Kristen Michelle Vennekotter

May 20, 1980September 11, 2013

Kristen Michelle (Siler) Vennekotter, 33, of Sugar Land, TX and formerly of Bellefontaine, Ohio, passed away Wednesday, September 11th, 2013 in Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, Texas. Hearts broke all over the world. She is survived by her Husband Mark Daniel Vennekotter, formerly of Kalida, OH, and their children Ella Marie and Jackson Mark Vennekotter. She was born May 20th, 1980, the daughter of William “Bill” and Joni (Standley) Siler, who survive in Bellefontaine with her three brothers, Jordan, Jacob, and Hunter Siler, her Grandparents Nigle and Phyllis (Guy) Standley. She was preceded in death by her Grandparents William Merritt and Mary Ann (Petrascu) Siler. Kristen was a 1998 graduate of Bellefontaine High School. She earned a Bachelors of Arts in History from The Ohio State University in 2003 as well as a Master of Arts in International Affairs from American University, Washington, D.C. in 2005. Kristen then worked as a Foreign Affairs Officer at the U.S. Department of State, traveling to Naples, Italy where she met her husband Mark, a Submarine Officer in the U.S. Navy. Both Kristen and Mark were instantly connected upon realizing they grew up only an hour apart from each other in Ohio. The couple were married in Columbus, Ohio November 8th, 2008 and relocated to Texas where she worked as a Executive Assistant for Fayez Sarofim & Co. and later Corporate Governance Analyst for Apache Corporation. Kristen enjoyed traveling, baking, reading, writing and spending time at home with her family. Her brilliant smile and vibrant laughter will be missed. Friends are invited to a visitation with the family from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Sunday, September 15, 2013, at The Settegast-Kopf Co. @ Sugar Creek, 15015 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land (Williams Trace Exit). Funeral Services will be held at 4:00 PM, Monday, September 16, 2013, at Christ United Methodist Church, 3300 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land. Kristen will be laid to rest at St. Isidore Cemetery, Putnam County, OH. Memorial contributions may be made to: Mark Vennekotter, Christ Church School, 3300 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land, Texas 77479.


  • Visitation Sunday, September 15, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, September 16, 2013

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Lindsey Foreman

September 19, 2013

Only the Lord can comfort the hearts who love Kristen. I pray He eases the sorrows of her family. I will always cherish our trip to France and all of the laughs we shared.

Carly Gisclair

September 16, 2013

My heart goes out to you at this time and in the days ahead.

Scott Fedor

September 16, 2013

Mark - Our thoughts are with you and your family during this period - and our sincere prayers for your and your children - and all of your family - that you may find peace and strength to make-it through. May God Strengthen You Shipmate!

Scott Fedor,
GE Oil & Gas
GE Veterans Network!

Sabrina Peacock (Standley)

September 16, 2013

Dearest're a Heavenly Angel now, having joined our loved ones who've gone before us. You're love will continue on through Ella & Jackson. We'll miss you, love you & you'll NEVER be forgotten...RIP dear sweet 2nd-cousin
Dearest Mark, Ella, Jackson, Siler family & the rest of my Ohio are all in my thoughts & prayers. Love you all.

Donna Anderson

September 16, 2013

Our hearts and prayers go out to Mark and family for your loss. We are trully sorry for your loss.
Donna Anderson(GE)

Glen Hotchkiss

September 16, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I am truely sorry to hear of Kristen's passing.

September 16, 2013

I am so so sorry buddy for your loss. I know you are in a place right now that I can't even amagine how you feel. My heart hurts for you so much right now. Hang in there Mark. The lord will take care of you.

David Regan
GE Oil and Gas Pressure Control

Robert Grover

September 15, 2013

Our hearts are breaking for Kristen's family. Our prayers and thoughts go with each and everyone of them. Robert and Beth Grover

Rhiannon Richman

September 15, 2013

My heart breaks to learn the news of Kristen's passing. Kristen was my roommate our freshmen year in college and I have so many fond memories of her, especially her bright smile and contagious laugh. She was a beautiful soul, fantastic mom, and such a caring person, and my heart goes out to Mark, Ella, Jack, and the rest of her family during this unimaginably difficult time.

Barb Anderson

September 15, 2013

Dear Mark, Siler and Vennekotter families-
I worked with Kristen at Sarofim's. I still keep thinking that this isn't real--it just seems so hard to comprehend! It is so difficult to lose someone so full of life and with so much life left to live! Please know that you are in my prayers and I send my deepest sympathy to all of you on this great loss.