Laurie L. (Frederick) Kepins

November 05, 1968 - April 29, 2024

Visitation: Sunday, May 5, 2024, 3-7 p.m.; Devlin Funeral Home of Cranberry Twp

Service: Mass of Christian Burial, Monday, May 6, 2024, 10:30 a.m.; St. Mark the Evangelist Parish, St. Kilian Church.

A tribute from her loving, grieving son,
Ryan Kepins
Laurie was someone who, for the people who knew her, will never be forgotten. The impact that she left on people is second to none. Her nature and kindhearted soul are very hard to find in this cold world. She would become friends with people very easily and talking to her for the first time you would havethought that you would have known her your entire life. She just felt comfortable wearing her heart on her sleeve and being open to other people and being non-judgmental. Her ability to make people feel like they were heard and feel important was another way that she was loving and caring. Another part of her self-coined “happy go lucky” attitude was her ability to understand how someone else was feeling and ability to communicate with them and comfort them. There have been many times in my life where I had felt like this was the end, and she would always talk to me and make me feel better and give me hope. The hope that she had in herself to be able to fix our lives after my dad had passed was contagious, despite how hard things had seemed. She always saw the best in the situation. Even though we were both devastated from my dad’s death, Laurie was accepting of her new situation and just decided to continue pushing on. Although things seemed impossible at times we got through it.She was my “rock” and always was there for me in my lowest moments. She always would give me hope to continue fightingfor what I believed in, giving me the fuel to believe that my dreams were achievable. But her biggest quality though, was her willingness to sacrifice her happiness to see others happy. She did everything in her power to see me happy and would do everything to make sure I was alright. She always wanted to see me come home from school with a smile on my face and would do anything she could to make that happen, even if that meant dropping everything she was doing and going out to lunch with me. She would always buy me very extravagant gifts just because she wanted to surprise me and would always make sure that I would eat, even if it meant she’d go hungry for a while. That type of sacrifice is something that I couldn’t be more appreciative of, and I feel forever indebted to her because of allthe selfless acts she performed for me on a daily basis.
Some of the hobbies that she loved doing were hanging outwith family and always trying to get together with them. Whether that be going out to see my dad’s side of the family or going out to hang out with her parents for dinner, there was no limit to the things that she did to spend time with the family that loved her so much. She also was a big hallmark fanatic, especially during Christmas time. She would make herself a cup of hot coco and just relax and watch hallmark films all day. She embodied what Christmas spirit was and made sure that if she couldn’t watch a movie that it would for sure be taped on our cable box so she could watch it when she’d get home. Laurie was also very giving and supportive of local animal groups. Before covid, she was part of a group called “helping paws” and she would always go out with her group in front of stores collecting money and donations to help dogs without homes and pets in need. The fact she cares about animals that much shows how much of a self-less person she was.
One thing me and Laurie had planned was taking a “vacation away from our stress” by visiting Nemacolin, a resort in southern PA. I got it for her as a Christmas gift that was intended to be a get away from our stress with my dad’s recent death, and our responsibilities. When I told her my plan, since I had saved up just about three-thousand dollars so I could take us there, she was shocked, and she just cried tears of joy because she was so happy to be given such a great gift from me. She was very appreciative of it, and we had planned to go during the summer this year. To my mom, I was her entire world, everything that she did was for me. She always wanted to make sure I was okay and would do everything in her power to make me happy. She loved me with her whole heart and the way I felt in the house with her surely reflected that. She was so loving that without her here I feel empty. Like a part of me has gone missing and is never coming back, and I know anyone who has met Laurie is going to feel the same way. She just had that much of an impact on people that now that she’s gone, a piece from all of us is going with her. But just because she’s gone doesn’t mean her legacy is gone, and neither is Mark’s. They are both alive and well and I know they watch down upon me and the entire family, even those of us that didn’t know Mark or Laurie that well. They watch down on all of us just like they raised me as a child. I couldn’t have asked for two better people to have as a parent for my upbringing. They were the most kind, thoughtful, understanding, and caring people I think I will ever have the fortune of meeting in my life, and those are the people who are my role models and who I look up to. They made me who I am today, a strong, kind, independent, caring, and hard-working individual that I’ve grown into becoming and without Laurie and Mark at the helm that just wouldn’t be possible. No amount of words I could use to describe Laurie would do her proper justice for her life and the impact that she has left on this world. This obituary is just a part of her story. There is so much more to Laurie than this and I hope everyone realizes that. She was a great mother, daughter, friend, sister, aunt, sister-in law, and person to so many people and her gifts and sacrifices for this world will never be in vain. May she rest in peace. God bless her soul.

Laurie is also survived by her parents, Elmer and Carol Ann Frederick, Jr., her brother Kevin W. Frederick. Also survived by her loving brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Friends received Sunday 3 – 7 at Devlin Funeral Home of Cranberry Twp., 2678 Rochester Road, (724) 772-8800. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mark the Evangelist Parish, St. Kilian Church, Monday at 10:30 a.m.

Please wear pink to the visitation as an homage to Laurie’s favorite color.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Animal Friends.

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  • Jennifer Menzietti

    Laurie was such a beautiful person! I cannot believe she is gone from this world so soon. We shared the time carrying our son and planning for their birth. It just doesn’t seem real that she is gone. May God welcome her home with open arms.

    My sincerest condolences to her family!

  • Janine McMahon

    Laurie was a remarkable person, and I am grateful to have known her. My thoughts and prayers are with Laurie’s family during this difficult time.

    May Laurie rest in peace and may her memory be a blessing.

  • Cindy Edwards

    Ryan, what a beautiful well written tribute to your mother. Your description of Laurie is completely accurate. I first met Laurie when you and Luke became friends in kindergarten. She always spoke of you with immense pride and was willing to do anything for you to ensure your happiness. We had so many fun times together. Her laughter was just infectious. Laurie embodied kindness, generosity, and selflessness. She was truly “one of a kind”. Luke and I are here for you Ryan, always. Laurie and Mark, you did an exceptional job raising Ryan with love and unwavering support. Your legacy lives on. Rest in eternal peace, my dear friend. Your absence will be deeply felt, but your memory will live on forever.

  • Jen and Matt LaPorte

    Matt and I knew Laurie since 7th grade at North Hills. She was always so kind and easy going. Anyone that met Laurie wanted to be her friend. Unfortunately, we lost touch after high school. Our son ended up attending the same elementary school with Ryan and they continue to be good friends today. We all didn’t realize the connection until several years ago. Laurie remained the kind, friendly person Matt and I remembered as kids. She was a devoted mom to Ryan and would do anything for his friends too! We are in disbelief Laurie has passed. But, we know she and Mark are happily together again and will get Ryan through this. They both instilled great qualities in Ryan. We are positive he will continue to make them proud! Ryan, we are here for you anytime you need us. Please do not hesitate to tell Weston. Rest In Peace Laurie…You will forever be missed🙏

  • Komal Dietz

    Laurie was my neighbor and friend. We used to enjoy walking our dogs together and chatting about our lives. In the last 2 years, we spent time chatting as we ran into each other on our street. We would start talking for a few minutes and then it would turn into a hour. I always loved our talks. I am going to miss seeing Laurie in the neighborhood, as well as her cute decorations in the front of her house. She always made every holiday so cheerful. I will always cherish the wonderful memories I have of Laurie. My deepest sympathy to Ryan and his family. Praying for you all.

  • Mary Lou Gierl

    Still in shock, as Laurie was the most “alive” person, so caring, loving and fun. This is so sudden and heartbreaking. Prayers for her family.

  • Susan Preskar

    Carol, Walt and family. I am so saddened to hear of Laurie’s passing. I remember Laurie as a happy person. Always so full of life and laughter. I remember all our vacations years ago at OC and the Outer Banks. She was always the first to suggest a “team shot”. You now have an angel looking down and watching over you. May Laurie and Mark both rest in peace. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Susan Preskar

    Carol, Walt and family. I am so saddened to hear of Laurie’s passing. I remember Laurie as a happy person. Always so full of life and laughter. I remember all our vacations years ago at OC and the Outer Banks. She was always the first to suggest a “team shot”. You now have an angel looking down and watching over you. May Laurie and Mark both rest in peace. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Leslie

    I don’t know Laurie or Ryan but I do know she raised a beautiful son. I am sorry for your loss, Ryan.

  • Dan Tobin

    I am beyond stunned and saddened. Laurie and I spent a lot of time together in our younger years. We shared so many of life’s adventures (and drank quite a few beers in the process). May you rest in peace, my friend.

  • Eric Schmidt

    I lead the business at Infor in which Laurie was such an important part. I knew her as a hard-working, smart, caring, collaborative professional who was easy to talk to and always willing to help others. I grieve for the Frederick/Kepins family as well as her Infor family, who had deep respect for her as a colleague and a human being. My condolences to all who will miss her dearly.

  • Felicia and Ray Mizgorski

    We always loved seeing Laurie at the annual birthday 🎂 party at Sesame Inn. We will miss you. You are all in our prayers.

  • Amy Young Diak

    I am so sorry for your loss. Laurie and I were friends at North Hills and were cheerleading buddies. She was just as you said- genuine, friendly, funny. I had the pleasure of seeing her a few weeks ago and was reminded of the special person she was. May she rest in peace. Prayers to you and your family.

  • Marie McLachlan

    I never met her, but she raised a pretty special son that I see everyday at school. You did a good job, Laurie. Ryan will be just fine because you taught him well.

  • Marie McLachlan

    I never met her, but she raised a pretty special son that I see everyday at school. You did a good job, Laurie. Ryan will be just fine because you taught him well.

  • Carla Claus

    Ryan, How beautiful….Your mom was exactly as you said. Every time I saw her she raved about you. I know her and your dad are looking down on you. May God give you the strength you need during this difficult time.

  • Jennifer Bliss

    Laurie was such a wonderful person, a loving mother, a truly great friend. We had many fun get togethers with our boys and would talk about everything from the recent loss of our husbands to our shared love of Hallmark Christmas movies, and everything in between. She was always so caring, positive, supportive, so full of life…just a joy to talk to and spend time with. It’s so hard to say goodbye, I will miss her very much. My heart breaks for you, Ryan. Carter and I will always be here for you if you need anything. Please do not hesitate to reach out. Peace be with you now, Laurie.

  • Darlene Angle

    Our Family and the world lost an Angel. RIP sweet girl! ❤️

  • Debbie schutz

    Dear family if Laurie I am so sorry for your are in my prayers Debbie

  • Jackie (Caye) Newell

    Carol, Walt, Kevin, Ryan and family. We are deeply sorry for your loss. I have so many wonderful memories of Laurie from babysitting her and Kevin for so many years, watching her play with Barney and Ginger, playing softball, cheering for North Hills and being such a beautiful bride when she married Mark. Laurie will always have a special place in my heart, as do all of you. Much love, Jim and Jackie Newell

  • Johnny Ruber

    Angie and I are devastated 💔 to hear this awful news. Marky Mark was one of my best friends who God took from us way too soon and now to hear this just rips my guts out. Laurie, aka “La”, was truly one of a kind. I don’t think I’ve ever met someone so kind, happy and genuinely caring. Her passing leaves a void in this world. She was a bright light in a world of darkness. God bless La. Give Marky Mark a hug for me. God bless and watch over Ryan.

  • Debbie Palmieri Van Patten

    I was so saddened to hear about Laurie’s passing. I met Laurie when I was 17 and right away I knew that we would be good friends. She had a way with making you laugh and she was always there for not only me, but anyone who needed anything. Laurie and I lost touch over the years as many do with busy lives etc. I wish we could have reconnected. They always say God takes the good ones. Rest in peace my friend, you will be missed.

  • Nicole L Duncan

    Ryan, I never had the pleasure of meeting your mom, but reading this beautiful tribute of her it is so evident why you are such a kind, compassionate, and personable young man. You are your parents’ living legacy to all the love, support, and nurturement they have poured into you. Continue to let their light shine through you as you use their divine guidance to propel your path. Keeping you in continual pray for strength, peace, and love.

  • Lyn Ann Mears

    I’m so sorry to hear of Laurie’s passing 😢 I worked with her years ago and she was one of the kindest most genuine people I’ve ever known. Her family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Carla Claus

    Ryan, How beautiful….Your mom was exactly as you said. Every time I saw her she raved about you. I know her and your dad are looking down on you. May God give you the strength you need during this difficult time.

  • Carter Bliss

    Mrs. Kepins always treated me like one of her own. She is one of the most genuine and kind people I have ever met. She was a great person to everyone she met, and she was a very loving mother. All of us here will make sure to be here and take care of Ryan for both you and Mark. Rest easy Laurie.

  • Pat Gaston

    I was so lucky to have met Laurie about 10 years ago and her end up being one of my closest friends. She was one of the kindest people I ever met and her smile was just infectious and just lit up a room. Ryan and family I am so sorry for your loss and please know that I am here for you for anything you need. I know you have the absolute best angels in the world watching over you and to guide you! The light in this world is not shining as bright today without Laurie in it and I will miss her tremendously. RIP my friend

  • Leslie VanGiesen

    I worked with Laurie occasionally, I enjoyed working with her. She will be missed.

  • Liz Warner

    Laurie was a bright shining star, gone way way too soon. We will miss her dearly.

  • Barb & John Kepins

    Laur, how do we say good bye for now….I have no words only cherished heart lovingly filled memories of all our fun times we had. Don’t worry about Ryan he is gonna do just fine. Our prayers that you and Mark are united again are for your eternal peace together. God has you home now. But we are broken. We love you so much thank you for everything you’ve ever done for us it is so deeply appreciated you are too good to all you meet! Ryan we love & are here for you no matter what. Know that and as always be strong and God will provide for you bud. With much love and deep sympathy for all of our loss. Laurie you have Serenity Now!


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