Tara "Kittie" Lianne Staten, 26, born Feb. 6, 1988, in Dallas, Texas, passed away Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, at her long time residence in Belleville, Ill.
Tara was a very unique, loving, beautiful, artistic and expressive person. She was a talented jewelry designer (Di Lusso Designs) and photographer. She enjoyed doing crafts and over the years had created one of a kind pieces for her friends and family. She loved music, flowers, tattoos and anything related to the Titanic. She had a love of animals and volunteered at the Humane Society. Tara saw beauty and found humor in things that we would have never seen without her. She had a unique perspective of the world around her. She was awesome.
Tara was preceded in death by her nephew, Gage Mikel Staten; her maternal grandparents, Russell and Irma Lohrum; her paternal grandfather, Carlo Palazzolo and her beloved cat, Miss Kitty.
Surviving are her loving and devoted mother and stepfather, Sherri , nee Lohrum and Robert "Bob" Baker of Belleville, Ill.; fiance, Corey "Kittie" Butler of Belleville, Ill.; brothers, Carlo (Crystal Leravatankul) Staten of O'Fallon, Ill., and Nickolas (Nicole Beck) Staten of Belleville, Ill.; nephew, Dominick Staten; paternal grandmother, Pat Palazzolo; father, Bill (Cathy) Staten; and multiple aunts, uncles and cousins.
Memorial contributions in Tara's memory may be made to the family or the Belleville Area Humane Society. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.valhallagardensandfuneralhome.com
Visitation: Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, at Valhalla Gaerdner Holten Funeral Home, Belleville, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, at the funeral home with Pastor Mark Burgdorf, with Grace World Out Reach Church, officiating. Interment will follow in Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, Ill.
VALHALLA GAERDNER HOLTEN FUNERAL HOME, Belleville, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Oct. 2, 2014