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General News · 10th March 2008
Katie Lamont Kippel (nee Hentschel)
May 10, 1970 -- March 4, 2008

Katie passed away at home on March 4, 2008 surrounded by family and friends.

Katie was born in Beirut, Lebanon on Mothers Day to Canadian Foreign Service people, Jim and Dianne Hentschel By the time she was eighteen she had lived in Lebanon, Ottawa, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Ottawa again, India and Germany. This travel taught her how to make friends quickly through her twin passions of swimming and music, and through sharing our most intimate family secrets with total strangers on long airplane flights.

To try to make sense of this exotic life the family arranged to come to Courtenay every summer for at least a month taking advantage of the generosity of doting grandparents to invade their space so Kate and her sister Sarah Hentschel (now of Vancouver) could break records for the Blue Devils swim team, sail at the spit and break hearts in musical and theatrical pursuits. So after completing her degree at UVic there was little hesitation in her decision to return to the Valley and make it a permanent home for her beautiful girls Sarah (11) and Emily (8) and their father Chris Lamont.

Despite being diagnosed with cancer in 2002, Katie continued with all of her passions. Her incredible voice could be heard singing in the Old Church with CoVal (where she met her second husband, Dr. Chris Kippel), at the Sid Williams Theatre, or at other venues around the valley with the band, Many Waters.

Katie was a strong supporter of alternative healing, environmental causes, and an avid volunteer for the performing arts and sports. She greatly enjoyed movie nights with her girlfriends and had a perfect memory for film dialogue and phone numbers. She also had a deep love for dogs and adopted her dog Lucy in 2007. Lucy proved to be both a great comfort and loyal companion to the very end.

Katies greatest passion, however, was her girls. Since 2002 Katie has known it would probably take more than her hands to guide the girls into their adult lives. She was infiniely grateful then, for the arrival of Terra Lamont, Sarah and Emily's stepmother, while she still had the time to share her parental wisdom and passion for her daughters.

Katie could be found swimming in the Puntledge River every day from early May to mid September. We will look for her there.

A service will be held upstairs at the Florence Filberg Center, 411 Anderton Avenue in downtown Courtenay on Friday, March 14 at 3 pm. All are welcome to attend as the family would like to show their immense gratitude for a community that has embraced Katie and her children and cared for her so carefully both before and after her diagnosis. Katie would enjoy it if everyone came wearing something colourful. In lieu of flowers or donations please focus cash and kind on a loved one currently going through a difficult time and inspire them with Katie''s tenacity, courage and vivacious spirit. Katie would have liked that.
Comment by Ric Wilson on 14th January 2010
My life had taken me to Canada for a short time. Whilst there I met Katie.

I met Katie in 2002 for the worst reason, we were both diagnosed with cancer at the same time period.

We struggled through, helping each other in what ever way we could. Lending each other time and drugs.

Since 2003 I have been living in England and have always thought of visiting her and her two great children.

She has been missed and will always be. She was a glowing stregth in my heart pulling me through many tough times.

Oh, how she will be missed.

Love always, Ric.
AES Class of 1989
Comment by Emre Erkal on 5th August 2008
I remember her from my years in high school, she was such and energetic girl back then. My deepest sympathy to the entire family.

Emre Erkal-Ankara-Turkey
In Memory of Katie
Comment by Linda Nachtrieb on 12th March 2008
Our family knew Katie during her "India Years". She was a talented, strong and determined young lady. These gifts of personality served her well in her fight with breast cancer. Sending our deepest sympathy and love to the entire family.
Bob, Linda, Robert and Mary Kate Nachtrieb
my condolences
Comment by scott mercs on 12th March 2008
I had no idea you were going through these trying times. Sorry about your loss, lots of love, Scott.