Kath Breitinger

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Kathleen Griffin Breitinger Valparaiso Kathleen Griffin Breitinger, age 61, a Valparaiso resident, passed away on Sunday, February 22, 2004. Kathleen was born in Knox, Indiana on October 19, 1942. As a child, she spent her school years in Chesterton and her summers in Brooklyn, NY. The energy of New York City always fascinated Kathleen. A 1960 graduate of Chesterton High School, she received her B.A. from Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, a Master's Degree in Medieval Literature from Fordham University, a Master's in Philosophy from John Hopkins University and her R.N. from Purdue University. She was a professor of English at Valparaiso University's Christ College in the late 60's and early 70's. Since 1985, she managed The Griffin Trust. A life-long scholar, she studied everything from String Theory (a theory of physics which points to the possibility of multiple dimensions) to Sanskrit (a 3,500 year-old Hindu language). She followed the teachings of Jesus, Buddha and the Vedas. She was a member of First Unitarian Church of Hobart and the Chicago Women Church. She performed pagan and Native-American ceremonies to heal herself, her sisters and out planet. Kathleen worked to achieve social justice and equality. Although Kathleen participated in a number of public demonstrations against inequalities, she focused her energies on practicing peace and spreading love to all. She was proud of her job as a parent. She and her partner Linda were foster grandparents to four children. She enjoyed the simple things in life - preparing organic meals, watching movies and reading books. She was often seen relaxing in her garden, observing the hummingbirds at the feeder. She said that she would be reincarnated as a hawk. She was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. Joseph and Kathryn Griffin. She is survived by: Benjamin Breitinger, Linda Sue Perry, Aileen (Mike) Griffin Stiller Turner, Joseph Patrick Griffin, Jr., JoAnn (Joseph) Perry Kiefer, Carol (Duane) Petty Brzuchalski, David (Eva) Perry and son, Nash, Scott (Martha) Stiller, Sean (Amy) Stiller, Amy (Casey) Sanders, Steven Stiller, Douglas Brzuchalski, Helen Kiefer, Jennifer Perry, Diana (Rob) Brzuchalski Cheffin, sons - Noah and Lee, Nathan Felton, Hirut, Messay and Kaisa Crawford-Taylor and numerous cousins and many, many others. Graveside service will be held on Saturday, February 28, 2004 at Pine Lake Cemetery in LaPorte, IN at 9:00 a.m. Rev. Roger Brewin, officiating. Friends may visit with the family on Friday from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Burns Funeral Home (Hobart), corner of Rt. 51 and 7th Street. There will also be a memorial celebration of Kathleen's life on Saturday, April 10, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. at the First Unitarian Church of Hobart. Life stories, photos and happy memories of Kathleen are welcomed at the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First Unitarian Church of Hobart, Faith and Action Committee, 497 Main Street, Hobart, IN 46342 in memory of Kathleen G. Breitinger.
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Burns Funeral Home & Crematory
701 East 7th Street Hobart, IN 46342
(219) 942-1117
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Published in The Times from Feb. 24 to Feb. 27, 2004
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