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Kirsten Nicole (Rafinski) Elliott
Friday, 15 October 1993 - Thursday, 05 July 2018
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Kirsten Nicole (Rafinski) Elliott was born in Ansbach, Germany on 15 October 1993 and passed on 5 July 2018 in Seoul South Korea. 

 

The family will receive friends at Sorrells Funeral Home & Crematory in Enterprise on Sunday evening, 15 July 2018 from four to six P.M.  On Monday at 10 A.M.  a celebration of life will be held at Sorrells Funeral Home in Enterprise with Father Zachary Greenwell officiating, followed by the burial at Meadowlawn Cemetery.

 

Kirsten experienced life from Germany to Enterprise Alabama, Fort Bragg North Carolina, Rio De Janeiro Brazil, St Louis Missouri, Johnstown Pennsylvania, Koszalin Poland, city of Vinhedo Brazil, Valparaiso Indiana, to Seoul, South Korea. 

 

From her early years her parents, through the Church, Girl Scouting and other activities, instilled the strong commitment to community service. She volunteered with various organizations including local food pantries and animal shelter drives, magazine collections for nursing homes, made hats for children fighting cancer, highway cleanups, providing cookies for troops overseas, and others.  She earned several honors including achieving the Girl Scout Gold award alongside her sister Aubrey.  Kirsten enjoyed two years with the Rotary International living in Poland followed by Brazil.  She loved building snow forts and going to the movies with her brothers Dodge and JD, and was one for the outdoors from horseback riding, to shark tooth hunting, swimming, fishing, or motorcycle riding with Michael.

 

Kirsten moved back to Enterprise, Alabama where she met and fell in love with Michael Elliott of Springtown, Texas.  They were married, and in 2017, they were stationed in South Korea. She had a gentle giving spirit and joyful smile that left a lasting impression on everyone she met around the world. 

 

Kirsten is survived by her husband, Michael Elliott; mother, Renee (Licina) Kudrna; fathers, Dan Kudrna, and Scott Rafinski; sister, Aubrey Rafinski; and brothers Dodge, and JD Kudrna, grand grandparents: Rose Ann and Joe Licina, Daryl Bartylla, Joyce and Don Kudrna; and great grandmother Luciana Barsanti; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, her many very close friends, and especially her host families of the Rotary Club exchanges.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be sent to the Valparaiso Rotary Club Memorial Foundation, INC.  in memory of Kirsten Rafinski Elliott / Youth Exchange Program.  Valparaiso Rotary club, P.O. Box 522, Valparaiso, In. 46383.

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  • Steve Lindsey
  • Thursday, 12 July 2018

So sorry for your loss, I can't even begin to imagine the loss. I really don't know what to say, but you will be in my prayers. May the Lord be with you during this most difficult time.

  • Andy and Daisy Andersen
  • Friday, 13 July 2018

I only met Kristen at the anniversary party, and was very impressed with her. She was a beautiful and intelligent young lady. Our hearts go out to all of her family at this time of overwhelming grief. We, too, have lost grandchildren, so we can identify with the terrible sense of loss you surely are experiencing. Renee, you are a strong person, and, though this is a very hard time of your life, trust in the Lord to help carry you through. Although we are in Missouri right now, please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you.

  • Saturday, 14 July 2018
This world has lost a beautiful soul. Now she's home. If only she could have stayed a little longer. God bless and comfort all who are feeling this incredible loss. Michael, Renee, Dan, Sonny, Rose Ann, Aubrey, Dodge and JD, my heart and prayers are with you.
  • Michael M. Cashaw
  • Saturday, 14 July 2018
My family sends our condolences to you and your family. Still find is hard to believe this young lady has died.
  • Penny Hastings
  • Sunday, 15 July 2018
Burt and i are deeply saddened by this tragedy. We know, that there are no words that can ease the pain which all of you are going through. Please know, we are praying for God to give each of you strength and comfort, during this heart breaking time in your lives. Love to you all
  • Kathleen and Kevin Coogan
  • Sunday, 15 July 2018
Dear Renee, Dan, and family: Sending you all our deepest condolences. We have such fond memories of our days together in Rio. Kirsten clearly lived life to the fullest—what an inspiration! Feel the warmth, love and strong embrace of your family and friends. Love, Kathleen & Kevin
  • Kathy Ireland
  • Monday, 16 July 2018
Dan — So sorry to hear about Kirsten. Condolences to you and your family. I hope you find peace and comfort in your memories.
  • Robin Rakes
  • Tuesday, 24 July 2018
Mike & I were so shocked & saddened to hear of Kirsten's passing. We are so sorry that this happened to your wonderful families.
To her husband- you married a wonderful young women. Her Grandparents always talk about their grandchildren & how great they are. I wish I could shave seen the two of you together, I am sure it was beautiful.
To Kirsten's family, you raised an amazing young woman. She truly was one of a kind, and special to each of you for various reasons. I cannot imagine the heartache that each of you are going through.
Blessings & prayers for all.
Robin & Mike
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