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Karlene DeTar

Karlene Losey DeTar

Karlene Losey DeTar died of natural causes on December 1, 2012 She was a resident for several years at Westminster Oaks in Tallahassee. Her first husband of 57 years died in 2003. She is survived by her second husband of 8 years, DeLos F. DeTar, by her four children John Sabin and his wife Diane of Tallahassee, Florida, Robert Sabin and his wife Helen of Newport, Rhode Island, Susan Sabin of Stockholm, Sweden, and Anne Sabin of Goettingen, Germany, and by her four stepchildren, Carleton DeTar and his wife Laurel Casjens of Salt Lake City, Caroline Taylor and her husband Paul of Kaysville, Utah, Marvin DeTar and his wife Teresa of Wycliffe, Ohio, and Martha Jolley and her husband David, also of Kaysville.

Karlene was born Karlene Clara Losey on March 20, 1917 in Jackson, Michigan. She received a nursing degree from the University of Michigan, and served as a nurse with rank of lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during World War II. She and Brainard S. Sabin were married in 1946 and made their home in Battle Creek, Michigan, where Brainard practiced law. She was a dedicated wife and mother.

Karlene was a lifelong lover of music and art and medicine. These interests are reflected by the occupations chosen by her children. Susan has played French horn for many years in the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Stockholm. Anne specializes in cello and viola da gamba with emphasis on early music. Robert is a commercial artist specializing in painting. John chose to become a physicians' assistant.

Karlene loved to travel and made many trips to Europe. She was an avid reader. She loved good books of all kinds, enjoyed the New Yorker magazine and kept abreast of the world at large through newspapers. She was outspoken on politics and consequently raised four Democrats in spite of a husband who voted Republican without fail.

A memorial service will be held at Westminster Oaks in March, 2013.

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Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Dec. 10, 2012
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