Marshall Funeral Chapel
OBITUARY - KAREN K. (KESTERSON) VARY
KAREN K. (KESTERSON) VARY, age 71 of Tabor, IA, died Thursday, May 20, 2010 at Tabor Manor following a lengthy illness.
Karen was born February 21, 1939 in Tabor, IA to Edwin Guy KESTERSON and Dortha Lavern (CHAMBERS) KESTERSON. They later
moved to Mt. Ayr, IA where she attended school. Karen played the bassoon in the marching band, was involved in 4-H and
helped on the family farm. She graduated from Mt. Ayr High School in 1957.
Karen moved to Des Moines, IA in 1960 where she lived until moving with her children in 1970 to Bemidji, MN. She made
Bemidji her home where she held many different jobs, made many good, long time friends and went to Northwest Technical
College, then to Bemidji State University where she earned her degree in Criminal Justice, Accounting and Medical
In 1998 Karen moved to Tacoma, WA where she managed the Best Western until 2003 when she returned to Tabor to be with her
mother and lived there until her death.
Karen was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Lyle KESTERSON; daughter, Debra KESTERSON-WARNO; grandson, Nathan
EISENZIMMER; and a granddaughter, Lindsey KNICKERBOCKER.
She is survived by 4 daughters, Diana GERLOFS and husband Jerry
of Pinewood, MN, Michelle WILSON of Fargo, ND, Kendra WOLF and husband John of Bemidji, MN and Melanie RINIKER of Tacoma,
WA; 3 sons, David HACKER and wife Debbie of Menahga MN, Michael COCKAYNE of Inver Grove Heights, MN and Brian KNICKERBOCKER
and wife Kim of Young America, MN; 22 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Lynn KESTERSON and wife Janet of
Winterset, IA and Mic KESTERSON and wife Karen of Tabor, IA; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were Monday, May 24, 2010, at the Tabor, Iowa Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Jeff JEWETT officiating.
Interment was in the Tabor Cemetery and memorials will go to the Tabor Church of the Nazarene of the Tabor Rescue
Squad. The Crawford-Marshall Funeral Chapel in Tabor, Iowa was in charge of arrangements.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2010
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