Megan LeRae Briggs
1994 - 2017
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Megan LeRae Briggs 1994 - 2017
ALBANY - Megan LeRae Briggs, 23, our beautiful daughter, our Peanut, passed away unexpectedly from a heroin overdose on Monday, December 18, 2017, at her home in Albany.
Megan was born in Utica on March 12, 1994; she is the daughter of Duane R. Briggs and Kristie L. (Schoonmaker) Cieslak. She was raised locally, was a graduate of Westmoreland High School and attended a joint nursing program with SUNY IT and St. Elizabeth School of Nursing. She was currently employed with Rayben Enterprises in Albany. Megan enjoyed fishing with her fishing buddy, her dad, cooking, baking and Dr. Pepper. Her favorite past time was reading. No matter where she was, she always sought out her local library; this was her safe place. Megan's smile was like the sun and her laugh was like music, so infectious.
Megan is survived by her mother and stepfather, Kristie and Walter Cieslak, of Whitesboro; her father, Duane Briggs, of Whitesboro; two sisters, Madison Cieslak, of Whitesboro, and Kaitlyn Briggs, of Utica; stepbrother, Alex Houck, of Georgia; maternal grandparents, Wayne and Monica Storms, of Verona; paternal grandfather, Richard Briggs, of Forestport; paternal grandparents, Rita and Ken VanDresar, of Holland Patent; aunts and uncles, Justin and Zainab Storms, of Syracuse, April Storms, of Rome, Sally and Josh Russitano, of Rome, Sara Briggs, of Holland Patent, Sgt. George and Tori VanDresar, of Ft. Drum, Joe VanDresar of Holland Patent, Jason and Marsha Schoonmaker, of Jersey Shore, PA, Rich and Renee Schoonmaker, of Munchy, PA, and a special uncle and aunt, Robert and June Cooney, of Marcy; cousins, Phallon, Elliott, Eli, Abbi, Levi, Maximus, Mia, Izzy, Noah, Michael, Emma, Kylie and James.
Calling hours for family and friends are Wednesday, December 27, 2017, from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the Heintz Funeral Home, 408 Herkimer Rd., N. Utica, followed by a prayer and a time to share your beloved memories of Megan.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Mid York Library System, 1600 Lincoln Ave., Utica, NY 13502 in Megan's memory.
Megan's family extends a special thank you to all of her friends who walked beside her in this journey.
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch from Dec. 25 to Dec. 26, 2017.
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December 31, 2017
You don't me,my heart goes out to you and your family. I lost my 23your old Grandson in May2017. Just remember all the fun and good times, it won't hurt as much,this is what they want you to remember. Time will heal.
Sharon W
December 31, 2017
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
December 29, 2017
roxanne king
December 26, 2017
May you shine bright upon the ones who carry you in their heart. Our deepest condolences to Megan's family and friends.

Michael and Amy Rahn
December 26, 2017
Rest In Peace
December 26, 2017
I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter, It has been seven years since I lost my son to this terrible disease.I pray that you are at Peace knowing she is finally free
Please accept my deepest sympathy
Jeannine Damon
December 26, 2017
Never stop shining my starshine.
December 26, 2017
I will rememeber you as the girl with the braces, who always had a smile on her face no matter what. The kindest, smartest, most caring, and the best listener. I was and I still am so blessed to have been able to call you my best friend. I have never met anyone as wonderful as you and I'm afraid the world lost some of its light when it lost you. Somethings will never be the same. But I will remember you for the amazing girl that you have been and always will be. You will always be the strongest girl I know. I love you Megan, you put up a good fight. Meet you at our rock when it's my time. <3
December 26, 2017
Dear Kristie, Wally and Madison,

When I heard of your loss I immediately remembered Megan as a beautiful little girl.
Words can not express how sorry we are for your loss. May Megan be at peace, and may God bless all of you.

With deepest sympathy,
The Fluty's
Renee Fluty
December 26, 2017
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your daughter Kristie and Wally.I know her as a beautiful little girl. Kristie know that you are not alone in this, this is a terrible thing that all of our young kids are dealing with now adays. My heart goes out to you and your family.
robin cieslak
December 26, 2017
To Megan's family. I don't know you but I want to express my deepest sympathy for your loss. I admire your courage in revealing her cause of death. I'm sure this is a difficult time for all of you, but maybe her passing can touch someone else on this terrible journey and help them see the light. God bless her and RIP.
Gloria Shaw
December 26, 2017
I also have lost family members to heroin. May you find comfort in the wonderful memories, you have of your beautiful girl. RIP sweet girl.
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