OAK RIDGE — Kim Van Geluwe Bakane passed away at her home, shortly after sunrise, on Sunday, July 20, 2008. At that time she was surrounded by family. For the past twenty one months, brain cancer wore her body; but never touched her spirit. Kim regarded each day of those 21 months as a gift from God, to be lived with passion and shared with family and friends. In her own words, she thanks her family and friends: "So far in my journey I have found so much of Christ within others. I have now understood this fight as exactly what the scriptures said: All together, in God's love and strength side by side."
Kim's life will be celebrated at a funeral Mass to be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 25, St. Pius X Catholic Church, 2210 North Elm St., Greensboro to be followed by a celebration of life reception at the O'Henry Hotel, 622 Green Valley Road, Greensboro, immediately thereafter.
Kim was born in Ithaca, New York on August 14, 1956 and moved to the Greensboro area in 1974. She studied biology at The University of Miami and graduated a Dana Scholar with a degree in chemistry from Guilford College. She worked for several years as a research biochemist at Ciba Geigy.
Her mother, Margaret Van Geluwe; her father, John Van Geluwe and brother, David Van Geluwe are deceased.
Kim is survived by her immediate family: John, Greg and Todd, Lindsay, John Jr. and wife, Misty and grandchild, John Louis, Thomas and wife, Jennifer, Jennifer, Christopher and Jessica and her sister, Amy and her husband, Chris, and her nephews, Michael and Justin.
In lieu of flowers, Kim asked that you join her in funding two unfinished projects upon which she was working: an Exhibition Center for the Oak Ridge Community Center, P.O. Box 483 Oak Ridge, NC 27310 and a cure for brain cancer through the Preston Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke, DUMC Box 3624, Durham, NC 27710.
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(Published in the News Record on 7/22/2008)