The Following Three Pages Are Dedicated In Loving Memory To Kristen Corl-1. In Loving Memory Of Kristen
2. The Last GoodBye
(Written By Kathie Corl)
3. Kristen' Family Slide Show
PLEASE LEAVE YOUR THOUGHT'S AND MEMORIES OF KRISTEN ON OUR MESSAGE BOARD AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE-THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!
Thanksgiving Birthday 2008
Your birthday is Thanksgiving this year.
As I remember your life,
I honor the journey that you have traveled.
As a child our journey criss-crossed PA
As an adult you criss-crossed the
Marking your life with your ability to stay connected to family
While creating deep and lasting friendships along the way
We all miss you so much
We miss your love and laughter
Leaving an imprint on the life of each of us
It has been over six months yet it seems like only yesterday
We have had so many milestones as a family
Your spirit has been present with each of us in these moments
Yet I continue to mourn from my soul within
I feel so disconnected in these moments
Moments when others are celebrating lifeís moments with joy.
Time is the healer that the Creator has given us
To focus our strength and energy as we begin to grow.
Your life is imprinted on my heart.
All your journeys, your sorrows and your joys
These feelings have become entwined into my soul.
Your presence is with each of us
With each hug and kiss I am trying to learn to smile again.
I love you today, tomorrow and always
I am thankful for the passion for life you taught me
Learning to live in the present and embrace the moments of life.
For the 29th birthday of Kristen Marie Corl
Kristen Marie Corl was born on Monday, November 27, 1979 at Sacred Heart Hospital, Norristown PA at 8 lbs 8 ounces to her parents Kathyann Elizabeth Corl and Timothy Lee Corl and joined her sister Katrina Elizabeth Corl at their home in Norristown PA. Kristen had a service of thanksgiving for her birth in December 1979 and was baptized in January 1980 at All Saints Episcopal Church, Norristown, PA.
Kristen experienced a significant fall down a flight of stairs when she was 15 months old which resulted in observation for seizures at Sacred Heart Hospital. When she was 2 Ĺ COPE Professionals (the local counseling services) indicated concern that Kristen may be learning disabled and be mildly hyperactive. Kristen enjoyed riding her hot wheels up and down the side walks, playing with her my Little Pony or one of her many stuffed animals of which Cookie Monster was her favorite. We would make family trips to the fountain display shows at Longwood Gardens during the summer. (This is where Kristen took some of her first steps) with college friends Howard and Kris. Kristen attended the day care program which she graduated from at ABC Nursery School. Kathyann was working for Montgomery County Case Management and Tim was working in various residential programs.
In 1994 Kathyann returned to school at IUP in an effort to return to work by gaining more skills. This was a difficult time for Kristen because going to school necessitated Kathyann living on campus three days a week and Kristen became closer to her Big Sister and her friends at this time.In 1996 as Katie and Kathyann were preparing for graduation latter that year, the family suffered the tragic loss of Kathryn Little, Kathyannís mom, on February 14, 1996. This was difficult for Kristen because she had missed the annual trip to NJ while visiting with her aunt Kelly and cousins in Illinois and so had not seen her Grandma that year. It was difficult for Kristen not being at the funeral service. It was held in Florida where her Grandma had died while visiting her daughter (Kristen's aunt) Mary Kay and her family. Kristen did attend a service of remembrance at the grave site of our family in Hollywood Cemetery NJ and then a family gathering at my cousin Lisaís home in NJ. With the many changes that were occurring in the family: Katie moving to Scranton to go to Marywood University and mom moving to Harrisburg to begin to look for work, Kristen chose to stay in Greensburg with her father and friends and attempt to stay in Greensburg schools with her friends and continue working at her job in Greensburg. When this was unsuccessful Kristen moved to Lakeworth Florida with her Aunt Mary Kay and her family.
Kristen lived with Aunt Mary Kay and Uncle John and her cousins Marques, Bobby and PJ. Kristen attended West Palm Beach High School for several months but when she had difficult transferring her school credits she chose to withdraw and latter completed her GED. When Mary Kay and Johnís youngest son Aaron was born Kristen was there to welcome him into the world. When Kristen lived with Mary Kay she went to Disney World with her cousins, walking on the Florida beaches, listening to R&B music with her cousin PJ, dancing, reading and writing her poetry, dancing and going to the Saturday Flea Markets with Mary Kay to decorate her room. She enjoyed living with her Uncle John and just hanging out with him.
Kristen enjoyed working at Rosieís
Restaurant and Davis Restaurant as a server. In the mornings in
Florida Kristen would walk the dog and as Victor would be doing his
studies he began to wonder who this person was who was walking their
dog. When she was working at TooJays she met Victor Rodriguez who was
the chef there after a rocky beginning they began their
relationships while he was a student in the School of Culinary Arts.
Kristen supported Victor as he completed his studies at the Institute.
Victor and Kristen both loved to travel and after his graduation they
moved to Jacksonville Beach where Victor worked at Mezzalluna
and Kristen worked at a local Sports Bar and at Adams Mark Hotel.
After Kathyann had been through a divorce Kristen spent time with family when she visited with her cousin Marques and Florida friends who were now living in Maryland. Kristen and mom had a chance to build their relationship at this time.
Kristen then moved to Los Vegas where
Victor worked in the Harrahs Casino and Kristen began working for the
When Mary Kay and Kathyann were living in Harrisburg Kristen transferred to the Harrisburg Olive Garden for several months and spent some quality time with her family and cousins. Kristen had an opportunity to spend time visiting and getting to know momís friend Bill. Victor joined Kristen in Harrisburg and together they helped coordinate and do the preparations and hospitality for Kathyannís 50th Birthday at St Stephens Cathedral. Kristen and Victor served a feast of stuffed chicken and tilapia for the congregation and community friends.
With each move Victor was able to build his skills in culinary arts. Kristen and Victor then returned to Florida to begin to rebuild relationships with Victorís children and mom first going to Jacksonville and then to Fort Lauderdale where they lived with Victorís mom while re-establishing themselves with new jobs.
Kristen became part of the team at Olive
Garden Boca Rotan and Victor working at Bagel Works and doing various
culinary opportunities. Kristen thrived while working with the Boca
Rotan team becoming a trainer of servers, a hostess and then taking
a training program for bartending.
In Florida Kristen developed close relationships with Victorís family including his mother Maria Rodriguez, his grandmother and his sisters.
Kristen became a step-mother to Victorís five children Victor, Brian, Jeffrey, Madison, Sean and Victors grandson Jayden. . She was able to visit with Victors youngest children Madison and Sean as they were beginning to grow up and had a significant and loving influence on each of their lives. Kristen loved the time that she was able to spend with Jayden watching his begin to grow up. While living with Maria Rodriguez they would attend Calvary Chapel and helped with their food ministry program.
Kristen and Victor were able to return to New Jersey for the wedding of her cousin Marques and to visit with family in the Northeast.
A Psalm for Kristen
Hush, my child, you are now at peace
You are home with the angels and with GrandmaĀfs loving arms
Your passion and spirit of life is living inside
Each of us, your family and friends, who knew you and loved you.
Walk into the Light with joy to find peace for your soul
Your spirit has touched all of us
You embraced life to its fullest with a spirit and zest for living
Being able to live the moment finding love in the simplicity of life.
Kristen for your family here your loss was so unexpected, so sudden,
It happened in a moment that changed each of our lives
We are each searching our souls to find a way to move on
Filling our lives with the love that you have given us.
We are each reflecting on the inevitability of death
While celebrating the joy you have brought into the world
Honoring the memories of love and loving
That you knew how to share with each of us,
By sharing your gifts of the Heart.
Kristen we are thankful for the gifts that you have given to us
Sharing your life so honestly and openly with those you loved
Discovering the beauty and happiness of life that is there for each of us
Embracing the moment with a creative passion for life and living.
Kathyann E Corl, Mom
beloved daughter of my best friend Kathie
younger sister to Katie
older sister to Chandale and Robert by her father's 2nd and third marriages
loved daughter of her Dad Tim
loved by her stepmothers Anna and Debbie
and stepfathers Bruce and Bill
a valued employee and co worker
the much loved wife of Victor and a loving stepmother to his children
she had many friends in several states
she was loved by aunts,uncles , cousins all
she was a beautiful child who grew into a lovely young lady
I had the privilage of watching her grow up
and later our paths crossed again by my space, email, phone calls
One thing that I loved about Kristen was that like her mother and myself she loved to write poetry Another thing I loved about Kristen
was her geniune love for others and how she could make anyone feel special
I will miss her lovely smile
which could brighter any rooms she entered
I'll also miss her giving heart and spirit
and her zest for life and having fun
I'll always remember when she asked me to help her plan a special birthday party for her mother and write a special
poem for it
I"ll always cherish memories of Kristen, Kathy and I baking Christmas cookies together one year and the fun and laughter we shared
My friend Kristen was one of the loveliest young ladies anyone could know
a true blessing from God
put on earth to be one of the loveliest flowers in his garden
a ray of sunshine for all who knew and loved her
Each of us left behind will miss and remember her in our own way
but none of us will ever forget the blessing of loving her and we will find comfort in each other and in knowing we will see Kristen again some glorious day in heaven
until that wonderful day we must trust her to our Lord while cherishing our time with her until he took her to heaven to be with the angels
I'll never forget you Kristen
I thank-you for your friendship and love to myself and my son Steven Ray who will always miss you as a dear friend from his childhood
In deepest heartfelt love and caring bye my friend
I will picture you dancing and singing with God's angels until we meet again on those distant shores sometime in the future.
- Carol Ann Nelson March 22, 2008
in loving memory and tribute to a dear friend
Kristen was my best friend!