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The Memorial Wall

Honoring Those Who Have Gone Before Us

The Parkinson’s Resource Organization Memorial Wall is dedicated as a tribute to those who lost their battle with Parkinson’s disease.

This special way of remembering the loved ones in our Parkinson's community arose from the requests of families and friends asking us to design a place for healing of those who were left behind.

The purpose of the Parkinson’s Resource Organization Memorial Wall is a virtual place to 

- hold the memory of someone who lived with Parkinson’s and/or their family members
- memorialize families who were touched by Parkinson’s
- maintain the memory of others who suffered from the same or similar conditions
- allow family and friends to grieve and heal from the loss of someone they now can only remember
- bring greater awareness of the passing of Parkinson's sufferers than can otherwise be accomplished through print publications
- acknowledge and appreciate those who have made a donation and posted sentiments in memory of someone’s loved one
- 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, or a similar disease
- establish a memorial event honoring the legacy of the decedent and family
- serve as a memorial when the family prefers donations in lieu of flowers or tributes at anniversaries or other significant dates.

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 contact us at info@parkinsonsresource.org

 

Donations made to the Memorial Fund go towards funding Parkinson's Resource Organization activities globally.

Recent Memorial Wall Additions

William K. "Bill" Moore II

William K. "Bill" Moore II

November 1, 1948 - March 19, 2019

The story of Bill Moore began in Yokohama, Japan. Born 9lbs and 9oz on November 1, 1948 to Richard & Geraldine Moore, Bill was immediately surrounded by his ever-loving and caring big sister, Barbara, and wonderful best friend and big brother, Richard. After the young life of a traveling military brat, Bill ended up as a freshman at Fishburne Military School in Virginia. At Fishburne, he was taught the value of teamwork and discipline. He also played in a rock band and developed beautiful friendships that have lasted a lifetime.

After graduation, Bill was off to Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois, where he studied history and as a junior found the love of his life Cyndy Frazier. In 1971, on August 28th, within days of starting Officer Candidate School, the two lovebirds were finally married. Compliments of the U.S. Army, Bill and Cyndy set off on their adventure with stints in Georgia, Arizona, Germany, Italy, Virginia, Kansas, Washington, Germany, and then fittingly back to Arizona again to settle down. Along their journey, they brought three loving boys into this world Nathan, Andrew, William. In true Moore tradition, their sons married the loves of their lives, Ryan Mary, Rachel, and Krista and brought 13 amazing grandchildren into this world Noah, Grace, Elijah, Hudson, Gideon, Reed, Sarai, Haddie, Danielle, Grierson, Henry, Liam, and David. Bill always found the silver lining in life, he was a talented guitarist and musician, a gifted athlete, a patient soccer coach, a decorated soldier earning the Legion of Merit medal. He was a deep thinker, had a passion for history, and was a longtime member and elder of Grace Presbyterian Church. He was a leader in almost every facet of his life, a traveler, and had a witty dry sense of humor. Bill was an inspiring and forgiving father, a father figure to so many in need, a devoted husband, and most importantly a child of God. His faith in Jesus never wavered despite the struggles and complications that life threw at him. Bill was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2003 and through complications from the disease passed away peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his family, on Tuesday March 19, 2019. Throughout it all, he never stopped smiling.

For those of us that had the privilege of knowing this great man you can understand the difficulty in trying to put words to describe what he meant to the people around him. For most, Bill could be described as wise, strong, and incredibly humble. If only we all could possess those qualities.

Bill, you will be deeply missed but your legacy will continue on through your loving wife, your children, your grandchildren, and by all the people that your wonderful life touched.

Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service for Bill on Friday March 29, 2019 at 9 AM, at Grace Presbyterian Church, 4905 E Camino Segundo Sierra Vista, AZ 85650. A full Military Honor ceremony will be held at a later time at the Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery for immediate family members only. Questions regarding the services can be directed to Hatfield Funeral Home.

Remembering William K. "Bill" Moore II

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Herb Goetz

Herb Goetz

March 17, 1927 - September 23, 2003

Beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, son-in-law, uncle and friend. Herb arrived on the streets of Brooklyn, NY on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 1927. Herb served in the Navy during WWII as a radio gunner. Herb's coming of age was experienced in the warm winter months in Miami and during the steamy dog days of summer in the Catskills. Herb caught the fashion bug early and had great success in all aspects of the Menswear Industry. Herb was a hard worker and took pride in what he did. Herb was a happy man who really enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest, a passion he passed down to his children and grandchildren. In recent years Herb suffered from Lewy Bodies Disease. Every time the disease tried to knock him down, Herb would put up a fight. His spirit didn't give up. That's why loved one's fondly referred to him as the "Come Back Kid". Herb passed away early Tuesday morning, September 23, 2003. Herb is in peace.

Remembering Herb Goetz

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Stephanie R. Goetz

Stephanie R. Goetz

February 21, 1937 - April 28, 2020

Our beautiful Stephanie "Stevi" Goetz passed away at home just the way she wanted – comfortably and with loved ones, she was 83 years old. Beloved Mother, Sister, Grandmother, Aunt, Glam-mama and Friend. Our Mighty Mouse, you were a brave soldier! We will miss your big heart, smile, laughter, gentle touch, grace, friendship and unconditional love! Mom you were a life force that filled the room with light and love! Like you always said; if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans! And, it's all about the dash'! You lived your life fully and touched so many lives! You're a class act kid! Make sure you've got your eye lashes and high heels on as you go party at the Studio '54 in the sky! 

Remembering Stephanie R. Goetz

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Martin Wenger

Martin Wenger

April 2, 1936 - December 19, 2018

Martin Wenger, beloved husband of Rita, died December 19 at 82. Martin was born in Monterrey, Mexico, the 4th child of Moses and Hasia Wenger. He immigrated with the family in 1945 and excelled at Roosevelt High School, lettering in tennis, a sport he dearly loved throughout his life. He was sort of daring: at 16 he was forbidden to buy a car, so he parked his shiny Studebaker around the corner until discovered. Martin graduated from UCLA in Business in 1958 and joined the family store, Wenger Furniture, which he expanded and ran, later with his son James. Martin loved to exercise and would play and teach tennis whenever possible, often with children, grandchildren or any willing friend or relative. When he could no longer play tennis, he rode a recumbent bicycle in the neighborhood. Martin was known by co-workers, employees and clients as a fair and generous businessman. He loved and supported the State of Israel. He was a fixture at UCLA basketball games and loved the Bruins. Martin was a mensch. He is survived by wife Rita; children Neil (Claudia), Robert, Jamie (Carole), and Nancy (Doug) Brown; siblings Claire Weinstein and Alex Wenger; and grandchildren Benjamin, Ariela, Jeremy, Tasha, Daniella, Jono, Zachary, Brianna, Leora, Talia, Hannah and Tanner.

Remembering Martin Wenger

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Irwin Gershow

Irwin Gershow

- April 6, 2020

Irwin Gershow, beloved father, grandfather, community member, and friend, died peacefully on Monday, April 6 at 9:54pm in Eugene, Oregon. He was 83-years-old.

Irwin was born in Brooklyn in 1936, an only child to Frieda Gershow (nee Rutstein) and Moshe (Morris) Gershow. He spent his childhood and early adulthood helping in his parents' grocery store and soaking up New York's culture, including subway rides to live theater and the Philharmonic. His early love for the arts continued through his life. He was an avid reader, classical music lover, and especially, art collector, filling his homes with modern art and later, photography.

He moved to Ann Arbor, MI to attend the School of Social Work at the University of Michigan, and ended up spending most of the next forty years in Michigan, first in Detroit and then Huntington Woods, with his wife, Eeta, and two daughters, Rebecca and Miriam. He had particular love for Detroit, which he called, "a big city with a small town feel," as only someone from New York City could. He spent most of his career as a marriage and family therapist with the Henry Ford Hospital systems, before retiring and opening the Third Eye photography dealership from his home, specializing in black and white photography from around the globe. Even in his final days, as other parts of his memory failed, he could look at a piece of art and immediately name the artist. Though he left New York in his late 20s, he was always a New Yorker at heart; a bathroom in his Huntington Woods home was wallpapered in collected New Yorker magazine covers, its centerpiece a framed letter to him from then-editor Tina Brown.

Irwin spent much of his life grappling with his identity. At age 65, he came out to his family and friends as gay. This process was not without pain, though it opened a new and necessary chapter in Irwin's life. He moved to Palm Springs CA, where he found a close community of friends, including many other older gay men, who became a dear, late-in-life family for him. He met his partner, Joe Pon, who he spent three years with before Joe's death in 2017. He saw and celebrated a remarkable shift in cultural attitudes during his lifetime. As a boy in Brooklyn, he had not even known of the existence of the word "gay;" by the end of his life, he was attending Pride celebrations and witnessing marriage equality.

Irwin's final move was to Eugene OR to be with his children and grandchildren for the last three years of his life. Irwin was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in his late 60s, and he faced the disease with stubbornness, determination, and a fair bit of his characteristic kvetching. He was proud to announce he was in the "top 9%" of Parkinson's patient longevity. He tried nearly every Parkinson's disease drug and treatment modality, and remained at least semi-ambulatory until the last weeks of his life.

Photographs from Irwin's personal collection have been donated to the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene, the Palm Springs Art Museum, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. After a childhood being dragged along to art museums across the country, Irwin's children look forward to future generations of children being dragged along to see the work that brought Irwin such joy.

Irwin is survived by his ex-wife Eeta Gershow (Freeman), his two daughters, Rebecca and Miriam, his sons-in-law, Tim Black and Jordan Bishko, his three beloved grandchildren, Eliza, Nora and Eli, and many friends across the country. "I have lived many lives," Irwin often said. These lives were rich in people he loved and who loved him dearly.

Remembering Irwin Gershow

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Physical Address
Parkinson's Resource Organization
74090 El Paseo #104
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Local Phone
(760) 773-5628

Toll-Free Phone
(877) 775-4111

General Information
info@parkinsonsresource.org

 

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Updated: August 16, 2017