These courageous and inspirational metavivors have passed away from metastatic breast cancer, but the stories of their lives live here in celebration of the joy and love they brought to everyone around them.
As a child she lived in Las Vegas, but spent her summers in her beloved Bryce Canyon area, which is still her favorite place to be. She graduated from Rancho High School and later in life graduated from UVCC (UVU) with an associates in accounting. She worked, for a time, at Signetics in Orem and retired from Burrelles/Luce as a supervisor. She made many friends while at both places.
LaVonda was so good at taking care of others, especially her family. Her kids and grandkids are so grateful to have had such a cool, open-minded mother and grandmother. She raised her children in Orem and Provo but has lived in Provo for the last 15 years.
She is preceded in death by her parents, a sister Corrine Sloan and one grandson Kiefer Sandoval.
LaVonda is survived by her husband, Gordon Birrell, her four children and two step-daughters: John W. Coley Jr. (Becki), Alyson Holdaway (Paul), William Birrell, Aric Birrell, Kimberly Sandoval (Duane Peterson) and Tracie Birrell. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 1 great grand child, her brother and sister Gordon (Mary) Smith, Shaunna (Frank) Mitchell and many well loved nieces and nephews.
A celebration of LaVonda's life will be held at Mt. Timpanogos Park, Tuesday May 7th, 4-8 pm with an informal ceremony to begin at 5pm.
The family would like to thank Central Utah Medical Clinic in Provo and the IHC hospice team for the great care she received during her cancer treatment.
In Lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to Metavivor, one of the very few places that funds metastatic breast cancer research. To express condolences visit www.LegacyFunerals.com
Gretchen Williamson Carlquist
Gretchen was born on July 22, 1945 in Lawton, OK while her father, Elmer Carlquist, was stationed at Fort Sill Army Base. Her childhood was spent in Illinois and New Jersey. In 1963, she graduated from Palatine High School in Illinois. Gretchen is the middle of three sisters with whom she attended Purdue University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1967. After college, Gretchen moved to Washington, D.C. She reconnected with high school friend, Charlie Hunter of Chatham, New Jersey, who became her husband for 28 years. They had three children; Krista, Chip and Torrey. Gretchen was a devoted wife and mother, and found joy in raising her children.
She was very active in The Junior League and Calvary United Methodist Church. After her divorce in 2000, Gretchen began working as an administrative assistant and advanced to become a Financial Analyst for a contractor at NSA.
Some of Gretchen's fondest memories were from her grandparents' farm in Montmorenci, Indiana. She was extremely proud of her father's Swedish heritage and her home. She was a woman of great class, grace and strength. She had a radiant smile, sparkling eyes and a warm heart that would light up any room.
She was preceded in death by her father, Elmer Carlquist; and mother, Marjorie Carlquist. She is survived by daughters, Krista Hunter of Wellington, FL and Torrey Hunter of Anchorage, AK; son, Chip Hunter of Park City, UT; and sisters, Victoria Carlquist of Bethel, CT and Marsha Strooband of Portland, OR.
A service will be held at Calvary United Methodist Church, 301 Rowe Boulevard, Annapolis on Friday, November 16 at 1pm followed by a reception. Her children ask for bright colors to be worn to celebrate their mother's vibrant spirit. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gretchen's honor to CaringBridge, or donate to METAvivor below.
Marsha R. Coleman
COLEMAN, Marsha R., age 51, of Plymouth, passed away Tuesday, June 18 surrounded by her family and Daisy. She will be deeply missed by her daughters, Jillian Coleman, Melissa (Jake) Huber, Megan Coleman; their father, Jerry Coleman; sister, Kristine (William) Armstrong; parents, Robert & Eileen Weber; many relatives and good friends. Celebration of Life 12 (noon) Sunday, June 23 at The Heathers Assisted Living, 3000 Douglas Drive, Crystal (763-544-6777). In lieu of flowers, family will accept donations of children’s books for Read Indeed to honor her love of books and children, or contributions toward a memorial bench at French Park in honor of her family times there.
Cecilia "Cece" Curry
Cecilia was born in New York, but spent most of her life living in Maryland and Virginia. She is a graduate of Frostburg State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts/ concentration in Graphic Design. She has won several awards in art and design competitions.
After becoming a graphic designer, she trained to become CIW Certified in web design. She had a passion for the arts and enjoyed other creative outlets as well such as painting, writing, and dance.
Cecilia also had undergraduate credits in Theological Studies at Capital Bible Seminary. She was very involved in her church, and always volunteered her time and services by helping in any and all capacities. Cece was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2008.
Barbara Jean (BJ) Zeller Discenza
In 1969, she became an outspoken pioneer, leader and advocate for natural child birth and breast feeding. BJ was also a key member of the charter group that established a volunteer ambulance core in Exton, PA and became a Certified EMT and active member of on-call crews. She joined Long & Foster in Severna Park as a real estate agent in 1999 and was a member of the National, State (MD and VA) and Anne Arundel Association of Realtors®, Women’s Council of Realtors, Distinguished Sales Associates and Council of Residential Specialist as well as a member of Red Hat Society, South River Landing Homeowner’s Association and New Annapolitans. She held many elected and appointed offices in all of these organizations. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Davidsonville and enjoyed visiting historic places, cruising, playing the slots, reading and cooking. Most of all, she enjoyed helping people, both through her volunteer work and by reaching out personally to people she saw in need. She was a fifteen year resident of Edgewater, MD and formerly lived in Ann Arbor, MI; Richland, WA; Charlottesville, VA; Ormond Beach, FL; and Exton, PA.
She is survived by her beloved family, husband of 45 years, Walter Discenza; a daughter, Kristin Irving and her husband Mathew of Moseley, VA; a brother, Paul Zeller of Edgewater, MD; a sister Diane Zeller of South Burlington, VT and a grandson, Arlo Todd Irving of Moseley, VA.
Visitors are encouraged to wear their boldest and brightest colors as well as bring pictures or memorabilia to share with others to BJ’s Life Celebration on Wednesday, September 19th from 2:00 to 4:00pm and from 6:00 to 8:00pm, and also on Thursday, September 20th for her memorial service beginning at 11:00am at the George P. Kalas Funeral Home, 2973 Solomons Island Rd., Edgewater, MD. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made by mail to METAvivor Research and Support, 1783 Forest Dr., #184, Annapolis, MD 21401 or by clicking below to make a Paypal donation. An online guestbook is available at: www.kalasfuneralhomes.com.
Ellen Elizabeth Eckert
She was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1949 to Alice (Winter) Sands, a renowned Cleveland artist, and Leonard Sands (both deceased). She was raised and lived in Shaker Heights until, in the mid-1980s, she moved to Maryland with her husband, Kevin, to raise her family. After working as a graphic designer for The Cleveland Clinic Foundation and several large companies including Booz Allen and Hamilton, she earned a Master's in Publication Design from the University of Baltimore in 1997, noting she was "a jack of all trades and a masters in one." A fantastic artist, keen witted raconteur, loving and loyal friend, dedicated animal lover, expert knitter, passionate environmentalist, progressive thinker, and steadfast vegan, she mostly enjoyed spending time with her wonderful family near the water or in the mountains. Ellen was proudest of her two sons, John and Sam. They, and Kevin, were unquestionably the light of her life. She will be greatly missed by her family, a host of many devoted friends and her beloved Westies, Josephine and Finnegan.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Johns Hopkins, and in particular Roisin Connelly, MD, for tireless dedication, innovation and care. A memorial service (2:00-4:00 PM visitation; 4:00-5:00 PM service) is planned for February 16, 2013 at the Blue Heron Center, Quiet Waters Park, Annapolis, MD. A memorial service will also be held in Cleveland during the summer, details to be announced.
Lynelle F. Edgemon
Lynelle began her teaching career in 1969 in Indiana. Over the years, she also taught in Georgia, Virginia, North Carolina and Florida. In her career, she was blessed with many good friends. From 1996 until her retirement in 2012, Lynelle taught in the gifted program at Deer Park Elementary in New Port Richey. During this time, she received the school’s Teacher of the Year award and co-coached an Odyssey of the Mind Team that won the World Competition. Lynelle loved children and loved teaching; her greatest legacy will be the positive influence she has had on the lives of her students; who will, through their lives, perpetuate the celebration of her life.
Lynelle battled HER2 positive metastatic breast cancer for twelve years. She had great doctors, compassionate medical staff, and a host of friends and family who supported her without reservation. She fought off cancer so that she could participate in both of her daughters’ weddings, the birth of her three grandsons, and her last family Christmas in 2012. Her family and friends will sorely miss her love of life and compassion for others.
Memorial services celebrating Lynelle’s life will be held on Saturday, January 12, 2013, at Trinity Presbyterian Church of Seven Springs, 4651 Little Road, New Port Richey, FL.
Cynthia D. Eskwith
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Helen A. Kane
She was the beloved daughter of Audrey and the late Nassau County Police Commissioner, Donald F. Kane. She was also the loving sister of Stephen (Anna) and Michael (Kristin), and devoted aunt of Ethan, Ryan, and Brendan. Reposing was held at the Beaney Funeral Home, 79 Berry Hill Road Syosset, NY 11791 on Wednesday 7-9 PM and on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 PM. Funeral Mass Friday 9:45 AM at St. Edward the Confessor R.C. Church, Syosset. Interment at Locust Valley Cemetery. In lieu of Flowers, donations to Metavivor would be appreciated.
She was a graduate of Rutgers University School of Nursing and worked as an ER and Trauma nurse at UMDNJ, Newark, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, Southern Ocean Medical Center, Manahawkin, Atlantic City Medical Center and Cedar Sinai Medical Center, L.A. In addition she was a veteran of "Desert Storm" where she served as a flight nurse transporting the wounded from the field. She was a caring nurse and an Angel of Mercy for all the men and women who served our country so proudly.
Visitation will be Friday, February 10th from 9:30-11:15AM at Thos. L. Shinn FH, 10 Hilliard Drive, Manahawkin with a funeral Mass at 11:45AM at St. Mary of the Pines RC church in Manahawkin. Burial will follow at NJ Veterans Cemetery, Arneytown. In lieu of flowers, a trust fund has been established for Joseph and Samantha. Please send donations to the trust fund for her children c/o V T Hirsch Associates, 100 Matawan Road, Suite 170, Matawan, N.J. or, to the METAvivor Research & Support Organization, 1783 Forest Dr., #184, Annapolis MD.
Paula was a freelance photographer and photojournalist since 1985, and in recent years became a successful producer of multi-media work. She regularly focused on women's issues throughout her career. You can see most of her work in her website at www.lernerphoto.com.
Paula made 5 trips to Afghanistan on her own and as a volunteer for the Business Council for Peace (BPeace). She won on an Emmy in 2010 for her work “Behind the Veil,” a groundbreaking, in-depth multimedia feature about the lives of women in Kandahar, Afghanistan (www.tiny.cc/paula-emmy). She co-authored the book Why We Walk: The Inspirational Journey Toward a Cure for Breast Cancer. Ironically, she was diagnosed with breast cancer while she was still working on the book.
She grew up in Hudson, Ohio and was a graduate of Harvard University, where she met her husband Thomas.
There will be a memorial service on Friday, March 9th at 10 am at Beth El Temple Center, 2 Concord Avenue, Belmont, MA 02478. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to BPeace at www.bpeace.org or on this site, Metavivor, below.
Jane graduated from Dundalk High School in 1971 and Catonsville Community College in 1973. Various careers include TWA, customer service; AACS, Administrator; Homestead Gardens, Nursery; MD Dept of Health, Administrative Assistant. A longtime resident of Severna Park, she loved being outdoors. She treasured gardening and was an active part of various local Garden Clubs. She was an avid cyclist who rode with the Severna Park Peloton. Jane was a member of Severna Park Evangelical Presbyterian Church. She was an inspiration to everyone who knew her and was a passionate Christian. Jane is survived by her loving husband James, her son Daniel, her daughter Elizabeth, her brother George Doxzen II of Dagsborough, DE, and her sister Tony Hayden of Norfolk, UK. Jane was a Board Member and Director of Support for METAvivor, a metastatic breast cancer research and support organization. Rather than sending flowers, Jane would appreciate donations be made to METAvivor.
Cindy Ohlson Manalang
Cindy didn't need a bucket list, because she found joy at every stage of her life. She was an AFS exchange student during high school in Marquina, Spain; she traveled Europe by train and lived in London after graduating from the University of California at Berkeley; then lived in Boston for 5 years. She worked at PeopleSoft, where she met the wonderful man who would become her husband – Rich Manalang – and they traveled through Europe for 6 weeks before marrying in 2002. Three years later, they had Colin and Luke. Cindy was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2006, but lost none of her zest for life – even a few years ago, she still seemed like the happiest, healthiest person in the room. She approached a life with cancer with characteristic humor and grit – she called the UCSF Cancer Center "Cheers" because "everybody knows my name" – and raised nearly $30,000 for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. She continued to keep her heart light and put it where it mattered. She is survived by her husband and sons, parents David and Betty Ohlson of Moraga, brother Tom Ohlson and nephews Tyler and Lars of Orinda, and brother Michael Ohlson, sister-in-law Sharon, and nephews Jarryd, Spencer, and Derek of San Francisco. Many people loved her, and all were touched by her fearlessness and grace. Donations welcome at METAvivor, UCSF Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center, and Breast Cancer Action. See more about Cindy here
Stephanie Jean Maltby
Stephanie Maltby was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in November 2009. She is survived by her husband and two children, and many loving extended family. Stephanie was the creator of the Stage 4 Traveling Pants, which have circled the globe bringing comfort to young women with metastatic breast cancer.
Debora Marcus Mandelbaum
Debby was beloved by all who met her -- maintaining friendships from her youth in Fair Lawn, NJ, to Dickinson College in Carlisle PA, and her years earning her master's at Adelphi U. on Long Island, to all the groups to which she belonged in Ridgefield. Throughout her life Debby served as a role model for her peers, her children, and her clients. Debby was the founder of the Ridgefield Earth Alliance and launched the town's first-ever, now-annual Earth Day celebration. She co-founded the Ridgefield Open Space Association, working successfully to save hundreds of acres of wilderness, known as Bennett's Pond. She served as a professional member of the town's Crisis Team and was a proud member of the American Association of University Women (AAUW).
Leading by example, she also shared her morals and values by breeding future environmental leaders through her Earth Keepers group at the local elementary school. Debby enjoyed gardening, walking her dog in the woods, cooking special meals, birding, traveling, harmonizing, reading, and watching the news and comedy-news shows. She also enjoyed playing Scrabble and discussing music, food, art, human rights and politics. Debby is survived by her husband Michael and two children, Jamie and Philip as well as her sister Susan, her brother Jeff and her father Louis. Debby requested that, in lieu of flowers or gifts, friends and family consider making donations -- in her name -- to METAvivor."
Leslie A. Taylor Mong
Leslie worked for 20 years as the Art Director, go-to person, and heart and soul of the Pennysaver magazine, instrumental in building it up from its modest beginnings in a two-room house near Parole to the time when multiple Pennysaver titles spread from Annapolis to Crownsville to the Eastern Shore, a multimillion-dollar industry.Managing a staff of some 125 employees, she was considered to be someone who could do anything. "She was a force," says Colleen McLachlan, using a word said repeatedly about Leslie. McLachlan hired her in 1981, and says that by 1984 Leslie was running the show. "She made that company, built it up to what it was," she says, attesting as quickly to Leslie's glowing good nature: "When she had ideas, she wouldn't be competitive. She was a team person. Everybody was included." At that time Leslie was named a TWIN Businesswoman of the Year, nominated by the Pennysaver.
In December of 1995 she was married to Bryan Mong, with whom she had a daughter, Grace, now 13 and a student at Severn School. Leslie resumed work in 2003 when, unsurprisingly, temporary work at the Annapolis Boat Show morphed into a part time and then a full time job at the Waterway Guide. Her employers, Jack and Craig Dozier, were exceptionally supportive during her ensuing illness.
Born in 1958 in Westchester, Pennsylvania, Leslie moved to Annapolis with her family in 1961. She attended elementary school at West Annapolis and Bates, then the Key School from seventh through 11th grades. She spent senior year at the Grier School in Tyrone, Pennsylvania, graduating in 1976. Leslie then gained a BA in Fine Arts at the University of Tampa, Florida, where she was one of several award-winners at a student photography exhibit. She spent her junior year at the University of Strasbourg, in Alsace, France. As an artist herself, she studied major cathedrals in Europe that year, traveling widely. After graduation from UT, she held a personal art show in Tampa, showcasing her artwork: sculpture, painting, drawing and photography.
What Leslie is really known for is as the reliable, generous, sunny-natured center of a community: as the heart of a large, sprawling group of friends for whom she was a constant. She and many of the friends she grew up with eventually settled in and around Annapolis, some in their old neighborhoods, creating a lifelong web of conviviality and mutual assistance. Leslie was energetic and high-spirited, yet fair-minded and accepting, always comfortable to be with. Her lifelong friends number in the many dozens, but all shared a sense that they could pick right back up with her any time. From the days of high school through the present, and as attested by many cards on her last birthday, April 29, many called her "my best friend." When she moved house a year and a half ago, dozens showed up to help, in an uplifting mob scene remembered by anyone who witnessed it. Clem Knox, a neighbor and friend since age 7, also an acupuncturist who treated her old friend continually, says, "She was a sister to so many. That is her legacy."
Leslie, her mother and her sister, Amy, three years younger, shared an almost supernatural closeness during the last years of Leslie's life. Alice Taylor was present for all her medical appointments and treatments, as well as the hospice treatment at the end. Amy says, "I loved her so much. She was strong and brave, wonderful, loving and gracious. She meant so much to so many people." Richard Dabney, who like many was a friend of four decades, says, "In my life there are few people that meant so much as Leslie. She's been a shining light and a source of inspiration and happiness for both myself and my wife." Several times during Leslie's illness, he appeared at her house and cooked dinner, insisting that she and her mother (both renowned cooks) sit still while he served them.
Despite her illness, Leslie remained almost impossibly upbeat, traveling to many locations on her "bucket list." Her father called her twice daily, and Debra Book, who is godmother to Grace, remembers that even when Leslie was in the final several days, she still answered his queries of how she was with a light, "Oh, I'm good."
Leslie loved beach trips, sailing and skiing, and was a skilled gardener and a gourmet cook, who could cook a meal for 50 and remain unflappable and good-humored. She was deeply devoted to her daughter, Grace, and wanted to impart her personal life values in her. On the night of her death, as her breathing became rougher, her mother, remembering that Leslie loved the song "Amazing Grace," and had even requested that another cherished friend, Diana Kaiser Bulger, from the old neighborhood, sing it at her future memorial, began to sing that song. It was 2:00 a.m. Leslie, who had not been responsive since the previous afternoon, began to hum.
Her mother says, "She kept the tune. I sang it to her until I had nothing more in me, then she kept humming it by herself." Leslie hummed for another hour. She died suddenly at 8:30 a.m.
She is survived by her daughter, Grace Mong, of Annapolis; her mother, Alice Taylor of Annapolis; her father, Richard Taylor of Sacramento, California; her sister, Amy Taylor Dhillon, and brother-in-law, Kim Dhillon; and their children, Bradford, Lauren, Michael and Dan. Cousins are Donna Elliot of Ventura, California, Greg Dickerson of South Haven Mississippi, the Reverend Earle Dickinson of Paducah, Kentucky, and Jennifer Cooke of Memphis, Tennessee.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. at the Taylor Funeral Home. A service will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 171 Duke of Gloucester, Annapolis, with a reception to follow.
Contributions may be sent to METAvivor, 1783 Forest Drive #184, Annapolis, MD 21401, www.metavivor.org, or Wellness House, 2625 Mas Que Farm Rd., Annapolis MD 21403, www.annapoliswellnesshouse.com.
Rachel Cheetham Moro
Rachel Cheetham Moro (aka Anna Rachnel), Rachel Cheetham Moro, born August 2, 1970 in Perth, Western Australia, died Monday February 6, 2012 at Riverview Hospital in Red Bank, NJ after living courageously with metastatic breast cancer for nine years.
Rachel spent the first thirty years of her life in Australia graduating from University, qualifying as a Certified Practicing Accountant, teaching and building a small accounting practice in Perth. She had an acute quest for adventure that would eventually take her to visit more than 40 countries, and one day decided to go on a two year “walkabout” to see what the world had to offer. First stop was London where Rachel quickly found work as a CFO of a media company and built a network of friends including her beloved husband Anthony Moro.
In 2001, Rachel and Anthony moved to New York City where Rachel attended and graduated from Fordham University with Masters Degrees in Business and Tax. Recruited by Ernst & Young upon graduation in 2003, Rachel accepted an international tax consultant position at EY’s world headquarters in Times Square. Later that year, under the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, Rachel and Anthony were engaged to be married.
Rachel was first diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2004. Multiple surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation treatments followed, with a short interim break for Rachel and Anthony’s beachside wedding, albeit during a late summer Jersey Shore Nor’easter. Completely bald from the chemo, Rachel joked that at least she didn’t have to fuss about her hair.
Confident treatment was successful, because everyone “survives” breast cancer, don’t they? Rachel and Anthony began to rebuild their lives. They built their dream house on a hill overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and settled in with Newman the Norwich Terrier always at her side. Rachel was renowned for her dinner parties where guests dined on her gourmet-quality cooking and laughed at her snarky view of the world delivered in her quirky Aussie accent. Out in the garden, Rachel’s green thumb was the wonder of the neighborhood.
Once again, however, life had other plans and the shocking diagnosis that cancer had returned and metastasized turned their world upside down and shaped the final years of Rachel’s life. Again, surgeries, chemo and radiation followed, this time with no end in sight. In between the treatment and the fatigue, Rachel discovered it was necessary to bring substantial change to the status quo in charitable giving to breast cancer advocacy organizations.
Rachel directed her fierce wit, eloquence and intelligence to the authoring and editing “The Cancer Culture Chronicles” (http://cancerculturenow.blogspot.com) where she both provided and found, true inspiration among the blog’s 100,000 readers. Rachel believed “it's time to move beyond pink ribbons” and messages of "breast cancer awareness" and start agitating for “real and meaningful action in the fight to eradicate this disease for good.” Another network of friends entered Rachel’s orbit throughout the process and they were enormously important to her as confidants and therapists over the last few years. Rachel’s advocacy has had tangible results that will continue to help women with metatstatic breast cancer until the day this terrible disease is finally cured.
Rachel is survived by her Beloved husband Anthony Moro III and her faithful canine companion Newman; her mother Amanda Cheetham of Perth, Western Australia; her father Anthony Cheetham of Caloundra, Queensland, Australia and her brother Peter Cheetham, of Hilchenback, Germany. She is also survived by mother-in-law and champion Felicia Moro and father-in-law Anthony Moro Jr. of Monmouth Beach, New Jersey; her brother and sister-in-law Adam and Jessalynn Moro and nephews Jayden Ristevski and Xavier Moro and niece Amelia Moro. She is also survived by a number of dedicated medical professionals in New York and New Jersey and an incredible network of friends on every continent in the world.
Anna Maria Ragnacci
Anna’s sister, Tina McDermott, a resident of Bowie, MD requests that donations be made in Anna’s memory to METAvivor.
Jody was a mother and a wife and a scholar with a PhD in Psychology. She was funny and tough and vibrant and beautiful. A fighter and a cancer survivor from childhood. She fought like hell against this second cancer, breast cancer. She wanted to live life to the fullest and never wanted to leave her young son, only 6 at the time, and her loving husband to raise him alone. But she had no choice, and finally succumbed at the young age of 34. She had no affiliation for the pink movement. She just wanted to live.
Peggy was born in Washington, DC, on November 19, 1943. Only daughter of Sara and Donald Corrigan, she grew up in Brentwood, Md, and graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1961. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s in counseling.
Peggy lived a happy and fulfilling life. She was passionate about helping others, and dedicated her entire professional life to doing just that. She retired in August from the Howard County Department of Aging, where she worked tirelessly to help vulnerable adults. She was proudest of her work to found the Anne Arundel County Women’s Fair, which began in 1987.
Her other great love was travel. As a girl, Peggy never left the East Coast. As an adult, she never stayed still. By 2011, she and Jay had travelled to all 7 continents, a true Odysseus! She loved theater, and was always happy to catch a show in Washington or New York.
Throughout her professional, volunteering, and personal life, Peggy touched the heart of everyone she met. She leaves circles of friends around the world, from childhood friends to those she met along the way. She lived a life that reflected one of her favorite quotes: “So interwoven are the threads of human life, that no single contact is trivial”
Peggy lived courageously with breast cancer for 10 years. Her journey inspired dozens of residents in Anne Arundel County to get involved in efforts to raise awareness, improve treatment, and conduct research into advanced illness.
We will miss our wife, mother, grandmother, and friend! Our memories of good times together will lift us as our dance through life continues.
Peggy is survived by her loving husband, devoted friend, travel companion, and loyal confidant of 48 years, Jay K. Rightnour Jr.; by children, Brian Rightnour and Julie Willson; their spouses, Stephanie Mutchler and Jimmy Willson; and her adoring grandchildren: Afton, Rylie, Grady, Bowen, Railen, Rennah, Restyn, and Rogan.
You can read more about Peggy here.
Bettie Ann Rohrer
She fought long and hard and gave it her all. She is survived and supported by many friends and family. One of her biggest reasons to fight was her grand daughter Harlee. Be is missed so much every day.
Laurie Ann Paetzold Ryan
Laurie left us on April 21, 2013 at the age of 49 after a four year courageous fight. She is survived by two daughters, Kaitlyn and Sarah, and her husband, Michael. Laurie was always the life of every party and all of our lives. She is deeply missed by brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, and her father. The world lost a beautiful giving kind woman who can never ever be replaced.
On September 21st, 1963, at St. Mary’s congregation in Burlington, Wisconsin she was united in marriage to William Joseph Schoenberg, who preceded her in death on November 2nd, 2001. She worked as an accountant for McMahon-Veltus, S.C. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Church in Lyons, WI and an active member of her bible study group. She enjoyed giving back to her community and did so through breast cancer walks and literary council. She enjoyed walking, camping, hiking, fishing, penny slots, knitting club, spending time with friends and family, and travelling. She loved people and her home was open to everyone. Surviving are her daughters, Dawn (Nick) Covelli, Lisa (Martin) Swance, Keri (Seth) Redford; five grandchildren, Morgan (Jason) DeBaere, Ashley and Whitney Covelli, Kacey Swance, and Olivia Redford; great-grandchild, Weston DeBaere; and siblings Horst ‘Sonny’ Sperlich, DeeDee Sperlich, Barbara Begale, Janice Jackley, and Harriet Schoenberg. She was preceded in death by her parents, Monica and Gerd Sperlich; husband, William Joseph Schoenberg; daughter, Theresa Ann Schoenberg; and brother-in-law, Richard Schoenberg. A memorial service will be held at St. Joseph’s Church in Lyons on Saturday, April 27th, 2013, at 11:00am with Parish Director Dan Hull officiating. A luncheon for family and friends will follow the memorial service. All memorials will be donated to METAVivor Research and Support, Inc. whose funding is applied towards metastatic breast cancer research. The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Frick of St. Luke’s Hospital and his staff as well as VITAS Hospice, especially Robin and Beverly, for their unparalleled care and support.
Her husband and family have set up this fund for those who wish to donate to the METAvivor mission in honor of her memory. Please click below to donate to the METAvivor cause, so that one day, this terminal disease will be relegated to a chronic illness where people can survive and live a long life.
Kristine “Kris” Elaine Sulzberger
Kristine “Kris” Elaine Sulzberger, 48, of Heyworth passed away Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, at her residence.
Her memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Luke Union Church, 2101 E. Washington St., Bloomington. The Rev. Andrew Gifford will officiate. Private inurnment will be at a later date. There will be no visitation.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to METAvivor Research & Support Inc. for metastatic breast cancer research at metavivor.org or St. Luke Union Church, Bloomington.
Arrangements are being handled by Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington.
Kris was born July 13, 1965, in Decatur, the daughter of Paul R. Meredith and C. Elaine Bennett Meredith. She married David Sulzberger on May 23, 2009, in Heyworth. He survives.
Also surviving are her parents, father, Paul R. (Sandra) Meredith Sr., Ormond Beach, Fla., and her adoptive mother, M. Bernice Meredith, Bettendorf, Iowa; two sisters, Tara (David) Inghram, Urbandale, Iowa, and Sharyl (Kevin Stuart) Stein, Bettendorf, Iowa; one stepsister, Erika (Michael) Piper, Sullivan; three brothers, Jeffrey Meredith, Eldridge, Iowa; Stephen Meredith, Key West, Fla.; and Paul Meredith Jr., Eldridge, Iowa; and one stepbrother, Neil Elder, Sullivan.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents and mother.
Kris graduated from University of Illinois, Springfield, with a master’s in English. She taught English at Richland Community College, Decatur, for 11 years.
She was an accomplished flute player. She sang in the Decatur Chorale. She attended St. Luke Union Church, Bloomington. She was a breast cancer survivor for 18 years. She enjoyed her cats Dakota, Davita, Yogi and Kit.
The family would like to thank Dr. James Wade and his staff for his care and compassion shown to Kris. Her family would like to also thank her friends, students and colleagues for their special support shown to Kris.
Patricia (Pat) Tomaselli
A 14-year resident of Annapolis MD, Pat was former Chairman of both the Security Committee of the Aerospace Industries Association and the National Defense Industry Association. She also served as Sector Director of Security for Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems. In 2007 she was awarded the Donald Woodbridge Award -- one of the highest individual honors in the Security Industry; and in 2009 won Northrop Grumman's highest honor -- the Chairman's Award, for her support of three employees held captive in Colombia for 5.5 years.. Pat is survived by daughters Tabetha Bokovoy and Tara Masterson; grandchildren Kya Masterson, Kestrel Carr and Spencer Bokovoy; and brothers Hugh and Dennis Blake and Frank DeSabio. Pat and her family requested that donations in her honor be made to METAvivor.
Linda Casill Vogel
Donations in her memory may be made to METAvivor.
Sara moved to Canada with her family in 1993 and made it through engineering school. She met her husband while working as a co-op student, at a Cement Company in Japan. After one year of marriage, she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005.
After successful treatment in 2005, the disease returned in Deemberc 2010 and later spread to
her liver, bones and lungs. She vowed to never stop fighting because of her love for her husband and her family. Cancer had become a part of Sara’s journey in life but it was not the whole story. She was a loving wife, daughter, sister, auntie, friend and colleague.
Sara refused to sit around and wait for cancer to take her life, she fought and she fought hard. It was difficult, but she made it look easy. She would often throw her head back laughing with joy, eyes sparkling with tears of happiness, her beautiful spirit shining with vitality, all while her body was being taken.
Our dear Sara's life has been as wide as the oceans and as tall as the mountains she climbed. She touched the lives of so many and continues to inspire her friends and family to be more graceful, peaceful and loving people who remember to dance and laugh amidst all that life brings us. It was her greatest wish that those left behind find comfort after her passing.
Dear Sara, you left footprints in our hearts and we will always love and remember your generosity, unconditional love, and kindness.