To all who knew and loved Karin,
Today would have been Karin’s 37th birthday.
We gathered last Sunday to plant a yellow rose bush in memory of Karin at the present home on Manor Crest in Oakland of Karin’s mom, Anke, where Karin and her brothers grew up.
A yellow rose has been a special symbol in our family, since it was the favorite flower of my grandmother, Mary Salinda Foster, celebrated in her book of poetry Verse After All.
Karin was our beloved daughter, sister, niece, sister-in-law, aunt, cousin, and friend. She died suddenly and unexpectedly last September 30 in Washington DC of a seizure.
Present Sunday were Karin’s mom Anke, dad Lee, brothers Bart and Paul, aunt Colleen, sister-in-law Sabrina, and nephews Noah, Paul, and Charlie.
During the morning, Bart, Paul, and Noah ran in the Bay to Breakers, as they did last year with Karin.
In the afternoon we had a barbecue in Anke’s back yard to celebrate life, the good company of those around us, and the memory of Karin, who added so much to our lives.
We thank all of you who reached out to console and comfort us, as we strive to understand the mysteries of life, death, and the loss of our beloved Karin.
Thank you, Karin’s dad,