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Kathleen M. "Grape" Larkin,

Grape lost her life at 47, way to young for any of us who knew her to bear. Only now we realize how much of a part of life we shared with her. The video below is a memorial to her. In it you will seen scenes of her charity, her lust for life, her spirit of adventure, love of friends and family, Her willingness to participate in lifes moments. She has truly touched us all. You could always count on Grape to be one step ahead of us. From having a toys ready for us to take to the TOY" RUN, to making sure her daughter Jen was provided for. 

In her finale days Grape showed us all how to live. - Steve


Kathleen M. "Grape" Larkin

GRAPE

AGE: 47 • West Keansburg

On April 23, 2012, Kathleen M. "Grape" Larkin, formerly of Aberdeen, NJ, at age 47 under the wonderful care of Grace Healthcare Services and Barnabas Heath Hospice and Palliative Care Center at Monmouth Medical Center, finally lost her 5 year battle due to numerous complications from gastric bypass surgery. She is the daughter of Mr. Vincent Larkin, currently of Naples, FL, and her beloved mother, the late Mrs. Carolyn Larkin. After working as a Certified Home Health Aide for 23 years, she became a Medical Records Coordinator once her illness made it impossible to continue working as a CHHA.

She is survived by her loving and devoted daughter, Jeni Larkin, of West Keansburg, NJ, her sister, Nancy Larkin, of Morganville, NJ, her estranged brother, Vincent "Chip" Larkin, and his son, Noah, of NC, her stepdaughter whom she considered her own, Heather Ward Brustowicz, and her 2 beautiful children, Jack and Abby Brustowicz, of Tinton Falls, NJ, along with many lifelong friends and riding companions.

At Kathy's request, no service will be held, though her wish was to help her daughter be able to further her education. In lieu of flowers, she asked that donations please be made to Jeni Larkin, c/o Heather Brustowicz, P.O. Box 604 Lincroft, NJ 07738.

Ironically Grape is responsible for the article below

Biker's Grant A Last Wish 

    My name is Kathy and I work for Grace Healthcare Services, which is a Hospice*

in New Jersey. Those unfamiliar with hospice care should know the service provides humane and compassionate care for people in the last phases of incurable disease, so that they may live as fully and comfortably as possible.

      

Steve was in our care, a 54 year young man preparing himself for his last days. He was asked, "What would you like to do before you die?" He said, "Ride again." I knew what I had to do. I went on a quest to find a Biker with a motorcycle that had a sidecar. Long story short, I was put in contact with Tom from the Goldwing Society Of Monmouth County who knew of a member who owned a motorcycle with a sidecar. Tom was only too glad to help, as well as the majority of the society's members. Together we made arrangements to take Steve for a ride.

        On May 29, 2007, Steve's much anticipated day for his ride had arrived as did 23 fully dressed Goldwings. Imagine the look on his face as the members rolled up in front of his home to take him out. Surprisingly, The Goldwing Society Of Monmouth County showed up with a bike that had a double sidecar. This made it possible to not only seat Steve, but also his wife. This outstanding circumstance offered a unique opportunity for Steve's wife to share something with him she had never experienced before. This would be the first time she and her husband had ever rode on a motorcycle  together.

    Another Biker in the group allowed Steve's Stepson to ride on his bike. Steve's daughter although unable to join him on the road was content to see the look of glee on her father's face as he rode by while she was holding his new grandchild.

        This amazing group of riders paraded up route 36 through Long Branch and Sea Bright to the tip of Sandy Hook and around Fort Hancock where the Goldwing carrying Steve and his wife parked while the other bikes rode formation around him. The men saluted and the ladies blew kisses to him, what a wonderful display of human kindness.

    My daughter was fortunate enough to be on the back of one of the bikes and relayed to me how she noticed his wife gently lifting Steve's hand so he could give the thumbs up to everyone. His daughter later said to me, "The thumbs up were always his thing."

    When everyone arrived back at Steve's home, the look on Steve's face was indescribable. Steve's only way to communicate was a laser communications board that he set to work on at the end of his ride. It took Steve 15 difficult minutes to type "Thank You" as all the participating riders stood there patiently and waited for him to finish.

    After the ride and until his death, everyone that visited Steve was treated to an emotional telling of his final ride. Even after his ability to communicate was gone, the staff related the story for him and his eyes would light up.

          

    Steve lost his battle with ALS* November 30, 2008. I notified Tom from the Goldwing Society and many of the members attended his memorial service. It was an honor to be involved with this event and neither my daughter, nor I, will ever forget the compassion and caring of such a tremendous group of bikers.

My heartfelt thanks go out to all of you and thank you to Steve from BikerView for convincing me to share this story with the world, and somehow share the amazing feeling you get when you see 23 bikers, and their friends, come together to grant a man his last wish and do more to make it come true.

          Kathy

 

*"You matter because of who you are. You matter to the last moment of your life, and we will do all we can , not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die". --Dame Cicely Saunders
*Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, is a disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
Jason (Superman) Rivera
1979 - 2012
 
AGE: 32 • Middletown

Jason Rivera, 32, of Middletown, NJ, passed away on Sunday June 24, 2012 in Freehold, NJ during a charity ride for the March of Dimes with his Roughneck family. Jason made a living as a mechanic for Pep Boys in Hazlet, but his greatest work was being a proud father.

Jason is survived by his mother, Rhonda Rivera; his fiancee, Jennifer, his 2 young children, Izabella and Jason, his brother, Chris Rivera, his sister Elaine Rivera; his maternal grandfather Ronald Budge, his paternal abuela Celia Ortiz-Rivera, and ALL of the members of the Roughnecks MC. WRT WDT.

Jason was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother Marjorie Budge, and paternal abuelo Juan Rivera. 

Jason's Cremation was private.
 

Donation

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the foundation that will be set up in his name.
 
For more information, to send condolences, please visit www.pflegerfh.com.

Jason went out as he lived his life....
happy and free!
 
 
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