Karin Correll Hustad

Profile Updated: November 27, 2017
Karin Correll
Residing In: Corona, CA USA
Spouse/Partner: Widow
Past and current occupations: Retired
Children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren: 6 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren
Yes! Attending Reunion
What physical maladies do you have (so we can compare ailments)?

Fortunately, none now!!!! Only one was taken care of 3/6/2017; recovered from March surgery and whoops! Back into the hospital for second surgery 8/19/2017. This has been worse than the first, complicated by a compression fracture of T10-T11-T12. Once recovered from this, there will be at least one more surgery. At least I waited until I was OLD to have this mess catch up with me!

Favorite foods?

Mine! I cook from scratch

What was the most outrageous thing you did during high school?

Walked out of class when the teach wasn't teaching

What do you like/dislike about being older?

New and different experiences each day! I love what I have been doing since retirement--caring for terminally ill people as they transition out of this world. They have no local family and I don't charge them. My gift from the heart.

Have you met any famous or interesting people?

Yes, I have. David Naughton; Marilyn Horne; Jim Nabors; Sandi Patty.

Hobbies/what do you do in your spare time?

Quilt, some public speaking. I have returned to designing and making one-of-a-kind wedding dresses for needy young women who would not have a beautiful dress of their dreams otherwise. So enchanting to see their faces when they put the gown on and see themselves in their wedding dress.

Claims to fame! - been in movies, on tv, newspapers, any inventions, awards?

1977-Doctor Pepper commercial w/David Naughton,
2001-Sang in Cathedral in Sound of Music in Salzburg, Austria, by invitation

Have you done anything really dangerous?

Water skied between canyon walls @ 50 MPH on 1 ski. Whee! Rode my horse up into the Superstition Mts. and spent the nights when we were in Arizona. Didn't like the company where we were staying so BiG WHITE and I hid out up there where no one could find us.

At what age did you REALLY become a "grownup" and why?

Not there yet! Enjoying my second childhood, cause the first was not fun.

What are your military experiences?

Spouse of Korean issue. He had his tough memories and I would help him through. Trained a service dog for him.

What circumstances made you live where you do?

Widowhood. Leaving beautiful memories behind

Where have your travels taken you over the years?

Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Maryland, Boston, Washington, DC, Hawaii, Cruising, Germany (concentration camps), Austria. Silicon Valley, San Francisco.

Is there anything you wish you had done in your life but didn't (or haven't yet)?


Any classmates you would like to locate?

Nancy Gore, and lots of others
Sandi Gerth, Carol Batson, Terry Correll

What are the names of your favorite movies?

Sound of Music, Beaches, The Blind Side, Pretty Woman, Titanic, Shindlers List, all of the 40's movies with Fred, Gene and Ginger.

Tell something about yourself that would surprise us?

I worked for a time in South Central LA and East LA as a medic. Then volunteered to go to the Middle East; also scheduled to go to Ground Zero, but planes were grounded.

Of what in your life are you most proud?

I am proud of the incredible people I have met and helped on their journey, and the trust they placed in me to do the right thing.

What was the most memorable Christmas gift you received as a child?

Never got a Christmas present as a child! Didn't get any birthday presents either. My greatest Christmas was after I met my second husband!! My sweet Leprecaun.

Name some of your favorite books.

The Bible, The Thoene Series (4) multiple books in each series (Christian and Historian authors) Holocaust history, Corrie ten Boom, just love reading.

Ever broken any bones and how did it happen? Or broken someone else’s bones?

Once! Trails were not properly maintained and my horse went down into an arroyo, I jumped the other way and followed her down and severely injured my right arm. She pulled me back up the hill and whinnied for help until rescue got there.

Where were you when President Kennedy was assassinated?


Ever been to a pro football game? Which one?

Super Bowl 20- Rams v Steelers - Yea Steelers
Charger football games

Have you attended a past high school reunion? Which one/s?

I think it was the 40th. My husband insisted I go.

If I knew then what I know now, I would have:

wouldn't have changed a thing!

Where were you born and what were the circumstances (dad in the military? mom didn't make it to the hospital in time? born in an airplane?)?

Somewhere in California, left on a church doorstep and adopted.

Tell us your love story/stories - how did you meet, how long after did you get married, have a big wedding/Las Vegas/Justice of the Peace perform it? Where did you go on your honeymoon/s

I had a big wedding, made my own prize winning gown and Austria was our honeymoon destination

What was the hardest thing you ever had to do?

Call the coroner-twice

Did you go camping as a kid? Memories?


Ever own or ride on a motorcycle?


Did you ride on the roller coaster or the double Farris wheel at the Long Beach Pike?


Tell us your favorite joke.

What happens when you iron a 4-leaf clover?

Be careful, you are pressing your luck!

When and why did you move to Covina? What grade did you start school in Covina? Please share your memories.

My daddy was transferred there; I started my sophomore year and always felt out of place.
Bad things happened, in my sophmore year, and Mr. Corbin, Mrs. Coffey and my dad thought it would be better if I attended one class @ CHS and go to college. Graduated CHS and Jr. College 2 days apart. Then I was on my way!!

How did the 1960's affect you? It was so different from the 1950's and many of you were in college, etc. Did you participate in anti-war or civil rights marches/demonstrations? Did you live in a commune? Do love-ins? Wear beads? Tell us your experiences.

Not much at the time. They affected me in later years when I saw the mental issues it created in our soldiers and my heart broke for them. Seeing some homeless, not coping, alcoholics and I tried to help them, but one person cannot do it alone.

What nicknames do you have/had?

Magoo (My All-time Greatest, Overwhelming Obsession) anacronym given me by my husband

Spitfire--because I stood my ground to help someone when working in South Central L. A.

ångel--because of the people I cared for in their waning days

Do you have any tatoos? Where? What do they say?


A swan the size of a quarter, hidden from public scrutiny. It was symbolic of me transforming from an 'ugly' duckling into a beautiful swan, with wings un-furled! (resembling an angel)

Have you seen Ringling Bros. Circus?


What Broadway plays have you seen?

Performed in Chorus Line, Phantom, Evita, Sound of Music, Annie, Oklahoma, Carousel. Performed in many more.

What talent would you most like to have?

I am pleased with what I have been given.

What is your greatest extravagance?


Did you have any secret crushes in high school? Come on...you can tell 50 years later...

Just one.

Have you been to Washington, D.C.?

yup! Had everyone laughing when a squirrel found a nut and I commented--oh, no! Another nut in the White House!

In school, what were your favorite subjects to study?

Mr. Abbott's classes. He suffered so much with PTSD, but was a remarkable man.

Can you drive a standard shift car?


Who are your heros in real life?

My friends and my beautiful kitty whom I saved from being euthanized! She is now a Nationally Registered Service Animal. Yes, kitties are allowed to be service animals! My daddy was my biggest hero, and my second husband was the greatest!

What are you asking Santa for this Christmas?

Nothing. I would like to see more peace on earth. But I don't think real peace will come until I make the journey over the rainbow bridge and knock on St. Peter's door.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

I am now living it in my forever home with my forever kitty, and healing!

Which living person do you most admire?

Right now, my surgeon. Not an arrogant man and listened to me. He is about the same age as me, knowledgeable in the Bible, studied in Nigeria and practices here. Such a gentle giant of a man.

Have you been on a cruise? Have you seen Ole Faithful Geyser? Have you been to the top of the Seattle Space Needle? Have you ridden on a San Francisco Trolley? Have you been to the top of the Empire State Building? Been to Tijuana, Mexico? Been to Niagara Falls?

Lots of time spent on the SF Trolley, Fisherman's Wharf. San Diego, Tijuana. Otherwise, I went east.

If you could meet any celebrity or other personality in the world, who would it be and why?

I would love to see Marilyn Horne again so we could sing another duet together. Talked to Jim Nabors also.

If you were granted three wishes from an angel or genie what would you want?

I have everything I could possibly want. Friends, faith, my beautiful kitty, my health returning. Maybe my husband, if he could be here with good health.

What was you favorite TV show in the 50's?

Perry Como, Kate Smith

What has been your most memorable 4th of July celebrations?

Boston Pops while in Boston

If you thought they would listen to you (yeah, right!), what advice would you give to your grandkids or the upcoming generation of kids?


You're stranded on a desert island....and your fantasy would be that you would share it with whom??

My beautiful kitty, Cleopatra, and my husband.

I never thought I would....

I would live this long!!!!!!!!!!!!

What did you do on your summer vacation?

Which one?

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A prima ballerina or physician----accomplished one; utilized the other for entertainment.

How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?

I'm content where I am. Wouldn't consider going back for any reason. My circle of friends here are so wonderful and we do weekly get-togethers.

Where were you and what were you doing on 9/11? How did it make you feel? Has it changed your life?

Packing my suitcase, while my husband was getting me a flight to Ground Zero to be a 1st responder! It was a travesty, that I pray will never happen again. And, look at what is going on now.....you cannot keep up with the nasty activities of mass murders! My step-son was in Vegas.

If your house was on fire, what would you take on your way out?

My kitty, a porcelain picture my husband bought me, my daddy's cup dated the day he was born and my Bible (or the app loaded on my phone that has the Bible), can't forget the charger for the phone. Nothing else matters to me--it can all be replaced. I might try to grab some 'angels' that my patients gave me if everything else is safe and I can re-enter and get them.

How would you describe yourself in three words?

Caring, honest and a great love of life

If you won a million dollars, what would you do with it?

Help others; Build an awesome kitty room (glassed in with trees, plants, toys, etc.,) and rescue as many 'doomed' babies that are scheduled to be euthanized, and help them to become adoptable. My baby was one of them and she is one marvelous little girl today--a registered therapy cat who can understand sign language. I was going to let her be adopted, but NO way! She's mine forever.

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Hi, Neighbor!!! How have you been all these years? I'm back near town and totally enjoying life and being me. Give a note sometime!

Mar 12, 2017 at 10:49 AM

I lived in the Lake Forest area before moving out here to 'prune' city! Miss it so much. My husband was a wholesale mortgage broker, but his territory was in the high rent district in Beverly Hills. it's great for me to be around and be able to get in touch with classmates.

Karin Correll Hustad has left an In Memory comment for Allan Pappas.
Mar 10, 2017 at 2:33 PM

Allan was so super! I was new to Covina and the High School. I didn't even know how to get home from school the first couple of weeks--and who should appear? Allan! To this day he is still my knight in shining armor. He would walk me to San Bernardino Rd. and point me in the right direction. Low and behold he would appear almost every morning and after noon. Although gone, in my heart, he has never been forgotten. My very special young man and his family.

Hi Bill!