Lowanda Purvis

April 24, 1944 - December 31, 1999

ARDS following pneumonia,  Alabaster, Alabama.  wife of R.S. Purvis for 39 years, mother of Tony Purvis, Tammy Purvis, Tim Purvis and Traci Bean, "Nana" to Cam Bedsole, Haleigh Purvis, Josh Purvis, and Logan Bean.  Please send messages to son Tony at:




Norman McLeod

March 12, 1929 - December 28, 1999

ARDS from pneumonia and congestive heart failure
Died at St. Jos. Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI.

Beloved husband of Mary, loving father of Megan Williams, Sheila (Ross) Gatzke, Elizabeth Hilton, and Barbara (James) McAree, beloved grandfather of 9 and uncle of many nieces and nephews. Please send messages to wife Mary at:




Jessie Mae Christensen

July 1, 1921- December 21, 1999

ARDS following pneumonia.  Survived by husband Howard, Children: Jane and Les Wong, Diane and Rick Dykstra, Kris and Ray Baas, and Dan Christensen Grandchildren: Jennifer and Steve Schroder, Joe Westerling and John Westerling, Gordon Bass and Brian Baas .  Great Grandchildren: Mitchell, Megan, and Madeline Schroder, Colton Westerling.   Sisters and Brother: Anne Palmer, Marion VandeWater, and Dick and Anne Bursma, along with many nieces and nephews. Messages may be sent to:

Jennifer Schroder at:   sjm3schroder@juno.com
Jane Wong at:   jwong3366@aol.com
and Kris Baas at: JOKERANGER@cs.com 



Martha M. Bartczak

March 14, 1927 - December 7, 1999

ARDS following major trauma from car accident. RML Specialty Hospital Hinsdale, IL.  Mother of Robert T. Bartczak. You were loved and we will miss you. Please send messages to son Robert at:



Cecelia L. Bloyer

November 28, 1999

My mother Cecelia L. Bloyer passed away from ARDS which she developed from a tramatic fall she took, which extended from her battle with MS.  She was in Washington County Hospital in the ICU Unit for two weeks on life support.  She was given the best care possible, and I do commend the nurses in that unit.  She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Kenneth L. Bloyer.  Two daughters, Terri Miller and Kristi Bloyer.  Two sons, Gary Bloyer and Mark Bloyer.  A sister Margie Rawlinson, and eight grandchildren, Andy, Misty, Gary Jr., Kari, Zach, Annie, Josh, and Danniell.  We all miss her so very much.  We love you and miss you dearly.   Contact Terri at:



Elizabeth (Beth) Growney

October 7, 1939 - November 27, 1999

Kansas City, Missouri.  Death due to ARDS following pneumonia.   Beloved wife of Ed Growney, Devoted mother of Jane, Mary Beth, Karen, Ted, Julie, Kevin, Tim and Joe.  Favorite grandmother of Katie, Danny, Becky, Libby, Ryan, Molly, Connor, Alex, Andrew, Laura, Megan, Caroline, Kelly, and Dylan.  "Blessed is the mother who shares so much love, for she is God's special angel on earth." Send messages to daughter, Jane Keiffer at:




Colleen Reid Solis

October 18, 1936 - November 22, 1999


ARDS following pneumonia after surgery for lung cancer.  Valley Hospital Las Vegas, NV.  Loving mother, wife, and grandmother.  "For every negative, there is a positive."  Please send messages to husband Ron at :




Rebecca Lounsbury

May 22, 1969 - November 11, 1999

St. Joseph's Hospital London, Ontario.  Beloved wife of Adam Lounsbury, Mother of Katie and Cassie.  "You will be forever remembered and loved."  Please send messages to:




Harold Crawford

December 15, 1957 - November 3, 1999

ARDS following surgery for aneurysm, Des Pere Hospital, St. Louis.   Loving husband of Tracy, father of Megan and Phillip, son of Marian Melenbrink, brother of Marietta, Myra, Bruce and Brian.  "He will be missed by a lot of people who loved him dearly."  Please send messages to sister, Myra at :




Rebecca (Becky) LaMay Hogland DiVerdi

May 21, 1976 - October 31, 1999

ARDS after surgery to remove colon due to Crohn's disease.   Baptist Medical Center Little Rock, Arkansas.  Loving mother of Bella DiVerdi and Wife of John.  Daughter of Thomas and Kitty, Sister of Tonya and Tammy, Aunt of Brettenie, Shelby, and Banoo.  Loving grandaughter, cousin, niece, and friend.   Please send messages to sister, Tonya Roberts:




Evelyn Young

August 25, 1940 - October 31, 1999

Cleveland, Ohio.  ARDS associated with double pneumonia.   Beloved wife, mother, and grandmother.  Please send messages to daughter, Kimberly Mullins

Special Poem for Eveyln



Mona B. O'Bier

November 30, 1932 - October 30, 1999

ARDS following hip surgery.  Devoted mother to Cheryl McCartney and Carl Bottom.  Grandmother of Shawn, Michael, and Danielle.  Mother-in-law to Debby Bottom. "May the artistry of your painting brighten up the walls in heaven."  "WE LOVE YOU!"  Please send messages to Debby:




Brigida Marie Rallo

July 21, 1942 -  October 29, 1999

ARDS after aspiration during surgery, San Diego, California.  survived by her husband, Gaetano, daughter and son-in-law - Josephine & Richard Padilla, two daughters - Angela and Patrizia Rallo, and granddaughter, Adriana Padilla Please send messages to daughter, Patrizia at:




Kebin Aaron Rattle

June 5, 1975 - October 20, 1999

Loving son of Debra Rattle in Norton Suburban Hospital Louisville, KY.  ARDS associated with double pneumonia and sepsis.  "You were and will always be mommy's heart and inspiration. I miss you so much." Please send messages to:




Merrill "Max" Hadley

February 8, 1932 - October 18, 1999

ARDS following triple by-pass surgery.  Beloved husband of Andrea Adams-Hadley.  Father of Cathy Stanley, John Hadley, Susan Roy, and William Haldey.  Grandfather of Jean-Marie, Colin and Alison.  "We Miss Him."   Please send messages to Susan Roy at:


or Andrea Adams-Hadley at:




Viola Manaway

August 13, 1999

ARDS following knee surgery.  82 year old grandmother of Crystal.



Lawrence W. (Larry) Peterson

November 7, 1943 – August 8, 1999

My father was admitted to the hospital on July 11th, 1999 in Clinton, NC and was transferred to Wake Medical Center in Raleigh, NC on July 12th. After a couple of days, he was diagnosed with ARDS following double pneumonia. He was placed on the respirator and later had a trach put in. His condition gradually deteriorated over a four week period. The doctors told us they didn’t see him getting any better. Wednesday, August 4th, was the last time we were able to communicate with daddy. He opened his eyes and tried to talk to my mother and I. The following Saturday, he seemed to be doing better. The doctors decreased his medication and the amount of oxygen he was receiving from the vent to try and wean him off. We thought we were finally going to beat this thing. But later that night and Sunday morning, daddy suffered a pneumothorax in each lung. After the 2nd chest tube was placed, his condition worsened. His body was too tired and weak to fight anymore; he passed away that Sunday evening with my mother and I holding his hands.

My father was a hard worker that looked forward to getting up the next day and going again. He always had a smile and a joke to tell. He is survived by his wife, Ann Peterson, and daughter, Heather Matthews. Daddy, you were ‘my best buddy’ and mama and I will miss you always.

Replies can be sent to hpeterson1@yahoo.com 


Jim Hartigan, Jr.

February 11, 1957 - July 27, 1999

ARDS following broken neck and paralysis after diving off boat at Lake Ontario. Loving husband of Rita Hartigan, father of five children, grandfather of two grandchildren.  "He was and still is the GREATEST dad and husband in the world.   We all miss him."  Please send messages to wife, Rita at:




Arne J. Boye

January 3, 1932 - July 18, 1999

London Victoria Hospital, Ontario Canada.  ARDS following lung surgery.  Beloved husband of Elly Boye.  Father of Allan, Thomas, and David.   Father-in-law to Petra and Susan Boye.  Grandfather to only grandchild, Megan,who will sorely miss him.  Please send messages to son, Thomas Boye



Courtney Ann Shelstad

May 18, 1982 - July 10, 1999

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September 6, 1968 - July 10, 1999

ARDS following back surgery due to car accident.  Loving mother of two daughters, Nikki and Kaylee.  Sister of Larry, Jeff, and Rob.  Daughter of Barb Delaney.




Ethel S. Cook

June 4, 1913 - July 4, 1999

ARDS following bowel obstruction.  Mother of Sandra Woodson, Mother-in-law of Robert Woodson, Grandmother to only grandchild, Madison. "We love and miss you."  Please send messages to daughter, Sandra Woodson




In Loving Memory of Jason Douglas Overby

December 5, 1978 – July 1, 1999

On Easter Sunday 1999, our son Jason was admitted to the hospital after an accident on his ATV.  He had emergency surgery for pancreatitis and spent 90 days in the intensive care unit.  He aspirated during surgery and was on a ventilator.  He developed ARDS, kidney failure and VRE in his bloodstream.   Until his accident Jason was a healthy and outgoing 20 year old.  We miss him more each day.  I know heaven is a brighter place now that he’s there with his beautiful smile, he could light up a room with that smile of his.  Jason left behind a younger brother, Chris, whose life will never be the same without his big brother.  They were best friends. We know that one day when God calls us home we will be with Jason again.   Until then we visit his grave daily and we hold in our hearts wonderful memories of our dear son.  He had so much to live for, so much he never got to do.  Jason’s favorite song had a verse in it that says “Someday we’ll all have perfect wings.”  Jason, you have your perfect wings, we love you and miss you…

 Sandy, Doug and Chris Overby

 Email to doverby1@triad.rr.com


Louis A. "Dampa" Ciolkowski

August 4, 1923 -  May 2, 1999

Born in Adams, Massachusetts.  Died at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts ARDS after surgery for aorto-abdominal aneurysm.   Loving husband of Beverly, Father of Carrie, Jill, Kim, Lynn and Wendy, Grandfather and "Dampa" to Tina, Michael, Kristi, Christopher, Amanda, Hannah, Kate and Max.   Please send messages to grandaughter Tina at:




Patty Spaniel

May 7, 1950 - April 26, 1999

Mother of Tammy Paine



Bonnie Hoffenberg

September 2, 1959 - March 21, 1999

friend of Judi Cardinale and Pamela Goodchild
and loving member of the Hoffenberg family.


Ann Williams Billingsley

July 06, 1935 - March 12, 1999

Millport, Alabama

Beloved mother of 5, grandmother of 8, and sister of five, she passed away from ARDS related pneumonia after spending 5 weeks and 2 days on life support.  She left us at the age of 63, and she will be forever missed and remembered for the wonderful mother and dearest best friend she was to me.  As each day passes, I hope advances with this disease are made and others can be spared the lingering death of a loved one as my family have to relive each that passes by and she is not with us. My mama if forever in our hearts where she is never far away.  Mama, I'll always love you.

Email Address: annlaura6@yahoo.com


John Rixham

March 2, 1999

Husband of Kathy Rixham.


Melinda Sue (Brooks) Franklin    

July 12, 1980 - February 20, 1999

Mindy left behind two little girls named Jodeci & Alexis and a family that loves and misses her very much.  She developed ARDS on January 13, 1999 after first being diagnosed with bi-lateral pnuemonia on January 12. During all of this she was 31 weeks pregnant the baby survived but Mindy's body could no longer fight the infection. Her stay in the hospital was 6 of the longest weeks but in retrospect ARDS came on fast and hung around way to long. We hope there is a cure and soon because the devastation on the patient and family is irreversible.  Please contact at chili_61764@yahoo.com we are here for anyone who just needs a shoulder and a ear to listen.


David Balderman

February 7, 1999

Father of Avisahy Balderman,
Tel Aviv, Israel.



Glady "Sis" Derochea

February 4, 1999

Loving mother of Onlysion (John), Lori, Lynn, Jeff, Joseph, and Jim.



Ray Binder

 January 30, 1999

Husband of Jackie Rodack Binder and father of Diana and Shelle.


Sharon Marie Mason

August 13, 1955 - January 27, 1999

Montgomery, Alabama

ARDS developed rapidly for her following an emergency appendectomy. She aspirated while being prepared for her surgery. She was admitted to The Baptist Hospital in Montgomery, Alabama on January 7, 1999 and died on January 27, 1999. She had a beautiful, warm personality, touching everyone she meet. She was the Director of Quality Improvement for the State of Alabama Mental Health Department. She was a dedicated employee and worked hard to improve the lifes of those affected by psychiatric disabilities. 

Email Address: leemat2@netzero.net



Bobby Duane Hatton

November 7, 1936 - January 26, 1999

Beloved Husband and Father.  Died of ARDS after surgery.



Gustav Leo

January 10, 1999

Husband of Natalie, and father of Valerie Fuller, Constance Carlson, and Bill and their family members.



Brenda Elaine Weaver

September 20, 1941 – January 7, 1999

She passed away with ARDS after battling so many different medical conditions,
mainly a staff infection.   She went to the emergency room with her back bothering her. The next thing we know is she is on this ventilator and the doctors are telling us she is probably going to die.  We had less than a month with her, before she died.  My sisters and myself had never heard of ARDS before then.  I went on the internet then to find info and never did, but this is good now.  I can finally try to understand what happened.  She was a very good woman who had a very bad medical history, in which she was in pain all the time.   Now she is not in pain anymore.  She is survived by 3 daughters, 2 grandsons, 2 granddaughters, and 1 great grandson.  We miss her.