Kathryn Eileen Wiles

July 2, 1981January 12, 2021
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Kathryn Wiles Elsass of Austin, Texas, passed away on Tuesday, January 12th, 2021, at the age of 39. Kathryn was born in Olney, Maryland on July 2nd, 1981, to mother Mary Allison Wiles and father Thomas Wiles. At the age of 5 the family relocated to northern New Jersey, where Kathryn would matriculate through the Chatham school system and graduate as a Chatham Cougar with high honors. Kathryn’s childhood was a very active one with participation in the Chatham Fish and Game swim team, equestrian training at Lord Sterling Stables, softball, field hockey, and lacrosse teams to name a few. She was an avid snowboarder despite the rest of the family staying true to their skiing. Kathryn attended the University of Maryland, College Park Scholars Program and graduated with a degree in Psychology. While at the UofM Kathryn joined Kappa Alpha Theta sorority where she mastered the art of maintaining her high level of academics and never missing a social. After a respite from attaining her degree, Kathryn returned to school to earn hers Masters degree in Public Health from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Kathryn went on to live and work in the greater New York area before moving to Austin, Texas in 2014.

Upon arriving in Austin, not one to stay at home on a weekend, Kathryn took the plunge with an online match making service where her first encounter was with Michael Carson “Casey" Elsass, who would become the love of her life and her husband in 2016. The two would reside in north Austin, not far from Casey’s childhood home. Aside from Casey, Kathryn’s other true love was for her cats, kittens and all animals in general. Kathryn would use her passion to establish her own pet sitting business, where she would typically become fast friends with the owners as well. After suffering from a severe fall and requiring major surgery, Kathryn’s health only deteriorated and she ultimately succumbed at her home.

Kathryn is survived by her loving husband, Michael Carson “Casey” Elsass, grandmother Kathryn Lambert Allison, mother Mary Allison Wiles, father Thomas Wiles, sister Kerry Gierisch, brother-in-law Adam Gierisch, nephew Gus Gierisch, niece Fiona Gierisch and mother-in-law Susan Elsass. Kathryn was also cherished by her many aunts, uncles and cousins, particularly the notorious Girls Gone Wiles.

Due to current restrictions, a small celebration of life service is planned for Friday the 22nd at 11am, which will be live streamed and a reception hosted by the family is also in the making. Live Stream Link:

People wishing to make a gesture of kindness at this time, in lieu of flowers, a donation to Austin Pet’s Alive organization would make her smile.


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Kristin Campogni

January 27, 2021

Wiles Family and Casey,
When I think about Kathryn the memories are always happy and filled with joy! From her teaching me how to play Mario brothers, numerous fun days at the beach, to exploring Fish-O-Wack ... there was never a dull moment! Kathryn was such a warm soul and so easy to talk to and be around. My heart breaks for this loss and I continue to keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

- Kristin Campogni

Johanna Schanbacher

January 22, 2021

I’ve been struggling all week to actually comprehend that this horrible news is true. When I think of Kathryn, as I knew her in high school, the first word that comes to mind is fierce. She was so full of energy and vibrancy. Stubborn as hell and knew what she wanted, she would work hard to achieve and wasn’t afraid to put in any amount of effort for success. She was a phenomenal cheerleader to all of her friends in that same regard. When I think of our memories together, I picture her literally bouncing. She was so excitable! We’ve lost touch over the years, as happens... and it breaks my heart that I didn’t reach out at some point, to let her know I still thought of her often. My love and thoughts go out to the Wiles family and to her husband, Casey. I can only imagine the gaping hole you feel in her absence. I’m so so sorry. Her energy will live on, unbridled and free.


January 22, 2021

I remember Kathryn from high school as one of the brightest and fun loving students in our grade. She liked being outside as much as possible playing sports, swimming, and hanging out with friends. Kathryn was also not afraid of anything. Which she proved by jumping off the 30ft cliff at a friend's lakehouse without hesitating. Her smile and fun loving nature will be missed.

Chris and Duncan Bethune

January 21, 2021

Dear Mary, Tom and Kerry,

What a shock to learn of Kathryn's passing We are so sorry and hold you in our hearts. Many memories of Sussex Avenue and Fish and Game. Of course...Breyer Horses and Saddle Club. Love from Chris and Duncan

Berkeley Bethune

January 20, 2021

It's impossible to think about my childhood without thinking about Kathryn. She was my first friend in Chatham - from the moment she ran across the street to welcome us the actual minute we arrived when I was six. From swimming at Fish & Game to horseback riding and the Saddle Club. We created full notebooks of horses, 'lesson schedules,' and Breyer horse shows. We memorized Newsies (including the dancing), we went to the beach, and we just ran around.

I cherish these memories and my friend. I'm so shocked by her loss. To her family, husband, and friends - you are in my thoughts and in my heart.

John Deoliveira

January 19, 2021

Thoughts and prayers to Kathryn and her surviving husband and family. She was a great person and her bright spirit will live on.

Jennifer Kasman

January 18, 2021

Kat was a bright light and had an incredibly kind and huge heart. I don't think I will ever forget her smile or the way her eyes would so clearly express what she was thinking or feeling (sometimes with a knowing laugh). Although it has been a long time since we communicated, I have really fond and strong memories of Kat. She was genuine. There were no strings attached to her acceptance and friendship. A few years ago, we shared a digital note and she shared how incredibly happy she was to have fallen in love with Casey. I am in shock to hear this news. Sending all of my love to her family and friends that are missing her very much. Jennifer K.