Dante Kaintz Catasauqua High School graduate passed away, Community mourn
Dante Kaintz Death – The tragic deaths of two young men have left Catasauqua in a state of shock. Elijah Soler, a 2022 graduate of Catasauqua High School, died on January 2 when the car he was driving collided with a tractor-trailer on American Parkway in Allentown, and Dante Kaintz, a 2019 graduate of Catasauqua High School, died on December 25, 2022, when his car struck a tree in Lower Macungie Township. Both events, according to Lehigh County Coroner Daniel A. Buglio, were determined to be accidents. In true Catasauqua manner, the neighborhood has come together to support both families at this difficult time. Both young men had GoFundMe pages set up to aid their families in making funeral arrangements.
Dante Kaintz’s GoFundMe had raised $14,255
“We want to give Dante the memorial he deserves and to honor his memory and say our last goodbyes,” said Amy Huber, who organized the fundraising effort for Kaintz. At the time of publication, the Kaintz GoFundMe had raised $14,255 of its $13,500 target. On the page gofundme.com/f/in-memory-of-Dante-Kaintz, you may find the fundraising page. Kaintz, 21, was raised in Catasauqua where he was born. He was majoring in game development in the department of computer science and information technology at Kutztown University. Kaintz participated in football, basketball, and track as a student at CHS. “He was a great kid and had a great smile,” Thomas Moll, director of student activities, said.
“He was always smiling, always in a great mood. His personality could make a room come alive. “He was unselfish, helped everyone and made everyone’s day better and brighter. He had a magnetic personality and was loved by all,” head track coach Kyle Rusnock said. According to his obituary, Kaintz was an assembler at Mack Trucks in Macungie. His funeral was held on January 5. His parents, a brother, three sisters, and a grandpa are among those he leaves behind. Huber said on the GoFundMe website, “Dante spent his life making people around him feel so loved, so special, and always put a smile on everyone’s face. He was a young man who placed others before himself and wore his heart on his sleeve.
Elijah Soler’s GoFundMe had raised $17,430
Everyone in the communities he was a part of is affected by his death since he was such a character. On December 28, 2022, the Grove Street Pub and Grill hosted a charity event for the Kaintz family. “Dante was an avid customer, an amazing friend and felt quite like family to most,” Grove Street’s announcement of the fundraiser said. “Every time he would come through our doors, he would be greeted with a smile bigger than you could imagine and open arms.” As of the time of publication, Soler’s GoFundMe had raised $17,430 of its $15,000 target. Gofundme.com/f/rest-Elijah-Alfredo-Soler is the URL for the page. During his time at CHS, Soler played football and was the team’s starting running back in 2021.
Even in the yearly Thanksgiving Day game, he scored the team’s final touchdown of the year. “Well, it is hard to put into words the kind of kid Elijah was,” head football coach Travis Brett said. “If you really knew him, he had a goofy smile, a good heart and was the type of kid that could make anyone smile, even on their worst day. Everyone who knew him, including me, feels fortunate to have known him. He was a technician at Serve Pro Restoration Company, according to his obituary. On the GoFundMe page, Soler’s sister Keila said, “I know my sweet, sweet brother will leave a mark in all of our lives.” Everyone who came into contact with him fell in love with him and his personality because he had a certain brightness about him.
His funeral was held on January 9. “Two fantastic young men I had the honor of coaching,” Anthony Brinkley, a Catasauqua Area School District teacher and coach, said on Twitter. Both perfectly represented what it meant to be a Rough Rider. They both brought such a positive energy to every team, class, or activity they were a part of. Both will be sorely missed. Both families are in my prayers and thoughts. “It is hard to believe we are dealing with this for the second time in 10 days,” CHS Rough Riders said on Twitter. “Today is another sad day to be a Rough Rider.”
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