Karen K. VanArsdale
1938 - 2021
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Karen K. Van Arsdale

Naples, FL - Karen was born to Frank and Dorothy Lausterer of Ellsworth, IL on November 12, 1938.

She graduated from Ellsworth High School in 1956 and began her career at State Farm Insurance that same year which spanned 43 years. She started at State Farm in Bloomington, IL in 1961, moved to Lafayette, IN and in 1995 moved to Bristol, IN. She retired in 1999 and moved to Naples, FL.

She began as a Policy Typist and after serving in several support positions, she was promoted to Assistant Personnel Manager in 1964. In 1979 she became an agent in Lafayette, IN and was very successful and well respected in her career and the community. Hard work earned her many awards and world-wide trips. In 1991 she became an Agency Manager and was responsible for 15-18 agents in the Lafayette area. She assumed the position of Agency Field Executive in 1995; the position she held until her date of retirement in 1999.

Karen was very active in the Lafayette community. She served on many Boards such as the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, Lafayette Personnel Association, Lafayette Life Underwriters, Home Hospital, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, and United Way. The Chamber of Commerce, Personnel Association, and United Way were very successful under her leadership. She believed in helping others and in Naples, FL she volunteered at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, two hospitals, and Grace Place.

On November 29, 1957 she joined Sonny Van Arsdale in marriage in Clinton, IL.

Karen is survived by her husband, Sonny, Brother and Sister-in law Duane and Lorita Lausterer of Naples, FL, Sister-in-law Leola Tibbs of Bloomington, IL, Sister-in-law Linda Van Arsdale Howard of Vanlue, OH, plus many nieces and nephews.

She found beauty in life and love despite her many health problems. Her physical being will be missed immensely but her family and friends know that she will forever live in their hearts. Rather than dwelling on her passing, her life must be celebrated and remembered.

In lieu of flowers, please consider Alzheimer's or First Presbyterian Church of Bonita Springs, FL. For online condolences, please visit www.fullernaples.com.






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Published in Naples Daily News from Jan. 19 to Jan. 24, 2021.
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January 27, 2021
We fondly remember Karen and the great service she offered on our insurance. She and Sonny were also wonderful neighbors in Camelot. She was missed upon her moving and certainly we wish the family our deepest sympathy and prayers. may she Rest In Peace.
Jim and Judy Watson
Jim Watson
Friend
January 27, 2021
I had the opportunity and privilege of serving in organizations with Karen and was her vice president on the United Way Board. She was a delightful person to work with. The community was fortunate to have had the benefit of her talent and generosity. My heartfelt sympathy to Sonny and family during this difficult time. Butch Hancock
W. L. BUTCH HANCOCK
Friend
January 24, 2021
Sonny and family. Karen was a beautiful person in all ways. Always enjoyed talking to her. Meet her in Layette, IN many years ago. Always enjoyed hearing from both of you. Prayers and blessings to you and family.
Betty Easterbrook
Friend
January 24, 2021
Karen was a great person. She helped me transfer to Bloomington, Il by lining up a realtor to show me houses(14) in one day and after 44 years I still live in that house. Sonny I am sorry for your loss.
Bob Grater
January 23, 2021
Karen was such a caring person. She was a great hostess with work and personal. She will be missed My heart goes out to Sonny as I know what a great loss it will be.
Dot baker
Friend
January 23, 2021
So enjoyed knowing you when you lived in Lafayette. We were in so many organizations together and I enjoyed watching you succeed. You were instrumental in getting me into State Farm as an insured person. You were so personable and definitely knew your business. My prayers are with your family at this time. You will be truly missed.
Marti Sackett
Friend
January 22, 2021
I never had the honor of meeting Karen, but I know she had to be someone very special, I know this thru seeing the total and encompassing devotion Sonny display towards her. He never faulted, was always there to meet any of her needs. I was so moved by it all as i know others that i talked to said the same. Now her pain and suffering are at an end. She will be so sadly missed, but will always be in the thoughts of those that loved her. Rest in peace.
Steve Howard
Friend
January 22, 2021
What a beautiful lady inside and out. She touched so many lives in her career at State Farm. My condolences to Sonny and the family. She will be truly missed.
Debbie Brown Slanec
Coworker
January 22, 2021
I had the privilege of knowing her. She was a classy professional Lady in every respect. She brought that high standard to the table for all of us State Farm Agents to model. God Bless you dear Karen see you again someday. In Heaven . Absent from the body present with the Lord. Douglas Morrison
Doug Morrison
Friend
January 21, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Jean A Rees
Coworker
January 21, 2021
Sonny, Our love and prayers to you at this time. Karen will always hold a special place in our hearts. It was an honor to have worked with her back in 1979 to 1985 and form a lifetime sweet friendship. She was loved and her love for others was so evident.
Cindy and Jay Cummins
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