Karen Piper

Karen Piper

Karen Piper of Otsego, Michigan passed away Wednesday, January 25, 2012 in Allegan. Mrs. Piper was born June 3, 1939 in Ryder, North Dakota, to Edward and Valborg (Eide) Davis.

Karen was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She attended the Alamo Community Church and was an active member of the Women of the Moose. In her leisure time she enjoyed gardening, reading and working jigsaw puzzles.

On June 30, 1958 in Drake, ND, she married Charles Piper, who survives. Also surviving are three daughters, Nancy (Elmer) Sabin of Munising, Charlene (Terry) Bonnell of Otsego and Katrina (Robert) Garver of Florida; 8 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; her mother, Valborg Davis of Plainwell; siblings, Sandra Beach, Lois Reinhardt, Lila McDermid, Gordon Davis and Dorothy Bissonette; several nieces and nephews. She was loved and considered a mom and a grandma by many more.

Preceding her in death were a daughter, Rhonda Piper; a brother, Sterling Davis; and her father; Edward Davis.

In keeping with her wishes cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held at the Winkel Funeral Home at 11:00 A.M. Monday, Pastor Bill Walker officiating and a service by the Women of the Moose. Burial of ashes will be at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego, at a later date.

Contributions in memory of Karen may be made to Wings Home or Wings of Hope Hospice.

Messages of condolence may be left at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

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  1. Kurt Hatfield says:

    Charlie: I am sorry for the loss of your wife and to your daughters I am sorry for the loss of your mother. My family and I will keep you and your family in our prayers.

  2. Jan Hettinger says:

    My sincere condolences to the family of Karen.

    She will be missed , tho’ never forgotten. Her dedication to family and friends will always be treasured. Throughout her life she touched so many , letting them know just how important they were to her and how important it was for everyone to reach out to those that were in need .
    May God Bless and be with her family.

  3. Patti & Tom Gibbons says:

    Our heartfelt sympathy on the loss of Karen espcially to Mr.Piper. We were blessed to meet Karen on a few special occasions. Her spirit will live on in her children and family – what a special thought! From Dan we know that her soul is now with our Father in Heaven. AMEN to that and blessings to all.

  4. Kathy Wiese says:

    To Charlie & your family, My thoughts & prayers go out to you as you grieve the loss of Karen. I loved her very much & will miss her. She was such a “bright” spot in our dialysis unit, & I was so blessed to be able to share & enjoy our “Karen Kingsbury” moments! May God give you his peace & comfort. With love, Kathy Wiese

  5. David and Carol Boulter says:

    Char and Terry
    We are truly sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts.

  6. Dawn Boersma says:

    To Charlie and Family.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. Karen has always been an inspiration. She always had a kind word and opened her heart to one and all. She will be greatly missed

    Butch & Dawn

  7. Doug & Shirley Duryea says:

    Charlie & Family we share your grief and our prayers are with you. We will miss her dearly. May God give you all peace and comfort and all our love Doug & Shirley

  8. Jack & Grace Wilson says:

    Karen was a true and vital asset in helping the Moose become the Family Fraternity which it is today. Condolences to her family.

  9. Wanda & Burley Carr says:

    Charlie and Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Karen will be missed with her soft smile and words.

  10. Diane and Roger Newman says:

    We are very sorry for your loss. Condolences to the family.

  11. Julie & Henry Cronk says:

    Rest in peace Huggie Karen!!

  12. Larry Tissue says:

    The officers and members of District 11 are saddened by the passing of Karen, may she rest in peace.

  13. Patti Brockway says:

    Char and Family,
    In my thoughts and prayers during this time. Your Mom is now resting in the precious arms of Jesus. What a joy to know that you will someday see her again.

  14. Terry&Susan Revill says:

    Charlie and family may god be with all of you.

  15. Dan and Sherlene Belden says:

    Char & Terry, We are so very sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

  16. Jeanette (Lewis) Freeman says:

    Charlene & Terry,

    So sorry for your loss. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.


  17. Kathy and Dave VanderMeer says:

    Chuck, Char, Nancy and Trena,
    May knowing others care help you through this trouble time. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    We want to remember Val, Sandie, Lois, Lila, Gordon and Dorothy and their families too.

  18. Barbara J. McPherson says:

    On behalf of the Women of the Moose across our continent, we are saddened to hear of the loss of our dear friend Karen. She was a tremendous asset to our organization for many years and are blessed to have known her. We send our deepest sympathy to her entire family.

  19. Sherry Elliott says:

    Charlie and family , Karen is going to miss by all of us but it will big miss to all of you. Just remenber all of good things and times. And we will too.

  20. Dale and Linda Stilwell says:

    Charlie and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Karen was very special to us. She has touched so many lives in her lifetime and she will be remembered for not only all that she has done but for her friendly smile, warm touch, undivided attention and how she never stopped hugging until the other person stopped first. Draw strength from each other and find comfort in the lord. She will be greatly missed but we will all be together again someday.

  21. Sylvia Putnam says:

    My prayers and thoughts go out to you and your family. Your Mother was a warm thoughtful woman and I will always remember her kind words and encouragement she gave to me when I was Deputy.

  22. Sharon (Britton) Howard says:

    Chuck, and girls I am so sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. I thought a lot of her. You guys are in my thoughts and prayers.

  23. Jim and Pat Ferguson says:

    Our prayers are with the Piper family during this time of loss. Karen was a wonderful person who shared her joy of life and family with everyone and had a smile for everyone she met. She made me feel at home at the Moose and encouraged me to grow in many ways. I will miss her greatly; she was a great lady.

    Pat and Jim Ferguson

  24. Dean & Joyce Sheldon says:

    Chuck and girls:
    Sending a gentle hug your way to comfort you and to let you know
    your in our prayers and in our heart today and always.

  25. Jim Grahl says:

    Sorry to here about Karen.She always had a kind word for everybody.She was an inspiration for everybody and will be greatly missed in the whole Moose Kingdom.
    Jim & Brenda Grahl

  26. Vickey Lynch says:

    Karen I will deeply miss you, you were very dear to my heart! Charlie and the family I am so nvery sorry for your loss. I so feel the hurt, pain, sadness. I grieve with you all. I send my prayers of comfort to the family. I love you all !! Vickey Lynch

  27. Chris & Lynne Kelsey says:

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  28. Sue Densham says:

    Char – So sorry to read about your Mom’s passing. My thoughts & prayers are with you and your family in this time of loss.

  29. Ron and Bev Esterline says:

    Charlie and Family;
    Ron and I wish to express our condolences to you and your family at the loss of your beautiful wife Karen. She was always a sweet and loving friend. and we enjoyed sitting down to a fish fry on a Friday night with you and Karen. She will be greatly missed by everyone at the Moose Lodge.

  30. Carole Bouchard says:

    Dear Charlie and family: Karen was a great friend and mentor to
    many of us in the Women of the Moose; We, as with your family,
    will remember the fond memories we have had over the years
    and the mentoring she so graciously did. My thoughts and prayers are with your family during these most difficult days.


  31. Wynn Norris says:

    So sorry for your loss. Karen was a good friend and promoter of the W. O.T.M. She will be missed by us all. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.


  32. Bonnie Bowden says:

    Dear Charlene,

    I was so sorry to hear about your mom. I know she made a difference in my early life. Her love, sense of fun, and compassion to others spoke louder than any words ever could.

    I will be praying for your whole family during this difficult time.


  33. Howard & Terri Gott says:

    Charlie and girls, I’m at a lost for words. My heart is broken over the news of Karen. We go back a long way and the memories will be treasured forever. You are such a close knit family, and I always admired that. Karen was always such a positive person and never complained. I loved her so much for her wonderful attutide. Please give granny a hug and kiss for me. God Bless each and everyone of you. May she rest in peace.

    All of our sympathy, Terri and Howard

  34. Mary Zuydwegt says:

    Dear Piper family I Just heard from John Jr that Karen had just passed. I am so sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. I will miss her very much.
    Her coworker of the Women of the Moose, love to all of the family, Mary Zuydwegt

  35. Mike & Pam Kirby says:

    Nancy and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this time of sorrow. Each of us throughout the Moose Fraternity have such great memories of your mom. She sure was in inspiration to the Women of the Moose. She offered all of us advice while serving as Deputy Grand Regent and I truly appreciated everything that she passed on to me while serving as Deputy. She will be missed by everyone.

  36. Helen (Willits) Haight says:

    Nancy, Char & Families,
    I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your mother, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  37. Roger & Marlene Simpson says:

    Charlie & Family, Roger & I were saddened to hear of Karen’s passing. We pray that you will find strength in the memories that she has left for you. She spoke very softly, loved people and was a great person.

  38. Bob and Joyce Bloom says:

    Chuck, Nancy, Char, Trina and the entire family, please acccept our deepest sympathy with the loss of Karen.

  39. Marian and Howard Morgan says:

    Charlie and Family
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time Karen always had a kind word and open heart to everyone.
    She will be greatly missed by Howard and I. Our prayers are with you Charlie. Marian and Howard

  40. Patricia Clingenpeel says:

    God be with you at this time of sorrow. Try to remember Karen is now with our Lord & not suffering.

  41. Geri Bidelman (Lansing) says:

    my prays and thoughts are with you are during the loss of your wife and mother. I remember the help she gave me while I was in Fremont, she was such a wonderful person and will be miss by so many people. God be with you all

  42. Sandy Thompson says:

    To the Piper family I would like to express my deepest sympathy on Karen’s passing. What a sweet gentle woman she was. We served on boards together for the Women of The Moose and she will be deeply missed. I will cherish my memories of her as she was an inspiration to me and so many others.

  43. Darlene Born & Robert Bogue says:

    Our sympathy to the family of this wonderful lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Charlie.

  44. Alesia & Jerry Krueger says:

    The Bonnell Family,
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. If there is anything we can do, please let us know. May God bless each of you and look over you at this time.

  45. Tami DeJonge says:

    I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your mom, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Tam

  46. Monnie & Mary Dunn says:

    Charlie and family

    Our thought and prayers are with you. Thank you for all the wonderful memories we have of you both. Not only Moose but other times just relaxing and enjoying our times together.
    We are so thankful to have had a lot of special times with you and Karen.

  47. Garnet Sharpe says:

    So very sorry to hear of the loss of your morther, and wife Karen was a wordenful preson may she rest now in the arms of the lord for ever more, Garnet , George Sharpe

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