James H. Helmer

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Name: James H. Helmer
Age: 38
Location:Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
DOD: May 25, 2016

Angels Bio:

James H. Helmer, age 38, of Beaver Dam, ended his life on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 because he couldn’t withstand the pain of addiction any longer.

The memorial gathering will be at Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam on Thursday, June 2, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

James Howard Helmer was born on June 14, 1977 to Michael and Gretchen (Bendix) Helmer. He attended Beaver Dam High School and was a 1995 graduate. James went on to PC Pro School and earned a certificate in IT. He was a master at so many things and had many titles which included a welder, painter, quality control inspector, racecar driver-“Hamburger Helmer”, and mentor. He drove car #7 at the Jefferson Speedway and won numerous trophies and a Track Championship. He had a contagious smile and could always make you laugh. James started using prescription pain medication and became addicted. He turned to heroin to try to make himself feel better because the pain of withdrawal was so sickening. James lost everything in order to support his addiction. Heroin made him give up life as a father, son, and brother and made him believe that it could make him feel normal. Heroin was more powerful than words a mother could say to her dying son; more powerful than a five year old boy could say to his dying dad. It is strong but it can be beat. Don’t wait until tomorrow. Fight today. Please visit StopHeroinNow.org and see what you can do to help end this growing disease.

James will be missed by his son, Mason of Mayville; mother, Gretchen Gallenbeck (Dan Respalje) of Markesan; father, Michael (Tracy) Helmer of Neenah; sisters, Chandel (Dan) Bingen of Taycheedah, and Heather (Todd) Vande Kolk of Waupun; niece and nephews, Tyler Wendt, Cody Wendt, Calista Muraski, Gavin Bingen, and Brady Bingen; great nephew, Kayden Wendt; maternal grandpa, Gene (Susan) Bendix of Arizona; countless number of friends and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his step dad, Arnold Gallenbeck, Jr.; paternal grandparents, and maternal grandma.

If desired, memorials to the family would be appreciated.

The Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam is caring for the family. To leave online condolences, or for directions and other information, please visit our website at www.KoepsellFH.com.

Travis A. Colton

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Name: Travis A. Colton
Age: 22
Location: West Chicago, Illinois
DOD: May 25, 2016

Angels Bio:
Travis Alexander Colton, 29, of Russellton passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, April 27, 2016. He was a beloved son of Terry A. Colton and Frances Gale Colton; brother to Mindy (Adam) Reese, Mark (Ashley) Clover, Jason Clover, Melina Colton, Christian Colton, Levi Colton, Seth Colton and MaryRose Colton; uncle to Abigale, Sebastian and Caleb Reese, Jonah and Penelope Clover and Kaya Rayne Jackson; also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins. Travis was the fourth of nine children, grandchild to Floyd and Rose Winningham and the first Colton grandson to Frank and Patricia Colton. His talents, like his smiles, were endless. A graduate of Deer Lakes High School, Travis was an entrepreneur with his own roofing company, musician, writer, storyteller, architectural artist and stand-up comedian. Travis battled a demon for roughly the last seven years. She made him feel inspiration for only a brief moment in time and then she was gone. Travis chased her and she had his heart. He fought to leave her and eventually left her many times and was better, but she always made her way back into his presence and the cycle would repeat itself. Eventually she took Travis’s life. Heroin. She has taken the lives of many. We are not alone. This is an epidemic that is in fact a disease and it needs to be treated as such. 
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the SIWICKI-YANICKO FUNERAL HOME, 23 McKrell Road, Russellton, West Deer, where parting prayers will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, followed by Catholic funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church, Russellton, with the Rev. James P. Holland officiating. He will be privately laid to rest next to his grandmother, Rose.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to https://www.youcaring.com/mark-clover-and-mindy-reese-562219 in which a donation will be made in Travis’s honor. View obituary online and leave condolences at www.siwicki-yanickofh.com.

Elizabeth D. Blunt

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Name:Elizabeth D. Blunt
Age: 22
Location: West Chicago, Illinois
DOD: May 25, 2016

Angels Bio:
Elizabeth “Beth” Blunt, age 22, a resident of West Chicago, IL, died May 25, 2016, in Sycamore, IL. She was born June 30, 1993, in Winfield, IL. 

Beth attended Wheaton Academy, Glenbard North High School, and Asbury College. Beth loved sports. She played soccer and volleyball and loved cheering for the Blackhawks. She loved the outdoors. She loved music. She played the piano, flute, guitar, and sang beautifully. She liked to read and to watch movies. She loved her pets. She had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh. 

She is survived by her mother Lisa, father Terry, and three brothers, Joel, Andrew and Jonathan.

Kathryn Virginia Sophia Mason

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Name:Kathryn Virginia Sophia Mason
Age: 19
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
DOD: May 14, 2016

Angels Bio:
Katy’s bright future was lost to a life of drug addiction, starting at the age of 15. The epidemic state of drug addiction is the country’s biggest problem at this time, rapidly taking the lives of our children.

Katy will be missed by everyone, especially her parents and brother. She leaves her parents, Bruce and Betty Mason; brother, Houston Wayland; grandfather, Samuel T. Drake, Sr. and extended family. 

To honor Katy’s life, services will be held at St. George’s Episcopal Church on Friday, May 20th. Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:15 a.m., followed by a memorial service at 11:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Saddle Up Nashville, Katy Mason Memorial, www.saddleupnashville.org

Gregory W. Colla

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Name: Gregory W. Colla
Age: 22
Location: South Windsor, Connecticut
DOD: February 12, 2016

Angels Bio:
Gregory W. Colla, 22, of South Windsor, died Friday, February 12, 2016 at Manchester Memorial Hospital surrounded by family. He was born September, 27, 1993 in Rockville, CT, the son of Wayne and Carol (Turcotte) Colla. He attended South Windsor Schools and graduated from South Windsor High School in 2012. He was set to graduate from UCONN in May, 2016 with a degree in Civil Engineering while working part time at Nomads for the last four years. He was predeceased by his paternal grandparents Thomas and Olga (Kuzenko) Colla, of Manchester, CT, and his maternal grandfather Philip Turcotte of West Springfield, MA. He is survived by his parents Wayne and Carol of South Windsor; his brother Kevin and his girlfriend Anna of Columbia, SC; and his sister Kim and her boyfriend Dylan of South Windsor. He also leaves his maternal grandmother Phyllis (Tuttle) Turcotte of West Springfield, MA, along with many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Greg fought a year long, off and on, battle with heroin addiction. While this disease took his life too early, he never stopped being the sweet, shy, loveable son, brother, grandson, nephew, and friend. Through the end he loved bowling, golf, ping pong, and shooting hoops. He was an avid video gamer who was often found singing, whistling, playing the guitar and spending time with his family and friends. He will be sorely missed. Family and friends may gather on Thursday, February 18, 2016, 9 a.m., at the Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home, 419 Buckland Rd., South Windsor; followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Margaret Mary Church. Burial will follow at Wapping Cemetery. Greg’s family will receive friends on Wednesday February 17, 2016 from 5 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Memorial donations in Greg’s name may be made to St. Vincent DePaul Society C/O St. Margaret Mary Church, 80 Hayes Rd., South Windsor, CT 06074. For online condolences and directions please visit www.CarmonFuneralHome.com 

Ryan Phelps

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Name: Ryan Phelps
Age: 30
Location: Akron, Ohio
DOD: Feb. 11, 2016

Angels Bio:
Ryan was born in Akron, Ohio on July 26, 1985 to parents Donald and Kathryn Phelps. He was a graduate of East High school and Fortis College with a degree in computer science. He enjoyed building and repairing cars with his father, and had a passion for sports and video gaming. He could debate any topic tirelessly from a mind that was filled with information he read. He also enjoyed going to movies and spending time with his “buddy”, Nathaniel. He left his mark on this world, but he wasn’t finished. So many things were left unsaid. 

Ryan was preceded in death by his grandparents, Frank and Ruth Farson, Frank and Mary Jones, Donald Phelps Sr.; and uncles, Marshall Phelps and Richard Farson. He is survived by his loving parents, Donald and Kathryn; his sisters, Lesley (Marc) Burgess and Robyn Phelps; his nephews, Nathaniel and Noah; and a niece, Lacey, all whom he adored. He also leaves to mourn many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who will miss him dearly.

Kevin Outen

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Name:  Kevin Outen
Age: 24
Location: Florida
DOD: January 10, 2016

Angels Bio:
Kevin Thomas Outen, 24, spent the last year residing in Florida, and passed away on Sunday, January 10, 2016. He was born in Columbia, Md. 
Kevin was an amazing person with the biggest heart and most amazing smile. He enjoyed fishing, playing baseball, and being with his friends and family. All of the wonderful blessings that he had, talent, friendships, positive outlook on life, and, most importantly, family, were sidelined by a wrong decision to do drugs. Kevin battled with a heroin addiction for many years. In the end his addiction ended his life much too soon. He successfully completed drug rehab several times, but the craving that comes from true addiction was more than he could overcome. If there is someone in your life battling addiction reach out to them. So many lives are lost every day. The stigma of embarrassment and denial must be overcome. 

Nathan Wylie

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Name: Nathan Wylie
Age: 13
Location: Ohio
DOD: April  1, 2017

Angels Bio:
Nathan Wylie, age 13, passed away Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Children’s Medical Center. He was born June 5, 2003 in Panama City, Florida. 

Nathan is survived by his father, Robert Wylie; mother, Denica Stone; aunt, Penny Jo (Chris) Bilbrey; uncle, Tim Wylie; grandparents, James (Barbara) Wylie Jr.; brother, Andrew Wylie; grandparents, Mary (Forrest) Puckett; great-grandparents, Yvonne Abercrombie; aunts, Sheri (Jeremy) Edenfield, Alesha Carr, Sumer Carr and uncle, Greg Carr. He is also survived by numerous family and friends.

Megan Tilton

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Name: Megan Tilton
Age: 18
Location: Texas
DOD: June 5, 2016

Angels Bio:
Born in Tyler, Texas, she moved with her parents to The Woodlands when she was nine years old.  She was a competitive gymnast, a member of the Highland Girls, and a member of The Woodlands Highsteppers.  She excelled in academics, and planned on attending Austin Community College in the fall.  She was very active in her community and belonged to TWHS Interact Club that provided community service and international projects.  She was an avid animal lover, volunteering numerous hours at the local pet shelter.  She also owned her own pet-sitting business, Precious Pet Sitting, since she was 16 years old.