Paige Alyssa Gaal, 19

Survivor. Paige Alyssa Gaal, born January 20, 2004, at the age of 19, passed away unexpectedly in her sleep on August 10, 2023 in her family home after a 5 year battle with autoimmune disorders. Survived by her Father, Greg Gaal, Mother, PJ Gaal, Older Sister, Emma Gaal, and the many family, friends, and pets that loved and will miss her dearly.

Beautiful, funny, intelligent, creative, and a strong spirit only begin to describe the type of person she embodied. Whatever the new hobby or challenge, Paige faced it head on with a zest for life. Unapologetically authentic, she spoke her truth and was fiercely protective of those she loved. Growing up, she was known as an animal whisperer and rescued any creature in need. As a teen, Paige used TikTok as a creative outlet, gaining close to 200,000 followers sharing her love of fashion, her animals, and her infectiously goofy self. Musically inclined, she excelled at the violin from the age of 5 into her high school years. Her love and knowledge of animals fostered her interest in activities such as hatching baby ducklings and working as a Veterinarian Technician.

Graduating with distinguished honors from Spring-Ford High School, Paige continued her education at the University of Sciences (now Saint Joseph’s University) in their Pre-Professional Science Program. Though Paige was on a medical break due to ongoing health issues, it was her goal to resume college and attain a degree that would provide her the opportunity to raise awareness of the invisible illnesses that impact so many others like herself. She persevered through countless ER and hospital stays and continued to pursue any and all treatments available. During Paige’s final months she read and educated her family and others on her chronic conditions in an effort to improve her quality of life and others afflicted with the same conditions. In her reading material, her sister found a quote that Paige highlighted that exemplifies her sister’s life philosophy: “There are elements which, if added to one’s experience, make life better; there are other elements which, if added to one’s experience, make life worse. But what remains when these are set aside is not merely neutral: it is emphatically positive… The additional positive weight is supplied by experience itself, rather than by any of its contents”.

A private event to celebrate the life of Paige will be held at a later date. For now, the family asks that donations be made in Paige’s honor to one of the following organizations:

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To PJ, Greg, Emma and entire Gaal family- there are no words to say how deeply saddened we are to hear of the passing of your beautiful daughter, Paige. My daughter, Caroline, and I will always remember many sweet and beautiful memories during the Girl Scout years. PJ, Paige, and Emma made it so fun to be a scout. We remember fun events at the Gaal household where the smiles and laughs were plentiful. Paige had a beautiful energy about her, even at such a young age. I am so sorry that she had to face such difficult medical challenges. We will keep your family in our hearts and pray for you all as you go through this heartbreaking time.

~ Mary Cooper
9/17/2023 1:48:46 PM

PJ you and your family have my deepest condolences. I pray that you find comfort in knowing that you and your family are in prayers, and you all now have a beautiful Angel in the heavens above watching over you all.

~ Tawana Love Red Lion, PA
9/11/2023 6:09:07 PM

I am so sorry to hear of her passing. I never was a avid follower but when she came across my fyp. I watched. It brings tears to my eyes that she never got to live a full life and died so young. I can't imagine your pain. I'm close to her age and just the thought of going through what she bravely went through scares me. I'm so sorry

~ Jordyn Baumgart
8/30/2023 3:07:19 AM

Paige was a very beautiful and gentle soul. She brought so many smiles to peoples faces, and deserved the world. I send my condolences and send my thoughts to the family. Rest in peace.

~ Rachel Kang cow bay, nova scotia
8/30/2023 12:25:55 AM

My daughter, Claire Heywood, and Paige ran xcountry in 8th grade. Claire was impacted by her bright light and always spoke of he kindness and gentle way. It was a difficult year for Claire and Paige brightened her days with laughter and kindness beyond others. I lost my own sister to autoimmune/cancer and can only say we were deeply saddened to hear you of your incredible loss and we are thinking of you during this most difficult time.

~ Amie Friedberg
8/22/2023 9:03:45 AM

Pj and Greg,
Just heard this tragic news today can’t even imagine how you are. Such a tragedy to loose her so young but it sounds like she reached so many people with her message and voice. God bless you all. You are all in our prayers god bless you all.

~ Bill and Madeleine Tierney Collegeville, Pa
8/18/2023 10:39:48 PM



~ Fran and Louise Tusak Bethlehem, Pa
8/17/2023 1:56:10 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember Paige's beautiful smile at Evans Elementary.

~ Bernie Pence Schwenksville, PA
8/17/2023 12:08:08 PM

Sending so much love to you and your family, I went to High School with Paige. She had such an amazing personality and I can only imagine the light that she bought into the life of yours and many many others. You raised such an amazing daughter and I wish nothing but the bighest condolences to your family during this difficult time.

~ Kaitlyn Watson Orlando, Fl
8/16/2023 10:50:25 PM

I watched Paige on tiktok, she was always my favourite on the app. I don’t know what it was specifically that made me so hooked on her content, but I admired her so much, I was only 12-13 when I started watching her content, I saw her as who I wanted to be when I was a teenager, I’m 16 now and I’m so glad it was her I decided to admire. She was like a beacon of positive energy, I couldn’t look away, or stop watching her videos, I remember how fun and colourful her room was, I dreamt about having a room like that. I’m Sending so much love to Paige’s family, I can’t imagine the grief you are feeling. And thank you Paige for always making my day a little bit more colourful. :,(

~ Ava mae
8/16/2023 10:23:16 PM

We are so sorry! This breaks our hearts. Sending our love and deepest sympathies to you and your family. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. <3 Love, The Frey’s

~ Samantha and Will Frey Las Vegas, Nv
8/16/2023 8:47:37 PM

Words can not express how sorry we are for the loss of Paige she was such a wonderful person her smile would light up a room. We will forever be grateful to had the chance to know her and watch her become such an amazing young woman. Our thoughts and prayers are with you ??
Fly high Paige.
Love, Tami, Donald &Chelsea Jones

~ Tami Jones
8/16/2023 7:49:13 PM

My HEARTFELT CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY to all family & friends. I trust she met Jesus face to face. He told her, your battle is over. In 1968, our family lost my wife's sister, age 17. Tractor trailer accident. April 17, 2019 I lost my wife, age 73. There's not a day go by, I not think of both of them. to me, she WAS TRUE WARRIOR! To go thru what she did, and still think of others, is TRULY remarkable. Art Mauger

~ Art Mauger
8/16/2023 7:39:51 PM

To All of Paige’s family, friends and neighbors, I remember Paige when she was a young girl and visiting next door at my cousin Lori’s house. She was always so sweet, kind and full of life. My heart breaks for all of you. I am so very sorry for your loss. Kevin and Denise Rowe

~ Kevin and Denise Rowe
8/16/2023 7:36:51 PM

Dear Gaal Family: I am heartbroken for you over your loss and am honored to donate to vet-i-care in Paige's honor and in recognition of her love of and work with animals. PJ - please don't hesitate to ask if there is anything I can do to support you and your family.

~ Cynthia Hwang Las Vegas, NV
8/16/2023 5:15:24 PM

Dear Gaal Family, Words cannot express my deepest condolences. The world is broken. I pray everyday for God's grace, healing and restoration over your family. If there is anything I can do, please ask. With Love, David

~ David S Chan Las Vegas, NV
8/16/2023 2:20:17 PM

Sending my sympathies to her sweet mom and her entire family. Holding you all in my heart and prayers; my heart is heavy and my soul hurts for what you are going through.

~ Diane DeSante
8/16/2023 2:07:46 PM

Words can simply not express my sympathy. My heart is heavy as I share in your grief. Paige, my scouting daughter brought us together and forever connected us. I will cherish all of the photos and memories we had together. Forever in my heart...Amy

~ Amy Frink Schwenksville, PA
8/16/2023 1:51:00 PM