Patricia Jean Creegan

PATRICIA JEAN born June 27, 1968, died peacefully at home Feb. 20, 2009 after fearlessly battling cancer. Survived by husband Michael Neights; parents Joseph and Elsie Creegan Sr.; sisters Colleen Dougherty, Erin Kurpiel (Richard), Timarie Creegan; brother Joseph Jr. (Rocio); step-brother Christopher Toft (Pamela), and numerous nieces and nephews. Also proceeded in death by her mother Ann Therese Creegan, sister Maureen, and step brother Robert Toft. Successfully pursuing her doctorate in Urban Education after completing her Masters of Social Work, Trish lived her entire life helping others and then teaching people to help others. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to National Lung and PA Ed. for All Coalition, 1314 Walnut St., Suite 403, Phila., PA. 19107. Mass Cards will also be accepted. Funeral Mass 10:00 A.M., Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009 at the Saint Francis Xavier Church, The Oratory, 24th and Greene Sts. Int. at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Arrangements by


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Timarie and I were thinking of you today and wondered how we would have celebrated your birthday today with you. We both said that it would have been a day of laughs,hugs and crazy fun. Maybe we would have listened to the famous Tom Jones DVD/s, dancing and laughing . So on this day that you would have been another year older we send you birthday wishes from your sisters whom miss you terribly. We continue to feel your spirit with us and we know you are guiding us thru our lives. Happy Birthday Trishie with love.
June 27, 2010
I met Trish in 2002 and felt a bond right away. She was warm, smart, and so easy to be around. We shared a lot in terms of our relationships with our siblings, but Trish also had insights into family and disabilities that I was still struggling to comprehend. We'd been out of touch for a few years, so I hadn't known that she'd gotten married, nor that she'd passed away. I found out only today, when someone accepted my request to friend her on Facebook, and when I saw everyone's comments, I started to realize that her profile had left out some crucial and heartbreaking information. I'm really broken up by this news. Please accept my deepest condolences. Trish was just a wonderful person. I liked her so much, and will miss her forever.
Rachel Simon
July 9, 2009
We will never forget when you guys stopped in for pancakes after Haleakala and we will remember the love you shared with us. Fondest aloha - J.J. and Kristen
JJ and Kristen Stafford
April 3, 2009
Trishs' Song 'Michaels Lament' The Silence of the Mountain's, the quiet rushing water's of a nearby stream. As the warm wind blows through my hair, my mind goes back to when you were there. There by my side a part of my Life, holding my hand through the troublesome times. A Seam will unravel if you pull a loose Thread, a Heart will cry when Love dies. You're gone now and I'm left alone. Alone with the Frayed Edges and a Heart that needs mending. In Time my Heart will heal and the Edges will be like new. But never will I find a LOVE as Beautiful as YOU. Written for Trish and Michael at the behest of his mother Mrs.Emma Neights by Connie Sweeney 29 March 2009.
Connie Sweeney
March 29, 2009
Trishs' Song 'Michaels Lament' The Silence of the Mountain's, the quiet rushing water's of a nearby stream. As the warm wind blows through my hair, my mind goes back to when you were there. There by my side a part of my Life, holding my hand through the troublesome times. A Seam will unravel if you pull a loose Thread, a Heart will cry when Love dies. You're gone now and I'm left alone. Alone with the Frayed Edges and a Heart that needs mending. In Time my Heart will heal and the Edges will be like new. But never will I find a LOVE as Beautiful as YOU. Written for Trish and Michael at the behest of his mother Mrs.Emma Neights by Connie Sweeney 29 March 2009.
Connie Sweeney
March 29, 2009
Please contact Michael to let his Mother hear your comments regarding The Poem by Connie Sweeney a part of her Church Family. My thought's and Prayer's are with all whose lives were touched by such a Lovely Young Woman , Who obviously was loved by many and enriched the lives of those who loved her so deeply; During her brief stay with them. My Love and Prayer's are with you all during this time. Warmest Regards.
Connie Sweeney
March 29, 2009
Dear Mike,

To have experienced what you and Trish have, from the onset of knowing she was ill, the high hopes and sad lows, to her last earthly breath, fills us with great sadness in your loss. Trish was very fortunate to have you as her husband - you treated her with so much kindness and warmth.

A sermon that brought us great comfort about the loss of our loved ones, is that our loved ones have two birthdays, our earthly birthday which for Trish is June 27, 1968 and our heavenly birthday when God calls us home, which for Trish is February 20, 2009.

We will always remember Trish with that beautiful smile. She was loved. She is at peace.

Our love and prayers are with you, Mike, Your Parents, your sister and brothers and their families, and the Creegan family.

Aunt Edie and Uncle Jon
Edie Arndt
March 15, 2009
Hello old friends. My parents told me of Trish's passing. I am so sorry. It has been so many years since we were in touch, but your always in my memory. Trish was just a small child the last time I saw her. It was in the "big white house" on Cedar Hill. I remember a birthday party your mom had in the upstairs of the garage (Erin's birthday, I think)! What a great time!! I remember all of us swimming in your pool!! Thanks for the great memories. God Bless. Felicia
Felicia Bangor
March 11, 2009
Attention Friends:
Until the website has been corrected with the correct address for the PA Ed for All Coalition Inc . I wanted to make an entry for anyone that would like to make a donation to this organization on behalf of Trish. The below address reflects the correct information. You can send contributions to:
Pennsylvania’s Education for All Coalition, Inc.
P.O. Box 263
Norwood, PA 19074

Thank you for being a part of my sisters life.

With Appreciation,
Trish's sister
Erin Kurpiel
March 10, 2009
Michael, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your mom and dad and brothers and sister and their families. You were so good to Trish right up to the end. We have so many good memories of you when you came to Alaska. Rebecca could tell you were special too. She was just little, but felt real close to you and Trish. We are here for you and will keep you in our prayers.
With Love, uncle Ron & aunt Nelly
Nelly Petersen
February 28, 2009
To The Creegan Family,
It was an honor and a pleasure knowing Trish. She always made others feel so accepted and welcomed and she touched so many lives with her vision and spirit. She will be truly missed by all. My prayers and thoughts are for you all in this time of sorrow.
Betsy Snyder
February 28, 2009
I met Trish several years ago when we were both working helping people with disabilities. She was so smart and dedicated to helping others. I really admired her determination, commitment and her knowledge. She encouraged me and inspired me to strive to help others more. I am saddened to hear of her passing. God bless you and I will keep you in my prayers that you find strength at this time
Mimi Walsh Lencovich
February 26, 2009
I was so sorry to hear of your wife's illness. I found out today that she had passed. I have read the comments in the guest book. She really was quite a remarkable woman.
My deepest sympathy
Izzi (Masterman retired 6th grade teacher)
Izzi Gurbarg
February 26, 2009
Dear Erin, Michael, The Creegan Family, and Trishie's friends and extended family,

You have my deepest sympathies at this time of tremendous loss in your lives. You all remain in my prayers as you travel through your pain.

Please remember that Trishie's spirit will never leave you, and she is an angel guarding you for the rest of your days. Don't hesitate to call on her spirit for comfort.

"To know a rose is to know God. To know that a wilted rose will bloom again in Spring is to know an eternity." God bless you all.

Dee Luther
(Nancie DiMauro's sister)
Dee Luther
February 25, 2009
To Mike and the Creegan family,
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. We are all here for you.
Gary, Jennifer, Eliza, and Olivia
Gary Neights
February 25, 2009
Dear Trish,
There are not enough words for all that I would say here, but I will try.

I miss you... your smile, your laugh your sense of humor.
I miss tea with you. I will miss having someone to discuss Pema with.
Trish, my favorite boddhisattva, thank you for your corage and your grace.
I love you.
Thank you also to Mike and Trish's family for sharing her so generously with us.
Bonnie Moulton
February 25, 2009
Patty was a lovely person. We went to Gwynedd together, and though she was two years younger than me I still remember her very clearly. It takes a special person to remain in so many memories and hearts for all of these years. God bless all of you, and always remember her as the lively, caring person she always was
Ruth Cleveland Gallagher
February 25, 2009
We will miss Trish. It was such a pleasure to meet Trish at our family reunion in Dover, PA. Even though we are not at the services tomorrow our thoughts and prayers will be with Mike and family.
Love, aunt Luise and uncle Walt
Luise and Walt Beierle
February 25, 2009
I am so very sorry for the friends and loved ones who are suffering the huge hole someone so special leaves behind. What I remember most about my time with Trish at the U of D is her incredible humor and kindness. She would do this thing with her mouth, trying to hold back a smile until it just burst forth on her face, and all the pure goodness behind it was positively contagious. I extend my heartfelt sympathy to her family.
Jamie Meighen Sei
February 24, 2009
After hearing of Trish’s passing, I sent the news to some former colleagues from New Jersey and they responded with the following thoughts…

It is with sadness that I hear the news about Trish. My recollection of her is one of great energy, enthusiasm and fun. I enjoyed working with her on the Dare to Dream Conferences, especially the middle school conferences that we collaborated on together. I have a lovely image of her "waxing poetic" about the qualities of Uncrustables (the little PB&J sandwiches that they served in the cafeteria). Her death is a great loss.
Jan Carr-Jones, Bridgewater-Raritan High School

My heart goes out to Trish's husband, family, and friends. She had such passion and energy and will sorely be missed by so many. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to work with her and get to know her; her commitment to students with disabilities was unparalleled. What a terrible loss for so many. I'll always remember her humor and willingness to get involved. Tracy Amerman, New Jersey City University

Trish was an incredible human being and I am glad I was touched by her spirit and joy for those she interacted with. I will always recall her beautiful smile and her laugh while working with her on OSEP projects, especially the Dare to Dream. Trish worked tirelessly so that students, teachers and all those she touched could live in a better world. Her light will live on in so many others. Andrea Romano, Washington Twp. NJ

Wow! What a shocker! The last time I communicated with Trish, she seemed positive about her medical condition. I was hoping she could come to Ocean City for some R& R time this summer. Last summer was so hectic and I had talked to her about coming to spend some time in Ocean City. She was so wonderful to Heidi, as she was to everyone. Ane Marie and Heidi

Seeing the picture of Trish, and hearing about her, reminded me of this poem that my mother gave me a long time ago by Mary Frye:
Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awake in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft star-shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry..
I am not there. I did not die.
Peggy McDonald, Yardley, PA

On behalf of all the people you’ve touched; you’ve left the world a better place. Thank you, Bob Haugh
Bob Haugh
February 24, 2009
I worked with Trish and was her field work instructor during her first year in social work school. I am sorry that she had to leave this world so soon. She was a wonderful and fun person.
Janice Knuth
February 24, 2009
May the universe open to receive the return of a beautiful soul.
Fatima Hafiz
February 24, 2009
Trish, You were a wonderful person! I am so sorry for your sisters and brother and Dad. Janet
janet buchanan
February 24, 2009
To the Creegan Family: So sorry to hear about your loss, as well as the passing of Bob. I was in Chris' class at GMA and 2 years behind Trish at the high school. I remember her as a very kind person. God bless you all in your time of sorrow. Take care.
Joely Esposito
February 24, 2009
To Michael and the Creegan Family,

I was so shocked and saddened to hear about the passing of Trish. I have known her since we were in Kindergarten.

Trish was a wonderful person with a huge heart and a smile to match.
My best memory of Trish was when we lived together for the summer in Ocean City NJ after we graduated high school. I remember one night Trish suggested staying up all night and going to watch the sunrise on the beach. As we were walking there, it was freezing and dark but Trish wanted to go so much, I didn’t want to disappoint her. When we got there, we sat on a jetty and talked about life, family, her mom, etc. until the sun came up. It was so beautiful. I was so glad she suggested going. I will make it back to that beach for a sunrise for her.

Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Christine Condello-Frazier
February 23, 2009
Trish was a wonderful woman who had an adventurous spirit. I appreciated her compassion and commitment to make our world a much better place. My sympathies to Trish's family.
Susan Tachau
February 23, 2009
Our heart aches for you, our dear friends, Erin, Timarie, Rich, Brian, Brendan, Michael and Timmy and the rest of the Creegan family. We pray that time will heal your pain and may memories of how your sister and aunt touched so many lives comfort you. We love you and are always here to support you through this most difficult time in your life. Love, Cindy, Dave and Matt
Cindy Harris-Reed
February 23, 2009
Michael, may you know that we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this very difficult time. Love Your Cousins, Sheryl, David, Emily and Jonathan Tigchelaar
Sheryl Tigchelaar
February 23, 2009
I am deeply saddened to hear the news about Trish. I also didn't know she was ill. I was excited to have just reconnected with her on facebook since I haven't seen Trish in 5 years, it only seems like yesterday since I first went to the Ed for all. She helped inform and guide me on my quest for inclusion for my daughter Stephanie and others.
Trish was a calming,positive but invigorating force for me. She invited me to give talks about what friendship can mean to a person with a disability to college students and at these talks always shared her chair brigade story of the older ladies that looked out for her as a young lady. I love that story I am sure others of you know it as well. She gave me the drive and skills to help others besides just my daughter. I will always keep a special place in my heart for Trish and she lives on in all the people she has helped along the way.
Peace be with the Creegan Family
Audrey Strein
February 23, 2009
My deepest sympathy to the family and all those who are feeling a void at the lost of Trish. I am grateful for the legacy she has left us and all the lives that she had the opportunity to touch. I pray and encourage all of you who have shared in Trish's vision to keep her spirit alive by continuing to press to make this world a better place for our children. Respectifully submitted.
Oni McMullen
February 23, 2009
My heart goes out to you cousin. We will miss Trish and think of her often. When you and Trish came up to Alaska I wish I could have spent more time with you both. I enjoyed making Trish laugh,it's good for the soul. My deepest sypmathy for you cousin. She will be deeply missed.
Eric Petersen
February 23, 2009
Mr. Neights,
I am so sorry for you and your family.
My prayers are with you at this terrible time. God Bless.
- Quinn Ernwood's Dad.
Donovan Mitchell
February 23, 2009
Right now I am missing you Trish & my heart is heavy with sorrow and feelings of loss. But, I know this will pass . Peace, Shalom, Blessed Be, Namaste- You will be with me every time I take a deep cleansing breath doing Yoga, When I eat yummy Kale, when the Ed for All Coalition reaches new milestones, at every school meeting for Ian, when I watch Colbert Report and Top Chef, when I write something that needs editing (which is daily), when I listen to Regina Spektor's "On the Radio", when I am thinking my leftist liberal thoughts, whenever I answer "Obama's call", when I run a race, when I buy fresh & eat local & when I need to find strength. Thank you Trish, I have been so blessed to have you as a friend.
Love to you & your family and friends
Sarah Holland
Sarah Holland
February 23, 2009
To Mike and all of Trish's Family and friends - It saddens me greatly that Trish is no longer with us and I wish you all prayers, positive thoughts and sympathy during this rough time. I'm very grateful to have known Trish, and I feel fortunate to have spent so many wonderful and fun times with her. Our yearly gang at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival is going to miss her dearly and she will always be in our hearts in spirit forever.
Bob Brown
February 23, 2009
Mr Neights,
I am sorry to hear of your loss. You taught my daughter Morgan Marant lmath ast year. Your family is in our prayers. May you receive the healing of the Lord. Sorrowfully,
Leslie Marant and family
Leslie Marant
February 23, 2009
My condolences to the Creegan family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I too lost my sister, a GMA alum, to cancer and know your sorrow at this time. I know they are angels living among us and much happier with the Lord.
Kris (Volpe) Focht
February 23, 2009
Tricia will be missed. Although I didn't know her that well- she lived next door to my best friend-
I know that she impacted so many lives that she touched. I wish her family much love and strength during this difficult time.
Suzy Carney
Suzy Carney
February 23, 2009
To the Creegan Family,
My deepest sympathy to your family at this time of great loss. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Peggy Geppert
February 23, 2009
I am very saddened by the passing of Trish. I met her many years ago when I was looking for support as a teacher of special needs students. As soon as I met her, and watched her teaching about relationships and their importance for all people, I knew she was a very special person. She was inspiring and always fun to be around. My husband and I have been keeping her in our prayers, we will add her family to them as well. No doubt she has left the inclusive community at a loss. Our lives are better for knowing such a beautiful accepting women. Our deepest sympathies to her family.
Cliff & Jo von Sternberg
February 23, 2009
Trish , I met you through your sister, Colleen, I can still picture your soft,beautiful face and that great smile of yours. You are a very special person. Even during your own fight with cancer, you reached out to my friend ,who was also suffering from this beast of a disease,and offered him comfort and support. Now, is your time to feel the love, support and comfort from the spirits ,such as your mom, aunt ,etc.who love you dearly. I can see your laughing face free from pain and fear. Wishing your family comfort and wonderful memories of your times together. My dear Colleen ,I am always here for you. Kathleen
Kathleen Anne Fielis
February 23, 2009
I am so saddened to hear of Trish's passing. I got to know Trish through her teaching at Arcadia University. Every time I saw her she always had a big smile, which would brighten my day. Trish was so kind, caring and thoughtful. I am sorry that I did not get to know her outside of the work environment. But, I will always remember my encounters with her as very joyful and inspiring. My deepest sympathy goes to you, her family.
Mary Dress
February 23, 2009
Although I've not seen Trish for a number of years, I remember her very fondly for her friendship, positive thoughts and dedication to all individuals especially those with special needs. Her smile and overwhelming positiveness will be missed.
Pamela Holmdal
February 22, 2009
My deepest sympathy at the passing of a beautiful, vibrant woman. My thoughts are with her and for her family and friends who will miss her.
Tom Hannan
February 22, 2009
As a parent of a child with special needs, I know Trish's work will go on with all the friends she made through her life. I never had the pleasure to meet her, but know the life she led was has made our daughter's life, and so many others with disabilities more of a life of possibilities.
Liz DeSantis
February 22, 2009
I knew Trish since the year 2000 when she, among other parents and educators, was starting the Education for All Coalition. As a member founder Trish was instrumental in organizing the Ed for All Coalition and keeping it alive. She has made a difference in many children lives including my own son through her strong advocacy for Inclusive Education and her dedication to Inclusion of All People in the Society. She has been a leader and a teacher to many and a sensitive human being to anyone she crossed in her life. Trish was a friend I loved who I will keep in my heart for ever.
Ben Moueddene
February 22, 2009
Thank you for helping me and supporting me. I felt so upset about your death and I will see you in heaven soon and together , we can complete our journey to the end. I love you and I will keep you in my heart forever and ever.
Yacine Moueddene
February 22, 2009
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Ben Moueddene
February 22, 2009
S.E. MacNaughton writes that "Comfort is knowing that hose who have lived in our hearts are never really gone. As long as we keep them wiht us, in our hearts and our thoughts, they will be with us always" Trish will always be with me . . . and I pray with the many people that she touched. She is a powerful woman that made a significant mark in the lives of all of us that called her a friend. In sadness, Jerry
Jerry Petroff
February 22, 2009
To the Creegan Family,

My thoughts and prayers are with at this time. Just always remember the wonderful things your daughter, sister and, aunt has done in her short time with you.

With all my Love Karyn LaRosa
Karyn LaRosa
February 22, 2009
Trish was a remarkable and vibrant human being. I met her some years ago through a mutual friend who she was helping to find a life. She welcomed him into hers. I will always be grateful. What a good soul she was. My deepest sympathies for Michael and Trish's family. God Bless.
David Pitonyak
February 22, 2009
My dear beautiful sister...I thank you for everything for making my life better. You allowed me to pursue my goals and fulfilled my dreams. We had alot of fun times and laughs. I appreciate you for giving me advice about my life. You and I have alot of things in common and I am going to miss that. Thank you for everything once again. I will be thinking of you always. I appreciate God for giving me my beautiful sister. I will be thinking of you. Goodbye and love you, always. Timarie
Timarie Creegan
February 22, 2009
Trish was a woman of eloquence, humor, talent, love, warmth, and a fierce passion for justice. Her passion and energy will continue in all those she touched.

I am humbled to have known her. My condolences to Mike, her family, and friends.
Bev Frantz
February 22, 2009
Trish was my professor at Arcadia University. Her passion was so inspiring to me I decided to go full tilt into Special Education. I contacted her a year ago for advise and she was so, so supportive, a great communicator, and again, so passionate about helping others. When I read this announcement the other day I was shocked and saddened. Best blessings to all she left behind. Thank you, Trish, for shining your light so bright.
Sean Whitney
February 22, 2009
My sympathy to Trish's family. She was a remarkable and determined woman with a good heart and mind.
She will be inspired and missed by many...
Ruth Landsman
February 22, 2009
Dear Trish,

As an Urban Ed classmate & friend you touched me with your compassion and sincerity. Sleep well my Sister - your work will be carried on...

Peace & Love,
Sonia Elliott
February 22, 2009
The world has lost a wonderful person, whose values have strengthened and inspired so many.
Lora Langley
February 22, 2009
All my sympathies. Trish's contributions to the world of inclusion will live on through those of us who have learned from her.
Pamela Wendt
February 22, 2009

I want to thank you for all of the knowledge you passed along to me. I will miss talking with you, and learning from you. You are truely an inspiration to all.

You will be missed.

With Love,

Becca Devine
February 22, 2009
Trish you are a friend in deed, who has touched so many lives so deeply. It was such a true honor, and luck of the Irish to know you. I was so glad that Sarah and I maybe overstayed our welcome at the last walk-a-thon, because that is a day I will treasure. Just hanging out with you was so much fun. You are loved by many and will be missed tremendously.

You supported Shaun's inclusive education and friendship building when he was in elementary school and you gave us the strength to continue that fight right up to his post secondary level. When something went really right, or even really wrong, you were always one of the first people that I wanted to share things with. I wish there were a way I could continue to text, facebook or email you in heaven. I counted on your insight, your knowledge and ability to stay focused on the positive. I know our slight lack of preparation when we presented together, could sometimes make you a bit nervous, but face it we knew our stuff! It always worked out. So many lives of people with and without disabilities will forever be changed for the better because of you. Whether you realized it or not, you were a cherished leader in the disability rights movement. If there is a way, I know you will be a guardian angel to those for whom you had strived to make a difference.

In an email you wrote "all of you from the coalition have really taught me - you can't do it alone. and "it" isn't just inclusion; its everything."

We will continue our journey "together", and your spirit will continue to guide us.

Colleen Tomko
February 22, 2009
To her family...THANK YOU for sharing Trish with us. She was truly a gift to our program. Her resolve to serve was steady and assured. What a blessing it has been to know her. May you find the peace that only God can give. To my sunshine friend...I will see you in the rain. Much love...
Joy BJ
February 22, 2009
My dearest friend Trish. I will truly miss you. My heart is aching so much to have you still with us. You were taken from us way too early. Your spirit will live within me always. Your huge circle of family, friends, neighbors is truly a testament to how much you have touched so many lives! You sure did pick the most wonderful man to share your life with, Mike. He has been such an inspiration to me. The two of you were a match made in heaven. I will miss you dearly and will love you forever! Thank you so much for being a part of my life and my family. You can be assured I will continue the work we always did together so that I can reach that north star we always talked about climbing towards.
Trish my friend, I Love You!
Diane Perry
February 22, 2009
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