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Heroin Memorial - 2016/02/21 - Jason Balasus - Age 42 yrs - Dundalk, Maryland

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2016/02/21 - Jason Balasus - Age 42 yrs - Dundalk, Maryland

Submitted by: Jackie Rineer - Sibling

Name: Jason Balasus
State:  Please choose a state., 21222

Date of Passing: 02/21/2016
Date of Birth: 01/07/1974
Age: 42 

Tell Us About Them:

My brother was funny, loving, and caring. I think everyone he met liked him and thought he was such a nice person. He loved making others happy however he could. He had such a big heart, he took his good friends sister, who is mentally challenged, to her prom because he cared about her. That's just the kind of person he was.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

I don't know exactly when it started but when he met heroin it went downhill quickly. He struggled with that for several years, and drinking. Eventually after one failed rehab attempt, he got on methadone. He was in that for about 10 years. I don't think the drinking ever stopped though. He had to stop the methadone because of money problems so he decided to quit drinking as well and get healthy! I guess it was much more of a struggle then he let his family know, we thought he was doing great! Then I got a call that he was found deceased from an apparent heroin overdose.


What Made Them Smile?

He loved music and spending time with his family. He adored his nephew, my son. They were best buddies!he also loved animals including his very special cat, Hope.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

His sense of humor. He always made us laugh!!!!


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

I'm sorry. I'm sorry I couldn't help you.

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/12/23 - Jason Freburger - Age 29 yrs - Pasadena, Maryland

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2015/12/23 - Jason Freburger - Age 29 yrs - Pasadena, Maryland

Submitted by: Debbie Freburger - Parent

Name: Jason Freburger
State:  Maryland, 21122

Date of Passing: 12/23/15
Date of Birth: 9/13/86
Age: 29 

Tell Us About Them:

He was an electrician, loved his family and wanted to live a simple life.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

He was in several inpatient rehabs(never allowed enough time there) horrible unaccountable halfway homes, IOP's and drug court. He wanted so bad to be clean. We talked about it all the time. He was truly in the fight of his life.


What Made Them Smile?

His family, fishing, puppies and xbox.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

Being alive and with us.


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

Dad and I love you so much and even though you lost, we're so proud of the battle you put up against Heroin.

#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon

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Heroin Memorial - 2016/02/17 - Tiffany Ewen - Age 25 yrs - Greeley, Colorado

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2016/02/17 - Tiffany Ewen - Age 25 yrs - Greeley, Colorado

Submitted by: Bonnie Ewen - Parent

Name: Tiffany Ewen
State:  Colorado, 80634

Date of Passing: 02/17/2016
Date of Birth: 08/2111/1990
Age: 25 

Tell Us About Them:

Tiffany had a heart of gold who blessed everyone she came in contact with. She cared so much for and helped others. She was artistic and talented. She enjoyed singing, playing guitar, acting and drawing. She had a close relationship with her family, especially with her mother. She had an amazing sense of humor. She loved to read and especially loved the Harry Potter series.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Tiffany became addicted to painkillers that her doctor was handing out to her like candy. This eventually turned into a heroin addiction. She got clean in March of 2013 and stayed clean for 18 months. She relapsed and overdosed, but her mother who checked on her got her to the hospital in time. She then moved to Colorado to go to treatment. She relapsed a few times, but then stayed clean for around a year. She relapsed approximately 2 months before her death, unbeknownst to her family. She died of a heroin overdose on 2/17/2016.


What Made Them Smile?

Her family and friends. Funny TV shows and movies. She was an avid fan of Lady Gaga and saw her in concert twice. Anything Lady Gaga made her smile. So did singing and music.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

Everything. I miss everything about her. Her voice, her laughter, conversations with her, her love and spirit, her sense of humor. I miss everything.


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

I miss you so much my baby girl. I love you always forever. I know you are always with me. Please keep sending me signs that you are ok.

#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/12/07 - Steven Walsh - Age 31 yrs - Warren, Michigan

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12/0715 - Steven Walsh - Age 31 yrs - Michigan

Submitted by: Connie DeMetsenare - Parent

Name: Steven Walsh
State:  Michigan, 48088

Date of Passing: 12/0715
Date of Birth: 11/04/84
Age: 31 

Tell Us About Them:

Steven Walsh was more than a death certificate, Steve was bigger than life.
I knew this day was coming, I have been battling to keep him alive for the past 5 years. I went on the roller coaster ride of his life, as a mother, it is your job to keep your children safe.
I realized that night that my life has forever changed. I have spent the last 5 years with only one goal. Keeping him alive. I have neglected my family, my home, my job, my friends and myself.
Steve loved, passionately. If you were his friend, you were his friend. It didn't matter what color you were, what sexual preference you had, what you did for a living. He loved you.
His legacy is that everyone is different, everyone has a worth and everyone was worthy of love. Period.
I grieve for my son, I grieve for his friends, his children, but mostly I grieve for what he could have been.
Steve was more than just a bipolar drug addict. He was my son. He was a brother, a father, a friend. He was a fellow human that felt pain and happiness and he was too much for this world.
Your energy is back to the cosmos, Steve. Fly free. Rest your head and feel the love you have left behind.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Steve had been off and on heroin for years, he would get off of it and then something would happen and right back to it he ran. His last few months alive, he overdosed multiple times, barely surviving each one. Until the last... God, I miss him so much!


What Made Them Smile?

Steve was a performer, he loved his craft and loved to make people feel his energy. He loved to challenge your thoughts on different subjects and would debate for hours on anything. He loved science; he had an incredible brain.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss everything. There is not one thing more important than the other. I will say I miss his voice, his love he showed me daily.


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

This is hard to answer, we are Atheist, and therefore do not believe in angels.
I don't have to say anything else to him, we said it all before he died. We both knew this day was coming, we talked at great lengths about it. I am comfortable that all that needed to be said was said.

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/08/25 - Alyssa Maluski - Age 21 yrs - New Britain, Connecticut

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2015/08/25 - Alyssa Maluski - Age 21 yrs - New Britain, Connecticut

Submitted by: Dean Maluski - Parent

Name: Alyssa Maluski
State:  
Connecticut, 06051
Date of Passing: 08/25/2015
Date of Birth: 05/31/1994
Age: 21 

Tell Us About Them:

Alyssa was a fairly quiet child. Right from the start it amazed us that she didn’t complain too much, no sleepless nights trying to get the little one to sleep. When we tucked her into bed she would cuddle in and as we turned out the lights saw a happy content face drifting off to sleep.  As a young child when grandma would come to visit she would bring presents for her grandkids. Alyssa would not harp grandma with expectation or excitement, instead she would patiently wait for her gift but show appreciation when she got it.

When she was in her adolescence she let her grades slip. We knew she was very smart but couldn’t seem to get her motivated in school. Midway through high school she had an awakening on her own and decided to start trying and oh boy did she. Through junior and senior years she maintained a 4.0 average, even taking a few extra credits to make up for her poor grades earlier in her high school graduating on the honor roll in 2012. From junior year onward she bonded very closely with her dad and we had many good times talking well into the night on various subjects.

While a senior in high school she got a job at a pizza shop. She ran the counter and as she gained more experience the owner who was very busy with family and another job in a large part let her run the business. I used to tell her she could own her own pizza shop someday. Her response was “No Way, it’s too hot in the kitchen and I don’t want to smell like pizza all the time.” I agreed with her since she had great ability I knew she could do great things once she gained her education.

Alyssa had a big heart, she looked out for others and would go many extra miles to see that the ones she cared about were taken care of physically and emotionally. She read a great deal and was also a deep thinker. When in a group of people she wasn’t the talker but the silent one that patiently listened. When challenged to many peoples surprise she had absorbed everything said and would speak her opinion which was generally on target with well thought accurate statements. She was very intelligent with a warm heart and very sensitive. When someone hurt her feelings she would bury her sadness so many times even though she was hurting she didn’t let it show.   Alyssa was very independent, despite her addiction near the end of her life she saw to it that she earned her own way. There was never an issue with enabling her as she asked for nothing but love. 


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Alyssa got hooked on dope in the fall of 2013. We were unaware of her addiction until she moved home in February 2014. We tried immediately to get her into rehab but she was not ready and continually dodged committing to go. In late June of 2014 she had a few felonies charges in front of her. At that time I convinced her to go to rehab in an effort to get the charges dropped. She went to rehab in Florida for 30 days. From there she went into a sober house. After several weeks she got kicked out for using. She went back into rehab until January of 2015. From there she moved in with a few friends she had made in rehab. She continued to use Heroin in Florida. In April of 2015 she moved back to CT. She and her boyfriend got jobs and lived in a hotel until late July of 2015 when they could no longer work as they were dope sick. August 1st of 2015 she went back to rehab in Florida for 30 days. She flew home on a Thursday evening in late August. Friday I gave her a ride to an AA meeting. On Saturday we let her drive herself to a meeting. She apparently went and hooked up that night. On Sunday morning she seemed like she was getting high again. I had a long conversation with her on Sunday evening about her plans, her higher power and how much we loved her and wanted a good life for her. On Monday she got a syringe. Monday evening after an NA meeting she went out for awhile with one of her sober friends. She got dropped off at home about 1 AM Tuesday August 25th. In the morning her sister went into her room to check on her an found her deceased from an overdose of heroin laced with fentanyl


What Made Them Smile?

Kittens, dogs, strawberries and ribs on the grill.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

Good conversations and working on projects together.


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

We love you! Our family is struggling to carry on but it will never be the same without you.

#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon
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Heroin Memorial - 2014/01/10 - Danton Stalnaker - Age 21 yrs - Toledo, Ohio

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2014/01/10 - Danton Stalnaker - Age 21 yrs - Toledo, Ohio

Submitted by: Bernadean Stalnaker - Parent

Name: Danton Stalnaker
State: Ohio, 43605
Date of Passing: 1/10/2014
Date of Birth: 7/31/1992
Age: 21

Tell Us About Them:

Danton is the oldes out of my two sons, he was a good guy he worked hard and would do anything for you if you asked him. He loved his family and his friends, he also had a one of a kind sense of humor. He was love by many people.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Danton had been doing drugs since he was 17 after he graduated he moved to his dads house where his drug dealer lived across the street in his uncles house. He tried rehab but after one day they told him he had to leave because he didn't show signs of withdraw and also because of insurance. A couple months before he passed away he tried on his own to stop using but it did not work and he passed away.


What Made Them Smile?

Depending on the day and who he was with


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss him not being here every day, talking to him, telling him "I love you" and and his response back to me "I love you to mom", missing that text saying Happy mothers day mom or happy birthday mom there is so much I miss about him.


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

I love you so much miss you and wish you were still here

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Heroin Memorial - 2016/03/01 - James Gorham - Age 29 yrs - Nashua, New Hampshire

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2016/03/01 - James Gorham - Age 29 yrs - Nashua, New Hampshire

Submitted by: Kelly Frenette - Parent

Name: James Gorham
State:  New Hampshire, 03060

Date of Passing: 03/01/2016
Date of Birth: 08/13/86
Age: 29 

Tell Us About Them:

He had the biggest smile, he was a dad to two young girls. They were his world but because of some of his choices their mother had not allowed them visits for over a year.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Jimmy was an alcoholic, he had tried heroin twice last year and over dosed both times. He was revived both times. We talked with him several times and he assured us he would never try it again. Because of his bad choices when drinking he made the choice to let the same person give him a needle of heroin. He didn't survive this one. To make matters worse they put him outside like trash with his suitcase. Such a sad sad day


What Made Them Smile?

Everything made Jim smile but he was lonely inside.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss everything about my son. He was a handsome, funny, good man.


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

Why? Why would you chose to let them do this after you promised me you would never do it again.

#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon

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Heroin Memorial - 2016/03/27 - Mark Jack - Age 26 yrs - Hamburg, New York

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2016/03/27 - Mark Jack - Age 26 yrs - Hamburg, New York

Submitted by: Tricia Costantino - Parent

Name: Mark Jack
State:  New York, 14075

Date of Passing: 3/27/16
Date of Birth: 3/25/90
Age: 26 

Tell Us About Them:

Mark was funny and tried to make everyone laugh. He kind and had a huge heart. He was smart and didn't realize it. He was strong.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Mark struggled with the disease for 8 years. Many rehabs, shocks, jail time. He tried and tried but couldn't beat it.


What Made Them Smile?

When others smiled mark smiled. When he made me laugh he was thrilled


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

His laugh


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

I love you infinity times infinity plus 1. And everything will be OK

#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon

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Heroin Memorial - 2016/04/03 - Dennis Davy - Age 35 yrs - Superior, Wisconsin

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2016/04/03 - Dennis Davy - Age 35 yrs - Superior, Wisconsin

Submitted by: Jana Sutherland - Other Family

Name: Dennis Davy
State:  Wisconsin, 54880

Date of Passing: 04/03/2016
Date of Birth: 11/18/1980
Age: 35 

Tell Us About Them:

Dennis was wonderful, caring, giving, helpful, funny...he loves sports, and especially the Chicago Bears. He was such a great person.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Dennis was diagnosed with epilepsy in elementary school, and I believe he struggled with depression soon after. It was hard for him to deal
With and get under control. I think when he got into his teenage years he started drinking, and experimenting with different drugs.


What Made Them Smile?

His dog Lily, when the Bears would win a game haha, and just being around his friends and family hanging out.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

His smile, his laugh, and just knowing he is there if I ever wanted to call
Him or if I need him for
Something.


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

That I love him and appreciate the time I had with him, and for him always being there for me. Also, I just wish he would have reached out to me or someone for help before it got to this tragic point.

#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon

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Heroin Memorial - 2016/03/06 - Nicholas Antich - Age 25 yrs - Crown Point, Indiana

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2016/03/06 - Nicholas Antich - Age 25 yrs - Crown Point, Indiana

Submitted by: Stacy Taylor - Parent

Name: Nicholas Antich
State:  Indiana, 46307

Date of Passing: 3-6-2016
Date of Birth: 9-3-90
Age: 25 

Tell Us About Them:

Nick was brilliant with an IQ of130. He had hopes of doing something great with his life. He wanted to be a doctor, but opted for the engineering program. He excelled in many avenues and loved history. He went away to college the fall of 2009 in Indy where he progressively dabbled in drugs, leading to heroin use. In 2014 I removed him from that environment and he struggled to find happiness in the everyday normal after being exposed to heroin. I lost my son to this horrible addiction


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Nick started using drug while he was away at IUPUI. I sent a healthy, happy boy away to college and received an addict back. He used for about a year before I found out. Once I found out, he was sent away to rehab. He came back after 45 days and was just ok and relapsed within 4 months. He again went away to rehab for the second time and came home after 3 months and appeared to do better. He started exercising, tried a vegan diet, seen his doctor and took his meds for the new diagnosis of bipolar. He even stopped smoking in December. This was not a man who wanted to do drugs. At the end of February he started experiencing stress from work and relationships, stuff that the average person could handle. For the recovering addict, it only take small amounts of stress to drive them to their comfort drug. On March 5th he went to Indy for what was suppose to be a weekend getaway with old friends and yes some were old recovering heroin addicts. He relapsed and never came home.


What Made Them Smile?

He loved his animals. They always brought comfort and love to him.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss his beautiful eyes, the way he gave me hugs and kissed me and told me he loved me. I miss hearing my name come out of his mouth


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

That I love him so much

#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon

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Heroin Memorial - 2016/03/18 - Jeffrey Tarr - Age 41 yrs - Griswold, Connecticut

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2016/03/18 - Jeffrey Tarr - Age 41 yrs - Griswold, Connecticut

Submitted by: Linda Tarr - Parent

Name: Jeffrey Tarr
State:  Connecticut, 06351

Date of Passing: 03/18/2016
Date of Birth: 7/24/74
Age: 41 

Tell Us About Them:

Jeffrey brightened a room with his infectious smile! He loved children and was like one of them playing in the yard.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Jeffrey struggled with addiction at a young age. He was in and out of rehabs and sober houses many time. He was an alcoholic, but turned to heroin 8 months ago. He was in a sober house at the time of his overdose.


What Made Them Smile?

Jeffrey loved landscaping, cooking, and going to church.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss my boy coming in the door and saying "What up Mom"! His text saying "I love you"!


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

I love and miss you my boy! You were my heart and soul! I hope you are dancing in the sky with you Dad!

#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon

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Heroin Memorial - 2016/04/10 - Joshua Gauthier - Age 35 yrs - Salem, Massachusetts

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2016/04/10 - Joshua Gauthier - Age 35 yrs - Salem, Massachusetts

Submitted by: Rachel Obremski - Sibling

Name: Joshua Gauthier 
State:  Massachusetts, 01970

Date of Passing: 04/10/2016
Date of Birth: November 18, 1980
Age: 35 

Tell Us About Them:

Joshua was an extremely caring, sensitive, and dedicated father, son, brother, and grandson. Many called him a friend and knew he was someone you could rely on. His children are his pride and joy, they lit up his life. Joshua was a hard worker in all aspects of his life.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Joshua did a very good job of hiding this from us. He had us all believing he was doing well. Unfortunately this was not the case and we were all blind sided when he passed.


What Made Them Smile?

Joshua loved his children more than anything in this world and wanted nothing more than to be a dad. He loved going to his son Christian's football games and cheering on his team.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

His caring personality, he cared about every person he ever met. He would do anything for anyone without even second guessing it.


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

I am so sorry you left us the way you did, I'm sorry we weren't closer at the end, I wish I could wake up from this bad dream and have you back here with us where you belong. I love you so much big brother, forever and always.

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Heroin Memorial - 2016/03/13 - Darrin Lucas - Age 21 yrs - Hillsboro, Missouri

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2016/03/13 - Darrin Lucas - Age 21 yrs - Hillsboro, Missouri

Submitted by: Jessica Barker - Spouse

Name: Darrin Lucas
State:  Missouri, 63050

Date of Passing: 03/13/2016
Date of Birth: 03/06/1995
Age: 21 

Tell Us About Them:

Darrin was the smartest person i have ever met. You could ask him any math question and he would have the right answer. He was a loving dad and fiance. His family always came first no matter what. Darrin loved spending time with his daughter. She was his whole world. He would always put a smile on anyones face. No matter if you wanted to smile or not.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Darrin has struggled with his addiction for the past three years. It started with pills, then moved on to "harder" drugs for a better "high" after we had our daughter two years ago Darrin didn't want to be a drug addict anymore. Every day he struggled with these demons he was facing. He would get clean, & "slip up". Darrin didn't know another way out of his own mind. He thought he was alone in this fight. He felt he was worthless & he wouldn't amount to anything. He was talked down to all his life he started to believe it. But to me & his daughter he was our whole world & the best person to be around. He wasn't alone in this fight. He just didn't know how to fight anymore.


What Made Them Smile?

Darrin loved to spend time with our daughter & I. Everytime she looked at him i could see him fall in love all over again. She was so priceless to him. When he was with her he could take on the world. I've never seen him as happy as i did when he held her.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss Darrins love the most. I miss seeing him dance with our daughter & is cuddling on the couch watching a scary movie & talking for hours every time. I miss him coming home & just wanting to hold us & make us laugh. I miss him big smile. I miss his perfect voice. I just miss him.


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

I wish i could tell Darrin how much i loved him & that my world is so emtpy without him. I wish i could tell him how amazing he is & what a great dad he truly was. I wish i could tell him he does have people who love him & that would give ANYTHING for a second chance.

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Heroin Memorial - 2014/12/07 - Curt Lukens - Age 34 yrs - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

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2014/12/07 - Curt Lukens - Age 34 yrs - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

Submitted by: Debbie Lukens - Parent

Name: Curt Lukens
State:  Ohio, 44221

Date of Passing: 12/07/2014
Date of Birth: 3/271980
Age: 34 

Tell Us About Them:

We lost a sweet, caring, funny loving son, brother, uncle, grandson, nephew.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

He tried desperately to overcome his addiction, seemed to succeed a couple of times. But it kept creeping back into his life. Never have we witnessed this level of frustration, so sad...


What Made Them Smile?

He was an animal advocate, he loved children and his family, sports fanatic... And was a huge fan of Batman and comic related characters.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

His contageous laugh i can hear in my head... Daily! I hope it never goes away !!


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

I need to know Curt knows how much he is lived and missed! Because he believed that hecwas unloved, due to his addiction. We will never ever stop loving him and hoping to see his beautiful face again !!

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/11/05 - Patrick McGivern - Age 29 yrs - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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2015/11/05 - Patrick McGivern - Age 29 yrs - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Submitted by: Patty Ranallo - Parent

Name: Patrick McGivern
State:  Pennsylvania, 15212

Date of Passing: 11/05/2015
Date of Birth: 3-27-1986
Age: 29 

Tell Us About Them:

Patrick was so kind, thoughtful. Would do anything for anybody. Loved his family. Loved animals. Awesome manners and work ethic.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Patrick fought the disease of heroin for 7 years. Rehab and relapses, halfway houses, even being homeless. He suffered!


What Made Them Smile?

Family, friends camping and fishing. Playing his guitar.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

Him. I miss him, my beautiful son!


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

I am sorry, I tried tough love and it did not work. My last words to you were, "I love you, Pat but I can not watch you kill yourself. Please son, know that I love you more than life! You were my baby, i just wanted you to stop! Forgive me! I hope you are finally happy in heaven. Gram said God took you because, you were suffering on earth. Play your guitar in heaven my beautiful son!

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Heroin Memorial - 2014/09/18 - Josh Zunick - Age 24 yrs - Newton, Massachusetts

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2014/09/18 - Josh Zunick - Age 24 yrs - Newton, Massachusetts

Submitted by: Cheri Zunick - Parent

Name: Josh Zunick
State:  Massachusetts, 02461

Date of Passing: 9/18/2014
Date of Birth: 12/21/89
Age: 24 

Tell Us About Them:

Josh was loving caring and funny


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

He struggled with Heroine


What Made Them Smile?

He always had a beautiful smile when he walked into a room he lit it up


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

He was my best friend as well as my son I miss his jokes and our long talks


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

I love you more than life itself

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/07/29 - Ryan Branscum - Age 27 yrs - Somerset, Kentucky

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2015/07/29 - Ryan Branscum - Age 27 yrs - Somerset, Kentucky

Submitted by: Tabatha Hughes - Sibling

Name: Ryan Branscum
State:  Kentucky, 42503

Date of Passing: 07/29/2015
Date of Birth: 6/28/88
Age: 27 

Tell Us About Them:

Very caring and loving!


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

He tried so hard in and out of rehabs,he was open with his family, but we wern't able to help.


What Made Them Smile?

His Boys, his family,baseball


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

His voice, his smile, him always being there when you needed him! JUST HIM!!


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

I guess I love you is what most say but when me when you die where are you going to spend etrintey?

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Heroin Memorial - 2016/02/15 - Kevin Stuhr - Age 30 yrs - La Crosse, Wisconsin

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2016/02/15 - Kevin Stuhr - Age 30 yrs - La Crosse, Wisconsin

Submitted by: Sue Reinsvold - Parent

Name: Kevin Stuhr
State:  Wisconsin, 54601

Date of Passing: 02/15/2016
Date of Birth: 09/12/1985
Age: 30 

Tell Us About Them:

Kevin was a intelligent young man that always tried to act like hard ass, but had a heart of gold.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Like many he started our with pain pills gradually going to heroin. He told me every day he was clean but clearly he wasn't


What Made Them Smile?

Being out doors, hiking, friends, family, his trantula Rose, and his pit bull Lexi.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss not seeing and talking to him everyday. I miss hugging and hanging out with him. I miss everything about him.


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

I love you, I always have, and always will. I am here to help you.

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Heroin Memorial - 2012/09/10 - Aaron Crook - Age 23 yrs - Thousand Oaks, California

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09/10/2012 - Aaron Crook - Age 23 yrs - Thousand Oaks, California

Submitted by: Alison Crook - Parent

Name: Aaron Crook
State:  California, 91360

Date of Passing: 09/10/2012
Date of Birth: 08/05/1989
Age: 23 

Tell Us About Them:

Aaron was an incredibly handsome, very intelligent young man with the most beautiful smile. He had a great sense of humor.He liked to dress the part, nearly always had a baseball cap on. He was very deep, a thinker but also a worrier, worried about not having enough, not being able to "make it" in life, always scheming on how to make money! He loved animals especially his tropical fish. He had compassion for the mentally and physically handicapped and when he was young it would make him sad. On the outside he appeared to be happy, confident, his friends said he joked a lot but he was often sad and anxious- he put on a brave face.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

He was an AB student doing well at school.He worked in a tropical fish shop at 13. He started smoking pot occasionally in 8th grade but we were not aware until he was a freshman.He would say he was depressed, anxious couldn't sleep and we spent many hours at different psychiatrist offices. He was in his first rehab at 14 which he absconded from. In the early years he often went missing, hanging out at other peoples houses, doing cocaine and all sorts of pills mainly opiates and benzodiazepines. He got transferred to a high school for troubled teens. During this time he was often verbally abusive and violent but when not under the influence he was great to be around. He got in trouble with the police and after a lengthy court case spent time in juvenile hall- visiting him in there was heart wrenching as he was sober and looked so out of place in there,apologizing laughing about himself. I remember, walking out into the parking lot crying thinking this could not be.

During those high school years and community college years he worked on and off. It was when he was 17/18 when at work at the tropical fish shop he was introduced to Heroin. The school would constantly ring me up to come and get him cos of some stunt or other, and once because he had a withdrawal seizure. He was injecting by the time he was 18. During these early years we and the court had him attending drug counseling , anger mgmt etc. We tried every type of love , we were angry tired and frustrated a lot of the time. Both of us worked full time in professional jobs myself as a nurse working nights existing on 3-4 hours sleep, my husband in manufacturing and also part time as a reserve sheriff( Aaron loved that!). We tried tough love, we took nearly every possession from him but he still managed to get money for drugs. He told me once that he had enough rich friends to keep him in drugs for a lifetime. We had moved our daughter out of the house when she was 15 to a safer place because we didn't know what else to do. On his 18 th birthday my daughter and I found him in repot story arrest and had to revive him. We kicked him out at 19 and he lived in his car in our drive way , he couldn't drive it as we took his keys for his and others safety plus he had already had a DUI.We allowed him to come in and shower etc.

This was a very dark time as he was using all the time, he was dealing so he could get his fix. He had a few long term relationships of 1-2 years and always treated his girlfriends with respect . He was friendly with one girl and was at her house one night and called me In a panic to say she wasn't right- I told him to call EMS & drive over there with my daughter, we walked into a scene like something from "Train Spotting"the girl in full on respiratory arrest , Aaron in shock, he helped me lift her off the bed so I could start CPR and then he ran off. The girl survived and that night I gave my son up to the police - this was really one of our darkest hours. I came to find out later that my son did not supply this girl with Heroin she called him over to party and as far as he knew she had been drinking and taking pills , he did not know she had shot up Heroin before he got there, this resulted in another lengthy court case.

Aaron would complain that his hip and legs hurt and I took him to orthopedic Drs and they Xrayed and could find nothing. I noticed when he was asleep or out of it in the car he would rub his legs so I took him to a neurologist and the found he had a fractured spine which they think happened around the age of 14- 15 we narrowed it down either a fall in middle school or a car accident at 15. We felt terrible, we brought him back I the house to try and sober him up and prepare him for surgery-. He weaned himself off Heroin& had a two level spinal fusion.He did amazing in his recovery, staying off drugs. Court case was still going on and was delayed due to his spinal surgery. He now had access to a pain management dr that gave him all sorts of narotics over the next couple of years- he would sell them for Heroin. He went into 30 day rehab just before turning 21 but then relapsed. Now he was getting very sick, very thin . We took him to a methadone clinic which was very successful for a while because it dealt with his back and leg pain( surgery did not get rid of that).

Finally he got sentenced , we begged the courts to put him in rehab but they wouldn't so he weaned himself off methadone because cannot get it in jail- to this day I'm still angry about the judicial system re this because while on methadone he went back to college and worked part time. So he did his few weeks came out and wanted to try life with out it but ended back at pain dr. Then fell at college from too many pills and got a concussion. Finally his supply was cut off but instead of getting better he got worse, and dealing Heroin for his fix really took over. Ended up again with possession or under influence charge and this time got sentenced to 6 months rehab. He went into Salvation Army and because of his back and not being able to do heavy manual labor he left and went into a sober living. After 5 months sober he looked amazing , was working etc and then did Heroin at sober living and got another concussion. We pulled him out and he was truly gutted he lost his sobriety, he was back on track within 24 hours and he rented a room somewhere.He was in a relationship with a sober girl. On Aug 5 we had a surprise birthday party for him with all his sober friends and sponsor and his sister Raquel attending.

He was so happy,he and his sister finally made peace and over the next month talked and texted and for the first time had a proper brother and sister relationship. He looked so well those 6 months, it was like he was glowing. A month later he said he was depressed not happy , he was about rosy art a new job, he thought perhaps he should try antidepressants ( he had not done this in years)and he also admitted he had been taking Xanax that week. We went immediately to his old addiction specialist who had not seen him for few months- she could not get over how well he looked. She gave him a few pills to get him off Xanax to prevent withdrawal seizure and anti- depressants( he never took them) . That day he asked me to take a photo of him, which I thought odd. 3 days later on Sept 10, 2012 one month after his 23rd birthday , I got a call from LA county coroner investigator to say he had been found dead in his room from a Heroin overdose. My husband, myself and our daughter are truly grateful for the 6 months we had him back in our lives. We will never forget him, we did a lot of things wrong, said a lot of hurtful things during those addictive years but we also did a lot of things right , Aaron when sober demonstrated he was very just and kind and a beautiful boy, he will be forever in our hearts.

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What Made Them Smile?

Goofing around with his friends, silly family stuff, our pets, his favorite TV shows.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

His smile, his laugh, his eyes, his hugs.


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

We love you so very much and we are sorry we could not save you.

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/09/23 - Alecia Coglianese - Age 24 yrs - Orland Park, Illinois

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09/23/2015 - Alecia Coglianese - Age 24 yrs - Orland Park, Illinois
Submitted by: Kim Novak - Parent
Name: Alecia Coglianese
State: Illinois, 60462
Date of Passing: 09/23/2015
Date of Birth: 01/05/1991
Age: 24 


Tell Us About Them:
Alecia was the type of girl you would never forget. She was always willing to help someone, talk, listen, or just put a smile on their face. She loved her Family, friends, animals (especially dogs), holiday's, the Blackhawks, sunsets and the sky, chocolate covered strawberries, cooking, eating, laughing, acting goofy, and had a deep faith all of her life. GOD was her #1 all of her life. Alecia'a smile could light up a room. She was ridiculously friendly, always willing to lend a helping hand, cared deeply for all those that she loved, she wrote poems, and inspirational quotes daily. She was never conceited, mean, judgemental, or needy. Almost every persons path she crossed she left an impression..that couldn't be forgotten. That wasn't everything ..there's So Much my babygirl had to be proud of.

Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:
Alecia's struggle was not easy to spot in the early stages. We didn't realize her own thoughts of being addicted were much earlier than we had known. On the night of my open heart surgery I was on life support. That's the night that forever changed my babygirl. She couldn't deal with sadness, and didn't know how to cope. Since she had already experimented with other drugs she dealt with her mental pain , medical pain, and fear over the outcome of my health the only way she could. She turned to heroin. That November 2009 would lay out a very sad, distructive, demoralized, and a demon took over..the path was horrible, humiliation set in. Alecia battled her way back in the fight of her life. She regained the sparkle in her eyes, a full time job, surrounded by her family and friends. A year and a half of sobriety. The demon kept knocking at Alecia's soul. After all that she accomplished she gave in to that demon for another round. She had multiple failed attempts at a sobriety and had at least 3 successful 6 month runs. From Nov 2009 until Sept. 2015 she had a little over 3 years added up together sober. The rest of the time was all that drug has to offer. Distance, disease, arrests, disgust, hopelessness, disappointment, distructive decisions, and death. She fought so hard to get back. She fought to the bitter end. Her tattoo said "stay sober or die trying" she tried with all she had. Medical problems and a bad decision from a facility that was suppose to be helping her sealed her fate.

What Made Them Smile?
Almost Everything!! She had a smile most of her life!! She was easy to please, she wasn't high maintenance, material possessions weren't a priority, she required very little and was happy from giving and helping others.

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What Do You Miss the Most About Them?
I miss it All! Her live to love motto. The laughter, the smiles, the love, the helping out way about her, the way she shared her ice cream cone w Reno her dog. Her doggie talk like a baby talk. Her family 1st way about her. Her OCD cleaning, her appreciation, her chocolate covered strawberries, her many, many, many, cards, letters, notes, and thank you's. Her hospitality, her friendly ways, her thoughtfulness, her scent, the family photo soldier, the watching the Blackhawks game yelling at the TV. Whether it was good or bad we had to get rowdy! Singing in the car, having dinner together, her compassion to family, friends, and her "puppies" her prayers out loud kneeling at her bed, her banging the razor on the shower wall so hard you wondered what the heck is she shaving?? Her surprising someone with treats, her willingness to lend a hand, her slurping her lip when you had her favorite food, her driving like a speed racer you thought the car was surely on 2 wheels when you made that turn. She's a permanent tattoo ...I may not see her but I know shes always with me. My love is where she is, was, and will alway be. I'll tell her all about it "when I see her again" I love and miss you BABYGIRL!!!

If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?
I will Love you forever and I'm proud of You, You fought so hard to the end.
God saved You he did exactly what you asked him to do. I'll see you when I get there babygirl.

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