In Memoriam

One of our most wonderful graduates, Rasa Sittler, passed away on December 28, 2009.

Rasa Sittler was born in Germany and emigrated with her family to the U.S. as a young girl. She studied theater in Germany and later in New York. She performed internationally with the Munich Bach Choir and with the Players Workshop in New York City. In 1973 she shifted her focus from her acting career and became a devotee of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. She also continued to act in sacred contexts and deepened her studies in the healing arts.

She graduated from Lauterstein-Conway Massage School in 1995 and has been a wonderful, heartfelt therapist ever since. She also trained at the Ayurvedic Institute in Vrindavana, India, the Mind-Body Institute in San Antonio, and the Noetic Sciences Research Institute in Lima, Peru. She became a superb colon hydrotherapist as well as a highly skillful and spiritual-awakened massage therapist.

David said, “Rasa defined beauty and kindness inside and out. It was an honor and privilege to be her teacher and her friend.” Four years ago Rasa and another esteemed TLC graduate, Greg Schroen, were married. Our hearts go out to Greg as well as to Rasa’s friends and family. We all were certainly blessed to have known her.

We also want to extend heartfelt condolences to our dear friend, Bob King, who lost his wife, Kathie, this past week. Kathie was a native Texas who braved the Chicago cold for many years as Bob’s devoted other half.

Kathie was a very giving, kind, funny and warm person who will be missed by all that she touched.

Our human life is revealed as all the more precious as we experience the passage of time, the passing of old friends, and the births of new ones.


In her honor John and David will be awarding a $500 scholarship to one new student each new class.

For new enrollees who wish to apply for the Rasa Sittler Memorial Scholarship, or for graduates who wish to contribute in her name, contact Admissions and we will happy to be of service.