My Mom has Passed
Kate Senior Elman
1924 – 2012
Mom died on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2013, just before 1:00 PM local time. Quietly. Peacefully. I was by her side. Pachelbel’s Canon in D was playing.
She is survived by myself, her daughter Mary, her granddaughter Adriana, her son-in-law Hugo, and Hugo’s daughters Yanci and Yeni and grandchildren Amayah and Lucas. She lives on in our hearts and memories, as well as in the hearts and memories of the many friends she made and relatives of her late husband, Joseph H Dorst, who came to know her over her almost 88 years of life.
Mary, Hugo and I have decided to have a celebration to honor Mom’s life, but it will be delayed until Mary, Hugo and Adriana return from their Swedish sabbatical. It will be a Latke Party, and it will most likely be in Berkeley. Date? To be determined, but probably in late June, Early July or Mid August, 2013.
For those of you who knew Mom, you likely also know why a Latke Party is a great way to celebrate her life. And for those of you wondering “What is a Latke Party?” and “Why is that significant for celebrating Kate’s life?” I’ll answer those questions in a separate post in a few days. (pssssst: Here’s the Latke Party Post)
If you did know Mom directly, we would love it if you would comment on this post with an anecdote or two. They’ll be included as part of the celebration.
We ask that memorial gifts be directed to one of the following:
- Mary Senior Travel Fund at International House <– click to donate online or mail to:
Development and Alumni Relations Office
500 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10027-3916This fund was established by Mom in 1964 in honor of her sister, Mary Senior. If you donate by mail, please note “Direct to Mary Senior Travel Fund” on the memo line of your check. If you donate online, please put the same in the “Comments/Special Instructions” field near the bottom of the donation form.
- Doctors Without Borders<– click to donate online, or mail to:Doctors Without Borders
333 7th Avenue, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10001-5004
1-888-392-0392 to donate by phone
- Planned Parenthood Federation of America, INC. < Click to donate online or mail to:
434 West 33rd Street
New York, NY 10001
Doctor’s Without Borders’ online site doesn’t allow for a mailing address for family notifications of gifts, but it does allow an e-card, so I have set up an email address specifically for this: email@example.com
They will be forwarded to me, and I will distribute them appropriately.
If you need my mailing address for family notifications, please make a comment to that effect on this post. One of the few things I’m still keeping (relatively) private is my home address. By commenting, I’ll have your email address and will reply privately with my mailing address.