Karen Underhill, 71, of Marshalltown, died on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines surrounded by her loved ones. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, at the Mitchell Family Funeral Home in Marshalltown. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be directed to "On with Life" at 715 Southwest Ankeny Road, Ankeny, Iowa, 50023. For condolences or question please visit; www.mitchellfh.com. Mitchell Family Funeral Home is caring for Karen and her family.
Karen Louise Mayer was born on Sept. 18, 1941, in St Anthony; she was the daughter of Elmer and Beulah (Keeler) Mayer. Karen had attended school in the State Center School District graduating with the class on 1959. She had resided in Marshalltown most of her life. Karen had worked at Marshalltown Manufacturing for 20 plus years, the Iowa Veterans Home, Econo Foods and finishing her career at Meskwaki Casino. Karen loved her cats; she enjoyed puzzles and the outdoors.
Left to cherish her memory is her companion of 42 years; Allen Vodochodsky, of Marshalltown; her son, Duane D. (Gretchen) Underhill, of Olathe, Kan.; and her precious granddaughters Kayla and Kendra and her sister, Jan (Gary) Anderson, of Saint Cloud, Minn.
In death Karen rejoins her parents, Elmer and Beulah and her siblings: Richard in infancy, James, George, Marjorie and Glenna.