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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 [...]

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 [...]

Deacon Digest – The Spiritual Side of Katie’s Story

Read the article in the March 2017 edition of Deacon Digest  The story of Deacon Ed Shoener’s daughter Katie moved many when it first made news in the summer of 2016.  After years of battling mental illness, Kathleen Shoener took her own life at the age of 29. Deacon Ed wrote her obituary himself, and [...]

Deacon’s candid words following the death of his daughter are raising awareness about mental illness and suicide

Catholic Light October 13, 2016 It was the best thing he had ever written….and the worst. Just hours after he and his wife Ruth had learned of the tragic death of their daughter, Katie, who had taken her own life after a 12- year battle with severe depression, Deacon Ed Shoener sat down to begin [...]

New Jersey Freeholder Uses Katie’s Obituary to Plead for Understanding and Compassion Towards Mental Illness

View the article from the Tapinto News Flemington/Raritan New Jersey  here By CURTIS LEEDS September 7, 2016 at 10:56 AM FLEMINGTON, NJ – He made it through without crying. For Freeholder Rob Walton, reading an emotional obituary penned by a father who lost his daughter to her suicide struck close to home. And because this [...]

Grieving father’s obituary for daughter who struggled with bipolar disorder fights stigma – Cleveland WOIO News

View the television News Report from Channel 19 News Cleveland Ohio (WOIO) here CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The obituary a heartbroken father wrote for his daughter who lived in Ohio has garnered national attention. His words shined a light on the stigma surrounding mental illness. One in four American adults experience mental illness in a given [...]

Theodore Decker: Dad’s advice after daughter’s suicide inspires many

By Theodore Decker View original article on The Columbus Dispatch   Ed Shoener calls it a blackness, a lasting despair that would settle over his daughter like a shroud. “It was just overwhelming,” he said. “She couldn’t read three words; this was a person who loved books.” Kathleen “Katie” Shoener, 29, had fought bipolar disorder [...]

Theodore Decker commentary: It will take all of us to shine a light on suicide

Read this article from the Columbus, Ohio Dispatch here My living room is mostly about family. There are paintings by my grandfather and sister on the walls, kiln-fired art projects from the kids on the bookshelf, and sepia photographs of assorted ancestors on picture ledges. There is one non-family member among these pictures. His presence [...]

Parents use daughter’s obituary to discuss the stigmas around mental health

View original article from Yahoo news here Losing a child is never easy, but losing one to suicide can be especially difficult. When Deacon Edward R. and Ruth Shoener lost their daughter Katie last week, they decided to take the opportunity to talk about something that has long been considered taboo: her mental illness. ALSO SEE: The [...]