OUR CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY OF NICOLA "NICKI" WARD-ABEL, RGN, BSc (Hons), MSCN
It is with a heavy heart that IOMSN announces the passing of Nicola "Nicki" Ward-Abel. Nicki was a founding member of IOMSN via our UK affiliate and a founding member of MSNICB. She was a free spirit; a dancer; our Tinker Bell who danced on tables. She loved her family, her friends, her colleagues and her patients. We loved her. She leaves a hole in our world and a hole in our heart. RIP blond and beautiful Nicki. May her memory be a blessing.
OUR CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY OF JANE IVERSON, RN, AD, MSCN
Jane Iverson, age 62, of Eagan, MN went to be with her Lord early Wednesday morning October 12, 2016 at Our Lady of Peace Hospice in St. Paul, MN, after an almost 3 - year battle with pancreatic cancer.
Jane was a Registered Nurse. Most of her career and volunteer work was dedicated to the solving of illness and comfort of those patients afflicted with MS.
Jane grew up in Kiester MN, a small farming community near the Iowa border. She was active in high school activities. After graduation, Jane attended and graduated from Waldorf Jr. College, in Forest City, IA and then Lutheran Deaconess School of Nursing, in south Minneapolis. Early in her career she was a summer volunteer for an MS youth camp west of the Twin Cities for 8 years. It was during this time she was nominated to be volunteer of the year by a Twin Cities television station. For several years Jane worked for the national MS Society, which allowed her to travel, visiting and working with some of the largest MS chapters in the country. For many years she worked for the Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology (one of the largest in the country of this type). The doctor for whom she most recently worked gave Jane the highest praise when he said, "Jane was one of the best nurses he ever worked with."
Jane's personal relationship with Christ was the most important part of her life. Jane enjoyed baking for friends, family, and church. She liked all animals, had 3 different cats in her life, and often was the pet-sitter for friends. Jane enjoyed travel and had visited 49 of the 50 states. One of her favorite trips was to New England in the fall.
In the 1980's Jane met Liana, a neighbor who became a life-long devoted friend. Jane and Liana shared many adventures together, taking many yearly trips to Las Vegas (Jane's Birthday trip), Duluth and Eau Claire to name a couple. Liana accompanied and supported Jane throughout her cancer journey.
Jane is preceded in death by her parents, Elmo and Violet (Eilertson) Iverson.
Jane is survived by two brothers: Earl Iverson (Cindy) of Kiester, MN and Tom Iverson (Diane) of Eagle River, AK; several nieces and nephews: Ryan Iverson (Jessica), Kristin Weckwerth (Eric), Cole Iverson (Calista), Justin Iverson, and Leah Iverson; great nieces and nephews, many cousins, an uncle, two goddaughters: Caitlin and Lindsey Ogawa, special friends, Liana and Mark Ogawa, and many additional friends.
OUR CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY OF TONI CHIARA, PT, PhD
Toni Chiara, PT, PhD, passed away after a long illness in March 2016. Toni served as a research and clinical physical therapist with the rural health initiative at the Malcom Randall VAMC. She spent much of her career focused on helping people with MS live their best lives. Toni obtained her PT degree from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and earned her Master's and PhD from the University of Florida where she lived in Gainesville. Throughout her career she conducted research on fatigue and respiratory muscles in people with neurological impairments, especially MS. She was a devoted advocate for her patients. Toni was a long-time collaborator and tireless volunteer with the National MS Society and will be deeply missed by all who were touched by her dedication and kindness.
OUR CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY OF JOHN F. KURTZKE, MD
It is with profound sadness that the Administration and the Board of Governors of CMSC and IOMSN report the passing of a giant in the world of multiple sclerosis, John F. Kurtzke.
Dr. Kurtzke was a pioneering neuroepidemiologist and Professor of Neurology at Georgetown University who is best known for his creation of the Expanded Disability Status Scale and for his research on multiple sclerosis (MS).After graduating from Cornell University Medical College in 1952, Dr. Kurtzke started his career in the field of neurology as Chief of the Neurology Service at the Veteran’s Affairs (VA) Medical Centers in Coatesville, PA, from 1956 to 1963, and then in Washington, DC, from 1963 to 1995, where he became Professor of Neurology at Georgetown University, where he was Professor Emeritus.
OUR CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY OF BARBARA KENNETTE
IOMSN is sad to announce the passing of MS nurse Barbara Kennette. She worked at Raleigh Neurology Associates, P.A.
OUR CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY OF BARBARA JAHNKE, MD
IOMSN is sad to announce the passing of MS colleague Barbara Jahnke, MD. She is a Neurologist and Sleep Disorder Specialist from Saginaw, MI.
OUR CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY OF PAULINE WELDON
IOMSN is sad to announce the passing of MS nurse Pauline Weldon. She worked with Dr. Jock Murray at the founding of the Dalhousie MS research unit. She also played a leading role in nursing including President of the Canadian Neurological Nurses Association and in IOMSN and in CMSC. She retired about 10 years ago to her family farm but continued nursing at local healthcare facilities. There is no funeral but in the spring there will be a celebration of her life.
OUR CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY OF LINDA MORGANTE
Linda Morgante passed away after a courageous struggle with cancer. The nursing and MS world is stunned at her loss. Linda entered the world of MS nursing as the coordinator of nursing services at Maimonides Hospital MS Care Center in 1986, and over the next few years became active as a nurse-researcher, author, clinician, teacher, and nursing leader. She touched the lives of thousands of physicians, nurses, nursing students, and patients and their families during the past 20 years. In 2001, Linda won the IOMSN June Halper Award for Nursing Excellence and in 2005 she was awarded the Journal of Neuroscience Nursing's Writing Excellence Award as well as being inducted into the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's (NMSS) Volunteer Hall of Fame for Healthcare Professionals. Linda was a soughtafter presenter at educational events of the NMSS, the Consortium of MS Centers, and International Organization of MS Nurses.