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Karen Ann Hunter-Caro Obituary
Karen Ann Hunter-Caro of Manhattan Beach, CA, who accepted life's many challenges with grace and dignity passed away peacefully from natural causes after a courageous battle with cancer on Friday, August 4, 2017 at the age of 63 with her loving and devoted husband, Richard (Dick) Caro by her side. She is also survived by her mother Virginia (Ginger) Hunter, her sisters Terri Hunter-Bravo and Pamela Austin Reedy, her nieces Sarah Balboa and Alexandra Austin and her nephew Chris Austin. She is preceded in death by her father James (Jim) Hunter who passed in 2009 and her beloved twin sister Kathryn (Kathy) (Balboa) Rudewho passed in 1998.

Born on May 12, 1954 in Burbank, CA, Karen grew up in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA attending Mira Catalina Elementary and Margate Junior High. At Miraleste High School she ran hurdles on the Track Team and proudly volunteered as a Candy Striper at San Pedro Peninsula Hospital. Inspired by her volunteer work, Karen attended California State University Chico where she graduated in 1976 with a bachelor's degree in Nursing. Upon graduation, Karen started her nursing career at Daniel Freeman Hospital in Inglewood, CA. As a consummate professional, Karen earned a Master's Degree in Nursing from California State University Los Angeles and successfully rose through the ranks while at Daniel Freeman and Marina Hospitals. Although her illness forced her early retirement, she remained active in her field, her community and for women's issues.

Karen met the love of her life Richard Caro; they joined in marriage in 1979 and there was no looking back. They celebrated their 38th anniversary in June, were always each other's best friend and truest companion. While Karen and Richard had no children, they raised 6 cherished English Bulldogs over the years. Many in the beach area recall seeing the "family" sipping coffee outdoors at Karen's favorite Tea Leaf & Coffee Bean in Manhattan Beach, sitting in their beach chairs at Huntington Dog Beach or on their boat at the Colorado River. Karen enjoyed life to the fullest with her adoring husband, Richard, and their many friends. Her life was characterized by her hard work, generous spirit and zest for life. She is greatly missed but never forgotten by all who knew her radiant smile, cheerful disposition, indefatigable energy and focus on hospitality and laughter.

The family owes special thanks to the many wonderful souls at Silverado Assisted Living in Redondo Beach, VITAS Hospice Care and American Martyrs in Manhattan Beach for their compassionate care and support during the painful final months of Karen's life. A memorial service celebrating Karen's life will be held in the fall at American Martyrs Church. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to, , Planned Parenthood or Braille Institute of America.
Published in The Beach Reporter on Oct. 5, 2017
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