By  on July 25, 2008

Elise Gombos, a skin care buyer at QVC, died June 30 at Phoenixville Hospital in Pennsylvania. She was 31. A cause of death has not been released.

Gombos, who was born July 25, 1976, had survived Hodgkin’s disease at the age of 14 and breast cancer at age 23 and was a participant and a top-10 fund-raiser for the Philadelphia edition of the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for Breast Cancer Cure in 2006 and 2007.

As QVC’s beauty buyer for treatment products, Gombos oversaw the Philosophy, Dr. Denese, Clinique, Dr. Perricone, Kate Somerville, Joey New York and Peter Thomas Roth brands. She also brought in new brands to the TV retailer, which is based in West Chester, Pa.

“Elise was the first to win consecutive President Cornerstone Awards, which tells you a lot about her innovation and teamwork, but also about how she always treated others with compassion and respect,” stated Allen Burke, QVC’s director of beauty merchandising. “Elise was a major asset to our team; she was a talented and trusted professional and colleague and had a wonderful spirit. She will be terribly missed.”

Gombos graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1999 where she received a Bachelor of Science in Marketing through the Smeal College of Business Administration. She represented her sorority, Kappa Delta, in the Penn State Dance Marathon, where she was a fund-raiser, marketing captain and family relations captain. While at college she was a member of the Penn State Marketing Association, the American Marketing Association and the Order of Omega Greek Leadership and Honor Society. She graduated from Council Rock High School in 1994.

She is survived by her parents, Russ and Judy Gombos of Churchville, Pa.

Her family will receive condolences on Aug. 28, from 9:30 a.m. until the Memorial Mass at 11 a.m. at Saint Vincent de Paul Church, 654 Hatboro Road in Richboro, Pa. Interment will be private and held at a later date.

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