Trish Vradenburg Screenwriter for 'Family Ties,' other popular TV shows, also journalist and playwright, honored for extensive work on Alzheimer's Trish Vradenburg, humorist, novelist, playwright, screenwriter, journalist and one of the nation's leading advocates in the global fight against Alzheimer's disease, died April 17, 2017, at the age of 70, at her home in Washington, D.C. Private family funeral services will take place April 20, in Los Angeles, Calif. Shiva will be observed April 24-26 from 6 to 9 p.m., in Washington, D.C. A public memorial service and celebration will take place in Washington, D.C, on May 9. Details are forthcoming, direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Spanning a career that had a significant impact in the worlds of entertainment, publishing, and government, Ms. Vradenburg will be most remembered for her humor and writing, as well as her energy, commitment and creativity she brought to the fight against Alzheimer's disease. Ms. Vradenburg began her career as a speechwriter in the United States Senate. She was a screenwriter for several highly successful television programs, including "Designing Women," "Family Ties" and "Kate and Allie." Her novel, Liberated Lady, was a Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selection. She achieved notable success in journalism, as well. Her byline appeared extensively in the New York Daily News, Boston Globe, Washington Post, Ladies' Home Journal and Women's Day. Trish and her husband, George Vradenburg, founded UsAgainstAlzheimer's (UsA2) in 2010. Ms. Vradenburg's activism on Alzheimer's had its origin in her love for her mother, Bea Lerner, who lived with the disease. She wrote about her experiences caring for her mother in the play "Surviving Grace," which was produced at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Union Square Theatre in New York City and throughout the United States and other countries. Ms. Vradenburg had been the recipient of a host of awards and recognitions, including the prestigious Gordon and Llura Gund Leadership Award from Research!America in recognition of her work to advance solutions to the Alzheimer's crisis. She was also honored at the Sixth Annual Great Ladies Luncheon & Fashion Show hosted by the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF), and in early 2017, she was named a "Washingtonian of the Year" by Washingtonian Magazine. In 2013, Trish received the Ballington and Maud Booth award from Volunteers of America for her efforts to stop Alzheimer's. She is survived by her husband, George; daughter, Alissa Vradenburg and son-in-law, Michael Sheresky of Los Angeles; son, Tyler Vradenburg and daughter-in-law, Jeannine Cacioppe Vradenburg of Chicago, Ill.; grandchildren, Harrison Sheresky, Skyler Sheresky, May Vradenburg, and Gavin Vradenburg; and her brother, Rabbi Michael Lerner and sister-in-law, Cat Zavis of Berkeley, Calif. She was preceded in death by her father, Judge Joseph H. Lerner, and mother, Bea Lerner. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Bea Lerner Fund, in honor of Trish's mother, Bea Lerner: usagainstalzheimers.org/bealernerfund .
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