In Memory

Victoria A. Austin (Piekarski)

Victoria A. Austin (Piekarski)

Kristen MeliskaDecember 6, 2010 at 10:30pm

Subject: Vicki (Austin) Piekarski
I am Vicki Piekarski's daughter. I'm not sure how some of you knew my mom, but I thought you would want to know that my mom passed away November 21, 2010 after a 16 1/2 month battle with pancreatic cancer. Only 20% of patients survive 1 year, so we were so lucky to have her as long as we did. She was a part of several clinical trials at place in Phoenix called TGen once convential treatment failed, but unfortunately, the cancer took over and it took her life.

I would love to hear how you knew my mom and even hear some fun stories about her if you would like to share. I wish I would have had more time with my mom to hear more about her younger years. I especially wish that she could have told those stories to my kids, Caden and Connor who are 4 and 9 months old. So, if you are willing to share, I would love to hear them and save them for my kids.

We are asking that in lieu of flowers etc, that a donation be made to her memorial fund set up with TGen.;

Please pass this on to anyone who may have known my mom.


Kristen (Piekarski) Meliska

go to bottom 
  Post Comment

12/08/10 08:23 PM #1    

John Schroeder

I was in the grade school graduating class of 1966 with Vicki. We both attended Morton High School and graduated together in 1970. Unfortunately, I was shy with most of the girls, but I was more comfortable around Vicki and I am sure that we attended a few dances together in high school.

I was a tall skinny redhead kid, and Vicki was a bubbley, out-going girl with rhinestone rimmed glasses. I'm sure that we made a real strange couple. Needless to say we didn't let that stop us, and we eventually got though those awkward teen years. It was a wonderful/terrifying time that has left a strong impression on me. I'll miss Vicki and I know that she is in a better place.

I want to thank her daughter for posting the final notice on the website. Please know that your mother was a special friend to all who knew her.

12/09/10 10:42 AM #2    

Cheryl A. Stallmann

Vicki and I have been friends since kindergarten, she is my oldest  friend!  In high school we often walked together both to and from school and shared all the silly confidences and concerns of teenage girls!  For a while she liked to be called "Bambi,"  guess no one ever likes their name!  She loved music and knew all the bands and their members.  I on the other hand never remembered those things, but could always ask Vicki.

I will always remember her laugh and warm and friendly manner.   Although we did not always stay in close touch, I always knew Vicki was there and that we could pick up our friendship and confidences just like in the old days. 

Kristen, your mom was a wonderful and special person, many of us will  miss her.  I am sure she is in a better place and is smiling down on us.


Cheryl Stallmann


03/07/11 11:32 PM #3    

Virginia A. Rysz (Lusk)

I wish I had gone to see Vicki last year in Arizona; she invited me to come and see her, but I just couldn't get out there. Now, I am so very sorry I didn't get there.

To Vicki's children and family: I knew Vicki in high school. We met, became fast friends and stayed that way all four years. She and I had the same ideals, and the same sense of humor! We laughed until our sides hurt many times. May it comfort you to know what a good friend your Mom was to all who knew her, and though many years and miles separated us all, we still remember her fondly.


Virginia Rysz Lusk
Morton West Class of 1970

04/05/12 07:15 PM #4    

Christine Kaiser (Niedzielko)

I had classes with Vicky and considered her my friend.  She  was kind and nice and you never heard her say anything bad about people.  Unfortunately, we lost touch after high school. I have been living in Chandler, AZ since 1980 and I wish I had known that she was here.  I would have contacted her and perhaps been able to catch up on the missing years.

go to top 
  Post Comment