On November 3, our hearts were broken into a million pieces as Kathleen Louise Hall died peacefully in hospice care following a stroke. She was only 56.
She was born on December 12, 1962 on a US Army base in Munchweiler, Germany to Theresa James and Richard Seder. In true military brat fashion, she, her parents and nine siblings moved many times throughout her childhood. She finally settled down in Colorado Springs, moving to Boulder in the 80s and then Longmont in 2005.
Not many people can say they love their job, but she genuinely and deeply loved hers. For well over 20 years, she worked as an European Rail expert, the last of which were with ItaliaRail. We don't say expert lightly, but she was one. She could tell her customers where the bathrooms were in various train stations in Italy if the customer wanted to know.
She lived to help others. One of her favorite things to do was to help manage the weekly food donations that would come in through her beloved LDS church. Need a badge sewn on to a Girl Scout sash? You could call Kathy. Planning a fundraiser? She'd insist on taking tickets. Potluck? Better believe she'd be there with her infamous baked beans and potato salad (and anything else you might potentially need).
She was one of the kindest people you could ever meet. Not once in our entire lives did she turn away a human or an animal that needed some warm food, a safe place to sleep, a hug, or some tupperware that you swear you'll return but never actually do. She'd do all this and never expect anything in return. Well, she'd hope for an occasional gallon of milk or a bag of cinnamon fire jolly ranchers, but that's it.
Kathy is survived by so many who loved her: her children, Tessa Miller and her husband Seth, Alex Hall, and Dibe Hall and her boyfriend Josh. She was so proud of all 5 of them, and loved Seth and Josh as much as she did her own children. She is also survived by her siblings Marsha, John, Frank, Deanna, Michelle and their families. She loved Mollie, Whizbee, Moira, and Koji fiercely. She is also survived by anyone who met her, who's life she touched and is willing to do just one nice thing for someone else. When she passed, her parents, sisters Penny and Lori, brother Joey, and cats Bucky and Sweetie were all waiting on the other side with open arms. Take care of her for us guys. Put some Judge Judy on for her, make sure her kindle is fully charged, a bag of candy and a full glass of milk is at her bedside and she'll be as happy as a clam.
A celebration of life will be held on November 15th at 4pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1721 Red Cloud Rd, Longmont, CO 80504. Anyone and everyone is welcome. All we ask is that you don't wear black, stuffy clothes. Wear something bright or flowery. Pajamas, jeans, a onsie, your old prom dress. Just make it something that makes you happy! All she ever wanted was that everyone was comfortable around her, so the least we can all do is to wear something that would make you happy. Because that is what would make her happy.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a donation in her name. We don't care where, just something you care about, because she would care about it too.
To send flowers to Kathlleen's family, please visit our floral section.