We use this space to honor and remember those whose lives have intersected with our group. We hope that our organization made their battle with kidney disease a little bit easier. May they rest in peace.
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PATRICIA E. PICKETT
TRANSPLANT RECIPIENT & BOARD MEMBER
On Dcember 31, 1942, God opened the windows of heaven and scattered sunshine on the city of Pittsburgh, PA and Patricia Evonne Chapman was born. She was the oldest child of Herman and Irene Chapman. She had two siblings, Richard Chapman and Loreen Chapman (Banks). On Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 8:05 am, God once again opened the windows of heaven and Patricia peacefully entered in.
Patricia was born and raised in the Hill District of Pittsburgh and graduated Schenley High School in 1961. She attended the University of Pittsburgh where she earned a B.S. in Social Work/Psychology (double major). After moving to New England, she earned her Masters Degree in education from Cambridge College.
Patricia relocated to the Pittsburgh area in 2008 where she became involved in several organizations. She was a board member of RAMP (Raising Achievement in Monroeville and Pitcairn) and the Western PA Kidney Support Groups.
She was a well-rounded person who gave of herself diligently and wholeheartedly to raise awareness to those causes that were most important to her.
She leaves to cherish her memories: two sons, Leon Bradley, Jr. and Brian K. Bradley; brother, Richard Chapman; a devoted sister, Loreen Chapman-Banks (Timmie)' two granddaughters whom she loved dearly, Patricia J. Bradley and Victoria E. Bradley; and a host of other relatives and friends.
JOHNSON SANDRA L.Dialysis Patient
On January 18, 2012, age 60, of Turtle Creek, formerly of Braddock. Mother of Malcom Massey; sister of Hattie Hawkins, Paul Steward, Gloria, Robert, Jr., Debra, Vincent and Christine Johnson; also survived by six grandchildren, other relatives and friends.We're thankful that Sandra joined our group to share her story and encourage others to be strong in battling kidney disease. Her perserverance in overcoming obstacles was an inspiration for us all.
Kula Manolakis Tedesco Goughnour
Died Feb. 18, 2011 at age 56. Born in McKeesport March 17, 1954 she is the daughter of Thelma Theodore Manolakis of White Oak and the late Michael Manolakis.
In addition to her mother she is survived by her husband, James Goughnour, son, A.J. Tedesco of McKeesport, step daughter, Angelica Goughnour of McKeesport, sisters Lisa (Dr. Richard) Lindsey of Colorado Springs, CO, Mary Ann Snyder of Brentwood, PA and Nikki (Raymond) Swartz of Glassport, PA. She is also survived by her grand dog Oden, beloved nieces and nephews, Autumn, Alexis, Amy, Samantha, Michael and Christopher, as well as, great grand nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by sister Ali (Dr. Ted) Manolakis-Osial.
She was the recipient of a heart transplant five and a half years ago, therefore she was involved with Team Pittsburgh which is the Transplant Olympics. She was a very loyal McKeesporter (once a Tiger, always a Tiger) and very active in many organizations through the years.
Kula and her husband Jim shared their talents and experiences in culinary arts, and did a memorable presentation for our support group on food safety. Kula's last post on Facebook was a story on organ donation.
Our little Greek angel had a zest for life that inspired us all. This quote from Kula is typical of that: "I never quit playing. Love to color with my great niece and nephews; drink tea out mini cups. Getting older, but not growing up."
Pamela (Silknitter) Shaffer, age 63, of Monroeville, passed away at Canonsburg Hospital on Monday, December 13, 2010. Born in Huntingdon, PA on January 7, 1947. Pam was the daughter of the late Bob and Jean Silknitter. Since 2002, Pam was a proud member of the Transplant Olympics "Team Pittsburgh," and also enjoyed reading, most particularly at the beach or pool. Pam volunteered at the Monroeville Mall Ministries and for C.O.R.E. Pam enjoyed Sunday afternoons watching the Steelers. Pam was a loving mother of two daughters and one son: Jennifer Antal (Mickey) of Slippery Rock, Glenn Shaffer (Sherri) of Erie and Sandra Kepler (Bernie) of Palmyra; sister of Pat Kline of Washington and Penny Cowan of Rocklin, CA. Pam is also survived by nine grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Team Pittsburgh c/o Shelly Zomak, 200 Lothrop St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213.
A few months ago I received an email from Bill Quinones. He resides in Virginia Beach. His father was from Pittsburgh and he found us via our website. His father's kidneys failed and he was having problems not wanting to go on dialysis. Bill had planned to bring his father to a support group and we talked about how his father would have liked to have lunch at Panera. Unfortunately his father's health continued to deteriorate and he died on December 8th. -- Robb
Barry J. Quinones / Lived Cuban missile crisis and French Connection
Dec. 25, 1935 - Dec. 8, 2010
If someone wanted to know what Barry J. Quinones did during his life, that person would have to set aside some time to find out. Mr. Quinones had a colorful and varied career that spanned from being a lead choir boy at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City as a child to retiring as a private investigator. In between were stints as a Marine Corps captain with service during the Cuban missile crisis, a financial whiz for General Electric Credit Corp., a federal narcotics agent who was involved in the famous French Connection case, security chief for a clothing company, and safety and security director at Allegheny General Hospital. Mr. Quinones, of Monroeville, died Wednesday in Canterbury Place, a UPMC Senior Community in Lawrenceville, of complications from diabetes. He was 74.
His son, William, of Virginia Beach, Va., said Mr. Quinones, a native of Puerto Rico who grew up in New York City, was well suited for his various jobs because of his singular focus on details. "He was always talking about procedure," he said. "He was tremendously detail-oriented, very precise. He wasn't a man to stand a lot of re-dos. He wanted things done right the first time. He lived his life that way, working for and pressing for preciseness." But Mr. Quinones did let his hair down. He was a golfer and Steelers fan and enjoyed traveling and singing, both in church and with friends.
His Marine Corps career, from 1959 to 1962, likely had a hand in his attention to detail. He was a transportation supply and mobility captain, deployed primarily in the Mediterranean with many ports of call, but during the Cuban missile crisis he was reassigned to the Florida area. He remained active in the Marine Corps Reserve while working at what is now known as GE Money for two years in credit collection and auditing. After that he joined the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, then known as the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, and was assigned to the New York City office. "I remember, growing up as a child, some of the dangers and some of the intrigue he brought home as part of his job," said Mr. Quinones' son.
In New York, Mr. Quinones was involved in The French Connection case made even more famous by the 1971 movie of the same name starring Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider. "It was one of his favorite movies. He knew the characters in the movie. He said the essence of the real incident was captured in the movie," Mr. Quinones' son said.
In 1968, he transferred to the bureau's Pittsburgh office. The next year he went to work as regional security director for Lerner Shops, the clothing store now known as New York & Co., where he was responsible for store security in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Maryland. Mr. Quinones became security director at AGH in 1974, leading a staff of 60. He was instrumental in the establishment of LifeFlight medical helicopter service at the hospital, writing procedures and policies for safety and security, his son said. After retiring from AGH, he opened his own security and private investigation agency, Adam Detective Agency, which assisted in security at Forbes Regional Hospital and Rite Aid Security. He retired from that post in 2009.
His wife of 52 years, Anne E. Quinones, died in May. In addition his son, Mr. Quinones is survived by two daughters, Anne M. DiNardo of Brookline and Linda J. Sablofski of Monroeville; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.