Memorial and funeral cost

Nicole Siedschlag was physically and slightly mentally challenged for her entire life.  Her first 21 years of life she  lived  normally and very happily. Nicole was never  capable of  working , cooking,  or caring  for her own personal hygiene properly. Her mother (Cathy Mandel) cared for her just as you would a toddler for her entire life. At age 22 high blood pressure turned into kidney failure. This of course meant it would be necessary to receive hemodialysis multiple times per week until her kidney could be transplanted. (5 1/2 year wait )
   Cathy had to quit her full-time job as a bank teller to further facilitate the growing medical needs. Thankfully there was a tax funded program (thank you access) which minimally compensated her for the medical support services she  provided to Nicole. Due to the kidney failure and side effects from the hemodialysis   Nicole consistently struggled with fluid retention on her lungs which involved multiple hospitalizations (3 to 4 per year, 10 days per visit) over the 5 1/2 years of waiting for a donor kidney. The doctors could never explain the reason for the fluid retention but always  considered it  to be pneumonia. She was always assured the new kidney would be the solution to the  retention of fluid  on her lungs.   
 In November, 2016 Nicole received a new kidney.    Unfortunately, the transplant did not resolve the fluid retention issues.  December 5, 2017 She was admitted for pneumonia  for the 3rd time since her transplant. This time her lung  completely collapsed,  she was not able to  breathe on her own.   Through all of her hospital stays, Nicole was never left alone. Her mother spent 12 to 14  hours, many times 24 hours, per day and the  remainder of  time was divided among immediate family.   No parent ever considers having to bury their child at 29 years old.  Cathy does not have the means to provide a proper burial and memorial service. Every dollar collected will be applied directly to Funeral and memorial services. Any leftover funds will be donated to the Tinley Park district with the hopes of having a tree planted in her honor.
  • Michele Costello 
    • $50 
    • 44 mos
  • Crystal & Lee Siedchlag 
    • $200 
    • 44 mos
    • $100 
    • 44 mos
  • John Armstrong 
    • $50 
    • 44 mos
  • Anthony Aziz 
    • $100 
    • 44 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Steve Terrile 
Tinley Park, IL
cathy mandel 
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