Karen L. Henkell (1953 - 2018)

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Brighton resident, Karen L. Henkell, passed away May 4 at her home in Inglenook at Brighton.
Karen was born in Denver Oct. 2, 1953, to Arthur T. and M. Catherine "Kay" Henkell. Karen was the youngest of three sisters raised by their parents in the University Hills neighborhood of  southeast Denver. 
Karen attended neighborhood schools and was active in Girl Scouts and Job's Daughters.  Following her sophomore year at Denver's Thomas Jefferson High School, Karen moved with her parents to Beaumont, Texas. 
At Beaumont's Forest Park High School, Karen was welcomed into the Texas tradition of competitive girls' drill teams as a member of "Tro-janns. "
After high-school graduation in 1971, Karen attended North Texas State University, in Denton, Texas, where she focused on art and drafting.  
After college, she returned to Colorado, where she began a lifetime career in the container and packaging industry.  She settled in Westminster and later moved to Brighton. 
Karen was a people person, which suited her perfectly in her position as customer service representative for Colorado Container Corp. and Foam Fabricators.  Her longest tenure was at Packaging Corp. of America, where she worked in both customer service and container design, until her retirement in 2011.
Some of Karen's favorite pastimes with friends  included pool, bowling and golf. 
She played for many years in the Gates Rubber Company Guys and Dolls golf league and enjoyed traveling the state with the group, playing a variety of challenging courses.  Known to many as "Henk," Karen loved traveling with friends and spending summer weekends at such places as Lake Powell and, more frequently, Lake McConaughy in western Nebraska. 
Although Karen had no children of her own, she cherished her nephews and niece, and all of their children.  Family time with them was a highlight for Karen.  She also had many pets through the years, who were treated as her kids. Karen's most beloved companion of recent years was her favorite Lhasa Apso, Bibs.   They were fast friends, and he was her best "therapy" during her years of failing health. 
Her parents preceded her in death. Survivors include sisters, Pat Chase, and husband, Jerry, and Beverly Preston and husband, Steve; a nephew, Justin Chase, his wife, Mary, and their daughters, Maggie, Liz and Aidyn; nephews Ian Chase, and son, Logan, Trevor Preston and wife, Kim, their daughter, Blair, and son, Reid; a niece, Darcy Fuehrer, her husband, Neil, and daughters, Laramie and Maren.
Karen never knew a stranger and will certainly be remembered and missed by a host of friends.
Tabor-Rice Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Interment was at Crown Hill Cemetery in Wheat Ridge.
At her request, Karen will be laid to rest at a private family gathering in the future.
Memorials may be made in Karen's name to The , COPD Foundation or The Humane Society.
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Tabor Rice Funeral Home
75 S. 13th Ave
Brighton, CO 80601
(303) 654-0112
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Published in Brighton Standard Blade on May 23, 2018
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