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Autumn's Golden Heart Autumn DeForce Ziacik

July 12, 1953 - July 21, 2006

Autumn DeForce Ziacik Had a Heart of Gold
God called on my Angel,
I do know why,
 I do know that she is in the sky.

Autumn 53, lifelong resident of Erie, died at home, surrounded by loved ones after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Erie, Pa. July 12, 1953, daughter of the late Jean Ann and Noyd DeForce. She attended Burton Grade School, Wilson Junior High and East High School.
Autumn taught Bible School and 4-H sewing at the Henderson United Methodist Church. She also worked for the Homemaker Association as a care nurse. She donated time to the Whole Food Co-op, teaching classes to schools about eating habits. She worked for many years at the Carl Neff Legion Post in Wesleyville as the wing girl. She was a member of St. James RC Church.
Autumn enjoyed time in her pool and planting flowers. She also loved the time she had with her grandson, Gabriel Ziacik, who she loved deeply and the little bit of time she had with her other grandson, Tegan Ziacik.
Autumn was preceded in death by an infant son.

Survivors include her loving husband of 36 years, Mark W. Ziacik; one son, Mark Gabriel Ziacik, and his girlfriend, Danyel  McGarvie; beloved brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jack and Judy Ziacik, Erie; four brothers, Matthew and Betsy DeForce, Murray Deforce, Doug DeForce, all of Erie, Clark and Betty DeForce of Edinboro; three sisters, Alice Agostina and husband, Paul, of Union City, Denise Morgan and husband, Jeff, of Harborcreek, and Catherine Valerio and husband, Tom, of Fairview; brothers-in-law, John Driscoll and wife, Dorothy, of Fairview, and Joseph Driscoll and wife, Linda, of Girard; aunts and uncles; many nieces and nephews; great nieces and great nephews; many cousins, especially two cousins, Shelley Flickner of Franklin, Pa., and Lisa Haslett of Moon Township, Pa., who were like sisters to her.
She also leaves behind her animal children, Shakra and Sidney, the two most beloved pets around. She had numerous friends, you cannot count them all.
Id like to thank the friends that were there when she needed them.
They know who they are. My biggest thanks and love to all.
 

Memories

 
I knew the DeForce family growing up in school and as friends. Sister Autumn was protected by her big brothers Matt, Murray, Doug and Clark Although our lives went separate ways, their memories stay with us. Hearing about Autumn's passing was shocking and sad.
This site is dedicated to her and her Life Ever After.
Margaret Fuller Harrison (Erie, Pa)
 

Send any photos or memories to
 memories@lifeeverafter.com 
and I will post them here.

 

  As we gather for the Holidays please remember Autumn's family in your thoughts and prayers.  Celebrate the day remembering her contribution to your lives. Know that someday you will be together again.

 
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I have known Autumn for over 30 years and have loved her and her family for that long she always made me laugh. The week my husband passed away she came to my home and talked to me for about two hours it really helped. Now I am very lucky to watch her new grandson. So when I have him I give him hugs and kisses from his pita. Mark and Markis you know that I am always here for the rest of my life.
Love always
Henri Sherman
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Mark & Family,
What can one say when confronted by such a monumental loss.
All we know is Autumn was the BOMB!! Everyone that ever met her was lucky to have done so.

This comes with our deepest sympathy.
Bill & Mandy Green (Palm Bay, FL )
manbill57@aol.com 

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DEAR FAMILY, ...

AUTUMN WAS LIKE THE MOTHER ANYONE WOULD WANT. SHE DID SO MUCH NOT ONLY FOR ME, BUT FOR ANYONE SHE KNEW. I HATE TO SAY GOODBYE THIS WAY. LOSING ANYONE WOULD TEAR YOU APART, BUT LOSING HER, WAS THE HARDEST TO DEAL WITH. I NEVER GOT ENOUGH OPPORTUNITIES TO SAY THANK YOU AND WE'LL ALWAYS LOVE HER. THE FAMILY IS IN MY PRAYERS.

ASHLEY & JA'LAIZHA PRESTON (ERIE, PA )

lilmisspeaches20@yahoo.com 

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May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Beverly Royer/Hamilton (West Palm Beach, FL )

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I am so heartbroken for you and everyone who's life Autumn had touched. She was an inspiration in strength and loyalty. Autumn and Mark opened their home to me like family. I will fiercely cherish those memories. I am so sorry that I could not be home for the service. I wish with all of my heart that it could have been different. Please know Big Mark and Little Mark that I love you deeply and you are in my heart and thoughts. I will always remember Autumn as a mother. She may not have been my blood, but that is how she will be remembered by this heart.
 I send you my love and greatest sympathies.
Tierney Klimek (St. George, UT )
wigg145@yahoo.com
 

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Autumn was wonderful person. She will be missed by my family. God needed her more in heaven than here on earth.
Ashlyn Pieri and Tina Asmus (Erie, PA )

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I was so sorry to hear of Autumns passing . I haven't seen her for many years . We went to East High together and I see by her picture , she hadn't change much . She still had that beautiful smile. May God give her family & friends strength and comfort in the days & years ahead .
Donna (Guntrum) Fortin
Donna Fortin (Waterford, PA )

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We're sorry to hear of the loss of Autumn
she will be greatly missed from the neighborhood.
Nina & son, Joe Verneta Jordan (Erie, PA )

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To Mark and family, I got to know Autumn through my cousin Amie and what else can I say that people haven't already said....she was a wonderful woman who ALWAYS could make you smile and laugh. I'm so grateful that I had the chance to know her and I pray that God will comfort you!
Maria Mikolajczyk (Erie, PA )
riamiko@aol.com 

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To all of Autumn's family:
I send my heartfelt condolences in your loss. I was an East High Warrior with Autumn way back when and remember well her wonderful bubbly personality. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God Keep you in His Care.
Sincerely
Jan Jablonski Larson Class of '71  (Erie, PA )
 

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My thoughts and prayers go out to all the family of Autumn, as I didn't have the pleasure of knowing her, but I do know Denise and Jeff (love you two). My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time of loss.
May God Bless You All. No more suffering and no more pain for Autumn. My deepest condolences to all.
LaLa Leppert (Erie, PA )
CoastGuardMom05@aol.com 

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I will miss Autumn for the rest of my life. She taught me to be myself and stand up for yourself. She might have been a small woman, but she had the biggest heart and mouth in Erie. We will never forget her. We love you Mark and Little Mark, Gab and Baby Teagan.
Sam, Julie(Barthelmes), Sam, Autumn, and Isaiah Clayborn of Florida
Julie Barthelmes-Clayborn (Rockledge, FL )

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To Autumns Family~
You have my most sincere condolences on the passing of Autumn. She was a great woman and will be missed by many.
Linda Kowalczyk (Erie, PA )
agrneydldy@aol.com 

Autumn's Golden Heart

Though I always called her by name, in my head Autumn didn't have one. She was always just Mom. I cared for her as deeply as my own mother. She has a lot to do with who I am today. It hurts to hear of her passing. I haven't been back to Erie for years, but she was and still is carried close to my heart. Though our bodies may come to an end we live forever in the memory of our loved ones. She will live with me in my heart, for the rest of my life. Love you guys.
Jesse Hughes (Tampa, FL )
DyschordianX@Hotmail.com 

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Matthew,
Deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Christine (Erie, PA )

Autumn's Golden Heart

With deepest sympathy to the Family! Autumn was a strong, warm hearted woman who will always remain in our thoughts & prayers.
Mary Thaler (Erie, PA )

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TO THE ZIACIK FAMILY I SEND U MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY IN THE TIME OF YOUR LOSS AUTUMN WAS A GOOD PERSON AND WILL LIVE ON IN EVERYONE'S HEART AND THOUGHTS
SHE WILL WATCH OVER EVERYONE NOW THE SAME AS SHE DID BEFORE.
STACIE PALOTAS (ERIE, PA )
SHALEE0069@AOL.COM 

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Mark and Little Mark,
As I sit here with tears on my face and memories flashing through my mind, no words will come to me to express the sadness that fills my heart. She has been apart of my life for 30 years and I will miss her so much.
Love and strength to you, and I'll be just 2 doors down if you ever need anything.
Nan Soule (Erie, PA )
nmsoule@juno.com 

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Autumn will be missed by many. She has been a wonderful friend. She has always been there for anyone that needed her. Autumn has always been a kind and very nice person ever since i've known her. She would tell you how it was and be upfront with you but that was what was so great about her. My condolences to all family and friends.
Greg Schroeder (Erie, PA )
squishy3o@aol.com 

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Mark, and Little Mark
Our prayers are with you . And we will miss Autumn very much. She was a special person to all of us
Art & Joni Churchill (Erie, PA )

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Autumn was a surrogate mom, not only to me, but half of erie. She will be sorely missed, but live on in the many lives she has touched. My sincere condolences to the Ziacik family.
greg southard (erie)

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Mark Sr. and Jr and the family,
My Heart went out to you all but also to all who knew Autumn. Everyone who knew her or met her was touched by her presence. She was wonderful to all of us and my heart weighs heavy with her loss. And though she may be in a much better place, the world lost some of it's light with her passing. I'm there for anything you all need. I'm not hard to find!
Lance Elbaum (Erie, PA )
erehwon23@velocity.net 

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big mark,little mark,& gabriel,
my heart goes out to you. Autumn was a great woman who will be missed by everyone but forgotten by no-one.
Carrie Letto (erie, PA )

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Dear Mark and Family,
My daughter Danielle Skovron has just informed me of Autumn's passing. I just wanted you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers. And to know what a good friend Autumn was to my daughter. I am positive that she is giving some of her good advice to the angels. Again, our condolences. God Bless.
Christine & Donald Derby Sr. (Athens, AL )
derb.derb@gmail.com 

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I knew Autumn a long time ago she was a unique woman my prayers are with her and her family, I know she is in Heaven with all her loved ones, she will be missed.
Donna Loper (Erie, PA )

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May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Jenifer and Melissa Williams (Erie, PA )

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Mark and Little Mark,
I am so very sorry to hear of Autumn's passing. She was a wonderful lady and will be greatly missed.
Stephanie Lavelle (Erie, PA )

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Big Mark and Lil Mark,
Words can not describe what Autumn meant to everyone that she came in contact with. She influenced everyone's lives, to include mine. She played a big part of my upbringing and made sure that I stayed on the right path. I know for a fact that I wouldnt be in the place I am today without her direction. We are all very fortunate to have had her in our lives. You both are in my thoughts and prayers. As we grieve our loss, take solace in the good times that we had with her. We all have a new gaurdian angel watching over us.
James Lucas (Goldsboro, NC )
james.lucas@seymourjohnson.af.mil 

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To Autumn's family.....
We are so sorry for you loss. Our deepest sympathy.
Denise & Bob Wareham (Weeki Wachee, FL )
neesiemarie@msn.com 

Auntumn's Golden Heart

Autumn was one of the most caring, energetic, loving, fun and real people one could possibly ever meet. She touched my life and many others she is missed but will never be forgotten. If we are lucky enough and kind enough we'll all see her again.
Azim Washington (Erie, PA )
three.bears@verizon.net 

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Murray, Matt, Doug;
I am so sorry for your loss. May God be with you and your sister's family. My prayers are with you all.
Pat Hogan (Colmesneil, TX )
misterhogan@gmail.com 

Auntumn's Golden Heart

There aren't any words, just lots of Love and tears. My heart is with all of you.
 Kathy (Case) Hughes (Chiefland, FL )

Auntumn's Golden Heart

 would like to address this to all who knew and loved Autumn. but especially to Catherine. Hi Cac..I am so sorry, dear, for your family's loss. You are in my prayers.
Kathy Felton (Erie, PA )
KFelton@neo.rr.com 

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I knew Autumn about 10 years ago from my Jazzercise class. Everybody got a kick out of Autumn for her enthusiasm and her wonderful sense of humor. I know she'll be missed.
Denise Benim (Erie, PA )

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wow i am in shock about this im so sorry ....my thoughts and prayers go to mark and family.
...deeply sad.. i will miss autumn very much...
Barb Gorka (Harborcreek, PA )

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To all the family. I wish to give you all my heart felt condolences. I have not see Autumn in many years, her brother Matt and i have been friends for 40 plus years. This is a great family and i am so proud to be a friend to them all. God bless you all.
Paul Fullerton (Erie, PA )
ppfulle62@aol.com 

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We are so sorry to hear about Autumn's death. We had been praying for her for so long. Now she is rejoicing with the Lord and heaven is a much richer place. We will all keep your family in our prayers. God is so very faithful. It is our prayer that you will feel His comfort and strength in the days ahead. God bless!!
In Christ,
The First Alliance
Church Prayer Chain
Marilyn Thomas(friend of Muriel DeBus') (Erie, PA )

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Our love and prayers go out to matt and betsy and family .
may peace be with you.
Love you,
Sandy DeBello & Deacon Evans
sandy debello (erie, PA )
cbsandy2@aol.com 

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Sorry to about Autumn our prayers are with you. She was a loving and caring person and she will be missed and remembered by us all. God Bless your family. Take Care Love to all
Ken and Linda Blount (McKean, PA )

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Dear Mark,
I send to you my deepest, heartfelt sympathies. I wish I truly could express how sad I feel. Autumn was such a beautiful person that will be missed by myself and all that ever new her. I am presently overseas, otherwise I would attend Autumn s funeral. Please extend my condolences to the rest of the family.
Abdullah
Abdullah Mokhriby (Erie, PA )

Auntumn's Golden Heart

Autumn will be missed greatly. Our hearts go out to the family with this loss. She had a heart of gold and will never be forgotten. I remember the gumball machine and all the great snacks she gave to us while getting our hair done as little kids. She would have done anything for anyone. We thank her and her family for all that she has done for us. Love, Diane Dennington and Heidi Salusky.
Heidi Salusky (Erie, PA )

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Mark, Little Mark and family,
I wish you peace and love in this time of grief. Everyone she touched will miss her, know that she loved you all. May God Bless you during your time of sorrow. I love you all.
Diana Santone (Omaha, NE )
dsantone51@yahoo.com 
 
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Autumn will always be the American grandma (Pita) who meant the world to me and opened her heart and home to me so many times. She will always be in our hearts.
Mary-Beth Cardo (Holly Springs, NC )

Auntumn's Golden Heart

Autumn was a unique individual. She gave all of herself to all those she loved. She was always there with a caring gift of gab, inspiration, and a quick wit. She faced life's tragities as she did every aspect of her life, upfront, realistic, "come and get me" attitude. She, as a young girl used to "tag along " with my sister Chris and me. Although years younger, we loved to have her with us. She was a gift to all who knew her.I will miss her every day of my life. And to Mark, "Little Mark", and the boys, my heart is with each of you.
Vicki DeForce (Erie, PA )
vickierie@aol.com 

Auntumn's Golden Heart

Mark, My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family at this time of your loss. Boots
Paul Randolph (Erie, PA )

Auntumn's Golden Heart

The world has lost a truly wonderful woman. Her love extended not only to her family but everyone else around her. You were always at home with Aut. My thoughts and prayers go out to Big Mark, Little Mark and her grandchildren.
Amy Lucas (Erie, PA )

Auntumn's Golden Heart

Mark and Family, I cannot find the words to describe how I feel right now. I am so sorry about Autumn. You know how my whole family felt about her, she was truly a wonderful friend. She really did earn that place in heaven...I will never forget her. Diane and Jim Kozlowski
Diane Kozlowski (Odessa, FL )

Auntumn's Golden Heart

Dear Mark and Family:
Autumn was our "angel" and our "rock" and we thank God for all the special time she gave to us. She was the most beautiful and loving mother, proudest grandmother, loving sister and aunt, sweetest neighbor and best friend to us all. Her memory will live in our hearts forever. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Love ...Cheryl, Brenton and Eric
Cheryl Markowski (Erie, PA )
cherbear@neo.rr.com 

Autumn's Heart of Gold

Nothing we could write would heal the pain you have. Autumn was a wonderful person that will never be forgotten by A LOT of people! She would do anything for anyone and will be remembered for that! We are very sorry to hear of your loss!
Joe, Valarie & Kylie The Pinetti Family (Harborcreek, PA )
jpinetti@adelphia.net 

Autumn's Heart of Gold

As I read all of the entries I am reminded of how many people Autumn touched in her short life. Heaven must of needed some sunshine and now they have it. She will be missed by me & so many, she was so wonderful and always there for anyone. I am so glad I was able to spend a few days with her the last weeks of her life to let her know how much she meant to me & so many. Erie is surely missing an angel. Mark, Mark, Gabe and Teaghan, you are all in my thoughts & prayers. Kelley (Barthelmes)
Kelley Hirning (Missoula, MT )
hirning8r@juno.com 

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Big Mark and Little Mark,
This year has been the hardest year of my life. Losing Autumn was something I never truly thought would happen. And the reason for that was because of the most amazing friend I have ever been blessed to have. She had me believing to the end that she would make it. When she left us, I didn't think my heart would make it. Even though I knew she was in God's Kingdom, I was being selfish and only thinking of all the people that still needed her. Myself included in that big time. What I have learned from Aut in our 24plus years of friendship is endless. Whatever reason God took her for, now I pray that she looks after my daughter. I love you Aut, til the end. Hopefully someday we'll be together for more laughter. I love and miss you every day of my life. Give my Tiers a hug and tell her I love her sooo much..... And thank you endlessly for everything.......
Imbunne23@aol.com

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4/24/07
Thank you to the Ziacik family for all they have done for my family. Autumn was the heart and soul of so many and so much. She reached out to anyone she could. She helped whoever needed it and whoever asked for it. The world is a little dimmer now that she has gone from it.

I never got a chance to say, "Thank you!" for helping my little sister Tierney when she lived with you, or for being one of the only positive people in my mom's life. You knew at the end what was gong on in my little sis's life and prayed for her. Thank you so much! I am only so sorry that I did not have the chance to say it to your face. I think you know now though.

I miss hanging out at your house for lunch on Sunday. I kinda counted on that when I would visit Erie. Not so many reasons to visit now that some of the best people have gone...I will mourn these losses for a long time.

GodSpeed Autumn, although, you have been flying for a while now...I am so glad I know where you are! I get to visit you again one day! Goodbye!

Chantell Jagta Fenner
 

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The month of July has many meanings for many people, Autumn's is the month of her birth and the month of her passing. Let's honor Autumn by celebrating the whole month in remembering her and her family.  July 2007

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Stopping by with a memory of Christmas 2009

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December 2010
Wishing  a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.  Please remember our loved ones during this holiday season.

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May 12, 2013

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July 12, 2013
Wishing you a Happy Birthday, Autumn. Stopping by and leaving this butterfly and these flowers on your special day.

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July 21, 2013

and your family thinks of you every day.

 

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May 11, 2014

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July 12, 2014

from your family here on Earth.

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