Katie DeGunther Memorial Service planned for December 2

by Placerville Newswire / Nov 13, 2017 / comments

Katie DeGunther (Schauer) April 18, 1961 to November 7, 2017.

Katie DeGunther was born in San Anselmo California but spent most of her career in Rescue California in the Title and Escrow industry for 24 years where she was known for both her professionalism and her sincere kind nature.

Katie studied Geology and Chemistry at San Diego State University.  She became an Affiliate member of the El Dorado County Association of Realtors on March 1992 and remained a member until recently. She received several professional awards including "Affiliate of the Year" for three years.  She was also known for her leadership in the "Women's Council of Realtors" of the El Dorado County Association of Realtors.

Katie was honored with the award Affiliate of the Year most recently in 2015 by the El Dorado County Association of Realtors. This award is given to the affiliate who goes above and beyond in their efforts to help the local Realtor association throughout 2015. The 1,300 membership votes to bestow this award to the 1 affiliate who has stood out among their peers.  "Professional, knowledgeable and sincere" was more than just business slogan for Katie. 

But DeGunther's personal life had taken a turn for the tragic as she lost her husband in 2015 and her mother passed away just two months ago.  Just after that a friend set-up a GoFundMe account to aid her as she had been hospitalized for a debilitating disease.

Shawna Wilson wrote:  

"Katie DeGunther Needs Your Help!

Dearest Friends and Family, 

Our sweet friend Katie Degunther has been ill for the past six weeks.   She was hospitalized two weeks ago and now her condition has become critical.   Her diagnosis is  an intestinal tract infection (kidneys, liver, pancreas) and she will be transferred to UC Davis Medical Center this week.   She will be needing further treatment over the course of the next two months.   Her treatment costs are significant and she is under financial strain.  As you may know Katie has two children in college and is the sole support of her family.   She as suffered tremendous loss the past couple of years losing her mother, father and husband..."

Katie's being a popular person that had touched many lives became clear as the GoFundMe account shot past it's goal of $15,000, and was over $20,000 in just 17 days. ($20,790 of $15k goal. Created October 25, 2017. Raised by 197 people in 17 days.)

But soon hearts were broken with the announcement from her family that Katie had passed away on November 7, 2017.

Her children, Ally DeGunther and Erik DeGunther, wrote:

"Friends and Family,
I am deeply saddened to inform you that my mother passed away tonight. I am at peace knowing that she is no longer in pain. Her journey here came to an end, and I strongly believe that everything happened as it was meant to be. My brother and I are processing our loss, and would like everyone to know we will be okay. Your support is welcome, but we would also appreciate privacy. My mother was an amazing women who touched many hearts simply by being herself. She will be missed by so many, but will be with all of us in spirit."

Her sister, Kimberlee Romano, followed with,

"Yesterday I lost my little sister Katie DeGunther (Schauer). Katie meant so much to so many people. She was such a talented, loving, smart, funny, strong mother, sister, daughter, friend. I have felt all of your prayers and love for Katie and our family and I thank you. I'm feeling very grateful that I was able to be here with her. With our mom passing 2 months ago, it is great comfort knowing my little sister is with my mom and dad now, safe."

A friend, Steve Rath wrote:

"Found out tonight that a dear friend of mine and work partner died from cancer.. she had been sick for awhile but she never told anybody and this is very shocking to me.. what is strange is I was thinking about her earlier today and wondering how she was doing.. this is very very sad as she was a really great person.. Katie DeGunther you will be missed."  

A sentiment that is shared by many.

Ally DeGunther and Erik DeGunther added:

"A service for my mother has been planned for December 2nd, at Green Valley Mortuary. Please join me and my family in celebrating her life, and the truly remarkable women she was. As per the event description, we would love for you to share any pictures you have of my mom. Direct message the pictures to me. Thank you everyone for your support and love."

Katie DeGunther Memorial Service
Public · Hosted by Ally DeGunther
Saturday, December 2 at 1 PM - 5 PM
Green Valley Mortuary & Cemetery
3004 Alexandrite Dr, Rescue, California 95672

-- 02. December 2017 - 13:00 till 17:00, Green Valley Mortuary & Cemetery, Rescue.