The sudden death of local veterinarian Kerstin F. Brosemer has left many friends and clients shocked and saddened.
Brosemer, 45, died Sunday from a brain hemorrhage at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, according to the Benton County coroner.
"I worked closely with Kerstin for four years and she was a wonderful, vivacious person with an enormous heart for animals," said her friend and colleague Laura Gosink, the medical director at Mid-Columbia Pet Emergency Services in Pasco.
Brosemer was taken to Kadlec on Saturday after she was found unconscious at home and died the next day, Gosink said.
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She said the death of her friend was jolting because Brosemer had no history of an illness.
In addition to her work at the clinic, Brosemer lended her expertise selflessly every Friday for two years to the nonprofit organization Prevent Homeless Pets, based in Benton City, Gosink said.
"There are tons of people who loved her dearly," she said. "She had this loud, squeaky laugh that was a show stopper to everyone. It was so infectious it could make you laugh until you were exhausted."
"We are a close-knit family at the ER, all filled with (sadness) right now," she said. "Kerstin put her heart and soul into her work and she had an enormous passion for animals."
Brosemer was a veterinarian at Vineyard Animal Clinic in Kennewick before moving to the emergency clinic 10 years ago.
She was born in Pullman and lived in the Tri-City area for about 20 years. A private ceremony is planned for her funeral.