In Loving Memory of KATHRYN ANN OLAFSON Kathryn Ann Olafson passed from this life on January 20, 2014. We send our love and prayers for her. "Kate" was a beautiful and vivacious person who loved the adventures of life and made special connections with so many people through sharing her heart and compassionate care. All who knew her will miss Kate. Kathryn was born on June 21, 1963, in Rochester, MN to Richard A. Olafson and Ann M. (Hemp) Olafson. Kathryn grew up in Fargo, ND and earned a Bachelor's Degree from Iowa State University and a Master's Degree from Loyola University in Chicago, IL. Kathryn's professional life included a very diverse combination of higher education teaching and administration, personal development, fitness and wellness, yoga, spiritual enrichment and love of the outdoors. Kathryn was able to travel extensively, and had the opportunity to live and work (and sometimes just play!), in many parts of the U.S, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Central America. Kate's love of adventure and continual thirst for new experiences enlivened her. Kathryn was able to embrace people and to touch them deeply with love, help and care. Kate's passions included combining personal wellness with the natural environment. Kathryn was invigorated and joyous when she was sharing the wonderful experiences of balancing inner and outer peace with those around her. Kathryn is preceded in death by her beloved mother, Ann. She follows her wonderful grandparents and so many other loved ones who passed before her. Kate is survived by her father Richard, brothers Paul and Eric Olafson, sister in-law Shelly Moeller, beloved nephews (and trampoline pals!) Isaac and Ian, Aunt Judy Hemp, Cousins Sheryl Hemp, Jon Hemp and Heidi (Hemp) Beierle and family. The family requests that all who wish to celebrate Kathryn's life, please donate a gift of time or funds to the
, in lieu of gifts or flowers. May Kathryn's beautiful spirit continue on in all of us with grace and serenity. A gathering to celebrate Kathryn's life will be planned at a later date. Namaste to our bright shining star!
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Feb. 16, 2014