1984 - 2014
Elizabeth Friend, beloved daughter and sister from Berkeley California, went to be with her Lord this past week after a short illness. She was 29. A scholar, an athlete, and a wonderful person. Elizabeth was working as an architect in New York City at the time of her passing. In her short life, Elizabeth accomplished much: she graduated from Columbia University Magna Cum Laude, received her Masters degree from Cooper Union, and ran in the New York and San Francisco Marathons. Lizzie had a rare love of life, and everything she did – from playing piano, mastering the chef’s knife in the kitchen, and riding the Cyclone at Coney Island every year – she did with an inimitable gusto. She is survived by her father, George, her mother, Cora Gomez, and her twin sibling, Elliot. In lieu of a service, the family requests that donations be made to the ALS Association of Greater New York.
1986 - 2014
God reclaimed the light of its glorious daughter, Omi Johnson, 27, this past week in New York City. Omi was from New Orleans, and was preceded into the spiritual realm by her parents, Omari and Tess, when she was a small child. She was raised by her mother’s sister, Irie Johnson, and was the pride of the family. After graduating from Howard University, she moved to New York City to attend medical school at New York University. Her family, including her fiancé, Mars McKinsey, will miss her for the rest of their lives. Be with the spirits, young one.
1988 - 2014
John “Johnny” Balogh died in Chinatown last weekend during a laboratory experiment. Johnny was taken from us at the age of 25. Before he died, Johnny worked at Bosna Express and lived in Ridgewood. He also was a student at Queensborough Community College. Johnny liked chess and had a dog named Hogan. His father’s name was Lazlo, his mother’s name was Irene. His two brothers were Karol and Quinn. We miss you already so much, Johnny.
1978 - 2014
Services for Samantha Travers, age 35, will be held Tuesday at The Holy Name Roman Catholic Church in Columbus, OH. Our daughter returned to us after losing her battle with ALS earlier this year. Samantha was a talented and beloved friend who charmed the world with her music, having studied at Oberlin College before working as a performer for over a decade in New York City. As part of a celebration of her life, the service will be accompanied by some of her original compositions, played by her lifelong friend, William St. John. Samantha is survived by her husband, Vincent Dean, and her parents, Jamie and Regan.
Michael Farkle died earlier this month in a medical accident. He was presumed to be 23.