Aged 44, Mountain View resident & longtime Los Altos small business owner, peacefully succumbed to lung cancer at home on March 7th 2014. Kari was a precious and beloved daughter, sister, niece, cousin and friend. Kari's journey living with this illness lasted over two years. During this special time she experienced many wonderful trips with family & friends as well as most home SF Giants games during the 2013 season.
Kari enjoyed transforming people by restoring order in her clients' lives as a professional organizer. Two episodes of TLC's 'Hoarders: Buried Alive' showcase how Kari's guidance enhanced the lives of those afflicted by hoarding. At UC Santa Barbara she earned a BA in Latin American & Iberian Studies. In 1987, Kari graduated from Mountain View High where she participated in cheer squad, the swim team and marching band. She was a music lover and oboist with El Camino Youth Symphony.
Kari settled in Evergreen, San Jose and quickly began saving feral cats by giving care and love to homeless kitties. Kari's kindness and perseverance ensured that many needy cats found loving homes.
Kari embraced an active, healthy lifestyle. On October 21st 2013, Kari completed the Nike Women's Half Marathon in San Francisco! With longtime support from Team in Training, Kari also completed nine full marathons in many cities including Anchorage, New York & Dublin. She enjoyed skiing with her aunt and uncle at Squaw Valley where Shirley Lake was her favorite run. Kari loved the ocean and grew up sailing in Monterey Bay with her father and eldest brother. She escaped several winters in sunny Mazatlán, Sinaloa. In Mexico Kari was also a great fan of Venados de Mazatlán, the city's baseball team.
Kari is survived by her mother, Kristi Bakke Peterson of Mountain View, father Larry Peterson of Boulder Creek and brothers Kristofer Peterson of London, UK & Jake Peterson Rothing of Bozeman, MT. Additionally, Kari leaves behind several uncles, aunts, cousins and a grandmother.
Santa Clara County's Valley Medical Center delivered exemplary care and treatments. Thankfully the Affordable Care Act gave Kari the care she needed during her final months. Kari's family is grateful to Pathways not-for-profit hospice for their kind care and support. And the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation's patient-centric approach empowered Kari as she navigated her illness with confidence and dignity.
Thank you to all who supported Kari and her family during this difficult time. There were so many: particularly her aunt Kaki Moyce, dear friend Brenda Stiver, uncles Kim Bakke and Jeff Peterson and numerous friends and relatives. Kari will be dearly missed. She was a precious angel with such grace, radiance and quiet intelligence. And Kari's sharp sense of humor warmed the hearts of many. One doctor described her as an 'optimistic realist' and not once did she complain about this illness. Forever grateful, her last words may well have been 'thank you'. Donations in memory of Kari may be directed to: Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation and Pathways Home Health & Hospice.
A Celebration of Kari's Life will be held at 2pm Friday, March 21st in The Garden House at Shoup Park, Los Altos. A reception will follow at adjoining Patriot Corner. Do carpool there. No floral tributes please. All those who loved Kari are welcome.