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Karen V. Kruger


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Karen V. Kruger
June 12, 1947-August 16, 2013
Resident of Sunnyvale
Karen V. Kruger, longtime resident of Sunnyvale, died on Friday, August 16, 2013 at the age of 66, ending a brave four year battle with pancreatic cancer.
Born in San Francisco to Vic and Antoinette Kruger, Karen was an academic standout. She was a graduate of Westmoor High School and San Jose State University.
Karen was an avid reader. Her professional career led her from teaching, through the publishing industry, and eventually landed her at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center where she enjoyed a 20 year career and met some of the most important friends of her life. It is at SLAC that Karen met the love of her life, Tom Murphy, who survives her.
Karen was an accomplished cook, deeply revealing her Italian heritage. No stranger to travel, she had experienced much of this world. She was proud of her blackjack skills and made frequent trips to Reno and Las Vegas to apply them.
She has a wealth of friends and family, and they will long remember her 64th birthday party at Maggiano's Little Italy restaurant in Santana Row.
Karen is survived by her dear aunt, Edith Race, and cousins Kathy Linton, Lance Laterza (Katheryn), Lester Laterza (Gloria), Linda Bratset (Roger), Larry Laterza (Jimmy), and Laura Nichols (Michael).
A celebration of life will be held at 10:00AM on Saturday, August 24th, at LIMA-CAMPAGNA-ALAMEDA MISSION CHAPEL, 600 South Second Street, San Jose, CA. All are invited to a luncheon following the service at Flames Eatery and Bar, 4th and San Fernando, downtown San Jose. Donations in her memory can be made to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network of Manhattan Beach, 1500 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, or online at www.pancan.org.

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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Aug. 21, 2013
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