Katie’s story, as told by her loving & devoted husband, Freddy Kalles: Katie's smile and laugh was infectious and her soul is as kind as can be. Katie was brought up in a Buddhist Korean home before moving to the US alone in her mid 20’s, leaving her two brothers, two sisters and parents in Seoul, South Korea. Katie was always that independent strong yet soft woman. Katie graduated from the top all woman university (EWHA), in South Korea with honors in Mathematics and Science. She arrived in the US in Flushing NY and after a while decided to go back to College to become a Pharmacist. She graduated from Arnold & Marie Schwartz Pharmacy Long Island University in Brooklyn in 1997 to become a Pharmacist. And she was a great Pharmacist at that, which is how I met Katie. When there were long weekends and Katie was off, Katie would take an extra day and fly to Paris for a long weekend or sometimes to other places like Rome etc. Years later, when we met, we would leave late Thursday to Lisbon, Portugal and come back Monday afternoon, or fly down to Key West, or New Orleans and have fun.
Up until Katie’s physical illness would not allow it, Katie and I went bicycling, rollerblading, rowing across the Hudson River, kayaking, water skiing, horseback riding in the Pocono's, mountain climbing and Katie did weekly classes of body pump, body sculp, kick boxing, boxing and a class of abs. Katie is a part of me and I will be thinking of her daily until I die. Katie used to call me Superman, because I used to do all these activities with her. Except I could never keep up in the classes. Katie and I did not have a bucket list. We just DID. We figured as long as she could be active we just explored as much as we could not think about the toll on her body or the credit cards. Better to have experienced life than to have been cooped up, because towards the end she was cooped up anyway. The last couple of years we lovingly reminisced about some great experiences together that we were happy to have done. Katie and I have been together a little over 12 years, but we managed to cram a lifetime of great experiences into 9 short years.
I have been asked by a few people, how you can express your condolences and celebrate Katie's life. Two years ago, Katie finalized the process of donating her brain to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL, which specializes in research on Multiple System Atrophy (MSA). Any donation in any amount to further the research so that others could benefit would be greatly appreciated by all. To donate, please click the following link: http://www.msanj.org/donation-form/
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 6th at 11:30 AM at Robert Schoem's Menorah Chapel (W-150 Route 4 East, Paramus, NJ) http://www.schoemschapel.com/.
The internment will follow at The New Cedar Park Sanctuary of Abraham & Sarah Mausoleum: http://www.cedarparkbethelcemeteries.com/sanctuary.php. (735 Forest Ave, Paramus NJ).