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Author Topic: Lisa Jill Rhodes Nowak 52 RIP  (Read 27008 times)

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Offline Jerry71

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Lisa Jill Rhodes Nowak 52 RIP
« on: May 13, 2010, 05:09:29 PM »
NOWAK GERMANTON - Lisa Jill Rhodes Nowak, 52, passed away unexpectedly on April 5, 2010 at her residence. Survivors include her children, Michelle Nowak and Michael Nowak, both of Winston-Salem; Brian (Alexis) Nowak of Germanton; brother, Jeffrey Rhodes of Toledo, Ohio; grandchildren, Serenity Nowak, Elijjah Thomas and Amearah Thomas. Private services will be held at a later date. :'(

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Re: Lisa Jill Rhodes Nowak 52 RIP
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2010, 06:33:33 PM »
Rest in Peace SweetieWeasel.

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Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: Lisa Jill Rhodes Nowak 52 RIP
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2010, 07:48:55 PM »
Lisa was a woman of enormous generosity. She managed the used medication redistribution scheme and I know there are many here who owe their good health (if not their lives) to her selfless commitment and consideration of others.

Lisa's charity came from the fact that she knew what it was like to have very little. She appreciated that there are people who simply cannot make it without a little bit of help from those who can spare it.

Like others I would chat with Lisa on Skype from time to time. I enjoyed her southern burr (though I know she grew up in Ohio) and her sharp insights. I know that she was the matriarch of her family and it's beating moral heart. I suspect there are more than a few people in North Carolina and other places who are the poorer for her untimely demise.

Our Community is greatly reduced by her death. I lament her passing. I will miss her terribly. I will never forget her.

Vale Lisa.  :'(

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Re: Lisa Jill Rhodes Nowak 52 RIP
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2010, 08:50:45 PM »


   I was one of the people Lisa helped.  When I first started meds I was in the process of moving to another city.  I received one bottle via the Ryan White program, and was told to go get help in the city I was moving to.  This gave me 30 days to get the ball rolling, but ADAP dragged and Lisa came to the rescue.  She mailed me 3 bottles to get me through.

   I never met Lisa in person, but I have talked to her a few times by phone.  She was always so warm and thoughtful, and had a raspy laugh that made you feel good inside.  She was a much better person than me, a true angel.

   I regret,... and it's too late.  Lisa, I am sorry.

   If there is a heaven, it was made a better place on April 5, 2010.

   RIP
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Offline Moffie65

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Re: Lisa Jill Rhodes Nowak 52 RIP
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2010, 10:12:16 PM »
Lisa,

Girl you beat the AIDS, and you don't have to take those wreched meds anymore.  I wanted to let you know, I will miss you.  I will miss your passion for your family and your pets.  I will miss your passion for the human family, who you served with your heart and soul.  I will miss your crazyness, and your incredible indestructile spirit.  You are with your kind now, and if it is reasonable, check in and let me know how it is with all those Angels. 

See you in a few years, and don't party too much in the mean time.  :)  HUGGS GIRLFRIEND!!
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Re: Lisa Jill Rhodes Nowak 52 RIP
« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2010, 02:30:32 PM »
You were Fric to my Frac, Mutt to my Jeff, Maw to my Paw (and I know no one else knows what I'm talking about, just you).  We had a special relationship.

I will miss you so much, my dear friend.   One of my favorite memories of you was at Ric and Thom's wedding party in Montreal....we were a little tipsy and were just dancing like nuts.   

You helped me several times with meds from your "drug closet".   I appreciated it so much.  You were a wonderful friend, a kind a generous lady with a zany sense of humor and a huge heart.

Go on angel wings, my dear one.

As Dorothy said to the Scarecrow, "I think I'll miss you most of all......"

With love always,

Alan, your Tin Man
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Offline northernguy

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Re: Lisa Jill Rhodes Nowak 52 RIP
« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2010, 05:04:08 PM »
This is very sad.  She had seemed so happy with her new home.  You will be missed Lisa.  :'(
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Offline anniebc

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Re: Lisa Jill Rhodes Nowak 52 RIP
« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2010, 07:27:57 PM »
Rest in peace sweet lady..keep dancing and keep laughing...I'm so glad we had the chance to meet.

In sadness
Jan :'(
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Offline Nadine

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Re: Lisa Jill Rhodes Nowak 52 RIP
« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2010, 11:28:16 AM »
Thomas let me know this morning of Lisa's passing...how very sad. I am one of the lucky ones to have met her in SF...she was such a kind, sweet person...RIP Dear Lisa 

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Re: Lisa Jill Rhodes Nowak 52 RIP
« Reply #9 on: June 20, 2010, 10:35:38 AM »
 :(  RIP Lisa
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Offline bear60

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Re: Lisa Jill Rhodes Nowak 52 RIP
« Reply #10 on: June 20, 2010, 11:39:42 AM »
I still cant believe Lisa is gone.  I just cant.
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Re: Lisa Jill Rhodes Nowak 52 RIP
« Reply #11 on: June 20, 2010, 12:02:31 PM »
I still cant believe Lisa is gone.  I just cant.

I can't either. When I first heard the news I couldn't even bring myself to write anything. She was such a lovely, caring woman. We spent hours on Skype talking about everything under the sun. I can't believe I'll never hear her infectious laughter again. I miss her so much.

Rest in peace, Lisa. I'll never forget you.

Ann
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Offline Iggy

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Re: Lisa Jill Rhodes Nowak 52 RIP
« Reply #12 on: June 22, 2010, 10:56:26 PM »
Lisa,

I heard of your passing as well and again I profess apologies as I did to Tim of never following up on my promise to visit.

You were quite an interesting light in my life who once defended mne publicly as a man wrestling with his own issues.  A truer statement never thus been typed/spoken.

Like Tim, I promised you a visit which never happened and for that it is more tan a loss but a regret.  You were a very sweet woman who never tired of showing me your precious weasel in the webcam.  As noted by Anne, I already miss your laughter.

Offline aztecan

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Re: Lisa Jill Rhodes Nowak 52 RIP
« Reply #13 on: June 24, 2010, 12:43:48 AM »
Lisa,

I will always remember your indestructable laugh, and your preference for going barefoot whenever possible.

Be at peace, dear lady.

HUGS,

Mark
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Offline Jerry71

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Re: Lisa Jill Rhodes Nowak 52 RIP
« Reply #14 on: June 29, 2010, 07:41:44 PM »

Offline terpie82

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Re: Lisa Jill Rhodes Nowak 52 RIP
« Reply #15 on: September 09, 2010, 01:56:01 AM »
When I was notified by Zephyr a couple weeks ago that Lisa had passed, my mouth had dropped and I tried very hard to hold back the tears. I am still in disbelief as I read this thread. Upset at myself for having been so withdrawn from the forum family and for not following up with the wonderful, amazing people like Lisa.

Ann said it best when she mentioned Lisa's infectious laughter. When Lisa laughed, even when something was not funny, you could not resist laughing as well as her laughter was extremely infectious in all the sense. There was not a bad bone in Lisa's body. She was pure love and giving. I remember in Montreal four years ago, I cried the night before as everyone was about to go our separate ways. Lisa was one of the primary reasons for my sadness that day, as I was afraid I would lose touch with the many amazing people I met that week. But Lisa grabbed me, hugged me, and said it would all be alright and affirmed that we would see each other again someday. I must affirm Lisa's words now and say I too, will see you someday big sister.
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Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: Lisa Jill Rhodes Nowak 52 RIP
« Reply #16 on: January 10, 2011, 10:38:54 PM »
Today is Lisa's birthday. She would have been 53.

MtD

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Re: Lisa Jill Rhodes Nowak 52 RIP
« Reply #17 on: January 10, 2011, 10:58:53 PM »
Today is Lisa's birthday. She would have been 53.

MtD


I loved her from the instant I laid eyes on her.  I saw her a couple of years back when she came here to Georgia, and I am so glad that I did because I got to tell her that very thing.
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Re: Lisa Jill Rhodes Nowak 52 RIP
« Reply #18 on: January 10, 2011, 11:02:15 PM »
Happy Birthday Lisa, you left us too soon, but I'm sure you are still looking after us and making sure we get our Meds.
R.I.P ..sweet lady.

In sadness
Jan
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Offline AlanBama

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Re: Lisa Jill Rhodes Nowak 52 RIP
« Reply #19 on: January 19, 2011, 06:10:43 PM »
Thanks for remembering Lisa on her birthday Matty....I wanted to post something that day, but I just couldn't.   It is still hard for me to wrap my mind around the fact that she's gone.

Glad you're back Tim....I've missed you honey.

Alan

PS  Matty, BTW have I told you lately that I love you?   I do, you know......
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Re: Lisa Jill Rhodes Nowak 52 RIP
« Reply #20 on: April 04, 2011, 07:47:16 PM »
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It's the 5th of April here in NZ so today for me it marks the 1st year of Lisa's passing.

I hope you are still at peace Lisa, you are sadly missed and always will be.

Love always
Jan :'(
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Re: Lisa Jill Rhodes Nowak 52 RIP
« Reply #21 on: April 05, 2011, 12:45:27 PM »
I can't believe it's been a year already. I so miss everything about Lisa; especially her laugh. Her laugh could pick me up no matter how low I was - and she'd have me laughing along with her in no time.

((((((Lisa))))))

Love you and miss you,
Ann
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Re: Lisa Jill Rhodes Nowak 52 RIP
« Reply #22 on: April 05, 2011, 12:52:27 PM »
While there are many who come and go here, there are others whose mark on these forums is indelible.  Lisa is one such person.

I said before, and I'll say again:  I loved her from the instant I laid eyes on her.
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Re: Lisa Jill Rhodes Nowak 52 RIP
« Reply #23 on: April 15, 2011, 12:32:36 PM »
I miss you every day, dear friend.   I know that wherever you are, you are spreading joy.

Love always,  Alan

PS - does anyone know what became of Lisa's beloved pet, Mabel the ferret?  Lisa brought Mabel with her the last time we went to Atlanta to visit JK....
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Re: Lisa Jill Rhodes Nowak 52 RIP
« Reply #24 on: April 24, 2011, 06:17:36 PM »
Sweet wonderful woman ..

We had so many good laughs and chats together.
You even got to know Szymon.....

So sad you had to leave us

Keep a seat on the merry-go-round for me. Preferable the vodka tonic one..

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Re: Lisa Jill Rhodes Nowak 52 RIP
« Reply #25 on: May 11, 2011, 11:18:21 AM »
One thing about Lisa was that voice of hers.  I still hear it in my head from time to time.  I do worry that I won't hear it or remember how it sounds.  But it's still there.

I miss her. 

 


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