OBITUARY

Karina Fernandez

May 15, 1978January 30, 2021

Karina Fernandez Posada shared her radiant grace and her joyful spirit with those around her during all of her 42 years. Those who knew her loved her kindness, her sense of humor, her quiet strength, and her glorious, warm smile. She lived an impeccable life, giving generously of her time and talents and always striving to make people smile, which she often did by sharing her unforgettable, delightful laughter. She and her parents were especially close; she filled their lives with joy as their beloved daughter and best friend. She found strength in her devotion to her Catholic faith. She endured cancer without complaint. Her years-long struggle has ended, but her spirit and her legacy of love endure.

Karina was born on May 15, 1978 in Houston, Texas to Mrs. Beatriz and Dr. Fabio Fernandez. She attended Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart for grade school and St. Agnes Academy for high school, graduating in 1996. Karina then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she studied business. During her time at UT, she was involved with the Association of Latin American Students, and with Longhorn Awakening at the Catholic Center on campus. She did an internship with a bank in Paris during one delightful summer in 1998. She graduated in December of 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She continued her studies at UT Austin and earned a Bachelor of Arts in 2003. She worked in marketing at Motorola in Austin.

Karina was deeply devoted to her faith and to the Catholic Church. She served as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Houston. She was also very involved in the youth group there, and she participated in a mission trip to Guatemala.

From a very young age, Karina developed friendships that endure to this day. Many of her friends called her by her nickname, Pina. All of them remember her positivity, her radiant smile, her sense of humor, her gentle strength, and her benevolent grace. The Fernandez family would like to give thanks to all of Karina’s cherished friends; your steadfast support brought joy to Karina and her family throughout the years and in her final days.

Karina Fernandez was preceded in death by her grandparents, Ernesto Fernandez, Ana Tobar de Fernandez, Rafael Posada, and Elvira Sepúlveda de Posada, all of Colombia. She leaves behind her loving parents, Dr. Fabio Fernandez and Mrs. Beatriz Posada de Fernandez.

The Fernandez family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Melissa Montoya Celi, who was both a lifelong friend and Karina’s primary physician. They also wish to thank Dr. Jay-Jiguang Zhu of Memorial Hermann, who guided Karina through her cancer treatment.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Memorial Hermann Cancer Services in Karina’s honor. Donations may be made to Memorial Hermann online at www.memorialhermann.org/donate, by mail to 929 Gessner, Suite 2650, Houston, TX 77024, or by phone at (713) 242-4400.

Memorial services in celebration of Karina’s life will be arranged shortly and details will be provided at that time. Please contact Memorial Oaks Funeral home at 281-497-2210 for further information.

Services

26 February

Funeral Service

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

St Michael Catholic Church

1801 Sage Rd
Houston, TX 77056

26 February

Committal Service

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Memorial Oaks Cemetery

13001 Katy Fwy
Houston, TX 77079

Memories

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Kathy and Larry Schmitt

February 26, 2021

Karina, the dearest, sweetest person we’ve ever had the pleasure to know, wii always hold a place in our hearts, as will her dear parents Beatriz and Fabio.
With Love Always,
Kathy and Larry

Josefina Stampfl Gorjon

February 25, 2021

Mi carino y oraciones a la familia Fernandez, Dios les de resignacion.
Karina esta en los brazos de Nuestro Senor.

Alison Picheloup Durkee

February 23, 2021

Sending my thoughts and prayers to the Fernandez family. Karina always had a smile in the halls at St Agnes. I wish you His love and strength during this time.

Maria del Pilar Moreno

February 14, 2021

Conocí a Karina desde los ojos de Beatriz y Miryam, sé que era una persona muy especial, tranquila y alegre, estaba pendiente de sus papás y de sus amigos
Sentí mucho su fallecimiento y ruego a Dios que aunque difícil dé fortaleza a Beatriz y Fabio para seguir adelante. Tengo la certeza que desde que recordemos a nuestros seres queridos ellos siempre seguirán vivos, un abrazo muy grande

Rafael Lema

February 14, 2021

Karina era nuestra prima más joven, alegre y bonita. Recuerdo su última estadía en Cali corta pero muy agradable. Aunque no pudimos compartir muchos momentos fue una persona muy especial y la recordaremos siempre como la ahijada de mi madre, ella siempre estará presente en nuestros corazones. Un saludo muy especial para Tis y Fabio

Eva Heintz

February 7, 2021

Karina was a very special friend of mine in middle school. I have thought of her so many times throughout the years as one of the most joyful and warm people I’ve ever had the pleasure to know. Even just thinking about her smile makes me want to smile after all of these years! I am holding her precious family and friends in my heart and in prayer. Please know that the light of her spirit will continue in the hearts of all of those who knew and loved her.

Edyth Arango Correa

February 4, 2021

Karinita siempre estaraás en mi corazón.
Recuerdo mucho tu dulzura,tu amor por todas las personas y tu familia.
Nunca te olvidaremos.
Tu tia que tanto te amó.

Adriana Posada Aranho

February 4, 2021

Karinita: Siempre te ví como una niña dulce que irradiaba ternura.
Un alma bella llena de amor debe estar en un lugar privilegiado muy cerquita de Dios.
No muere quien es recordado y tu vivirás por siempre en el corazón de la familia.
Tu prima
Adriana Posada A.

Isabel Cristina Gálvez

February 3, 2021

The Tejada family will be forever grateful with the Fernandez family. They opened their home to us when we arrived to Houston, more than 30 years ago, for medical reasons.

We were not the only family who received so much support and compassion from them, as they have helped other families in need of medical assistance and guidance.

Our families met each other, in the perfect time. Over the years, Beatriz became a sister to me and Karina a sister to my twin daughters. Fabio has been a mentor to all and a great friend to my husband, Guillermo.

Karina is the result of this compassionate and open hearted parents who lived dedicated to her and had time to give a hand to others.

We will always remember Karina, as a member of the Tejada family, for having a joyful spirit and generous heart !!

Carolina Mejia Posada

February 3, 2021

Prima del alma! Vivimos los mejores momentos de nuestra adolescencia juntas. Recuerdo tus carcajadas y tu hermoso corazón que siempre te caracterizo. Nos faltaron más momentos por compartir. Te quiero prima Gracias por todo lo vivido . El cielo recibe un ángel y nosotros te tendremos siempre en nuestros corazones recordándote por tu dulzura y gran corazón.

FROM THE FAMILY