Actress. Bridgette Andersen was best known as the title character in the 1982 comedy,”Savannah Smiles”. Born Bridgette Marriah Andersen in Inglewood, California, she showed high intelligence from a young age. By age 2, she was able to read and noted Ernest Hemingway as her favorite author. That same year, she decided she wanted to be an actress and was quickly signed by an agent. For the next few years, she would work as a child model and also starred in dozens of commericals and landed bit parts on shows like “King’s Crossing” and a role the TV movie, “Washington Mistress”. In 1982, at age 7, she won the title role of Savannah in “Savannah Smiles” for which she would be nominated for “Best Young Motion Picture Actress” by The Young Artists Awards . Throughout 1982, she worked regularly in tv, landing roles in “Remington Steele”, “Family Ties” and even playing a young Mae West in the tv movie, “Mae West”. In 1983, Bridgette starred in the short lived sitcom “Gun Shy” and was again nominated for an award by The Young Artists Awards. In 1985, she filmed the tv movie, “A Summer To Remember” and starred in the critically panned “Fever Pitch” with Ryan O’Neal. By 1986, Bridgette found herself working less but still managed to land roles in “The Golden Girls” and “The Parent Trap 2”. In 1987, she starred in what would be her last film, “Too Much” and would not work much until the early 90s. One of her last acting roles would come in 1995 playing a bit part in the sitcom, “Unhappily Ever After”, filmed a year before her death. Bridgette was reportedly not close to her family and had little contact with them. During her teens, she became heavily involved in drugs. By 1997, Bridgette was studying theater and working at the Erewhon Health Food Store in Los Angeles. Prior to her death, she was trying to kick her heroin habit but, was having trouble breaking ties with friends that were still involved in the drug scene. According to reports, sometime during the week of May 12, 1997, Bridgette overdosed on a combination of alcohol and heroin. A friend was present at the time and called for an ambulance. She was taken to Queen of Angels hospital in Hollywood and placed on life support. On May 18, 1997, Bridgette was declared brain dead and taken off life support. Her death is listed as “Accidental Overdose of Drugs and Alcohol.” She was 21 years old.
Name: Michael F. Baker
Location: Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania
Lost The Battle: December 9, 2020
Michael F. Baker
Michael F. Baker, 27, of Tobyhanna, died unexpectedly, from an accidental overdose on Wednesday, December 9, 2020.
Born in Livingston, New Jersey, Michael was the youngest son of Sharon A. (Duva) Baker of Tobyhanna, and the late Charles “Steve ” Baker Sr.
Michael was a Pocono Mountain West High School graduate. He worked for Dog Goods USA in Tobyhanna. Michael was an avid skateboarder and snowboarder, and you would often find him spending the winter months at Big Boulder Mountain in Lake Harmony.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by brother: Charles S. Baker II and his wife, Patricia of Tobyhanna; niece and nephews: Riley, Charlie, and Ryan.
There will be a viewing from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 13 at Bolock Funeral Home, 6148 Paradise Valley Road, Cresco. The Reverend Father Sean Carpenter will conduct a blessing service at 2 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to his family through the Go Fund Me account already set up with deepest gratitude, by visiting gofundme.com/f/please-help-the-family-of-mike-baker.
Private cremation has been entrusted to Bolock Funeral Home Crematory.
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Name: Bethany L. MacKenzie
Location: York Pennsylvania
Lost The Battle: December 29, 2020
Bethany L. MacKenzie
York – Bethany Lynn MacKenzie, 29, fell asleep in Jesus on Tuesday, December 29, 2020. She was born in York, PA. Bethany’s love for people, particularly the less fortunate, made working with those with mental health and developmental disabilities a natural fit. She was a hard worker and was most proud of her employment with Jessica & Friends and most recently Community Services Group as a supervisor. She loved her parents, sisters, brothers-in-law, nieces, and nephew. Bethany’s soul-care included reading the Bible and listening to Christian music. Beach escapes and spending time in the outdoors, whether at Chickies Rock or hunting, was where she found personal peace and solace.
Six years ago, Bethany was introduced to heroin. This nectar from Hell immediately peddled its hideous lies like, “Every day can be Christmas morning,” “You can stop using heroin whenever you feel like it,” “My addiction has nothing to do with anyone else,” “I have nothing to live for anyway. I might as well keep using,” “Life is no fun without heroin.” Bethany never wanted to be defined by her addiction. She fought heroically completing countless rehabs and detox programs. In the end, Bethany traded EVERYTHING for heroin: family, friends, cars, phones, money, her life. It may appear that heroin has won once again in York County. Though we miss Bethany terribly, her personal faith in Christ convinces us that she is now safe in the arms of Jesus forevermore (Ps. 139:14-16; Rev. 21:4). Because her struggle is over, our struggle is over.
If you or your family member battle with addiction, never give up hope. This family disease demands the utmost in empathy, education, tough love, humility, prayer, accountability, and undying support. Trump heroin’s lies with the facts.
Survivors include her loving parents, Rev. Dr. Dave and Susan MacKenzie; sisters, Kara and husband, Brad Sadler, Kaitlin and husband, John Riggs, Aimee and husband, Roger Casado; and her beloved nieces and nephew, Leah, Ava, Jane, Alexis, and Silas.
Visitation will be from 7-9 PM, on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. A final visitation will be on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, from 10-11 AM, followed by a Celebration of Life service at 11 AM. All services held at Bridgeway Community Church, 255 Reynolds Mill Rd, York. Rev. Dr. Kevin Frain presiding. Interment will be at Blymire Cemetery followed by a luncheon. Austin H. Eberly Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. The family asks that all attendees wear masks. Instead of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the York Chapter of Not One More.
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Name: Billie Jo Orndoff Bruce
Location: Washington, Pennsylvania
Lost The Battle: December 30, 2020
Billie Jo Orndoff Bruce, 48, of Washington, died Wednesday, December 30, 2020, in her home.
Billie was born November 12, 1972, in Waynesburg. She was the daughter of Joan Lewis Caputo of Richeyville and William Orndoff of Punta Gorda, Florida. She was also raised by her loving stepfather, Joseph Caputo of Richeyville.
Billie Jo graduated from Bethlehem-Center High School in 1990. She continued her education at Western School of Health and Business ,where she became a medical assistant. In 2003, she married Allen Wayne Bruce.
Billie struggled for almost two decades with an opiate addiction. Once she stopped using heroin, she continued to feed her addiction with synthetic heroin, anti-depressants, anti-psychotics and anti-anxiety medication in large doses, prescribed by medical professionals. As a result, she was further estranged from her family and struggled to function in society. A young beautiful soul was lost to addiction. Beyond the addict was an incredible person with an infectious smile and sarcastic sense of humor that would have her loved ones in stitches. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy. She was smart and witty and hilarious. She will be missed eternally. It is our hope that by sharing Billie and her family’s struggle we can raise awareness about what happens when an addict stops using street drugs and replaces them with equally harmful prescription medications.
In addition to her husband and parents, left to cherish her memory are one sister, Jennifer Schmidt (Curtis Guthrie) of Centerville; three daughters, Shaylee Teegarden (Michael) of Monessen, Allena Bruce and Irelyn Bruce of Washington; three grandsons, Aris, Axel and Wyatt; two nephews and a niece, Steven, Sydney and Shane. Also surviving are many aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by an infant son, Colin Bruce.
Due to COVID restrictions, there will be no public visitation at this time. The family is planning a celebration of life in the spring. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Ferguson Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 700 Broad Avenue, Belle Vernon. 724-929-5300
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Name: David Louis Corralejo
Location: Tempe, Arizona
Lost The Battle: September 29, 2018
My David was not just the love of my life he was my right side he was my goof ball my joking partner my confidence my support system he boosted my low self esteem he was my best friend my happiness my pain in the butt at times but most of all he was my fiancé my soulmate the daddy and step daddy to our 4 kids. The day he was to come home was a day our kids and myself couldn’t wait for we missed him while he was away our son whom disconnected w his daddy was ready to accept his daddy and he had the most excitement to see his daddy his words were mama I’m gunna hug my daddy oh so right and kiss his cheek and tell him how much I’ve missed him and how much I love him those words are what I’ve been waiting to hear. His addiction ripped the bond between our son and himself I will never forget how many times I’ve begged and cried to his family to help me help him or help me get him to a place to help him because it was awful I didn’t want to lose my king and I couldn’t imagine my life without him but now I have no choice and it’s been the worse pain ever he was always such a fun loving person he had such a big heart and did so much for anyone he loved to joke with friends and kick backs when we first started dating he took my older two kids under his wing without me asking he stepped up and filled in that empty spot for my two kids that their own father never showed them he loved them like they were his I was surprised and speechless seeing how they easily connected with each other then when we had our first son together I never seen a father love so hard he was the most amazing devoted daddy I could ask for he made me fall even more in love with him then we had our little girl automatically that first moment he saw her he was in protective daddy mode and watched her closely as he did our other 3 he had his own lil princess and he was nervous but thrilled at the same time that was true father daughter affection he made my life become the best thing i been through a lot and he changed it he made me see the good from the bad he made me feel loved daily when I walked in on him using I about fell I was confused angry mad hurt etc. he promised it was only a one time thing I believed him until he started to became a total stranger who became so distant flip outs on us over anything I was so scared hurt when things got more intense I’ve become a total wreck stressing everyday worrying recasted late night no sleep majority of the times watching him as he was sick from the addiction etc my biggest fear nightmare was me and our kids walk-in in on him laying there I begged I prayed for that to never happen I thank god it didn’t. But the fact that the day he was supposed to return home to us from being clean for almost 8months when they released him 2days prior to his release date without notifying us they dropped him off to a town farther then what he should have been and that night I got the call they found his body in a restaurant bathroom gone I died that night with him I’m left with so much pain so much hurt my heart is broke. In billions of pieces and there’s no way possible to fix this damage our kids are not the same I’m. Not the same my nightmare is now my reality and it kills me everyday I’m hurt with his family when I needed them to step in when he needed them the most they refused they turned their backs they didn’t help the issue they helped feed the addiction who does that ill never be able to move pass all that I’ve been thru or went thru he passed sept 2018 I still haven’t grieved or been able to accept losing my best friend my king to this addiction nothing makes sense of what happened I feel like his family are leaving so much more out and it hurts I deserve to know the truth I miss him so much the anger I have deep down is only growing the sadness roses I’m just a wreck I need my David back I wish I could bring him back
Name: Jason Moore
Location: Norwalk, Ohio
Lost The Battle: March 25, 2020
Jason was a caring son, brother, uncle, cousin, nephew, & grandson. Most importantly, he was a great friend. You knew he cared about you because he always had your back. Even in his darkest days, he was there for those he loved.
He loved the outdoors & adventures. Fishing was a hobby of his & hanging out with his friends in his free time.
Jason Scott Moore, 22, of Norwalk succumbed to his addiction on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. He was born on August 8, 1997 in Norwalk, the son of Christopher Moore and Jacquie (Whitmer) Moore.
He was a 2016 graduate of New London High School. Jason was employed as a laborer at Borgers in Norwalk. Jason spent as much time as he could in the great outdoors, going hunting and fishing. He enjoyed his gun and knives collection.
Jason is survived by his loving family; mother, Jacquie (Whitmer) Moore of Norwalk; father and step mother, Christopher and Kimberly Moore of New London; brother, Nick Moore of Norwalk; sisters, Jordan (Anthony) Poltrone and Taylar Howell of New London; grandparents, Gene and Janet Whitmer of Norwalk and Denver and Jean Moore of New London, step grandmother, Gloria Biddinger of Norwalk; aunt, Jessica Whitmer of North Ridgeville; uncle, Mike Moore of New London; step aunt, Cassie (Gary) Hurst of Collins, and several cousins.
A private family service was held and a public memorial service will take place at a later date.
Name: Daniel Minh Andrews
Location: Westlake, Ohio
Lost The Battle: December 26, 2020
Daniel Minh Andrews, 25, passed away unexpectedly on December 26, 2020. Beloved son of Lynn Andrews, dearest brother of Timothy Andrews. Much loved nephew of Bernard Andrews (Patty Montgomery) and Pamela Andrews. Treasured cousin of Amanda Andrews and Traci Andrews. Loved by many other relatives and many friends. Dan lost his battle against addiction but leaves behind many who remember his fun-loving sense of humor and his tender heart. There will be a COVID compliant visitation requiring face masks on Sunday, January 3, 2021, at Jenkins Funeral Chapel, 2914 Dover Center Rd., Westlake, Ohio, 44145, from 2-4 with a short service at 3:30. The family requests no flowers. If you wish to make a donation, send it to Stella Maris, 1320 Washington Ave., Cleveland, Ohio 44113 or Matt Talbot for Men, 6753 State Rd., Parma, Ohio. 44134, in Dan’s memory.
Name: Jessica Rae Campbell
Location: Covington, Kentucky
Lost The Battle: December 9, 2020
Covington – Jessica Rae (nee Hayden) Campbell, 35, of Covington, KY, passed away on Wednesday, December 9, 2020. Born in Ft. Thomas, KY on August 3, 1985, she was the daughter of Teresa and the late Kenneth Hayden. Jessica was artistic and enjoyed writing poetry, music and drawing. Jessica will always be remembered as a vibrant and loving person who made friends easily. She could light up a room and went out of her way to lift-up others. She will be greatly missed by all of those who loved her and whose lives she touched. In addition to her father, Jessica was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather: Jesse Hayden and her maternal grandparents: Ronald and Nancy Gordon. Jessica is survived by her mother: Teresa (David Freeman) Hayden; paternal grandmother: Helen Hayden; brothers: Jeremy Gordon and Ryan Hayden; sisters: Andrea (Randy) Speakman and Nikki (Craig) Claxton; nieces and nephews: Evie Speakman, Owen Speakman, Caitlynn Claxton, Conner Claxton, Carter Gordon, Christian Gordon and Aaliyah Hayden and several aunts and uncles. A Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 from 5:30 P.M. until the Funeral Service at 7:30 P.M. at Serenity Funeral Care, 40 West 6th Street, Covington, KY 41011. Due to State Covid-19 Mandates, a face mask must be worn while inside the Funeral Home. Temperatures and names will be taken at the door. The service can also be viewed through Live Stream at https://youtu.be/1GU4cHep8ZQ starting at 7:20 P.M. In lieu of flowers Memorials are suggested in Jessica’s name to NKY Hates Heroin at NKYHatesHeroin.com or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be expressed on Facebook or at SerenityFuneralCare.com
Name: Stacey Sulpizi
Location: New York, Delaware
DOD: April 4, 2020
Psalm 34:18 “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; He rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” To those who are reeling from this tragic news, God wants you to know He loves you, He is with you, and He will never leave you. And be comforted in knowing that our beloved Stacey Lynn is safe in the arms of her Jesus, whom she loved
Stacey Lynn Sweetman Sulpizi age 35 of New Castle, DE, formerly of Wyckoff went to be with her Lord and Savior peacefully on Saturday, April 4, 2020. Born in Ridgewood, she lived in Hawthorne and Wyckoff before moving to New Castle a year ago. Stacey was a 2002 graduate of Ramapo High School. She was a 9 year employee of Aqua Plast of Wyckoff. Stacey always had a beautiful smile on her face. Her happiness and laughter were contagious to everyone around her. She had a heart for Jesus and drew people to Him through her kind and gentle nature. Stacey had a unique ability to make a person feel as though they were the most important person in the world. After a 17 year battle with depression and drugs, Stacey is now resting in the loving arms of Jesus. Most people would have never even known that she struggled. She was always smiling and always happy. Her memory will live on through the positive times we all have shared with her.
Psalm 34:18 “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; He rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” To those who are reeling from this tragic news, God wants you to know He loves you, He is with you, and He will never leave you. And be comforted in knowing that our beloved Stacey Lynn is safe in the arms of her Jesus, whom she loved. Surviving is her husband Nicholas Sulpizi, her daughter Grace, her mother Debra Hooyman, her father Nelson Sweetman and his wife Heather, her loving brother Randy Sweetman and his wife Jackie and her grandmothers, Emma Sweetman and Lenora Hoffman. Stacey also leaves many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and many cousins. Due to the everchanging scenario of the Covid-19/Coronavirus situation, Stacey’s family will be holding private services. The family thanks you for your understanding in this matter. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Stacey’s name may be made to: the Walter Hoving Home, 40 Walter Hoving Road, Garrison, NY 10524 or the Wyckoff Volunteer Ambulance Corps, PO Box 214, Wyckoff, NJ 07481.
Name: William “Billy” Budd III
Location: Woodbridge, New Jersey
DOD: July 14, 2019