Cynthia Diane Katafiasz

Ongoing Tribute Fund

Cynthia Diane Katafiasz, 55, of Leawood, Kansas went to the Lord on February 19, 2022. Cynthia was born October 31, 1966 in Ventura, California to Tom and Mary (Steinbrock) Katafiasz.

She was a graduate of Sacred Heart High School, Salina, Kansas in 1984 and received a BS degree in Business Administration from the University of Kansas in 1988, where she was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority.

Cynthia’s career was spent in the hospitality industry working at Durkan-Mohawk for over 30 years sourcing and creating carpet for many high profile hospitality projects throughout the world. She was loved by her customers and highly admired by all of her peers. She received many awards for her accomplishments in the carpet industry. Everyone wanted to be near Cynthia to learn from her knowledge and wisdom of the industry.

Cynthia was an accomplished pianist at an early age. She utilized those skills as the music director for the Pi Beta Phi Rock Chalk Review, writing the music and playing the piano for numerous shows. She loved Elton John and was a member of the Rocket Club, traveling to see him as far away as Sicily, London and Paris to enjoy his music. She was even on stage with Elton and his piano at his concert in Sicily.

Cynthia was an avid world traveler. She especially loved Vietnam and had a big soft spot for Africa where she visited several times.

She loved the KC sporting teams and was a proud season ticket holder of the Chiefs and Royals for over 20 years.

A generous person, her enormous zest for life provided the opportunity for many lasting friendships that were so important to her. She touched many lives in a positive way and she made those around her feel like family. Her kindness, thoughtfulness, and generosity were legendary. She will be greatly missed and her impact on those who knew her cannot be erased.

For the past 5 months she fought a courageous battle with cancer and was a devoted Catholic member of both Curé of Ars and Nativity parishes.


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