Kimberly Steiger -Rohrer, a long time Santa Cruz resident, lost her short, but brave battle against cancer at her home on June 9th, 2010. She was surrounded by family and friends at her bedside when she passed. Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, Kim was 56 years old. She had lived in Santa Cruz for the past 17 years, and worked as software engineer with Cisco Systems for 13 years. An avid athlete, she met her husband Steve while on a mountain bike ride. They were married at their home with the ceremony taking place on their backyard deck. Kim was a professional musician as well, and her progressive country western band, Saddleback Riders, was the opening act for both Garth Brooks and Travis Tritt. Her personality and outdoor youthfulness also landed her a spot on a Super Bowl beer commercial.
Before moving to Santa Cruz, Kim was a longtime resident of Hawaii and an excellent surfer. One her most famous long board feats was appearing on ABC's Wide World of Sports, where she rode tandem on the shoulders of surfing legend Rabbit Kei Kai. She also surfed with Buffalo Kealana and lived on the west side of Oahu where some of the best surfers and the best waves met on a daily basis. Her family will forever cherish the many memories of "Kimi' and she will be missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by her husband of 6 years, Stephen Rohrer of Santa Cruz (formerly of Stockton), her sister, Linda J. Steiger of Carmel Valley, her father and his spouse, Ralph and Fern Steiger of Naples, Florida, and her beloved dog, "Bennie". She was preceded in death by her mother, Jeanne.
A private service in celebration of Kim's life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 19th, at the family home in Santa Cruz.