Gina Marie Molick, 18, Sparrows Point graduate, computer enthusiast

January 14, 2002|By Alec MacGillis | Alec MacGillis,SUN STAFF

Gina Marie Molick, a 2001 graduate of Sparrows Point High School, died Friday at Franklin Square Hospital Center of complications from an asthma attack. She was 18.

After growing up in the North Point Village area of Dundalk, she moved in the past year with her parents to their new home in the Chesaco Park section of Essex. A computer enthusiast, she was looking forward to computer classes in the spring at the Dundalk branch of the Community College of Baltimore County.

Despite suffering from asthma - which worsened as she grew older - Miss Molick loved to dance, going to clubs with friends whenever she could. She always seemed more concerned about the well-being of others than she was about herself, said her sister, Irene Kirkpatrick.

"She could meet someone for two seconds and they loved her. She was always smiling; she could not be mean," said her sister. "Kids just loved her. Little kids would follow her around."

Miss Molick's condition caused repeated trips to the hospital. During a three-day hospital stay after an asthma attack in September, she told her pastor from North Point Baptist Church that she worried her next hospital visit could be her last, but that she was prepared for that, her sister said.

The next major attack occurred Jan. 7. After five days in intensive care, Miss Molick's family decided to take her off life support so that doctors could fulfill her wish to be an organ donor, said her aunt Kathy Haag.

"She wanted to donate her organs so badly. For a young person like her to make that decision is something I can't comprehend," said her aunt. "She was an absolutely beautiful child. This little girl touched everyone's life."

Services will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Connelly Funeral Home, 300 Mace Ave., Essex, with burial to follow at Meadowridge Cemetery.

She is survived by her parents, William and Cynthia Molick; her sister and her brother, John Wilson, both of Dundalk; her grandfather, Floyd Buchanan of Bel Air; four aunts; three uncles; and many cousins.

Donations may be made to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Maryland-Greater Washington, D.C, Chapter, 1777 Reisterstown Road, Suite 370, Baltimore 21208.

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