A local sailor's passing has helped save the lives of others.
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Kenneth Nosik, 26, recently finished a four-year career in the Navy, but when he suddenly died of a seizure last month, his wife Yvonne became desperate.
"I didn't have anybody in the military that could help be carry his casket to rest, so I put an ad on Craigslist," she said.
As it turns out, his former shipmates on the guided missile frigate USS Vandergrift were deployed, but the Navy responded to the Craigslist posting, as did Yuri Sitler, whose husband is still on the ship.
"I saw the posting and I called my husband. No one on the ship knew; I was the first to tell them," she said.
The service held for Nosik on Monday had Navy pallbearers, and Yuri Sitler brought a cruise book that had pictures of Nosik and her husband on deployment in 2010.
But it was what happened after Nosik's death that brought an unexpected surprise. Yvonne Nosik donated her husband's organs, among them a kidney that went to a 17-year-old girl with a rare blood type.
"Part of Yvonne's family is in my daughter. I feel so close to her, she gave my daughter life, I feel like she's my sister," said Leila Alhinn, whose daughter received Nosik's kidney.
Organ donations were made to three other families.
The service, complete with horse-drawn carriage, was held at Miramar National Cemetery.
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