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sad passing

I've heard from my parents that a family friend, Ann Knofel, just died on the road in Seward, Alaska, after the car with her and her husband in it was hit by a drunk driver. Ann followed my blog and sometimes sent me e-mails about art she'd seen, and updates on setting up life in Alaska and teaching in school after her move there from Seattle a couple years ago. She had a hard time in Seattle but really came into her own when she moved to Alaska, and I'm glad she at least got a couple years of being so happy. Here's an extract from the last e-mail she sent me:

Hello Sarah -
Greetings from Alaska where the sun is shining and spring is here!
At my school today and yesterday we have an artist from Boston visiting. He is Bren Bataclan and he is known for giving away his art. Every place he visits he leaves his paintings in random places for people to take for free. I was lucky enough to find one of his paintings in a coffee shop today! His style of characters is whimsical and I thought you might enjoy his website: www.bataclan.com.

I just want to send hugs and condolences to her family and to my parents and aunt and uncle and their friends, I know they're all taking it pretty hard. Also good wishes for her husband's recovery after the accident. He's the pastor who married Stuart and me and we care about him very much. xoxo


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Jul. 28th, 2009 03:03 pm (UTC)
My hugs and thoughts go to you too, Sarah. Keeping you in my thoughts...
Jul. 28th, 2009 10:45 pm (UTC)
Re: hugs
Thanks, Helen!
Jul. 28th, 2009 03:11 pm (UTC)
Awful - so sorry, Sarah. All my best. x
Jul. 28th, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks Garen, so sad. This seems to be a week of disasters.
Jul. 28th, 2009 06:13 pm (UTC)
Oh no!
How horrible. I'm very sorry for you and of course for those closer.
Jul. 28th, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Oh no!
Thanks, Jenni xx
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Jul. 29th, 2009 09:35 am (UTC)
Thanks, Sue x
Jul. 29th, 2009 09:06 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear this. Thoughts are with you.
Jul. 29th, 2009 09:35 am (UTC)
Thanks for that xx
Jul. 31st, 2009 07:41 am (UTC)
That's so sad. Sorry to hear it.
Jul. 31st, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
Ann's son Dan and his wife Kari are good friends of ours. I am shocked to hear this news and so sad for their family.
Aug. 1st, 2009 07:46 am (UTC)
So sad. I'm sure Dan and Kari will be glad for friends and your support. x
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