Karen Sharp Steele
Karen Sharp Steele Sweetheart, Mom, Grandma Karen Steele returned to the loving arms of her Heavenly Father unexpectedly Wednesday morning, June 11, 2008 from heart complications.Karen was born in Murray, Utah on April 12, 1947, to Jane D. and George Randolph Sharp, the youngest of seven children. She married her High School sweetheart and was sealed to him and their children in the Salt Lake Temple April 12, 1986. She shared a deep devotional love with her family and LDS Church. She loved Christmas and was the most giving mom and grandma. Her greatest gift was the love of her family, Her greatest blessings were her children, grandchildren, and her beloved husband of 44 years. She cherished making and sharing memories with her family. She was always happiest when surrounded by them. She loved to talk, laugh and go on long drives. She had multiple talents as a homemaker including awesome Cookbook author. Karen touched the hearts of everyone she knew. She was always willing to give of herself and her time from her many callings including, Relief Society President, and counselor, Primary President, Relief Society Stake Secretary, Temple worker and Young Women's President. She had a very special connection with children. Her #1 calling was as a wife and mother. She taught by example the gift of love and giving. After a diagnosis of ovarian cancer in 2006, with faith and determination, she was a survivor, and made the best of every moment. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Karen is survived by her husband, Richard [Dick] Steele, children, Shellie and (Tracey) Bakelar, Richard (Rick) and (Leona) Steele, Marcie and (David) Sanchez, Tiffany Steele, Mindy and (Dave) Addington, and Chikako and Russ Hokanson; grandchildren: Jayde, Sterling, Alex, Wyatt, Akaysha, Joshua, Savannah, Derek, Crystal, Morgan, Sabrina, and Andrew; brother and sisters, Bonnie, Gordon, Marilyn, Val, and Ted. Preceded in death by parents, infant son Cliff Richard, and sister Randolyn Brady. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Jolles, Dr. Di Fiore, and Rosie Conder along with the Utah Cancer Specialist Clinic for the excellent care they provided. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Sat., June 14, 2008 at the Midvale East LDS Ward, 240 E., 7570 S. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. on Fri., June 13, 2008 at Goff Mortuary, 8090 So. State St., and Sat. at the church from 9:45 to 10:45 am. Interment, Midvale City Cemetery.
Published by The Salt Lake Tribune from Jun. 12 to Jun. 13, 2008.
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dear: Steele family',
we are so sorry for your loss. Karen was the sweetest person she would always say just the right thing at just the right time I enjoyed her so much while I was growing up playing in the sprinklers in the back yard when we were kids. Karen always had treats on hand for all us kids she was great. may you find peace and comfort in this time of sadness. Love you all.
kim kunde (Hansen)
June 25, 2008
Before I was the "other Aunt Mindy", or even the "Other Sister Mindy", I was Mindy's Friend Mindy. Anybody who knows the Steeles, knows that once you are a friend of any member of the family you are not only a friend for life, but an extension of the famiy. There was never a time in over 15 years when I saw Karen that she didn't have something nice to say about me. She was always striving to make others feel good about themselves, and I love her for that. That personality trait shines through every member of your family- Although my sister is the one who married into your family, I have always felt like a family member as well. Thank you for that- I will miss Karen greatly, but can see how her legacy lives on in each of you, and how it is being passed down to each of your fantastic children.
I wish all of you the best
-Love, The "other Mindy".
Mindy Walsh
June 18, 2008
Dear Steele Family,
I was deeply saddened to learn of Karen's passing. She was a very special person who always made me feel like a part of your family. I'm so sorry for your loss. Please know that you're in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Love, Guia Lilly
June 15, 2008
My prayers are with your family. Thank you so much for the chance to be with you all this weekend. Please call me if you need anything...I'm not too far away :) I'd love to help in any way that I can :)
Betsy Winter
June 15, 2008
Dear Steele Family,
I'm very sorry about your loss. I didn't find out until the day after the funeral, or I would have been there. Karen was a very good friend and I had been thinking about her today and even thought of stopping by to see her, when I found out from another friend. Karen is a very special lady and always did a lot of good. May you all be blessed with peace and the knowledge that you will be together again.
Love,
Sylvia Anderson
June 15, 2008
Dear Marcie and Family,
We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you now and in the days to come. May you be blessed with the gift of remembering all of the happy times your family has spent together! Lots of love- Kim, Warren and AJ Malupo
Kim Malupo
June 15, 2008
Dear Steele Family, we were on vacation when we heard of Karen's passing. I am sorry that I was not able to be there in person to give my condolances. Shellie even thou it has been many years (probably a 4th of July brekfast) since I have seen you I would have loved to given you a hug in this trying time. Your mom was a very sweet lady.
Love and prayers to all Kris
Kristen (Rogers) Peterson
June 15, 2008
To the Steele family;
My most love and prayers are with the family at the time of your loss. She was a wonderful woman and a great example to all women everywhere.
Dawn (Stapel) Prince
June 14, 2008
We are sorry for your sudden loss -- Karen will be truly missed - her smile always brightened my day.
Dr. John Anderson
June 14, 2008
Dick,
We are truely sorry for your loss.
Bob & Sana Johnson
Bob Johnson
June 14, 2008
We are so sorry for your loss.
Del & Rosie Sharp
June 14, 2008
Dear Dick, Shelly, Rick, Marcie, Tiffany & Mindy,
I am so sorry for your loss. When I learned of Karen's passing my heart ached. What an incredible person she was! Your wife and mother touched so many people's lifes. I am so thankful to have known her in this life. You are all such a special family and I pray you will continue to grow closer and be there for each other as your mom would want you to be. Think of the the great reunion you will have one day with her. May the Lord bless each of you and bring peace to your hearts, as only He can do. You are in my prayers and thoughts at this difficult time.
Christa Bird
June 14, 2008
Dear Shellie,
I am so sorry for your loss. I also lost my mother to cancer 13 years ago. I still feel her presence when I need it most. I know your mother will also be near you and your family. I didn't know you had "Sharp" in your family line. My maiden name is Sharp (Anita Sharp from Hillcrest). I guess we're related. May you feel peace at this difficult time. You're in my prayers.
Anita Hatch
June 13, 2008
My Friend Karen. What an inspiration you have been to me for the last 30 years. You taught me how to burp my baby, how to cook, how to slow down and enjoy all moments, how to be a better woman. I will always love you. You are ,and always will be ,the most beloved wife , mother , and friend I have ever had the honor to know. I will miss you.
Diana DeLuca
June 13, 2008
Dear Steele family,
Karen always spoke so lovingly about all of you. You were the best part of her life. I will always think of her courage and her wisdom as she fought cancer. She knew all of you would miss her but would carry on her legacy of love and courage and keep her memories alive. I will miss her happy laugh and deep insights into life.
Love , Chris Lillie
chris lillie
June 13, 2008
Dick,
We are truly sorry for your loss. Terry and I want you to know that we are here for you, and if you need anything at all, we will make it happen.

God Bless.
Scott Wightman
June 13, 2008
Dick,

We're very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
Dan Dialogue
June 13, 2008
My deepest Condolences.
Kevin McMichael
June 13, 2008
Uncle Dick,
I am so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sadness. God Bless
Hope Pistone (Donnas daughter)
June 13, 2008
Dick, im very sorry for your loss , my heart goes out to you and your family
Cody Smith
June 13, 2008
Dick, im very sorry for your loss , my heart goes out to you and your family!
Cody Smith
June 13, 2008
Mindy and Family,

We are all thinking of you at this time. I know you will have wonderful memories of your mother, she was a very beautiful and sweet woman. If you need anything, please call me. Lots of Love!
Justine Houtz
June 13, 2008
To The Steele Family,

My love and most sincere condolences to you at this time of loss. Karen was a fabulous person who touched my life. My prayers are with you!
Susanne (Stapel) Matina
June 12, 2008
Richard, Sorry about your loss our prayers are with you. Rita,David Tafoya
David Tafoya
June 12, 2008
Dick,so sorry about your wife, you will see her again,hope to see you soon. Jerrie & keith Terry
Marvin Terry
June 12, 2008
Dick and family,
My condolences to you from my family and I.
I enjoyed meeting and getting to know You and your Wife.
She made a dinner or party brighter and was always a joy to be around and talk with.
You were blessed to have had her as part of your lives as we to have known her.
The Tucker Family
Douglas Earl Tucker
June 12, 2008
For my darling brother, nieces, nephew and families. Words can not express my sympathy at this time.
Her arms are around you still and always in your hearts, as in mine.
My love to all of you.
Mary Polston
June 12, 2008
Dear Dick & Family,

It was such a shock to us to learn of Karen's passing. We are here in Sandakan East Malaysia serving an 18 month mission. You and Karen have been such good friends to us and we have always enjoyed our visits with you even at WalMart. It is so comforting to know you will be with Karen and your family forever. She has made the grade and now it is up to us to do our part. Sorry we will not be with you in person at this time but you are in our prayers and in our hearts. May the Lord continue to be with you.

Love, Russ & JaNell Morrey
Russ & JaNell Morrey
June 12, 2008
Dear Mr Steele, Shelley, Richard, Marcie, Tiffany and Mindi.
My heart is breaking for you all.
I loved Karen, she was a very special lady who always made me feel like I was part of your family.
I will miss her very much.
My love, thoughts and prayers are with you all at this extremely sad time. With much love, Carolyn.
Carolyn Reynolds
June 12, 2008
Goose and Family.
I enjoyed Karen so much. She always could make you feel like everything would be okay, no matter what the situation was. Her giggles, and her smiles used to melt my heart. Her advice to me at being a mother has helped me beyond words. I am so sorry. I will miss her so much. she was never judging , just a kind listener I loved when she would be so excited to come visit and go through my Lancome lip stick. She always wanted to pick a few for her girls.
If i could speak one last time to her i would simply tell her Thank you. Thank you Karen for giving everyone including me, friendship, faith and always a tender smile. You will be sorely missed.

I am soooo sooo sorry for her sudden loss. Her absence will be felt, but her life is to be celebrated.
Danielle DeLuca (Loumis)
June 12, 2008
Uncle Dick, Shellie, Rick, Marcie, Tiffany and Mindy,
I am sorry to hear of the sudden loss of your wife and mother. She was a great woman, and one I always enjoyed visiting with. Although our visits were few, they were deeply appredciated and long remembered. You will all be in my prayers this evening.
Jim Brady
June 12, 2008
Dick
I'm sorry for your sudden loss. I can't begin to imagine all that you and your family are going through you will be in my prayers.
John Aguirre
June 12, 2008
Dick, I'm sorry to hear about Karen. My thoughts are with you and your family at this time.
Craig Mamales
June 12, 2008
Dear Uncle Dick and cousins,
I am so sorry. Aunt Karen was a wonderful lady. We will all miss her.
She never missed a family event and we will always remember her! There is comfort knowing that she is with great grandma now. I am sure that they have lots to catch up on!!
Brittany Andersen (Barry's daughter)
June 12, 2008
Dick,
To you and your family, I express my deepest sympathy and well wishes.
May God Bless You All!
Dan Bryant
June 12, 2008
Marcie and Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories of your Mom bring you comfort. She will always be in your heart so she will always be with you!! If you need anything please let me know.
Ben & Christine Walke
June 12, 2008
Dick
Our prayers are with you and your family.
Bill & Margarita Martin
June 12, 2008
Dick,
I'm so sorry for your loss. I can't imagine how hard this must be for you and your family. Please let me know if I can do anything for you.
Ann Neville
June 12, 2008
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Laura Lauber
June 12, 2008
WHEN 2 PEOPLE LOVE EACH OTHER AS MUCH AS DICK AND KAREN, THAT LOVE IS PASSED ON TO THE NEXT GENERATIONS. THE LOSS OF ONE OF THE FAMILY IS FELT DEEPER THAN CAN BE EXPRESSED, NOT JUST BY THE FAMILY, BUT BY EVERY SOUL THAT NEW THIS FAMILY. THAT LOVE WILL CONTINUE ON BECAUSE OF THE STRENGTH BUILT INTO THIS FAMILY. I AM PROUD TO BE PART OF THE STEELE FAMILY AND MY SON IS THE GRANDCHILD OF KAREN AND DICK STEELE. WE WILL MISS HER!
TRACEY BAKELAR
June 12, 2008
Dick,

Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

Terry and Suzan Maio
June 12, 2008
Condolences to the Steele family. Our hearts go out to you.
David Steinke
June 12, 2008
Dick, I can't imagine the loss but I do know Karen would want you to be happy and remember the good times.
Jason Doughty
June 12, 2008
We are so sorry for your loss
Paula and Joe Conklin
June 12, 2008
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