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Erin Kiernan

Erin Kiernan

Thursday, April 6th, 1989 Saturday, April 11th, 2020

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Obituary for Erin Leigh Kiernan

On Saturday April 11, 2020 Erin Leigh Kiernan, age 31, died comfortably in her home of Mount Airy, MD surrounded by family and friends. Born in Olney, MD on April 6, 1989, Erin lived a life full of adventure. She enjoyed traveling to visit friends & family, take vacations, and to participate in advocacy events. Notably, she traveled to LA to be featured on the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, a Make-A-Wish trip to swim the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, Caribbean cruises, and a trip to Mexico. Erin graduated High School and earned a BA in Political Science from Edinboro University of PA. There, she enjoyed a full college experience and developed life-long friendships. On weekends, Erin loved horseback riding and an evening hanging with the best gal pals a girl could ask for- Kim TJ, Megan D, and Jess K. Erin was known for her ability to talk endlessly and her silly sense of humor.
Erin spent most of her life as an advocate for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and The Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA) where she inspired the people around her to see past a disability and enjoy the person themselves, while advocating for continued research and improving the life experiences of people living with disabilities. Erin strived to never let her disability define her and she always found a way to keep moving toward her goals. This was a life full of love, inspiration, and good-will.
Erin is held with warm hearts by her parents; Patrick and Karen Kiernan of Mount Airy, MD, sister and brother-in-law; Megan Kiernan-Bruce and Cheron Bruce, her nieces- who Erin loved dearly, and all who had the opportunity to know her. At her request, Erin has a Rockin’ Irish Wake planned in the future, details to come. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in memory of Erin to The Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance at www.cureFA.org .
As she always signed off, “Smiles-Erin”.

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Saralee Czajkowski

Dear ones,
Since COVID, I hadn’t been able to volunteer at Gilchrist. I would try to contact them to see if they knew how Erin was, but never got through.

I so enjoyed my times with Erin. From Frappuccinos, to watching movies or listening to Harry Potter on audible. She was such a bright and dear soul and made my experience at Gilchrist a satisfying time. I will miss her laughs when I would finally understand what she was saying. I will miss her beautiful freckles and her Cladaugh ring. Most of all, I will miss her presence next time I volunteer at hospice. Rest sweet and strong Erin. You were such an incredible person and will never be forgotten. 💕💕

Saralee Czajkowski
Comment | Posted at 09:19pm via Condolence

Heather Clarke

I am devastated to learn that this beautiful, bright soul is gone. Erin and I studied political science together at the ‘boro, and we became good friends. She changed my life. She never quit, and she had the most amazing ability to find the joy. I am so sorry for your loss, for our loss. She was amazing.
Comment | Posted at 09:34am via Condolence

Dawn Lester

Dear Karen and Pat and family,
My condolences to you all during this time. Erin was an inspiration to many people. I'm very sorry for your loss.
Comment | Posted at 10:39am via Condolence

Randall Sisulak

My heart is broken to have lost such a wonderful friend and inspiration. We first met Erin when she attended our fundraiser golf tournament, The Claxton Classic, for the first time when she was about 9 years old. From that moment on, we all gained an enduring friendship not only with Erin but the entire Kiernan family. Erin won the hearts and admiration of all the golfers so much that she continued on as the symbol of the tournament for the remainder of her life. Erin's long, courageous battle with FA is a large part of why the Claxton Classic continued for so many years to now become the oldest tournament in Maryland. She will be missed but never forgotten. Her always smiling face and upbeat 'bubbly' personality will be with us forever! We love you Erin!
Randy and all of the Sisulak Family
Comment | Posted at 08:40am via Condolence

Cassidy McBreen

I worked for Erin for about a year or so. Working for her was wonderful, she was funny and sweet, and most of the time, it felt like hanging out with a friend. Erin is easily the strongest person I've ever met. My heart goes out to her and her family.
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