Carla Maria Hartwig|
Carla Maria Hartwig of Seattle died on October 20, 2013, after surviving metastatic breast cancer for seven years, nine months and 20 days. If you have breast cancer or know someone who does, Carla wanted you to know that it is possible to beat the statistical odds and to live in the present with grace and control. She was originally diagnosed with breast cancer at age 35 when she had her first mammogram in August, 1998.
Carla was born on October 19, 1962, in Missoula Montana, where she attended grade and high school. After high school, she worked in Paris, France, as an aux pair while attending the Sorbonne. Her experiences in Paris led to fluency in French and a lifelong love of travel, museums, and high culture.
She obtained her BA from the University of Washington in Seattle, after spending her junior year abroad in Paris. She received a scholarship to the Ecole Polytechnique, a top university in Paris for graduate studies; later, she earned an MBA from Seattle University.
Carla worked in Seattle for several tech companies, including NeoTech and WRQ Software. As her cancer progressed, she finally retired from project management at Microsoft in 2009. She traveled to many exotic destinations including the Galapagos, Turkey, Russia, Japan and Eastern Europe.
Carla was blessed with a great circle of friends, who loved and treasured her for her generosity and for her doting interest in their small children. They enjoyed many social outings together, both in Montana, Seattle and Vancouver, as well as North Carolina and Australia.
She is survived by dear friends and by her two sisters, Monica Jenicek Lyall (husband Greg Lyall) of Anchorage, Alaska; and Cynthia Hartwig (husband Tom Booster) of Seattle. She was a doting "ant" to her niece and nephew, Madeleine and Nick Booster.
Carla credited much of her survival and strength to her 15-year partnership with "The Wizard," Dr. Henry Kaplan, one of Seattle's finest and most humane oncology physicians. Any life remembrances should go to the Kaplan Cancer Research Fund to further Dr. Kaplan's ongoing cancer studies at Swedish Medical Center.
Carla was a lifelong recycler, evidenced by her participation in Green Burial as well as the national Organ Donor donation program. She would have been thrilled to know that her corneas will give sight to two people and other eye parts will aid four more.
At her request, no service will be held. She'd love it if you ate a piece of cherry pie in memoriam.
Published in The Seattle Times on Oct. 27, 2013