Katherine Rose Banzhaf, age 26, passed January 13, 2013 in Colorado Springs, CO, following a tragic car accident. She was born April 16, 1986 in Plano, Texas to Walter and Rose Banzhaf. She grew up in Richardson, Texas and attended Hamilton Park Elementary, Apollo Junior High, Berkner High School, and had graduated from UCCS. She taught 3rd grade at Soaring Eagles Elementary School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Kate's daily life revolved around her family and friends. She was active in Girl Scouts, Venture Scouts as well as in the marching band. She loved working at summer camps in Texas and California as a sailing instructor. She loved animals and always had a foster animal that she cared for. She loved to hike, climb and snowboard in the Colorado Mountains. Kate is survived by her parents; brother, Emil and wife, Jamie, nephews, Evan and Avery and niece, Charlotte; brother, George and wife, Rebecca; nephews, Simon and Davis; brother, Peter and wife, Sarah as well as her twin sister, Kimberly Banzhaf. Kate was preceded in death by her brother Fred. A Viewing will be held Wednesday, January 16, 2013 from 5-7 p.m. at Memorial Gardens. A Visitation will be held Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. with the Funeral Service following at 2:30 p.m. at the Fellowship of the Rockies Church, 1625 S. 8th Street, Colorado Springs, Colorado. In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations may be sent to the Katherine Banzhaf Memorial Fund @ ENT Federal Credit Union, 123 South Weber St., Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903. Please visit www.memorialgardensfuneralhome.com to leave your condolences.
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Published in The Gazette from Jan. 15 to Jan. 16, 2013