Losing a loved one to breast cancer, or any cancer, is very hard.
Their families and friends have chosen to keep their memory alive by making The Pink Fund an organization people can make donations in their loved one’s name.
When making a donation, please indicate who you are making the donation in memory/celebration of.
Sarah Ann Collins “Sally” Pettit
Sally Pettit passed away on November 20, 2016 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond, Virginia. Sally, previously of Spring Hill, Florida and Indian River, Michigan, had only moved to the Richmond area the previous week to be closer to family. She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, John W. Pettit, and is survived by her four step-sons, John W. Pettit Jr., of Woodland Hills, California, Thomas V. Pettit of Beverly Hills, Michigan, Peter C. Pettit, of Midlothian, Virginia, and Frederick J. Pettit of Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Sally was a graduate of the St. Joseph’s Academy and Sienna Heights College of Adrian, Michigan. She had been a faithful wife, loyal companion, and caregiver to her husband, John in his declining years; a loving daughter to her mother Loretta Collins; and a proud grandmother of eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Sally was the stepmother of Tom, The Pink Fund Secretary, and mother-in-law to Molly MacDonald, Founder of The Pink Fund. Sally was a two time breast cancer survivor. To make a donation in memory of Sally, please click here.
Michele was an incredibly loved woman. She was determined to not let breast cancer defeat her spirit. Michele was extremely religious and instilled these values into her two children who she loved with her entire being. She is survived by them and her husband Jeffrey. Michele was a woman of many incredible talents and accomplishments, honestly too many to name! Her family was her everything and she was the wonderful big sister to her 3 sisters Eleanor, Wrenetha, Chrisandra, and brother Earl.
She was a Pharmacist at Providence hospital in Southfield for around 20 years and loved her job and the people she worked with as well. Christmas was her favorite holiday because she loved to give. She loved to read, dance around the house, go on walks with her dogs, and spend time with family. In the wintertime, skiing and watching Harry Potter marathons was her go to thing. She had a love for the outdoors and the beautiful simple things in life. Michele was the Girl Scout leader mom that everyone loved and the first person you would call if you had a problem.
Her family would greatly appreciate a donation in her memory, because she was filled with so much love and giving was the most important thing to her. Thank you so much. To make a donation in memory of Michele, please click here.
LTC Jamie Dianne Bulken-Hoover, MD was born in Nurnberg, Germany on December 31, 1974. She passed away on July 13, 2016 at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington after a valiant battle against triple negative stage 4 metastatic breast cancer.
Jamie leaves behind her loving and devoted husband of seventeen years, Charles (Chip) Hampton Hoover, and their two beautiful daughters, Addison Riley Hoover (7) and Piper Emerson Hoover (3). To read Jamie’s full obituary, please click here. To make a donation in memory of Jamie, please click here.
Janet Lynne Cupp
Janet Lynne Cupp, age 62, of Newport News, Virginia passed away on May 25, 2016. She will now join her husband, Ralph Cupp who passed away in 2002.
Janet is survived by her dear children, Christine Cupp, Matthew Merrill, Jayson Merrill, her stepson, Randy Cupp, their families including 8 beloved grandchildren, her parents, sisters and many nieces and nephews, all of whom will miss her dearly. To make a donation in memory of Janet, please click here.
Shirley Gotthelf passed away in Sarasota, Florida after a 13-year battle with cancer. She lived life to the fullest until the end. Born in Detroit on February 16, 1932. Beloved wife of the late Gerald “Jerry” Gotthelf. Cherished mother and mother-in-law of Gail Gotthelf, Dennis Gotthelf (1955-2015) and Beth Gotthelf (Steven Miesowicz). Proud grandmother of Dana De Witt, Sarah De Witt, Paula De Witt and Catherine Penley and great-grandmother of Nollen Partee, Emma Partee, Vayda Haithcox, Melissa Merrifield and Megan Penley. Daughter of the late Harry and Lena Gross. Dear sister of the late Marion (the late Harold “Hank”) Gordon and William “Bill” (Carol) Gross. To make a donation in memory of Shirley, please click here.
Melinda (Miller) Olson
After a long, courageous fight against breast cancer, Melinda Miller Olson went to be with the Lord and her heavenly family on May 12, 2016. Melinda’s greatest accomplishments were her family, friends, and helping others in need. Melinda battled breast cancer alongside many other brave women, many of whom she helped to increase their faith and hope even when her health deteriorated. In order to preserve her love and life, Melinda’s family has asked for donations to be made in her memory, so her legacy can continue to help others battle this disease just as she did. To make a donation in memory of Melinda, please click here.
Phoebe Charlotte Jankowski
1939 – 2016
Mrs. Jankowski is the mother of The Pink Fund Volunteer Jen Weallans. Our deepest condolences to Jen, Simon and her boys. To make a donation in memory of Mrs. Jankowski, please click here.
The family of Valerie Brown of Chicago, Illinois would like to collect funds to help ease the financial strain of other women fighting breast cancer in lieu of flowers for her homegoing celebration. Valerie passed away January 9, 2016 peacefully in the comfort of her own home, surrounded by her two daughters after fighting breast cancer. Unfortunately, Valerie was diagnosed with stage 4, triple negative breast cancer in her left breast on her youngest daughter birthday in 2011. Valerie was determined to not allow cancer to take both her breast and her livelihood. The cherished daughters of Valerie are extremely honored to continue our mother’s legacy by providing funds for other breast cancer patients. When making a donation whether it is online or by check please include Valerie’s name in “add special instructions” field confirming your donation. If you would like to donate in memory of Valerie, please click HERE
Richard Allen Szewc
July 26, 1932 – January 7, 2016
Richard Szewc, resident of Punta Gorda, FL passed away January 7, 2016 at the age of 83 in Rochester, MI. Richard was born and raised in Detroit, the son of John Szewc and Mary Knight. He graduated from Cody High School. This is where he met Marilyn. Richard (Dick) and Marilyn (Rusty) married on March 22, 1952 and were married until her passing in 1990. They raised their family in Livonia. Richard retired from Detroit Edison after 42 years as a lineman. He was also a Private First Class in the army and proudly served in the Korean War. Richard was the beloved father to Karen McInerney, the late Sandra Kusza and Julie Karaszkiewicz; the loving Grandpa of Clifton, Rebecca (David), Daniel (Julie) Jr., Julian, Alex and Ryan; Great-Grandpa to Aneesa, Aliyah, and Brady; and Uncle to many nieces and nephews. Richard was the cherished brother of the late Dorthea (Walter) Rogalski, Lillian (Frank) Kean, John (Elaine) Szewc Jr., and Paul (Hillary) Knight Jr. Richard retired to Punta Gorda, FL where he has resided for the past 16 years and had been an active member of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepard. He enjoyed gambling and dancing. He will be most remembered for his mad polka skills, sense of humor and being an all around great family man.
Daisy (Delvalle) Karnell
June 1, 1968 – November 7, 2015
Beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister, and aunt. Daisy (DelValle) Karnell, age 47, a resident of Tewksbury for 15 years, passed away at home, with her family by her side, on Saturday, November 7, 2015. She was the beloved wife of 20 years to Ian J. Karnell. Born in Boston on June 1, 1968, she was the daughter of Jacobo DelValle of Puerto Rico and the late Gloria (Estremera) DelValle. Daisy was raised in the South End of Boston and graduated from Charlestown High School in 1987. Following their marriage, Daisy dedicated her life to her husband and children. She treasured spending time with friends and family, trips to the beach, dancing, music and traveling to St. Martin. In addition to her husband and father, she is survived by three children, Christina Donohue and her husband Jason of Tewksbury, Zachary Radcliffe Karnell and Alexander Michael Karnell both of Tewksbury; siblings, Iris Acosta and her husband Geraldo of Salem, NH and Jacob DelValle and his wife Lynn of Derry, NH; her nephews and nieces, Jerry and Vanessa Acosta, Michael, Jacob, and Jessica DelValle, Aviana and Grayson Karnell. She also leaves many extended family members and friends.
December 12, 1980 – December 8, 2015
Sonia worked a total of 7 years for Whiting Law Group. As far as legal administrative assistants, Sonia was the best. We would often tell our clients she was the Michael Jordan of legal assistants. She was so good at what she did and her work was near perfect. Sonia was always professional and very kind to everyone in the office and our clients. However, that was only part of what made Sonia so special and unique. Sonia had a rare sense of being in control and calm at all times. Whenever there was stress in the office, she was always the one who was quietly confident and just got the job done. We can’t tell you how assuring that was as the leader of the firm. Sonia also had the kindest smile and genuine personality everyday she came to work. She made everyone at the law firm a better and nicer person even in the tough times. She was a true professional and rock at the firm. We was very blessed to have had to opportunity to work with her. We will all miss her she meant so much to all of us at the law firm. Her presence and terrific work and infectious kind attitude will be forever missed and will never be replaceable.
Dana Marie Bailey
May 13, 1971 – December 27, 2014
When making an online donation please reference Dana Marie Bailey’s name in the “Add special instructions” field before confirming your donation. Thank you.
Nancy (Dudek) Maki
February 19, 1958 – August 28, 2014. Novi, Michigan.
When making an online donation please reference Nancy Maki’s name in the “Add special instructions” field before confirming your donation. Thank you.
The James Borin Fund
Jim Borin was a faithful friend of The Pink Fund, and together with his law firm, Garan Lucow Miller, supported The Pink Fund. A true Cancer SurThrivor, Jim’s parting gift was leaving a legacy to cancer survivors he will never meet by designating The Pink Fund to receive donations in his name.
When making an online donation please reference James Borin’s name in the “Add special instructions” field before confirming your donation. Thank you.
Laura Anne (Clark) Geist
February 2, 1962 – February 10, 2012
Friend of Pink Fund President, Molly MacDonald, Laura Geist was the first survivor Molly called upon learning of her diagnosis. Laura offered Molly encouragement, practical advice and most importantly prayer as she went through her breast cancer journey.
A true SurThrivor, Laura did not waste her cancer experience, and co-authored Praying Through Cancer, Set Your Heart Free From Fear, designed to bless and encourage others in their cancer journey. One of Laura’s greatest joys was to meet “strangers” in the chemo infusion room at the hospital where she was being treated and learn they had read her book.
Laura fought cancer for almost 10 years before succumbing to the disease. Her faith in Jesus Christ and her loving and supportive husband, Gordon and children, Geoff and Gretchen, sustained her through the battle.
Her legacy will live on for thousands of cancer patients through her book. To order a copy, click visit http://www.prayingthroughcancer.com/
Laura was a long time supporter of The Pink Fund. It is an honor and privilege to set up a fund in Laura’s name to bless other Survivors coming behind her. When making an online donation please reference Laura Geist’s name in the “Add special instructions” field before confirming your donation. Thank you.
August 29, 1964 – January 20, 2012
Mary Relyea attended The Pink Fund’s Crazy Sexy Luncheon October 1st and was able to share a private time with her health mentor, Author Kris Carr. Mary was so moved by Kris and the mission of The Pink Fund, she asked that The Pink Fund received donations in her name. Mary’s mantra was “I see joy in every moment.” While The Pink Fund joins Mary’s family and her friends in mourning her passing, we choose to see joy in the life she led and trust her spirit of joy will continue to live in the hearts of the lives she touched. When making an online donation please reference Mary Relyea’s name in the “Add special instructions” field before confirming your donation. Thank you.
August 2, 2011
Karen Pilat and Pink Fund Founder Molly MacDonald met in the summer of 2005 while in breast cancer treatment. Together they met weekly with six other women to share and care for each other through their breast cancer journey. The group holds an annual reunion. Karen was an early supporter of what became The Pink Fund. She will be missed. When making an online donation please reference Karen Pilat’s name in the “Add special instructions” field before confirming your donation. Thank you.
The Nancy K. Hart Fund
May 24, 2011
Nancy Hart, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, passed away peacefully on May 24th surrounded by her family after a long and beautiful life. We are deeply honored to accept donations in Nancy’s honor. When making an online donation please reference Nancy Hart’s name in the “Add special instructions” field before confirming your donation. Thank you.
The Edith “Dolly” Benedetti Fund
March 25, 2011
Dolly Benedetti, breast cancer SurThrivor and mother-in-law to Pink Fund Director Muriel Benedetti, passed away on March 25, 2011. We are deeply honored to accept donations in Dolly’s honor. When making an online donation please reference Dolly Benedetti’s name in the “Add special instructions” field before confirming your donation. Thank you.
The Mary Catherine Guirey Fund
March 19, 2011
Mary Catherine Guirey of Ferndale, formerly of Berkley, MI passed away peacefully March 19th after courageously battling breast cancer. The cherished daughter of Jack and Cathy (D’Arcy) Guirey. Beloved sister of Susan Westenberg, Amy (Kurt) Erickson, John (Julie) Guirey and Maggie (Craig) Johnson. Dear aunt of Julia and Nowell Westenberg and Sean and Jack Guirey. We are deeply honored to accept donations in Mary’s honor. When making an online donation please reference Mary Catherine Guirey’s name in the “Add special instructions” field before confirming your donation. Thank you.
The Susan Hines Ramsey Fund
January 17, 2011
Susan Hines Ramsey, breast cancer SurThrivor, took her first heavenly breath on January 17, 2011. Sue was a fighter and every day through her battle encouraged others to “Live for Today” because “Life is Good.” We are deeply honored to accept donations in the name of a woman who was loved by many and will be missed, especially by her 3 sons. When making an online donation please reference Susan Hine Ramsey’s name in the “Add special instructions” field before confirming your donation. Thank you.
The Georgette Chennault Fund
November 17, 2010
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Mother, Sister and Friend Georgette Chennault. In her honor, the family has requested donations be made to The Pink Fund in Georgette’s name. We are deeply honored to accept donations in the name of a woman who was loved by many and will be missed all the same. When making an online donation please reference Georgette Chennault’s name in the “Add special instructions” field before confirming your donation. Thank you.
The Bernie Kitchen Fund
When making an online donation please reference Bernie Kitchen’s name in the “Add special instructions” field before confirming your donation. Thank you.
The Peter Benedetti Sr. Fund
When making an online donation please reference Peter Benedetti Sr.’s name in the “Add special instructions” field before confirming your donation. Thank you.