Karen Knudstrup, 78, passed away Saturday, September 16th, 2017. She is survived by her widow and partner of 52 years Diana Haskell of Chicago, brother Paul (Sue) Knudstrup and sister Kristine (Dale) Taylor, both of Michigan, children Avril (Joseph) Rutherford of Florida, Winston (Karen) Rysdahl of Chicago, Amiel (Kris) Rysdahl of Chicago and many relatives and friends. Karen was a Chicago Symphony chorister and an opera singer with Lyric Opera of Chicago. She was a Golden Apple Award winner and teacher at Phillips and Marshall High Schools and Kenwood Academy. Karen was also a protector. She protected the rights of teachers as a long-standing delegate of the Chicago Teachers' Union and the lives of her Sisters and Brothers in the United States Navy. Her service was at Church of the Ascension. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Tree House Human Society: www.treehouseanimals.org
Published by Chicago Tribune on Sep. 30, 2017.