Christine Erbe

Christine Erbe
Christine Erbe

Angels Info

Name: Christine Erbe
Age: 21
Location: Lansford, Pennsylvania
Lost The Battle: January 15, 2016

 

ABOUT ME:

Christine is my only child. She was, funny, loving, outgoing, adventurous, fearless, caring, happy, smart and so much more. She loved tattoos (was covered in them). She was adored by everyone. Her talent was impeccable. She loved to dance, spending over 10 years doing all kinds. She always did her big, beautiful eyes up with alit of mascara but it didn’t look like it. She had a huge smile and infectious laugh. She was an old soul when it came to music. Loved tie dye too. Her family was everything to her. She was my mini me. When she was asked where she got one of her features from, she always replied with an attitude, “I got it from my momma!” She was my entertainment, always making everyone laugh.

Wyndi L Kloepper

Wyndi L Kloepper
Wyndi L Kloepper

Angels Info

Name: Wyndi L Kloepper
Age: 47
Location: Troy, Illinois
Lost The Battle: December 25, 2020

 

ABOUT ME:

Wyndi died on Christmas night…Her 9 year old son, Nicholas, called 911 when he could not wake her up in the evening. Wyndi had been a looong time drug addict. But heroin was just not her drug…she liked crack then meth !!! Of course that’s not to say she wouldn’t do heroin …but she hated doing it and she hated the withdrawals from it but she did it one last time.She struggled all of her life with addiction. She was my oldest daughter and my second daughter to die of a heroin/fentanyl overdose in 2020….I love ❤️ you Wyndi L Best-Kloepper with all my heart and soul …RIP

Heather Phillips

Heather Phillips
Heather Phillips

Angels Info

Name: Heather Phillips
Age: 35
Location: Troy, Illinois
Lost The Battle: March 30, 2020

 

ABOUT ME:

Heather struggled with addiction for many years … she left behind 3 wonderful children, Kaylyn, Alexys, and William. She never tried to stop using. She never entered rehab. She didn’t ever want to stop using and never asked for or looked for help to stop…until she went to prison for the second time. During her time in prison she realized maybe life being sober wasn’t so bad and just maybe she could continue it when she was released. She had many many years of addiction and emotions to deal with when she became incarcerated and sober. She was due to be released from prison soon and had made her plans to go directly into a rehab/halfway house…until COVID hit….she was a non- violent prisoner and they came to her and said if you have a place to go …you are out of here. She was released on Wednesday March 25, 2020…she was found dead in the early morning hours of Monday March 30, 2020. As many of you I know I always knew this call was possible…I just didn’t think it would be now. My heart was just completely broken. I don’t have the words to explain how completely devastated I was and what a horrible impact this has had on our family. I love ❤️ you Heather Jo Phillips with all my heart and soul.

Brandi Roy

Brandi Roy
Brandi Roy

Angels Info

Name: Brandi Roy
Age: 23
Location: Slidell, Louisiana
Lost The Battle: April 23, 2021

 

ABOUT ME:

Brandi was my babygirl and she fought the battle of addiction since her teens. I am not sure exactly how old she started using drugs but if I had to guess I would say probably 15 or so. She didn’t use heroin until she went to a rehab sober living house at the age of 18. She had been arrested for smoking Weed and after released from jail she went to live this sober living life in Alabama. That is where she met the devil. It was he’ll on earth from then on. She was a beautiful very kind and sweet girl who was diagnosed ADHD at age 4 and put on meds. She had some mental issues and anger issues from the trauma of losing her dad so young. It was a hard time for the whole family but she was loved more than ever but it wasn’t enough. She lost her battle two nights after getting released from jail. She had spent 45 days in and was planning on coming home that weekend to go back to rehab. She didn’t make it unfortunately. I know she is no longer in pain and no longer an addict. She is resting in peace with her Daddy. I miss her terribly and love her more than life but I know I have to be strong so that her baby boy grows up knowing how much his mommy loved him. RIP my sweet angel!

Jason Ardeshiri

Jason Ardeshiri
Jason Ardeshiri

Angels Info

Name: Jason Ardeshiri 
Age: 37
Location: Flower Mound, Texas
Lost The Battle: December 20, 2020

 

ABOUT ME:

Jason left a massive hole in my heart. From the moment we met, I knew we’d be friends for the rest of our lives… little did I know, your life would be cut so short. I miss your kindness, your generosity, your selflessness, your zest for life. You’ve made a permanent mark on my life. When you left the last time, I worried about you, a lot. It was too easy to tell me that everything was great over the phone. I wish I could go back in time and pry more… and disclose my own struggles. We had just talked to you… only days before you passed. I wish we could have done more… I am heartbroken. I miss my friend… my “emotional support boyfriend” as my actual boyfriend referred to you whenever I was overly emotional about something, he would tell me to call you. I would give anything to be able to pick up the phone now and just talk to you. I will never forget you J… Until we see you again, rest in paradise buddy. I love you. 05/15/17

Everett “Elwood” Edens III

Everett Elwood Edens III
Everett Elwood Edens III

Angels Info

Name: Everett Elwood Edens III
Age: 37
Location: Houston, Texas
Lost The Battle: May 17, 2017

 

ABOUT ME:

A loving devoted husband, father and friend. He worked hard and played harder. He would do anything for anyone at anytime. He was strong willed and hard headed.. He never gave up. Although his demons one in the end he taught them til the end. He is loved and missed by me and all that knew him.. I Love and Miss you with all my heart.
R.I.P Everett “Elwood” Edens III
11/15/80 – 05/15/17

Ryan Howard

Ryan Howard
Ryan Howard

Angels Info

Name: Ryan Howard
Age: 51
Location: Haynesville, Virginia
Lost The Battle: September, 9, 2017

 

ABOUT ME:

My father was intelligent, considerate, strong and compassionate. He was a father of five, an Army veteran and a skilled brick mason. He gave great advice and pushed all of us to prove people wrong and be the best we could be. He’s in Heaven beaming with pride.

Sidney J. Bothman IV

Angels Info

Name: Sidney J. Bothman IV
Age: 31
Location: St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana
Lost The Battle: February 25, 2021

 

OBITUARY:

Sidney J. Bothman, IV passed away at the young age of 31 on Thursday, February 25, 2021. Sidney was a lifelong resident of St. Bernard Parish and graduated from Chalmette High School in 2008, where he loved playing baseball for the Owls. Sidney is survived by his son, Ace, and daughter, Vayda. He is the son of Kelly Janneck and Sidney J. Bothman III and grandson of the late Carol and Sidney Bothman, Jr; and Betty and Earl Janneck. Sidney is the brother of Whitney Salone (Anthony) and uncle to Peyton Petric and Blake Salone. Sidney is also survived by his godmother and Aunt, Kim Janneck, his Aunt Kit McMahan (Jim), his uncles Kirk (Tessie) and Kevin (Peggy) as well as many cousins and friends.

We are choosing to tell Sidney’s story with the hope it may resonate with others struggling with addiction so they may possibly seek help. We also want families affected by the addiction of a loved one to know they are not alone.

To say Sidney’s death was unexpected would not be truthful. Multiple overdoses within the last six months became so commonplace that they started to lose their shock value. Being revived with Narcan each time made him feel invincible. However, Sidney overdosing on what was presumed to be fentanyl laced heroin, suffering irreparable brain damage and then being placed on life support for fourteen days was not something we ever prepared for and we know it was not something he envisioned. It was the final gut punch that, while truly agonizing, was at the same time a blessing as it gave us the peace we needed and the grace Sidney needed from us. We were finally able to forgive him for the past and all the anger and resentment melted away leaving only space for unconditional love.

Sidney’s addiction has spanned over a decade of his young life. In the beginning, his addiction to pharmaceuticals made him somewhat of a drug snob because he wasn’t using hard street drugs. However, addiction is insidious in the way it stealthily progresses from something that gets you high on the weekends to something that you will put before everything and everyone you love, and that is what heroin did to Sidney. We all kept waiting for something to put him on the true road to recovery but no matter how horrible the consequence, “rock bottom” seemed to elude Sidney. He experienced pretty much everything one would expect would happen to a person who is faced with an out of control addiction.

Ironically, one of the longest periods of time where we truly had our Sidney back in our lives was during a five year drug related incarceration. At the time, we thought it was horrible that we were separated, but the separation was only physical. He was sober, mentally present, clear-headed, grateful, loving, and focused with his eye on the prize, which was a second chance at life. During this time he lived for visits from his family, which always included his beloved niece, Peyton, who brought him so much joy and love. Sadly, once he gained his physical freedom, he soon became imprisoned again by his addiction.

We humbly ask for your grace when you remember Sidney, because he was so much more than his addiction. He had a huge heart, generous spirit and he was that guy that never met a stranger. His personality was his currency and he managed to charm everyone he met. He was the funniest person we have ever known, and his smile, my God his beautiful smile, would light up any room. Sidney made some destructive life choices which tragically ended his young life way too soon. These life choices were in direct contradiction to his beautiful gifts. However, he did make a selfless choice in the midst of his chaotic life, and that was his decision to donate his organs upon death. Sidney fought and stayed alive on life support to try to make good on that promise. Sadly, he was not able to donate his organs because the intricate timing between removal from life support and natural death extended past the point where his organs would be viable. However, he is still a hero in our eyes for his brave effort.

We ask for your prayers for his precious children, Ace and Vayda. Our family would also like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Chris and Terry Dettwiller, and Robyn Dettwiller Vieregge for their selfless acts of love, protection and guardianship to Ace and Vayda.

We would like to thank the wonderful Neuro ICU nurses at Ochsner Main Campus, especially Lauren and Melanie, who were so compassionate in their care of Sidney.

The family would also like to bring awareness to the LOPA Foundation and encourage others to register to be an organ donor and to also consider monetary donations to this extraordinary organization.

A private burial will be held at St. Bernard Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home.

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Eric William Abrey

Eric William Abrey
Eric William Abrey

Angels Info

Name: Eric William Abrey
Location: Webster, NY
Lost The Battle: February 27th 2021

 

OBITUARY:

Passed away on February 27th 2021. He is survived by his mother Renee (Aaron) Preston; his father Michael (Sandra) Abrey; brother Bradley Abrey (Rebecca Lombardo); Grandparents Paul and Bonnie Horn and Thomas and Deborah Abrey, also many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Eric was born in Rochester, NY. He graduated in 2013 from Webster Schroeder High School. Eric lived for a time in Pittsburgh, PA in 2016 and 2017. He eventually made his way back to his hometown Webster, NY where he currently resided.

Beloved son, brother, grandson, cousin and friend. Eric enjoyed a variety of sports, music and spending time with his family. He was kind, charming and charismatic. Eric will be remembered for his playful nature, great sense of humor and contagious laugh.

Although Eric yielded to his addiction in the end he fought his battle with amazing strength and courage, overcoming many obstacles, enjoying years of sobriety in his recovery in which his family is grateful for.

Calling hours on Wednesday from 4:30-7PM at the Falvo Funeral Home 1295 Webster Rd (Route 250).

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Miriam “Miri” Klau

Miriam "Miri" Klau
Miriam "Miri" Klau

Angels Info

Name: Miriam “Miri” Klau
Age:  26
Location: Belchertown, Massachusetts
Lost The Battle: December 9, 2020

 

OBITUARY:

Miriam “Miri” Klau died on Saturday, January 9, 2021, of a drug overdose following a long struggle with addiction, narcolepsy and mental illness. Born in Boston, she was 26. She was the beloved daughter of Dr. Jennifer (Feldman) Klau and the Honorable Daniel J. Klau of West Hartford. Miri had proudly enjoyed more than a year of sobriety before her death and was planning on moving from Los Angeles to Hawaii with her boyfriend, who had taught her how to surf. A graduate of The Bess & Paul Sigel Hebrew Academy (2008) and William Hall High School (2012), Miri was a passionate artist who loved glassblowing and metal work, especially wrought iron. She was a talented musician and vocalist who brought family and friends to tears whenever she performed. Classically trained on piano, Miri also taught herself cello, guitar and saxophone. She loved to paint, create digital art and sketch her friends. To the trepidation of her parents, who lost countless nights of sleep, the adventurous and friendly Miri hitchhiked and train-hopped her way across the United States several times after completing a gap-year program. At times she chose to live on the streets. Ever afterwards she admonished family and friends to show compassion for the homeless. Miri’s friends remember her loving spirit, genuineness and wide-ranging creativity. They recall that, despite her own challenges, Miri always put others’ needs before her own. Miri is survived by her parents, younger siblings Ari and Etan, grandparents David and Barbara “Bobby” Klau of West Hartford, and Wallace and Cecily Feldman of Brookline, MA and Delray Beach, FL, an extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins, and innumerable friends she made in her travels across the continent and, occasionally, in jail. Her beloved dog Ani, a Husky-Akita who rarely left her side in their four years together, will be adopted by Ari. A private graveside funeral for family members will be held on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. In remembrance of Miri’s compassion for the homeless, donations may be made in her name to My Sisters’ Place (sistersplacect.org). For further information or to sign the guest book for Miri, please visit online at www.weinsteinmortuary.com/funerals.

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