Katherine "Kate" Phyllis Benroth

Born: Sat., Sep. 9, 2006
Died: Wed., Sep. 20, 2017


Visitation

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Mon., Sep. 25, 2017
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Mon., Sep. 25, 2017
Location: Hartman Sons Funeral Home


Funeral Service

11:00 AM Tue., Sep. 26, 2017
Location: Hartman Sons Funeral Home


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On September 9, 2006 our precious daughter Katherine “Kate” Phyllis Benroth was born, and our family was complete. On September 20, 2017, after a courageous seven-year battle with Batten Disease, Kate left our arms to run into the arms of Jesus.

While Kate’s time on earth was short, the impact she had on everyone she met was immeasurable. She had a feisty personality and an infectious sense of humor that made every family gathering fun. We will always remember her smile, which could light up any room and get her out of trouble. We will remember her great love for animals, her tight bear hugs and her desire to be just like her big sister. Kate loved music, story time, puzzles and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. She loved being surrounded by family and thrived in the middle of activity and chaos.

Batten disease may have taken over Kate’s body, but it did not touch her soul. Even as her disease progressed we saw great strength and perseverance, along with an amazing ability to overcome incredible odds and physical challenges. Kate taught us how to love, live, and laugh in the face of the most horrific of situations. She taught us to see the blessings in each day, to cherish each moment, to love fearlessly, and to find joy in every situation. Our lives will never be the same. Rest in Heaven, Sweet Girl! We will see you again someday.

Kate is survived by her loving parents, Brock and Ellie Benroth of Columbus Grove Ohio; adoring sister, Lauren Benroth; maternal grandmother Jo Willer of Fort Wayne Indiana; paternal grandparents Sandy Benroth of Elida Ohio and Ronald (Patricia) Benroth of Cario Ohio.  Kate is also survived by aunts and uncles: Heath (Teresa) Benroth of Lima Ohio, Britt (Jeff) Menchhofer  of Rockford Ohio, and Kristi Willer of Fort Wayne Indian; and many cousins of which she loved.  Kate’s love also extended to her wonderful caregivers, Cheryl Mansfield, Dianna McClure, Diane Gable, Holly Bertka and the loving ladies at PT Services.  They provided care and love, which enhanced her quality of life.  

She was met in Heaven by her cousin Dylan Benroth, her uncle Brian Willer, and her grandpa Craig Willer.

Services will begin at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at Hartman Sons Funeral Home, Columbus Grove.  Pastor Mike Boyes will officiate.

Friends may call from 2:00- 4:00 & 6:00-8:00 pm, Monday, September 25, 2017 at Hartman Sons Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:  Batten Disease Support and Research Organization, 1175 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215

Kate would not want us to be sad, but to celebrate her life.  Kate was feisty and always the life of the party.  In honor of her memory please dress in cheerful colors and if you have one, please bring your favorite picture of her to share on her memory board.  (Your pictures will be returned.)

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Dan and Raelene Phillips
   Posted Fri September 22, 2017
Dear Brock and Ellie....our hearts go out to you and Lauren from across many miles at this time. We remember well when Kate was born, and what a joy she was to all of us who knew her. We pray that the God of all comfort will comfort you. Your beautiful obituary for her will touch many lives. Though we live in FL now, know that prayers will be coming your way. Love in Christ, Dan and Raelene

Burr Pelton
   Posted Sat September 23, 2017
Hi, Ellie, Brock and Lauren,
I was saddened to learn of Kate's passing. She was a courageous young lady, who had a lot of support. Although she struggled, she was strong in spirit, spunk, and admiration, and contributed a great deal to the family she loved and was loved by.
I remember Ellie telling me once, that she was going home to do what she loved best, cuddling with Kate. Obviously, Ellie, you know that you cannot wrap love in a box, however, you also know that you can wrap a person in a hug, expressing the love you have for them.
Your family has demonstrated the love of Christ through your journey with Kate. His love is well engrained in your souls. Your inspiration has reached faraway to people and places you will never know.
I am so proud of you Ellie, that, in spite of the many challenges you have had, you have been able to achieve what needed to be done. You have been a Blessing to hundreds of people who you don't even know. You remind me of a quote from Henry Van Dyke:

Favorite People, Favorite Places,
Favorite Memories of the Past;
These are the Joys of a Lifetime,
These are the Things That will Last.

We love you, Ellie, and your mazing family.

Burr

Monica Schulte
   Posted Sun September 24, 2017
Hello Brock, Ellie and Lauren,

my thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of the family at this difficult time. I never had the chance to meet Kate but I enjoyed seeing your updates on the blog and on Facebook. I hope that even in this dark moment the joy Kate gave you and the knowledge that you gave her the best life she could have brings you both joy and comfort.

Please give my love to the rest of the family.

Monica Schulte

Debbie Lehner
   Posted Mon September 25, 2017
Dear Benroth Family,
I'm sending you my love and heartfelt prayers that God will give you the strength, comfort and peace for each day.

With deepest sympathies,
Debbie Lehner

Anita Aldrich
   Posted Mon September 25, 2017
Prayers for your family, may you find comfort in many memories of Kate.
Thinking of you all
Anita Aldrich
First Federal Bank

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