Barbara Seranella
Born April 30, 1956

Died January 21, 2007

Barbara Seranella, 50, bestselling mystery author and resident of Laguna Beach and PGA West in La Quinta, died peacefully on January 21, 2007, at 4:15 p.m. EST (1:15 PST) at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, with her husband Ron Seranella and her brother Dr. Larry Shore at her side. Barbara, who died of end-stage liver disease while awaiting a liver transplant, leaves behind her husband Ron, brothers Larry Shore of San Francisco and David Shore of Woodacre, parents Nate and Margie Shore of La Quinta, and stepdaughters Carrie Seranella and Shannon Howard.

For those of you who didn't know her work, she wrote the Munch Mancini novels.

For those of you who did, like me, this is a sad sad day.

For all of us: a reminder that in death we can give life: start here


Lisa Hunter said...

Miss Snark,
May I use this opportunity to encourage people to become organ donors? It's absurd that patients have to wait so long for transplants. Sign the form, folks. Save a life.

Richard Lewis said...

It sucks -- in fact, I'd say sinful -- that somebody had to die while waiting on an organ transplant.

My heart goes out to the Seranellas.

Anonymous said...

I've been to Cleveland Clinic, when my father was there for a triple by-pass. And I lost a husband, waiting for a liver donor.

I second Lisa Hunter.

Lorra said...

It breaks my heart to see another person die unnecessarily.

I live in Northeast Ohio and one thing the state has done right is offer residents the opportunity to become an organ donor when they renew their driver's license. If they agree, a symbol is affixed to their license to alert medical emergency personnel. But I believe, next of kin, still have to give permission so it's important that your loved ones understand your wishes.

What saddened me the last time I renewed my license was the number of people who refused to sign the donor card. I believe their refusal is based on ignorance. It's too bad so many public marketing dollars go to worthless and/or harmful causes.

Dharmashanti said...

Thanks for making note of her passing and also for raising the issue of organ donation. I donated my right kidney to a stranger several years ago.

It changes lives.


December Quinn said...

Yep, Lisa beat me to it.

Anonymous said...

I triple Lisa and anon #1, and add this reminder:

When you sign that card, tell your family what you have done and why. The card alone is not always sufficient to make sure your intentions are carried out.

Plus, it's a good idea to have this discussion with your family anyway. I have been on both sides of this situation. So trust me when I say that when the time comes, it makes things much easier on those you leave behind if there is no question about what you wanted.

Even people who may never make the choice to be donors themselves take enormous comfort in knowing they have fulfilled your final wishes.

J. Carson Black said...

Oh, this is heartbreaking. She was a wonderful person and a fabulous writer. I just couldn't believe it when I saw this. I knew she was ill, but, damn, this hurts.

What an incredible loss.

Anonymous said...

That's such sad news about Barbara.

Since Miss Snark's blog attracts so many readers, perhaps a word about a leading cause of acute liver failure -- not, apparently what Barbara died from -- that is often caused by overdosing, accidentally, on acetominophen (Tylenol):

NEVER take more than the recommended dose and watch out for acetominophen in such things as cold products. Nyquil, for instance, has as much acetominophen as Extra Strength Tylenol. If you take both, you risk acute liver failure, which without a transplant, may lead to death.

Sorry to be so maudlin, but if the comments about donor cards and Tylenol help prevent a tragedy, it's worth it.

Gina Black said...

I am *so* sorry to hear that. She came and spoke to my writer's group several years back. I have one of her books. I'm so far behind it's still in my TBR pile. She was so inspirational and full of life. This is a sad day.

Yes, organ donations are crucial, as is finding a cure for heptatitis c.

Ryan Field said...

You can also donate your entire body to research and organ donor as well. And then they will provide the survivors with the cremated remains. Not only can you save a life as an organ donor, but also help with cancer and other research.

kitty said...

An Unacceptable Death.

M. G. Tarquini said...

So young.

If you're in Arizona, check the 'yes' box when they ask about organ donation. It goes in your driver's record and on your license.

Zany Mom said...

Been an organ donor since I got my license and it was an option to choose. 'Cause if I die, what do I need the organs for??

I remember reading the article about her a while back. Inspiring woman.

Michelle Moran said...

How sad it is to wonder what other novels she might have written if only more people donated organs.

Mark said...

I've always been an organ donor. I have to be done with them first though.

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry, but thanks for spreading the news. I have long loved the Munch Mancini novels myself, and have pushed them for many years in the bookstore I work in.

Lets all make sure our donor cards are up to date, in memory of Barbara.

Kate Thornton said...

Thank you, Miss Snark, for the lovely memorial & the link.

I urge all people to become organ donors - or whole body donors. Barbara had weathered a liver transplant already, but it failed. She was a remarkable and brave woman and a great writer.

We will miss her.

Writer on Board said...

I confess that I never wanted to donate any of myself after I died. But this story made me want to weep. I didn't see the link before I got off and found: http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/donor/agreement.htm

I'm registered to donate now. Thank you Snark.