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Karen Glasener Osceola

Published: Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 9:07 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 10:41 a.m. CDT

Karen Glasener, 71, of Osceola, formerly of Afton, died Aug. 28, 2013, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at Murray Church of Christ. The Rev. Brian McCracken will officiate. Burial will be in Murray Cemetery. Visitation with family present will be 9 to 11 a.m. service time Saturday at the church. Powers Funeral Home, junction of highways 34 and 25, Creston, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be given to Kia-Koda Animal Shelter of Indianola and Murray Church of Christ. Online condolences may be given at www.powersfh.com.

Karen Kay (Morrison) Glasener, daughter of Beulah Mary Caroline (Wellman) and Gerald Morrison, was born Jan. 19, 1942, in Waterloo.

Karen graduated from La Porte City in 1960 and the College Of Medical Technology in Minneapolis, Minn., in 1962.

On Sept. 15, 1962, Karen married Howard Robert “Bob” Glasener in La Porte City.

Karen worked as a medical tech at Grundy Center Memorial Hospital, Green County Memorial Hospital in Jefferson and Nebraska Psychiatric Institute in Omaha, Neb.

In 1965, Karen began working at Broadlawns Hospital and then Iowa Lutheran Hospital, both in Des Moines. She later co-owned and operated with her husband the Central Iowa Building Maintenance business in Des Moines. She retired in 2002, moved to Afton and then to a farm west of Osceola.

Karen assisted in raising two granddaughters, Summer and Payton.

Karen was a member of Murray Church of Christ.

She hosted more than 13 foreign-exchange students.

Karen is survived by her husband Bob Glasener of Osceola; sons, Kendal Glasener of Osceola and Vaughn (wife Lenae) Glasener in Melrose, Minn.; daughter, Janel Glasener in Pleasant Hill; grandchildren, Alison Glasener of Maple Grove, Minn., Abigail Glasener of Minneapolis, Minn., Summer Glasener of Ames, Noah and Luke Glasener of Melrose, Minn., Payton Glasener of Osceola and Titus Glasener of Pleasant Hill; step-grandchildren, Elizabeth Bresley of Camp Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and Joseph Sturges of Denver, Colo.; brothers-in-law, David (wife Cindy) Glasener of Cedar Falls and Berton (wife Holly) Glasener; sister-in-law Dixie Lee (husband Duane) Christian of Dysart; and other family members.

Karen was preceded in death by her parents and sister-in-law Lydia Jane Glasener.

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