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Kitty Kayrl Kaplan


1947 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Kitty Kayrl Kaplan Obituary
In Loving Memory
Kitty Kayrl Kaplan, 69, of Sandy, UT took her last breath July 9, 2016 following a severe brain aneurysm. She passed peacefully surrounded by loved ones. Kitty is survived by Neil, her loving husband of 41 years. The couple met as freshmen at West Virginia University while folding laundry. Ten years later they were married on August 16, 1975 in Charles Town, West Virginia on the family farm where Kitty was raised. After living for a short time in Washington D.C. they moved to the Wasatch Front to ski Utah powder.
Kitty was adventurous and besides skiing also loved golfing, biking, traveling and hiking with her loving pup Matti. Her loyalty to her friends went above and beyond simple companionship as she continuously expressed love, devotion, and unwavering support. Her caring spirit glowed powerfully from the moment you met her, she was always your biggest supporter and would do anything to help.
As anyone who knew her can attest, Kitty lived selflessly and instilled a sense of service to all she touched. She loved all things social justice. She was a champion of many causes and a leader in the Utah community including: former co-president of National Council of Jewish Women of Utah (NCJW), received the McGillis School Visionary Award, former President of the Women's State Legislative Council of Utah, current I.J. and Jeanne Wagner Jewish Community Center board member, current NCJW State Policy Chair, current Director of Health and Human Services Legislative Study Committee, and co-founder of the nationally recognized Shalom Salaam Tikkun-Olam Christmas morning project for local refugees ongoing for nearly 20 years.
Family was, above all, the most important thing in the world to Kitty. She loved her family to the depths of her gentle soul, ever encouraging and always supportive. She lead by example inspiring her family to take care of each other and give back to our community. Kitty's love for her family is endless and will be ever enduring.
Also surviving her are sons David (Lindsay) of Fort Collins, CO and Sam, her mother Alice Link of Port St. Lucie, FL, sister Linda (Dick) Whitman of Beckley, WV, beloved doggie-daughter Matti, and granddog Nelson.
Please join the family Tuesday 6-8 p.m. for a visitation celebrating Kitty's life at Evans and Early Mortuary (574 East 100 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84102).
Funeral services will be held Wednesday July 13 at 1 p.m., Evans and Early Mortuary followed by burial at B'nai Israel Cemetery (4th Avenue between R St. and Q St.).
In lieu of flowers please send donations to The Salt Lake City Jewish Community Center (www.SLCJCC.org) or Shalom Salaam Tikkun-Olam Project (www.ncjwUtah.org).
Published in Salt Lake Tribune from July 12 to July 13, 2016
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