Kimberley Rathjen Traversi
July 25, 1966-Feb. 9, 2021
Elk Grove, California
Kimberley Rathjen Traversi July 25, 1966 – February 9, 2021 Kim Traversi was a force of goodness who truly resonated with everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her. It didn’t matter if you grew up with her, looked up to her, barely knew her, or saw her every day; she made you feel important, loved, and deeply cared for. This was her nature, and she made it look effortless. Her loss is a deep and impactful one to so many, and a true heartbreak to her family and friends who loved her most. There is great solace in knowing that she has shed her pain and can run freely and joyfully again. She loved to cook, run, travel, and learn something new at any opportunity; but most of all, she loved her family and was loved by them.
Kim was born in Livermore, CA to Ann & Don Rathjen. She graduated from Amador HS in 1984 and UC Davis in 1988, where she received her teaching credential the following year. She is survived by her husband David, her two children Steven and Olivia, her parents Ann and Don Rathjen, her brothers Mark (Liz) and David (Jill), nieces and nephews Connor, Julia, Emma, and Luke Rathjen, and her beloved cousin Paige Schreiner. Kimberley was a teacher in Sacramento and Elk Grove, and she utilized her endless capacity to help those in her community by volunteering her time and resources wherever she thought they would be needed most. She especially loved being a docent at the California Museum in Sacramento after she retired from teaching. Her relentless positivity and kindness inspires those who knew her to carry on as better people.
For those wishing to make a donation in Kim’s memory, please consider the California Museum (californiamuseum.org), ARCHIVES PLAZA,1020 O St., Sacramento, CA 95814.