On Sept. 17, Sarah Kattan, 32, of Silver Spring. The cause of death was SUDEP – the sudden, unexpected death of someone with epilepsy. Kattan died on a cruise with her beloved mom in Venice, Italy. Kattan had developmental disabilities and epilepsy. She attended Ivymount School and graduated from Rock Terrace School. She worked at ROI (Rehabilitation Opportunities Inc.) in Germantown. Kattan is survived by her loving parents, Susan and Joseph Kattan, her younger sister Ilana (Washington, D.C.) and her grandmother Daisy Kattan (who lives in Cincinnati, Ohio).
Sarah spent the past 10 years living in the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes (JFGH) Berlinsky-Young home in Silver Spring. She was buried on September 30th at Judean Memorial Gardens.
Sarah brought tremendous happiness to everyone she knew.
To Sarah’s Friends and Family:
My name is Rachel Tanenhaus. You almost certainly don’t know or remember me. I was Sarah’s camp counselor at JCC Summer Camp for a couple of summers in the early ’90s, right before I went off to college. She was a joy to work with, and I never forgot her. I have often wondered how she was doing over the years and hoped she was happy and thriving. As a person with a disability who had attended the same day camp years earlier, I identified a lot with her experiences there. But even if that hadn’t been the case, I would still have loved Sarah. She was that kind of person. I figured she probably wouldn’t remember me, so I never tried to contact her. Today I Googled her and found this obituary. I am so, so sorry for your loss. I am certain that she was as fantastic an adult as she was a child, and I know that her absence means a little less light in the world. I want you to know that her memory is indeed for a blessing. My father is also buried at Judean Memorial Gardens, and the next time I go to visit his grave, I will also visit Sarah’s. Rest in power, Sarah. You are remembered with love.