Delaney Marie Farrell

Angels Info

Name: Delaney Marie Farrell
Age:  23
Location: Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
DOD:  July 1, 2017

Angels Bio:

Delaney Marie Farrell, 23, of Selinsgrove, passed away on Saturday, July 1, 2017, in Williamsport, after a long and hard battle with drug addiction.
She was born in Nyack, N.Y., a daughter of Brian J. and Bridget M. (Ryan) Farrell on July 13, 1993.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her older sister Anastasia and younger brother Dillon; two nephews; Antonio and Angelo Manha, as well as her grandparents; Mary Farrell, and Ruth and Ed Ryan, all of Selinsgrove. She will also be sadly missed by her 15 aunts and uncles, along with 15 cousins and many, many old and dear friends, including 4,953 Facebook friends!
She was preceded in death by her uncle, Patrick Farrell; and her grandfather, Thomas J. Farrell.

Delaney was a 2011 graduate of Selinsgrove Area High School and was most recently employed at the Red Roof Inn, Williamsport, which is where she was when God decided it was time for her to come home.
If there was one word to describe Delaney, I’m sure everyone would agree that it would be “funny”. Delaney loved to laugh and make people laugh. She would always make jokes, stupid remarks and facial impressions, which would get those around her roaring, even in the most serious of moments.
Delaney was also known for her love of oreo cookies. This addiction started in the third grade during her special reading class. Every time she read a sentence correctly, she received an oreo. Needless to say, Delaney loved to read and read often; however, even with no books around, Delaney could be found eating oreo cookies by the dozen. While holding 3-4 cookies at a time, she would dunk them into a big glass of milk to soften, and shove them all in her mouth at once. Ironically, at 23 years old, she never had a cavity.
She loved social networking and was usually found posting selfies on Facebook. She was absolutely beautiful and had a singing voice to match. Another hobby of Delaney’s was writing. When she was younger, she would often write silly stories about her family or her beloved pets, including her many dogs, cats, rabbits, squirrels, horses and even a llama.
Delaney would also write in her journals or on just random pieces of paper; some were private but some she would share. She forwarded one of her last entries to her sister, which depicts the pain and suffering that she was enduring throughout this horrific drug epidemic that has affected so many families in this country. Her soul is finally at peace.

“Funny, I don’t remember no good dope days. I remember walking for miles in a dope fiend haze. I remember sleeping in houses that had no electric. I remember being called a junkie, but I couldn’t accept it. I remember hanging out in abandos that were empty and dark. I remember shooting up in the bathroom and falling out at the park. I remember nodding out in front of my sisters kid. I remember not remembering half of the things that I did. I remember the dope man’s time frame, just ten more minutes. I remember those days being so sick that I just wanted to end it. I remember the birthdays and holiday celebrations. All the things I missed during my incarceration. I remember overdosing on my bedroom floor. I remember my sisters cry and my dad having to break down the door. I remember the look on his face when I opened my eyes, thinking today was the day that his baby had died. I remember blaming myself when my mom decided to leave. I remember the guilt I felt in my chest making it hard to breathe. I remember caring so much but not knowing how to show it. and I know to this day that she probably don’t even know it. I remember feeling like I lost all hope. I remember giving up my body for the next bag of dope. I remember only causing pain, destruction and harm. I remember the track marks the needles left on my arm. I remember watching the slow break up of my home. I remember thinking my family would be better off if I just left them alone. I remember looking in the mirror at my sickly completion. I remember not recognizing myself in my own Damn reflection. I remember constantly obsessing over my next score but what I remember most is getting down on my knees and asking God to save me cuz I don’t want to do this no more !!! ” Delaney Farrell

Sadly for us, but lucky for her, God was listening and answered her prayers. Now she is no longer in pain, and is flying free.

Friends and relatives are invited to call from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the V.L. Seebold Funeral home, 601 N. High St., Selinsgrove, followed by the funeral at 4.
 

Sam Mahoney

Angels Info

Name: Samantha Victoria Mahoney
Age:  24
Location: Scranton, Pennsylvania
DOD:  September 19, 2017

Angels Bio:

Samantha Mahoney, 24, Scranton, sadly died early Tuesday morning from a drug overdose. Her fiancé is Matthew Anneman.

Born 1993 in Scranton, she was the daughter of Debbie Walsh and stepdaughter of Peter Keslosky. She was educated in Mid Valley schools and was of the Catholic faith.

Sam loved her family, friends and her beautiful daughter, Lexie Rose. She did not want to leave them, but her addiction swept her away. Do not let her death be in vain. Learn from it, and if you are struggling with addiction, please get help. There are people like the Forever Sammi Foundation there for you. Your life is precious, you are loved. 

Also surviving are her beloved daughter, Lexie Rose Anneman; sisters, Olivia and Julia Keslosky; a stepbrother, Ashton Jesso; her maternal grandmother, Lillian Walsh; aunts, uncles, cousins, friends.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, John J. Walsh.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, 801 Taylor Ave., Scranton, by the Rev. Joseph Sica.

Friends may call Saturday from 9 until time of Mass at the church.

Interment, private at the convenience of the family in Cathedral Cemetery.

Arrangements have been entrusted to and are under the care and direction of the Vanston and James Funeral Home, Scranton.

To share a memory or to leave your condolences, please visit the funeral home website.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made on behalf of Sam’s daughter, Lexie Rose Anneman, by contacting a member of the family or to the Forever Sammi Foundation, 536 Fig St., Rear Apt. 3, Scranton, PA 18505, or by visiting foreversammi.org.
Published in Scranton Times from Sept. 22 to Sept. 25, 2017
 

Kimmie Craig

Angels Info

Name:  Kimmie Craig
Age:  32
Location:  Prospect Park, Pennsylvania
DOD:  July 9, 2017

Angels Bio:

On July 9, 2017, Kimmie Craig passed away after a brutal battle with addiction. She was just 32 years old. Despite her struggles, Kimmie lived a radiant and selfless life, using her courage and strength to aid anyone in need, especially if they too were fighting the disease. Her family and loved ones are asking for help in covering her final expenses and throwing Kimmie the celebration that her life deserves. Any monies collected not used for the memorial service will be donated to help others reach recovery from addiction.

Nicholas Hawkins

Angels Info

Name:  Nicholas Hawkins
Age:  24
Location:  Hamburg, Pennsylvania
DOD:  September 5, 2017


Angels Bio:

On September 5, 2017, our son, Nicholas Hawkins, died from an overdose of heroin. He was 24 years old. We want to share his story in the hope that lives may be saved. Opioid addiction is a disease of the brain. Nobody plans to be an addict.

As a child, Nick was always full of life and was loved deeply, with so much promise and yet he still died from an overdose. Addiction does not discriminate. It can take the old, the young, the poor, the wealthiest, or the most successful. Opioid addiction often starts by a prescription.

For those that try drugs, please know, it only takes using heroin one time to get hooked. Heroin is a demon that affects the way your brain processes pleasure, taking over not just your brain, but your life, and destroys families.

Nick had a huge heart. He always had a great sense of humor and loved to make people laugh. Nick was also bright, sensitive, smart, kind, charming and handsome. During his childhood and through high school, he loved to play sports, especially football. He was always the one to pick people up, encourage his teammates, and thrived on comradery. As people describe him, “his smile was big and contagious.”

After high school, Nick joined the United States Marine Corps and became a squad leader and Corporal. He loved working with his hands and enjoyed wood-working. More than anything, Nick loved people. He would spark up conversations with strangers wherever he went. He especially loved and adored his nephew Aydin.

Nick’s opioid addiction was the toughest battle by far that he ever endured. He tried with all of his might to fight this disease that finally took his life. The day Nick died, we died right along with him. We will miss him every day for the rest of our lives. The pain of his death is heartbreaking and intolerable, which is why stories like Nick’s should not be ignored. The only way we can conquer the heroin epidemic is to share our stories, raise awareness, and end the stigmatism.

Nick, we can only pray that you have found the peace that you desperately searched for here on earth. We hope you are watching to see how many people loved you and know that you have touched so many lives.

Nick is survived by his loving parents, Julie (Werner) Strickler and William Strickler, Jeffrey and Lynn Hawkins; maternal grandparents, Larry and Jean Werner; paternal grandfather, Donald Hawkins; sister, Kala Hawkins; and nephew, Aydin Kramer; half-brother, Derek Hawkins; step-brother, Aaron Strickler and wife Cara; step-sister Rachel Strickler; step-brothers, Daniel McKnabb and Jon Ross, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Memorial Services will be held Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. from Zion’s Church, 770 Zion Church Rd., Hamburg, PA 19526. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. A visitation will be held from 5:00 to 6:30 in the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Nick

Hawkins memory to: Caron Treatment Centers, Attn: Development Office, PO Box 150, Wernersville, PA 19565 or online at https://www.caron.org/give-to-caron/donate-form. Please include Nick Hawkins name on your check. Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., Hamburg is in charge of arranagements. For online condolences, please visit www.leibenspergerfuneralhome.com