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Karen Kay Leffel

Apr 1, 2008

ESTHERVILLE — A Celebration of Life will be held for Karen Kay Leffel, 49, of Estherville 1 p.m. Saturday, April 5, 2008, at United Methodist Church in Estherville with Pastor Lynn A. Potter officiating. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville.

She died Saturday, March 29, 2008, at Avera Holy Family Health in Estherville.

Karen Kay (Waterman) Leffel, the daughter of Roscoe and Marilyn (Stoddard) Waterman, was born Dec. 17, 1958, in Estherville.

She received her education in the Estherville schools and graduated from Estherville High School in 1977. After graduation from high school she attended Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant. While attending college, Karen met Ronald Leffel and they were united in marriage Aug. 8, 1981, at the United Methodist Church in Estherville. The couple have made their home in Estherville and have owned and operated Estherville Printing, where Karen has worked side by side with Ron in the operation of their business. In her leisure time Karen has enjoyed watching and following Phil’s school career and also gardening, reading, and collecting things, especially angels and dishes. Karen was active in the Girl Scouts when she was younger. She was also a Cub Scout Den Leader.

Karen was a member of the United Methodist Church in Estherville; she was active in local civic organizations as past president of WaTanYe, Rainbow Girl, she was an Estherville Library Board member and also was a member of VFW Post 3388 Ladies Auxiliary.

Grateful for having shared Karen’s life are her husband, Ron, son, Phillip Allen Leffel, and mother, Marilyn Waterman, all of Estherville; sister, Diane Lavender, and her husband, Rick; and brother, Kevin Waterman and his wife, Sandra; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding Karen in death were her father and grandparents.

The family prefers that in lieu of flowers memorial donations be directed to the Emmet County Food Pantry, the American Red Cross, or the charity of your choice. On-line condolences may be sent to: www.henryolsonfuneral.com