Karen Ruth Seaman Karmenzind (58) passed away peacefully on July 21st, 2023. In her last days and moments, she was surrounded by family who loved her deeply.
As many of you know, Karen was a cancer patient, yet she never let cancer define her. She lived 49 years pre-diagnosis and 9 beautiful, difficult years as a cancer patient. Altogether, these years included marrying her high school sweetheart, living out her dreams of being an incredible wife and mother, singing and dancing, birthday celebrations, crafting sessions, and childlike laughter shared with her friends and family.
She leaves behind her husband Roderick (Rod), two children Broderick (Brody), Kasia Pearl, her daughter-in-law Audrey, and finally, her Corgipoo puppy Porthos
Karen’s faith in Jesus was paramount in her life. She lived it out by a fierce love towards her family and for others. She didn’t hesitate to jump into action when needed, and she looked for those opportunities even while fighting cancer.
Karen called many places home over her lifetime. You may know her from her time spent in Illinois, California, Texas, Wisconsin, or Arizona. In every location, she was the same Karen who loved and encouraged everyone she befriended. Karen was outspoken, but she never talked over anyone. She was powerful, but never overpowering.
Karen attended ICC Community College, Paradise Valley Community College, and Northern Illinois University. Karen had many occupations, from her time spent as a CNA, Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority mom, house parent at a group home for pregnant teens, missionary, homeschool teacher, and much more. Karen was never afraid to try new things, especially if she had extra time on her hands. She knew her time on earth was limited, so she made the most of every second. Karen told her family she accomplished her two big goals in life: to be a supportive wife and raise caring children. She told her family her life was an adventure worth living.
If we can learn one thing from Karen, it would be to walk into every room as she did: with an open mind, thankful heart, and a smile. Karen lived a fulfilling life, although it was tough at times, she never ceased to love others. Karen will live on in our hearts and minds, and as we navigate the unknown future beyond Karen’s life, we hope you will stand with her family through this time.
Karen’s Memorial Service
Date: Saturday, August 19, 2:00-3:15
Location: OneWay Ministries, 495 N. Commons Dr, Aurora, Illinois 60504
Donations in her name can be made to a Waterford Cancer Center, a place that was a lifeline for the entire family: https://www.rush.edu/