Katie's Story


December 2016

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 [...]

September 2016

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 [...]

Father’s Obituary Exposes How We Discuss Mental Illness

View original attn: article here By: Lucy Tiven@LUCYTIVEN A grieving father's obituary for his 29-year-old daughter sheds light on what we get wrong when we talk about mental illness. Ed Shoener used his daughter Katie's obituary, which was publishedearly August in the Scranton Times-Tribune, to describe her experience living with bipolar disorder leading up to [...]

Sirius XM Radio Interview: Deacon Ed Shoener to discuss his daughters suicide after she lost her battle with Bipolar Disorder

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Scranton woman’s obit goes viral for speaking honestly about mental illness and suicide

View original article on nepascene.com here. Anyone who suffers from a mental illness or loves someone who does knows how difficult it is to speak publicly about it. The stigmas and misconceptions surrounding these issues are abundant in the media, schools, the workplace, religion, entertainment, and even everyday conversation, so many people simply stay silent [...]

Grieving father’s commonsense message about mental illness is a wake-up call

View Original article from The Dallas Morning News here By Sharon Grigsby Follow @SharonFGrigsby sgrigsby@dallasnews.com Published: 18 August 2016 10:57 AM Updated: 18 August 2016 12:23 PM If you live in tight proximity to mental illness — either in your own life or in that of a dearest loved one — you probably have noticed the growing number of heartbreaking, [...]