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Aimee Kathleen Tarabrella, age 37, of Middletown, Ohio, formerly of Erie, Pa., passed away August 21, 2014, surrounded by love.
She attended McDowell High School, and received her bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Malone University.
Aimee's light-hearted spirit and fun-loving attitude brought laughter and joy to her large, close-knit family. She enjoyed traveling, especially to Ocean Grove, N.J., Kiawah Island, S.C., Hawaii, and Aruba, making friends wherever she went. A lifelong lover of animals, Aimee was a devoted advocate for animal welfare and pet rescue organizations.
Aimee's management expertise was well-utilized and vital to the family business, Monroe Family Pet Hospital. Her favorite career, however, was being "Super Mom" to her three children, who provided her with love, motivation, and laughter every day. Aimee's favorite times were those spent with her family and friends.
Aimee's grace, courage, and sense of humor as she faced breast cancer
, were inspiring to all who met her. Her dedication to education, awareness, and fundraising, specifically for Inflammatory Breast Cancer, motivated her to volunteer her time and share her story. The American Cancer Society and the Susan G. Komen Foundation provided her with that opportunity; most notably, serving as the key note speaker for the Making Strides kick-off event. Aimee fostered many friendships with fellow breast cancer survivors, especially acting as a mentor to those newly diagnosed. She created, led, and rallied a group of supporters, affectionately known as "Aimee's Army," which has raised tens of thousands of dollars to date. The soldiers of "Aimee's Army" will ensure her work and passion toward finding a cure will continue.
Aimee was blessed with a loving and supportive family, including her children, Meadow (seven), Avery (five), and Samuel (four); her husband, Jason Tarabrella; her parents, Kathleen (Norman) Whipple, Erie, Pa., and James (Karen) Petrucelli, Pittsburgh, Pa.; her mother-in-law, Della (Chris) Kurtzhals, Clarion, Pa.; her brother, Shamus (Rachel) Petrucelli, Pittsburgh, Pa.; her sister, Emilie (Matt) Olds, Ocean Grove, N.J.; her sister Alee Petrucelli, Washington, D.C.; and her brother Tyler Petrucelli, Columbia, S.C. Aimee also shared memories and laughter with her extended family, including many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews, along with many close friends.
She was predeceased by her grandparents, Charles and Henrietta Shenberger, and Elmer and Charlene Petrucelli.
Friends are invited to call on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., at Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1595 West 38th Street, at Greengarden Blvd. A memorial service will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m., at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 4701 Old French Road, with the Rev. Don Baxter, presiding. Burial will be in Waterford Cemetery.
Published in the Erie Times-News from Aug. 26 to Aug. 27, 2014