Karen Koenders

Karen Koenders, 58, of Newberry, founder of “Moms on a Mission” after suffering a long battle with cancer entered heavens gate on September 11, 2011. She will be missed by all.

She is survived by her husband, Denny Koenders; children, Jeremiah Koenders of San Jan Valley, Arizona, Jennifer Harris of Bellevue, Nebraska, Jason Koenders of Renton, Washington and Janelle Anderson of Douglas, Wyoming and a sister, Patricia Plucker of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

A memorial service will be held in Athens, Alabama, on Thursday, September 15, 2011, at 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to “Moms on a Mission” (checks payable to Denny Koenders), PO Box 219, Newberry, SC 29108.

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#9 Mary Kasten Marche 2011-10-29 11:12
I grew up with Karen. Our farms were side by side in SD. I have such fabulous memories of sleep-overs, herding cows, bike rides and walking to school down quiet gravel roads. We went to a one-room country school house through the 8th grade and then to high-school together. We lost touch later and had only sporadic contact but every contact with Karen was a treat. Her kindness and zest for life were her unmistakable trade mark. I just learned of her passing and feel a loss even from a distance. What a courageous friend.
#8 barabara Lund 2011-10-19 15:28
I am very sorry for your loss. I met Karen back in 1970, we were both had our first children one day apart. We both were working at the Stockyards cafe, Sioux Falls.
I met you years later.Our kids were still growing up.
I believe it was at one of her kids graduations.
Before Karen passed in Sept. she called me several times
until then i didn't know she had been battling cancer.
She said i thought i had told you.
We had nice talks ,though the past years and meet her once for coffee, and of course she never missed sending a Christmas card.
She talked about your work and how blessed she was to have you in her life.
I will always remember Karen, and think of her dearly.
She had just gotten home when she called me . I knew it was near.She was so strong in faith.I know she is home with our Lord.
Please E-Mail me,
Barb Lund
#7 Karen Musilek 2011-09-19 21:01
I am so sorry to hear about Karen. I met her a couple years ago in Council Bluffs. She was so nice and I enjoyed being around her. My prayers go out to her and her family.
Karen Musilek
#6 Kathy Burns 2011-09-15 16:47
Dear Denny: I cannot tell you how very sorry Mark and I are about losing Karen. We loved her so, and we love you also. You are our "friends," friends that come along once in a lifetime. I will miss her smile, our phone calls, long talks,driving crazy in the convertible, eating ice cream, sharing iced tea, big hugs. She was one in a million, and we were truly blessed to have had the both of you in our lives. May God be with her and you during this sad time. She is truly an angel. Please Denny - if there is anything at all that you need, please call us. We love you. Kathy and Mark Burns
#5 Harmony Care Hospice 2011-09-14 10:05
Mr. Koenders,
We are so very sorry for your loss. We will continue to keep you and your family in our thoughts. Please know that we are here for you if there is anything you need.
#4 James Denton 2011-09-14 09:55
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. You have our deepest and most sincere condolences.
#3 Nancy Weikart 2011-09-13 11:19
Denny and family, I cannot tell you what a brilliant ray of sunshine Karen was to me and to the whole world. Her energy and affinity to do good in the world was phenomenal and I will always treasure knowing her. I knew her less than 1 year and can tell you the scope of her influence is boundless, for me and to the many people who prayed for her and knew her through me. To say she was a blessing is certain. My love to you all, and may God's love carry you through your grief. As for me, I know she is a daughter of God and how sweet to know she is with Him now. Love, Nancy
#2 Kay Paulson 2011-09-13 10:31
We are so sorry to hear that Karen has passed away. She has been courageous in fighting her illness. Our prayers go out to Denny and her family. It easy never easy to lose a loved one. May she rest in peace.
Love and prayer, Dave and Kay and family
#1 Kathy Grosz 2011-09-12 22:48
Denny, there are no words to describe my feelings for Karen. She was a sister, friend, mentor - loved by myself, husband and children. I shared so very many precious memories with her and have my late parents to thank for opening their doors years ago and welcoming her in. She was always constant, loving, caring and willing to help me through many difficult times growing up. I will absolutely miss her laughter, criticism and insight. As the years grew on we shared phone calls - her voice was welcoming to my ears. I am so sorry for your loss yet thankful as are you to know that she is at peace with those who were waiting to welcome her home.

Go in PEACE Karen....love you always....Kathy .

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