered she soon would be needing hospice care herself. Jay recalls that for more than a year, she had been having some trouble enunciating words. When her left hand also started feeling weak, she went to doctors. They determined she had ALS, a disease of the nerves in which more and more of the muscles in one's body stop being able to work.

During the year after her diagnosis, the family conducted several fundraisers for the Les Turner ALS Foundation. A year ago this month, 30 family members and 30 other friends and church members walked with her in the foundation's ALS Walk4Life. They wore identical blue shirts and called their team "June's J-Walkers." Later in the fall, her children and grandchildren held a bake sale and a neighborhood garage sale.

Her daughter, Brenda Morrison, said June had planned for years to write a poem, knit an Afghan and paint an acrylic painting for each of their 18 grandchildren. The onset of the disease put that into question. "But in August, with her last ability to hold a paintbrush, using both hands, she made sure she finished the last painting," Morrison said.

Jay Gibble said his wife remained able to speak, though with badly slurred words, until two weeks before she died. She could communicate by writing for another week after that.

Jay said the family held a private service at Highland Avenue Church for the grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Responding in kind to her gift of personalized poems to them, many of the children wrote a farewell message and placed it in the casket. Her body later was cremated.


09-27-2007, 06:46 AM
Teacher was 'like virtuous woman in Proverbs'
Thursday, September 27, 2007By WENDY REEVESTimes Staff Writer wendy.reeves@htimes.com

Joyce Benefield 'amazing, loving, caring person'

Joyce Benefield did whatever she could to make the world a better place for others.

She died Sept. 19 at age 75 from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease.

Benefield was devoted to her family and friends. She loved her church and following Christ. She was a mentor, molder of young minds and an avid Auburn football fan.

"She was inexhaustible," said longtime friend Mary Taylor. "She was 10 years my senior, and she could run circles around me."

Benefield obtained a bachelor's degree in home economics from Auburn, a bachelor's in education from Athens State and a master's degree in administration from Alabama A&M.

She worked several years on Redstone Arsenal as a staffing clerk before she began her teaching career.

Benefield taught 26 years at Davis Hills Elementary. After it became the Academy for Science and Foreign Language, Benefield spent a half-year at Weatherly Elementary before she retired.

Then she returned to the arsenal in the personnel department for several years before retiring again.

"I guess she just couldn't stand the quietness at home, so then she went to work at Wal-Mart," said daughter Kay Patton. "She didn't have to, but she did it just to be around people, to interact and talk to adults."

Patton described her mother as "an amazing, loving and caring person."

A few years ago, Benefield bought a condo in Sevierville, Tenn. She took her family and friends there. And she loved to go there by herself because she found it so peaceful, Patton said.

Taylor remembers Benefield taking her "under her wing" when she started teaching at Davis Hills. Taylor was struggling after a divorce and was living with her children in a roach-infested rental.

Benefield's son was buying a new house and wanted to rent his, and Benefield immediately thought of Taylor.

"She was good about hooking people up with what they needed," Taylor said. "And I was by far not her only friend. She had many."

When Taylor was struggling, Benefield gave her vegetables from the garden and clothes that her daughter no longer needed.

"She was truly like the virtuous woman in Proverbs," Taylor said. "And she was also a very modest and humble lady."


09-27-2007, 03:30 PM
Bridget Sills bore a long illness without complaint
September 26 2007

The funeral takes place this week in London of Duncormick woman Bridget Sills (née Kendrick) who died last week at the age of 65, after a sustained period of illness bravely born without complaint.

Bridget, also sometimes known as Breda, was a native of Horesland in Duncormick, one of a family of ten. She worked in Dublin and Wexford before emigrating to the U.K. in 1969. She was followed promptly by Murrintown man Michael Sills who had been smitten by her when she served him his daily lunch as a waitress at Sinnott's restaurant in Selskar.

The couple were married in July 1970 at St. Mary Magdalen's church in Willesden, the parish where they spent their married life and where they raised their two children, son Damian and daughter Joanna.

The deceased was a reserved woman, who shied away from the much of the limelight enjoyed by her husband as the current chairman of the London Wexford Association. However, she certainly maintained strong contact with home, especially while her parents were still alive.

Bridget was strongly independent in her views, loved to discuss the issues of the day and was a keen gardener. She enjoyed singing and The Streams of Bunclody' was her party piece. While she had strong family links to the Father Murphy's G.A.A. club, her favourite sport was soccer, attending Chelsea matches with son Damian. She also loved motorsport. In recent years, she worked part-time at the school attached to St. Mary Magdalen's until laid low by motor neuron disease. During her illness, she was cared for at home and she passed away in the arms of her loving husband. She was able to rely on the support of many good friends and neighbours as well as members of the London Wexford Association. Five of her eight surviving siblings are also resident in the U.K.

Bridget Sills is mourned by her grieving husband, son, daughter, grand-daughter Lauren; brothers Joe and Tony in Ireland, Phil and Jack; sisters Eileen, Annie and Kay; as well as members of the extended family and many friends.

10-03-2007, 05:51 AM
Former WC president Dr. Jim Boyd memorialized

Special to the Democrat

More than 400 family, friends and colleagues attended the memorial service for Dr. Jim Boyd, former president of Weatherford College Friday in Hilda, Texas, near Fredericksburg.

Boyd died Sept. 22, with his family at his side, in his home on the ranch that he loved in Doss, Texas. He had battled ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, for the last two years.

James (Jim) Thomas Boyd was born Nov. 6, 1939, to Sally and Stanley Boyd in Lampasas, Texas. He began his 35-year education career as a teacher, coach and later administrator in the Fredericksburg Independent School District. After receiving his Doctorate in Education, he served as professor, then chair of the Education Department, and, finally, Dean of the College of Education and Fine Arts at Tarleton State University. He served as president of Weatherford College for five-and-a-half years before his retirement in 1998.

He was the recipient of many awards honoring his teaching and leadership accomplishments, including the Tarleton State University Distinguished Teaching Award and the George H. Brownlee Memorial Leadership Award. Boyd initiated Tarleton’s “Effective School Project,” which evolved into one of the nation’s longest-running school improvement ventures. Recently, the Texas A&M Board of Regents honored Jim by renaming this program the “Dr. Jim Boyd Effective Schools Project.”

Weatherford College honored its former president by naming the Technology Building after him and wife Velada. Also, Boyd was awarded the Carlos Hartnett Award in 2003.

After retirement from his career in education, he authored the novel Companions of the Blest and the soon-to-be-published Lessons from Life. The latter chronicles his struggle with ALS and passes to his grandchildren some of the wisdom gleaned from a life well lived.

Jim was blessed by the love of his wife, Veleda, who was his best friend and companion for 46 years. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Jeffrey Boyd, his wife, Jennifer, of Weatherford, and Chad Boyd and his wife, Amy Smith, of Burns, Oregon, as well as four grandchildren: Christian, Mariah, Thomas, and Elisabeth Rose. Also surviving are his brother, Larry Boyd and wife, Sue, of Lake Buchanan, and his sister, Patricia Taylor and her husband, Hap, of Georgetown.

For those who so desire, memorials can be made to The ALS Association; the Dr. Jim T. Boyd Leadership Scholarship at Weatherford College, Weatherford; the Sally Boyd Scholarship at Tarleton State University, Stephenville; Hill Country Memorial Hospice, or the Hilda United Methodist Church, Hilda, Texas, or to the charity of your choice.


10-03-2007, 06:06 AM
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, PA -

Bruce A. Harke, of McCandless, died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease) on Friday, Sept. 28, 2007, at home. He was 56.

10-03-2007, 06:33 AM
Carole Sprenger

Aug. 23, 1933-Sept. 22, 2007

Gresham resident Carole Sprenger, 74, longtime Centennial third-grade teacher, died Saturday, Sept. 22, of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 18630 S.E. Division St., where she had been a member since 1968.

Carole was born Aug. 23, 1933, in Pomeroy, Wash., to Lawrence and Dorothy (Simmons) Watson. When she was 3, the family moved to Grandview, Wash., where she graduated from Grandview High School in 1951. She graduated from Washington State University in Pullman, Wash., in 1955, where she met Fred Sprenger. They were married in Grandview, Wash., on June 16, 1956.

She was a charter member and past president of the Gresham branch of the American Association of University Women, a board member of the Mount Hood Literacy Coalition and a devoted letter writer. For instance, she and her family donated to the Christian Children’s Fund to educate three boys and four girls in Brazil. She wrote letters to them every month over a period of 20 years.

Carole taught briefly in Richland and Vancouver, Wash., and began moving around Oregon with her husband, who was in the U.S. Forest Service. They lived in Grants Pass, John Day and Roseburg before coming to Portland in 1968, where she then joined Centennial School District, teaching 23 years before her retirement in 1991.

At Covenant Presbyterian Church, she served as a deacon, elder, clerk of the session, teacher and on various committees. In the summer, she and her sons delivered meals for Loaves & Fishes. She was named a woman of achievement by Gresham’s American Association of University Women. She also tutored English as a second language from 1991 to 2000.

After retirement, the Sprengers traveled in their motor home and began a series of three-week group tours Volkswalking in central Europe, Austria, Germany, Holland, Poland, Sweden and Switzerland. They traveled throughout the world. Carole enjoyed reading good books and corresponding with friends and family, regretting that in her last months she fell behind in her responses.

Carole, who wrote her own obituary, said she “was grateful that ALS came in her 70s and not her 30s.”

She was preceded in death by two of her sons, Douglas and John, and her brother, Larry Watson.

She is survived by her husband; sons, David Sprenger of Portland and James Sprenger of Central Point; sister, Kay Clark-Herbruck of Ojai, Calif.; and six grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to Covenant Presbyterian Church, 18630 S.E. Division St., Gresham, 97030, or ALS Association, 320 S.W. 4th Ave., Suite 630, Portland, 97204.

Gresham Funeral chapel is in charge of arrangements.

10-04-2007, 05:38 AM

Peter Wolff was a friend to all

Mukilteo lost one of its most colorful citizens last week when Peter Wolff passed away following a yearlong battle with ALS.
Peter died quietly at home on Monday, Sept. 24, with his wife of 25 years, Dru, and his family at his side.
A successful businessman, Peter was a founding member of the Mukilteo Business Association, a forerunner of the Chamber of Commerce. He served as president as well as other capacities, and was a champion for local business concerns as Mukilteo grew up.
According to his family, Peter started his professional life collecting and selling cars. Following retirement, he returned to that passion.
He built a livelihood and eventually his own business in all aspects of new furniture, from design to manufacturing to sales. But he also collected and sold antiques, and proved his business acumen in real estate and investments as well.
He was endlessly fascinated by and conversant in most subjects, from local politics to world events, and from art to music — a modern day renaissance man.
He loved a good joke, but was known for telling bad ones. Also known for his frugality, he was at the same time exceedingly generous.
Peter was born on March 28, 1933, in Berlin, Germany, to parents Georg and Hildegard Wolff. The family escaped from Nazi Germany in 1938.
According to Peter’s son Kevin, Peter’s father was a successful furrier who had to leave everything behind to escape Hitler’s wrath.
The family made their beds and left their home as if they would be returning. Instead, they drove to Holland and boarded a ship to America.
Peter had an uncle who didn’t escape and was killed in one of Hitler’s concentration camps.
They arrived and settled in New York City, starting over from scratch.
Peter lived a colorful life there. He studied fine arts and architecture, and as a young man lived in the Village where he hung out with jazz musicians and artists.
In 1960, Peter moved to Los Angeles where he entered the furniture business, eventually specializing in antiques.
His love of jazz and the arts continued. Son Kevin recalled his father dropping him off at rock concerts, and then driving over to the Baked Potato, a well-known Studio City jazz club, where he’d soak in the scene until it was time to pick Kevin up.
Peter found his life partner when he met Dru (Drucilla) in 1980. They married June 14, 1982, and moved to the Northwest in 1987, eventually settling in Mukilteo.
His wide-ranging interests included travel. In the winter, when business was slow, the couple would go skiing in Austria or Switzerland, or visit friends in Johannesburg. Everywhere he went, Peter easily made friends.
“His friends were incredibly important to him,” Kevin said. “But nobody was as important to him as Dru.”
Peter is survived by his wife, Dru; mother Hildegard; brother Emanuel and wife Elizabeth; sons Kevin and wife Janelle, Kurt; grandchildren Emily, Noah and Samuel, niece Glynnis, husband Cengiz and children Emre and Eren; nephews Soren and George.
Kevin said his father would most like to be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather who loved his family and had an amazing list of friends all over the world.
At his request, no services were scheduled.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be sent to: Muscular Dystrophy Association, ALS Division, 1010 SE Everett Mall Way, Ste. 210, Everett, WA 98208, www.mda.org.


10-04-2007, 05:48 AM
If you were on Route No. 109, Troy Jackson Sr. did his best to get you your RDN
By Stephen E. Sowers
Published: Wednesday, October 3, 2007 11:28 PM CDT
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Troy Jackson Sr., who delivered the RDN for nearly two decades, died on Tuesday. As you can tell by this photograph, Troy’s grandchildren were a big part of his life.
Without dependable route drivers and youth carriers, our newspaper is not worth the paper it is printed on.

Fortunately, over the years our group of drivers and carriers has done an outstanding job of getting you your copy of the Rolla Daily News News six days a week.

Troy Jackson Sr. was definitely one of the best. Unless terrible weather intervened, Troy Sr. picked up his newspapers every day and ran his route, No. 109 in east Rolla. That was in addition to the maintenance job he held at the University of Missouri-Rolla.

Troy Sr. had 469 customers on his route. We were late getting around to all 469 of you on Wednesday because of Troy Sr.’s death from ALS on Tuesday night. As most of you know, ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is an incurable disease of the central nervous system. At the end, a person loses all muscle control and needs round-the-clock assistance.

Troy Sr. vowed to carry on despite his illness. Until about six weeks ago, Troy Sr. was still delivering RDN Route 109. From the RDN, Troy Sr. would head east out Tenth Street and Soest Road and service all the areas along either side of both roads. The route concluded with deliveries in the several subdivisions around Oak Meadow Country Club.

Since sometime in August, Troy Sr.’s wife, Sue Jackson, delivered the route. In the past, Troy Sr.’s son, Troy Lee Jackson, another RDN route driver, helped with his dad’s route.

Our home is on Route 109. I figured correctly yesterday when our newspaper had not arrived by 8 a.m. that Troy Sr. had died, and Sue was unable to deliver the route. By later in the day, Circulation Manager Kelli Wallis had lined up Gloria Weaver to fill in for Sue and most, if not all of you, received your Wednesday RDN.

We anticipate that Sue will be back on Route 109 in the very near future.

That is good news because, like her late husband, Sue Jackson is well aware of the importance of delivering the RDN to all 469 subscribers on Route 109 no matter the varying circumstances each day brings.


10-05-2007, 06:27 AM
Thomas Clark

Thomas Clark 32 years with the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

SOMERSWORTH — Thomas Clark, 59, of Colonial Village, passed away surrounded by his family, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2007, at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital after a long illness.

Thomas was a beloved brother and friend, who went home to be with the Lord with his sister and brother-in-law by his side.

Born in Dover on Nov. 1, 1947, to John and Doris (St. Cyr) Clark, he attended local schools, graduating from Dover High School in 1967. In October 1967 Tom entered the Navy.

He served aboard the USS Borie, DD-704 until her decommission. He was assigned to shore duty at Glenco Naval Air Station in Georgia, where he finished his four-year enlistment. Tom was always proud of being a Navy/Vietnam veteran. He liked to wear his Vietnam veteran baseball cap. It was a conversation starter wherever he went.

After working construction in Georgia for a while, he entered Johnson State College in Johnson, Vt., where he earned a bachelor of science degree in human services. Tom spent a semester abroad in Nancy, France. During that time, on an extended spring break, he traveled widely in Europe.

After graduation he worked for a short time at the General Electric Company in Somersworth, before beginning work at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. In November 2006, he retired from the shipyard after 32 years of service.

Diagnosed with ALS in the summer of 2006, he fought a courageous battle against the disease. He participated in a clinical trial with thalidomide at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock ALS Center.

Tom was involved with the Granite State Post Card Collectors, the NRA, served on the Board at the Somersworth Museum until his illness forced him to step down, was a member of both the Summersworth Historical Society and the Dover Historical Society. He was a strong supporter of Help for Hospitalized Veterans and other veteran organizations.

His hobbies included an extensive post card collection, collecting Dept. 56 Dickens Village, reading, history, gardening and watching movies.

He is survived by his sister, Sheila Stunkard; his brother-in-law, Ron Stunkard; his good friends, "G.I. Joe" Dupuis, Sue Eastman, and Rosie; aunts, uncles, cousins, brother and sister in-laws, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.


A viewing will be held at Wiggin-Purdy-McCooey-Dion on Central Avenue in Dover, on Thursday, Oct. 4, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Mary's Church on Chestnut Street in Dover, at noon on Friday, Oct. 5. Interment with full military honors will take place in the new St. Mary's Cemetery on Dover Point Road.

For more information or to sign the online guest book, please go to www.purdyfuneralservice.com.

Family flowers only. Donations may be made to the ALS Society and Help for Hospitalized Veterans.

10-05-2007, 06:37 AM
Ruth Grover, 77, passed away September 27, 2007, in Vancouver, Washington, from complications of ALS-Lou Gehrig's disease.

Funeral services for Ruth will be held at 10:00 a.m. on October 5, 2007, at the Chapel of the Valley in Grants Pass, Oregon.

Ruth and Milton Grover lived in the Intermountain West for most of their lives, retiring to Oregon. Wherever they went, they were active in church.

Ruth loved to paint, especially while out in their RV enjoying the outdoors. She has painted scenes ranging from the mountains of the west to the ocean shores of the Pacific.

Most of all, Ruth will be remembered by her family for her kindness, open home and hearth. Friends and family were always welcome to join them.

Ruth was preceded in death by her husband. She is survived by daughters Ellen Salyer and husband John; and April Kilcup and husband Doug; sons Stan Grover and wife Helen, Steven Grover and wife Cinda and Jonathan Grover and wife Jodi.

Ruth and Milton have 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Teens for Christ at 6951 Hannegan Rd. #11, Lynden, Washington, 98264, or Carol Elkins at Friends in Action P.O. Box 168 Mansfield, Missouri, 65704-0168.

10-05-2007, 08:56 AM
Watch a video, fight ALS

every morning i click on this. DO YOU ?
then i send it by email to friends in my E dress book.

Every time somebody watches this video, $2 will be donated to fight ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

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almost $40.000 so far .

come on pals we can do better with this.
let's get this to $100.000 by next Friday.

click on it and send it to everyone.

do your part here.

thank you

Lou Gehrig's disease, and Augie Nieto's cure
By TigerHawk at 9/18/2007 02:04:00 AM

Glenn Reynolds and Hugh Hewitt link to an inspiring video in support of Augie's Quest, the campaign to cure ALS. Hugh:

website http://www.whatkindofworlddoyouwant.com/ (click on ‘Watch the Videos', then click on Augie's Quest)

John Ondrasik, the man who is Five for Fighting, is constantly looking for ways to use his talent to help make the world a better place and does so without any tendentious or childish political narrative. At this link, John has cut a video to his song “100 Years” that movingly addresses the fight against ALS. If you follow the link, good will be done; Glenn Tullman/Allscripts and Bert and Cyndie Silva are each donating $1 for every time the video is played. The video, by the way, is outstanding and moving.

Once again, please click. If you do, $2 goes to the fight against ALS. And you’ll see a video that will really move you.

A good cause, and a great pop song to boot. Perhaps because I am myself 45 and, if I am lucky, half done, "100 years" moves me as few songs ever have. It is a wonderful contribution to this worthy cause.


10-07-2007, 08:40 PM
Clemons, Sandra Grindstaff View/Sign Guest Book

Sandra Grindstaff Clemons
STANLEY -- Sandra 'Sandy' Grindstaff Clemons, 55, of 514 North Buckoak St., passed away Saturday September 29, 2007 at Carrington Place in Matthews, NC. Sandy fought a courageous nine year battle with Lou Gehrig's disease. Her talents were endless; she loved and laughed, facing each day with a determination to make it through that day. As her body grew weaker and her voice could no longer be heard, she had a way of letting you know how much she appreciated your visit. Her spirit and body are free at last, resting in the arms of Jesus.
Sandy was born January 8, 1952, the only daughter of Senora Blackwell Grindstaff and the late Hollis Pressley Grindstaff. She was a graduate of Stanley High School and Gaston College. Before her illness, she was employed by Metrocall, Inc.
A service to celebrate the life of Sandy will be held Wednesday, October 3, 2007 in the Woodlawn Chapel of Woodlawn Funeral Home in Mt. Holly. Officiating will be Reverends Eugene Blackwell, Kathy Harris and Mr. Rod Rudisill. Interment will follow the service in Hillcrest Gardens. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1:00 - 3:00 PM at the funeral home.
Survivors include her mother, Senora B. Grindstaff of Stanley; a daughter, Shannon M. Hazen and husband, Kevin of Kings Mountain; a son, Allan S. Rumfelt of Belmont; a granddaughter, the joy of her life, Rileigh Cassandra Hazen; special friends, Cathey Eden, Martha Stowe, and Rod Rudisill. Sandy was preceded in death by her father, Hollis P. Grindstaff; maternal grandparents, Rev. James A. and Ivalee D. Blackwell; and paternal grandparents, Arthur O. and Lucille S. Grindstaff.
The family extends special thanks to the staff at Carrington Place, and the hospice staff for the wonderful care given to Sandy.
Memorials may be made to the ALS Center, PO Box 32861, Charlotte, NC 28232.
Published in the Charlotte Observer on 10/1/2007.

10-07-2007, 08:43 PM
David Charles Frazier
COEUR d'ALENE - David Charles Frazier, age 54, of Coeur d'Alene, went to be with the Lord on Sept. 29, 2007, due to complication of Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS).
David was born on March 22, 1953, to Richard and Annabel Frazier in Twin Falls. David graduated from BuhI High School in 1971 and went on to the University of Idaho, where he belonged to Kappa Sigma and the Blue Key and graduated in 1976. David was married to and later divorced from Kathy Emerson of Jerome. David previously owned the Christian Book Store in Twin Falls. David married Patsy Frazier on Aug. 26, 1985, and they had a son, Keum, and a daughter, Laurel. David and Patsy moved to Coeur d'Alene 22 years ago, where they owned and operated the local Flour Mill and Organic Bakery in Hayden for 17 years.
He is survived by his wife, Patsy; son, Keum; mother, Annabel of Twin Falls; two sisters, Sue Clark of Twin Falls and Nancy Buck of Corona, Calif.; two nieces, Stacy Tilson and Michelle Mueller, both of Coeur d'Alene; two nephews, Dennis and Michael Buck of Calif.; two great-nieces and three great-nephews. David was preceded in death by his father, Richard; his brother, Dan Frazier; his daughter, Laurel Ann Frazier; and one niece.
David enjoyed working with wood in his spare time. He had a strong work ethic and always helped the people in the community in need. He was a spiritual person who brought several people to the Lord. His quiet strength was his unconditional love for everyone and a fun free spirit.
A celebration of his life will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at the Light and Life Christian Fellowship, 3555 E. 12th Ave. in Post Falls. A potluck dinner will follow.
The family requests any contributions to be made in his name to the ALS Evergreen Chapter, 19110 66th Ave. S. No. G-101, Kent, WA 98032.

10-07-2007, 08:46 PM
Kirby Jr., David W. "Pop" View/Sign Guest Book

David W. Pop Kirby, Jr., 46, of Raywood, went to be with Jesus on September 30, 2007. He had been battling with ALS (Lou Gehrig's) disease since 2001. He was surrounded by his loving wife, Vickie Kirby and many family and friends. He loved life and most of all his grandchildren, who he adored. They made him laugh and kept him smiling. He loved driving the tractor and riding the four wheeler. David was truly a strong and inspirational man to all who new him. David had many close friends who meant the world to him. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Antonio and Ezkial Kirby and Bob and Margaret Goins; sisters-n-laws, Kimberly Marks and Faye Cravey; stepson, Jessie Kilpatrick, Jr; grandson, Jaler Todd Brown; and his best friend, Charlie Crawford. David is survived by his father, David W. Kirby, Sr. and mother Bobbie Jean Kirby; three loving sisters, Brenda Barnhill and husband Benny, Debora McMullan and husband Danny, and Tereasa Flannigan and husband Ken; brother, Kevin Vargo; nephews, Wayne Doolittle and Lee Sontag, Jr.; niece, April Campbell; grandchildren, Valaree, Denton, Gracey, and Partner Curry, Brett and Becca McMullan, Makeena and Morgan Magee, Katie Rayon, Lillie and Garrett Fancher, Elija and Sadie McMullan, Jacob, Lacey, and Dylan Brown, Katie, Jacob, and Kaleb Kilpatrick and Jessica Bouse. He had many children, Kristy Kilpatrick, Derek Kirby, Dana Curry, Danny McMullan, Dancie Magee, Stacie Fancher, Bobby McMullan, and Amy Brown. He also loved his friend and confidant, Robert Livingston and his granddaughters, Kristin Rogers, Kaycee Hays, Ashton and Reagan McCauley; and many, many wonderful friends in Silsbee. David, we will miss you dearly and thank you for your soft hugs and smiles that you gave all of us and the advice, whether we wanted it or not. Funeral service will be 2:00 P.M. Thursday, October 4, 2007, at Broussard's, 490 Cemetery Road, Silsbee. He will be laid to rest in Stacy Cemetery in Devers, Texas. A gathering of family and friends will be Wednesday, October 3, 2007 from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at the mortuary. Complete and updated information may be viewed at www.broussardsmortuary.com
Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on 10/3/2007.

10-07-2007, 08:50 PM
Thursday, October 04, 2007

STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE -- Former Staten Islander Mary Mangiacasale, 59, of Brooklyn, a retired teacher, died Sept. 24 in Cabrini Memorial Hospital, Manhattan, after a battle with Lou Gehrig's disease.

Born in Concord, she also lived in New Dorp before relocating to Brooklyn in the late 1970s.

After earning her bachelor's degree in history and education from the former Richmond College, Ms. Mangiacasale obtained her master's degree in education from St. John's University's Grymes Hill campus.

She was a public school teacher for 24 years, retiring in 2004. During her tenure with the former city Board of Education, she worked at Egbert Intermediate School, Midland Beach, and Bernstein Intermediate School, Huguenot, as well as Canarsie and Madison high schools in Brooklyn.

Ms. Mangiacasale was a member of a boxer rescue organization.

She also enjoyed watching foreign films, reading and accumulating porcelain horses, collectible dolls and artwork.

"The world will be a lesser place without her in it," said her sister, Linda Dell'Olio.

Besides her sister, Ms. Mangiacasale is survived by her partner, Deborah Lee Bretschneider; her mother, Ethel Mangiacasale, and her brother, Thomas.

There will be a memorial service Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. in the Marine Park Funeral Home, Brooklyn. The arrangements included cremation.

10-07-2007, 08:56 PM
Roberta P. Fisher

FISHER, Roberta P.
Born November 29, 1925, she grew up in Marin County, Calif. A graduate of The Kathryn Branson School and U.C. Berkeley (B.A. in English), she nurtured a lifelong love of literature, classical music, travel, her faith, and her many, many friends. Working several years in England, she returned to Berkeley, where she met Charles K. Fisher Jr. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church; in 1956 they were married there. Their children Bruce and Judy were born in 1957 and 1962; soon thereafter they moved to Sacramento. Active in her church and devoted to the Sacramento Symphony, she also volunteered with the League of Women Voters, Loaves and Fishes, and the State Capitol Museum (working as a docent, often in turn-of-the-century period dress). After a lifetime of good health and many journeys (backpacking in the High Sierra, and numerous trips to Europe), 2005 brought the challenging diagnosis of ALS ("Lou Gehrig's disease"). Following a gallant 2.5-year struggle, she passed to the Lord on September 30, 2007. Survived by Chuck, her beloved husband of 51 years, children Bruce and Judy, brother Robert Peeke, her parish family, and a worldwide network of family and friends, all of whom will miss Roberta's intrepid and vivacious spirit. A Memorial Eucharist will be held for her at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Carmichael, on Saturday, October 6, at 1:30 PM (interment will be private). Roberta invited donations be made to St. Michael's Church, Loaves and Fishes, or Planned Parenthood.

10-07-2007, 08:58 PM
Rick Dale "Ike" Miller

MILLER, Rick Dale ''Ike''
Born in Paradise, Calif., on April 23, 1962, he departed to Paradise with His Lord on September 30, 2007. Rick "Ike" Dale Miller is survived by his grandmother Doris Crawford; mother Kay Jennings; father Jim Jennings; brothers Gregg Miller and Joel Schaben; daughter Shauna LeAnne Dinnell and her husband Jeremiah, and son Justin Beau Miller. Ike fought the battle by Faith with Lou Gehrig's disease for close to ten years. Ike led a victorious life, he ran the race nobly living and loving everywhere he went. Ike will truly be missed. The celebration of Ike's life will be held on October 9 at 2:00 PM at Family Christian Center, located at 6521 Hazel Ave., Orangevale, Calif.

10-07-2007, 09:00 PM
Helen Dayton
Helen Dayton, age 63 of Bellingham, died at home June 25, 2007 from ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 13 at 10:00 am at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Bellingham. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ALS Association Evergreen Chapter, 19110 66th Avenue S., #G-101, Kent, WA 98032.
Published in the Bellingham Herald on 10/7/2007.

10-10-2007, 11:48 AM

Jesse Ward Williams passed away in his home on Monday, Oct. 8, 2007, at the age of 83.
During the last years of his life, Jesse suffered from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as "Lou Gehrig's disease."
Although ultimately succumbing to the fatal disease, Jesse never surrendered his dignity and maintained every ounce of independence possible right up until his final moments. Jesse is survived by his wife of 49 years, Louella (Draper) Williams.
Jess and Lou married in February of 1958, and settled in North Tonawanda, N.Y. Together they had five children, Mary Lee Tierney and David, Steven, Kevin and Peter Williams. Jesse is also survived by two children from a prior marriage, Adora Williams and Julee Bayless.
During their time in the Buffalo area, Jesse worked at the Bell Aircraft Corp. In 1971, he accepted a position with Industrial Nucleonics as a computer service engineer maintaining, servicing and repairing manufacturing systems. As such, he was assigned to work with the computers at the International Paper Mill in Ticonderoga. He moved the family to Ticonderoga, where they lived at the northern tip of Lake George in the Adirondack Mountains.
In 1976, Jesse accepted a position with AccuRay, where he continued his work as a computer service engineer. He worked with computers in various manufacturing facilities in the Capital District Area. He then moved the family to Saratoga Springs where all five children graduated from Saratoga Springs High School.
In 1989, Jesse retired from AccuRay and continued his work as a computer service engineer, as an independent contractor, until he was eighty. Jesse volunteered at the Veterans' Administration Hospital in Albany. He served veterans at the hospital for over sixteen years. Jesse and Louella also worked as volunteers for Meals on Wheels, where they delivered meals to the elderly and infirmed for over fifteen years. Jesse was a World War II veteran. He decided to join the United States Navy when he learned of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
He enlisted in December of his senior year of high school at the age of seventeen. He served on active duty with the United States Navy for over three years. He was an Aviation Mechanics Mate, and he reached the rank of Third Class Petty Officer. He was honorably discharged in 1946. Jesse was born in Schenectady, in 1924, to Elmer (a/k/a 'Sliver') and Nina Williams. When he was five weeks old, his family moved to Miami, Florida, and later moved to West Palm Beach, Florida. As a boy in Miami, Jesse developed a passion for sailing.
He learned to sail in the ocean waters off the Miami Coast. While living in North Tonawanda, he was a member of the Wilson Yacht club, where he and Lou sailed on Lake Ontario. He ultimately became the Commodore of the Wilson Yacht Club. When the family moved to Ticonderoga, he taught the children to sail on Lake George. Later in life, and while living in Saratoga Springs, he and Lou became members of the Mayfield Yacht Club, where they enjoyed sailing on the Great Sacandaga Lake. Although Jesse was raised in a Protestant household, Jesse attended Catholic mass each and every Sunday with his Catholic wife and children. In 2005, he converted to Catholicism.
He was a faithful parishioner at Saint Peter's church for over thirty-one years. He served on the parish council from 2004 until the time of his death. Jesse lived a long and full life. He thoroughly loved and appreciated his family, and his family thoroughly loved and appreciated him. Jesse is survived by his wife, Louella, seven children, 16 grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.
Relatives and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007 at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs (584-5373). A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m.
Friday in the Church of St. Peter, 241 Broadway, by the Rev. Dominic S. Ingemie, pastor. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga national Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville.
Memorials may be made to the ALS Center at 19 Warehouse Road, Albany, NY 12205, or to the Community Hospice of Saratoga at 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the following workers and volunteers at Hospice who helped Jesse and his family through this trying time, Carol, Debbie, Glenn, Sally, and especially Kelly.
Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome.com.

©The Saratogian 2007

10-10-2007, 07:28 PM
PHILLIPS, Robert Glen It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of Bob Phillips Jr. after an inspirational battle against ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). Bob passed away at his home in Port Alberni, on October 5th, 2007 at the young age of 36. Bob is predeceased by grandparents Cam and Irene Miller, grandmother Grace Phillips, brother-in-law Jason Lysne, cousin Scott Phillips and niece Abygail Gagnon. He leaves behind his wife Star, daughter Skye, parents Bob and Linda Phillips, brother Dean (Lisa) Phillips, sister Teresa (Yann) Gagnon, grandparents Richard and Sandra Phillips, parents-in-law Danny and Grace Lysne and brother-in-law David Lysne, nieces and nephews Brandon, Brittany, Jarod, Isaac and Irene as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Bob was born and lived his life here in the Alberni Valley. After graduation from ADSS in 1988 he worked at APD for many years. He left the mill and went on to become a journeyman electrician, receiving his official papers just days before receiving his diagnosis of ALS. Bob's life was made complete by his marriage to his soul mate Star Lysne in 2003, and by the birth of their daughter Skye in July 2004. Bob enjoyed nothing more that time with his friends and family, whether it was camping, boating, 4x4ing or just hanging out by the bonfire at home. He was always ready with a joke and a smile, and could easily make people feel comfortable. Wherever there was fun, there was Bob. His easy going, fun loving manner naturally drew people to him and he enjoyed the company of many friends. This did not change with his diagnosis of ALS in November, 2004. Bob was never one to sit on the sidelines, and Bob was determined to do all he could to bring awareness to this devastating disease. He was the "roller" in the ALS On-a-Roll wheelchair journey from Campbell River to Victoria for 2005 and 2006, and took every opportunity to get the disease into the media. Bob went on to form his own support network in the form of Friends United against ALS (FU-ALS) club and he adopted the motto "Live 4 Today". Truly words to live by. The disease may have taken his life, but it did not take his spirit, or any of the things that we all loved about Bob. He will be deeply missed by the many people whose lives he has affected, but he is at last free from the chains of ALS. Before passing, Bob requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to his daughter Skye's education fund at the Scotiabank. A Celebration of Bob's life will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, October 13, 2007 at the ADSS Auditorium, 4000 Burde St., Port Alberni, BC. Cremation has taken place. Chapel of Memories entrusted with arrangements. Phone 723-3633. 415915

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10-12-2007, 06:48 AM
Arizona school named after Havre native Steve Jasinski

(Created: Thursday, October 11, 2007 12:31 PM MDT)

Alan Sorensen Havre Daily News asorensen@havredailynews.com

Havre native Steve Jasinski left a big impression on every school he attended in Havre — St. Jude’s Elementary School, Havre Central Junior High, Havre High and Northern Montana College. His accomplishments can still be glimpsed in the trophy case at HHS. But it’s a quickly expanding small town in Arizona that has chosen to show its appreciation of Jasinski in the grandest fashion. Jasinski, who worked at Buckeye Elementary School for 15 years as a teacher, coach, vice principal, principal and administrator, was immortalized Friday in a ceremony dedicating the Steven R. Jasinski Elementary School in Buckeye. The 75,000 square foot school cost $10.5 million to build and is the sixth school in the Buckeye district, according to an article by staff writer Rebecca I. Allen in the West Valley View (Ariz.) Newspaper. Jasinski’s parents, Bill and Carol Jasinski, live in Billings now. They knew the school was being built, but were not notified of Friday’s dedication until Thursday and were unable to attend. “ I figure that it’s an extreme honor to have a building or school named after you,” Bill Jasinski said. “Steve’s wife (Laurel) was there at the dedication. It’s a brand new school.” He said he thought it was appropriate that Steve should make his mark in a town similar in size to Havre. “Considering that Steve comes from a small town to another kind of a small town, it is really an honor,” Bill Jasinski said. “They were grooming him for a superintendent’s job when he passed away.” Jasinski was 45 when he died in his Phoenix home of Lou Gehrig’s disease on Feb. 4, 2002. Montana native Corey Christiaens is principal at Jasinski Elementary School and had worked with Jasinski for about five years. “I’ve been here in Arizona for about 10 years” Christiaens said in a telephone interview Wednesday. “When I first moved here, he worked in the main campus. At that time, we only had one school in the district. Now it has seven. The district had about 600 or 700 students when I got here, no more than 800 students in the school, and now we’re at 5,000 and something; we’re almost at the 6,000 mark.” Christiaens said he hired on as a math teacher but later switched to become a technology instructor and worked directly under Jasinski. “He oversaw the tech department,” Christiaens said. “Before that, he had been the principal.” Jasinski had been a vital part of the Buckeye community, having served as president of the Lions Club and belonging to the Buckeye Rotary Club. He developed a program called PRIDE, that recognized students for good behavior and set up student assistance programs. In 2000, he was named the Citizen of the Year by the Buckeye Chamber of Commerce. After his death, the district named the Junior National Honor Society after him. And, of course, he could be found at most of the afterschool programs for the students. “I think he was just so well-known in the community and had so many friends and so many people knew him the community, … and because of his service and commitment to the district.” Christiaens said about naming the building after Jasinski. “It was such a sudden death. … “He had a lot of family in the district; it was such a small school,” he added said. “When the old school tore down the old gym and replaced the gym, they thought about naming the gym after him, but it had already been named.” He said area leaders never discarded the idea of naming something after Jasinski and jumped at the idea when the new school was proposed. Last Friday’s dedication drew a broad spectrum of people from throughout the community, including his widow, the former Laurel Leonard of Havre. “It was a surprise to me; they decided to name the school after him” she said, adding that the ceremony was elaborate. “The band played a song and they had an opening prayer, closing prayer, cutting of the ribbon, national anthem, slide show,” she said. “When he got sick, they made a book for him and (the slide show was) the pictures in the book, everybody he worked with.” Christiaens said the dedication drew “quite a turnout.” “I would say we probably had between 200 and 300 people,”Christiaens said. “The mayor came, several council members, the superintendent, the principals in all the schools. “One thing I thought that was really impressive, this school is the first in the district that is cutting-edge technology. Every classroom has ceiling mounted projectors, document cameras and then a speaker sound system with multimedia capabilities. The teachers’ computers, everything is connected to a computer. It’s a very visual, kinesthetic technology for the students. “Because of his lead in the technology area, it’s kind of a legacy that was carried on. I think it will become the standard for all the schools, that each of the schools will be equipped like this. It’s kind of cool that it ties in with the job and service that he had done with the district.” Older brothers Larry and Len live in the Phoenix area and had a lot of contact with Steve over the years. “He was very involved in the program out there,” Larry Jasinski said. “A lot of times he would leave at four in the morning and not get back until after midnight. “At his memorial service, there were a lot of students who said if it wasn’t for Steve I’d be dead now, wouldn’t have finished school, wouldn’t have gone on to college. He was well-liked by his peers, I know that.” Bill Jasinski agreed. “Carol and I have visited with people a couple of times when were down there,” he said, “and yes, with the important people, he made an impression.” A 1974 graduate of Havre High, Jasinski is remembered as an outstanding athlete and student. “He was the state MVP in AA basketball his junior year at the tournament in Missoula,” his classmate Tim Ranes said. “He hurt his knee in football his senior year. He kind of drug his leg around in basketball and he was still real good.” Daryl Anez was a senior when Jasinski was a sophomore and would give Jasinski a ride home after practice. Though not a close friend, he got to know Jasinski even better when Jasinski returned to Havre after the military and went to work at Coca Cola in the early ’80s. “He had scholarships lined up for basketball and hurt his knee and was very bitter that sports chewed you up and I talked with him about it,” Anez said. “He could have played anywhere, he was really good.” He wasn’t surprised that Jasinski should carve out a distinguished career, saying that Steve’s confidence and aggressiveness on the basketball court was a trait he carried in everything he did. Ranes recalls that besides being a basketball star and standout quarterback in football and, Jasinski was an outstanding high jumper, long jumper and triple jumper on the track and field team. Dave Krezelak was a year behind Jasinski in school, but was one of his best friends and also a track and football teammate. “He was fun,” Krezelak said. “He was smart as a whip.” Krezelak, now a captain with the Havre Fire Department, was a bruising fullback for the Ponies and school record holder in the shot put. He has a vivid memory of the play that put an end Jasinski’s athletic scholarship hopes. “He broke a run and he was all the way down the field by himself and a kid from Bozeman caught him from behind,” Krezelak said. “That’s when he tore his knee out.” Jasinski’s younger sisters Julie Myers of Billings and Patti Barton of Havre, eight years and seven years younger, respectively, remember him fondly. “He was just this a really protective older brother, and very involved in sports,” Myers said. “Then he went into the service right after he graduated from high school.” After the military, Jasinski returned to Havre to attend NMC. “He and I went to college together, actually,” Myers said. “We actually had one class together, it was an accounting class. Right after he graduated from Northern, he heard that Arizona had the right to work and they had a huge teacher convention thing that you could just walk on and he went to that and got hired on, started as a first-year teacher.” Jasinski subsequently earned his master’s degree at Arizona State University, she said, and went into administrative work. “They absolutely adored Steve,” she added. “His goal, I know, was to go into superintendent of the school, but he never made it.” Barton said Steve had an impact on all three of her sons. She and her husband named one of their sons, Steven Robert, after her brother, and Jasinski was their son Matthew’s godfather. She sent videos of her son Michael’s Blue Pony basketball games to Steve to critique. Their daughter, Danielle, is now studying education at Northern. “I told my daughter that she should go do her student teaching at Jasinski,” Barton said. Barton said Jasinski sent every member of the family a letter shortly before his death. In that letter, he credited her softball team in Havre with peaking his interest in coaching. “I was playing on a softball team and our coach couldn’t make it.” she said. “And I called Steve and asked if he could do it. In that letter, he told me that after coaching me he had decided to be a coach.” Younger sister Barb Ruff of Plains said she didn’t get to see him often, but exchanged e-mails every day, usually more than once, the last couple of years before he died. “I’m very proud that it got to happen because he always worked so hard to accomplish things and he was always proud of his students and the staff,” said Ruff, who was five years younger than Steve. “Those were some of his proud times, working at Buckeye School was very important to him.” Dan Jasinski, four years Steve’s junior, remembers listening to his older brother play AA basketball and football on the radio and keeping his stats during away games. Dan went into the Air Force right out of high school and was station at Williams Air Force Base in Arizona when Steve got the job at Buckeye. They reconnected and spent some time together before Dan was assigned to a station in Japan. Dan eventually ended up at Edwards Air Force Base in California just after Steve was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease and was able to spend time with him before his death. Dan was unable to get off work to attend the dedication but is planning an elk hunting trip with a friend in Arizona in the near future. “I’m going to try to stop by the school and get a T-shirt or something,” he said. Jasinski’s other older son, Len Jasinski, is a doctor in Peoria, Ariz.


10-12-2007, 06:51 AM
MEGLINO-Mary J. Passed away on October 10, 2007. Beloved daughter of Antonio Meglino & Pasqualina (nee Lava). Dear sister of Jerry Meglino and the late Nicholas, James, Gus & John. Beloved fiance of Arthur J. Kelly. Dear aunt of Patricia, James & Dan Meglino. Also, aunt of Paula Schultz & David Meglino of Dallas, Texas. Reposing at the JAMES ROMANELLI-STEPHEN FUNERAL HOME, 89-01 Rockaway Blvd., Ozone Park until Sat., 8:15 AM. Mass of the Resurrection at St. Jude R. C. Church 9:45 AM. Interment St. John's Cemetery. Chapel hours Fri., 2-5 & 7-9 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations to ALS (Lou Gehrig Disease).

10-12-2007, 01:19 PM

Pappy Jr Staup

Hello! I'm Rusty Staup and I am writing to inform you that my father PapJr passed away Thursday evening at 9:15 PM. He went quietly. He will be at Melenyzer's funeral home (1008 Furlong Ave. Roscoe PA. 15477) Sunday the 14th from 6 to 8 PM., Monday the 15th at 2 to 4 & 6 to 8. The funeral will be at the Roscoe Presbyterian Church at 11:00 AM on Tuesday the 16th.

About Me
If you go to http://www.freewebs.com/themonriver you will fine out more about me and my family.

10-13-2007, 09:04 PM

My beloved husband Andres passed away peacefully in our home surrounded by his loved ones. It was all very magical and beautiful. These are some words he left for us...



My Last wishes

Dear family and friends,

The inevitable has occurred: I died. Please don’t be alarmed since I’ve been wishing and expecting this most precious and important event for many months. Although my ALS “disease” was an amazing blessing and the best teacher I ever had, it was an extremely arduous and difficult process. So, I’m really happy to finally be able to rest and most joyful to go home to my true nature. Therefore, this is in fact a very happy time for me and, since you were an important part in my life and touched my heart, I hope you can join me with a little celebration and prayer from wherever you are.

Please go to a silent place where you can feel calm and relaxed and sit comfortably. Light a candle and breath deeply a few times. Try not to think too much, just look at the flame, notice your breath and feel your body. Now think of some meaningful or happy time we spent together and do whatever feels right: pray, sing, cry, laugh, curse, or just stare at the candle. Please don’t suppress any emotion, just allow your heart to do what it needs. When you feel more released, please consider this:

1) Death is the most natural thing in life; it’s not our end, only the closing of a cycle.
2) Life cannot exist without death (just contemplate about the food we eat).
3) The only sure thing in life is death (all forms sooner or later disintegrate).
4) However the time of death is unknown. It could happen today, next month, or in 50 years. But one day, whether you are prepared or not, you’ll have to let go of your body, your loved ones and friends, all your money and possessions, all titles and achievements, all theories and concepts, all expectations and desires.
5) Have you lived the life that your heart wants?
6) Are you satisfied with the way your life is so that if you were to die tomorrow you could welcome death without regrets or remorse?
7) What things would you change, what would you do to be able to die tomorrow and feel satisfied and at peace?
8) What would you do to feel fulfilled and joyful with your life?

- Would you get married or divorced?
- Have a baby or adopt one?
- Spend more time with your family and less at the office?
- Heal the wounds from childhood or from past relationships?
- Reconcile yourself with your parents or other loved ones?
- Move to the city or the countryside?
- Go back to school or change careers?
- Ask for forgiveness or for an apology?
- Quit your job and go traveling?
- Buy a house or start your own business?
- Learn a new language or to play the piano?
- Learn to cook or to dance?
- Write a book or that important letter?
- Quit smoking or drinking?
- Begin to exercise or start eating healthier food?

What is it that you've been wanting to do but never have the time, courage or money to materialize it? Are you waiting for retirement, a raise or more time to do it? Please don’t waste more time wishing or complaining. Take action! Just do it.

In a nutshell, this is my “discovery” of what life is all about:

We are here, in this amazing planet, to learn from our experiences in order to open our hearts and minds so that we can grow in love and consciousness. To flow in the grace of God and become a conscious channel of Her/His divine love. The best way to do this is to try to live each moment as plentiful and aware as we can, to accept what IS and learn from what life -the NOW- is teaching us. To recognize that we and all beings are part of the ONE SACRED LIFE, part of God. Our true nature is perfect and eternal, is love, is divine. When our body disintegrates and gets recycled back to Mother Earth, the only thing we keep is the consciousness we gained and the love we gave and received while alive. So please don’t wait until you’re diagnosed with a fatal disease to start living. Live your life to the fullest and enjoy it. We are all involved in the most incredible and miraculous cosmic game; don’t take things too seriously!

You might wonder how can I know that only the body dies but our formless nature, our spirit, is immortal if I wrote this before dying? Well, as I experienced the degradation of my body and despite loosing my capacity to use my hands, legs and mouth, I always felt that I was the same. The sense of I AM was the same as when I was 3 years old; the same when I was 8, 13, 19, 25, 30, 34. Regardless of my age, health, physical strength, looks, titles, wealth, or experiences my spirit (consciousness, awareness, or whatever it is) remained pretty much the same. Maybe, as I grew older, this consciousness only got a bit more aware of itself and its interconnectedness with the rest of the creation and mesmerized by this awesome divine dance of forms and energies. However, this presence was unaffected by the sickness and disintegration of my body. So I just know that my real self, the silent watcher, is timeless.

My job is over as Andres A. Buenfil Friedman. I don’t know what my next job will be or what form my spirit will take to continue its growth and unification with God. I leave this beautiful body that was loaned to me with a feeling of completion, peace and satisfaction. I am very grateful for the extraordinary life that was given to me and for the privilege of knowing and interacting with all of you. Thank you very much for touching my life and walking next to me along my path. I feel especially grateful to the marvelous Shambhalacalli community, The Garuda community and The Sacred Fire Community, to my dear brothers David and Jacinto, to my wonderful dad Alberto, and to my beloved and amazing wife Citlalli for all their help, support and love during the most difficult, yet enlightening years of my life.

My last three wishes are these:

First, that you can do the candle contemplation/meditation I described above in order to help us both with this transition with acceptance. To let go with peace and gratitude, to say aDios (to-God).

Second, that my death can remind you -deep inside- that one day you too will die and motivate you to take the necessary actions to live a more meaningful and fulfilling life.

And third, and most important, that you may find yourself, that you may find the peace and love of God. This is actually much easier than you think since it is already inside you wherever you go, whatever you do.

Thank you very much! With all my love and blessings,


Andres Antonio Buenfil Friedman (10/23/1971 - 10/04/07 )
Male, 35 years
Tepoztlan, Mexico

10-16-2007, 10:29 AM
Obituary: John A. Armstrong / Computer expert, former Bell Acres councilman
Oct. 28, 1928-Oct.11, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
By Elwin Green, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

John A. Armstrong, whose career paralleled the growth in the use of computers in business, died Thursday of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. He was 78 and lived in Bell Acres.

Born in Newark, N.J., Mr. Armstrong graduated from the University of Dubuque in Iowa with a degree in accounting. Shortly after graduating in 1951, he married Geraldine Wolfe, of Jersey City, N.J., and landed a job with Johnson & Johnson that took him back to the Garden State. But on his very first day with the company he was immediately given an assignment that went beyond simple accounting, said son Jay Armstrong of Leet -- namely, to see if the new calculating machines that were being invented then could be of any use to the company.

"They had no idea they could even use these things called computers in the business," the younger Mr. Armstrong said. "He was the first systems analyst for Johnson & Johnson."

While at Johnson & Johnson, he earned a master's degree in business from Rutgers University. From there he advanced to increasing levels of responsibility in a series of major corporations, including Scott Paper Co., General Dynamics and Xerox, until he moved to Pittsburgh in 1978 to become vice president of information technology for Consolidated Natural Gas, the predecessor to Dominion Peoples.

He took up the mantle of civic life by serving on the Bell Acres Borough Council from 1983 through 2001, where he distinguished himself as a "very dedicated, hardworking" councilman who "looked out for the interests of the general population of the borough," although being a Republican always made him a distinct minority, said neighbor and fellow councilman Larry Pryor.

"He loved to get into heated political debates at 2 a.m. in the Edgeworth Club," said his son.

Known for his sense of humor, Mr. Armstrong also enjoyed golfing, gardening and tennis.

In addition to his wife and son, he is survived by a second son, Scot of Medina, Ohio; and a daughter, Jennifer Hallett of Vienna, Va.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Presbyterian Church of Sewickley, followed by an open reception at the Edgeworth Club, 511 East Drive, Sewickley.

Memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Association, 100 W. Station Square Drive, #550, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.

First published on October 16, 2007 at 12:00 am
Elwin Green can be reached at egreen@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1969.

10-17-2007, 05:49 AM
Danville founder dies at 56
By Lea Blevins, STAFF WRITER
Article Last Updated: 10/17/2007 02:36:18 AM PDT

DANVILLE — John S. Wright, one of the founders of the Town of Danville when it incorporated in 1982, died Friday, Oct. 12, 2007.
Wright, 56, died due to complications of ALS, often referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

Born July 30, 1951, Wright grew up in Danville, where he always made his home. He was a graduate of Monte Vista High School.

He was appointed to the town's first Planning Commission in January 1983 and served for 10 years.

Kimberly Wright, his wife of 16 years, said he was "absolutely" proud of his service to Danville and maintained friendships with a number of town leaders.

Former Contra Costa County Supervisor Millie Greenberg joined Wright as an original member of the Danville Planning Commission.

"John was smart, articulate and spoke straight to the point," Greenberg said.

Town Councilman Newell Arnerich also described Wright as articulate and talked about his knowledge of land use issues. The original commission Wright served on helped create a number of town ordinances regarding open space and ridgeline preservation, Arnerich said.

"Making Danville a unique, wonderful small town was part of his vision, and he was willing to stand up for that," he said.

A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Wright was a successful real estate broker and developer for more than 30 years.

Town Manager Joe Calabrigo said he knew Wright for more than 20 years and worked with Wright's real estate

company as a consultant before acquiring a position with the town.
"He was always a person of the highest integrity and someone I considered a friend and a contemporary," Calabrigo said.

Outside of his professional life, Kimberly Wright described her husband as a modest family man, something agreed upon by friends and colleagues.

He coached CYO basketball for his daughter's team and helped his sons in various sports.

"He was a very humble and private man, and he was always willing to help others," Kimberly Wright said.

In his spare time, Wright enjoyed hunting and fly-fishing, typically in Redding. He loved to tinker with his two vintage Ferraris from the late 1960s.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, John Clayton, Casey Joseph, Samuel Thomas, Erin Marie and William Nelson; his siblings, Jim and Linda Wright; and his niece, Tricia.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Isidore Church, 440 La Gonda Way, Danville. The Wrights were members of the parish.

Donations may be made to the ALS Association online or mailed to 27001 Agoura Road, Suite 150, Calabasas Hills 91301.

Lea Blevins covers Danville, Alamo, Blackhawk and Diablo. Contact her at 925-847-2141 or


10-17-2007, 05:57 AM
Priest Remembered As Gentle, Kind
By MAGDALENE PEREZ | Courant Staff Writer
October 17, 2007

Friends and family Tuesday remembered the Rev. Dr. Chrysostom Maniudakis, who served about a decade as dean of St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Hartford, as a gentle man with overwhelming kindness.

Maniudakis died Oct. 14 at Richard Rosenthal Hospice in Stamford following a yearlong battle with Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 70.

"He was just a very sweet man," said Elaine Melonopoulos, his former secretary at St. George. "He tried to meet all the needs of his parishioners."

Maniudakis was born in Crete in 1937. He was ordained a Greek Orthodox priest in 1960, the year after marrying his wife, Vasilea. Together they moved to Buffalo, N.Y.

Throughout his life Maniudakis devoted himself to learning, according to an obituary prepared by the church. In 1970, he received a master's degree in education at Canisius College in Buffalo.

Four years later, he earned a doctorate of philosophy in educational administration from the University of New York in Buffalo.

And in 1988 he earned a doctorate in theology from the University of Thessalonika in Greece. Most recently he studied for a master's in gerontology at St. Joseph College in West Hartford.

He served at St. George in Hartford through 2004.

The priest faced illness with dignity and courage, his wife and friends said. Shortly before his death, a doctor called together staff and said Maniudakis' faith should serve as an example to others, his wife and a close friend said. He passed away just as he was receiving communion, they said.

"They could see the love in his face even to the end," said Angeliki Vardoulakis, a friend of Maniudakis who was present when he died.

A ceremony and vigil will take place at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Norwalk today at 5 p.m. He will be buried Thursday at St. John Cemetery, following a liturgy at 10:30 a.m.

Maniudakis is survived by his wife, his son Nicholas, and a brother and granddaughter.

10-17-2007, 06:32 PM
I knew Bruce and Susie 30 years ago.
Very sad to hear that Bruce has passed away.

10-19-2007, 05:37 PM
Timothy S. Schneider
October 19th, 2007

Timothy Scott Schneider, 59, died on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007, after a courageous four-year battle with Lou Gehrig's Disease. A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, The Episcopal Church of Our Saviour, located at 5147 Show Low Lake Road.
He was born in Milwaukee, Wis., on Jan. 30, 1948, to Marie and Dana Schneider.
Tim grew up in Oconomowoc, Wis., and sailed a Class C boat on Oconomowoc Lake with his brother, Dana.
He graduated from Oconomowoc High School in 1966 and from Arizona State University in Tempe in 1970 with a degree in agriculture.
After graduation, he owned and operated a farm in Hustisford, Wis., until he moved to Arizona, living first in Paradise Valley and then in Pinetop.
Tim was a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves.
Tim was known for his love of the outdoors. He enjoyed snowmobiling, skiing, hunting, boating, golf and four-wheeling.
He was the owner of a successful Pinetop, White Mountain Grading, and was a friend to everyone he met.
He will be remembered for his smile, his gracious personality, his willingness to help anyone who needed his help and for his ability to fix anything. His quick wit and his kindness will be missed.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Dana J. Schneider, on Feb. 11, 2007, and by his father, Dana J. Schneider Sr., on Feb. 27, 1979.
Survivors include his mother, Marie Schneider; his sister, Christie Kienast; eight nieces and nephews; and his beloved German shepherd, Heidi.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make contributions to the ALS Foundation for Research.
Owens Mortuary of Show Low was in charge of the arrangements.

Timothy S. Schneider

10-20-2007, 07:13 AM
Tommy Finnegan, former coach, dies at 65
Led Flaget, Moore basketball teams

The Courier-Journal

Tommy J. Finnegan, who led Flaget High School to the state basketball title in 1960 and coached Moore High School to three Sweet Sixteen appearances, died Thursday after a battle with Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 65.

Finnegan, known for his energy and love of athletics, continued to follow sports and attend Ascension Catholic Church through the course of his battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, which attacks the body's muscular systems.

"He enjoyed every day, and he loved sports," said his brother, Jack Finnegan. "We would still talk and argue about the games.

"He couldn't move a muscle at the end. His wife (Susan) took him around in a wheelchair and in the van everywhere. They didn't miss a day at church."

Finnegan played basketball for the University of Louisville and was a coach for 20 years at Flaget and Moore. He also was an assistant coach at Bellarmine and Indiana University Southeast.

He continued to assist at Shawnee and Seneca high schools after his retirement.

Rick Bozich wrote a column for The Courier-Journal in December that highlighted Finnegan's positive approach to ALS.

"My faith has always been strong, and it's only gotten stronger," Finnegan said in December. "I pray a lot. I read a lot of prayers. A lot. I can still talk. I can still breathe. I guess things aren't so bad. I still get excited about a lot of things."

Visitation will be 3-8 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday at Ratterman and Sons Funeral Home, 3800 Bardstown Road. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Ascension Catholic Church, 4600 Lynnbrook Drive, with burial in Calvary Cemetery.

In addition to his wife and brother, survivors include a daughter, Tess; his mother, Dorothy; and a sister, Mary Walker.

The family requests that memorial gifts be made to the ALS Association of Kentucky, 2375 Fortune Drive., Lexington, KY, 40509 or Hospice and Palliative Care of Louisville, 3532 Ephraim McDowell Drive, Louisville, KY, 40205.

10-20-2007, 01:50 PM
Hope, Jane Lenora*

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. - Jane Lenora (Attaway) Hope went to her heavenly home on October 17, 2007, after an eighteen month battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's Disease). Jane was born in Augusta, GA on December 26, 1936 to Robert Fitz and Geneva Deere Attaway. She attended Mt. St. Joseph Academy in Augusta from Kindergarten through 12th grade and then attended St. Joseph's Infirmary School of Nursing in Atlanta, GA graduating in 1957. Jane joined Fred H. Hope in marriage June 14, 1958 in Augusta, GA. She was preceded in death by her parents and her son Michael Lee Hope on July 16, 2007. Jane is survived by her husband of 49 years, Fred; daughter, Sharon (Harold) Smith, Bonner Springs, KS; daughter-in-law, Peggy Hope, St Louis, MO.; brother, Robert T. (Ann) Attaway, Augusta, GA; grandchildren, Ashley, Mark (Rachelle), and Robert Smith and Michael, Brandon , Samuel, and Mollie Hope and great-grandson, Logan Smith. The family will receive friends from 1:30 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. on October 21, 2007 at the Davis Funeral Chapel 531 Shawnee St., Leavenworth, KS 66048. A memorial service will follow at 3:00 P.M. Private inurnment service for the family will be at a later time. The Family requests memorial contributions be made to the ALS Association or Shriner's Children's Hospital in care of Davis Funeral Chapel. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com
Published in The Augusta Chronicle on 10/19/2007.

10-20-2007, 01:53 PM

Patricia Jane Young Erwin died at her home on October 16, 2007, from complications of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. She will be remembered for her devotion to her family and friends and for her many acts of kindness, charity and sense of humor. Laughter came easy for her and those around her and not a day passed without her performing a kind act for another person. Pat was born on July 18, 1924 in Chicago, IL to Dr. Charles E. Young and Renew Elizabeth (Minshall) Young. In 1930 the family moved to Hartford, MI where Pat lived until her 1943 graduation from Hartford High School. A graduate of Argubright Business College of Battle Creek, MI, she worked for Clarage Fan Company in Kalamazoo, MO during WWII. At her parents' home in Hartford, MI on April 15, 1946, she married her high school sweetheart and returning Marine John Winton Erwin of Keeler, MI. They resided at Houghton, MI while John completed his Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics from Michigan Technological University in 1949. After graduation, they moved to Golden, CO where John earned a Masters in Geophysics from the Colorado School of Mines. With two small sons, they moved back to Michigan where John worked for Dow Chemical in Midland. In 1954, after adding another son and a new daughter to the family, they drove across the country to Salt Lake City with the three little boys in the backseat of the car and their new baby sister along for the ride in a laundry basket. A fifth child joined the family and in 1964, they moved further west to Reno with their children when John became Professor of Geophysics at the University of Nevada, Reno. He was also affiliated with the Nevada Bureau of Mines. Pat was proud of her service as a member of the inaugural staff of Hug High School when it opened in 1968. As administrators of the school library, Pat and her late friend Sally Bonham guided a generation of students. Pat retired from the Washoe County School District in 1985. John retired from UNR in 1986. Pat and John spent many years traveling to all of the states but Hawaii while visiting relatives, searching through courthouse records for genealogical information, and attending the graduations and weddings of their grandchildren. In Salt Lake City, Pat was active with Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Holladay Community Church and clerked at the University of Utah Law Library. In Reno, Pat worked at the UNR Agriculture Library before joining the staff at Hug High School. She was a Life member in the Benevolence Chapter #265 OES, Lawrence, MI., of the Van Buren County Historical Society, Hartford, MI., and of the Van Buren Regional Genealogical Society, Decatur, MI. She was a member of St. John's Presbyterian Church and First Congregational Church in Reno, National Federation of Republican Women, Nevada Federation of Republican Women, 20th Century Club, First Families of Morrow Co, Ohio, a former member of Morrow County Historical Society, Ohio, the Nevada State Genealogy Society, Nevada Sagebrush Chapter of the NSDAR, the Thomas Holcomb Chapter of the National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century, the Sons & Daughters of the Pilgrims, The John Howland, William Brewster Societies & Nevada Branch of The General Society of the Mayflower Descendants. Pat was descended from four Mayflower families and recently became a member of the Jamestown Society. Pat is loved and survived by her husband of 61 years, John Winton Erwin and their children, James Winton Erwin of Reno and his children, Jeffrey Winton (Dawn) Erwin, Patrick James (Nikki) Erwin with great-grandson Hunter James; Camille Alexandra Erwin and Elizabeth Nicole (Brian W.) Johansen, of Nampa, ID with great-grandchildren Makayla Nicole; Trenton William and Tate Winton Johansen; son, Thomas Patric and (Molly Spencer) Erwin and his son, Philip Robert Erwin of Las Vegas, NV and Molly's children, Paul Kerschen of Berkeley, CA and Ann Kerschen, Tucson, AZ; son, John Alexander (Sheryl “Sherri“ McConnell) Erwin of Sparks and their children, Rebecca Ann (Jesse) Adams with great-grandson Aidan James, Marie Alice (Shawn D.) Lear and great-grandson Jordan Nathan Lear, Scott Andrew Erwin of San Clemente, CA and Kathryn Alise Erwin of Reno; daughter, Susan Marie Erwin (Brian Joseph) Buckley, and their children, Anne Elizabeth, Katherine Mary, and John Michael Buckley of Las Vegas, NV; and, daughter, Debra Ann Erwin (Pete L.) Padgett, of Reno, NV and their children, Melissa Ann Padgett of San Diego, CA and David Christopher Padgett of Louisville, KY. She very much loved her former daughters-in-law, Cheryl L. Ehrke of Reno, NV and Michelle F. Hall of Nampa, ID and her dear friend and “other daughter" Stephanie Hughes of Kauai, HI. Pat and her family are very grateful to all of her caregivers from Homewatch, Circle of Life Hospice, and The Seasons for their loving care and friendships. In lieu of flowers, please send a gift to ALS of Nevada, 6370 W. Flamingo #3, Las Vegas, NV 89103 or to the Reno Family History Center, 1075 Maplewood Drive, Reno, NV 89509 in the name of the Nevada Sagebrush Chapter, NSDAR, Reno, NV. A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 20, 2007 at 3:30 p.m. at Mountain View Mortuary, 425 Stoker Ave., Reno, NV. Internment at Mountain View Cemetery will be private. “Mothers and Grandmothers hold our tiny hands for just a little while, but our hearts forever"

10-20-2007, 01:57 PM
Rarey, Donald R.

Donald R. Rarey 2/8/1931 to 10/15/2007 After a courageous 11-month battle with Lou Gehrig's Disease, Don passed away on October 15 at home. He was surrounded by his wife Bev, stepchildren Teri and Bernie, and Dr. David Kennel, his wife Peggy, and their daughter Kristen. Don was born in Tillamook, Oregon, He attended Tillamook High School, where he was captain of the basketball team and Student Body President. He graduated from Oregon State University and began his teaching career in Orting in 1954. He joined the Clover Park District in 1959, where he taught and coached at Mann Junior High. He helped open Lakes High School in 1962 and remained there, teaching, coaching, and, eventually, head of the counseling department until his retirement in 1992. He loved going to school every day and working with students! After retirement, Don enjoyed playing the stock market on his computer, traveling to see the Mariners at spring training, exercising every day, doing yard work, and playing bridge. Don was preceded in death by his parents Russell and Charollotte Rarey, twin brothers who died at birth, and daughter Janet Rarey. He is survived by his wife Bev, brother David Rarey of Bothell, daughters Dyan Simmons, Judy Gilmore (Scott)Eand son Scott Rarey (Patti), all of Arizona, stepdaughter Teri Kindsfather and stepson Bernie Williamson (Kendra) of Spanaway, grandchildren Gavin and Jocelyn of Arizona, and Cody, Tayler, Baylie and Brooks of Spanaway. He was a kind and gentle man who loved his family unconditionally and was a loyal friend to many. Funeral services will be at Fir Lane Funeral Home in Spanaway on Saturday, October 20, 2007 at 10am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Retired Women in Education, 719 N. 3rd St., Apt 201, Tacoma, WA 98403, or a charity of your choice.

Published in the News Tribune (Tacoma) on 10/18/2007