Karin Edith Hamilton, a longtime Los Altos resident, wife, mother and omi, died unexpectedly Jan. 9 of cardiac arrest while vacationing in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
She was born Nov. 30, 1940, in Stuttgart, Germany, to Karl and Paula Burger. It was in Germany that she met her husband, William P. Hamilton, who was serving in the U.S. Army. They married at The Ludwigsburg Castle on Sept. 13, 1958. They set up permanent residence in California a few years after marriage.
She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, shopping, taking relaxing hikes and leisurely bike rides, cooking, wine (with an ice cube) and watching Lifetime movies. She was proud to be a great grandmother at a young age. Although she and her husband had home bases in Lake Tahoe, Germany and Puerto Vallarta, they continued to travel all over the world.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Eva Skyles Smith, and her brother, Karl Burger. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, William P. Hamilton of Los Altos; son, William G. Hamilton of Los Gatos; daughter, Yvonne K. Messimer (Dale) of Mountain View; granddaughter, Michelle Y. Donati (Paul) of San Jose; grandsons, Christopher W. Crook of Sunnyvale and Justin W. Hamilton of Campbell; great-grandsons, Brady P. Donati and Parker W. Donati of San Jose; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and dear friends in Germany and the U.S.