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Kathleen Unterkofler Obituary

Kathleen  Unterkofler
Kathleen Unterkofler

May 21, 1967 - September 20, 2012
Resided in Clifton, VA
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Kathleen Carley was born on May 21, 1967, in Silver Spring, Maryland to William and Busra Carley. She traveled to Thailand several times as a young child with her mother to visit relatives there and grew to embrace the culture, language, and food. She spoke fluent Thai. Her family lived in Oxon Hill, Maryland where she attended Apple Grove Elementary School until her family, with newly born brother Patrick, moved to Fairfax, Virginia, where she attended Lake Braddock High School. She attended Virginia Tech where she earned a degree in Political Science and where she met her husband Mark Unterkofler of Fairfax. The two were married in 1990 and soon moved to Blacksburg so that Kathleen could pursue her Master's Degree in Urban Planning.

She began her career in the Office of Facilities Planning for Fairfax County Public Schools in 1993 and worked there until 1998, when she had her first and only child, William. Being at home as much as possible to care for her son, Kathleen worked part time at Fairfax Planning and Franklin Middle School until 2010 when she embarked on earning a teaching certification for English as a Second Language (ESL). Her first ESL job was at Chesterbrook Elementary in McLean in 2010-11. She loved the challenge of teaching and was looking forward to a full time position at Union Mill Elementary when, in August of 2011, she was struck with brain cancer (glioblastoma multiforme), a disease for which little effective treatment exists and for which there is no cure. After a 14 month battle she entered into hospice care at her home where her husband cared for her until she was called home to the Lord.

Kathleen was a member of Saint Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church in Clifton where she had taught religious education. She loved her family, and especially her late father, Bill. She loved learning and reading, disco music, British period novels and movies, and travel. She was a very reserved person who performed acts of kindness in a very quiet and behind the scenes manner. She was always more interested in what others had to say than in talking about herself. She was a loving wife and kept an immaculate home and was always very organized. But most of all, she was the most devoted of mothers and nothing gave her greater joy than doing activities with her son William. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

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9902 Braddock Road
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9902 Braddock Road
Fairfax, VA US 22032
Sunday, September 23, 2012
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church
6720 Union Mill Road
Clifton, VA US 20124-1115
Monday, September 24, 2012
11:00 AM


St. Andrew the Apostle Church
6720 Union Mill Road
Clifton, VA USA 20124


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