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Updates:

April 30th, 2009

Kathleen’s poetry is on display at 913 Cedar Street in Santa Cruz

KUSP’s Poetry Show was dedicated to Kathleen on April 12 and is available for listening at http://www.kusp.org/shows/poetry.html

Santa Cruz Sentinel article on Kathleen is available at: http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/obituaries/ci_12162093

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Church location and Parking Lots.

April 29th, 2009

Prograssive Missionary Baptist Church:  517 Center St Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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Lot No. 3: The Cedar/Church Garage
The Cedar/Church Parking Garage is located at the corner of Cedar and Church Streets. The garage is free and is open 24 hours a day. It has a 3-hour time limit, Monday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The garage has no time limits on Sundays. Some spaces in the upper floor are reserved by signs for permit parking only. Permits cost $75 per quarter and may be purchased at the Parking Office in the Locust Garage (124 Locust Street).

Lot No. 4: The Cedar/Cathcart Parking Lot
The Cedar/Cathcart Parking Lot is located at the corner of Cedar and Cathcart Streets. The lot is free and is open 24 hours a day. It has a 3-hour time limit, Monday-Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. The lot is unlimited all day on Sundays.

Lot No. 5: The Calvary Church Parking Lot
The Calvary Church Parking Lot is located next to the Calvary Epsicopal Church, at the corner of Center and Lincoln Streets. It is a paid parking lot, with a $1.00 fee for all day parking. The fee is charged Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The lot is unlimited all day on Sundays. The southern entrance of the lot, both sides of the isle, is permit parking only. Permits cost $48 per quarter and may be purchased at the Parking Office in the Locust Garage (124 Locust Street).

Lot No. 7: The Front/Cathcart Parking Lot
The Front/Cathcart Parking Lot is located at the corner of Front and Cathcart Streets. It is free and is open 24 hours a day. It has a 3-hour time limit, Monday-Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. The lot is unlimited all day on Sundays.

Lot No. 8: The Pearl Alley  Parking Lot
The Pearl Alley Parking Lot is located at the corner of Cedar and Lincoln Streets. It is free and is open 24 hours a day. It has a 3-hour time limit, Monday-Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. The lot is unlimited all day on Sundays.

Lot No. 9: The Elm Street Parking Lot
The Elm Street Parking Lot is located at the corner of Cedar and Elm Streets. It is free and is open 24 hours a day. It has a 3-hour time limit, Monday-Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. The lot is unlimited all day on Sundays.

Lot No. 16: The Walnut Avenue Permit Parking Lot
The Walnut Avenue lot is located at the intersection of Walnut Avenue and Center Street. It is a City employee permit parking lot, enforced Monday-Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Permits cost $75 per quarter and may be purchased at the Parking Office in the Locust Garage (124 Locust Street).

Lot No. 22: The Upper Front Street Parking Lot
The Upper Front Street lot is located on the east side of Front Street, across from the Metro Center. This lot is operated as a private parking lot Monday-Friday.  It is a public parking lot on Saturday and Sunday.  A 3-hour time limit is enforced on Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Kathleen Flowers Memorial Celebration Update:

April 22nd, 2009

Kathleen Flowers Memorial Celebration Update:

Sunday, May 3rd at the Progressive Missionary Baptist Church
517 Center Street, Santa Cruz
3:30 – 5:30 pm – Memorial Celebration inside Church
After 5:30 pm – Please bring your poems, stories and photos to share after 5:30 on the ‘Open Mic’.

Paid parking should be available across the street from the Church.

If you have digital photos, please email them as soon as you can to Niklas at: nandersson@sbcglobal.net

Please bring a flower if you’d like, and share it with another visitor at the end of the ceremony. Also, if you wish, please bring an altar offering, and then take it home with you at the end of the ceremony.

There will be appetizers and sweets following the formal service at 5:30 pm. We have had requests to bring food. While nothing is expected, Kathleen always appreciated a good potluck! Please bring finger food for easy serving.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be sent to any of 3 organizations.

1) WomenCare. Provides support to women with cancer, and to their families. Please make payment to WomenCare and mail to:

WomenCare

1001 41st Avenue

Capitola, CA 95010

2) Poetry Santa Cruz, dedicated to nurturing the poetry community and bringing poetry to the larger community in Santa Cruz County. Donations may be made by check made out to Poetry Santa Cruz and mailed to

Len Anderson
c/o: Poetry Santa Cruz
P.O. Box 259
Santa Cruz, CA 95061-0259

3) DeLaveaga Elementary School, where Kathleen helped pioneer the Dual Immersion program. The funds will be used to create a Kathleen Flowers Poetry Section in the library for the children, and also plant a nectarine tree.

Please make payment out to DeLaveaga School /Kathleen Flowers Memorial Fund
and mail to:

DeLaveaga School
1145 Morrissey Blvd.
Santa Cruz, CA 95065

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Photos needed

April 17th, 2009

We are now organizing efforts for the Kathleen Flowers Celebration. If you have photos of Kathleen and Kathleen and her friends, please email them to:
nandersson@sbcglobal.net or contact Niklas at this address regarding dropping off a CD or printed photo to be scanned.

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Kathleen Flowers

April 16th, 2009

Kathleen Flowers passed away peacefully on April 12, 2009 (Easter Sunday) at the age of 44, after a courageous and inspiring four years of living with a rare form of cancer.

A native of Sunnyvale and Santa Cruz, Kathleen had a Masters degree in teaching from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She was an innovative bilingual elementary teacher, pioneering the Santa Cruz dos alas dual immersion language program. This was Kathleen’s passion and utter joy. Kathleen was also an extremely gifted writer and poet. Her poetry chapbook Call It Gladness was published in 2008, winner of the first “In Celebration of the Muse” award. She read at many poetry events in the area, and was published in many anthologies.

Kathleen had a strong affinity for nature. Although she walked softly on the earth, many of us often wondered if she drew energy from the sun – as her trademark smile was always beaming and bright. Kathleen’s vibrant personality and caring spirit uniquely touched and inspired every person she met. She will be profoundly missed. Her family has endless appreciation for the warm care and support provided by friends over the past several years.

Kathleen is survived by her husband Howard Feldstein, mother Diane O’Hearn, father Michael O’Hearn, sister Michelle Ross, brother Brian O’Hearn, and her beloved nieces and nephew.

A memorial service will be held for Kathleen on Sunday, May 3, 2009, at the Santa Cruz Progressive Baptist Church. Her family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations are sent to The Kathleen Flowers Memorial Fund (details will be posted here shortly), which will benefit the Dual Immersion and Poetry program at Delaveaga Elementary School, Poetry Santa Cruz, and WomenCare, a support center for women with cancer and their families.

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Kathleen Flowers

April 15th, 2009

Dear Friends,

Kathleen has ended her epic battle with cancer, choosing to take her last breaths on a beautiful Easter Sunday. Surrounded by family and friends, Kathleen passed on very peacefully, and even had a gentle smile on her face.

Although she had been battling for over four years, her passing did come on suddenly over the weekend. However, Kathleen, being the bright spirit and heroine fighter, was planning future outings with family just hours before she passed on. She never gave up the battle mentally or spiritually; it was her body that finally surrendered. She did say on several occasions that she was at peace with whatever was to happen, and she really did live fully to the very end.

Kathleen is our inspiration, as she drank up life and taught us to seize every moment and enjoy every ray of sunshine.

We will all miss her terribly, but her wide beaming smile will burn bright forever within ourselves. Kathleen is finally at peace, and we take solace in that she has been freed from horrible pain.

We would like to thank each and everyone of you for all your love and support over the past years. You have all blessed her life personally, and your outpouring of support has been like a huge warm loving hug, wrapped around her 24 hours a day. We will never forget what you have all contributed and shared, and our gratitude to you all is limitless. Thank you.

We will soon post information about a Memorial celebration and where to send contributions in her memory.

Thank you,

The O’Hearn Family

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Home Sweet Home!

May 25th, 2008

May 24, 2008

Dear Loved Ones,

Thank you so much for all your love and concern and well-wishes. I continue to be here and happy because of your friendship, prayers and care. Thank you!!!

Yes, I’m home now and plan to stay here. No more trips to the hospital—no matter how good the Cozy Shack puddings may be! And pudding has been the name of the game these days. I guess those rascally doctors had to do a lot of work on and around my intestines so they’re a bit bruised and tangled. Not the happy campers that usually are screaming for more food. But, each day, my appetite and the workings get stronger and so does my energy level.

I have been amazed at how tired I am, though, and how much time I can log in the horizontal position. Remarkable, really. But not to fear, I’ve written 4 poems since I got home Sunday afternoon. (So there, big, bad C! You can’t stop me from ‘spressing myself.)

The appointment last week with the new oncologist, Dr. Stampleman in Salinas, was really constructive. She seems very knowledgeable and open-minded and supportive of my German immunotherapy treatment. She’s also looking into other ways to help me find a cure for this nasty disease.

I am hoping to start my vaccine treatments this coming Tuesday; as well as, the drug that Dr. Kübler recommends. I’ve just been waiting until I felt a little stronger and my digestion stabilized a bit.

In the midst of my melotrauma, my sister, Michelle, and her hubby, Brandon, had a beautiful and healthy baby girl, Maggie, in the same hospital on the floor below me! My niece Ella got to be there for her sister’s birth and even cut the umbilical cord. And, my brother, Brian and his wife, Meg, and my niece, Breegan all were here visiting from San Diego. So, there was quite a celebration this Mother’s Day. So much to be grateful and excited for, indeed!

You have all been so great to me, treating me like such a queen––especially Howard, and my family, and friends. I don’t know what I’d do without you all believing that we can get through this and somehow, always making me smile, making me see the humor and the hope in it all.

I love you so! And pray that you are healthy and happy and living your dreams,
Kathleen

PS It’s Howard’s 50th Birthday on Monday! Send him a virtual hug that day, OK? What a courageous and selfless love-bug, that one! I am so very fortunate.

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Oops..not so fast.

May 17th, 2008

Kathleen is back in the hospital. She had some upper intestinal blockage (sluggish intestine), so she is back in for observation. We hope she will be out today, or tomorrow.

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May 13th, 2008

Kathleen is now home from the hospital and resting.

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Kathleen’s surgery results

May 10th, 2008

Dear friends – Thank you all for your emails, conversations, prayers, thoughts, and words. Please keep us in your hearts and minds. Here’s the latest as of Friday noon:

Kathleen is in good spirits and recovering smoothly from yesterday’s major surgery. She had a good night last night and is visiting with family and a couple of friends today. She will be in Dominican Hospital at least 2 more nights.

We now await the surgeon’s report and pathology report. What we know already from the surgery:

1) In addition to the large tumor on her ovary, there were other, small tumors near the large one along the intestine, as well as elsewhere in her abdomen (the surgeon said they were a few millimeters in size and called them “seedlings”).

2) As planned, they removed the large mass, the ovary, and the uterus. They also removed some lymph nodes and all the small tumors they could see, including those adhering to the intestine.

3) There did NOT appear to be any tumors inside her intestine, or growing on her uterus, bladder,or any other organ.

4) They did NOT have to cut into or remove the intestines or any organs besides the ovary and uterus. They are hopeful that the bladder and intestines will resume normal activity.

So there is some good news – it would be much worse if other organs had tumors. However, the rapid growth of the large tumor, and the appearance of tumors beyond the large one is of great concern.

Kathleen knows all of this. We remain hopeful that we can prevent recurrence! Kathleen has big plans for the future!

Our immediate plan is to support her recovery, resume the vaccine as soon as it arrives from Germany, and begin working with a nearby oncologist who treats several of the German doctor’s patients. We already have an appointment for 19 May.

Keep checking www.kathleenflowers.com for updates!

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