Published in The Washington Post from Jan. 17 to Jan. 26, 2016
Andrew Wright Paukstitus, 30, a blood donor specialist at Inova
Health System and an IT tech, died peacefully on January 10,
2016, at Children''s National Medical Center.
He was in the loving presence of his mother, Martha Pauly, his
sister, Megan Paukstitus, and their longtime family friend, Jack
Harvey. The cause was cardiac arrest due to complications
from congenital heart disease, said his mother.
Andrew was born with a life-threatening heart defect. He underwent seven open-heart
surgeries and many other medical procedures throughout his life, defying the odds again
and again. Yet his heart condition did not control or define him, and he grew into a happy,
spirited and beloved young man. He adored his family and friends and enjoyed travel,
Johnny Cupcakes apparel and social media. He was an active voice for adults with
congenital heart disease.
A Falls Church, VA, native, Andrew is also survived by his father, Steve Paukstitus; his
paternal grandmother, Emily Paukstitus; uncles and aunts Edward Pauly and Barbara
Turvett, Michael Paukstitus and Roanne Wiczer, Rick Paukstitus and Betsy Novotny, and
Larry and Ruthann Eiser; and cousins Emily, Elizabeth, Zack, Daina, Alexandra and
Services will be held at National Memorial Park, 7842 Lee Highway, Falls Church, VA:
viewing Friday, January 29, from 6 to 9 p.m., and celebration Saturday, January 30, at 11
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Congenital Heart Walk
www.congenitalheartwalk.org in the name of Team Pauk.