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Joy


Submitted by: Cyn (Mother)
Born: 1974
Died: 2016
My Tribute: I was only 22 when I had my only daughter.
She was such a precocious and gorgeous baby. We did everything together and had tons of fun. Even though I had no experience caring for an infant, it came easily to me because she was just so happy..all the time. I was married but although my husband was "in" the home he was never "present ", if that makes sense. Later in life we were also best friends. These last ten years tho' were such a 180• I realize now, particularly in the final 4 years, she was pushing me away so I went into denial until I lived every day scared to death ..and by then it was too late. I loved Joy so much. We knew each other better than anyone else- and selfishly too, I miss her love.. how much she loved her Mama.

Michael Tzalmon


Submitted by: Annette Tzalmon
Born: 1992
Died: 2017
My Tribute: Our son Michael. Born March 10, 1992. He would have been 25 years old on March 10th. There isn't a day that goes by that we don't speak about you and miss you. We will love you always our beautiful boy.

Chris Dunlap

Chris
Submitted by: Pamela Krukow
Born: 1977
Died: 2008
My Tribute: My wonderful son Chris touched so many lives with his loving heart. He never met a person that did not know he was a really special friend. He was not only my son, he was my best friend also. He leaves behind so many broken hearts from his passing. He passed from an accidental overdose. He had been clean for months. It only took 1 night, that he was so sure that he could beat his demons that he left here at home to go visit some friends, Telling me the whole time that he would be back in time the next morning for his nephews 1st Birthday party. Chris passed that morning and the Sherriff's office was at my door to tell me. My whole world stopped that morning. I am forever grateful that I had 30 years with such a loving son.

Henry Michael VanWitzenburg “Hawk”


Submitted by: Carla
Born: 1996
Died: 3-17
My Tribute: Our dear son, a lover of wilderness, natural hiking paths, and trains has passed away into heavens kingdom on 3-19-2017. He was known in our large family as Hank, and Hawk amongst friends near and far. One to make a difference in everyone's life by the simplest means; sharing a ride, demonstrating how to catch fish with his hands, making a great campfire, welcoming friends both old AND new, near or far with a smile and warm embrace. He made a dismal situation uplifting by just a point of view. Hank was clean for 8 months. He came home with a goal of working to save money and travel abroad woth his soul mate, Monica. He will be forever missed by 2 brothers and 2 sisters, mother, father, grandparents, aunts, uncles and countless friends an passers-by. Until we see you again, Hank. You are truly missed, and always loved.

Jeffrey


Submitted by: Janice (mom)
Born: 1986
Died: 2016
My Tribute: To my son Jeff. Your energy was contagious. Your outgoing personality and good looks made heads turn when you walked into a room. Your love for making sure everyone in your presence knew who you were. You had the ability to have everything wonderful in life. Although something was missing. You were so unhappy with yourself, that you found relief in drugs. I wake up every morning missing you terribly since that day one year ago when you died of a drug overdose. I miss our long talks, I miss your hugs. I miss you calling me little mom. I miss you telling me that you loved me more than anyone in the world. Three days before your death you told me that you wanted to change your life, and promised that you were DONE with drugs. I ask myself. WHY? WHAT WENT WRONG? All I know is the drugs Won and my heart is broken. I love you unconditionally son. I will wait heartbroken until the day I take my last breath and you meet me in heaven. Rest In Peace my beautiful boy!
Love you forever, MOM

Brianna Rose Albanese


Submitted by: Erica Albanese
Born: 1996
Died: 2017
My Tribute: My sister was just as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside. Full of spunk, she was bright, intelligent, funny, generous and caring. She did everything in her power to help those around her reach sobriety and she was always there for anyone in need. She wanted nothing more than a normal life for herself and she put up the strongest fight until this disease took her. I will not remember her as an addict, but as my beautiful, courageous, and loving baby sister who is now my guardian angel.

I love you and miss you so much, Bri. Always on my mind and forever in my heart, I'll be seeing you.

Daniel J Strong

Submitted by: Deanna Murphy
Born: 1977
Died: 2016
My Tribute: My brother my heart may you finally be at peace with your demons.
I love you forever "Danny Boy"

Matthew R. Natale


Submitted by: Judy Natale
Born: 1991
Died: 2017
My Tribute: A piece of my heart died 4/2/2017 with my sweet little boy. What's left of it swells with gratitude for having had 25 years of love from a sweet, kind, loving son. Be at peace my little Smooter knowing you are well loved.

Christopher Rapp


Submitted by: Dolores Rapp Cordeiro
Born: 1981
Died: 2014
My Tribute: Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. I love you Chris, and miss you terribly.
-Mom-