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KATHERINE MARY SLEAP, TALENTED VIOLINIST

More than 500 people attended a memorial service Sunday in Winston-Salem, N.C., for former Kenmore resident Katherine Mary Sleap, 17, who was killed in a traffic accident Thursday (Feb. 22, 2001).

Known as Katie, she was alone in a car that went out of control on an icy highway and collided with another vehicle head-on.

She moved with her family to Winston-Salem in 1995 and was a well-liked senior at R.J. Reynolds High School, where she was co-president of the Girls Council.

She was an accomplished violinist and played in the all-county and all-state orchestras and was a six-year member of the Winston-Salem Youth Symphony in the first violin section.

She earned a Girl Scout Gold Award in 1999 for instructing children and performing for senior citizens. As a member of the Kid Commerce Program in 1998, she earned a mini-master's in business administration for her business, Katie's Violin Academy.

She is survived by her parents, Richard E. and Monica Johnson Sleap; a sister, Jennifer Leigh of Winston-Salem; her maternal grandmother, Irene K. Johnson of Cary, N.C.; and her paternal grandparents, Robert E. and Joan Sleap of the Town of Tonawanda.

Prayers will be said at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Dengler & Roberts Funeral Home, 3000 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1085 Englewood Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in the Steuben County community of Rexville, where her grandfather and great-grandmother are buried.

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