- March 15, 1955 - November 9, 2012
- Novato, California
of Karen 's Passing
- In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made in Karen's name to:
UCSF Breast Care Center
San Francisco, CA
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Neptune Society of Northern California - Marin County
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Novato, CA 94945
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“I hope that Karen's family is doing well. I knew Karen from Indian Valley College. She was my Professor and a helpful friend. She told me about...Read More »
1 of 27 | Posted by: Annie (Carol) Dreyer
“Dear Duncan, Meagan , Erin and Rosalyn
I think about you and Karen everyday. Sometimes I feel like laughing out loud because I hear her voice and...Read More »
2 of 27 | Posted by: Debbie Nehasil - Novato, CA
“I have the fondest memories of working with Karen. She always carried such enthusiasm for her work and it was contagious. I was so lucky to have...Read More »
3 of 27 | Posted by: Julie Nelson Bardenhagen - Pinole, CA
“Duncan, Meagan, Cub and Erin,
I value Karen's courage, strength and determination to live life to its fullest. I cherish our Christmas Eve...Read More »
4 of 27 | Posted by: Tiffany King
“i'm trying not to cry because she's gone - but to smile because she was in and blessed our lives....
5 of 27 | Posted by: wendy slick - mill valley, CA
“Creativity. Hilariousness. Supportive.
I thank you Karen.
Much love to all Sutherland's.
6 of 27 | Posted by: Michael Wright - Pope Valley, CA
“Dear Duncan,I'm so sorry to hear about Karen passing.Karen was my teacher. She was truly an inspiration, and taught me all I know about video...Read More »
7 of 27 | Posted by: Andy Haber - Kentfield, CA
“I first met Karen as the bright kid up the block from Judy Gartman's in Mill Valley; later Karen was Judy's right hand who kept the film program...Read More »
8 of 27 | Posted by: Sandy Handsher - Fairfax, CA
“To The Sutherland Family -
Your beautiful wife and loving mother will be missed by many. She was a role model for all the kids while they were...Read More »
9 of 27 | Posted by: Debbie Presco Callanan Nelson - CA
“I was so sorry to hear of Karen's passing. Over the years Karen would come breezing through my office at COM every once in a while bringing her big...Read More »
10 of 27 | Posted by: Kathleen Kirkpatrick - San Rafael, CA
“I'm so sorry to hear of this and my deepest condolences go out to Duncan and to his family.
11 of 27 | Posted by: Rick Hall
“Thanks to Karen for many great Volleyball memories. We played together on the Cruiser for three years, and in our final season with Karen, sometimes...Read More »
12 of 27 | Posted by: Robert leyland - Novato, CA
“Karen, dear friend, you left us too soon.
I am sure that when we meet again on the other
side, it will be on a sunny grassy field, and I will wait...Read More »
13 of 27 | Posted by: Chas Fleischman - Fort Bragg, CA
“Duncan may you find comfort and peace with the family and friends who surround you with love and support at this time.
Our deepest sympathies.
...Read More »
14 of 27 | Posted by: Stephanie & Tony Taubert - CA
“I was so blessed to have known Karen. She was an incredible woman and role model for me. Her laughter, positive energy, and strength were inspiration...Read More »
15 of 27 | Posted by: Marian Shaffner - GLEF Colleague
“I had the joy and pleasure of getting to know Karen through Skywalker Ranch volleyball. For many years, Karen and I were the only women who...Read More »
16 of 27 | Posted by: Ardees Rabang - Berkeley, CA
“Dear Duncan, Meagan and Erin,I'm so glad that Karen and I became friends. She taught me so much and I loved her like a mother. I will never forget...Read More »
17 of 27 | Posted by: Daryl Ondatje - Severna Park, MD
“Dear Duncan and Family,
Our hearts go out to you all during this difficult time.
Please accept our sincere condolences and our wish that the coming...Read More »
18 of 27 | Posted by: Anna Bies - Petaluma, CA - Friend
“I worked with Karen at GLEF a few years ago. She was way more than a colleague. She became a dear friend and inspiration to me. She made me laugh...Read More »
19 of 27 | Posted by: Lauren Rosenfeld
“I hope happy memories can be your comfort in this time of grief. My thoughts and prayers are with you all!
20 of 27 | Posted by: Brooke (Dito) Baglietto
I'm so sorry for your loss. I have such fond memories of Karen, and both Anna and I learned much from her class.
Our thoughts are with you...Read More »
21 of 27 | Posted by: Don Bies
“Mama Sutherland was an amazing woman. So strong, so full of life. We are blessed to have had met her. Rest in peace Ms. Karen. You will be deeply...Read More »
22 of 27 | Posted by: Aquino - Signal Hill, CA
“Karen was one of those people you looked up to. She was so together. So cool, smart, funny, understanding, easy-going. She had a way of making you...Read More »
23 of 27 | Posted by: Denise Kimura - Novato, CA
My thoughts are with you and your family at this time. May joyful memories bring you peace.
24 of 27 | Posted by: susette stickel-rufer - Petaluma, CA
“To the Sutherland family, My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time! Karen was such an incredible person! During my times...Read More »
25 of 27 | Posted by: Colleen Callanan - San Francisco, CA
“Karen was such a beautiful person and an amazing mom. She was always so funny - even when times were hard she laughed and knew how to make everyone...Read More »
26 of 27 | Posted by: Becky Drepanos - Naples, FL
“At GLEF, Karen was mostly a fixture in the editing room. When she emerged, she brought along her down-to-earth self - her warmth, love of family and...Read More »
27 of 27 | Posted by: Paula Monsef - Sausalito, CA
Her strength will live on forever, if not in form then in the hearts she touched.
Karen was born on March 15, 1955 in Miami Beach, FL to Roslyn and Irwin Schwartz. Her family moved to Coral Gables in 1962 where she was raised with her sister Ellen. When she was 17 she moved to Mill Valley, CA with her family and graduated from Tamalpais High School in 1973. After high school Karen pursued many interests, including film, which brought her to the College of Marin where she met Duncan. Karen and Duncan wed on 7-10-1977 and had two daughters Erin and Meagan and two grandchildren Isla and Elyas.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made in Karen's name to UCSF Breast Care Center.