Anna Kathleen Stern

June 28, 1949January 22, 2013
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Anna Kathleen (Foster) Stern, age 63, entered the Heavenly realm of angels at her home in Southwest Austin, on Tuesday, January 22, 2013, after a hard fought courageous battle for several years with breast cancer. “Kathy” deceased peacefully surrounded by the family she loved.

Kathleen began her life with birth at the U.S. Army hospital, Fort Hood, Texas, on the 28th of June, 1949. She was the second daughter of Col. James E. Foster and of the late Alice Louise (Roberts) Foster.

Kathy was a U.S. Army “brat”, growing to adulthood during the Korean, Vietnam, and Cold War era. Hence, she lived with her loving military family and attended schools in multiple states and over seas.

Kathleen became interested in competitive swimming when she was eleven years old. She became a very accomplished swimmer as a teenager and set new records for her age in girls “back stroke” and “butterfly” strokes in competitions primarily in the Midwest and Virginia areas of our United States. As a result, she was invited to and attended the dedication of the “National Swimming Hall of Fame” in the summer of 1966 at Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

She was an outstanding student, graduating with honors from Leavenworth High School, Kansas, in May 1967. While in high school, she was first chair clarinet in the marching band. Kathy received both academic and swimming scholarships to OSU and was a member of the Ohio State University’s ladies swimming team during 1967-1969 (Freshman and Sophomore years). Kathy earned a BS in marketing from The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, in December 1971.

Kathleen met James Jarman Stern while both were students at Ohio State University. Both were avid supporters of The Ohio State University and the “Buckeyes”. Following their graduations they married in Columbus, Ohio, on the 9th of April, 1973. While in Columbus, she served as a member of the U.S. Army Reserves Military Police Unit for two years.

Anna, as she was known by her co-workers, was well respected at the Internal Revenue Service, where she held many positions. She worked her way up and eventually held the position of “training coordinator” which she held when she retired. She was invaluable at her job.

Kathleen will be remembered for her kind heart, generous spirit, discipline, organization, independence, and intense loyalty to her family, friends, and co-workers. She valued service and was involved in many service projects, such as helping her daughter in her classroom and school library, fostering kittens from the humane society, donating various items in need to area animal shelters, “Racing” for the Cure, helping out at various races around Austin by stuffing packets. She loved to read and you could often find her exchanging books with her father. She was always involved with her two children and their activities and schooling. She had a deep love and respect for nature and animals, especially cats, and she instilled these values in her children. She had a vibrant sense of humor. She was a truly loyal wife, devoted mother, dedicated aunt, and always a compassionate, dependable friend.

She is survived by her husband, James J. Stern; her daughter, Sandra “Sandy” Jasmine and husband, Edward Rodriguez; her son, Steven Cody and wife, Marett Hanes Stern; father, Col. James E. Foster; sister, Anita Louise Beard of Goode, Virginia; brother, James Christopher and wife, Karen Foster of Nixa, Missouri; five nieces, two nephews, one grandniece and one grandnephew. She is also survived by other relatives and a host of friends.

She was predeceased by her mother, Alice Louise (Roberts) Foster and just-younger sister, Patricia Allene Foster.

Kathleen will rest eternally along her family members in the Foster family plot at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Memorial Park located in Oak Hill in Southwest Austin, Texas.

The family wishes to express their thanks to Texas Oncology, especially Dr. Hellerstedt; Hospice Austin; and the many other doctors, staff, and technicians for their professionalism, kindness, and support rendered during the past several years.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Texas Oncology; MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas; Hospice Austin or to the charity of one’s choice.


  • Celebration of Life Service Saturday, February 2, 2013

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Kathleen DuBois

February 13, 2013

My deepest thanks and gratitude to Anna's sister and son for speaking at the service. You provided such a sense of connection and a loving farewell.

Sherri Swonke

February 1, 2013

We miss her very much, but not as much as you. God bless and keep you in your time of sorrow; she is always with us as long as we remember.

Donna Raney

January 31, 2013

So sorry to hear of Kathy's passing. All my love and prayers for her family. Special condolences for my Uncle Jimmy. I know how it feels to lose a child, be it 10 or 66. I can't comprehend two.

Maria Alexander

January 31, 2013

Anna was a very special person; quiet, thoughtful, and very intelligent. She was one of the most hardworking women I have ever known. She is an angel now; at peace. Prayers and condolences to the family.

Joe Villegas

January 31, 2013

My prayers goes to the family and I'm very sorry for your loss. Anna was a good person to work with here at the IRS. May your memories bring you comfort. God bless you.

Kent Broddrick

January 30, 2013

To Anna's family,
For as long as I can remember, Anna was a fixture in Exam from when I transferred there many, many years ago. She was always quick to get a training class rolling at a moments notice, and was a wiz at research who knew the tax code like the back of her hand. She was sorely missed when she retired, and I know you will miss her in this new chapter of life.
With my deepest sympathy,

Margaret Edenfield Butler

January 29, 2013

I am sorry for your loss.

Linda Rucker

January 29, 2013

My memories of Anna, in addition to her unmatched knowledge of the Tax Code and IRS procedures, were her beautiful, long hair and her soft, mischievous eyes, peeking thru her glasses. She was well respected by all who came in contact with her--either when wearing her training hat or while wearing her research hat. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time; I know our God is a Great God and will wrap you all in his comforting arms.

Bob Dottie McCoy and Family

January 29, 2013

Our Cousin Kathy(Anna) is in our prayers and our thoughts. Happy times' spent with Cousin Jim and Kathy, and family while visiting Austin,Tx. and my sister Rose and the Fosters'(Uncle Jim and Aunt Louise). Appreciation for the calls that Kathy(Anna) made to My Brother Mike in his battle with Cancer. Sorrow for She will no longer able to interact in person with us. Excitement that she is now in Joyful and Heavenly Peace with Our Lord. Knowing Mother Louise and Sister Patty have Welcome Kathy(Anna) to the Joy of Heaven.

Lonny & Tonnie Wagener

January 28, 2013

Our heart felt expressions of sympathy is extended to Jim, Anita and the entire Foster and Stern families.