HORVATH--Karen R. of Reston, VA passed away peacefully on April 14 after a valiant battle with cancer. Surrounded by her loving family, she accepted her fate with great dignity and inner peace. Karen was born on April 6, 1940 to the late Charlotte and Raphael Rosenberg of Teaneck, NJ. She attended Teaneck High School, earned an English degree from University of Wisconsin, did graduate work in broadcast journalism at Indiana University
(IU) and worked as a writer for the forerunner of the Public Broadcasting System. At IU, Karen met her husband and soul mate, Jules, and married in 1971. Karen retired from the U.S. Government's Foreign Broadcast Information Service in 2007 after a career as an intelligence analyst, writer/editor and training officer. She worked and traveled with her family extensively in Asia, Africa and Europe. Aside from her love of travel and great sense of adventure, Karen was an amazing and creative gourmet cook who greatly enjoyed entertaining her wide circle of international friends. She was an avid reader of English literature who introduced her children to all manner of cultural delights, including theater and fine arts. A devoted wife and loving mother, Karen was the core and heart of her family. She was most generous with her time and attention in helping others, adding style and grace to all things she touched. Her joie de vivre, cheerful vitality, sense of humor and subtle elegance will be deeply missed. She is survived by her beloved husband and best friend, Jules; loving sons Jonathan of Washington, D.C. and Adam and his wife, Chia, and grandchildren Julia Jane and "Smiley" Wiley of Chevy Chase, MD. She is also survived by dearest sister Susan Martins and her son; and the families of Joan Farber Topkis, Leila Rosenberg; numerous cousins; sister-in-law Kriszta Van Arsdale and brother-in-law Attila Horvath and their families. An interfaith service celebrating Karen's life will be held at 11am, May 4, 2013 in the Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church (1 Chevy Chase Circle, NW, Washington, DC 20015). Inurnment will be at a later date in The Columbarium, Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donation may be sent to support WETA Public Television & Radio (www.weta.org
) in memory of Karen Horvath.