Kathleen F. Kafka set off into the sunset of eternal life with her father, Fred Kafka, and newfound friend and classmate, Reed. Her time was short, but Kathleen was always clever and intelligent, and knew how to do things beautifully in half the time it took any one else.
Kathleen was born in Kentucky, Aug. 26, 1989, but spent the majority of her life living in Parkersburg. She attended Vienna Elementary School, Jackson Jr. High and Parkersburg High School. Kathleen blessed hundreds with her sweet voice in the JJHS Choir, PHS A Cappella choir and honor choir. In 2012, she graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. in Biomedical Engineering, and had just completed her first year of graduate study in Physical Therapy at Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y. She had an excitement about learning and wanted to understand as much as possible about the world she lived in. She excelled in math and physics, not to mention, any other subject she set out to study. She was a compassionate person, had friends from all walks of life, was an accomplished traveler, lover of s'mores, did not discriminate against chocolate, loved camp fires with friends and seeing the beauty all around.
After her freshman year of college, Kathleen embarked on a wonderful adventure with her perfect match and best friend, Adam Null. Together they traveled all over; first the state of West Virginia, then all of the U.S. Kathleen loved the beauty of nature and saw it in a way few will ever understand. Whether it was the sunset seen from Seneca Rocks, the Milky Way from the Wind River Mountains in Wyoming, or a beautiful afternoon sky from the Adirondacks of New York, she was always excited to explore a new place and see what amazing things had been hidden there for her to find. Kathleen married her soul mate, Adam, in May of 2013, and it was their plan to journey throughout the world and soak up all of the incredible experiences life has to offer. She dreamed of hiking in the Himalayas, skiing the Alps and far more adventures than can be listed here. To her, the best part of these experiences was not simply having them, but experiencing them and all of the little things that went along with them with Adam and anyone else lucky enough to accompany her.
Kathleen spent the majority of her days doing the things she loved. Her spirit will live on in the people she has inspired with courage to live their lives to the fullest. She now looks back on us with her beautiful blue eyes.
A memorial service for Kathleen will be held 7 p.m. Saturday evening, July 26, at Trinity Episcopal Church at 430 Juliana Street, Parkersburg, WV 26101, with a simple reception immediately following to share stories.