Karin Terjesen Anderson, 45, of East Hampton, died at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City on April 28. She contended bravely with her illness during the course of the past three and a half years, her family said.
Mrs. Anderson, who her sister-in-law, Susan Grimes, said “was always the first one to lend a helping hand or to volunteer for a task, doing whatever she could to help her family and friends,” was born on Aug. 20, 1968, in Mineola, the daughter of Kristine and Norman Terjesen.
She grew up in Port Washington, and later earned a degree in secondary education at Southampton College. She and her husband, Robert B. Anderson Jr., were married on June 12, 1993. He survives, as do their children, Robert B. Anderson III, an East Hampton High School junior, and Katelyn R. Anderson, a freshman at the University of Kentucky.
Mrs. Anderson, who lived with her family on Hardscrabble Close in East Hampton, taught in the East Hampton School District.
“She was immensely proud of her children, and could always be found cheering them on at athletic events,” said her sister-in-law, who added that “Karin could often be seen walking to the beach or to the dog park in Springs with her beloved four-legged children, Cooper and Gilly. She had a way with dogs. They respected and loved her. A ‘dog whisperer,’ she could train them quickly.”
“She loved the outdoors and was drawn to the water. She spent summer days at Main Beach surrounded by friends. One only had to read her Facebook page to realize how loved she was.”
“Her blue eyes and broad smile drew people in,” said Mrs. Grimes. “She was incredibly fun-loving . . . she was always there.”
Mrs. Anderson’s father survives, as do her mother and stepfather, Kristine and Thomas Slater, of Portsmouth, N.H., a sister, Linda Kernell of Springs, and an aunt, uncle, and cousin, all of Lillehammer, Norway.
The funeral is to be held at 11 a.m. today at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in East Hampton, with burial to follow at Cedar Lawn Cemetery.
The family has suggested that donations be made in Mrs. Anderson’s name either to Fighting Chance, P.O. Box 1358, Sag Harbor 11963, or to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Avenue, New York City 10065.