Leah Ann Jacques

Angels Info

Name: Leah Ann Jacques
Age: 24
Location: Greenfield, Massachusetts
DOD:  December 24, 2016

Angels Bio:

Leah Ann Jacques, 24, of Harrison Ave died Saturday 12/24/16 at home.  She was born in Greenfield on September 14, 1992, the daughter of Troy and Debbie (Chagnon) Jacques.  Leah attended local schools in Greenfield and was a graduate of Greenfield High School Class of 2011.  She was currently attending Greenfield Community College in the Medical Assistant Program, where she had previously made the Dean’s List. 

Leah had a passion for helping people.  She was greatly looking forward to the birth of her nephew.

The exact words are a struggle and so very hard to choose to simply define our daughter and sister Leah, but the one word LOVE is the basis that all the other meaningful words flow from.

Leah, aka. Lee Lee, Leela, Lee Lee La La Lola,  loved the thought of becoming an aunt. Her sister, Katelyn, is due to have a baby boy mid February; Baby “G” Leah would affectionately call him.

Leah was looking forward to becoming a Medical Assistant. She had just finished her classes and was getting ready and excited for her practicum to begin. She had so many hopes and dreams for her future.

Leah loved all animals, especially our dog Stella. She loved our family vacations at the lake, the outdoors, fishing to catch and release only and exploring to watch and try to understand nature,
but also very much enjoyed the relaxations of being inside watching a good movie or a favorite tv show, drawing and crossword puzzles.

Family was extremely important to Leah and her love for her whole Family would always shine through at the large or small gatherings that frequently happened.

We lost Leah to a Heroin overdose Christmas Eve day.  We had known about Leah’s struggle with addiction starting, at least a couple years ago, maybe as far back as her first year out of high school. First pills; then heroin. Sounds like the theme for so many families that have gone through the tragic loss of a child, or in the process of worrying about them. Leah was trying to overcome her battle with this terrible disease of drug addiction with the help of professionals, programs and resources in the area.

If you have a loved one going through this, we are so sorry. We have had several conversations, confrontations and arguments with Leah about this over time but there was always LOVE.

We Will Never Stop Loving Our Leah For Ever And Ever.

Besides her parents, Debbie and Troy, Leah leaves her sister, Katelyn Jacques of Greenfield; her paternal grandmother, Anita Jacques of Greenfield; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Leah was predeceased by her paternal grandfather Leo Jacques and her maternal grandparents Leon and Dorothy Chagnon.

There will be no funeral services at this time.  Burial will be at the convenience of the family. 

In lieu of flowers Memorial contributions may be made to the Leah Ann Jacques Memorial Fund,  c/o Franklin First Federal Credit Union, 57 Newton Street, Greenfield, MA 01301.  Proceeds will be used for her nephew’s future and education.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Kostanski Funeral Home.

Sympathy message available at www.kostanskifuneralhome.com


River Beatty

Angels Info

Name: River Beatty
Age: 22
Location: St. George, Utah
DOD:  May 15, 2017

Angels Bio:

Trevor “River” Beatty, 22, passed away May 16, 2017. He was born April 11, 1995 in Wheat Ridge, Colorado to Boyd DeWayne Beatty and Melanie Robinson Merrill.

Trevor was creative, active, and curious about the world around him. Trevor had a love for the arts. He participated in dancing, singing, and musical theater in the community. He starred as the Prince in the Nutcracker for three seasons. Trevor enjoyed playing the piano and singing. He would learn a song in minutes. Trevor had an affinity for ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Native American history, and learned to read and write both Egyptian and Chinese languages.

River’s death came after a lifelong struggle of being, in her words, “born with a body that was not my own.” Most people who knew River were attuned to her inner chaos and struggle. River identified as transgender, and began transitioning from male to female. Throughout her life, there were those who antagonized her because of her gender identity which made it difficult to communicate her truth until recently. River turned to substances as a coping strategy to manage her emotional pain. Despite the bullying and addiction, River was able to experience accomplishment and joy. River was a spiritual person, intuitive, inclusive, kind to all, and loved by many.

River is survived by parents Boyd DeWayne Beatty, Melanie Robinson Merrill; birth mother, Tracy Green (Idaho); grandparents, Joan and Mark Nixon (St. George, UT), C.H. and Phyllis Robinson (Herriman, UT); and great-grandparents, Charles and Peggy Nixon (Evanston, WY).

Preceded in death by sister, Jaymie LeShae Beatty and grandmother, Fern Corwin (Evanston, WY).

There will be a viewing Saturday, May 20, 2017, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at the Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff, St. George, UT. Graveside services will follow at the Washington City Cemetery.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 435-673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign River’s guestbook at www.spilsburymortuary.com

Danyel Anne Adams

Angels Info

Name: Danyel Anne Adams
Age: 43
Location: Moab, Utah
DOD:  February 17, 2017

Angels Bio:

Danyel A. Adams, Our loving daughter, mother, sister, and friend, passed away at home in Moab, Utah from alcohol related complications. Danyel was born September 15, 1973 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Tracy and Terry Adams, later divorced. Tracy and Danyel moved to and lived in Ohio for several years before returning to Salt Lake City, where Tracy remarried. Danyel had a great relationship with her step father Stanley and as an only child, looked forward to the arrival of her little sister. She enjoyed having siblings and took on the role of big sister with great pride and joy. Danyel was a member of the LDS church where she enjoyed young women’s camp and played church basketball. She attended South High School until its closing, then attended Highland High School. Danyel had many friends who enjoyed her outgoing personality, and great sense of humor. She enjoyed listening to music with her sister, poetry and art. Danyel was very talented and creative with her drawings, and was a huge fan of the Dallas Cowboys, she made sure everyone knew it. As she grew older, Danyel was drawn in by an addiction to alcohol, which took her down a long, difficult road. During this time Danyel had two sons who she loved very much, they were her pride and joy and were a bright light during a dark time for her. Danyel fought through her struggles with addiction and fought hard for her sobriety, but it eventually took her life. Danyel is survived by her parents Stanley and Tracy Finn, biological sons Hayden and Hunter Finn, sister Erynne (Robert) Finn, brothers Jarred Finn and Brendan (Kiley) Finn, nephew Braxton McIff, nieces Makenna and Leighton McIff, along with her grandmother LaRue Roberts and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and close partner Bill. She was preceded in death by grandfathers Don Langton, Dave Roberts, Stanley Finn Jr. and grandmother Louise Finn. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 25 at noon at the Winder 5th ward located at 1361 East 4000 South. In lieu of flowers, if you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, get help today.
“Lonely as I am, together we cry”
Published in Deseret News on Mar. 23, 2017

Kori Meghan Bratt

Angels Info

Name: Kori Meghan Bratt
Age:  23
Location: Harborcreek, Pennsylvania
DOD:  March 29, 2017

Angels Bio:

 Kori Meghan Bratt, age 23, of Harborcreek, lost her valiant battle against addiction on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. She was born in Erie on September 14, 1993 a daughter of Jennifer A. Londo Bratt and Michael J. Bratt and his wife Danielle.
Kori had attended Iroquois High School where she played soccer and was a graduate of the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School. Kori participated in competitive gymnastics for many years. The absolute love of her life was her precious son, Aiden, who was the light of her life and whom she adored.
Kori was preceded in death by her maternal great-grandfather, Frank Thayer and paternal great-grandparents, Floyd and Shirley Bratt and Richard and Beatrice Courson.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by her son, Aiden James Bratt; three brothers, Kyler, Kaleb and Michael; one sister, Sophia; maternal grandparents, Kathleen DeWitt of Girard and Joe Londo (Christine) of Seminole, FL; paternal grandparents, Terrance Bratt of Millcreek Twp. and Nancy Bennett (Thom) of Wesleyville; a step-grandfather, Thomas DeWitt of Wesleyvillle; a step-grandmother, Elizabeth Bratt of Lawrence Park; maternal great-grandparents, Catherine Thayer of Erie and Joseph and Elizabeth Londo of Seminole, FL and many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.
Family and friends may call at the Dusckas-Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., 5151 Buffalo Rd. (at Hannon Rd. in Harborcreek) on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. and are invited to attend the funeral service there on Monday at 10 a.m. The Rev. Rob Dunn, Pastor of Lake Pointe Community Church, will officiate. Kori will be laid to rest at Wintergreen Gorge Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the A.N.N.A. Shelter, 1555 East 10th St., Erie, PA 16511.

Dominic Acciavatti

Angels Info

Name: Dominic Acciavatti
Age:  34
Location: Brockton, Massachusetts
DOD:  April 3, 2017

Angels Bio:

Dominic R. Acciavatti, age 34, of Brockton, lost his longtime battle to addiction on April 3, 2017. Born and raised in Brockton, he was the son of Richard and Patricia (Roy) Acciavatti. He was a graduate of Brockton High School and in his youth, played on Georges Café Baseball Team. At the time of his death, Dominic was employed as the General Manager of LA Fitness, and had also worked at WOW and the Chateau in Stoughton. He was an artist and comedian with a great sense of humor and loved to be with people. 

In addition to his mother and father, he was the brother of Tina, Anthony and Keith Acciavatti all of Brockton and uncle of Alana, Adriana, Giovanni and Alex. He is also survived by his beloved son Weston and his girlfriend Amanda Raposo of Dartmouth. 

Visitation will be held in the Conley Funeral Home, 138 Belmont Street (Rte 123) Brockton, Sunday, April 9, from 1-4pm, followed by a funeral service at 4pm.

Amber Nicole Hilger

Angels Info

Name: Amber Nicole Hilger 
Age:  21
Location:  Perry, Ohio
DOD:  April 6, 2017

Angels Bio:


Amber Nicole Hilger was born on Nov. 6, 1995. Just as her name signifies a spark of light, she brought life to many. Her unforgettable laugh, her contagious smile and her zest for life. That light continues to shine in our lives and in heaven.

She leaves behind many broken hearts … her beautiful six-year-old daughter, Matty Reed Johnson; sister, Alyssa Hilger (Montville); and brothers, Mason Johnson, Ben Johnson (Montville), Owen Hilger (Rocky River); her father, Frederick Hilger, III (Rock Creek); her mother, Darcy Johnson (Perry); step-father, Matt Johnson (Montville); grandparents, Frederick (II) and Linda Hilger (Ashtabula), Gerald and Pamela Stricker (Lima, OH), J.W. Butler (Braymer, MO), Dan and Connie Johnson (Madison). She is survived by two great-grandparents, Betty Mills (Canton), and Gerald Brunner (Chardon). Her uncles include: John Butler (Cameron, MO), Jacob Butler (Harrison, AR) and Joshua Stricker (Cincinnati); aunts include: April Hilger (Ashtabula), Keena Stricker (Cincinnati), and Kara Stricker (Cincinnati).

Her uncle, Mark Johnson, preceded her in death.

Amber will be missed many more of her family and friends.

Amber died of a drug overdose on April 6, 2017. She struggled with this horrible addiction for several years desiring to be free from the bondage of heroin. We write this not to dishonor her memory but to expose the darkness of drug addiction to light that, somehow, some way, this hideous disease can be defeated. We choose not to allow shame, guilt or embarrassment to keep us from exposing the truth. Our prayer is that Amber’s death, Amber’s life, would somehow save another life.

She will forever be our beautiful Amber … full of life, full of joy. There is no way to express the heartache we feel, how much she will be missed.

A celebration of Amber’s life will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 15 at Perry First Baptist Church, 3918 Main St., Perry, Ohio. All are welcome to celebrate with us.

In lieu of flowers, that family suggests donations to the Matty R. Johnson Benevolent Fund, set up for Amber’s daughter. Donations to that account can be made at any Key Bank location.

Published in News Journal from Apr. 13 to Apr. 14, 2017