Tributes & Memorials

The IMF Tribute and Memorial program was established to help our members acknowledge their love and dedication to their loved ones. Whether celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or successful transplant; or remembering the life of a loved one who has recently passed; our members, their families, friends, and colleagues welcome the opportunity to make a donation in the name of their loved one to the IMF.

To set up a tribute or memorial page, please contact the IMF at info@myeloma.org or call our Donor Relations team at 800-452-CURE.

Tributes:

Thomas Heintzberger, Sr.

Thomas H. Heintzberger was born December 20, 1946, dying at the age of 71 September 18, 2018. Tom was finally diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2013 making it almost to his 5 year autologous stem cell transplant in November 2018. He went through much emotionally and physically but never had a shred of disbelief. He had tremendous faith with his oncology team. Just before his passing he developed acute myeloid leukemia. He elected to move forward and treat both cancers. Even though he had a strong will and faith, God had other plans. The liver shut down and kidney failure took his life passing quietly with family and wife at his side.

Captain Charles W. Stone

Chuck passed away on 28 August 2018, at the age of 78, after a courageous nine-year battle with Multiple Myeloma. He eventually succumbed with kidney failure after starting dialysis eight months earlier. Chuck graduated from the US Naval Academy (1963), earned an MBA at the University of Michigan, and later retired as a Captain in the US Navy. He was loved by many and deeply respected for his allegiance to his country, family, and friends.

Annette M. Dildy

Ann Dildy was welcomed into heaven at sunrise on Thursday, June 21, 2018. There, she was greeted by her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, her daughter Dani Lea, and her father Delmar Davidson. Annie was completely devoted to family, showering her love abundantly on her three children daughter Angela Michelle and sons David Christopher and Joshua Edward and five grandchildren: Ella, Anzio, Andi, Carter (CJ), and Aubriella Ann.

Frank G. Echevarria

Frank G. Echevarria (March 10, 1934 - May 9, 2018, San Diego) Frank G. Echevarria passed away suddenly and peacefully on 5/9/18 with his loving wife Ronni by his side, along with dear friend Maggie Johnston. Frank was born in NYC to Eva and Victor Frank Echevarria.

Al Epstein

Our friend and member, Donna Epstein's husband Al died this week. The funeral is this afternoon at Mt. Sinai Cemetery in Hollywood Hills at 3:00PM. Donna can be reached at donnabea2000@yahoo.com.

Donna has asked those wishing to make a contribution in Al's memory go to the International Myeloma Foundation.

John F. Gray Jr.

John F. Gray Jr. passed away 6/5/2018 at the age of 68. He leaves behind his wife of 46 years , Diana Gray, and children Kristin, Colleen, and Michael. Growing up, he loved taking us sight seeing , visiting historical Boston, and he enjoyed the sun whenever he could. He loved the Red Sox almost as much as his trivia game shows. But, most of all, he LOVED to eat. Having multiple illnesses, myeloma was the primary illness that sent him into ongoing doctors appointments and riddled his body with cancer. He was always volunteering his time to help others in any way he could. He would greatly appreciate all donations to help put an end to this life altering disease.

Harry R. Gault

Harry was born on December 15, 1934 in Kittanning, PA, the eldest child of Harry Graham Gault and Alice Blanche Corbett. On the day he was born, the Alleghany River had flooded over, forcing the doctor who delivered him into the world to arrive by boat to the front door of his parents’ apartment.

Ned E. Goldsmith

Ned Edward Goldsmith passed away from multiple myeloma on March 10, 2018. After his diagnosis in the fall of 2016, he became a passionate supporter of research and education about this incurable cancer.

If multiple myeloma had not cut his life so short, I suspect Ned would have gone on to have another decade or two of adventure and fun.

Ken Hofmeister

Ken Hofmeister - we will always remember your infectious positivity that manifested through gratitude, resilience, acceptance, creativity and enthusiasm.” Written by friend, Debra Dinnocenzo.

Ken believed in the power of positive thinking. He lived his life fully with no regrets. His smile and warm nature will be greatly missed.

Bonnie Parker, BSN, RN, LRM, MHA, NHA

Bonnie S. Parker was an Angel on Earth, a smiling, loving, caring friend to everyone she met. She was a brilliant clinician and nurse, a loving and dedicated daughter to her parents, Cora Lee Cox and Paul Lindsay Sikes, a wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and extraordinary administrator. She left a legacy of Tar Heel Spirit from her hometown of Greensboro NC.

Jack H. Pascale

Jack H. Pascale was born on August 3, 1945 in Newark, NJ. He grew up in Raritan, NJ, and graduated from Bridgewater-Raritan West High School in 1963 where he was the President of the Honor Society. Jack worked as a Mechanical Engineer with Ingersoll Rand in Phillipsburg, NJ for 18 years and later owned an engineering company, Engineering Design Services, designing rock drills. Throughout his career he obtained 9 patents for his inventions.

Richard Siegert

On Saturday, November 11, 2017, Richard Christopher Siegert died peacefully surrounded by his family after a 15 month battle with multiple myeloma. Throughout his treatment, he was positive, brave and always put others before himself.