flowersCandleIt is with great sadness that we share with you the passing of our dear friend and president, Kathy Ratkiewicz. The Michiana Down syndrome community has lost one of our biggest champions. Many of us have Kathy to thank for helping us find solutions and guiding us through this world of Down syndrome.  Through all those who she has touched, her legacy will live on.   There was so much more that Kathy had wanted to accomplish, she gave so much of herself to this organization and we hope to honor her as we strive to continue the work she loved so dearly.

Kathy was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma earlier this spring and was receiving treatment in Indianapolis.  Sadly, her condition deteriorated over the past weeks and she went home to be with the Lord early this morning in Indianapolis with her family at her side.  She will be greatly missed by all of us who knew her and loved her so much.There will be a graveside service at 3:30 pm on Friday, June 13 at Southlawn Cemetery.   There will also be a Remembrance and Celebration of Life Service next Friday, June 20th from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm at the Michiana Down Syndrome Center. In lieu of flowers, the family would like you to please make all donations to Michiana Down Syndrome in memory of Kathy.
Southlawn Cemetery
Address: 61300 U.S. 31, South Bend, IN 46614
Phone:(574) 291-3782
Michiana Down Syndrome Center
2448 Miracle Lane, Mishawaka, IN 46545
(Town & Country Shopping Center)