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Karen E. Koehn

Karen passed away Monday, September 13, 2021 at the Wings Home in Allegan, MI.

She was born March 3, 1937 in Cavite, Philippines, the daughter of Warren and Ruth (Pitz) Daigler. For 38 years Karen worked for the City of Plainwell until her retirement in 2012. She enjoyed playing cards and belonged to a pinochle club. She also liked volunteering for local charities, spending time with her family and friends and loved seeing her grandchildren. Karen was an avid Green Bay Packers fan and liked following golf, football and bowling. She was a longtime member of St. Margaret Catholic Church in Otsego.

Survived by her children, Tom Koehn of Mequon, WI; Susan Witas of East Troy, WI and David (Lloyd Marcom) Koehn of San Diego, CA; grandchildren, Angela, Brett, Mason and Mallory; siblings, Lynn Hudson and Lisa Geren along with several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, son Mark in 2013 and siblings, Geoffrey Daigler, Steven Daigler and Christina Blakely.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

A memorial mass will be held at St. James Catholic Church in Mukwonago, Wisconsin and at St. Margaret Catholic Church in Otsego.

Private family burial of ashes will take place at St. Margaret Cemetery in Otsego.

In lieu of flowers contributions in Karen’s memory may be made to

St. Vincent de Paul Ministry in Otsego, MI


Good Hands Plainwell in Plainwell, MI


Wings of Hope Hospice in Allegan, MI.

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Terry VanLent

September 14, 2021 at 3:33 pm

Karen was such a sweet person…I am so sorry to hear of her passing.


Connie L Adams

September 14, 2021 at 4:14 pm

My sincere sympathy to the family.


Jerry and Dinah Howrigon

September 14, 2021 at 8:57 pm

So sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. Such a great lady. Her family is in my prayers.


Nan handy

September 14, 2021 at 9:05 pm

So sorry to hear about Karen she was a wonderful lady


Kathy Sertich

September 14, 2021 at 9:37 pm

My Deepest Sympathy.

Wherever a beautiful soul such as Karen’s has been, there is a trail

of beautiful memories to hold on too.

Rest in Peace My Friend.

My Thoughts & Prayers are with the Family.


Joan (Murphy) Adams

September 14, 2021 at 10:30 pm

I remember us kids making faces and getting in trouble during Mass. Prayers for calm and comfort for the family.


Merry Kingsley

September 15, 2021 at 7:32 am

My deepest sympathy for the family.


Bill and Karen Bomar

September 15, 2021 at 10:51 am

Karen will be sadly missed and well remembered by so many. Our condolences to the family.


Mrs. Jim Hewitt. (Patti Khodl )

September 15, 2021 at 1:15 pm

Sorry to learn of this. My late husband and I met Karen thru Nancy Heilig. We shared visits and meals with Karen and the Heilig’s. I like to think that they are all chatting in heaven and looking out for us. Condolences to her family and friends. Sorry but was unaware she was at Wings Of Hope Hospice in Allegan.



September 15, 2021 at 1:53 pm

An absolutely beautiful lady. Rest easy my friend. My prayers for peace and comfort to the family.


Joyce McClellan

September 15, 2021 at 2:53 pm

Thinking of all in prayer at this difficult time. Karen was such a blessing and will be missed by all who knew and loved her. ❤️ Joyce & Dan McClellan


Winkel Funeral Home

September 15, 2021 at 3:01 pm

My dear friend Karen of over 55 years, I will continue to love you indefinitely and remember all that we shared and your wonderful laugh. I know your soul is with the Lord. Love, Janet

There is one thing I ask the Lord,

only this do I seek:

to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.

Psalms 27:4


Roberta Daigler

September 15, 2021 at 3:56 pm

Karen was one of the most devout and selfless people that I’ve known. Such a lovely lady and dear friend who will always remain close to my heart. My deepest sympathy to all of you. God Bless.


Lynn Hudson

September 15, 2021 at 7:10 pm

My dear sister and best friend. I love you dearly. Life will never be the same without you.


Terry Sapinski

September 15, 2021 at 10:23 pm

So sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. She was such a kind and gentle person, and so giving to all. Prayers for the family.


Vicky A Crawford

September 16, 2021 at 6:23 am

Tom, Susan and David, What a delight your mom was. I enjoyed hearing of her time with you all and spending a bit of time with her myself. She was strong and decisive, caring and giving to so many others. Our small town has benefited greatly from her talents and we are so happy she chose Plainwell to settle in so long ago. My friendship with Tom and getting to know both of you, I count as blessings. Know you are always welcome here. God bless you all.


Eric and Dana Van Ness

September 17, 2021 at 10:59 am

We were very sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. She was good friends with my mother, Noreen Farmer. We have some nice pictures of them on their trip together to Maine and New York. We made a donation to Wings of Hope in her Name. She will be missed.


Carla Finch

September 18, 2021 at 3:22 pm

I am so sorry for the loss of a mother, sister, friend, wife. She has been a wonderful person to be around. I will miss her, dearly.


David Sumner

September 20, 2021 at 9:03 pm

I personally did not get to meet Karen, but I worked with her sister Lynn for 36 years.

I am sure that Karen was as exceptional as Lynn always told me that she was, as she was Lynn’s best friend, besides being a wonderful big sister.

My wife Trudy and my thoughts and prayers go out to Lynn and the entire family.


Susan Witas

September 28, 2021 at 11:43 pm

Thank you so much for your thoughts and your donation to Wings of Hope. Mom would have loved that you did that.

Blessings, Susan


Bridges of Hope, Allegan County

October 2, 2021 at 2:31 pm

We appreciate Karen’s years of service on our Board of Directors at Bridges of Hope, Allegan County, and miss her financial help and her friendship.


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