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Katie’s Obituary from the Scranton Times at Legacy.Com

Go to the Guest Book and leave a note here Kathleen "Katie" Marie Shoener, 29, fought bipolar disorder since 2005, but she finally lost the battle on Wednesday to suicide in Lewis Center, Ohio. Katie was born in Scranton and is the daughter of Deacon Edward R. and Ruth Shoener of Scranton. She was a [...]

Katie’s Story – one of the most inspiring people of 2016

2016 wasn’t all bad. Here are the 11 most inspiring people we met this year. By Colby Itkowitz - Read the Original Article in The Washington Post here For many, the end of 2016 can’t come soon enough. It’s been excruciating at times, testing our resolve, pitting us against one another, taking a generation of beloved cultural icons. Merriam-Webster named “surreal” its [...]

She ‘loved life:’ A grieving father wrote openly about suicide and mental illness in daughter’s obituary

By Colby Itkowitz Read the original article in The Washington Post here. Only hours after he learned his only daughter was dead, Ed Shoener sat down to write her obituary. It felt like one way he could still take care of his little girl. He and his wife, Ruth, had been steeling themselves for this [...]

Attitudes progressing about mental illness

Read the Article from the Scranton Times here BY MATTHEW A. BERGER, M.D. / PUBLISHED: SEPTEMBER 11, 2016 Mental illness and suicide are words that often were said in a whisper or under your breath. At times, mental illness has been thought of as a personality flaw, a weakness, or a person’s inability to deal [...]