Deirdre Marie (Wild) Kauer
October 11, 1964 – March 30, 2016
Our beautiful Dee passed away peacefully at home in San Rafael surrounded by her family after a brave and inspiring battle with breast cancer. She was born in Truckee, CA and grew up in Squaw Valley, attending Tahoe Lake Elementary and then schools overseas in Hong Kong and Berlin. She returned to California and graduated from San Domenico high school. It was while attending U.C. Santa Barbara that she met her husband of 30 years, Keith. As a teacher/librarian in the Mill Valley School District for nearly 30 years, Dee had a positive and lasting impact on over one thousand children. If you knew Dee, you knew her warm and caring personality that always put others before herself. But most of all, you knew her smile. She was a beloved wife to Keith, mother to Emily, Rebecca and Owen, daughter of Carl and Florence Wild, daughter-in-law of Ken and Laura Kauer, sister of Cheryl Wild (and Matthew Templeton), sister-in-law of Karen and Michael Boyer and Barcley and Christian Scatena, and aunt to Chelsea, Will, Devin, Kiersten, Nicholas and Nathan. Private funeral services were held and a celebration of Dee’s life is being planned for May 20 (details can be obtained from the family). To honor her life-long love of reading and her passion for the library, the family, in association with Kiddo!, has established a fund to support and benefit all of the Mill Valley School District libraries. Donations may be made directly through the Kiddo! website (www.kiddo.org) or by check made payable to Kiddo! (please note Dee Kauer in the memo section of the check) and mailed to Kiddo!, 409 Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley, CA 94941. To quote one of Dee’s favorite plays, Wicked, “Because we knew you, we have been changed for good.”
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