Karl Mikkelsaar of Aliso Viejo, California passed away on December 1, 2016 at the age of 86. He is survived by his wife Tiia of 48 years. Memorial services will be held in January but details are pending.
Karl was born in Tartu, Estonia and at the age of 14 fled the country with his parents and ended up in the displaced persons camp in Augsburg, Germany. There he finished high school just before immigrating to the U.S. The family started a new life and Karl was able to get a college education majoring in Business. His jobs took him to various states and Canada, finally settling in Southern California. Attending Estonia Days in San Francisco in 1967 he met Tiia, they married in 1968. Karl was involved in many community organizations. He was an excellent student, avid reader and a history buff. He enjoyed sports, cultural events and nature.
Karl will be remembered as a gentleman and a true patriot. He will be remembered and missed by family and friends in America and Estonia.