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Napa Streets Closed for Funeral of Karen Shubin, 47, Cal Fire Battalion Chief

Third Street and some cross streets will be closed between Jefferson and California from about 8 a.m. to noon today. The funeral for Cal Fire Sonoma-Lake-Napa battalion chief Karen Shubin takes place at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Episcopal Church.

Firefighters and other first responders from around the North Bay are expected to attend the funeral for Cal Fire battalion chief Karen Shubin, Tuesday at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 1917 Third St., Napa.

A city bulletin advises that Third Street between Jefferson and California, and some cross streets, will be closed from 8 a.m. to approximately 12pm. 

Shubin's life ended Jan. 23 after a two-year battle with cancer, according to a Cal Fire post on the agency's official Facebook page. She was 47 years old.

Shubin worked for Cal Fire for 29 years, mostly in the Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit, and most recently out of the Glen Ellen station, according to Division Chief David Shew who talked to Patch.

Shew said Shubin was diagnosed with brain cancer two years ago and did not go back to work after that.

She is survived by her husband David, a fire captain in San Rafael, and their four children.

Hundreds of people have left messages on Cal Fire's Facebook page honoring Shubin, calling her a "very dedicated professional" and "fun."

Among the messages: 

"You fought the good fight—rest easy now, you've earned it."

"R.I.P Chief. Thank you for your service." 

"See you on roll call."

"Too young to die."

"It is always sad when we lose our heroes."

The messages have come from firefighters as far away as Sonora, Mexico; Ventura; Madera; and Santa Cruz.

Did you know Karen Shubin? Please tell us in the comments.

Janice January 29, 2013 at 11:58 PM
God Bless you Karen you are at peace now and will be looked after by God and know we will all soon see you in Heaven, as that is his plan for us all in some point in time. Yours ended much too soon....... We pray for your husband and your children and keep them safe. God Bless.... C
Tom Kalbrener January 30, 2013 at 07:34 PM
This was a wonderful tribute to Chief Shubin. Very well conceived, efficient and effective traffic control on busy 3rd ST for this ceremony. TK
Dian Jones February 01, 2013 at 06:48 PM
If I can Thank you for the beautiful church setting, pamphlets, presentations, firefighters who attended, relatives and friends who attended or were there in spirit, those who pulled together the church procession of honor guards and bagpipes, the Napa police, the Novato police and fire department, the CA Highway patrol and all that helped Karen rest in peace. The communities could not have done a better job No one was left untouched by this generosity. I am so happy to have been a witness to this and be apart of it. My heart goes out to the family and relatives.
Dian K Jones February 01, 2013 at 06:50 PM
If I can Thank you for the beautiful church setting, pamphlets, presentations, firefighters who attended, relatives and friends who attended or were there in spirit, those who pulled together the church procession of honor guards and bagpipes, the Napa police, the Novato police and fire department, the CA Highway patrol and all that helped Karen rest in peace. The communities could not have done a better job No one was left untouched by this generosity. I am so happy to have been a witness to this and be apart of it. My heart goes out to the family and relatives.

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