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Posted: Thursday Aug 2, 2012

August 2, 2012

Saint Vincent College is mourning the loss of Katie Puwalowski of Pittsburgh (Lawrenceville), 19, a student at Saint Vincent College, who died as a result of injuries suffered in an automobile accident on Monday evening.

According to police, the accident happened near the Carnegie exit in Scott Township around 11:16 p.m. A vehicle traveling west lost a rear tire which proceeded to bounce down the road and over the barrier into oncoming traffic. The tire struck Ms. Puwalowski’s car which started to lose control but her passenger, Dean Graner, grabbed the steering wheel and brought the vehicle to a stop. Mr. Graner, a sophomore at Saint Vincent College and Katie’s boyfriend, was returning from a college mission trip to China. She died on Tuesday, July 31 at UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh.

“It was with sorrow that we learned of the tragic death of Katie.” Br Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., president, said. “We extend our deepest sympathies to her family and friends and others who knew and loved her.”

Katie was the daughter of Walter V. Puwalowski, Jr. and Dawn M. Culp. She had a brother, Matthew J. Puwalowski.

She was a June 2011 graduate of North Catholic High School where she was a member of the National Honor Society, Forensics Club and Campus Ministry.

At Saint Vincent, Katie was a sophomore studio arts major and a member of the Dean’s List.

“Katie was a bright, talented, young woman,” commented Br. Nathan Cochran, chair of the fine arts department and her academic advisor. “She was also quite artistically talented. Her death is quite a loss to us all. Our art students and faculty mourn losing someone who always had a smile on her face and was very friendly and outgoing. She always added sunshine to any room she entered and was the type to make good friends easily. We wish consolation for her family and friends. May she rest in peace.”

“Saint Vincent has suffered a devastating loss of the life of a wonderful student with a bright future and a host of people who cared about her,” commented Tom Cocchi, president of the Student Government Association.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today and tomorrow (August 2 and 3) at the Hahn Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 123 North Ave., Pittsburgh (in Millvale, next to Holy Spirit R.C. Church), phone 412 821-3700. Mass of Christian Burial at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 4 in Holy Spirit R.C. Church. 600 Farragut St., Pittsburgh (Millvale) 15209, phone 412 821-4424.


Photos: Katie Puwalowski and three of her artworks, Cam, Prayer and Circle of Life.