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Name Date Entry
Evyn Schaffer 09/23/2006

I just started talking dance at Steps and it is very sad about how our teacher tells stories about you. I didn't know you but it feels like I've known you for my whole life. Your story touched my heart and I'm sure it will touch many more!

Evyn Schaffer 10/01/2006

Even though I don't take dance at Steps, my friends tell me stories about Kathryn and even though I don't know her, I felt like I've known her for ALL of my life. Her stories touched my heart - you know about how her smile made everyone else smile and it touched everyone's heart - the stories touched my heart and I'm sure it will touch many more!!

Staci Molinar 10/13/06

I remember last summer during tryouts for senior goup, laughing and doing "under the fences." It was our senior year, what is supposed to be one of the best years of your life, and you helped make it just that for me. I remember that Sunday morning during our dress rehersal we were arguing about whos fault it was that we got to wear tights (I still say it was mine :) ).

You helped me to realize so many things about myself and life in general, and for that I am so grateful.

I have a picture of you on my desk, and everytime I'm having a rough day , or a hard time writing a paper, I look at it and think about how you would have pushed through. You always pushed through. I never once saw you give up, and now I won't either becuase of YOU. You make me want to do more with my life.

I think about you all the time Kathryn, you have inspired me in more ways that I can say.

You better keep working on those under the fences up there <3

Sarah Smith 10/17/06

I didn't know you that well. You lived in my neighborhood, you went to Naper, Washington and North, and so did I. You were two grades ahead of me, but I talked to you a few times and then when I got to Treble Choir you were there! You were always an amazing person. Your smile could light up a room any day! You always thought of others before yourself. Even though we weren't great friends you changed me as a person and taught me so many things. You taught me to never give up and to work my hardest for my dreams. I'm always thinking of you day and night! You will be in my heart forever!

LOVE always and forever,

Eileen Lannon 10/23/06

Dear Doris, I was just looking through some of the pictures that Kathryn's friends have sent in. Aren't you glad that you let her go to London? The pictures and stories are just great. The more stories that I read, the more I realize how many lives Kathryn has touched and changed....all for the better. I know that you are proud of her.

To Kathryn's friends: thank you for sharing your stories and pictures.

Tierney Persico 11/4/06

We all miss Kathryn so much. She was loved as a dance teacher. Kathryn will still be in our hearts and we will never forget her! <3

Whitney Bieber 11/7/06

I never knew Kathryn or the Bender family personally. I was a year ahead of Kathryn and always admired her and Nick for being able to preform in the school plays. It was always something I was interested in but never had the guts to step out of my comfort zone to try. I can not imagine how hard it must be to live without Kathryn. My thoughts and prayers are with the Bender family and all of the people who love and miss Kathryn.

Alicia Turner 11/9/06

Well, I knew Kathryn from Steps. This is hard for me to write because I have been grieving over her dealth for almost a full year now. I miss her a lot. She and I co-taught a class together and hung out basically all friday evenings, because we both were working. Kathryn and I had a very deep conversation on her last Friday before she past that next Sunday. She told me her plans for her future and how she dreamed of opening a studio with Elizabeth. She was going to go to school with me in the fall at Northern. It's hard for me to think of how much I would have loved to have her around here. I miss her everyday.

Mom, Elizabeth and Nicholas 11/20/06

            ~Kathryn Mary Bender~
April 15, 1988 ~ November 20, 2005

                            In Our Hearts 

                We thought of you with love today, 
                But that is nothing new.

                We thought about you yesterday, 
                And the days before that, too.

                We think of you in silence. 
                We often speak your name.

                Now all we have are memories, 
                And your picture in a frame.

                Your memory is our keepsake, 
                With which we'll never part.

                God has you in His keeping. 
                We have you in our heart.

                    ~ Author Unknown

Ashley Hiltenbrand 11/20/06

Right now, I'm remembering Kathryn introducing me to the wonderful world of EL Fudge cookies--the ones with the elves, and all that delicious chococlate squished between two exquisite cookies. Open campus lunch was one of the best things that ever happened to seniors, and Kathryn and I had a blast! They have some good food in the Bender household...crunchy peanut butter and the honey wheat twist pretzels. I had some of the best PB&J sandwiches with her, for sure. And that never-ending bowl of candy in the basement! I can't say enough about movie nights in the basement, we watched a bunch of good ones.

I taped some really great newspaper photos of her to her locker around the time of the Angels Fall production last year. People always gave her locker a second glance when they saw her face right on it, and it always made us laugh.

There's no doubt in my mind that Kathryn and I would have remained the best of friends throughout college. We'd had such a fun time since first meeting at that wonderful Washington Junior High lunch table #2 and I miss her every day!