Kathi Jaskiewicz was born with severe hydrocephalus, or “water on the brain.” Because of Kathi’s severe disabilities and seizures, the Jaskiewiczes determined that the best care for their daughter would be at Erie Homes for Children and Adults (then Erie Infants Home and Hospital).
“When Kathi was born, often kids with diagnoses like hers didn’t live past 6 or 7,” Joan Jaskiewicz remembers. But Kathi had other plans. She lived in EHCA’s care longer than any other resident in the agency’s history—47 years. Kathi passed away on May 14, 2017. She will never be forgotten by family, friends, and the staff members who loved her.
On July 18, EHCA honored Kathi’s memory with the unveiling of a special street sign donated by Gary Schneider, owner of Howard Industries. Her name will remain surrounded by flowers near her EHCA home and the garden mural painted by her EHCA friends.