Kimberly A. Cochran
Kimberly Ann Cochran, of Halfmoon, N.Y., entered eternal life Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016. Her spirit is carried on by her only son, Craig Cochran (Georgia), with whom she lived in Halfmoon. The two great joys of her life were her beloved grandson, Lucas, and her feisty canine companion, Maggie Mae. She arrived July 3, 1950, to her parents, Frank and Ruth Chesaro, and they are welcoming her now to the laughter-filled eternal party. She played the role of big sister to Pam Ford (Doug), of State College, Pa., as she grew up in Brackenridge. Western Pennsylvania-raised, it goes without saying that Kim was a lifelong, diehard Steelers fan who rarely went more than a few days without wearing Black and Gold. Kim worried about not having anything to worry about, so she worried about her two nephews, Matt and Ryan Ford, and her niece, Lindsay Ford Keegan, and relished hearing about their experiences. In addition to the relatives she cared for so much, Kim amassed an extended family of friends from every walk of life. A lifelong Catholic, she attended Most Blessed Sacrament Elementary School, and was later a Har-Brack Tiger. Paul McCartney once winked at Kim. Those who knew her understood how well she was suited for a career as a social worker. Edinboro University unleashed the potential that was already there. Kim was president of Delta Zeta sorority, and was always surrounded with copious amounts of pink, green and turtles. At 22, she became a quadriplegic, but it never defined her. She continued on to get her master's degree in rehabilitation counseling at the University of Pittsburgh. She was never more alive than when she was working at the United Cerebral Palsy of Pittsburgh, where she taught and counseled with an endless smile that was seriously infectious. Kim finished as the first runner-up of Miss Wheelchair Pennsylvania. She inspired others with her accomplishments. In 1988, Kim was the inaugural recipient of the St. Francis Health System Courage to Come Back Award. The prestigious award honors individuals who had overcome overwhelming adversity, devastating illness or injury, and went on to lead productive lives and serve as models of hope in recovery. Her story of courage was the basis of the award. Everyone who remembers Kim is encouraged to celebrate Kim's life in their own way, singing any Beatles song would be quite appropriate. A memorial and burial service will be held in Natrona Heights in the spring. Instead of flowers, Kim would hope that you will do an unexpected and unsolicited act of kindness for someone in her name. Memory donations may be made to The Community Living and Support Services of Pittsburgh https://www.classcommunity.org/support-class/donate or to any charity that seeks to spread the message of Kim's friend, Jesus Christ.
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