As a fond Remembrance of this exceptional woman, please allow a voice from the past to comment on the recent and tragic loss of Katrin.
Katrin, Gene and the children, were not only dear and respected friends to my late husband, Michael, but Katrin held a special place in Michael’s regard as a professional and colleague whom he greatly appreciated and held in high esteem.
For me, I was privileged to occasionally “tag along” on trips to Atlanta and enjoy the benefit of being welcomed by Katrin and her delightful family, both in their home as well as favorite local dining spots they enjoyed. One year, it even included a special birthday party thrown for Michael. It was always time spent with invigorating conversation, laughter and personal sharing.
Another side of Katrin that perhaps no one ever knew of was her exceptional empathy and good heart in writing me every September 5th, since Michael’s death in 2014, to offer me her love, emotional support and share memories and stories of different times she remembered in the years she had known and worked with Michael. The most recent last year, sent while she was in England, was a story I never knew before when she and Gene apparently let Michael help name their new pet poodle “Descartes” (Deca) … this is how special the relationship was … how often would you let a non-family member name your new puppy?
These continuing communications and occasional phone calls from Katrin every year have meant everything to me and have always touched me profoundly. I will deeply miss her long-distance kindness and support, and will treasure these shared memories.
My heartfelt Condolences to Katrin’s Family, Friends and Colleagues … she will be greatly missed by us all.
With a heavy heart, Joan Marcy and Family