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Karen Brandt

A celebration of life for Karen I. Brandt, 67 of Wellman will be held Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 10:30 AM at the Peterseim Funeral Home in Kalona.  Burial will follow at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Joetown, Iowa.  Visitation will be held Monday, February 3 from 4 – 8 PM at the Peterseim Funeral Home in Kalona.  A general memorial fund has been established.  Karen Brandt died suddenly at the University of Iowa Hospital on Wednesday, January 30, 2014.

Karen Ilene (Butterbaugh) Brandt was born January 5, 1947 in Washington, Iowa the daugther of Dairld and Yevonne (Romine) Butterbaugh.  She graduated from Mid Prairie High School in 1966.  While she was in high school she worked as a waitress at the Capper Cafe.  After graduation she worked at Sheller Globe in Iowa City.  On October 7, 1972 she was united in marriage to Gaylord Brandt and the couple enjoyed traveling the country for many years thanks to Gaylord's employment as a boilermaker.  The couple later divorced.  Karen then worked in the kitchen at Parkview Manor in Wellman for three years and in 1994 she began working in housekeeping at the University of Iowa on the burn unit, where she was currently employed.  She loved animals of all kinds.

Survivors include her son Eric Brandt of Wellman, IA, one sister; Juanita Kauffman of Washington, IA, a number of nieces and nephews, one uncle; Jerry Butterbaugh of Florida, one aunt; Betty and husband Knight Wagner of Sacramento, CA, and a cousin; Jesse Hohenshell of Wellman, IA.

Preceding Karen in death were her parents, one brother; Ron Butterbaugh, a nephew; Shawn Butterbaugh and a number of aunts and uncles.

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My thoughts and prays go out to Karen's family.I had the joy of knowning karen from being a custodian at U I H C.She was a very nice and helpful person.

Libby Taylor Feb 7 2014 12:00 AM

I've known Karen my entire life.We spent a lot of time as kids riding ponies and just hanging out.To Eric, Juanita and the rest of the family, you have my deepest sympathy.We'll all miss her.

Becky Gardner Johns Feb 6 2014 12:00 AM

I worked for a very short time on the burn unit at UIHC and I can tell you that Karen was a very kind and friendly person. My thoughts and prayers go out to you as she will be missed by many.

Charlene Allaire Feb 5 2014 12:00 AM

Karen will be missed by all. She was a true friend .When ever you seen Karen she always had a smile on her face .My sympathy to her family.

Sandy Maher Feb 4 2014 12:00 AM

My prayers and sympathy for the family of Karen.I knew Karen from grade school and graduated with her from Mid-Prairie.She was a quiet and positive individual who I will miss.

Gloria A. Hershberger Feb 3 2014 12:00 AM

Our sympathy goes out to Karen's family! She was a great lady. She always had time to sit and talk about Wellman and the good old days. She was always up beat and you always went away feeling better after talking to her. She will be greatly missed. Our lives are alittle bit better from knowing her. Our deepest sympaty! Ron and Mary Redlinger

Ron and Mary Redlinger Feb 3 2014 12:00 AM

I worked with Karen at the University of Iowa Burn Unit.She was a genuine, caring, and nice person.Karen always had a smile for everyone she saw.She will be truly missed.

Karen Kluesner Feb 3 2014 12:00 AM

Karen will truly be missed by all that knew her, she was so simple, polite, and a true blessing to all her UIHC family! I will miss her friendly conversationpassing in the halls and in Burn Unit, her Smile was so heartwarming as her chatter. She had such an uplifting spirit that could make everyone feel good. May her family find comfort in all the wonderful memories through this time of sorrow!

Margaret Sedlacek Feb 1 2014 12:00 AM

I grew up in Daytonville and was friends with her brother Ron. My deepest sympathy to her family. She was always a quiet, kind person.

Bill Miller Feb 1 2014 12:00 AM

I worked with Karen at the University also as a custodian. She was always a joy to be around, her smile was contagious. May your memories of her give you comfort, God Bless!

Christina Moser Feb 1 2014 12:00 AM

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