Katherine “Kati” Serplus

Katherine “Kati” J. Serplus, 41, Scranton, passed away unexpectedly this week. She was born August 16, 1981, the only daughter of Linda McDonnell Serplus. Kati was a lively, adventurous person who cared deeply for others. 

In her early life, Kati was a devoted student of dance and dedicated Girl Scout. As she grew older, Kati became a prolific musician, learning to play both piano and guitar on her own. She was educated by the Scranton School District and had a professional background in telecommunications. Kati’s most fulfilling moments were times spent with her beloved daughter, Melissa Schneider (Scranton), and her love and care will never be forgotten.

Kati was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Harry E. McDonnell, F.D. and Aleene King “Kingie” McDonnell.  

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at Immaculate Conception Church, 801 Taylor Avenue, Scranton on Monday, August 14 at 10AM, Reverend Fr. Jeffrey Tudgay, pastor presiding. 

Friends and family are welcome from 9AM until the start of Mass.  Interment, Dunmore Cemetery.

Arrangements have been entrusted to and are under the care of the Vanston and James Funeral Home, Ash Street, Scranton.  To leave an online condolence, please visit vanstonandjames.com.


  1. Barb McGee

    Linda, my heart goes out to you. I cannot imagine your pain. May all of your wonderful memories of your beloved daughter sustain you at this time.
    I’m out of the state or I would definitely be at the funeral to celebrate Kati’s life. ???

  2. Ann Leggat

    Linda, my heart aches for your loss. Jessica told me about Katie’s passing and she has such fond memories of growing up with Katie as her friend. Please know that she is with our Lord now and looking down on you.
    Ann Leggat (Herron)

  3. Mimi Visokay

    So sorry, Linda for the tremendous loss of your daughter. I understand all too well and will be praying for you. Love, Mimi

  4. Kelly A Ciravolo

    The “Yin” to my “Yang” I’m so deeply heartbroken idk what I’m gonna do without u. I wouldn’t be here if u didn’t keep me together after my son died u drive 5 1/2 hrs in the snow and back to take me to a hospital ily my girl and I will always keep u in my heart.??

  5. Spring Sunbury (SPRINKLEZ)

    Melissa i am so sorry fornur loss your mom was awesome Katie was a very good friend. She would always tell me how much she loves you Melissa. You made her happy
    Still this is so hard for me to believe she is not here no more …. Melissa if u ever need anything I am here just send me a message ????

  6. Jessica Kehl (Herron)

    My heart breaks for you. I am so sorry for the loss of your wonderful daughter. When Kati and I met in preschool at Prescott Elementary, we became the best of friends. I have such great memories of she and I being together, having sleepovers, just being two silly little red heads! “Thick as thieves” as you said! You are in my thoughts and prayers. Kati is with God now and watching over you and Melissa. I hope to see you at mass.

  7. Elaine McDonnell

    Rich and I are so sorry for your loss.
    We are Richard McDonnell’s son and daughter in law.

  8. Jake Mears

    You where my mothers best friend, her backup, and where like a sister to her. Rest well Katie, thank you for showing me all this things in life that i still enjoy to this day.

    • Kelly Ciravolo

      My huge hearted son? Kati loved u as if u were hers

  9. Sally (Occulto) DiCindio

    Linda, I am so sorry for your tremendous loss of your Daughter ?my thoughts & prayers are with you , sorry I couldn’t attend .

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