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Kathy Sappington
Dancer, Organizer, Competitor

27 March 2007
Email from Heather Getz about a
Benefit Dance
Kathy Sappington was the primary care giver for her elderly mother, Julia. Unfortunately, Kathy's estate is challenged and I'm hoping those in the dance community that knew Kathy will come out for a night of dancing to support her.

KCSDC president, Bill Posladek, is turning the club's regular monthly dance into a fundraiser for Kathy.....100% of the proceeds will be donated.

Come Dance for Kathy
Friday March 30th (that's this Friday)
8pm to Midnight
Kansas City Swing Dance Club

Cover: $10 and additional donations will be graciously accepted Don't forget to bring your favorite CD's as we will be offering an 'all request' night of dance music for your dancing enjoyment. Please bring a snack to share, also. Bottled water and soda are available for purchase. Otherwise, BYOB since coolers are always welcome.

If you are unable to attend, but would like to make a donation please contact Celeste Matthews at cmolen@everestkc.net for further information.

Posted: Monday Afternoon 19 Feb 2007: Heather Getz sent this information: the funeral announcement
Funeral Home: Joseph A Butler and Son, 19th & Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kansas 66102, (913) 371-7000
Kathryn Egnatic Sappington

Kathryn Sappington, 59, Overland Park, Ks., passed away at home on February 18th, in the company of her family and friends.

Kathy owned and operated a successful business, Kathy’s Kreations, which specialized in antiques and collectibles.

She was an icon in the dance community of KC, having been the president of the Cow Town Swing Dance Club and devoting her life to teaching others the joy of dancing. She taught at Denim and Diamonds Dance Club, where she worked for more than 10 years. She danced competitively throughout the US with her dance partner, Tom Ginther.

She loved all sports especially KU Jayhawk basketball games. Kathy attended St. Joseph Grade School and was a 1965 graduate of Bishop Ward High School. She was preceded in death by her father, Joe J. Egnatic, her brother, Joe W. Egnatic and sister-in-law, Benita Egnatic. Kathy leaves her mother, Julia Egnatic, KCK, brother, Rick Egnatic and wife, Jacque, KCK, two nieces, Lauren and Megan, nephew, Joseph, godmother, Irene Slawinski and boyfriend, Stanton Tait.

The family wishes to thank Celeste Matthews and Cookie Adams for all the special care they gave to Kathy.

Visitation will be 5 – 9 p.m., Wednesday, February 21 at Joseph A Butler and Son Funeral Home, 19th & Minnesota Ave., KCK, where the Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m., Thursday, February 22, at St. Joseph-St. Benedict Catholic Church, 809 Vermont, KCK. Burial will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials to Cancer Action, 1830 Minnesota Ave., KCK 66102

Posted Sunday Night 18 Feb 2007: Stan Bennett sent out this email to the dance community
To all who receive this mail;
I regret to inform you that tonight we have lost a respected member of our dance community.
Kathy Sappington passed away at 6:30p.m. Sunday February 18, 2007.
We will contact you later with details for those who wish to pay their respects. For now, we mourn the loss of our friend, Kathy.

Respectfully
Stan Bennett
Cowtown Swing Dance Club

Kathy was buried thursday the 22nd.

Kathy was where the dancing was. She was a swing competitor as well as a swing dance organizer and a board member and past president of the Cowtown Swing Dance Club. Kathy’s Kreations was her business (antiques, collectibles). At competitions she could be counted on to make sure the event was running smoothly. She was one of the indispensable people who made the mechanics of the event work. When she died she was only 59 yet she was an inside contributor to the life of our community. The song "I hope you dance" is a metaphor for filling life with living. That was Kathy's most successful business. Here are a few remembrances.

Kathy Sappington
12th street lounge: Robert and Angie Tunison, Vince Matthews and Kathy Sappington, Bill Bateman
12th street lounge: Robert and Angie Tunison, Vince Matthews and Kathy Sappington, Bill Bateman:
12th street lounge: Kathy Sappington, Thom Ginther
12th street lounge: Kathy Sappington, Thom Ginther
At a workshop in the Little Blue Barn, February 2003: Kenny Nelson, Kathy Sappington
At a workshop in the Little Blue Barn, February 2003: Kenny Nelson, Kathy Sappington
12th Street Lounge: Angie Tunison, Kathy Sappington, Robert Tunison
12th Street Lounge: Angie Tunison, Kathy Sappington, Robert Tunison
12th Street Lounge: Heather Getz,
12th Street Lounge: Heather Getz, "Wild" Bill Bateman, Kathy Sappington, Angie Tunison
Grand Prix of Swing: Kathy Sappington (left), handing out awards for happy winners Will Carlton and Josie Lawhon. Matt Auclair and Dee Murrey and Austin Murrey in the background
Grand Prix of Swing 2005: Kathy (left), handing out awards for happy winners Will Carlton and Josie Lawhon. Matt Auclair and Dee Murrey and Austin Murrey in the background.
Grand Prix of Swing: at the head table: Angie Tunison, Kathy Sappington, Bob Tunison, Mark Harris
Grand Prix of Swing 2005: at the head table: Angie Tunison, Kathy Sappington, Bob Tunison, Mark Harris
Kathy Sappington (left) Dishing while awarding
Kathy Sappington (left) Dishing while awarding: GPOS 2005
In the kitchen, preparation work for Grand Prix of Swing 2004: Stan Bennett, Kathy Sappington, Bob Miller
In the kitchen, preparation work for Grand Prix of Swing 2004: Stan Bennett, Kathy Sappington, Bob Miller
In her kitchen, preparation work for Grand Prix of Swing 2004: Clockwise: Stan Bennett, Kathy Sappington, Bob Miller, Mary Carrington Harris, Kenny Nelson, Linda Scott, Angie (not seen) and Robert Tunison
In her kitchen, preparation work for Grand Prix of Swing 2004: Clockwise: Stan Bennett, Kathy Sappington, Bob Miller, Mary Carrington Harris, Kenny Nelson, Linda Scott, Angie (not seen) and Robert Tunison
In her kitchen, preparation work for Grand Prix of Swing 2004: Clockwise: Stan Bennett, Kathy Sappington, Bob Miller, Mary Carrington Harris, Kenny Nelson, Linda Scott, Angie and Robert Tunison
In her kitchen, preparation work for Grand Prix of Swing 2004: Clockwise: Kathy Sappington, Bob Miller, Mary Carrington Harris, Kenny Nelson, Linda Scott, Angie and Robert Tunison
Heartland Dance Festival and Swing Contest Jack n' Jill: Kathy Sappington, Mike Brenton
Heartland Dance Festival and Swing Contest Jack n' Jill: Kathy Sappington, Mike Brenton>
Heartland Dance Festival and Swing Contest Jack n' Jill: Thom Ginther, Kathy Sappington
Heartland Dance Festival and Swing Contest Jack n' Jill: Thom Ginther, Kathy Sappington
Heartland Dance Festival and Swing Contest Jack n' Jill: Bill Bateman, Kathy Sappington
Heartland Dance Festival and Swing Contest Jack n' Jill: Bill Bateman, Kathy Sappington

 


Paula Marie, 2/20/2007
I have long admired Kathy's dancing and tried to imitate her. She had such good posture and was always on balance. I can hardly believe she is gone. She was such a sweet and caring person who will be greatly missed by all.

Louise Gordon, 2/19/2007
A vision of grace and ease on the dance floor, and always a friendly, welcoming smile. I only wish I had gotten to know her better. Sending comforting thoughts and support to her family, friends, all those who are hurting now.

Kelly Eslinger, 2/19/2007
I was there at the very first CowTown SDC dance party in January 2002, and I think that's when I met Kathy. Kathy was a wonderful representative of not only Cow Town, but Kansas City as well.I danced with her several times, even getting her in a Jack-N-Jill at a CowTown dance. She was one of the best dancers I ever danced with. She made me and everybody who came to their dance welcome. Her smile and warm personality will be dearly missed by everyone, especially me.When I got my first Jack-N-Jill award at the 2003 GPOS, the very person who presented me and Kate Kongs with our money was none other than Kathy. That memory is one of many that I'll take from Kathy for the rest of my life. Kathy, please save a spot on Heaven's dance floor for us.

Valerie Minner, 2/19/2007
Kathy was absolutely one of the nicest people that I have ever met. In the interest of it's a small world (ask her Aunt Marjorie!) we became friends when she was dating a friend of a very good friend of mine. Soon after, she and I began planning our vacations together to all things dance. Where next? San Francisco, Dallas, Phoenix, and the Caribbean! We had a blast and then some. Although we somewhat drifted apart after my marriage, we continued to correspond through the wonder of emails. She always began with an update on her mom, and then paragraph after paragraph of the competitions and results. There was never more enthusiasm exuded by anyone! We should all be so passionate about something that we love. We always closed by promising to get together for lunch but were never quite able to make it happen for one reason or the other; something that I truly regret. No one knows better than I the shortness of life. Kathy was a fabulous friend and one that I will treasure forever.

Heather Salerno, 2/19/2007
I first met Kathy about six years ago while dancing at an event. I will always remember her as the kind-hearted, soft-spoken, and smooth WC Swing Dancer that she was.


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