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Karen Leigh DeFelice

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Karen Leigh DeFelice


Karen DeFelice, 51, died Saturday, December 1, 2012, at home. Memorial services will be held 1:30 p.m. Friday, December 7, at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines, where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Private burial of the cremated remains will be held at a later date at Lincoln Cemetery near Granger.

Karen DeFelice was born in Louisville, KY on April 8, 1961 to Ellen (McGlon) and John Ralph Corbett Jr. She earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in agriculture at the University of Kentucky. Karen served a tour in Ecuador in the Peace Corps between degrees. She worked in the areas of education and the sciences over 25 years, writing numerous education publications, technical documents, and interactive software titles. Karen was the author of Enzymes for Autism and other Neurological Conditions: The Practical Guide to Digestive Enzymes and Better Behavior, and Enzymes: Go With Your Gut. She was an internationally recognized expert and speaker on digestive enzymes and digestive health, supplements and diets. Her unique style and insight led to writing a monthly column on various aspects of enzymes for a national health newsletter, and she was a frequent contributor to international trade magazines. Karen's enjoyable down-to-earth writing and speaking style came from personal experience with chronic health issues in herself and her family. Her non-profit educational work on the use of digestive enzymes has been used by tens of thousands of people suffering from conditions ranging from Autism to food intolerances to sensory integration disorder. Karen's first book is considered by many to contain the best practical guide to dealing with encopresis in children. She also ran an interactive software training business for over 20 years and created numerous award winning interactive training programs for industry and government clients.

Karen is survived by her husband, Michael S. DeFelice, and sons Matthew M. DeFelice, and Jordan L. DeFelice; her mother, Ellen Sprepski, and her sister Beth Corbett. She was preceded in death by her father, John Corbett.

Memorials may be made to Lutheran Church of Hope. Online condolences will be welcomed at IlesCares.com.


Published in Des Moines Register from Dec. 4 to Dec. 6, 2012
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