Karen Elizabeth Heddinger
West Des Moines
Karen Elizabeth Heddinger, 77, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 27th at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines with her family at her side. Services will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in West Des Moines on Thursday, July 31, 2014, at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines.
Karen was born August 10, 1936, in Green Bay, WI to Bessie (LaCharity) and Ernest Gustafson. She attended St. Joseph's Academy in Des Moines, graduating in 1954. Karen furthered her education at Mercy School of Nursing in Davenport, Iowa. She worked as an RN in Davenport and met and married George Heddinger on June 27, 1959, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Des Moines. Karen continued her nursing career at Vets Hospital, West Park Care Center and Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. She later retired from nursing to become the bookkeeper for Heddinger Brokerage. Karen was active at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, singing in the choir, as Eucharistic minister and studying with her bible group.
Karen was a gentle, kind soul who cherished her family above all else. She spent much of her time planning holidays and special events for everyone. You could always find her at many of her grandchildren's school and sports activities. Karen's unconditional love touched numerous lives. Her love for all things Notre Dame is now reflected with a candle that has been lit in her memory at the Grotto on the school campus.
Karen is survived by her husband of 55 years, George, her children, Dave Heddinger (Mary Beth), Paul Heddinger (Jan), Julie Carpenter (Curt) and Lori Wellman (Chuck); along with her grandchildren, Sarah (fiance' Thomas Stadler), Jacob and Mary Jess Heddinger, Adam, Ben and Anna Carpenter, Joe, Kari and Keli Wellman. She is also survived by her sister, Gail Tvedt (Doug), numerous nieces and nephews as well as other extended family.
The family will receive friends from 4 - 7 p.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church where a Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Memorial contributions can be made in Karen's memory to Sacred Heart Catholic Church or Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Online condolences will be welcomed at IlesCares.com.
Iles Funeral Home - Westover Chapel
6337 Hickman Road Des Moines, IA 50322
Published in Des Moines Register from July 29 to July 31, 2014