A FUNERAL service was held at St Mary’s Church, Little Driffield, on Friday for Mrs Karin Foss (formerly Rhodes), of Middle Street North, Driffield, who died in Hull Royal Infirmary on January 27. She was 72.
Karin was born in Kiel, Germany, in 1940 and moved to England shortly after the Second World War with her mother, where it took many years for her to settle.
Karin met her first husband, Glyn Rhodes, while he was serving with the Royal Air Force in Chichester and their life together included extensive travel which saw them living aborad in Cyprus and in Singapore.
When her first marriage ended, Karin relocated to Loughborough where she re-married, staying on in the Leicestershire town for almost 20 years after the death of her second husband Bill Foss.
Karin only recently moved back to Driffield to be closer to her family and old friends and had been in her new flat at Wesley Court for just a month when she fell ill and died in hospital.
Karin was a caring and generous person and family and friends were always in her thoughts.
She never liked to see anyone go short of anything and was always happy to make sure that she bought a round at the pub.
On her frequent visits to Driffield, Karin enjoyed making new friends and socialising at The Star Inn and at the Bell Hotel, especially on Jazz music nights
Karin’s favourite pastimes included reading – she was a big fan of Agatha Christie – and listening to audio books. She also collected DVDs featuring the stories of Miss Marple stories and Hercule Poirot
Karin had a mischievous sense of humour and a weekly highlight even as a pensioner was reading the comic The Beano.
Karin also enjoyed knitting and produced excellent garments both by hand and with a machine. It wasn’t uncommon for her to knit a whole jumper in one evening.
Cooking was another passion. Karin was a qualified cook and very proud of her achievement, working in the kitchens at Loughborough hospital until arthritis forced her retirement.
Karin preferred to cook for other people rather than for herself. Her speciality was steak and kidney pie which she made on all her visits to Driffield or whenever she had visitors to Loughborough.
Karin was the mother to three children – Louise, Diana and Phillip and son in law to Steven who helped her move back to Driffield.
The funeral service was conducted by the Rev Andrew Ison and the organist was Mr Peter Maw. The service was followed by a buffet at The Bell Hotel. Donations were made Karin’s favourite charity, the Air Ambulance.