Kelsey Michelle Schokatz Myking

April 09, 1989 ‒ December 03, 2012

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”(Elie Wiesel). In her young life, Kelsey Myking had a keen eye for injustice. And rather than turn in indifference, she spoke out in activism…protest even…to call attention to the unfairness or the plight of those mistreated – all with the goal of correcting some social ill, improving the world one person at a time. She lobbied for equal representation for everyone, everywhere.

A champion of the underdog, Kelsey passed away Monday afternoon December 3, 2012 in her Mansfield home. She was 23.

Born April 9, 1989 in Oxford, Ohio, Kelsey moved to Mansfield in 1994, and attended Discovery School as a girl. She was graduated from St. Peter’s High School in 2007 and went on to study in the honors curriculum at DePaul University. Kelsey was graduated with high honors as magna cum laude with degrees in Women’s Studies and Psychology, and had been working in the Ray Meyer Fitness & Recreation Center at DePaul.

She is survived by her mother and stepfather Deborah (Barnes) & Joe Schokatz of Mansfield; her father Charles Myking of Mansfield; her stepmother Bonnie Smith of Mansfield; Grandparents Lois & Harold Phillips of Thousand Oaks, CA, Bill & Mary Barnes of Mansfield and Aini Myking of Cloquet, MN; aunts and uncles Arlene & Steve Elden of Duluth, MN, Liz & Paul Baxter of St. Paul, MN, Doris & Jim Wilhelm of Hot Springs, SD, Janet & Bob Otto of Spooner, WI, Carla & Ron Scopin of Thousand Oaks, CA and Jim & Stephanie Abbott of San Diego, CA; numerous cousins; and her special friend John Burnam of Chicago, IL.

Kelsey’s family will receive friends Sunday, December 9, 2012 from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, 350 Marion Avenue. Her funeral service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. in St. Peter’s Catholic Church with the Rev. Father Michael Zacharias will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, her family suggests contributions in her memory to The Kelsey Myking Memorial Fund to benefit causes close to Kelsey’s heart.

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Kelsey, you are loved beyond what you could accept. The feeling of unworthy… “I don’t deserve this” is not true.

And Kelsey said to God, when she looked Him in the eye “I don’t know why You were so hard to find. I just couldn’t look where others found the simple trust and solid ground, a peaceful place to lay it down, and stop fighting and doubting and frantically running to find what was not there. But I’m here now ’cause we made a deal – and this is my salvation, my peace, my peace-filled place – the fight is done. Now please, please show me how Your love feels!”