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Katherine Rachelle "Kate" Vaudrey A visitation, "The Life Exhibit of Kate Vaudrey," will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 6, at Willow Creek Community Church, 67 E. Algonquin Road, South Barrington. Her memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 7, also at Willow Creek Community Church. Katherine "Kate" Rachelle Vaudrey, 19, treasured daughter of Scott R. and September L. Vaudrey, passed away on Sunday, June 2, 2008, as a result of a ruptured brain aneurism which led to a car accident. Kate was born on Feb. 4, 1989, in Spokane, Wash. Kate was passionate about pointing people to Jesus, and she loved the small group of junior high girls whom she mentored during high school. Kate graduated from Fremd High School in 2007, where she was an award-winning artist. She continued her artistic passions at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, Calif., and had just completed her freshman year as a studio art major. Kate packed more joy into her 19 years than most adults pack into a lifetime. She lived life without abandon and loved her family, her boyfriend, Dan Maring, and her friends with great passion. But her deepest love was Jesus, and she fervently sought to reflect Him in every circumstance and relationship. She found beauty in the grins of children, the wrinkles of old people and even in the pain of life. The agony of losing her in no way diminishes the privilege of loving her. She is survived by her parents, Scott R. and September L. Vaudrey of Inverness; siblings, Matthew Scott (Andrea Gerali) Vaudrey of Azusa, Bethany Paige, Samuel Robert and September Michelle Vaudrey; maternal grandparents, Gregory A. and Freida L. Voss of Kent, Wash.; paternal grandparents, Robert and Janice Vaudrey of Liberty Lake, Wash.; uncles, Gregory A. Voss Jr., Russell (Jody) Vaudrey, Tamaren and Clay Daly; many cousins; and a myriad of loving family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Compassion International, Colorado Springs, CO 80997, www.compassion.com. Please put ID-408-0058 in the memo line. Any monies donated will help continue the sponsorship of Kate's Compassion child, Anjelin Wakerkwa from Indonesia. Arrangements were made by Ahlgrim Family Funeral Home, Palatine, 847-358-7411.

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Published in Daily Herald from Jun. 4 to Jun. 5, 2008.
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May 29, 2009
As the Vaudrey family is nearing Katie 1 Year Anniversay let the know Katie is never forgotten. She lives in all the Vaudrey's. May you all find comfort and know Katie is smiling down always on us.
Adele Wolski
May 13, 2009
I just found out today that we lost you. I can still remember the day you told me you were moving to Chicago. We were just beginning to become very close. I always hoped I would see you again if you came to visit. I do however find comfort in knowing that you are with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I will miss you and I will never forget you.
Melissa Hart
August 17, 2008
I'm still in a disbelief, I'm expecting to see you at the '07 high school reunion...I feel as though I did not give you the proper respect I could have, since even though I did come to the public Friday service your parents held, family matters caused me to leave before giving my respects. I can only know in my heart that you had the service and funeral you deserved, since you were a person who deserved nothing but the best.

You had a smile and a way of making anyone just be in a good mood. I cannot stress the feeling of acceptance you'd always given me, even on our first day of studio art junior year; nothing about my blue hair or pierced face scared you off. I will always have an engraved picture in my head of the smile you gave me as you waved "hi" to me. You had a natural art talent that everyone knew was your own, and when no one in art class could find something wrong with your art, that was simply for the fact that the passion and thought you put into every piece made it perfect.

We weren't close friends, nor did we talk every day in art, but we've always been on such good terms none the less, and hearing of your passing was so surreal. While I still do not understand why you were taken so early, I know that God has his/her best up there, and that you're smiling down on everyone.

Much love and Respects
Elle Haferkamp
July 22, 2008
Dear Kate,

I always admired you. I can't think of a time that you didn't have that amazing smile on your face. It lit up whole buildings, it was so bright. You were never afraid to be yourself and say what you felt and do what you wanted to do. You were so stunningly beautiful inside and out, always willing to help those in need in any way possible. You were so pure and good; truly inspirational. And then there was you and Dan...The love that you two shared should be put in the books. I just hope that everyone in the world is able to experience that kind of heart racing, butterflies in the stomach, dying to be with each other love at least once in their lives. Your talent...unmatchable. I am so happy that you were able to leave your mark in this world through your paintings and I feel so blessed that others will be able to experience your warmth and beauty through them, but it saddens me to know that we will never know what could have been. We will never know what beauty you could have created.

Kate, the thing that I want you to know the most is that you saved my life. Really and truly, you did. When you passed away, it made me realize that life is so short and can end at any moment. I had always heard that before, but to have someone I looked up to so much have their life cut much too short, it rocked my world completely. Though I would rather have you here on this Earth, I cannot think of a better way to celebrate your life than to let you know that you saved mine when I was in my darkest place. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for that. I know that you are up in heaven still doing God's work and still helping whoever you can. I know that you helped to guide me. You will never be forgotten, Katie. We will never stop loving you. We will never stop missing you. We will never stop living for you.

Rest In Peace, sweet girl.
Katie Witrzek
July 16, 2008
Dear Vaudrey Family,

I went to Jacobs High School with Katie and had the priviledge of getting to know her while being seated next to each other in a class. She was and will always be a WONDERFUL human being. I'm so sorry for your loss, but God now has a new ANGEL and i'm sure that she will forever be in the hearts of all those who knew her love and warmth.

I miss you Katie!
You will never be forgotten NEVER.
June 24, 2008
Dear Vaudrey Family,
I can't even explain how much i loved and adored Kate. She honestly was my biggest role model since the beggining of my time with her. She was my small group leader, butnot only that but she was a huge inspiration in my life. I love her a deeply miss her. I pray for her every night that she is in peace and i pray for you guys as well.

I will keep you in my prayers.
Jenna Jensen
June 23, 2008
Scott, September and Family. You are in our prayers. We are praying that you all will find the peace that only God can give, during this difficult time.
Jim Fields
June 22, 2008
I grieve for your loss Vaudrey family. My mother had a double aneurysm and survived. They were able to coil one but had to leave the other due to it's position. Every day is a gift when I can call her and say hello. I know how much you must wish that could happen for you.
I did not know Kate but judging from all the kind words spoken and photos shown I know that she now sits at the right hand of the Lord and you will all see her again one day.
May He bless and keep you until then.
Carolyn Luebke
June 22, 2008
June 18, 2008
Scott, September, Matt, Bethany, Sam and Tember,
I am so sorry to hear about Katie. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Deb Briggs
June 18, 2008
I'm so sorry for the loss your family has had, I send you all my prayers and sympathy. Kate was an amazing person. I knew from the first moment I met her that she was one of a kind. She always made me smile and could always brighten up my day no matter what. She was a beautiful person inside and out, and will be deeply missed by all. Kate was one of the most open, friendly, and caring people that I have ever met, and I will never forget her and the amazing impact she had on my life.
Jaclyn McCaffery
June 16, 2008
Dear Vaudrey family,
I remember Katie and what a special child she was. Christian especially adored her, he told me last year how great it was seeing her at Hoopfest. (He still has the letters she wrote him after your family left Freeman.)
She will never be forgotten.
The Casto family
June 14, 2008
We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Hiromi & Tony Satoh
June 14, 2008
Dear Vaudrey Family ~ I am so saddened to learn of Kate's passing. It's a significant transition that touches your soul when you least expect it. May your many memories together and faith give you peace and healing. Unfortunately I am unable to attend the Spokane service, as I'll be out of town. My deepest sympathy and prayers are with each of you.
Erin Gillingham
June 13, 2008
Scott, September, Matt, Bethany, Sam, and September, Know that we are praying for you. We are so saddened by your loss. We are out of town for Katie's Spokane memorial, but we will be thinking and praying for you. Erik and Kim Strandness
Kim Strandness
June 11, 2008
Dear Vaudrey Family,
Our prayers and hearts go out to you all. We cannot imagine the heartache you are feeling and pray that our faithful father Jesus Christ will continue to give you all strength and peace in this hard time.
Your brother and sister in Christ,
Tavis and Johnna Throm
Tavis and Johnna Throm
June 10, 2008
Kate was a sweetheart! She wore her heart on her sleeve; a sole I will never forget. We went to middle school together. Though we were not best friends, she was the nicest and sweetest girl I have ever met. She will be missed, but I have every reason to believe that she is an angel in Heaven with God and watching down on the ones she loved.
Zibba Patten
June 9, 2008
Katie and I went to middle school together. We got along really well. She was an example of a godly young woman, even as a pre-teen. Everyone enjoyed her company. Everyone enjoyed her smiles and her genuinely kind heart. I remember her signing my yearbook "your sister in Christ." I've thought of her many times since then and I wondered if I'd ever see her. Through the sadness of this tragedy, its comforting to know I will see her again some day because we really were sisters in Christ.
Erin Deremer
June 9, 2008
Kate was the most consistent and accurate portrayal of Jesus Christ in this world. I truly believe it was her life goal to honor God in everything she did. Even though she was taken too early in our terms, her short life had already fulfilled its worldly and heavenly purpose. She will continue to live on in our hearts and I cannot wait to see her in heaven one day. I was so blessed by Kate and the testimony her life told. This tragedy has been the hardest thing I have ever been through, and I am forever changed because of Kate.
Christin Shillito
June 9, 2008
Katie seemed like a wonderful beautiful girl. I'm so sorry for your loss.
June 9, 2008
Mr. and Mrs.Vaudrey, Matt, Bethany, Sam and September. I can't even begin to tell you all how sorry i am for this terrible lose. Katie was and will forever be an amazing girl. No matter how little you knew her she made you feel like the most important person and she new just what to say! Not only was she amazingly beautiful she had inner beauty that cant be put into words. She touched lives of many people and will continue to. we are all at a lose without her. she was always smiling and laughing. i remember going over to your house in w. dundee and would just watch how much you all loved and cared for each other. and how much i wanted that! Katie changed my life and for that i will be always greatful!!! she is and will always be loved and missed by many. once again i am deeply deeply sorry for your lose!
K. K.
June 8, 2008
I only knew Katie on an academic level- attending DMS with her, as well as her tenure at Jacobs. She was a pleasure to work with, always having outstanding insight, as well as a work ethic that put everyone else to shame. I still remember her smile and laugh in the Honors Jr. English class I took with her.

It was truly a shock to hear about the news, that such a tragedy had occurred. However, I hope you can take comfort in the fact that she touched the lives of so many (at last count, the Facebook group created in her name numbered at around 1300)

Katie was truly an amazing person, a friend to practically everyone she met. While it may not count for much, I have never heard an ill word spoken about her. Truly, one of God's angels on Earth.

I can't imagine what it would be like to lose such an amazing member of your family. Truly, a loss to the world.

Take care, God bless- it may seem trite and overused, but she truly is in a better place among God's faithful.
Anthony Rabattini
June 8, 2008
There are no words that could possibly honor such a sweet, amazing young woman and nothing that could possibly ease the grief of such a wonderful family. My tears and my prayers are yours.
Ron Shaw
June 8, 2008
Scott, September, Matt, Bethany, Sam and September, words cannot express how heartbroken I was to hear of Katie's passing. She was such an amazing young woman who loved life and God with all her heart. May you continue to find comfort in Christ, each other and your family and friends that are with you. Love and prayers, Laura
Laura Doughty
June 7, 2008
Vaudrey Family,
your daughter was an amazing person. she could shed light on a situation without speaking. she had such a positive influence on the APU Dept. of Campus Safety and we are very saddened by her loss. PLease allow the Miraculous hand of God to be with you in this time of grief and sorrow. please know that you will be in the prayers of this department. ~Kate~ You are such a wonderful and amazing person, I hope you are smiling now that you are finally home. Home where there is no pain, no suffering, and no tears. Kate you will be missed!~
Brad Hackett
June 7, 2008
Dear Vaudrey family, Our hearts and prayers are with all of you. Your loving family and your steadfast love for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ brings comfort during this time. Katie was a beautiful treasure and we are blessed having known her for even a short time. We are further blessed having been touched by your precious family. May you continue to see God's mighty and tender hand at work. Your brother and sister in Christ, Richard & Suzanne
Richard & Suzanne Maguire
June 7, 2008
Kate, you were such a sweet person. You always had a smile on your face, and you never failed to put one on mine. You were so full of life, so full of joy. You lit up every room you walked into. Rest in Peace.
Bryan Halco
June 6, 2008
I am the father of 4 who attended a Christmas get together for "Little City" last December. My wife and I thought this Willow sponsored event would be a terrific opportunity for our children to truly understand the meaning of Christmas. We were moved by 1 individual who added such energy and passion to the event. Kate jumped in and had everyone dancing and laughing! Our family's thoughts and prayers are with the Vaudrey's but please know that your daughter has changed my life and many others (I am sure). I will not soon forget the value and passion of heart felt caring that Kate showed that day and apparently each day on this earth. She will be awaiting you at the gates of heaven!
John O'Brien
June 6, 2008
Dear Scott and September,

We are so sorry about your tragic loss. You will continue to be in our prayers in Spokane.
Geoff & Teresa Forshag
June 6, 2008
My dearest sympathy goes to the Vaudrey family. Sam, if there is anything I can do for you, please don't hesitate to ask. Our thoughts have been with you every moment of every day.
Luke Woodson
June 6, 2008
Kate was one of the best people to come into my life and she helped me see Christ. I miss her I am praying for you! One song the reminds me of her is "We Live" by superchick. Thank you Scott and family for allowing her to attend my church and be a part of my life.
Cassidy Davis
June 6, 2008
Kate, you sound like such an amazing person, and only wish I could have met you. I pray for you and your family and friends. May you rest in peace with Jesus.
Erin Rotheiser
June 6, 2008
KT was one of those people who befriended anyone and was always a joy to be around. She always remained true to God despite the obstacles in a teen's life. She was one of the greatest people I have ever met and my prayers are with the family and friends.
Brittney Moore
June 6, 2008
Katie and my son John were good friends while at Jacobs High School. Our family got to see a lot of Katie and her friends in those days. I will always remember Katie's big smile and infectious laugh.

We will miss you Katie.
Georganne Bender
June 6, 2008
Dear Scott, September and family:
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Bob and Debby Ross and family
Bob and Debby Ross
June 6, 2008
We are saddened to hear about your loss. We are praying for God's comfort to sustain you and your family.
Albert & Wan-Peng Kho
June 5, 2008
I'm also a studio art major at APU and had the priviledge of meeting Kate this past year where we both had painting class together. I will always remember her incredible passion for Christ which shined through her smile and her laughter all the time. She was such an amazing artist and i am so grateful for the countless all nighters and days in class I got to spend with her. I will miss her vibrant spirit and artistic company so much, though I know she is now smiling more than ever in the arms of her Father in Heaven whom she lived such an amazing life for.
Jori Johnson
June 5, 2008
Katie you have impacted so many people, I regret loosing touch with you.
You are greatly missed by many. The times we have talked you brightened up my day and made me feel most welcomed, we all will miss your beautiful soul on earth.
rest in peace
June 4, 2008
I dont even have words to explain the emotions that we feel. Everytime i think about Kate, all I can see is her smile. The smile that lite the room when she walked in. I was fortunate to have classes with Kate and truly she was the reason i went to them and enjoyed them so much. She is an inspiration to us all and she has touched my heart. She will always be apart of me. We're hurting without you here. We're missing you beautiful girl.
June 4, 2008
Kate im so thankful for all the moments i got to share with you over the years. I remember cheering beside you and all the fremd crew at football games. I remember laughter and joking. i remember summer camp moments and going away parties. Most of all i remember your heart and love for people i remember the way you brought warmth to a room. im thankful for the interactions and time i have shared with you kate. I will miss you greatly.
bryan jones
June 4, 2008
I am one of many privileged partners Kate worked with at the Barrington DT Starbucks; and I truly mean it was a privilege. She was pure joy and grace; the embodiment of a Christian young woman. I am blessed to have known her, and at peace knowing that one day we will be reunited in the presence of our Lord. See you soon, Kate!
Edie Stump
June 4, 2008
I did not have the privilege of knowing Kate, but my daughters knew her at Fremd and worked with her at Starbucks. The rememberences they have are of a beautiful, joy-filled young woman and an extremely talented artist. We are praying for you during this difficult time. May God continue to hold you all in the palm of his loving hand until you meet again in heaven.
Lori Cavicchioni
June 4, 2008
I met Katie just about 2 years ago when she was hired and trained at the West Dundee Starbucks that I worked at. In just that short time I have so many wonderful memories of Katie ranging from tricking her into thinking I had an Irish accent, to giving each other advice on our respective relationships, to the great times we shared at both the West Dundee Starbucks and North Elgin Starbucks.

What I will always remember of Katie was how absolutely full of life she was. I challenge the world to find a day when Katie Vaudrey was ever dull or boring! :P

One of the best things about Katie, though, was how much she loved the people in her life. She did not just make people feel liked, she made them feel completely adored. She wasn't the type of person who would smile and be happy when you showed up...she was the type that would burst out in joy and run up to you in order to greet you. That kind of compassion and excitement for others is not taught or learned...it can only come straight from an extraordinary heart.

It's hard to imagine that she won't phyically be around any longer, but surely there's a bit of solace in knowing that this world was a better place for 19 years having had Katie Vaudrey in it.

KV-Miss ya and love ya girl,
Brandon Clouse
June 4, 2008
I knew Katie because she went to the Jacobs house group. She was always the one who put a smile on everybody's faces, she was always the first one to jump into anything. She was full of life and love. She will be remembered... She is living the dream that we have all been waiting for, Its not a good bye its an I will see you later.
Kari Loch
June 4, 2008
Katie was beautiful, courageous, kind, compassionate, charming, funny and full of life. She lived as an example to those around her, and sought God every moment. She will be sorely missed, and is yet another reason for us to look forward to eternity where we will live with God, and with Katie, forever. Until then, my friend ... I love you, and thank you for sharing your unending joy with me.
Heather Burns
June 4, 2008
My love and prayers go out to all of you at this hard time. I didn't know your Kate, but I read the Herald from Colorado. I use to go to Willow Creek. Know that your Angel is in heaven now. Safe and happy...In Jesus, Gail French
June 4, 2008
Kate was my leader for 2 years on Team Rush. She was an awesome leader, passionate artist and full of life. She loved her girls and was so insistent on making sure they were taking care of when she graduated.

I am going to miss Katie very much. She was an example to me.

Well done Kate!!!! You don't have to keep looking up anymore. You are already there.

I love you!!!

Jen Steffen
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