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Name Date Entry
Bob Buddecke 4/15/08 Kathryn's Arizona family still misses her every day...we're all celebrating the amazing gift that Kathryn's birthday means to each of us.

Doris, Nicholas, and Elizabeth: we love and miss you!
Doris, Elizabeth and Nicholas 4/16/08 We want to thank all of you that thought of Kathryn yesterday. All of the cards, flowers,donations, thoughts and guestbook entries, both posted and private, mean more than you could ever know.

Thank you.
Meghan 4/17/08 Kathryn

Happy late Birthday!!! We let off a yellow balloon at the cemetery for you. It seems that every time I am there the wind is blowing and we have to be careful where we let the balloon off. My reasoning for this is because everything is just disrupted without you. None of us can just be settled and calm. You were a big part of our lives and there is not a day that goes without me thinking of you. Songs, pictures, memories, you are everywhere and always will be. Even though the years are starting to pass, I still picture you smiling at me when we are over at the house. I can still picture you getting ready for summer.

What I am trying to say is that you will never be forgotten. In the short time you were with us, you left a lifelong impact on me and that will never die. I love you!
Eileen 05/28/08 Dear Doris, Elizabeth, and Nicholas,

Leitha told me that this year's showcase was even better than last year! That is hard to believe. I can't wait to see the DVD and all the wonderful dancers! I am looking forward to next years.
Lauren 6/27/08 Kathryn was a part of my life for only a brief time-- she truly is an angel. I believe that God allows His angels to come to earth and masquerade in people\'s lives who need pure smiles and unquestionable love. She offered love effortlessly, and made all of our lives a bit brighter with her smile. I never had the pleasure of knowing her father, Ray, but I am sure that they are sharing special moments together and protecting all of their family. Thank you Kathryn for always making my son smile, and I am sorry that we weren\'t able to say goodbye until recently. To the Bender family- I am so sorry for your tragedy, but from what I observed, Kathryn was so loved, and she loved so purely, that she is in a place where she will always be dancing, she can sing to you in your dreams, we will hear her laughter in the wind, and her smile is in our sunshine. God Bless to all. Kathryn, please say hello to my grandmother, she has recently passed and loves to dance! I bet she could show you a few moves from the ole days.... With regards to all.
Auntie 11/20/08 Kathryn-

Hard to BELIEVE--there is that word that I struggle with some days--most days--but we connect with you so often which keeps us going since we lost you three years ago today--seems like yesterday--seems like forever--the hurt is the same!!!! I miss you no less, think of you always, will love you forever and you will always have a piece of my heart.
Allison Cole 11/20/08 I can not believe that it has been 3 years since you left us. You were one of my best friends and there is not a day that goes by that I do not think of you. Everytime I look at my bracelet, your smile, your voice and your image comes to my mind. I love you Kathryn and I hope you and your dad are enjoying your time together! Rest in Peace!

Sincerely with love,
Allison Cole
Andrea Iazzetto 11/20/08 To the beautiful young lady who I never had the pleasure of meeting but who has made such a difference in my life.

Dear Kathryn,

It seems like it was only a few months ago I was sitting in on the post show discussion of 'Angels of Lemons'. Someone asked your brother how he memorized all of his lines; he mentioned that both you and your mom helped him. I don't know why, but for whatever reason that stuck in my head. I remember walking by the tables in the Arts Center at COD and stopping to talk to my best friend. She told me what had happened and I lost my breath. I felt beyond terrible. I didn't even know your brother. I didn't even know you, but for a moment, my heart stopped. I kept thinking if I should say something to Nick. I didn't want to seem weird going up to him out of nowhere giving him my condolences when he didn't even know my name. I didn't think there would be anything I could do or say to comfort him. The sad thing is even now, I don't think there is. How can there be?

I really wish I would've gotten the opportunity to meet you. If you're anything like your family I am sure you were amazing. I bet we would've gotten along. If nothing else, your favorite color was yellow so at least we would've had that in common. (I thought I was the only one.) I've been to the last two showcases and this years walk. The amount of people that have continued to show up and support you and your family has overwhelmed me.

Although you left them way too early you obviously lived your life. Every story I hear is full of so much life, love,and passion. In seventeen years, I don't think you had any idea the amazing affect you had on your friends and family. You've made a difference in so many people's lives, including mine and have continued to do so for the past three years. I keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers each and every day. Sending you much love and peace.

Mom, Elizabeth and Nicholas 11/20/08

"The things we did, the things we said
Keep comin' back to me and make me smile again
You showed me how to face the truth
Everything that's good in me I owe to you

Though the distance that's between us
Now may seem to be too far
It will never separate us
Deep inside, I know you are

Never gone, never far
In my heart is where you are
Always close, everyday
Every step along the way
Even though for now we've got to say goodbye
I know you will be forever in my life
Never gone

Never gone
If there's one thing I believe,
I believe I will see you somewhere down the road again"

~Never Gone, Backstreet Boys

Uncle Jay 11/20/08 Kathryn,

Even though time passes in the blink of an eye, I think about you always. Three years has passed since we lost you and it seems as though it wasn't that long ago we were still together. I miss you and I love you and that will be forever.

Uncle Jay