Lost Too Soon

Each year, thousands lose their lives to accidental drug overdose. For the families and friends left behind, their lives will never be the same.

In Loving Memory Of...

Steven Rae Foreman(1967-2016)
Steven lost his fight against heroin on 10/2/2016 after his 2nd relapse. He was always helping others in recovery even while he battled his own demons.
Pennie Lynn(1970-2016)

Pennie is my first born - the smile of my life, my darling little girl. 
She had 2 son's who were 17 and 15 at the time of her death, and they are devastated.
Our whole family was devastated when we leaned the shocking news that Pennie had died, suddenly and unexpectedly.   We did not know the reason for her death until the toxicology report was returned that showed she had died from Methamphetamine Toxcity.  No one in our family knew that Pennie had ever used Meth.  The tragic loss of this beautiful daughter, sister and mother has forever changed us.

It is a very sad day today, today we celebrated Nikki's life.  This is Nikki, she was a wife, daughter, sister, Aunt, grandaughter, neice, cousin and friend to many.  She loved life and people loved her.  She put a smile and touched many lives.  Nikki had such high hopes of beating her addiction and living a happy life.  Nikki fought a good fight, sadly she lost her battle just days ago. She is loved and will be forever missed by many.  We can only hope that Nikki's story and all those "gone but never forgotten" and those still battling their demons will help save some lives.  
"Sometimes you have to fall before you can fly"  RIP Nikki, we love you!
We need to raise awareness and fight against these drugs that are taking so many from us far to soon!!

Justin (1995-2016)
"One man can change the world" & "Some people feel the rain, others just get wet"

Michael (1990-2016)
Michael had been clean for nine months and had a fatal relapse. He was a loving brother and son. He volunteered as a youth leader at the local church. He was an avid reader and loved to take long walks. He will forever be in our hearts. 

KEVIN  (1982 - 2010)
This is Kevin, who passed on Sept. 11, 2010 less than two weeks after his 28th birthday.  He is the son of my friends Debbie and Mike and is also dearly missed by his sister Jenn, who took in Kevin's dog Blu. I worked with Debbie for 21 years and through the years saw hard she and Mike worked with Kevin to try to overcome his addiction.  
Kevin was smart, sensitive and talented. He was a loyal friend and deeply loved his family. He tried to break the bonds of addiction but the bonds were too strong.  His loss has been keenly felt every day by his family, his cat Philly, his dog Blu, and his closest friends.

Nicole Yvonne(1984- 2016)
My beautiful daughter Nikki passed away due to an accidental heroin overdose. She was in nursing school, had a beautiful family and home. Nikki believe in a higher power and was very spiritual.
Nikki got hooked on heroin after she received scripts for Oxy from her doctor.Heron seems to be cheaper so she gambled with her life and began shooting up. As a mom I could never be prepared for rehab after rehab, never nixing when I would get a phone call telling me she had died. Drugs, heroin, hit all types, ethnicities, towns, states, persons. It doesn't matter who you are it has no conscious. Our daughter was beautiful, smart, sassy, funny, helpful, a great mom, straight A student and had it all. May she rest in peace with the angels until it is my time.
Love you Nicole Yvonne Boulanger


Allison Elizabeth(1988- 2015)
Allison Elizabeth life was accidentally taken by heroin. Everyone that met her adored her charisma and joyful spirit. Bless the Lord Oh My Soul and All that is within me Bless His Holy Name. Thank You God for the 27 years of life. Allison, mother loves you and I miss you in each breath I take. I will trust the Lords plan for my life and her life because God's plan is perfect.
 Benjamin Burke(1984- 2012)
Benjamin was a shy, compassionate, smart and loving son.  After a five year battle with heroin, and four treatment centers,
Ben died at age 28 of an overdose 4/1/2012.  I don't think it was an accident.  I think he gave up hope.  Ben did everything possible to
stay clean, loved the spirituality of recovery, AA and NA.  He wanted it and got it….but it wasn't enough to save him. Opiate
addiction is a brutal disease that terrorizes families.  Everyone suffers--especially the addict.  Love wins though…love wins!
Jessica Lynn(1991 - 2014)
Jessica was my best friend. She was such a loving and beautiful person. She could always make you laugh so hard and she would do anything for someone else. She was also a heroin addict and that is what took her life. Not a day goes by I don't miss her.
Love you sissy!

Lexe(1995 - 2014)
Lexe Aspen Downer, age 18, passed away from a heroin overdose in her bed while in transitional housing from a heroin overdose at approximately 90 days' clean.  She has a loving, beautiful heart and an amazing spirit, and she was ready to go home where she could really use these attributes for the better of us all.  She is dearly loved by all who know her.
Brian(1968 - 2015)
My little brother, Brian, was a happy, funny, caring person.  He loved his family, he loved to hunt and he loved his job. He made plenty of mistakes throughout his life but he always redeemed himself and we always supported him.  After a lifetime of addiction to narcotics, he entered an 18 month program to beat his addiction.  
Everyone there was so proud of him that he even talked about counseling other addicts. Clean and sober since 2011, but suffering from chronic insomnia, he took a narcotic intravenously, the dose was too much.  He just wanted to get some sleep and he never woke up.  He was loved and he will be missed eternally.
Ron(1981 - 2015)
I AM THE FACE OF ADDICTION.   On OCTOBER 21st 2015, at the young age of 34, less than 24 hours of being out of jail for the 4th time and many unsuccessful attempts at sobriety I accidentally overdosed on heroin in my bedroom,and I am now just a memory to all those who love me. Heroin stole my bright future and it left a monumental hole in my families' heart.  It took my chance of showing my son how much I loved him and the man his Dad could of been. I will now never get the chance to tell my son how proud I am to be his Dad and how proud I am of him. My son Ron struggled with addiction for 5 years after becoming addicted to prescribed pain medications while living in Florida after a back injury. Moving his new wife and newborn son back to his home state of NY. Their plan was to raise their son around his large extended family. This made getting his meds hard, Doctors here not so liberal in prescribing the pain meds, so he resorted to street drugs. This was the beginning of the end of the son I new. He lost so much of his life. His wife of 4years and even his son. 
This drug had taken over his life and he desired nothing from his past life. Only worrying when he would get that next hit.
He ignored the help and love from the people who cared and loved him.
You could see the sadness in his eyes as he fought within himself from right to wrong but could not let go of that demon. When sober he expressed how ashamed he was and how sorry he was for hurting the ones who loved and cared for him. He had expectations hopes and desires for the future but this drug only allowed these thoughts and desires to flow from his mouth sometimes only days to hours before that demon crept back in. It took from me my loving son my oldest son.  A part of me died with my son. I am thankful for that time I had while he was sober and he was home I had my son back even if it was short. I am thankful he passed at home knowing he was loved and by the ones who love him. My biggest fair was that knock at the door that he died out on the streets. 
Always in my Heart never to be forgotten my angel my son. I now am on a mission to help others in pain from loss.
Anthony(1978 - 2014)

This is my brother Tony, he was 35 when I lost him to an adverse lethal combination of cocaine and heroine, my sisters and I planned his funeral. He was very charming he had a laugh and smile that could light up a room. He was so silly with his nieces and nephew they even nicknamed him uncle Tony bologna sandwich. We came from a very bad childhood and unfortunately no matter how hard Tony tried to be where he wanted in life it just never happened. He was very intelligent and kind hearted, he could have done anything in this world with the determination he had. I miss him every day and cry often because the world seems so empty without him.  Rest in peace brother I'm glad you have the strength in heaven that you just didn't have on earth.   


I lost my beautiful son in May of 2015. He was a sweet, soft-spoken, kind hearted, loving boy. Beautiful blue eyes and a smile that could light up a room. He was 20 when he died of an overdose of Heroin/Fentanyl.
I love you so much and miss you more every day. Rest peacefully, my angel.
Love, Mom

Alyssa(1995- 2015)

My name is Suzy, I lost my daughter to a heroin drug overdose this year she was born 4-26-95 and died 1-11-15, she was 19 yrs old, 3 months from her 20th birthday. Her name was Alyssa Marie. Alyssa was my first born and only daughter. She attended catholic school her entire life. She played soceer and softball and was activly involved with and loved her competitive cheerleader group to which she acquired many trophies for. She was a friend to all and had a true love of life . She also had an 11 brother (my son and only other child) whom was her absolute pride and joy,her best friend, she truely had an amazing heart of gold, always putting other peoples needs first. If you were hungry or without food she made sure you got a meal,if you were cold and without a coat she would go to whatever length to provide you with one. If she knew you were struggling she  would not allow you to go without even if it ment spending her last dollar on a complete stranger or giving her own stuff away for the needs of others.......she was also a heroin addict having first started off using prescription pain pills (no preference just whichever narcotic ones she could obtain) eventually she got introduced to heroin, because it was cheaper and more easily accessible. She went from using 1pack a day to 1 gram a day in a matter of weeks. This continued for 2 years,  she eventually had overdosed on 3 different occasions having got brought back by narcan from the paramedics each time. They would put her in mental health with a 72hr hold then release her to me. I drove her from rehab to rehab 6 months before her death she'd stay long enough to detox then take off. I spent endless hours up all night wondering,worrying, waiting for her to call. The morning of January 11th as I opened the front door and saw 2 police officers standing there, I knew they didn't have to speak a word them standing there said it all.
They say it'll get easier with time, well its only gotten harder, as my heart was truly broken the day you left.
I love you loulabelle, my sweet precious baby girl. I miss you more than you could ever know!!! 


Eric(1985- 2015)

Eric had a love for his family, music and cooking.  He was a Certified Chef and a member of the American Culinary Federation. He was loved by many and his talents and his  love for life will be greatly missed. 


Brian(1985 - 2012)

Brian was such a goofball, always sprouting out his signature laugh that could be recognized from a mile away. A beloved uncle, son, and brother, Brian was far to caring and compassionate for his own good. 
We miss his smiles, jokes, and adventurous spirit everyday. As a family, we will always wish that there was more that we could have 

Ashley (1990 - 2012)
Ashley was a great person, not judgmental and true friend that many enjoyed being around. She played soccer, was an honor roll student, loved music and enjoyed life. She struggled for 3 years before she lost her battle with addiction. Ashley was 21 when she died.
Family and friends grieve everyday because she is not here.
Cam (1989 - 2011)
Cam loved people, adventure and life. He was compassionate and always made others feel special. He grew up going to the cottage, learning to water ski, wakeboard and in the winter, snowboarding. At 19, he found himself addicted to drugs and he spent 6 months in rehab and was in recovery for 11 months. Just two months after his 21 birthday he relapsed and died.
Our hearts will never completely heal.
Brian (1985 - 2012)
My name is Debbie Robinson and I buried my precious son, Brian, six months and two weeks ago. He was addicted to prescription drugs and lost his battle of addiction at the age of twenty-seven. Brian was prescribed Oxycodone, Vicodin, Xanax and Ativan to treat his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from the military. These drugs were prescribed by the VA and various civilian clinics. As he became more and more addicted to these substances, he self-medicated with drugs that he easily bought on the street.
The general population needs to be made more aware of this epidemic of addiction.  
Ryan (1988 - 2007)
Unbelievably - this is a picture of a heroin addict - Ryan Adam Rudolph. My son who in so many was so typical - had a great heart, loved his family, cared about others, loved to fish, play golf with his grandpa and was looking forward to college.
Ryan never thought having "fun" with Rx's would lead to heroin - but that's today's realityââ'¬Â¦and it's happening to hundreds and thousands of kids every day.
Allen (1987 - 2007)
Allen was a fun loving, goofy and caring young man. The little brother. He was the one that always made you laugh and brought a smile to your face. He loved the outdoors especially the fall. He was a boy scout and loved the Lord.
I thank God for the life we shared. He was a wonderful young man. I know Allen didn't want this to happen. He was 20 years old.
Take a stand...let's bring awareness to our community about addiction..
Denny (1986 - 2006)
A gentle giant, Denny was the kindest soul with a deep faith in God. He loved deeply and always stood by his friends, famous for his bear hugs.
A biologist at heart, he loved animals and hoped to do field research in exotic lands. He was happiest when fishing with his brothers.
His unique, deep baritone voice is silent. His mom just wants to hear it one more time.
Mitch (1980 - 2009)
Mitch loved hunting, fishing, going to concerts, wakeboarding and snowboarding. He grew up playing travel hockey, and was on the academic honor roll until he began experimenting with drugs. After graduation he moved to Colorado and opened his own business, however, he continued using drugs "recreationally".
One fateful night he took Oxycodone and drank alcohol, and at the age of 28 he died.
Tiffany (1982 - 2011)
Tiffany was the oldest of all the cousins and she called all her younger cousins her munchkins. Her two favorite things in the world were family get-togethers and going to Detroit Tigers baseball games with her grandma.
Tiffany struggled with addiction for many years and died of a heroin overdose at the age of 29.
As you can imagine our entire family is beyond devastated.
Erin Allen (1976 - 1997)
Erin was a wonderful person full on love and energy for everyone she met. She touched so many lives and left a positive impression on each and every one. She helped many and continues to do so. Erin died from a heroin overdose on June 23rd 1997 at the age of 21. Erin you are sadly missed. I love you Mom. 
Trent (TJ) (1986 - 2011)

Our son TJ became involved in drugs & alcohol at an early age. He had a loving family who tried desperately to give him the tools to overcome his addiction, however our efforts were unsuccessful. When he became an adult we had little or no control over his actions. His poor choices & the circle of friends he associated became his demise. His untimely passing on Aug.16,2011 has left his family devastated & broken, We will never forget. 
Kayela Faye Ayers (1991 - 2012)
Kayela passed away on 9-8-12 at the age of 21. Kayela was my daughter, and she was very smart. She attended the LAMP program and worked with General Motors on designing a new glove for the paint dept. Kayela had a job at Board of Water and Light, where they loved her dearly. When my daughter walked in a room it would light up with her laugh or smile .She was the best friend everyone wanted ..she took with her all the secrets her friends asked her to keep. My daughter's death was devastating to all of her family, she left behind so many that loved her. Living in this world without her has often overwhelmed me. Kayela was a heroin addict and that is what took her life in the end.  This addiction is killing so many of the kids today its heartbreaking. This addiction not only effects their lives but it directly effects the family.  With her gone, I need to adjust to this new life without her in it and though at times it seems hopeless, I am doing the best I can.
I love and miss you my sweetpea. Love, Momma
Scott D. Idyle (1974 - 2013)
Scott D. Idyle of Utica, age 39, Loving father of Tyler and Avery.  Beloved son of Ronald and Sandra.  Dear grandson of Lottie Buslawski.  Brother of Brian (Deborah) and Susan.  Friend to many.  Had a heart for family.  He was loved more than anything.  He tried fighting the battle of addiction. 
He will be in our hearts forever and so desperately missed.
Eric Pavona (1986 - 2011)
I am from binkies, my little buddy and a mop head.  From watching Disney movies 500 times and knowing all the lines.  I am from being somebody's main man and mushroom and from being obsessed with math and money.  I am from super Nintendo and Ninja Turtles, from playing Donkey Kong all day until I beat it.  I am from blackjack, keno and poker.  From a new white van and news and sports all day on the weekend.   I am from scoring a 32 on my ACT to making the Dean's list in college.  I am from unconditional love and lots of kisses.  I am from a bright future, helping hands and the idea that I can do and be anything.  I am from an amazing family that gave me all these memories.  I AM THE FACE OF ADDICTION.   On August 28th 2011, on my parents 29th anniversary, I accidentally overdosed on heroin, and am now just a memory to all those who love me. Heroin stole my bright future and left a monumental hole in my families' heart.
We love you Eric!   Dad, Mom, Kristin, Colleen, Laura, and Rachel
Kristopher June (1979 - 2010)

My son fought a hard battle, trying to stop his addiction to vicodin, oxy & fenatyl patches all given to him by his physician for pain.  He then went to heroin because he couldn't afford all the prescriptions.  He was in rehab 4 times and succeeded.  My son took his own life on Halloween, three years ago because he couldn't stand how many people he hurt because of his addiction.  

In his note he wrote to me he said "Mom, I died clean, it wasn't because of the drugs, it was what the drugs caused me to do."

Nicholas Joseph Grumeretz (1983 - 2013)

Our son Nicholas "Nick" was a loving son, brother, father, and friend.  Nick had a heart of gold and a smile to match it.  Nick did not realize how very handsome, intelligent, talented, and loved he was.  Nick enjoyed biking, roller skating, playing keyboard making techno music, art, and a people.  Nick could be described as a dare devil not afraid of anything. Nick loved his family, and most of all, his son Ezra.  Nick struggled with borderline personality, and bipolar disorder.  Besides the prescription medication, Nick would often self-medicate.  

On June 6, 2013 my son Nicholas died of an accidental overdose on prescription drugs (opiates and benzodiazepines).  He fell asleep and never woke up. I miss you Nick every day.  A piece of my heart went with you. Your memory lives on through family, friends and especially your son Ezra.  We love you Nicholas!  Walking by faith I know that someday I will see you again heaven!  Love you always, Mom.

Christopher Robak (1960 - 2006)

My Dad lost his life to the addiction of Heroin. It never changed him as a Father. He loved his girls more than anything.  He knew exactly how to make you feel bettter when things weren't right and he was always a phone call away. 

We will always love you!. Rest peacefully.  
James Raymond Jones (1979 - 2008)

Jimmy was the first true love of my life. He was big brother to three younger sisters and three younger brothers. He had a great sense of humor and an even greater love for his family. In 2003 I lost my baby brother Anthony, he was 40. Jimmy followed on August 28, 2008, he was only 28. Both died from prescription drug addiction. I wish I could say these were the only two losses my family has had to endure. In my extended family there are several others who have died, not only from this addiction, but heroin as well. Some are still living and fighting. Some aren't fighting. 

I'm not embarrassed or ashamed of them or afraid to tell anyone about them. I'm mad because there's not enough effective help for them. Awareness is definitely key to prevention of an addiction. But awareness doesn't help in the prevention of death after the addiction has already taken hold.

Jimmy, not a day goes by that I don't think about you and wish you were here.

Love you Always,

Johnny Ray Honeycutt II (1992 - 2014)

Johnny was such a good kid, quiet, shy, caring, and loved to be silly. Everyone who met him loved him. Johnny just had this gentle way about him. He was a caregiver for a handicapped young man whom Johnny loved dearly. Johnny is missed and loved by so many my world is forever changed and there is not a day that goes by I do not cry missing my son. RIP Johnny

Ashlee (1993 - 2014)

God called her home too soon but this was part of His divine plan and He is infallible. While we mourn she rejoices, while we are weary she is strong, and while we are confused she remains steadfast. Ashlee was loving, outgoing, funny, and unique, a girl that always went against the grain. She was a daughter, sister, cousin, niece, aunt, and a friend.

Daniel J. Sims (1991 - 2014)

My brother is not just another statistic. Dan was the most down to Earth, fun-loving, intelligent, comedian with the biggest heart. He loved and accepted people for exactly who they were and embraced every aspect of this beautiful world. He loved nature, was an avid Detroit Lions fan, and loved being able to take off on his Harley. Everyone who loved him greatly misses his jokes, his laughter and ear to ear grin!
There is no stereotypical face to addiction, my brother would have most definitely not looked like the face of an addict and I would not wish a tragedy like my family has endured on absolutely anyone so if we could save just one life and educate many more I think we'd be taking a step in the right direction.
You're so wonderful to think of but so hard to be without baby brother! Your sister loves you- Kari

Matthew Odell Kelley 

Words cannot express the unbearable pain we feel since a unmerciful drug took our beloved son, brother, father, and husband (Matt Kelley). 

Matt, knew the powerful control that drugs had over oneself, giving him a desire to become a drug counselor so that others would not suffer the ramifications he eventually did. One relapse took Matt to his final journey and a shocking horrific void in our hearts forever!


Suzanne Dzikowski (1965-2012) 

This is for the strongest woman we knew. We never came across anyone who could defeat as many wars as you did.  We love you Suzi. Your name and your story will always linger. 

Christopher Laux (1972-2007) 

Christopher was a wonderful son, brother, father, nephew, cousin, stepdad, and so much more. He loved to fish, hunt, play cards and spend time with family. We were engaged to be married and prepared to live life to its fullest.  But the addiction to Vicodin, Oxycodone was too strong and we lost Christopher to the disease.  He died next to me, in his sleep. We all woke up to our Christopher gone. Our hearts are still broken and life has never been the same since. 

Rachel Walton (1982 - 1914) 

My daughter was clean nearly 4 yrs when relapsed on RX drugs. My only girl, my best friend. She left behind 2 kids.


Joshua J. Sebastian (1989-2014) 

In loving memory of my beloved son, Josh. Josh had a heart full of love and compassion for his family and friends.  He is so deeply missed by everyone who knew him. He was a loving son, brother, uncle and friend!  Our hearts are broken but we have the hope in God that we will see him again in heaven. Josh is forever in our hearts and thoughts. We aim to honor him by helping other people and families. #LOVELIVESON

Angela Michelle Martin (1989-2014)

Angela... was 25 years old when she died of an accidental opiate overdose on the morning of July 10th, 2014. Angela struggled with an addiction problem for many years, but sustained many long and successful periods of sobriety. 

Angela had many friends, interests, and goals in life. She was a huge animal lover and had two pets named Fitz and Percy. She loved fashion, Detroit sports, the color pink, writing, reading, listening to music, and traveling. She was a hard worker, a beautiful spirit, and a loyal friend. She is greatly missed. 

Angie's dream was to be a counselor and to help kids who had gone through the struggles she had. We as a family feel that if we can carry on her name and help other people with the same struggles, than maybe her death will not have been in vain.

Marissa King (1990-2012)

Marissa King, forever 21. A Comstock High School graduate, she was attending KVCC.  Her young life cut short, but in that amount of time, she helped many people. Marissa enjoyed reading, adventure, community theatre, and was an eloquent writer of poetry and short stories.  She was engaged to Chris Kahllo, these two, will forever live in our hearts and memories. 

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