The memorial, the service, the funeral… celebrating Kathy

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Sophie here… if anyone wonders who the heck I am: she called me her webmaster. People came up to me… that was cool… I really am a transformational coach. But more of that in another post…

I was hesitant and scared to go. But it was a healing experience.

Lots of people love Kathy. And it felt good to cry, it was a little difficult looking at her peaceful beautiful face in the open casket and cry… I had this feeling that any moment she’d open her eyes, laugh, and make fun of all of us… saying she fooled us.

I rode with Dr. Steve, Kim and Julie, her teammates, crying, laughing. The weather loved Kathy: it was a beautiful crisp, sunny fall day: her favorite.

The speeches were wonderful, made us laugh with recognition (how stubborn Kathy was), and gasp, smile, get goose bumps… all those good feelings that tell you that you are alive.

The best part of the day for me was the 4 hours I spent with Kim and Julie in a Jamesville lake house, kicking around all the ways athletes develop, what’s extraordinary… Completion and peace… so we can be at peace at what happened.

At some point I saw Kathy dance on a lake (lots of lakes in Central New York, dr. Steve says 90% of US freshwater lakes are in this area… now you tell me, after 9 years in this area?! lol)

And later, between the funeral home and the church she held my head, like during massage, gently, lovingly…

Know it or not, the bond between us was/is strong.

Am I going crazy?

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Kathleen M. Urschel (March 3, 1964 – November 9, 2010)

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Kathleen M. Urschel (March 3, 1964 – November 9, 2010)

Kathleen M. Urschel, 46, of Baldwinsville passed away Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, VT. She was born in Fulton and was a graduate of Cazenovia College, Syracuse University and Onondaga School of Massage. Kathleen won a cycling silver medal at the Atlanta Paralympics in 1996 and was inducted into the Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame in 2005. She was predeceased by her 2 seeing eye dogs; Opie and Opus and her mother, Jane A. (Lawson) Urschel in 2002.

Survivors: Her father, Richard N. Urschel of Baldwinsville; 2 sisters, Lynn (Stephen) Hyman of Kingston, Wash., and Maryjo (Dr. Scott Reinhart) Swizdor of Jamesville; two brothers, Richard (Brigitte) Urschel of Louisville, Ky., and Randy (Sue) Urschel of Buffalo; Nieces, Kelsie and Brie; Nephews, Steven, Joel, Nick, Justin and Adam; her seeing eye dog, Sandra and devoted friend, Dr. Steven Wechsler.

Services: 8:45am Monday, November 15, 2010 at Falardeau Funeral Home, Baldwinsville and 9:30am at St. Stephen Church, Phoenix. Burial in Phoenix Rural Cemetery. Calling hours are 2-6pm Sunday, November 14, 2010 at the funeral home, 93 Downer Street.

Contributions: Guiding Eyes For The Blind, 611 Granite Springs Rd., Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 or you may contribute online at www.guidingeyes.org

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The last few days

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Nov 6 Saturday: early morning, Kathy fell down on the stairs… I got the phone call at 1 pm that she was on life-support.

Later that day Steve Wechsler and others drove up to Burlington.

Kathy looks healthy and well, except for some blood seeping out her ear… But her brain is bleeding. Without medication that suppresses the bleeding she would die fast.

Nov 9, Tuesday. I got a phone call that Kathy passed away at 3 am.

The memorial will be at 9:30 am this coming Monday… I’ll post where when I find out, Mexico? I can’t remember. I am pained…

And here is a very good article remembering Kathy Urschel in Syracuse.com

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4 great iPhotos of Kathy Swimming

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Kathy in pool

Kathy in pool focus

Kathy in pool smile
Hey Doug,

Got Kathy a radio show which she will do in about 5 weeks.

These pictures I sent are from the pool.

We are doing pictures on the bike trainer next week.

We also scheduling some pictures at the pool.

Blessings,

Steve

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TGIF I am going to Burlington

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Hey, I’m on a euphoria. TGIF.

I’m going to Burlington. Thumbs up. My best friend from Syracuse University lives there and when I was riding the spin bike this morning, the rotation in my paralyzed leg from the hip right down to the toe all of the sudden I got tingling. It came back.

I am so hyper-excited. It’s there, I’m walking, I’m happy, I’m dancing all over. It’s there and it’s taken 11 years for it to come back and I am so happy to feel it, to see it and I’m going to Vermont. I’m not jumping in Lake Champlain but we’re taking a ferry on over and that will be fun.

Sandra, my younger sister, Mary Joe and I. Mary Joe’s friend coincidentally lives right near my best friend.

Thumbs up. Have a great weekend. Bye.

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