Karen Mae Grebner, 80, of Fort Dodge passed away on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at Fort Dodge Health and Rehabilitation Center in Fort Dodge.
She was born on June 20, 1939 in Ottosen, Iowa to Harold and Frieda (Werhspann) Benjamin. She grew up in the Rutland area and graduated from Humboldt High School in 1958. She married Donald Claude in 1959 and they made their home in West Bend. The marriage was dissolved and she moved to Dakota City in 1977. Karen was employed at Hy-Vee for a number of years in both Humboldt and Fort Dodge. She was a member of Zion Lutheran church and taught Sunday School there for several years. Before retiring, she was self-employed as a caretaker and personal assistant. She moved to Fort Dodge in 2004.
Karen enjoyed playing Bingo, being outdoors, and going shopping. She loved people and could often be found having coffee at one of the local cafes. She was a member at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and often volunteered to help with activities. Over the years she collected angels because they made her feel safe. Karen cherished her time with her grandchildren. She spent 13 wonderful years with her dog Sydney and assured everyone that she had never had a better friend.
Karen is survived by her sons, Darwin (Ann) Claude of Carol Stream, Illinois and Dale Claude of St. Cloud Minnesota, her daughters Denise (James) Kobold of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Jolene (Matt Klein) Grebner of Dayton, Iowa, her 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. One niece Colleen (Bill) Miller of LuVerne, Iowa. One nephew Calvin (Judy) Williams of Lytton, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Beverly Williams and grandson Kolton Dicus.
Visitation will be Friday, October 11th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Mason-Lindhart Funeral Home in Humboldt. Funeral services will be Saturday, October 12th at 10:30 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Humboldt. Burial will be in Union Cemetery.