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Kathryn Hast "Kathi"


Last updated 12/16/2020 at 7:49pm

On Dec. 8, 2020, Kathryn Hast, loving wife of Charles, passed away peacefully at home in Brevard, at the age of 86.

She is survived by her children, Steve, Bryan, Jeff, Veronica and Daniel; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and her brother, Edward, and sister, Irene.

Kathi grew up in Gardena, Calif., in a time when you could have your horse in the field across the street from the house. She and her 17-hand quarter horse, Traveler, would ride regularly though fields and side roads to the ocean for exercise.

She and her husband, Charlie, were happily married for 59 years. They raised their children around Los Angeles, where she had graduated in 1956 as a registered nurse from L.A. County Hospital. Always having an adventurous spirit, she and her husband, with the help of their children, built a 54-foot Ferro cement schooner, “Sunday Morning,” in Los Angeles, moved aboard and circumnavigated the world from 1976 to 1981.

She returned to nursing in the ER at Martin Memorial Hospital in Stuart, Fla., for the next 27 years. Always ready for more adventure, upon her retirement from nursing, she got her CDL and joined her husband to be an over-the-road trucker team for the next few years. They loved to travel together with their dog, and were always looking for new places to explore. She moved to Hollywood, Fla., in 2015 from Depoe Bay, Ore., upon becoming a widow, and then to Brevard in 2018 to share the fresh air and mountain life with her daughter.

Her ready smile and gracious manner were such that she was a friend to all. Her extremely high IQ led to many accomplishments, including being a licensed USCG 100-ton captain, expert at Celestial Navigation, and was a Ham Radio Operator (KS6GR). Her hobbies included art, painting, needlepoint, crocheting, flower gardening, was an avid reader and was affectionately called “Dr. Mom.” Later in life, when she could no longer paint, she enjoyed coloring in coloring books, when she was not speed-reading a novel.

Her great love of animals became laser focused on dogs in her final years. She was a grateful recipient of visits from the dog therapy teams from the 5 Paws Therapy Group in Brevard.

Donations in her name to the Canine Therapy Project at the Community Focus Foundation of Transylvania County (828-885-2090) would please her greatly.

As planned, she and Charlie will have their ashes scattered at sea together.

Hers was a life well lived.


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