Katie's Story


September 2016

‘A sweet, wonderful person’: Grieving father discusses suicide, mental illness in daughter’s obit

View original pennlive.com article here. By Christian Alexandersen | calexandersen@pennlive.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter on August 18, 2016 at 10:37 AM, updated August 18, 2016 at 11:01 AM   The tragic story of Penn State alum Katie Shoener, 29, ended the way far too many end for people with bipolar disorder. She [...]

Father Uses Daughter’s Obituary to Make a Powerful Statement About Mental Health

By Anna Swartz View original article on mic.com here When Kathleen Schoener — Katie, to her friends and family — died by suicide earlier this month, her grieving father honored her with a powerful obituary in their local paper. In it, he delivered an important message about mental health that everyone should see. In an [...]

Pennsylvania father’s emotional obituary for daughter urges compassion for mentally ill

View  the original article from the Philly Voice here. Ed Schoener wrote his daughter, Katie, was loved by everyone, but bipolar disorder kept her from seeing that BY PATRICIA MADEJ PhillyVoice Staff   A Pennsylvania father's emotional obituary for his daughter who suffered from mental illness is earning support from people across the nation. Ed Schoener [...]

Candid obit encourages mental health dialogue

By: Clayton Over View original article from the Scranton Times-Tribune here. Kathleen “Katie” Shoener wasn’t defined by bipolar disorder. The 29-year-old was a musician who played the cello, organ and piano. She was a midfielder on the Scranton High School soccer team. She was a scholar, earning a bachelor’s degree from Penn State and a master’s [...]

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 [...]

August 2016

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 [...]

‘Bipolar Did Not Define Katie;’ Father Pens Touching Obituary for Daughter – Northeast PA WNEP News

View the television news report from WNEP Channel 16 here POSTED 5:25 PM, AUGUST 19, 2016, BY CLAY LEPARD   SCRANTON -- A 29-year-old Scranton woman's obituary is getting national attention, and it's all because of how her father wrote it. "Made all the phone calls and the arrangements for the funeral," said Ed Shoener, [...]