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Doug Miller Jr
Age 30
30

Ive been reading many of the loved ones entrys here and I find it amazing that there seems to be so many similarities amongst our lost loved ones. Doug was such a kind, loving and gentle soul. He loved to write and play music ( guitar, piano and drums), loved to cook and was so very creative in the kitchen, loved to eat a good meal too! He was a person that could just light up a room when he walked in, his smile His laughter was contagious and he always wanted to make others feel good. I have heard from so many since he passed about how he reached out to them, supported them in their time of need. I saw him on Facebook that just one hour before he passed away, he was wishing someone a Happy Birthday. That's just how he always was. Doug was my first born child, he and I were inseparable throughout most of his younger years. Where ever I went, he always wanted to go too and I was happy to take him. We developed a deep friendship and could laugh and be goofy one minute or have deep philosophical conversations over mugs of coffee and a smoke. He was always very expressive with affection and was NEVER shy to hug and kiss anyone, male or female! He just made you feel like you were the most important person when you were in his presence. Even at the height of his addiction, he never abused or was disrespectful of his family. Not long before he passed away and as he was working his 4th and 5th step of the AA program he came to me crying, making amends for anything he may have said or done to hurt me. I told him I had already forgiven him, that my love for him was unconditional regardless of the outcome of his disease. I still feel this way today. I have no regrets as I know as he took his last breathes on this earth he knew he was loved by not only myself, but many many others!

Doug began using marijuana and alcohol after his father I and separated when he was about 15. There is an extensive history of alcoholism/addiction in our family tree. Im sure it started out as fun and probably was for quite a long time as his usage of chemicals progressed from cocaine to opiates ( prescriptions) to finally heroin ( when pills became too hard and expensive to buy). He began smoking/snorting heroin and was actually introduced to IV use by an addicted police officer he met in a treatment program. Doug was in jail treatment, prison alternative treatment, and IOP. He attended 100's of AA/NA meetings and attempted to work the program. He loved recovery and all that came with it however his addiction fought for its own survival. He had a lot of stress due to all of the mess that needed to be cleaned up. He was sober for six months when he relapsed. He passed away at the home of his girlfriend Helga and her children. Doug loved Helga very much and cherished both her and her children. I know that he would not have ever hurt any of them intentionally, although his death has brought much hurt sadness and yes even anger at the senselessness of it all! I think the fact that he made promises, that he spoke of wanting to live and knowing that one more use could result in his death, speaks to just how powerful, baffling and cunning this disease is.

Doug was ALWAYS smiling! He had the most wonderful beautiful smile, perfect straight white teeth! Being with family and friends, hanging out with his brother Michael, being with his girlfriend Helga and her children, playing guitar, listening to music he loved, watching movies or funny videos, being in nature.

I miss everything about Doug! The way he made me laugh or our deep conversations. He had the most fantastic hugs. I miss him playing music and me singing with him. I miss his cooking. I miss thinking about him getting married or the grandchildren I would possibily be able to enjoy that he helped to create. I miss having hopes and dreams for his future, of the career he could achieve, of seeing him happy and successful! I miss his phone calls or texts or him just saying " I love you mama" Not a day goes by that I dont miss my son....;(

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I miss everything about Doug! The way he made me laugh or our deep conversations. He had the most fantastic hugs. I miss him playing music and me singing with him. I miss his cooking. I miss thinking about him getting married or the grandchildren I would possibily be able to enjoy that he helped to create. I miss having hopes and dreams for his future, of the career he could achieve, of seeing him happy and successful! I miss his phone calls or texts or him just saying " I love you mama" Not a day goes by that I dont miss my son....;(

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Donna Cassenti
Age 57
57

My Mother was Born in 1956. My mother was A beautiful, caring empathetic person who'd give her shirt off her back for anyone! She worked in a hospital for over 20 years and won the "Care Award There". The qualities people see in me come from my mother. She loved to cook and was A great cook. She loved music, her friends and family most. The best quality about her was her smile and laugh! She could light up a room with her smile and turn someone's bad day into a good one with her laugh. I truly miss her but, the best part of her is in me.

My mom had the stomach surgery in 2005 and after she developed a taste for alcohol and become addicted. The addiction was always there... The door just needed to be open. In the end of her life she was addicted to anything that would help her sleep

Her family, friends, puppies

I miss joking around with her and just being with my mother. I miss her over all presence in the physical form... The flesh.

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I miss joking around with her and just being with my mother. I miss her over all presence in the physical form... The flesh.

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Donald Fuller
Age 28
28

Donald was the most loving, kind hearted person in the world. He would do anything to help anyone in need. He loved football and baseball and most of all his beautiful daughter.

Donald became addicted to heroin in 2007 after his dad was in a coma for 5 weeks from pancreatitis and is grandfather passed away that same year. It was all too much for him to handle.

His baby girl. She was everything to him.

I miss his warm hugs. I miss him calling me mom. There are no words that can express how much I miss him, EVERY day.

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I miss his warm hugs. I miss him calling me mom. There are no words that can express how much I miss him, EVERY day.

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Derek Sprouse
Age 31
31

He was one of the most amazing people I've ever met. He had the biggest heart in the world. He was just him and that's what made him so unique and special.

He wanted so badly to stay clean, he had several severe issues that messed with him mentally and physically. His addiction took him and would not let go. We tried some many things, but it always found him.

He loved music,and playing guitar. He sang like an angel. He loved just hanging out with his friends.

Everything! We are together for 8 years. We had some crazy ups and downs. I wouldn't take any of our time together back. He made me wiser. He taught me. He loved me with his entire being;as I did him. I know he is in heaven ;he always told me -God had a plan for him, he just want sure what it was yet- Rest in peace my love.

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Everything! We are together for 8 years. We had some crazy ups and downs. I wouldn't take any of our time together back. He made me wiser. He taught me. He loved me with his entire being;as I did him. I know he is in heaven ;he always told me -God had a plan for him, he just want sure what it was yet- Rest in peace my love.

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Dennis McGettigan Jr
Age 24
24

DJ was a kind and loving person who was passionate about so many things in life. His ability to make anyone laugh will be remembered forever. He loved sports, he loved learning new things, he loved using big vocabulary words and he loved his family and friends!! He also loved the thought of overcoming his struggles in life and he loved helping others- it made him strong. We are so grateful that he was able to help so many people find recovery and the strength to keep working so hard.

DJ worked very hard over the years to find his place in the world. His spirituality was strong and admirable. AA helped him to have years of sobriety and to feel good about his accomplishments. He believed in AA deeply. Unfortunately, his ADHD was a constant struggle in his life and the unrest in his body was too much to bear. His relapse occurred after obtaining a prescription for ADHD medicine. He was very overwhelmed by the thought of losing the years of sobriety he had worked so hard to get. His friends were a huge support for him and he had his bags packed for rehab... sadly, he never got the chance to go.

Talking sports, making others laugh, playing jokes on people (especially me), his sister, our dog Quincy, Deana, fishing with Dave, eating Chipotle, and going to the gym with his buddies!

I miss his spirit, his will, his determination and his desire to make such a great life for himself. I miss his smile and his laugh and the look on his face when he was so proud and grateful. I will miss his phone calls and texts and his singing and dancing in his car. I will miss his persistence. I will never ever forget the impact he has had on my life. DJ, I love you forever and always. xoxo

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I miss his spirit, his will, his determination and his desire to make such a great life for himself. I miss his smile and his laugh and the look on his face when he was so proud and grateful. I will miss his phone calls and texts and his singing and dancing in his car. I will miss his persistence. I will never ever forget the impact he has had on my life. DJ, I love you forever and always. xoxo

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Debbie Dahlquist-Dovidio
Age 43
43

Debbie was a beautiful and talented woman. She was bright, a gifted seamstress and a loving sister.

Debbie struggled with her addiction for years.

Family made Debbie smile. She had a heart of gold!

Her generous spirit.

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Her generous spirit.

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Mason Wojciechowski
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Mason is so loved and is already so missed.

I created this page so we can have a place to remember, to reminisce, and to celebrate a life that was lost too soon. For those of you who know Mason, you know he loved spending time with friends, family, and his dog, Peanut, going to Laker games, surfing, playing poker, eating steak dinners, and above all, helping those around him.

Unfortunately, on October 1, 2016, we lost Mason to the power of addiction. Addiction is a disease that affects 1 in 3 Americans, and when we unite as a community to share our memories, we all grow stronger.

Together, we can change the conversation about addiction. Our family's prayer is that this tragic loss can help others who are suffering and in need. In lieu of flowers, we kindly request that those interested make a donation to Shatterproof in Mason's memory through this page.

Shatterproof is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the devastation the disease of addiction causes to families. Shatterproof fosters community, provides families with resources based on the latest science, and advocates for policy change on the state and federal level.

We are so grateful for everyone's love, support and prayers.

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