Katie Jo Olafson at the age of 16, passed away at altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND on October 2, 2000. Katie was born on August 24, 1984 in Roseau, MN. She is survived by her parents, Joe and Joan Olafson; brothers, Jared and Travis of Warroad; grandmothers, Violet Olafson of Bemidji, and Roxanna Siats of Mizpah; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by two grandfaters, Sylvester Siats and Carl Olafson; and two cousins, Daron Siats and Jay East.
She was baptized on September 22, 1984 at Zion Lutheran Church in Warroad and confirmed October 22, 1999.
She grew up and attended school in Warroad and was currently a sophomore of the Class of 2003, Warroad High School. Katie was on the varsity volleyball and basketball teams, lettering as a freshman in basketball playing the post position. She was most improved North Border All Conference and Most Valuable defensive player. She was currently a starter on the varsity volleyball team. She participated one year in track and was an active member of the band. Katie was very conscientious in her studies also, lettering in academics.
Family activities played a big part in her life, such as camping, bonfires, tubing, trips, and just being together. Big brothers Jared and Travis had fun teasing and wrestling with her, yet were always there to protect her. Young children were especially drawn to her, and she loved being with them as much as they loved being with her. There was a very special place in her heart for her grandparents and other elderly people.
Through her strong faith in God, Katie was a leader for many of us. She was active in her church as a 4th grade Sunday school teacher. In addition, she was a Pathways Bible camp participant for 6 years as well as attending many Christian concerts. This past summer Katie worked at Lakeview Restaurant.
Some of the things Katie enjoyed were baking, reading, listening to music and spending time with her many friends. Katie loved animals, especially her cat, Chubs and dog, Sadie. Katie took piano lessons for many years and participated in recitals and music festivals. Her love for music was evident by her inability to walk by a piano, without stopping to play.
Katie had a positive influence on the lives of those around her because of her great outlook on life. She had a quick sense of humor and was a genuinely kind person. The sparkle in her eyes only enhanced her beauty. Her cheerful personality was ever present in her good-byes, as she never left without a hug and a "Love Ya" Jakey, K-J, Kate-zers....
You never said I'm leaving
You never said good-bye
You were gone before we knew it,
And only God knows why
A million times we needed you,
A million times we cried
If love alone could have saved you,
You never would have died
In life we loved you dearly,
In death we love you still
In our hearts you hold a place,
That none could ever fill
It broke our hearts to lose you,
But you didn't go alone
For part of us went with you,
The day God took you home.
A part of our hearts
have gone with you
That can never be replaced
A look, a sign, a laugh
Or just to touch your face
They say that time heals
all pain and sorrow,
And helps us to forget
But time so far has only proved
How much we miss you yet.