Katherine Polites, 52, pianist

August 19, 2006|By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN | FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN,SUN REPORTER

Katherine Polites, who drew strength from the arts despite a disabling illness, died Monday of myofascial pain syndrome at her Rodgers Forge home. She was 52.

Ms. Polites was born in Oak Park, Ill., and moved to Lutherville as a teenager. She was a 1973 graduate of Baltimore Lutheran High School.

Ms. Polites began playing the piano when she was 6 years old and had hoped to become a concert pianist.

But her plans were cut short in her early 20s when she was diagnosed with myofascial pain syndrome, an incurable and disabling condition, said her sister, Angeline Polites, with whom she shared a Regester Avenue home.

From that time on, she was never without pain, her sister said.

"She carried on valiantly, no matter how much she hurt, and she gave new meaning to the word inspiration. She just never gave up," she said.

Ms. Polites attended Goucher College, where music instructors told her she had the finest ear for music they had ever seen, the sister said.

Family and friends looked forward to the annual holiday cards she made in recent years.

"They displayed her wonderful wit and sense of humor, as well as her sophisticated style and impeccable taste," Angeline Polites said.

Ms. Polites was a communicant of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, 6500 York Road, Rodgers Forge.

Also surviving are a brother, Harry Polites of Lake Forest, Ill.; and two uncles.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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