Katelyn Amanda “Katie” Volz

July 14, 1999 ‒ November 10, 2015


MANSFIELD: “Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.” Katie Volz was in the beauty business. She saw beauty in the heart of others and helped them shine bright on the outside too. But most importantly, Katie herself was beautiful from the inside out.

Katelyn Amanda Volz, age 16, unexpectedly passed away Tuesday, November 10, 2015 from injuries sustained during a tragic auto accident.

She was born July 14, 1999 to parents Loren Volz and Amanda Hartzler in Mansfield. Katie attended Ontario High School where she played clarinet in the band and was studying Cosmetology at Pioneer Career and Technology Center in Shelby. She had recently started a part-time job at Arby’s in Ontario and loved driving her new car.

Katelyn enjoyed listening to music and hanging out with her friends, especially her best friend Makenzi. She was a wonderful aunt and had lots of fun with her nephews Adam & Ian. Her favorite superhero was Batman and she collected all sorts of items inscribed with the Bat Signal. She was on track to become a skilled makeup artist and possessed a natural talent for it—her bedroom was absolutely covered in makeup!

Her family and friends will remember Katelyn as a bubbly girl with the uncanny ability to turn anyone’s grumpy face into a smile. She was soft-spoken and had a gentle spirit. Although those closest to her knew she had an ornery streak, everyone agreed she was an awesome kid who was loved by teachers and fellow students alike.

She is survived by her father Loren Volz of Mansfield; her mother Amanda Hartzler; her best friend Makenzi Cline; a special cousin and friend Annalysa Kilgore; six siblings: Christine & Tim Rodenberger, Barb Svede, Peggy Smith-Volz, Bill & Elaine Volz, Cathy & Gary Goetz, and Brittany & Josh Hylton; thirteen nieces & nephews: Christi, Alisha, Angie, Cassie, Loren, Nick, Nathan, Shannon, Justin, Corey, Seth, Adam and Ian; her maternal grandmother Mary Kay Leedy; along with numerous aunts & uncles, extended family, and friends.

Katie was preceded in death by her maternal grandfathers David B. Hartzler and James B. Leedy, and her paternal grandparents William & Mary Volz.

The family will receive friends 2-7 p.m. Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at Snyder Funeral Home (2553 Lexington Avenue, Mansfield OH 44904) where her funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday. Pastor Caleb Henry will officiate and burial will follow in Lexington Cemetery.

Contributions in her memory to benefit her funeral expenses may be brought or sent to the funeral home: P.O. Box 3085, Mansfield, Ohio 44904 (please make checks payable to Snyder Funeral Homes).

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Katie’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them—and watch her tribute video—at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • Amanda and Family, even though i never knew Katie, just met her once, but you as her family that I know, been praying and will continue. There are no words, except, So sorry! Take care in the days to come. Peace.

  • Dear Loren & family,
    I am so very sorry!! She was a beautiful girl! My prayers & thoughts are will you all!! Sending lots of love & hugs!!

  • Loren and family,
    My condolences on your tragic loss. Katie was a great girl.You did One heck of a job raising her. She will be remembered. Glenda will take care of her now.

  • Peggy and Mr. Voltz. Our heart goes out to you. Memories are such a precious comidity now. May she rest in peace and my sister take care of her again. Love you all. Thoughts and prayers.

  • My condolences go out to your hole family! !! So sorry for this tragic loss!! My prayers and thoughts are with you.

  • Peggy & Family,
    I know how difficult this has been. I wish words would be the answer to take all this pain away, it is impossible, the only thing I can hope is that they bring comfort.
    Just know that you are being upheld in prayer by many of us. I pray for God’s loving arms to wrap around you all, to bring you comfort, peace and understanding. May memories of Katie bring you comfort during difficult days ahead. My son Blake also sends his prayers & sympathy.
    I will continue to pray.

  • Hi it was nice knowing Katelyn she was a nice person. I will miss seeing her in our lab and all the class. I am very sorry for your loss.

  • I am so glad that I was blessed to know Katelyn, for the short time that I did know her. We may not have known each other very long but it was enough time for me to see how bright she was. She always had something positive to say and brought so much joy to the class. She was a great person who had a beautiful soul. She was part of our little family at school and she will continue to be in our hearts. We’re all trying to stay as positive as we can, even though this is very tragic, and we’re all there for everyone who may need us during this time. She United us all in a way that we weren’t before and made us realize to never take anyone for granted. I am so sorry for her family and my prayers definitely go out to them. Rest easy, Katelyn.

  • Sorry for the lost of another young child. Should of never happen to anyone. Rest in heaven young lady

  • I’m very sorry for your loss guys. Katie was an amazing girl. I brung her to church with me a couple of times when I went to Ontario she was one of my best friends. Then I moved and didn’t have her number of Facebook. She’d been on my mind this whole week but then I learned of this tragedy. I’m very sorry for her loss and pray for your comfort and peace of mind.

  • May God bless your family and bring peace to your hearts as rapidly as possible…I just met Katelyn at the beginning of this school year…my daughter Ellisa brought her home to stay one night and instantly I was impressed with what a beautiful…bright…sweet young lady Katelyn was…I was so happy that my daughter found such a good friend in her…my heart aches for your family and I truly pray that you find healing…Rest easy young lady…you will be missed by more than you could have ever imagined!!

  • So sorry for your loss , prayers and deepest sympathy for your family . The Shaffer family !

  • My heart is heavy with grief for you, her parents, as I know the heartache and anguish of losing a child in tragedy. I am so very sorry for your loss of such a beautiful child! I have watched the grief and anguish on my grandson, Jordan Eaton’s face for the past few days and know how close he and Katelyn were and how much he misses her. I pray for your comfort and ease of heartbreak thru the upcoming years. God be with you always.

  • Dear Volz Family,
    I’m deeply sorry for your loss. I talked to katelyn a couple times when I visited pioneer. She was a great person to talk to and I can’t fathom your feelings right now. I send my deepest prayers for you and your family.

  • Katelyn was so beautiful, kind, funny, and just an all over amazing person. She was my best friend. She was my smile and my rock, she kept me going when I thought I couldn’t go anymore. I owe her a lot of hair bows because I would always take hers when I forgot mine. If she was here she would’ve just corrected me and said they were hair ties and not hair bows and she would laugh and argue about it with me , and she used to write on me with pens, so I took her purple pen from her and I still use it everyday for notes. And every time she stayed the night with me my mom would yell at us to keep it down because we would laugh too loud. Because that’s who Katelyn was my laugh and smile. This one time we were wrestling around and I accidentally kicked her off my bed and she almost fell into my fish tank and we laughed so hard, I felt kinda bad she fell but we were playing and it ended up being a good memory. My last memory of her is walking out of school joking around. My last words were “alright bro, I’ll see you tomorrow.” 20 min. Later she crashed and I guess this shows how time and life is taken for granted. I guess if I could go back I would tell her I love her, cuz tomorrow isn’t guaranteed. I’m so blessed to have met her and gotten to have these memories. I’m so sorry she had to leave us, but I know a part of her lives within all of our hearts through her memory, so cherish those moments guys. Her absence brought grief but her presence brought pleasure. Hold tight to those moments, memories are treasures.

  • So sorry for your loss . prayers and deepest sympathy for your family . Stay strong she’s in a better place now. God gained another beautiful angel.

  • We are so sorry for your loss I could not imagine what your going through. May your friends and family be comfort in your time of great sorrow.

    Truly Sorry
    Jones Family

  • I knew Katelyn for quite some while. To see something like this is beyond what anyone could ever have imagined. She was always the sweetest girl, truly caring and kind. We didn’t get along perfectly but I always wished her the best. I wish there was more I could say to her, more time, but all I can over is my best of wishes. To the family, I am sincerely sorry for this tragic event, as much as any of us do I wish there was something I could have done. Stand tall, it’s what she would want more than all.

  • Katelyn was a very beautiful person. She always had a smile on her face and was always happy and kind to us. There wasn’t one day where I walked into lab and she didn’t have a smile on her face. The girls in my lab are going through a rough time but we will get through this together because we are a family. It happened so soon and so fast. 45 minutes before her accident she stood at my station and watched me braid a girls hair. Katelyn always told me how great my braids are, on a person and even on a mannequin. Katelyn will truly be missed

  • Praying for peace and understanding in this time of need for Katelyn’s family and friends. RIP Katelyn.

  • I was heart broken to hear about about Katelyn she was a very sweet young lady. You have our prayers and condolences. Glenda will take very good care of her for you all.

  • “I love your braids” was the last thing I said to you. miss you very much my condolences go out to your family and they’re in my prayers god bless

  • I’m so sorry for your loss Katie meant alit to everyone and she was an amazing girl that will never be forgotten and will live on in our heart fly high Katie we all miss you dearly.

  • Loren,Amanda and family, are hearts are so heavy as well as yours.Katie will be greatly missed and forever in our heart’s.Thank you so much for taking Makenzi into your family as one of your own.The impact Katelyn and your family has had on Makenzi I will forever be grateful for.Makenzi loved Kate so much,although the two of them could be so goofy and ornery while together,they were the best of friends and I thank you all for the wonderful lady you blessed our family with.We are always here for any and all of you and Kate will be forever in our hearts.RIH princess.

  • As many people know Kate was my absolute bestfriend. She was always here for me and i was always here for her. She never and i mean ever failed to make me smile. I remember coming home from school and as soon as we walked in the door make food and “go to hibernation” as we called it. Which was simply go to her room and beinge watchGilmore Girls, Ninja Turtles, Criminal Minds, Supernatural and some halariously dumb scary movies. One including the Scary Movie series. We had a favorite line from that movie and we’d say it every time we talked or was around each other. Incase i brought up curiosity it was “watchu doin son” and shed say “nothin. Chillin.killin.” We also would annoy the heck outa dad and say “Dad shes touching me” and id reply “no touching you” and shed scream back “I see your finger right there.” Every moment spent with her was the best of my life when I was sad she was when she was mad I was. If she didnt like someone. Well if you didnt pick up on the pattern, neither did I. We shared many of. Our first times doing things with each other. My first time riding a golf cart with her. Even though one day she ended up throwin me out of it while making a sharp turn. I tought her how to flip on a trampoline. We done so many fun things together we even pratically lived with each other. Kate was my absolute world and best friend and she will always be. I love you dad and Amanda and I promise Ill always come visit. I love you bestfriend and I always will. Ill see you again I promise and Ill make sure I bring our Batman and Superman blankets. Rest easy beautiful.

  • Katelyn’s Family,
    My deepest condolences go out to all of you. I was terribly saddened to hear of Katelyn’s tragic accident. I remembered her as a quiet, hard working, good listener first grader. Her smiled warm my heart everyday. I was so blessed to be her teacher at Stingel Primary. Hold on to the great memories to help you through these dark days. My thoughts and prayers will continue to be with Katelyn’s family. She will be missed!

  • To the family of Katelyn,I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one.You are all in my thoughts and prayers.Janie Thornton

  • I’m terribly sorry for your loss. My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to all of Katelyn’s family and friends. May god wrap you in his arms and comfort you at this time.

  • Katelyn’s family. Although I don’t know you.. You guys are in my prayers.. Katelyn was such a beautiful young girl who had so much to come for her.. She’s a beautiful angel now.. ❤ god will take good care of her..

  • I didn’t know her very well. We never really talked much but she did get me through marching band. I know there’s nothing I can do now but if I can do anything I’d bring her back so she could see you all of her friends again.I’m so sorry for your loss. we never really got along but I do miss her.

  • Dear Volz, Hartzler, and Extended Families,

    I would like to extend our sincerest sympathies on behalf of my mother, siblings, and personal family. We know there aren’t any words that we could express which would offer any kind of comfort, but please know that all of you will be in our prayers and thoughts during this difficult time.

    May the sparkle-of-life that Katie displayed, be the flicker of light that will guide all of you through this storm.

    All our Love,
    Nathan Weirick and Family

    Also, Dear MAKENZI CLINE, May your genuine friendship with Katie always be cherished close to your heart and forever bring you joy. Thank You for unconditionally loving her! We are sorry for your loss, as well.

  • My heart goes out to all of Katelyn’s family. I am a Cosmetology student at PCTC also and we all miss Katie very much. Its not the same without her. We will miss her deeply, but she will forever be in our hearts.