Katelyn Carlson
Smith-Corcoran Chicago Funeral Home
6150 North Cicero Avenue
Chicago, IL
Carlson, Katelyn Marie age 13, beloved daughter of Michael E. Jr. and Maria L. Ignacio-Carlson, M.D., loving sister of Mickey, devoted granddaughter of Felicidad "Lola" Ignacio and Kathleen and the late Michael Carlson, Sr., cherished niece and cousin of many, dearest goddaughter of Nancy De Biase. Katelyn will be greatly missed by her dear friends and teachers at Edison Regional Gifted Center, St. Hilary Church and Chang's Martial Arts. Katelyn was an honor student and 2nd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. She loved being an altar server at St. Hilary Church, playing basketball and soccer, fishing and spending time with friends and Harley. In lieu of flowers, donations to Edison Regional Gifted Center, 4929 North Sawyer St., Chicago, IL 60625 would be appreciated. Funeral Tuesday 9:30 a.m. from Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home, 6150 N. Cicero Ave., to St. Hilary Church for Mass at 10:00 a.m. Interment All Saints Cemetery. Visitation Monday, 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. 773-736-3833 or visit Katelyn's memorial at www.smithcorcoran.com

Published by Chicago Sun-Times on Dec. 19, 2010.
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To the Parents of Katelyn,

My deepest condolences for the loss of your beautiful daughter.

We are also parents of child with a severe food allergy. Our son, Cruz, went into anaphylactic shock at the age of 2 after eating banana walnut muffins we had baked.

Its been 8 years since this happened and weve always had Katelyn in our hearts since. Katelyns passing is what saved Cruzs life.

A few months prior to my sons reaction, my sister, whos son also attended Edison, was telling our family about the tragedy that happened.

Months later, when my son went into anaphylactic shock, Katelyn was the first thing that came to my mind. She is the reason I called 911. Katelyn is the reason our son is alive.

Your beautiful daughter will forever be remembered and your family will forever be in our prayers.

Rebecca & Craig Sweeney
Chicago, IL
Rebecca Sweeney
August 12, 2018
Hey, Katelyn. It's been a while. I miss you. A lot. I still think about those old Tae Kwon Do days together. Those were fun times. Anyways, I just wanted to say something because I never really got a chance to 6 years ago. Your life was cut much too short, and you deserve to be with us here today. But you're in a better place now. Rest in peace. We love you.
Anthony Saldana
April 18, 2016
Happy Birthday, Katelynn!

love you!

your cousins
September 9, 2014
My son has a severe peanut allergy and is taking part in a clinical study @ Lurie Childrens Hospital. Every time we go in for injections or a food challenge, I think of your daughter. We do this memory and honor of her and to help find a way to keep kids safe. Blessings and peace to you.
Lorrie Donnell
August 27, 2014
All my blessings go to you, Katelyn.
Ronan Kustwin
August 26, 2014
I'm sorry I never found this site before, but my deepest condolences go out to her family. I didn't know her that much, but I knew she was a very good person, and I will always remember her death as the darkest day of my time at Edison. Now that I am older, and understand the pain of death more, I grieve and pray for her every day. I have since graduated from Edison, and now, in Loyola Academy, I pray for her in theology. No person should ever have to go through this loss. Since her death, Edison has prohibited any peanut products in the school. I sincerely hope no more deaths occur at that school. We have flowers planted outside the school in her honor, and we remember her every year at graduation. I was only a 5th grader at the time, and though I grieved, I didn't really understand. But now, whenever I think of it, the emotional pain is crushing. She didn't deserve it. Nobody should have had to live through that moment.

All my blessings go to you, Katelyn, and may a new life await you.

My sincerest regards,
Ronan Kustwin
August 26, 2014
Katelyn we miss you more each year, you were-are-fully loved
Uncle Dave, Aunt Linda, mike & matt
January 11, 2014
Reset in peace Katelyn, you are truly missed,
Deborah Rivera
December 20, 2013
Dear Katelyn Marie,
I can't believe how time has passed since you left us. It seems like just yesterday that you were here with us. You are missed dearly, Katelyn, I like to think you are skipping around in Heaven with Father Dowd, who baptized you.
God bless you, Katelyn Marie!
We love you. Happy Birthday!
With love,
Your Godmother,
Nancy E. DeBiasi
December 19, 2013
Merry Christmas and God Bless your family.
December 18, 2013
Remembering your beautiful and loving daughter.
The Krell Family
December 18, 2013
Irina Pahomov
December 18, 2013
Ravi Kodavarti
December 17, 2013
I didn't know you or your family, but my heart goes out to all of you. We use to live in Chicago but are now stationed in Va. Our daughter Felicity was born Dec. 30 2010. A year later we found out she had severe life-threatening food allergies to peanut, tree nuts, and eggs. I pray for a cure someday. God bless you and your family.
M May
January 10, 2013
we miss you every day and see your light in the stars each night . . .

love you always, Aunt Linda & Uncle Dave
December 16, 2012
Dear Mike, Malu and Mickey, I was shocked and deeply saddened to learn of Katelyn's death when I saw Mike on channel 7 last night. I was a friend of your former next door neighbor, Bernie, and remember Katelyn as a very sweet, friendly and very smart little girl. My heart breaks for you and I pray that God will help & strengthen you. Linda (Chicago)
Linda Smith
January 26, 2012
Mike and family, I was stunned watching the news last night and seeing the story of your beloved Katelyn. I remember my days at Assumption church at the 7:30 mass at my little friend Katelyn coming to me at the sign of peace. Mike congratulations on the new law so that other people don't have to feel your pain. Katelyn is getting daily hugs from Fr. John in heaven.
Pat Dowd
Patrick Dowd
August 16, 2011
Mike, Malu & Mickey, though it has been many many years, my heart broke when on the channel 9 news tonight I saw a picture of a dad & his daughter, that i immediately recognized as Mike and Katelyn, and heard of your unimaginable tragedy. I remember Katelyn being so sweet, so precocious and so mature when I worked with you and your family all those years ago...Mickey was about 3, so she must have been about 5
Or 6? Malu, my daughter plays with the wedding bears & purse you gave to me. Please accept my deepest and most sincere condolences, and to Mickey, all my best and a special hug...Martha Rubio-Cajigas,DT
Martha Rubio-Cajigas
August 15, 2011
To the Carlson Family, I get sad every morning I go into the classroom. I can still see her 1/2 hour before she got sick. Writing Jesus on the board. She was one terrific lady. I thank God I was blessed with knowing her. I will cherish her in my heart. God bless your family.
Mrs Karen Bynum
August 6, 2011
Katelyn was so sweet and kind and had so many friends. I had never really talked to her at school, but I regret it because at her in-school memorial, I was so sad and realized she can't come back so I could say hello again. She had a great sense of humour from what I've heard and was just simply a great person. I miss Katelyn... we all should. <3
June 1, 2011
Katelyn was and still is so kind hearted with a beautiful soul. And she was a close friend of mine. She cared for her friends, family, and most of all her brother Mickey. I miss her soooooooooooo much!
kallie Tsiranidis
May 31, 2011
Dear Dr. Ignacio,
I just heard about your daughter yesterday from one of the teachers at Mickey's school. I read this story in the paper, but didn't realize it was your daughter. I was so shocked to hear this news. I am so sorry for your loss. I remember the button you used to wear on your lapel shortly after Katelyn was born. I will remember you, Katelyn and your family in our prayers.
Lourdes Danaher
April 8, 2011
My heart goes out to your family. As a mom with a child with a severe nut allergy, I can imagine what you are going through right now. After reading about your tragic loss, I am even more dedicated to being extra careful with my sons`precious life. God Bless you.
March 28, 2011
March 22, 2011
I never met her, but I heard about her on the news. My heart goes out to the family. I'm so sorry for your loss.
Adrienne Huff
March 18, 2011
Dear DR.Ignacio no words can replace the loss of a child.My Mother Juanita Acosta remembers when you were pregnant and the joy you were feeling.God Bless you and your family...
Juanita Acosta
March 18, 2011
"Dear Dr Ignacio, As a long time patient of yours, I was deeply saddened to hear of your loss, as a father I can only imagine what you and your family are going through. You are a wonderful doctor and I hope with time you will recover from this.
Louie Hunt
March 14, 2011
I first met Katelyn in Tae Kwon Do when she was four years old. She was full of energy and always ready to learn. Katelyn's maturity level often made me forget that there was a seven year age gap between us. I felt close to Katelyn and was devastated to learn about her death. My condolences go out to her family.
Christina Heyworth
March 14, 2011
Dear Dr. Ignacio,

My heart goes out to you and your family.

Deeply sadended when my sister told me about her tragedy.
My Prayers are with you and your family
Best Regards
Deborah Rivera
March 7, 2011
Dear Dr Ignacio, As a long time patient of yours, I was deeply saddened to hear of your loss, as a mother I can only imagine what you and your family are going through. You are a wonderful doctor and I hope with time you will recover from this tragedy. The Angels are looking over her now.
Eveyn Gutierrez
February 25, 2011
Katelyn I miss you so much! More then you can ever understand :( But you will always be in our hearts, and I will forever miss my sister, friend, classmate and confidant!
Phylicia A.
February 10, 2011
Dear Dr. Ignacio and family,
I am very sorry to hear about your daughter's loss. You and your family are with our prayers...
Ruby Naval
February 9, 2011
Dear Dr. Ignacio,

We thank you first of all for being our family physician. Our deepest sorrow goes to you and your family on your daughter, Katelyn's loss.For sure her Life gave you happiness and great memories too beautiful to forget.
You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

God Bless,
Steve/Lilibeth Medrano and family
February 9, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Granter Family
January 17, 2011
To Katelyn's family,

I am so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter. I pray that the support of those around you will bear you up in this difficult time. May God bless all of you and watch over you.


Erin Hallett, Ontario, Canada
January 13, 2011
My deepest sympathy from Calgary, Canada.
I have learned my lesson NOT to take chances with my daughter who is also allergic to peanuts/nuts. I believe that Katelyn is in haeven and without allergies. Lots of good will come from this. I am praying for both of you that you find peace and hope.
Magdi Szebenyi
January 13, 2011
Dear Carlson family, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved Katelyn. We have never met, but when I heard about it, I was shaken and still am. I have two kids with multiple severe food allergies. We have had at least three close calls with one of them. I can't express enough how my heart breaks for you. I pray that memories of happier times with Katelyn sustain you through this difficult time. God Bless You.
Lori Lusaya
January 11, 2011
Dr. Ignacio,

We are deeply sorry about the loss of your daughter. Our heart goes out to you and your family.

Sincerely, your patients Maria Colin and Nancy Brito
Maria Colin
January 8, 2011
Dear Dr. Ignacio; I am deeply sorry to hear about the loss of your dear daughter. May God give you and your family strength.Sincerely, your patient, Steve Roman
January 7, 2011
To the Carlson Family,

I am the mother of a child with multiple food allergies. Since I did not have the fortune to know Katelyn personally, I hope I am not intruding on your personal grief.

When I read the news about her, I was shocked and heartbroken. You are living through my own greatest fear. Words cannot describe how terribly sorry I am for your loss.

Please know that you are not alone in your grief. All throughout the food allergy community, in forums, on blogs, in hushed tones between parents, Katelyn is mourned and tears are shed.

You are in the thoughts and prayers of all of us.
Libby Ilson
January 6, 2011
Gabriel Krell
January 6, 2011
I love you Katelyn!
January 5, 2011
Dr.,Ignatio,Im so sorry,to hear about your Daughter,Im praying for you,and your whole family.
Katelyn had the motivation,to move forward,she would encourage you to go back to work,or maybe go into the field of pediatrics.
Your Patient,and friend,Jimmy
James Bavaro
January 5, 2011
We have never met, but we are Edgebrook residents with a daughter with multiple food allergies. My heart broke for you when I read about Katelyn. I am praying that God holds you close and that your wonderful memories of Katelyn will bring you comfort. My deepest sympathies,
Carrie Fisher
December 30, 2010
Dr. Ignacio,

We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your daughter. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Yousef Hijazin & Family
December 29, 2010
Dr. Ignacio, as long time patients of yours, we are so sorry to hear about the loss of your daughter, Katelyn. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Yousef Hijazin & Family
December 29, 2010
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Although we have never met, I have a son with severe food allergies. News of Katelyn’s passing brought me to tears. I pray that God will bring you comfort and strength and that the support of friends and family, as well as memories of Katelyn will carry you through this difficult time.
The White Family
December 29, 2010
I am so sorry, I also am the mother of a peanut allergy child and my heart hurts so much for you and your family. Please know so many prayers are being sent your way.
L Morse
December 29, 2010
Dr. Ignacio,
As a patient of Advocate, you have been assisting our family for over 10 years. My heart sank when I saw Katelyn's picture. I pray for love, peace, and GOD's guidance through this time. Cathy Mitchell
Cathy Mitchell
December 29, 2010
Although we do not know you nor did we know your lovely daughter, as the parents of another allergic child we wanted to let you know that our family's prayers are with you during this time of Terrible lose and grief.
May the peace of the Lord bring comfort to the hearts of all those wh held Katelyn dear.
Tabitha and Gregg Miller
December 29, 2010
So sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Claudia and Frank Bellucci
December 28, 2010
I have a son with peanut allergy. I worry every day about him attending school safely. I pray for peace and comfort for your family. I'm so sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter.
s knight
December 27, 2010
As a food allergic parent in Irvine, Ca when I read about your daughter, my heart broke for your family. Please accept our deepest sympathies and know that people throughout the nation are praying for your family. The Lean Family
Carol Lean
December 27, 2010
S Knight
December 27, 2010
My heart goes out to you and your family for this tragedy. Katelyn must have been a bright, loving young lady. My prayers are with your family.
A Mom of 2
December 26, 2010
Dear Malou, Mike, and Mickey,
We are so very sad about Katelyn's sudden passing. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. We remember Katelyn fondly. Whenever we visited school or chaperoned a field trip, she always welcomed us with a cheerful greeting and sweet smile. Her poise and self-confidence impressed us over the years we knew her. And Katelyn’s positive attitude was refreshing. Whether stuck in traffic on a school bus, or just dutifully manning her post at the Science Fair for a long stretch, Katelyn would say something upbeat to brighten everyone’s spirits. What a wonderful world it would be if everybody were like that! Katelyn was an ambassador of good will for your family, her 7th grade class and Edison school. She will be deeply missed by many.

We admire and hope for your strength, and we’ll keep your family in our prayers. Thank you for sharing your lovely daughter with us.

Glenn, Paula, Gabriel and Miles Krell
Krell Family
December 26, 2010
I am so sorry for your loss my family will keep your daughter and family in our prayers and thoughts during this most difficult time. My child also has a peanut allergy and this is every parents worst nightmare. I hope you can find peace knowing that Katelyn's passing will result in a much higher awareness of this type of problem for many people and hopefully our entire community.
Anna Coleman
December 24, 2010
We are so sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathy.
James Esguerra (2nd grade)and family
December 23, 2010
We are so sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathy.
James Esguerra (2nd grade)and family
December 23, 2010
Difficuluct to imagine that the bubbly , lively Katelyn is no more . I can still see her Karate moves and energy and her answering the phone calls . May God give Malou and Michael , my dear friends to bear this tragedy--Anu and Prasad Koduri
Anu & Prasad Koduri
December 23, 2010
Over and over, we find it difficult to understand the sense behind an untimely death, especially that of a dear, young, beautiful person. We reach a point where we rebelliously question God's logic in all these. And we don't usually get a satisfactory answer, or at least that's how we perceive it.

I say it again, in due time all things must pass. The wounds will heal, but life will never be the same again. Tragic, but we only have to trust God's supreme judgment. It is, after all, our best comfort.

Mer&Pres Camagay
December 23, 2010
Mike and Malou,
I am so sorry for you loss. My heart goes out to you at this time and in the days ahead.
Steve Vance,
December 23, 2010
My deepest sympathy for your loss. May God bring you peace." Ismael Bulatao ( Brampton, Ontario )
Ismael Bulatao
December 23, 2010
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help at this time.
Erlinda Fernando
December 23, 2010
May perpetual light shine upon your sweet baby girl...
December 23, 2010
Our deepest sympathies for your loss. Your family will remain in our thoughts and prayers.
The Ludwigs (ERGC family)
December 23, 2010
I never know what to say ..I just hope you know that my heart goes out to your entire family. I have never met Katelyn but I think of her every day. I am so sorry for your loss.
Anna B.
December 23, 2010
Maria and Mike,
I was terribly saddened by this tragic news. My prayers are with your family.
Carol Levi MD
December 23, 2010
My thought and prayers to you and your family. I do not know you, but I have a child with severe food allergies. May God bring you peace.
Nancy Burks
December 23, 2010
December 23, 2010
I have a child with multiple food allergies. My heart is with you during this terrible time
December 23, 2010
My condolences, Tata and Mike. It's so sad to hear about the sudden loss of Katelyn. I have 4 kids, all have allergies to different kinds of food, furs, etc. My husband almost died of food allergy (crab). The death of Katelyn has heightened my awareness (again) about the real danger of allergy. All of us here - Nats, Nora, Gongi, Angeli, Agnes, and all of UST Med Batch 84 grieve with you, Mike and Mickey. Rest assured Katelyn is very happy with Jesus and our Father in heaven this Christmas and for always.
Leticia Hermogenes-Fuentebella
December 23, 2010
Tata - no words are enough to express how sad I am to learn from Iting about your loss. My deepest sympathies for you and your family. Katelyn will always be in my prayers. You've shown strength to get you through the past few days and I wish you continued faith and strength to guide you and your family each day.

Pet Hartman
December 23, 2010
I don't know your family but was saddened to hear of the tragic loss of your daughter. My thoughts are with you.
I cannot imagine how hard this loss is. (My son has peanut allergy).
Jennifer Krysa
December 22, 2010
I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that many people are holding you in prayer.
Peanut Allergy Mom
December 22, 2010
My family's thoughts and prayers are with your family. We've been thinking of your family very much. We are so very sorry for your loss. Our 5 yo son had a severe reaction to peanut butter at school the same week and was rushed to the ER. Definitely raising awareness in Katelyn's name.
Melissa Ann Berek
December 22, 2010
sorry mike my heart gos out to your famly kurt eigenfeld woodstock il
December 22, 2010
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
Jennifer Murphy
December 22, 2010
Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. My daughter suffers from life threatening peanut allergies. To keep your daughters memory alive we all have to fight to raise awareness for these kids.
Becky Matlack
December 22, 2010
My deepest sympathy, I know your pain and your suffering that you are now experiencing. Sabrina Shannon has a new friend in heaven. Sabrina, like Katelyn, the same age, the same circumstances, left our planet to young. My prayers and thoughts are with you during this most difficult time. I so sorry for your loss. Sara Shannon
Sara Shannon
December 22, 2010
Dear Dr. Ignacio and Family:
You were my physician for many years. I was horrified to hear of what happened to your beloved daughter. I am praying for you and your entire family and the community so we can all heal after this tragedy. The only solice I find is that she is at home with the Lord. Please take comfort in that. I am so deeply sorry. God Bless you all. Virginia R.
December 22, 2010
As the parent of a child with severe allergies to multiple foods, my heart breaks for you. I live in fear of the same thing happening to my child every single day. I am deeply sorry for your loss and can only imagine what you are going through right now. I will think of you and your beautiful daughter for a long time to come.
December 21, 2010
Words can not express how sorry I am for your loss. May God comfort you during this time. Aleasa Word - Food Allergy Mom & Support Group Leader, Delaware
December 21, 2010
Please accept our deepest sympathy.

Dr. and Mrs. Italo D Pieri
Resurrection Hospital, Chicago
December 21, 2010
Our deepest condolences for your loss, now she's with our creator hand,may God give you peace and comfort "from uncle's and cousins (manila phils.)
December 21, 2010
The Broken Chain

We little knew that morning that

God was going to call your name.

In life we loved you dearly,

in death we do the same.

It broke our hearts to lose you,

you did not go alone,

For part of us went with you,

the day God called you home.

You left us peaceful memories,

your love is still our guide,

And though we cannot see you,

your always at our side.

Our family chain is broken,

and nothing seems the same,

But as God calls us one by one,

the chain will link again.
Patti Dupree
December 21, 2010
Prayers are with your family. Our son suffers many food allergies. You don't know me, but believe me when I say Katelyn in in our hearts.
Sharon Wolff
December 21, 2010
May God grant your family comfort and give you peace. We will pray for your family.
Mark, Kelly, Alex & Aaron Hill
December 21, 2010
I am so sorry for your tragic loss! My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Sincerely, Julie Godnik - Mom of a child with food allergies
December 21, 2010
My heart is breaking for your whole family. My daughter also has life threatening food allergies, so I know the fear you have lived with her whole life. Know that the entire food allergy community is supporting you and praying for peace for you all.
Lissa Critz
December 21, 2010
We are so saddened. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
December 21, 2010
From my family to yours we are so very sorry for your loss.
Crystal Lopez
December 21, 2010

Forever you will have a special place in my heart. I will miss you very much.
December 21, 2010
My daughter has multiple life threatening allergies, which includes foods. I cannot imagine your pain. From the first time I saw the news, I prayed and cried. My prayers to you and may God bless you all.
Thanita Glancey
December 21, 2010
I went to St. Hilary. I never knew her but she seemed like a lovely person. Some of my friends know her and loved her. I'm sorry for your losses. Your daughter's memory is on MLIA.
December 21, 2010
Your Family is in our prayers. I am so sorry for your loss ! My daughter Kendall is also severely allergic to food. As we continue on the Food Allergy journey, we will hold your daughter Katelyn close to our hearts and keep promoting awareness .May you find peace and comfort that she is now with our heavenly father. God Bless, Kimberley Hollinger
December 21, 2010
Mike and Malou,

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family
Denise Sullivan Rubin
December 21, 2010
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I have a son with a severe peanut allergy. I can't even imagine your loss. I am saddened, hurt, and frustrated with the lack of awareness regarding anaphylaxis. I will continue to provide education in my community to promote awareness and will always have Katelyn in mind when I speak.
Jodie Hommer
December 21, 2010
Dear Carlson Family I am so sorry for your loss. We will greatly miss Katelyn so much she was such a sweet young lady and always kind and understanding to my son Michael as well as her own brother Mikey who she loved and protected. Your family are in our prayers and in our thoughts God bless you all.
December 21, 2010
My deepest sympathies for you in this time of terrible tragedy. I do not know your family but learned of Katelyn's death because my daughter also has a food allergy. My heart is breaking for you. May God grant you strength.
K. M.
December 21, 2010
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