MARCHETTI, Katlyn Marie "Katie," 16, of Valrico, Fla., entered into rest March 4,2006. Katie adored her family, cherished her friends and embraced life. She loved her dogs, "Coco Channel," "Louis Vuitton" and "Licorice." Her SAT preparations and college selections kept her challenged as she approached her final year and a half at Durant High School. Katie was artistic, shared her mother's passion for fashion and decorating, and envisioned a career in fashion or interior design.
She loved her workouts with her friends at the Campo YMCA, her weekend job at the Valrico Dunkin Donuts and her involvement with the Ophelia Project of Tampa Bay, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the development of girls in middle and high school and the proposition that "beauty comes from within." Katie filled every space in all our lives, and now, she shares space with the angels in heaven with God.
Preceded in death by her paternal grand-father, Vincent Marchetti, formerly of Providence, R.I., Katie is survived by her parents, Vincent Angelo "Vin" and Laura Dianne (Sipe) Marchetti; brother, Andrew Vincent "Drew" Marchetti of Valrico; her maternal grandparents, John Richard "Dick" and Dianne (Ford) Sipe of Valrico; her paternal grandmother, Anna Maria (D'Attilio) Marchetti of Austin, Texas; her uncle and aunt, Michael Anthony and Linda Suzanne (Sipe) Pelosi, and cousins, Molly and John Pelosi of Saunderstown, R.I.; her uncle and aunt, Charles Andrew "Chuck" and Maria Ann (Marchetti) Price, and cousin, Benjamin Maxwell Price of Austin, Texas; her uncle and aunt, John Christopher "Chris" and Alicia (Berenguer) Sipe, and cousins, Olivia and Christian Sipe of Miramar, Fla.; and numerous other family members and close friends. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, March 11, 2006, at Nativity Catholic Church, 705 E. Brandon Blvd., Brandon, FL 33511, (813) 681-4608. Interment will immediately follow at Hillsboro Memorial Gardens, 2323 W. Brandon Blvd., Brandon, FL 33511, (813) 689-8121. The family willreceive friends 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9, 2006, at Nativity Catholic Church in Brandon, Fla. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Katie Marchetti Memorial Foundation for Girls, Inc., 3601 Sugarloaf Lane, Valrico, FL 33594. Stowers Brandon