Karen Schroeder Sanow, 62, of Vermillion, passed away at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls on Aug. 20, 2011 and joined her daughter Wendy Sanow in Heaven.
Funeral services were 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24 at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Vermillion with Father John Fischer officiating. Visitation with the family was from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011 with a prayer service at 7 p.m. all at the St. Agnes Catholic Church in Vermillion.
Karen was born April 4, 1949, in LeMars, IA to Irvin and Norma (Staab) Schroeder. She married Gene Sanow on Dec. 28, 1966. Gene and Karen had four children and acted as parents to many others throughout their 44 years of marriage. She had worked as a secretary for the Clay County Veterans office for the past five years. Gene and Karen had a strong bond and had an abundance of love for many; they were an amazing couple who were made for one another.
Karen had many accomplishments, but Karens greatest achievements have been in the lives of her family and friends. She had a unique gift to recognize and appreciate the talents in others and to make them feel loved and lifted by her presence. She had such a kind and generous heart that filled her home with love, fun, family and friends, including an attitude that there was always room for one more.
She leaves her husband, Gene of Vermillion; three children, Laurie (Ron) Rossi of Long Valley, NJ, Lisa (Thad) Manning of Burbank, and Nicole (Josh) Bennett of Vermillion; and all of her grandchildren, Nicholas, Alex, MaKayla, Sydney, Gabriel, and Zaiden with the knowledge that they were truly loved and they know that she is safe with Wendy now.
Karen is also survived by her parents, Irvin and Norma Schroeder of Remsen, IA; and siblings Gary (Red) Schroeder of LeMars, IA, Tom (Wanda) Schroeder of LeMars, IA, Lynne (Duane) Paulsen of Sioux City, IA, Julie (Larry) Nguyen of Grandview, IA and Mike (Linda) Schroeder of Urbandale, IA, along with several other relatives.
Karen will be truly missed by many; she was an amazing daughter, sister, wife, mom, grandma, aunt, and friend. Everyone who knew her loved her. She will always be remembered!