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Katherine Ruth Wiseman

November 10, 1995 August 8, 2020
Katherine Ruth Wiseman
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Katherine Ruth Wiseman, 24, of Chicago, formerly of Chatham, passed too soon from this world to the next on Saturday (Aug. 8, 2020) after a short battle with aggressive ovarian cancer.

Born Nov. 10, 1995, in Springfield, Katie is survived by her parents, Scott and Michelle Wiseman of Golconda, formerly of Chatham, her sister, Meg, who attends Loyola University in Chicago, and her companion, Kevin Frank, of Chicago.

Katie is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins, including: Maternal grandparents, Keith and Sandra Gentry of Golconda, formerly of Chatham and Geneseo; paternal grandmother, Diane Wiseman of Mt. Holly, N.C., formerly of Heyworth; uncles Brad Gentry (Teri) of Virden, Steve Wiseman (Kelly) of Cary, N.C., Matt Wiseman (Christy) of Yadkinville, N.C.; aunt Patti Montgomery (Chris) of Mt. Holly, N.C. Katie was also close to her first cousins: Macey, Bailey and Brett Wiseman and Lauren Montgomery.

Katie’s paternal grandfather, Donald C. Wiseman of Mt. Holly, N.C., formerly of Heyworth, and her Godmother, Nancy L. Bridges-Mickelson of Golconda, preceded her in death.

Katie impacted almost everyone she met. She started life as a precocious little girl who loved to make others happy. At a very young age she took to singing and was known to walk out onto a stage in front of hundreds or make a wedding dance floor a concert venue. She believed in herself and in her abilities.

Katie attended Ball-Chatham schools and won numerous vocal music awards, including Glenwood Middle School’s Outstanding Vocal Music Award in 2010, before entering Glenwood High School.

She pushed to visit the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, as a freshman in high school. A visit turned into an audition, which resulted in a scholarship and her completing the last three years of high school at the prestigious arts academy.

Michigan winters and living away from home was difficult at first. But, with help from a very special new friend, Kathie, and her husband Louie, along with several teachers and mentors like Mr. McCall and Ms. Gadey, Miss Wibby, and other mentors and friends, she persevered and graduated in 2014.

After Interlochen she landed in Nashville, Tennessee, for undergraduate studies at Belmont University. She joined the Alpha Sigma Tau sorority and had every intention of getting a degree in performance music. However, Katie was drawn to politics and legal issues. She graduated from Belmont in 2018 with a Music Business degree and was accepted to several law schools before choosing DePaul University College of Law in Chicago.

Chicago helped Katie to thrive and she loved the city’s diversity. She advised the Alpha Sigma Tau chapter at the University of Illinois-Chicago and also volunteered with DePaul’s Student Bar Association, first as its director of events and, at the time of her death, as director of communications.

She completed two years of law school and was preparing for her final year when the horrible disease struck. She forged great, bedrock friendships in the Windy City and found someone who loved her -- just the way she was -- and she felt the same about him. She had around 14 months with Kevin to find out what a truly wonderful relationship could be, and she cherished every single minute. If there is one regret, she would have wanted more time with Kevin. He gave her peace and satisfaction in this life. She loved him with all of her heart.

This past March, Katie noticed a problem with bloating and stomach pain. A trip to Northwestern Memorial Hospital turned into news that no one expects to hear at 24 years of age – ovarian cancer. The initial tumor was large and although removed quickly, the cancer was aggressive and insistent. After three rounds of chemo and consultations with the University of Chicago, John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and other world renowned cancer experts, a CT scan demonstrated only minimal ability to slow the growth of the tumor spots. Next, she enrolled in a clinical study in Grand Rapids, Michigan. But after just two weeks, another CT scan demonstrated new tumors had advanced mightily.

In June, she stopped the clinical trial and started on another chemo regimen at Northwestern. But after just three treatments, she started having complications that led to her passing.

Her family and friends are saddened by the loss and the hole that her passing leaves within us. Katie believed in herself, almost as much as the rest of her family and friends believed in her. She was a strong and confident woman. She loved a challenge and was constantly trying to give her best to make a difference in helping others. Her joy, love, attitude and presence will be sorely missed by her family and friends and those touched by her life. She has forever touched us and changed us.

Plans for memorials and celebrations of life are pending.

In lieu of flowers, Kate's family would encourage donations to any of these three organizations, and please include Kate's name in the notes or comments: The Interlochen Arts Academy/Center for the Arts P.O. Box 199 Interlochen, MI 49643, Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance 14 Pennsylvania Plaza, Suite 2110, New York, NY 10122, Humor Beats Cancer
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The Interlochen Arts Academy Center For The Arts

Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance

Humor Beats Cancer


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