In loving memory of

Karen Jean Peterson
November 21, 1939 - January 17, 2021

Karen Jean Peterson was born November 21, 1939 to Carl and Mabel Marie (Bennett) Swan in Brunswick, Missouri.

Karen passed away Sunday, January 17, 2021 at Mercy One Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Burnley Peterson; brother, Harvey (Mary) Swan.

Left to cherish her memory, three daughters, Cheryl Sorenson of Fort Dodge, Iowa, Donna and her husband Dudley Reis of Lincoln, Nebraska and Vivian Peterson of Denison, Iowa; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a host of other relatives and friends.

Per Karen's wishes, she has been cremated and services will be at a later date.


Lana Henningsen wrote on Jan 20, 2021:

"Karen was one sweet and fine lady. Always had a smile and time to say hello. She will be missed. The world needs more people like your Mom."

Cindy wrote on Jan 19, 2021:

"My sympathies to Karen?s family.She was one of hardest working woman I know. Cindy"

Jacki Anthony wrote on Jan 19, 2021:

"Prayers for the family Jacki Anthony"

Ronda Malone Aikman wrote on Jan 19, 2021:

"Vivian & family my condolences to you & your family & will be in my prayers"

Jessica Malone wrote on Jan 18, 2021:

"Viv and family, I am so sorry for your loss! Karen was a great lady and I\'m glad that I got to meet her and work with her at Wesco. Lots of love, Jess Malone"

Gina Houston wrote on Jan 18, 2021:

"Oh Viv, I am so sorry to hear about your mom. Karen was a wonderful lady. I loved working with her & the ladies at work always lit up when they knew Karen was coming in! If only everyone was as kind as your mother was, it would indeed be a better world! My sympathies to you & the rest of your family."

Sandi Brus wrote on Jan 18, 2021:

"My thoughts and prayers are with Karen\'s family at this sad and difficult time. She came to the United Church of Manilla and was a true ray of sunshine. She will truly be missed."

Maureen O'NeillO'Neill-Remington wrote on Jan 18, 2021:

"Cheryl, Donna, & Vivian, My heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your Mom. I always enjoyed her sense of humor, and was fortunate to get to work with her. May she rest in peace and perpetual light shine upon her. May God fill your hearts with peace and strength."

Carol & Dick Erickson wrote on Jan 18, 2021:

"Karen had a heart of gold and was so kind.. She was generous with her time and treasures and such a hard worker. She went out of her way to bring us rhubarb several times a summer and we would have a fun visit. I enjoyed working with her and considered her a good friend for many years. Viv you are in my thoughts. You and your family have my sympathy and prayers."

Teri and John Everson wrote on Jan 18, 2021:

"I have known Karen for years and she was a very sweet lady always willing to help someone out RIP Karen. My sympathy for the family "

Jay & Lynna Miller wrote on Jan 18, 2021:

"We share in your loss & will miss Karen. We loved having her as part of United Church Family. May you find Peace & be blessed with the comfort of our Lord Almighty. He holds you close in your sorrow."

Sandi Gruhn wrote on Jan 18, 2021:

"Viv and family, I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to all of you. I new Karen through the Bowling Alley and her being a member of the Klondike Hotel. She was a sweet lady, who sure liked to visit and help in any way she could. We will all miss her and her ambitious ways. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. Sandi Gruhn, and the rest of the Klondike members. May she rest in peace."

Darla Rickers & family wrote on Jan 18, 2021:

"Karen was a wonderful lady & great friend of my mom. My heart goes out to you all in this time of your loss."

Susan Grau wrote on Jan 18, 2021:

"Donna and family, I am so very sorry for the loss of your mother. You are in our thoughts and Prayers . Susan Brosnahan Grau"

Traci Houston wrote on Jan 18, 2021:

"Deepest sympathies to Viv and her family! You're mom was always so full of smiles and so much energy. If she saw you somewhere , you can bet she would come over just to say hello. An inspiration to us all. Rest in peace Karen... you will be missed."