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 Erin E. Silvis

Erin E. Silvis

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Death 13 Sep 2007 (aged 24)
Burial Barnes, Warren County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 37442889 · View Source
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In memory of Erin Silvis, a remarkable, and beloved young woman.
Obituary excerpt from The Kane Republican, Kane, PA:
Erin recently lost her battle with leukemia on Sept. 13 2007 at Hamot Medical Center in Erie. She was born in Kane to Tami Rudolph and Dave Silvis on June 15, 1983.
Erin was a sister to Justin and Emily. She attended school in Kane and graduated from high school in 2001. While in high school, Erin was on the soccer and track teams, and was the statistician for the boys' basketball team. She also worked at the Quality Market as a cashier.
After graduation, Erin chose to follow in her mother's footsteps and become a nurse. She was accepted at Gannon University where she pursued a bachelor's degree in nursing.
Erin enjoyed college and was a member of the nursing fraternity. She would come home on the weekends to work at the Country Club, the Elks Club, and to help her dad, Dave Silvis at Kinzua Beverage.
Between her freshman and sophomore years in college, she began dating Jeff Shrubb, of Kane. They enjoyed spending time with each other on weekends and often attended events held at the Kane Fire Department, where Jeff is a volunteer fireman, and Erin was involved in the Ladies Auxiliary.
Erin first discovered that she had leukemia in 2003, while on Christmas break from college, when routine lab work prior to a dental procedure was abnormal. The diagnosis was confirmed by the Cancer Center in Erie.
She was admitted to Hamot Medical Center in Erin on Jan. 1, 2004 to begin treatment after reviewing treatment options. She spent the next seven months in and out of the hospital to receive her treatments. During this time, she moved back home with her mother as she had to postpone her nursing education for one year.
While back in Kane, Erin worked at the Country Club despite her low white count and her mother's concerns. She enjoyed bartending and being around people in spite of her illness.
She continued to date Jeff and he was by her side during her first treatments. He was there as she suffered the ill effects of her chemotherapy treatments; nausea, vomiting, weight gain and the loss of her hair.
In August of 2004, Erin participated in the Relay for Life held at the Kane Area High School. She walked on the "Grandma Annie's" team, which was in memory of Jeff's grandmother, Annie Kribbs. Around that time, Erin received a phone call from her Oncologist stating that her leukemia was officially in remission. She continued to receive oral chemotherapy agents for over a year after she was in remission.
In January of 2005, Erin resumed classes at Gannon University. She volunteered for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She continued to have follow-up visits at the Cancer Center in Erie, while completing her course work and graduating from Gannon University in May of 2006 with a bachelor's degree in nursing.
After graduation Erin and her now fiance, Jeff moved to Erie. Erin was working at Hamot Medical Center as a Registered Nurse on 7 South, the same floor where she had been a patient for several weeks the year before. Erin enjoyed working there, where she could relate to and share her personal experiences with those receiving treatments.
In the summer of that year she discovered that she was expecting, which was unbelievable as the doctors had said that her chemotherapy may affect her fertility. She was encouraged during her treatment to see a fertility specialist to discuss her options and chances of conceiving in the future, but at that time she was not concerned with the ability to have children. Erin was focused on beating the cancer and moving on with her life. Her pregnancy was nothing short of a miracle, and in November of 2006, she and Jeff learned that they were expecting not only one child, but twins.
Erin carried the babies full term and on March 28, 2007 she gave birth via cesarean section to Anna Isabelle and Abigail Leigh at 10:30 and 10:31 a.m.
After the birth of the twins, she and Jeff decided to move back to Kane to be closer to their families. They bought a home on Poplar Street, just behind Jeff's parents, Tom and Dawn Shrubb. Jeff began working at Temple Inland in Mt. Jewett, while Erin continued working at Hamot. She would work two days weekly and would return to Kane to care for the girls.
Erin had worked her two day shift at Hamot, and the following week on Aug. 13, 2007 she found out that her leukemia had returned. She returned to Hamot as a patient on Aug. 15 to resume the chemotherapy that she had received in 2004.
Her mother recalls a tearful goodbye, as Erin would not be able to see her daughters while she was receiving treatment. Tami said that although Erin was receiving the same treatment as before, the leukemia returned with a vengeance. She was hospitalized in ICU and TCU, the Transitional Care Unit.
On Sept. 13, Erin died from complications of her treatment. She never made it back to 7 South where she worked and was a patient. Erin had many plans for the future. She and Jeff were planning to marry on Nov. 17, 2007 at the First United Methodist Church in Kane, with the Rev. Craig Smith officiating.
Erin had also planned to work locally part-time so she could devote her time to her children. In reflection of her life, the good and the bad times, she never quit.
Tami said that Erin felt that her Leukemia was merely an inconvenience. While in college, she did not want any special treatment. If she had an exam and an appointment at the Cancer Center, she would reschedule her appointment, despite her professor's offers to reschedule the exam.
Her leukemia was a small part of her life and she went on to pursue her dreams. With learning of Erin and her struggles, we can understand her will and determination to live her life to the fullest.


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  • Created by: Kathy Sloan
  • Added: 24 May 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 37442889
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Erin E. Silvis (15 Jun 1983–13 Sep 2007), Find A Grave Memorial no. 37442889, citing Barnes Cemetery, Barnes, Warren County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Kathy Sloan (contributor 46775251) .