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Karen Obe

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Karen Obe

Karen Obe, 68, of Sioux Falls, died Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at Select Specialty Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Karen Laverna Smith was born July 29, 1948 in New York City, NY. She moved with her family to Sioux City, Iowa when she was in 4th grade. She graduated from Central High School in Sioux City, then worked at various jobs in and around Sioux City including the Sioux City School District, and owning her own lawn and garden maintenance business. Throughout her adult life, Karen had lived in Sioux City, Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, Omaha, Nebraska, Titusville, Florida and in Sioux Falls, SD.

On January 9, 2008, she was united in marriage with Ronald Obe at Jefferson, SD.

Although disabled for the past ten years of her life, Karen enjoyed playing cards and board games as well as sightseeing. In her younger days, she was an avid baseball player and coached women's high school and collegiate baseball teams. She also raised, bred and showed dogs in competitive arenas including the Westminster Dog Show competition. Karen attended and volunteered at the Sioux Falls Salvation Army.

Grateful for having shared her life are her husband, Ron, of Sioux Falls, SD; her brother, William (Lois) Vacanti and their daughter, Katie Crossman and husband David, all of Golden Valley, AZ; and their son, Matthew (Nicole) Vacanti of Liverpool, NY and several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, William and Margery Smith.

Memorial services will begin 11:00 am Saturday, October 1st at the Salvation Army, 800 N. Cliff Ave. She will take her last ride to the Black Hills of South Dakota for the distribution of her cremated remains.

The family would like to thank the Avera Hospital Critical Care staff; Select Specialty Hospital staff; The Salvation Army; and the Viet Nam Vets/Legacy Vets Motorcycle Club.

The family requests that memorials be directed to .
Published in The Argus Leader on Sept. 25, 2016
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