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Karen Jeanne Hartwig

Karen Jeanne Hartwig Obituary
Karen Jeanne Hartwig Lansing Our Karen died unexpectedly on March 18, 2011. She was born on March 4, 1963 to Joan (Hock) and William Hartwig. She attended Red Cedar Grade School, Hannah Middle School, and graduated East Lansing High School in 1981. While in Middle School and High School she was a talented musician playing the clarinet and oboe in the concert and marching bands. She also participated on the track team. After graduation from Lansing Community College, she enjoyed a summer of study at the University of London, graduated from Michigan State University in 1995, and was a member of Phi Beta Delta (Honor Society for International Scholars). She was a loyal Spartan, always wearing her "lucky clothes" for games in anticipation of helping the teams win. She was employed at Sparrow Hospital, many years at Lansing Community College, and more recently at Sam's Club. She was also a past board member of both Suits And The City and Michigan Pride, Inc. As one of her friends indicated, "You always had a big smile to share, a hug to give, a contagious laugh, and kind words to encourage and inspire. You were a straight shooter with tact and respect and a heart of gold." Karen enjoyed outdoor activities especially downhill skiing, water skiing, kayaking, biking, and playing with her dogs. A favorite activity was sail boating on Little Traverse Bay. Many happy hours were spent at the family cottage at Douglas Lake, Michigan - her "thin place." Karen's leaving is mourned by her parents; her sister, Susan Hartwig (David Senner); her niece and goddaughter, Emma Senner; her partner, Sarah Hinton; her godmother, Kathy "Aunt Kathë" (Dennis) Buchweitz; and many other dear aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends; and her beloved dogs, Huck and Dockett. She left us on the eve of the lunar perigee (super moon), and has joined her maternal grandparents, Elfrieda (Riske) and Theodore Hock, and her paternal grandparents, Lillian (Hartka) and William Hartwig, in the heavens above. The family is being served by the Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home - East Chapel, E. Grand River, East Lansing. Visitation will be on Wednesday March 23, 2011 from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. A Memorial Service and Interment will be held at University Lutheran Church 1020 S. Harrison, East Lansing. Visitation at the Church will be at 1 p.m., Thursday March 24, 2011, with the Celebration of Life Service at 2 p.m. The Gift of Life Foundation will benefit from the donation of Karen's tissue. In lieu of flowers, and because of Karen's love and volunteer work on behalf of neglected and abused animals, contributions in her name may be given to the Ingham County Animal Control Shelter or the Capital Area Humane Society.

Published in Lansing State Journal from Mar. 22 to Mar. 23, 2011
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