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Kati Goetz Baron
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Birth: Jan. 31, 1948
Shanghai Municipality, China
Death: Feb. 25, 2011
Los Gatos
Santa Clara County
California, USA

Kati Goetz Baron, January 31, 1948 - February 25, 2011, resident of Cupertino, died Saturday, February 25th, 7 p.m., at El Camino Hospital of Los Gatos, in the hands and kisses and loving professions of her one and only husband of 42 years, Steve, due to pneumonia complicated by serious kidney problems, and 23 years after being formally diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. All of her children - Chris, Stephanie, Sara - and some of her closest friends including Aggie, Toni, Dennis and Vivian, spent time with her, and helped take care of her, during her week in the hospital. She spent time with all of her grandchildren - Emma, Alexander, Isabella ("Bella"), and Lorenzo ("Enzo) - her son-in-law Andy and her daughter-in-law Teri, in the prior weeks and months. She is also survived by her sister Lori Goetz Sherer, nephew Michael Sherer, brother Otto Goetz and his family, plus extended family in Germany and around the U.S. Kati was born in Shanghai, China, where her parents, Lucie Billings and Karl Goetz, met after WWII, long after her future parents had escaped Nazi Germany. Shortly after Kati's birth, she and her mother escaped an Allied Forces bombing of the port area during the Communist Chinese takeover of the Nationalist government, and fled on the last boat to Formosa where they all lived for two years before they came to Berkeley, sponsored by her grandparents, Ottie and Hans Loewenstein, who preceded them. Just before they left in 1950, Kati's Chinese caretaker pounded out a gold medallion and hand engraved it with the picture of cherry and plum blossoms, a symbol of feminine beauty, love and strength. She wore it for the rest of her life. More on that later. The whole family set up residence in Berkeley where Kati met her lifelong friend, Lorene, was raised in the traditional old country manner, learned to play classical music on the piano, and was a ballet dancer, passing The Royal Academy of Dancing intermediate examination, as observed by Dame Margot Fonteyn de Arias, who signed her certificate. She graduated from the great Berkeley High in early 1966 and went to visit extend family in Germany, where she was pulled off a tourist bus while visiting Communist East Berlin in 1966 for taking photos, but they let her go because she was soooo cute. Her mother sent her to college at UCSB in 1966, thank God, where she met her future husband. She was 18 and he had just turned 20. Jackpot for Steve. They were engaged in March, 1967, married in June, 1968, and she shined light on him, their children and grandchildren, and all their friends for the rest of her life. She ultimately graduated from U.C. Berkeley ("Go Bears!") in 1972 after having her first two kids. She was a special ed. aide for the Cupertino Union School District mostly at Hyde Middle School until 2003 when she was forced to retire due to the limitations of her MS. During all those years she also packed 1,546,242 lunches for her husband and the kids, and took the kids to three times that number of soccer, basketball, softball, baseball, field hockey, and track practices and games and dances, river rafted the American, the Stanislaus, the Rogue and the Middle Fork of the Salmon, let her husband drag her butt camping all over the country, and put up with him in a saintly manner. Every time she walked or rolled into a room, or just sat on the couch, you could hear the theme from "The Natural" and see the smile and the light. Steve did every time he just looked at her. Every single time. So here's what Kati's friend Vivian says about that medallion Kati's loving Chinese caretaker put around her neck back in Formosa: "'The plum blossom is admired not just for its beauty and its special meaning. The blossoms sprout in the earliest part of spring, when snow remains on the ground. Poets, painters and artisans often placed plum blossoms in their works as a message to others to be brave and strong, like the courageous flowers that dare to bloom before the arrival of warm weather.' .... Here we are in early spring, snow still on the ground, and Kati has taken flight, blooming one last time, kissing us all, and onto a warmer heaven where she can once again move freely. Yesterday (February 25th) there was an incredibly perfect large full rainbow that appeared in the morning over Rainbow drive and your house. And when I looked at it I wondered if something special was going to happen....not for us, who will always wish she was still here, but for Kati - her wish granted, that she would not move to the next level of unbearable suffering. I think she took it to the max while she could still enjoy everything, and then bravely knew when to depart......" Her beauty, cuteness, and ability to unconditionally love betrayed her underlying courage and strength. Wait! Telegram at the door. "Sorry, but you've had her longer than I originally intended anyway. Our turn. Don't worry. We and all the other family and friends already up here got her. Man, I did good when I made her Wait a second, 'What, Kati? OK, I will.' She says to tell you she loves you, she's fine, everybody says 'Hi. We love you!' Gotta go. Kati's talking with some big shots about the mid-east thing serving them some Omi cake. (My mom says I should have made more women, fewer men...duh!). They can't seem to take their eyes off her. Amazing. 'See Mom, I told you we should have brought her up sooner.' Love, God." Love, Us. Friends are invited to attend a Rosary Friday, March 4, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at LIMA & CAMPAGNA SUNNYVALE MORTUARY, 1315 Hollenbeck Ave., Sunnyvale. Memorial Mass Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Joseph of Cupertino Church, 10110 N. De Anza Blvd., Cupertino.

Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on March 1, 2011.
Created by: Travelingal
Record added: Feb 10, 2012
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Kati <i>Goetz</i> Baron
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God bless…rest in peace.
- Travelingal
 Added: Feb. 10, 2012

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