BYRNE, KATHRYN Z., formerly Kathryn L. Zink of Turon, Kansas, died January 27th, 2013 at home in Oceanside, California after a year and a half battle against cancer. Born December 20th, 1958, she was the daughter of Grover and LuHelen Zink. Kathy was a nurse and later an interior decorator, a fiercely devoted mother and wife, as well as a wonderful friend. She is survived by her husband, Col Brennan Byrne, USMC of Severna Park, Maryland and their two sons, Killian T. Byrne, a Marine Option Midshipman at the University of Pittsburgh, and Sheehan M. Byrne, a senior at Fallbrook Union High School in California. Kathy attended Fairfield High School, graduating in 1976. She then received her Bachelor's Degree as an RN from Fort Hays State University. She later worked as an open-heart/ intensive care nurse for sixteen years. After meeting her husband in Hawaii in 1987 - then a young Marine Officer - Kathy set off on a wonderful life journey that touched the lives of thousands in her dedication to friends, her family, and the families of Marines. While her husband battled through the streets of Fallujah, Iraq with his battalion, 1st Bn/5th Marines, Kathy cared for the wounded and attended fallen Marines' funerals, forging an unbreakable bond with all whom she touched. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her. There will be a funeral ceremony at Larrison Mortuary, Pratt, Kansas at 10 a.m. on February 9th, followed by a burial at the Olde Neola Cemetery with a subsequent reception at the Turon Grade School. Memorials may be made to Neola Cemetery in care of Larrison Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, bequests can be made to Operation Help a Hero (http://www.operationhelpahero.com), a non-profit organization that supports family members of American servicemen and women. There will also be a subsequent memorial service at the Marine Corps School of Infantry Chapel, Camp Pendleton, California on the 15th of February at 10:30 a.m. For more information contact Brennan Byrne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Published in The Capital on Feb. 10, 2013