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Dr. Kate Sherony

Kate Sherony, former faculty member in the Management Department at Purdue University, died Thursday, August 29, 2013, in her home on the 9th Street Hill in Lafayette. Kate spent a lifetime helping others laugh and learn. She loved to teach and was brilliant behind the lectern. Kate was annually honored with outstanding teaching awards. Also, she amassed a quirky collection of things whimsical and unique, and was the curator of the "world-renown" Spudnuts Museum. Kate was inspired by the music of the 60s and 70s, including The Beatles and renowned guitarist Leo Kottke. Kate graduated from Highland Park High School, completed her bachelor's degree in economics and MBA at the University of Iowa, and earned a Ph.D. from Krannert School of Management, Purdue University, in 2002. For ten years Kate battled M.S. and cancer with courage, humor and grace, and inspired others facing challenges in life. She met death fearlessly and in peace.

Kate leaves behind family members and many friends who will miss her zany wit and generous love. She is survived by her parents, father Rory (Linda) and mother Dolores (partner Stan Pekol); siblings Keith (Linda), Mark (Debra) and Marcia (Michael Luciani); many loving nieces and nephews; very dear friends Jim Moore and Jack Klink; special Aunt Theresa VanderVere; and many cousins. The Frinks will never be the same.

Donations in her memory can be made to the National MS Society at http://www.nationalmssociety.org/index.aspx. Hippensteel Funeral Home is entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at www.hippensteelfuneralservice.com.




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Published in Journal & Courier from Aug. 31 to Sep. 1, 2013.
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September 12, 2013
Dolo, I know that you will miss her. May you find peace and know that she will always be with you and your family.
Cindy Walker (NAVPTO)
September 10, 2013
Dolores, My deapest sympathy for you and your family. I have you and your family in my prayers. May God keep and hold you during this difficult time. Love Dawn M. Dooley
September 9, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family during this difficult time.
S Goodwin
September 7, 2013
Dolores, Our sympathy to you Stan and all of your family. Our thoughts are with you. Henry and Betty Slobe
September 6, 2013
Dear Dolores, Rory, Keith, Mark and Marcia,
I knew Kathy was very ill and suffered for years, but I was still shocked to hear of her passing. Kathy was such a wonderful friend and such a Huge part of my childhood, it's hard to put it into words. I can't think of too many of my best childhood memories that Kathy and the rest of you aren't in. The Drasler and Sherony Sunday night spaghetti dinners at each other's houses; the Saturday night dance classes our parents took in our basement (they thought we were asleep upstairs but we were really spying on them from the top of the stairs and giggling our heads off); the endless stream of birthday parties and first communions, confirmations and graduations; the summer vacations in Michigan on Indian Lake were just pure fun from beginning to end; the revolving door of sleepovers throughout the summers when Kathy and I would just laugh for hours and hours - until we could hardly breathe; Highwood Days; and I was proud to be a member of the P.I.S.K.I.D.S club that Kathy formed in high school (it's probably better not to go into the details of that, but it was fun). Kathy's irrepressible wit, humor and kindness are far too rare in this world. I'm honored to have had her as my friend.
I send to you all my sympathy and love.
Cindy Drasler
Cindy Drasler
September 6, 2013
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
Hippensteel Funeral Home, Inc.
September 2, 2013
Kate re-entered our lives when she moved to Lafayette. Our good friend, we will long remember her.
Marge and Mario Antonetti
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