Those of us in the business of broadcasting have the privilege of being invited into people's homes and lives on a daily basis and over time we become known, and to some extent, liked. It's the few who become loved and Kathi Goertzen was one of those.
In our industry, you simply can't fake it. As Lincoln attested, you can fool some of the people some of the time, but not most. Kathi's authenticity, professionalism, caring and charm captivated the viewer.
I came to western Washington twenty years ago to work in the same building, although at the other end, I would often see her in the hall and briefly say hi. Always a smile and cheerful countenance from Kathi... and now I wish I'd taken the time to know her better.
Who can forget that smile, the laugh, the style with which she told a story and, of course, the wonderful chemistry she had with Dan Lewis? I never will.
Our hearts broke to see her in this fight with brain tumors that robbed her of that smile and with every surgery, our prayers that she could be spared another.
She was one of a kind, indeed, and now gone to a better place. God bless your family, Kathi, we miss you.