On March 31, 2011, SAS lost a very ardent supporter with the passing of Katherine Cristiani. She was a lifetime member of SAS, and supported us with her time, and with her monetary donations. She was also my great, good friend, and I miss her.
She became a Lifetime member of SAS a few years ago, and attended several of our Ladies Shoot Days. She would make the rounds with me to bum ammo from merchants for our next event. Each time I called her for a favor for SAS, she was right there, eager to lend a hand.
An international lawyer for Bank of America for 30 years, Katherine and her husband, Franklyn Prieskop had lived all around the world, including San Francisco, London, Hong Kong, and Boston. She and Franklyn chose Austin, Texas when they retired.
Katherine's other great love was German Shepherds. She and Franklyn were very active in Austin German Shepherd Rescue, and fostered many dogs who had been abandoned or abused. They would nurse them back to health, and then find good homes for them.
Their own personal dog, Laine, also attended our shoots. She was popular with everyone at the event, and she would lay comfortably in the shade and keep an eye on us.
Katherine suffered a long, painful bout with cancer--but I never heard her complain. She was an inspiration for all who knew her.
May she rest in eternal peace.