Karen Stohner Zimmerer

Karen Stohner Zimmerer died unexpectedly Friday, November 16 at the University of Kansas Hospital.

She was born August 12, 1945 in Camden New Jersey, the daughter of Donald and Elizabeth Stohner. She graduated from Haddon Heights High School in 1963 and earned a degree in Spanish from Lake Forest College in 1967.

Karen worked as a teacher, estate administrator at a bank, librarian, manager of the Nautilus Museum gift shop, but most importantly as a wife and mother.

She married Rupert (Roz) Zimmerer on June 22, 1968 in Barrington, NJ. He survives of the home. Other survivors include two daughters, Janet Zimmerer, Norwich Connecticut; Gail Zimmerer-Bonsall, (Scott Bonsall) Ada, Michigan; two brothers, Paul Stohner (Andrea), Ocean City, NJ; Jerry Stohner, (Debbie) Ormond Beach, FL. She also leaves behind four beloved grandchildren; Jayden, Paige, Rowan and Reese Bonsall; two nieces; Amy Debye-Saxinger (Gerhard); Darby Stohner; two nephews Matthew Stohner (Carrie), Zachary Stohner and two grand-nieces and two grand-nephews. She was pre-deceased by her parents and a niece Allison Stohner.

Karen loved her family, friends and animals, especially giraffes and had a room dedicated to her collection. She also enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles and traveling. Since moving back to Lawrence from Connecticut, she became a Jayhawk and KC sports fan, without ever losing her fondness for her Philadelphia teams. Her love of life shone brightly whenever she competed, be it word games, sports, or in her many bridge groups with friends.

A memorial service will be held at 2 pm on Friday, December 7th at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

The family suggests memorials to Theater Lawrence or the Giraffe Conservation Foundation sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St. Lawrence, KS 66044.

Messages & Condolences

From Cathy and Walt Duzenski...

Dear Roz, Janet, Gail (Scott) & “Grand”children,

We extend our deepest sympathy for the loss of your beloved Karen, wife, mother & “Grand”mother.
Karen was a wonderful person full of life, fun and adventure.
We looked forward to seeing her (and all of you) each year in Ocean City for fun, sun & water, enjoying a meal and just hanging out with good conversation too. Great memories !
Our sincere condolences to all, as you remain in our thoughts and prayers.
She is resting in peace …
Love,
Cathy and Walt Duzenski

From Megan...

I am so sorry for your loss. May the words of our loving heavenly Father bring your family comfort and strength during this most difficult time as He promises to bring our loved ones back to life in a perfect world where there will be no more suffering or death (John 5:28-29 & Revelation 21:4).

From Love. Shelley and Eli Grosman...

So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time. She will be missed.

From Amanda Hathorn Moon...

My condolences for you and family! Many thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time! I wish you comfort and peace with the many cherished memories you have!

From Dan DiMauro...

So sorry for your loss. Janet, I’m thinking of you and your family. The loss of a parent is a life changing experience but you have a lifetime of memories to comfort you.

From Coby Baldauf...

So sorry for your loss, words cannot express the loss felt by losing a loved one.

From George and Wanda Stein...

Dear Family of Karen, Nov 24 2018
We are so very sorry for the passing of your precious Karen. Words seem so imperfect at a time like this. We trust from God’s Word, even though Karen could not be healed this side of Heaven, she is perfectly healed on the other side. The hardest part of death is the “gone” part and wanting “more time”. Thank goodness love is stronger than death and our memories still live vividly. We know you will miss Karen from this day forward . We pray Psalm 147:3 will comfort you, knowing that God heals the broken in heart and Psalm 55:22 that you can cast all your burdens on the LORD, because He cares for you.
When we are left behind and our loved ones go before us, we are left to keep their memories alive and to live life well to honor them. We know the hurt in your heart is deep and beyond description. I’m sure Karen enriched lives that time can never erase. So, we send our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Sincerely,
George and Wanda Stein

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