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DR. KRISTIE M. (KRISTEL) PIETARILA

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DR. KRISTIE M. (KRISTEL) PIETARILA Obituary
PIETARILA Dr. Kristie (Kristel) Pietarila, 36, of Lee's Summit, Mo., died from injuries related to a car accident in Independence, Mo., on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at 8:21 p.m. Kristie was a loving granddaughter, daughter, sister, aunt, and best friend. Born Nov. 4, 1976, in Corpus Christi, Texas, Kristie made everyone she talked to feel like that person was the most important person in the room. She touched the lives of everyone she came in contact with. She was a beautiful person with a beautiful soul. She had such a radiant energy surrounding her. There wasn't anything she wouldn't do to help someone else. Kristie was a great soccer player who played soccer competitively in high school. During her junior year of high school, she convinced the Center School District Board of Education to permit Center High School to have a girls' soccer team for which she happily played midfielder No. 12. She was on Missouri's Olympic Development Soccer Team. Kristie dreamed of being a member of the US Women's soccer team and traveling to far away spaces as a US astronaut. After suffering several knee injuries (that included a cartilage transplant) and a serious head injury, Kristie was sidelined from playing soccer. Kristie was a survivor, and while she was laid up many times and lost many college credits after her head injury, she tried to keep a positive outlook and worked valiantly to recover. She first majored in math and then found that engineering excited her and was a new career to pursue. She earned her BA, MS and Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Kristie was a Tiger all the way! Despite her injuries, Kristie's love of soccer and passion for life was instilled in her family by attending Women's World Cup soccer games in 1999 and 2003 and by currently attending Kansas City's women's soccer team, FCKC. Kristie was a passionate, fun loving, free spirit. She enjoyed being a problem solver at ATK where she worked for nearly five years. She devoted her time and energy to her family, friends, and work. She regularly had dance parties and backyard pool parties with her niece and nephews. Kristie was their favorite jungle gym. Kristie, "Aunt Tt," will be remembered by her niece and nephews for many wonderful moments, especially her music, her bouncy ball, going to the movies, her luaus, and her hugs and kisses. A visitation will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, at Lee's Summit United Methodist Church, 114 SE Douglas St., Lee's Summit, followed by a Celebration of Life Service at 2 p.m. Kristie is survived by her mother, Kathy Pietarila, sisters, Jenny Mosakowski, 38, and Liz Pietarila, 22, brother, Michael, 17, brother-in-law, Nick Mosakowski, 39, niece, Emma Mosakowski, 5, nephews, Max Mosakowski, 3, and Tyler Mosakowski, 2, and best friend, Ratna Jouzdani, and her best friend's daughter, Chloe. In lieu of flowers, Kristie's family requests contributions be made to the Kristie Pietarila Memorial Trust at First Federal Bank, 1255 SE Oldham Parkway, Lee's Summit, MO 64081, or Powell Gardens; or alternately Kristie's family asks that you support the FCKC women's soccer team by watching a game in 2013 and future seasons. Arr.: Langsford Funeral Home, 115 SW Third St., Lee's Summit, MO 64063 (816) 524-3700.
Published in Kansas City Star on June 23, 2013
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