I just found out Karla Lynn Clark (Reinke), the girl who I fell desperately in love with back in 1984, and still have deep feeling for to this day, passed away back on March 17, 2007 of ovarian cancer. She had gone back to college to become a teacher, but didn’t quite make it. She was only 43 years old.
While I knew the other girl who I had a major infatuation with, Jeannette Colleen Dillon — the one before Karla — had passed away, I didn’t know any details. Thanks to Ancestory.com I found out: she passed away on July 25, 2006. She too had been going back to school, and had almost achieved her goals before death got her. She was only 44 years old.
Both of them had gone to San Francisco State, though at different times. Jeannette was there when she passed away; Karla was up in Washington State.
I still have deeply fond feelings for both of them and now I’m doubly sad, and almost wished I hadn’t gone snooping around on the Internet for them. But then again, now I have complete closure on both, though I wish it could have been the knowledge that both were well and happy. Because really, at this point in my life, what I really wanted to do was reach out to them and rekindle a friendship, even if just a Facebook one.