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Kate Harrison Getzschman


1977 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Kate Harrison Getzschman Obituary
December 19, 1977 - November 18, 2016 Kate Harrison Getzschman was born to Harlan and Vuokko Harrison with a bigger-than-life personality that filled every room she entered. Upon graduation she began her career of caring for children. The Duval, Alexander, and Yli-Renko families became dear friends and she loved watching those kids mature into wonderful adults. She met and instantly fell in love with Rob Getzschman. Rob was the perfect complement to her dry wit and sarcasm. She loved his Midwest easy-goingness and his creativity. They married in 2007 and settled in Los Angeles. Georgia joined them in 2009 and Hattie in 2012. Being a mother was the greatest gift of her life. Kate and Rob acquired a remarkable cadre of friends. Kate's humor and Rob's warmth had a magnetic pull. When she was inexplicably diagnosed with lung cancer in September last year, her friends from far and near supported them. Kate fought like a mother lion to overcome her cancer but in the end her broken body couldn't take any more. We thank Dr. Jonathan Goldman and the entire UCLA oncology team and also Dr. Jennifer Hartstein for their personal investment in Kate. She is survived by her husband, daughters, father, and siblings. A memorial service is held Tue, Nov 22, at 10:00 a.m. at Forest Lawn in Glendale.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Nov. 22, 2016
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