Kaylin Marye Sveda, 18, of North East, passed away the morning of Feb. 1, 2022, at home surrounded by her loving family after a courageous, short battle with cancer.
She was born on Sept. 10, 2003, in Titusville to Sondra Kaye (Harvey) Wilson and John Michael Sveda. Kaylin was unconditionally supportive and kind to anyone, no matter who they were. She was so very genuine and had the gentlest soul.
Kaylin was a five-year veteran of the North East High School Marching Band, where she played trumpet, mellophone, and the French horn. Her next step was to become the drum major for her Junior and Senior years.
Prior to her passion for marching band, she was involved in soccer both as a player and a referee, and the North East Swim Team for two years.
She was a highly motivated student, taking honors and AP classes, with a 4.4 GPA, earning membership into the National Honors Society. She enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading, and painting. She was gifted with children and loved spending time with her family.
Kaylin is survived by her mother, Sondra Kaye Wilson, and her husband Ron, of North East; her father, John Michael Sveda of Warren; her sister Anna Mischele Sveda of North East; half-sister Brookie Lee LaVigne and husband Scott of Warren. She is also survived by her aunt, Dee Ladd, of Arizona; her uncle Mike Harvey and wife Stace of Pleasantville; uncle Andy Sveda and wife Erinn of Youngsville; uncle Daniel Sveda and wife Tammy of Barker; cousins Cody and Christa Hunter of Audubon; Ginny and Adam Smith, Emma Riggins and Bryan Francoeur of Arizona; Parker and Cole Harvey of Pleasantville; grandma Pat Sveda of Tidioute; cousins Sharey Sveda of Youngsville; Julia Gilman and husband Joseph of S.C.; Cathy Sveda of N.C., and Andrea Sveda of Youngsville.
Kaylin is preceded in death by her maternal grandmother and grandfather, Virginia E. Harvey and Mark S. Harvey, Jr.; paternal grandfather, George Sveda; her aunts Mischele Riggins (Harvey), and Raschele Harvey.
The family would like to express their sincere thanks to UPMC Home Healthcare and Family Hospice of Erie.
Friends will be received at William D. Elkin Funeral Home, 65 Lake Street, North East, Pa. from 1 to 3 pm and 4 to 6 pm on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022, with a memorial service to follow.
Memorial contributions may be made to the North East High School Marching Band, at 1901 Freeport Road, North East Pa, 16428.