From Sven

The official word:


Lorissa (who had permission to post to all the lists she is on) phrased it much better than I did:


Please cross post:

It is with deep regret and much sorrow that after getting permission from Sven, I pass on that Duchess Kolfinna will loose her brave fight with H1N1 today, October 1st, 2009. We all feel a great loss but Kolfinna’s family asks that her friends refrain from coming up to the hospital. There will be a memorial at Great Western War and there will be more information on that and final arrangements posted on the website later


Yes, it is true.  Kolfinna will be removed from life support this afternoon.  The family asks that people do NOT come out.  There will be something at GWW but we do not have details yet.  More information will follow.


My input:

has been removed.  Sorry for those who caught it.



  1. Brewhaha (Chris)
    Posted October 1, 2009 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    Every time I talked to Kitty, things always seemed to get more cheerful. I enjoyed the short time that I knew her for and for how little that was I am glad to say that it was an honor.

  2. Rudolf Fekter, Amicia Sennet de Bruges
    Posted October 1, 2009 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    Dear Sven;

    We are so sorry and so shocked. We will miss Kolfinna. Our hearts go out to you and Kitty’s family.

    With Love and Sympathy,
    Rudolf and Amicia

  3. Derian le Breton
    Posted October 1, 2009 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    I am deeply saddened and shocked. I only met Kolfinna once, but her warmth and friendliness made a deep impression.

    There are no words, only sadness. My deepest condolences.


  4. Mercy the potter
    Posted October 1, 2009 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    I’m so sorry, Sven. No words can express….

    She will be missed, but never forgotten.


  5. William Hethfelde
    Posted October 1, 2009 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    The Halls of Valhalla thunder with there greeting. We weep for the time that we must wait till we meet again.

    Until that day Kolfinna when you again knock me senseless and smile sweetly and tell me what I did wrong.

    You exemplified what a Knight should be my lady.

  6. Madeleina
    Posted October 1, 2009 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    With love from all of the pieces of our broken hearts.

    Felix and Madeleina

  7. dame varia
    Posted October 1, 2009 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    we met briefly at pennsic and my world was better having known her…

    may her memory be for a blessing

    peace to both sven and her family

    dame varia

  8. Sarah Elizabeth
    Posted October 1, 2009 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

    Words are incomplete and in accurete, as this Queen, in her time, has let a very precious hole in our lives. Revine battle will never be the same without you dear Duchess, but your radiance, kindness, caring and love will never dim. Thank you for touching our lives in ways that you don’t even know. Lord please put your arms around her and her family during this time, reminding them of all the brightness that she brought each day! Thank you for choosing to touch our lives and make us better people by knowing her…………. go in peace, dear one, peace

  9. John ap Gwyndaf
    Posted October 1, 2009 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

    Long live Kolfinna.

    And long live the lessons she taught us through her example.

    The moment she set foot on that hallowed field, the hosts of Valhalla doubled in prowess, wisdom and grace.
    Sven, Kolfinna’s household, and family: you have but to ask and if it is in my power, it shall be done.


  10. Viviane
    Posted October 1, 2009 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    I count myself at a great loss for never having had the opportunity to meet such a shining star, but I do not doubt that her inspiration has left this world a better place.

    Love and prayers from Northshield.

  11. Andromeda
    Posted October 1, 2009 at 10:07 pm | Permalink

    Kolfinna…the most beautiful woman in SCA…Her laughter, her smile, her brilliant eyes and calming voice were the very definition of life. Always sincere and humble, not even a stranger could help but fall in love with the unique person she was… A Knight, a Duchess, a Queen, not only in rank but in her very soul…a bright light I admired that will always be my own North Star….

    With most tender feelings and the respect no words can describe, you are and will always be loved and thought of, as I among so many, feel blessed for having known you…

    Until the time after, when we meet again sweet Kitty…my Queen and brilliant North Star!

    Andromeda of Greece

  12. Michael MacGarry and Siobhan
    Posted October 1, 2009 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    Sven, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Kitty will be remembered in our prayers,as will her family and friends. May God bless you,always. Michael MacGarry and Siobhan

  13. Saeunn Egilsdottir
    Posted October 1, 2009 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    I am saddened by the emptiness left by her passing.

    I will be celebrating her with our friends this weekend and for the rest of my days.

  14. Sackett and Justina
    Posted October 1, 2009 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

    Sven we are very sorry to hear this, we will miss Kitty greatly, our thoughts are with you and she is in our memories and hearts.

  15. Saito Takauji
    Posted October 2, 2009 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    I knew her Grace for about one hour at Lillies War, and I am heartbroken at the loss. My heart goes out, broken as it is, to her family in these dark times.

  16. Maridonna Dolce da Perugia
    Posted October 2, 2009 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    Although I did not personally know Kolfinna, her presence at events always brightened my day. She will be missed.

  17. Posted October 2, 2009 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

    We raise our Drinking Horn and Hail you upon your departure.

    ~Sven, me deepest condolences go to you, from all of us with the Kith of Naglfar,


  18. Posted October 5, 2009 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    I have known Kitty since she was–what? Fifteen? Sixteen? Ever since she first showed up. She ran in my circle of CAIDan friends, back when she couldn’t wait to turn 18 so she could start fighting, when she swore to be the first female knight from CAID. She was my friend, and I loved her spirit and her smile and her joi de vivre. I cannot say how greatly I will miss her. Death has been fairly constant in my life this year, and it sucks, but this just blows my mind. Sven, I am so sorry for your loss. It is all of ours.

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