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Kathleen 'Kate' LaVelle, courageously lived life

July 9, 2013
Kate LaVelle

Kathleen E. "Kate" LaVelle (Kate) died unexpectedly Monday June 24, 2013, in her home. Kate was born in Bristol Township, Bucks County, Pa. She grew up in Bryn Mawr, Pa. and had made her home in Rehoboth Beach since 1998.

She was a graduate of Harriton High School, West Chester State College and finished a masters of education from West Chester University in 1984.  Kate spent her career passionately working with children in numerous and varied school systems. Her most recent position was in the Milford School District where she created and developed a unique and one-of-a-kind program as a district counselor for emotionally disturbed students.

Kate retired early after being diagnosed with Lupus and courageously lived her life fully and actively day to day. She will be remembered by many as a person who fought the fights for the underdogs of the world and truly believed in rightness and justice for all. Her relationships through her life were filled with deep love and intense challenges to better one-self.

Her favorite enjoyments in life were her dogs of which she raised many, primarily Labrador Retrievers. She loved travel, technology, world news, studying the Civil War and American history. Her spiritual path was wide and varied, most recently participating with the Insight Meditation Community exploring ways to deepen her connection to her God.

Kate was a well-loved member of the recovery community and lived a life of love and service. She lived to dance and brought joy to everyone she met. To Kate the world was a dance floor.

Kate is survived by one sister, Alane Grayson (Joe); and brother, Chris LaVelle (Luanne) of Martinsburg, Pa.; a sister-in-law, Kathy LaVelle, nephew Justine LaVelle (Carley), and great-nephew Logan LaVelle all of Holidaysburg, Pa. She was preceded in death by one brother Lawrence LaVelle; and her parents John and Dorothy (nee Diem) LaVelle.

Kate lived her life with all her heart. She was an angel on earth and will be deeply missed by a saddened community of family of friends.

Services to honor, celebrate and remember Kate’s life will be Monday, July 15, at 7 p.m., at Epworth Methodist Church, Holland Glade Road, Rehoboth Beach. A gathering for fellowship will be directly afterwards at the church.

Please make any donations to the organization of your choice in Kate’s name.