Alison Michiko SHUEMAKE
1996 - 2015
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SHUEMAKE, Alison Michiko Age 18, of Middletown, OH passed away Wednesday, August 26, 2015 of a heroin overdose. She was born December 21, 1996 in Middletown. Alison was a funny, smart, gregarious, tenacious and strong-willed teenager with gusto. Her favorite color was "sparkle" which matched her personality. When she was younger, Alison was in the Girl Scouts as both a Daisy and Brownie. She played basketball, softball, and soccer. She played the clarinet in the marching band and the violin in the orchestra. She was in the Spanish and Sign Language Clubs. Alison had a beautiful singing voice and was artistic. She attended Central Academy K-8, Middletown H.S. and was a 2014 graduate of Marshall H.S. in Middletown. She was currently employed with Touch of Elegance and Comfort & Care Home Health. Alison would light up a room. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Hannah R. Shuemake and grandfathers, Julius A. McIntosh and Haywood Shuemake. Alison will be missed by her loving parents, Fred and Dorothy McIntosh Shuemake; sisters, Natalie R. Holland and Jessica A. Shuemake; brothers, Joshua A. Shuemake, and Justin A. Shuemake; grandmother, Margery S. McIntosh; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Funeral service will be Monday, August 31, 2015 at 12:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church 2910 Central Avenue, Middletown, OH with Rev. Greg Gibson and Pastor Doug Alder officiating. Visitation will be from 6-8 pm on Sunday at Breitenbach - McCoy - Leffler Funeral Home and again Monday from 11 am-12 pm at the church. Burial will be in Woodside Cemetery. Please visit to send an online condolence.

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Published in Journal-News from Aug. 28 to Aug. 30, 2015.
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April 3, 2016
There are no adequate words to express my feelings about your grief, pain and loss over beautiful, beautiful Alison. She did not chose to have the illness of addiction. Nor did you do anything to cause it. Family suffers as much as the addict; actually more.
Just like nobody chooses cancer or Alzheimer's, nobody is jumping rope at age 6 saying I think I would like to be an addict when I grow up. Society needs to stop shaming addicts. Shame is lethal.
Shame and the stigma surrounding the disease of addiction hampers people from getting help sometimes.
Your honesty and unbelievable courage took some of the power away from unfortunate stigma that so often accompanies this devastating illness.
You honored Alisson's life by doing that.
My heart goes out to you. I am 8 years sober and my life if hard due to my past and living in a society that won't let me ever forget that I was once in active addiction. That is our next frontier to face; when an addict gets sober, let's let go of what can be a troubled past and let them live in peace assuming they have made amends for all harm done.
November 4, 2015
My heart goes out to all mourning for her. I didn't know Alison, I came across this story online. I wanted to let the parents know that I believe not keeping that it was an overdose a secret will help others. I am an ex IV Heroin Addict. Four years clean, I am 24. Had I seen a story like this, where there were parents grief stricken to have lost such a beautiful soul, I wouldn't have started using- or, had I seen it later, I would've made more of an effort to quit sooner. I promise its making a difference. Know that I am thinking of you all, and from my little family to yours, I am so sorry for your loss.
Tiphania Campbell
October 7, 2015
I'm so sorry for your loss. I'll keep your family in my prayers.
Courtney Nichols
September 29, 2015
While watching Dr Oz today, I learned of your loss. I am so sorry. Your daughter was beautiful and seemed to be a great young lady. She had an active young life.
I can clearly see how you are struggling with your loss, and probably will for a very long time. Just know that God will give you all the comfort that you need right now and forever, as long as you continue to ask him for it.

You can't imagine the number of prayers prayed on your behalf.
May you all continue to be blessed.

September 27, 2015
I miss Ali so very much......prayers forever.
September 22, 2015
Dear Dorothy and Fred,
I am so very for your loss.
May Alison's memory be eternal.
Cathy McCormick
September 21, 2015
I'm so sorry for your loss. I dont know you, I'm from NJ, but your story came up in a search. My heart goes out to you, my daughter struggles. We've lost alot of young people to this. Thank you for sharing. Again, my heart and prayers go out to all of you, i'm so sorry for your pain.
Marge Frank
September 16, 2015
I am so very sorry for your loss, but profoundly grateful that you are/were willing to share with such honesty the cause of your beautiful daughter's death. Blessing to you in your time of grief and always!
Pamela Laskie
September 14, 2015
My love and condolences to your family. Alison will live on in your hearts and in your smiles.
Jacqueline Gordon
September 12, 2015
My deepest condolences to you and your family. Thank you for your bravery in sharing Alison's story.
September 12, 2015
What a beautiful obituary you have written for Alison. Thank you for your bravery and honesty during this heartbreaking time in your lives.You are opening discussions everywhere and rest assured,your precious babygirl will be remembered. We all feel your loss and grieve with you.
Cindi Misskelley
September 12, 2015
My thoughts and prayers will be with you.
Monica Miller
September 12, 2015
September 12, 2015
I am so very sorry for your loss. We know what you are suffering now. There are many of us that have felt this agony. Our condolences and sympathy in this terrible time.
Gerald Hawkins
September 11, 2015
So very sorry for your loss...
Patricia Murdock
September 11, 2015
My condolences go out to all of you as you deal with the loss of Alison. As a school principal, I am so impressed with your decision to publish the cause of her death. You never know how much of an impact you may make for others. She sounds like she was a wonderful person. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
September 11, 2015
My deepest condolences for your loss and gratitude for the honesty of your sharing concerning the loss of your lovely daughter. I would love to have known her. In your sharing you have done so much to help bring about awareness and healing for so many people. Sending you all much love.
Kate B
September 10, 2015
Kris P
September 10, 2015
September 9, 2015
Just read about the passing of your darling daughter from a "devil cause" in a local paper on Long Island, NY. Good for you to bring this horrible addiction forward. God Bless you as you grieve and cherish the love you shared.
September 9, 2015
Thank you so much for adding how your precious child died. I wasn't brave enough when I lost mine..May God give you strength...
Joy Collin
September 9, 2015
As a parent of a 24 year old who suffered from the same addiction; I understand and feel your pain and sadness. You have done the right thing and have written a beautiful obit of the wonderful girl that I know you love. Some will not stand with you because they are afraid; but others will stand with you because they understand. Peace be with you and Peace to Alison.
September 9, 2015
To Alison's parents: You are so very brave to state the cause of her death. Good for you. My sympathies to your family for your daughter's passing. You have opened the door to awareness. Thank much, from parents everywhere.
Betty Sue
September 9, 2015
Tammy Amburgey
September 9, 2015
May God bless you in your pain and loss
Tammy Amburgey
September 8, 2015
Thank you for sharing this. My nephew died the same way 24 years ago, at the age of 32. He was a sweet child, a handsome young man with blue eyes and black hair. His parents had been active in his sports leagues and scouting. He spent 10 years in prison for committing armed robbery to support his heroin habit. When he got out he seemed to be doing well for several years, until he was found dead in his truck. He left behind a wife and 2 year old daughter. There are no words that can soften the pain you feel.
Liz Garrison
September 8, 2015
I am very sorry for your loss, I will include your family in my prayers during this horrible time. I also lost my daughter to heroin. The drug sucked her in and then sucked her up.She was only 32 and had a life to live yet. I miss her every day and no parent should have to bury their child.
September 8, 2015
Hello heartfelt sympathy on the death of your daughter. Thank you for sharing your story. That shows that you love ❤ your daughter unconditionally. Most parents would keep such an incident private. May God keep you in perfect peace. Remem-ber SORROW may endure for a night, but JOY will surely come in the morning. God Bless You and your family.
September 8, 2015
Ryan...herion stole him from us
My heart is broken for you in the loss of your beautiful daughter. As a mom who has recently lost her oldest son, Ryan to heroin I know your pain. It has been 90 days since I received the phone call that my son lost his life to his addiction. Like Allison, he was so full of life and promise. May time slowly heal your heart, know she is at peace, and addiction free. I pray for you and all parents who lose a child this way. The guilt can be overwhelming at times. I would gladly trade places with him if I could. I am sending you a virutual hug !!
Peace and blessings to you.
Jeanne Frye...Ryan's mom
Jeanne Frye
September 8, 2015
So sorry for your loss. Her death will not be in vain.
Rest easy Allison
Thank you for sharing your story.
Amie Swicegood
September 8, 2015
So sorry you lost your Allison, it is our loss too, each time a vibrant person like her is lost in the fog of heroin it is heartbreaking. May her life be remembered for the happiness she gave you and others; may her loss inspire others to wrap our arms around those that are struggling with these addictions and help us realize they can happen to anyone including ourselves. Praying for you tonight.
KF James
September 8, 2015
Jennifer W.
September 8, 2015
God bless the strength of a parent who is able to continue to guide others while grieving this great loss. I am in recovery...6 years strong. A huge problem we have in society is the stigma of what a drug addict is or looks like. That is why the addicted are ashamed to ask for help. Ya'll are wiping the floor with that shame & I say THANK YOU! This story is reaching millions & your daughter's struggle & your strength to say enough is enough WILL save a life. My hope is that it will save a few lives. May God give you peace & offer his hand while you walk through this dark time.... Please continue to fight against this nasty disease. We hear you... Carry your message ... Change the lives you touch!
September 7, 2015
A beautiful precious Angel, where our world is dimmer without you and yet brighter to your journey above.
September 7, 2015
Read of your daughter's desth on Flipboard. Mom & Dad , family - you are in my prayers.
beverly anderson
September 7, 2015
$sorry for your loss of such a vibrant and talented young lady, may you now find some peace for she is finally safe
Suzanna Williams
September 7, 2015
You are not forgotten loved one nor will you ever be as long as life and memory last we will remember thee....

To the Family of Alison, my prayers go out to you, I know words can only comfort for the time there spoken, but may all your happy memories of Alison,find there way into your your grief and sadness and help you as you struggle to find peace and understanding to such a tragic end to a Beautiful young lady....

God Bless and take care of each other.....
Praying Auntie
September 7, 2015
Crying for your loss.....yet overwhelmed by your desire that your daughter's life will make a difference. With love from Brentwood, TN.
R Dash
September 7, 2015
So sorry for your loss. A parent's worst nightmare, I know. I buried my daughter last year. She had finally gotten clean at age 27, only to die one month and one week later from the harm drug addiction did to her heart. Praying for you at this very dark time.
Lori owen
September 7, 2015
May your daughter become on angel on your shoulder...guiding you as you take on the cause of heroin abuse across the nation. Let her voice saying "I love you" give you the reassuring strength to keep the fight going.
September 7, 2015
So sorry for your loss ... in honor of your daughter and your courage to speak out about this disease that took her life. No Shame, No Blame, Just Love
GInny Gobel
September 7, 2015
The Hapner Family are devastated by your loss, and heartbroken for your family. We all remember Alison, at school events and with friends. She was such a beautiful light in all of our lives. Her smile was infectious, and she made everyone look her way. The world lost a treasure, and will never be the same.
Melissa Hapner
September 7, 2015
Heartfelt condolences to the family of Alison. Your tribute to her was beautiful and touching. Sending lots of hugs and prayers.
Tami Thompson
September 7, 2015
I read about your daughters death in the Akron Beacon Journal. My prayers and thoughts are with you. I applaud the fact the you were honest about her addiction, and you opened it up for a lot of families to talk about this epidemic ravaging America right now!! I have lost many friends to this disease that is so very senseless. You saved lives with this obituary, your daughter did not die in vain.
September 7, 2015
I'm trying to tell you how sorry I am for your loss my screen ekes changing sorry but I too lost my son to heroin ! I could not live with it so I planned a event to raise awareness please join me and hundreds like us in rockin for a cure to heroin addiction it will be 9/27 at the token lounge in Westland Michigan I would love to share your story I have many others it's been a wake up too all of us this epidemic if you like contact me on fb leeann Caldwell Radenheimer this will be a day of education and counseling we are donating every penny to help people with addction and hope you will join us the is the first ever concert held for taking out heroin addiction we want to make a difference life matters ! Thank you for taking a stand look forward to meeting your family thank you ! And peace be with you along with many prayers !
September 7, 2015
Dear Shuemake Family, I want to offer my condolences for your loss of your beautiful Alison. I read of your decision to list her cause of death in my local newspaper the Missoulian and I agree with you totally. If this can save others from your heartache, how could anyone disagree? She sounds like a wonderful young lady who's life was cut short before she could reach her potential. My prayers are with you all. I hope you find peace. Lorraine in Montana
September 7, 2015
My 41 year old brother died from a heroin overdose 3 days ago. God bless your courage to call attention to this raging epidemic. Our family extends our love and prayers for your healing.
the family of John Barrett Jr
September 7, 2015
May your sweet baby rest in peace. God Bless you and your family.
Claire Cox
September 7, 2015
I am so sorry for your loss.
Cindy Sabattis
September 7, 2015
I just read your story in The Tuscaloosa News, Tuscaloosa,Alabama. First of all I send my sympathy in the passing of your precious daughter. We know all to well about addictions. Our son also has addictions with alcohol and marijuana use. I admire your family speaking out, as hard as it is please continue this message for the memory of Alison but all the teens across the U.S., you may save a child. I am in my 50's and it seems to me this is an epidemic among teens and it seems this is the new norm.We never taught our precious son this behavior because we don't do theses things it's quite easy to become addictive when once again it's the norm. I pray for you & your family. Jeanna Grammer, Tuscaloosa,Alabama
Jeanna Grammer
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