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Memorial Wall

Honoring Those Who Have Gone Before Us

Over the years, we at PRO have consistently been asked to create a special place to honor loved ones who’ve lost their battle with Parkinson’s – a place of remembrance and healing for those who are left behind. Our response is the Memorial Wall.

 

Recent Memorial Wall Additions

Richard Pleasants

Richard Pleasants

January 28, 1947 - November 8, 2022

PLEASANTS, Richard Ewing Richard "Dick" Ewing Pleasants, a giant of the New England music scene for nearly five decades, died peacefully on Tuesday, November 8 after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease. 

Born on January 28,1947 in Boston, Massachusetts, Dick was the third of four children born to Helen Ewing Pleasants and Richard Rundle Pleasants. He spent his childhood in Groton, Massachusetts, and graduated from Lawrence Academy in 1965. 

He was a gifted athlete who played football, hockey, and baseball. At age 10 Dick discovered his passion for radio, setting up a small transmitter that could broadcast a mile or so from his home. A lover of people, dogs, folk festivals, country drives, cards, good food, and friends, Dick is best known for his generosity and kindness, which nurtured the lives of his friends and family for 75 years. 

After graduating from Emerson College in 1970, Dick began his career hosting folk programs on the South Shore, gathering audiences across the state before joining WGBH in Boston in 1978 as host and producer of the "Folk Heritage" show, which ran for more than 25 years. He spent the last 15 years of his on-air career at WUMB, the public radio station based at UMass-Boston. 

A champion of the local folk scene, Dick presented musicians from across the folk music genre, both known and unknown, launching the careers of many storied acts. For many years, Dick also moonlighted as a concert promoter through his production company, Ear To The Ground Productions, bringing singer/songwriters like Garnet Rogers, Greg Brown, Patty Larkin, and many others to the Emerson Umbrella and other local venues. He also launched numerous folk festivals, music stores, societies, and all manner of organizations to promote the art of folk music. He was the founding Executive Director of Summer Acoustic Music Week camp on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire, where aspiring musicians take classes with established folk singers. Among his accomplishments, Summer Acoustic Music Week held a special place in his heart. 

In the many tributes online and in social media since his death, he is remembered by colleagues and fans for his kindness and warmth delivered in his dulcet baritone over the airwaves. He is survived by daughter Julia Pleasants and her partner Zoot Grantham; stepdaughter Hilary (Watt) Sontag and her husband Nick Sontag; grandchildren Seeger and Summer, sisters, Belinda Smith and Cornelia Pleasants. He was predeceased by sister Elizabeth Whitehead. He also leaves behind many beloved nieces, nephews and extended family and former wife, Kathleen Shugrue. 

Published by Boston Globe from Nov. 10 to Nov. 13, 2022.

Remembering Richard Pleasants

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Jeanne Arnold

Jeanne Arnold

July 9, 1955 - November 27, 2022

July 9, 1955 - November 27, 2022, UCLA Professor Emerita Jeanne Arnold of Sherman Oaks. Born in Cleveland OH, daughter of Lawrence and Marybelle Arnold, Jeanne passed away on November 27 at the age of 67. Dr. Arnold is survived by her partner Delia De Sasia, her brother Richard Arnold (Marilyn), niece Christine Mckee (Cary), nephew Robert Arnold (Melissa), nephew Daniel
Arnold (Jennifer), aunts, cousins and grandnieces and nephews.

Dr. Arnold did her undergraduate work at University of Michigan, graduate work at UC Santa Barbara and began her professorial career at UCLA in the late 1980's.

Remembering Jeanne Arnold

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Virginia Faye Zeidman

Virginia Faye Zeidman

January 20, 1938 - March 23, 2022

Virginia Faye Zeidman passed away peacefully in her sleep on March 23, 2022 in Indian Wells, California at the age of eighty-four. Virginia’s life was filled with friends, family and community that she brought together for celebrations of all kinds. She threw the best parties around that will never be forgotten and she organized groups and took charge as the Queen Mom from a very early age. She loved people and she loved bringing people together. Virginia brought everything to the party, as the saying goes. She never missed a birthday or a chance to make new friends wherever she went in the world.

Virginia was born in Los Angeles on January 20, 1938 and was raised in Glendale, California. She attended local elementary schools and was part of the Brownies, Girl Scouts and Job’s Daughters. At Hoover High School she was elected Senior Class President and Queen of Job’s Daughters, Bethel 131. After high school she attended Whittier College and graduated with a Home Economics degree. She immediately started teaching elementary school and taught her first class the day before turning twenty-one.

Virginia married her first husband, Edward Whitehouse in 1958. They had two boys and she was very involved in their lives. She would throw large birthday parties every year and every major holiday was an event. She was the Cub Scout Den Mother, the School Room-Mother and she ran the Balboa Yacht Club Sailing Program. At the same time she was on the board of several community organizations: the Junior Ebell, Newport Beach City Arts Council and South Coast Repertory Theatre.

In 1986 Virginia married her second husband Alvin Zeidman, her soul mate. Al had four children from a previous marriage whom Virginia became very close with. In her career she became Science Teacher Mentor to teachers in her district and received great satisfaction from this endeavor. Virginia retired from teaching in 1998 and resided in South Orange County with Al until their move to Indian Wells in 2000.

In retirement Virginia was very close to her five grandchildren; loved gardening, cooking and especially traveling. Together Al and Virginia took thirteen trips throughout the USA, eleven trips to Europe and nine trips to Mexico. More than anything else she enjoyed people and shortly after moving to Indian Wells she started the “Fine Feathered Friends” Red Hat Society Club. The ladies had loads of fun together.

Virginia resided in Indian Wells with her husband Al until his passing in 2019. She is survived by her sister Elaine and husband John, her six children; Mark and wife Kathy; Kevin and wife Gina; Jan and husband Jeff; Sue and husband Doug; Steve; Rick and wife Michelle. Virginia had five grandchildren Olivia, Amanda, Robyn, Matthew and Zachary whom she adored.

 

Remembering Virginia Faye Zeidman

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Leo Morrissette

Leo Morrissette

September 2, 1932 - November 14, 2022

It is with great sadness that the family of Leo Joseph Morrissette announces his passing on Monday November 14th, 2022, at the North Bay Regional Health Center after a prolonged struggle with Parkinson’s disease. He died peacefully surrounded by his family.

Born in North Bay Sept. 2, 1932, Leo is survived by his wife Rita (Falconi), his daughter Kim, his son David (Joan Rousseau), his 7 grandchildren, Aaron Morrissette, Jessica Morrissette, Adam Morrissette, Melissa Morrissette, Sarah Lavallee (Morrissette), Mariah Morrissette, Shawna Morrissette, his great grandchildren, Lillian and Kai. He was a loving uncle to several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents Art and Hermine Morrissette. He was brother to the late Hector Morrissette, the late Bob Morrissette, the late Theresa Ethier and the late Jeannette Morrissette and brother-in- law to the late Ellena (late Foy) Gullick, Betty (late Judd) Zadow, the late Angelina (late Gary) Duquettte, Virgina (late Norman) Lafontaine, Adele Morrissette, Judy Morrissette (Late Jerry Ethier) (late Cecil Rawn)

Leo was a very active man who would walk every day to work at the ONR where he was an Engineer for 38 years. He went to the gym regularly and continued even while he had Parkinson’s. He was passionate about playing guitar and singing country and western music and cooking a la Ratatouille as well as gardening and travelling to Nelli Lake in the summer. He loved going on those sunny trips south with his sisters and brothers-in-law.

The family would like to express a special thank you to all the people including Dr. Laronde and the Near North physician group as well as Dr. Jinnha and Dr. Foell, who provided excellent care to Mr. Morrissette at the North Bay Regional Heath Center
during his stay.

Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Leo Morrissette.

Remembering Leo Morrissette

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Lesley Elliott

Lesley Elliott

January 1, 1946 - November 20, 2022

Lesley Elliott’s husband of 50 years has paid tribute to the domestic violence campaigner, who has died following an “incredibly difficult” battle with Parkinson’s disease and dementia.

The 76-year-old, who was the mother of Sophie Elliot, died at Ross Home in Dunedin on Sunday.

Following the brutal murder of Sophie by her former boyfriend Clayton Weatherston in 2008, Lesley set up the Sophie Elliott Foundation and toured New Zealand teaching young people about safe and healthy relationships and the warning signs of abuse.

Gil ​Elliott paid tribute to his former wife of 50 years, who became a tireless campaigner after their daughter’s death.

That included talking to young women around the country about abusive relationships.

He will deliver a eulogy at Friday’s service and noted their two sons “had been robbed of the two women in our family”.

Her declining health over the past two years had been “incredibly difficult” for the family, he said.

Lesley Elliott co-authored a best-selling book about her daughter’s death, Sophie's Legacy, with Bill O’Brien. At least eight women credited it as being the catalyst for them leaving their violent partners.

O’Brien, a Dunedin-based author, said he approached Elliott about writing the book “to give her a voice” after the high-profile court trial.

“There were days when I would sit down at her home to do an interview, and she would take out a note that Sophie had written and just lose it ... So we would go for a walk on the beach and have another go the next day.”

The book, and the Loves-Me-Not programme designed to prevent abusive behaviour in relationships, resulted in the pair receiving hundreds of positive responses from people who had been in unhealthy relationships.

“I firmly believe if Sophie had a programme like Loves-Me-Not in her final years at school she would have known when things went wrong in her relationship,” Elliott told Stuff in 2014.

Her ill health led to the police taking over as lead agency for the programme and its resources. Loves-Me-Not continued to cater for year 12 students across New Zealand.

“An incredible lady, she used to say ‘I don’t know what all the fuss is about – I’m just a nurse and a mother,’” O’Brien said.

She would go on to receive the NEXT magazine Woman of the Year Award, which celebrates outstanding achievements of Aotearoa women, in 2011. She then took out the supreme award at the 2014 Women of Influence Awards.

In the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours, she was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to the prevention of domestic violence.

Remembering Lesley Elliott

Use the form below to make your memorial contribution. PRO will send a handwritten card to the family with your tribute or message included. The information you provide enables us to apply your remembrance gift exactly as you wish.

The Memorial Wall is a virtual place to

  • Honor the diversity and rich legacies of the people we have already lost to Parkinson’s and demonstrate to the world the high human cost of this neglected disorder.  

  • Provide a place for the living to visit so they can gain solace and understanding around the battle of a loved one with Parkinson’s.

  • Serve as a memorial when the family prefers donations in lieu of flowers or tributes at anniversaries or other significant dates.

Our work to ensure no one is isolated because of Parklinson’s has always been a labor of love. The Memorial Wall is an extension of that lovea virtual place for love to gather, reminisce, celebrate, as well as a ‘show of force’ to remind the world what we’ve already lost to this hideous disease. 

 

Become a Memorial Wall Sponsor

Inclusion on the wall is free, but maintenance takes effort. Join our team of core supporters to build your own legacy and carry on the memories of those who have gone before us. Your sponsorship helps ensure we can continue providing the services, insight, and support that have helped so many on their journey. 

Presidential – $20,000

Hope – $15,000

Peace – $10,000

Angel – $5,000

Guardian – $2,500

Sustaining – $1,000

If you wish to honor your loved one and share your memories in a public fashion or establish a memorial event, such as a golf tournament, tennis tournament, or special award presentation in the name of the family or decedent, please complete this submission form or contact us at info@parkinsonsresource.org.

If you wish to honor your loved one and share your memories in a public fashion or establish a memorial event, such as a golf tournament, tennis tournament, or special award presentation in the name of the family or decedent, please complete this submission form or contact us at info@parkinsonsresource.org.

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74785 Highway 111
Suite 208
Indian Wells, CA 92210

Local Phone
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Updated: August 16, 2017