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Katlynn Rene Seeley

Katlynn R. Seeley, age 26 of Ithaca, passed away May 8, 2018 at Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.

Katlynn was born December 20, 1991 to Doug and Christine Seeley at Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah. She graduated with the class of 2010 from St. Louis High School.

Katlynn was a survivor. Despite her battling a longtime illness, her theme for this year was “Joy”. She was feisty and sassy, but also very loving. She made friends easily and had a large support group as a result. People were drawn to the light they saw in her.

Katlynn was also very driven. She would decided what she wanted and would go for it, not letting anything get in her way. She was adventurous and loved to travel. She traveled across the United States, and traveled with mission groups to Mexico and the Bronx in New York City. She also worked with church camps during the summer when her health permitted. Katlynn had a goal of traveling to Europe.

Katlynn loved watching Netflix, crocheting, Starbucks and Biggby coffee, and her dog Maggie.  She will be remembered for her solid faith in God, her love of helping people, and her dry twisted sense of humor. 

Katlynn is survived by her parents Doug (Melissa) Seeley of Ithaca and Christine Seeley (Mike Hutchinson) of Sumner; her brothers and sisters Nicholas, Bre-Rose, Jessica, William, Hunter, Jasmine, James, and Timothy; her grandparents Richard and Diane Seeley; and step grandparents Roger and Kathy Boulis.

She is preceded in death by her grandmother Betty Ann Ostrander, grandfather Roy Catlin, and great grandmother Rozalie Ostrander.

A celebration of Katlynn’s life will be held at 4pm May 19, 2018, at the St. Louis Church of Christ in St. Louis, Michigan. Pastor Joe Bell of Parkside Assembly will officiate. Because of Katlynn’s love of the colorful, please do not wear black to the celebration. 

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the family for a memorial garden for Kate, Project Koru (, Cassie Hines Shoes Cancer Foundation (, the Office of Human Services in St. Louis, or to Pregnancy Services of Gratiot County.

The family is being served by the Barden Funeral Home in Ithaca. Condolences may be left for the family online at 

Reader Comments (17)

My heart goes out to all of you during this painful time! Much love sent!
May 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterGlenna
Prayers for all friends and family with the loss of this amazing young lady. God bless you all, during this time of loss. Heaven gained a shooting star, right to her Heavenly family who were waiting to welcome her home. God Bless you all always.
May 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterCinda Pastor
Iโ€™m so sorry for your families loss. You will all be in my heart and thoughts. Stay strong, sheโ€™s happy. ๐Ÿ’—
May 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAbby McGuire
Oh my sweet Christina, I can't say anything except I am sorry for your loss. We have always been there for each other. Rest in peace my little Kaitlynn. You will be missed. Mike take care of my friend. Love you.
May 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterPatty Evans
So sorry to all of you, my Heart goes out to your entire family! ๐Ÿ’”
May 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJulie Miller
Sorry for your loss kaitlynn will be missed by many my heart goes out to the family
May 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJeanna lyon
Your families are in our thoughts and prayers. BELIEVE
May 11, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAngie Erspamer
My love and prayers go out for each of your family members. I can't even begin to understand the pain you are going through. Katlynn was such a beautiful young lady and it was my privileges to work with her as a young girl in the SUNBEAM program. God Bless you
May 11, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBecky Baker
My heart goes out to you and my prayers are with you. I met Katlynn on a Survivor retreat and had the pleasure of spending one fun filled week with her. I got to know her beautiful spirit and sense of humor and sassiness firsthand. I will miss her very much. I came to love her in a very short period of time!
May 11, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJackie
I know she is enjoying her new Glorified Body...with no pain!
She was greatly loved and will be GREATLY Missed! Thank you Lord for the time we had with her.....
May 11, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterTeresa Short
Praying for her family and friends during this time. May they take comfort in know that she is now in a better place with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, pain and worrie free! Rest In Peace Katlynn! Spread those wings and fly high!
May 11, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJessica
Kate sounds like a wonderful person. What a witness she has been by her faith and perseverance during her life. I may never have met her, but feel blessed by her Facebook posts and her encouraging and contagious attitude. God bless you all during this time of transition. God IS on the move!!!
May 11, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterLori Martin
Myself and my family, Cecil E. Smith, III, Elliott and Carly Smith, and Emily Smith would like to express our sadness at the loss of your beautiful daughter. From her tribute, she was a beautiful spirit and a fearless fighter. We regret not having met her. We will pray for your family's peace and comfort.
Words on this post could never capture the memories I have of Katlynn nor the heart felt sadness for her family. May you treasure every memory, every word, every smile shared with Katlynn. May her impact continue to have a ripple effect in our lives for many years to come. Never enough time!
May 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterChuck Hendrix
I had the privilege of getting to know Katlynn (Stitch) in my role as camp doctor at our survivors camp. I admired her for her tenacity and outgoing personality, and her ability to stay focused on what was ahead, despite all the struggles she had gone through. She was loved by everyone at camp, and I know we are all grieving her loss. Condolences to her family.
May 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterHonu
Christine, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this most difficult time.
May 13, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterKoren Cronk
I was blessed with spending a week at survivor camp in Hawaii with Katlynn. She impressed me immediately with her deep faith, unwavering determination, humor, and kindness. I keep a gift she made for me in my pocket, reminding me to strive toward being as courageous as she. She will be remembered. My heart goes out to the Seeley family.
May 15, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBetsy Wack

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