- 24 years old
- Date of birth: Jun 27, 1990
- Date of passing: May 5, 2015
|Let the memory of Kate be with us forever|
The Family of Kaitlyn Marie "Kate" Vasconcellos are pleased to announce the establishment of the Kate Vasconcellos Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Scholarship recipients from the Memorial Fund will be students who have been active in Whitney High School Theatre Program during their high school career and who have made a signifigant contribution to the Program, with an emphasis on selecting recipients that have demonstrated concern, care and personal growth of their fellow students and the quality of the Theater Program through their actions and deeds. The scholarship award criteria will also seek to reward students who have been active in community service activites.
Contributions being made by mail, can be directed to:
The Kate Vasconcellos Memorial Scholarship Fund
1322 Blue Oaks Blvd. Suite 100
Roseville, CA 95678
The funeral service is May 29, 10am at Shepherd of the Sierra Presbyterian Church, 5400 Barton Road, Loomis, CA.
A “Seize the Day” Celebration of Life ceremony will be May 30th, 10am at Whitney High School Theatre, 701 Wildcat Blvd, Rocklin, CA
Kate is survived by her parents, Linda and Guy Vasconcellos of Rocklin, sister Brooke and brother Craig, as well as boyfriend Jonathan Jonas, grandmother Dolores McCall, and twenty-five aunts, uncles and cousins.
Kate was soon to complete her studies for an Honors degree in Economics from Scotland's St Andrews University. Family and friends were planning to attend her graduation next month.
Our beautiful loving daughter, Kate, has unexpectedly passed away at just 24 years of age.
As many of you know, Kate was attending the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. She would have been graduating this Semester, and several family members, along with her boyfriend were planning to attend her graduation ceremony in June. In fact, she had just made her Honours Thesis presentation last friday, and had only one more final exam to complete that was scheduled for this week.
We know that many people are asking, and will be asking why and how did this happen. At this point, we still do not know for certain. And the final autopsy/medical examination is still is in progress.
About five weeks prior to her passing, Kate had become very ill, and did spend several days in a Hospital near St. Andrews. Linda and Jonathan flew out to be with Kate at that time. She did have a surgery to deal with an infection, which the medical staff stated that they were not fully able to determine the source of. However, all indications were that her recovery went fine, and that she had been feeling much better.
We do know that Kate presented herself to the local St. Andrews Hospital on Sunday morning with symptoms that sound very similar to those that she had experienced in her late March illness. She apparently received some antibiotics, and was scheduled to see her general practitioner later this week, but was released to return to her room. To the best of our knowledge, that was the last time that Kate was seen or heard from.
She was found in her room expired on Tuesday morning (May 5th).
At the current time, we are not able to provide any details as to when and where her funeral/memorial services will be held. Because of the circumstances around her passing, the fact that she will have to be repatriated to the US, and these processes involve the Scottish government, and the US Consulate here in the UK - there are many details yet to be worked out before we will be able to bring her home. And obviously, we were very unprepared for this.
Kate's passion was musical theatre. It was a focal point that she developed at a very early age, and carried through to her University days. During high school she was in every Whitney High School Theatre production, and was the first President of the Whitney High School Drama Club. She was also very active in Community Theatre and directed and choreographed several children's theatre productions. Upon graduation she first attended USC in their Theatre program before transferring to St. Andrews. And she has been a member of the Gilbert and Sullivan Society throughout her St. Andrews career. This past summer she had had the opportunity to combine her passion for musical theatre with her Economics studies, through an internship at The Sacramento Musical Theatre company.
-Guy & Linda
"Dear Guy and Linda and the Vasconcellos family, Kate became part of the California Musical Theatre family last summer when she interned with us. Her passion for musical theatre and her warm personality blessed all those who had the pleasure of meeting her. Our prayers are with you all."
"Dear Linda and Guy,
It has been many years since the Bridgewater NJ days but please know we are all sending our prayers and sympathy to you and your family. May the memories of Kate last a lifetime. Much love and sadness."
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this sad time.
Yvonne & Mark Porteous, Edinburgh, Scotland"
"Our thoughts and prayers are with you during your time of loss. May you find strength in your friends, family and faith to help you during this difficult time."
You so quickly became such a great friend. I loved how whenever we hung out my face would be sore from smiling and laughing. You always knew how to tell a great story and brighten my day. I will forever treasure all of our adventures and memories. You always accepted me and all my weird quirks and ran with it. You are and will always be missed. I love you."
"Kate, you are an incredible, bright, and beautiful person. I love you and I will miss you. No matter how much time had passed, you were someone I cared for forever. Heaven knew you were an angel."
"Kate had an infectious personality, one that touched every person she met. She had a bright smile that could fill a room, the bubbliest laugh, and an incredible knack for story-telling. I wish I had gotten the chance to get to know her better in St Andrews. She will be sorely missed by all of her friends. Wishing her family my deepest sympathies. There are no words that can justify such a sad loss. She will always be in our minds."
"Linda, Guy, family and Jonathan....may God give you strength during this tragic loss. Praying for comfort and Kate's lovable memories heal your hearts...This is a beautiful memorial and difficult ..thank you for sharing. (Linda, I love you and cry for you, and send a big hug my friend)"
"Linda & Guy, I am so saddened by the loss of your dear daughter Kate. My thoughts are with you and your family at this most difficult of times.
The first time I met Kate was when she was home after her first year in Scotland. We had a lovely, long conversation about her studies, ideas and hopes for the future. She was so vibrant, bright, poised, and happy. I will always remember her in that bright moment of youthful excitment. It was inspiring, and carried me back to a time when I felt a similar excitement about life. She was a wonderful person.
My deepest condolences. Gena"
"Beautiful Kate, you brought sunshine into the lives of everyone you met. You will live on in their hearts and never be forgotten. I know you are in heaven watching over your family. Guy, Linda, Brooke and Craig I wish you peace and comfort until you are united again in heaven."
"Kate, I have been internalizing what this all means to me... You have been a pillar in my life and will be a huge foundation in the choices I make. Every day I wish to write out my experience with you, but when I go to do so it never feels quite right. Maybe when I come to California to be with you, your loved ones and your family I might be able to finally express my feelings. I still don't fully believe it. Though I know I have to.. I hope in some way you hear my voice Kate."
"Linda and Guy,
I had not met this lovely young lady but have heard of her wonderful qualities. She has left an amazing legacy to be remembered by all. I am wishing you and the family comfort and peace during this very difficult time."
"Linda and Guy,
Our family mourns for your loss. I don't even have the words to convey our sorrow. Kate was always so happy and right there with a smile. She could really belt out those songs on stage and make everyone else smile. We will always remember her and smile.
Take Care of yourselves.
George and Lynda Rose"
"I wish I had known this beautiful young lady. She obviously was one of a kind and loved by many. Linda and Guy my heart hurts for you and your entire family. What a tragic loss. Cherish all the beautiful memories and know that all of us are praying for peace and comfort."
"Sweet, beautiful Kate! You will be always remembered and never forgotten! Hugs and healing prays sent to all her loving family left behind!"
"A beautiful soul lost too soon
She was capable of anything
even walking on the moon
To the family I'm sending lots of love
Shes smiling & missing everyone from up above
Kate was a dear childhood friend
Forever in my heart until the end"
"Kate was taken from us far too soon, but every time I saw her she gave meaning to the phrase "You Light Up Our Lives". She will not be forgotten."
"Linda & Guy, I am so sorry for your loss. There are no words. I will always remember how excited you were when you were expecting Kate and the baby shower for her at your home. Forward many, many years and I was able to meet the beautiful woman she had become in December 2012. Her light, love, and smile will forever shine in the hearts of everyone that met her. My heart is heavy for you and your family and you are in my prayers."
"Kate is a bright light that will shine forever in heaven."
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