Karen Chapman Obituary

Karen Ann Chapman
Karen Chapman
Karen Ann Chapman

September 9, 1941 - December 5, 2013
Resided in Urbandale, IA
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Karen Chapman, 72, of Urbandale passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on Thursday, December 5, 2013. Funeral services will be held at 12 noon on Monday, December 9, at St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Urbandale. Burial will follow at Glendale Cemetery, in Des Moines.

She was born on September 9, 1941 to Kenny and Arlene Peitersen. Karen was a "Great Dane" and proud of her Danish heritage. She was devoted to her church, St. Stephen Lutheran and was a member for nearly 40 years. Her faith gave her much comfort during her long illness.

Karen moved to Des Moines upon graduation from Mankato Business School where she met the love of her life, Walt. Karen and Walt made their home in Urbandale on Madison Avenue and built wonderful memories with their neighbors and friends. They hosted their annual 4th of July parties in the driveway and throughout the year, their doors were always open for anyone to stop by to visit - and many, many friends and family did just that.

Karen spent many hours at ballgames and despite her illness very seldom missed a game; she was an inspiration to all that met her.

Karen and Walt spent many summer weeks at their cabin on Leech Lake in Minnesota. For over 20 years, they made dear friends on Trader's Bay that began with a friendship with the Medici family.

Karen will be greatly missed by her family, husband of 51 years, Walt; sons, Walt (Pam) of Victoria, MN and Scott (Jill) of Urbandale; mother-in-law, Maxine Chapman; two sisters, Donna (Phil) Lachelt of Mason, IA and Barb (Roger) Howland of Forest City, IA; brother, John (Sandi) Peitersen of Eldridge, IA; five grandchildren, Alexandra, Nicole, Carter, Katherine and Joshua; and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Karen's special friends Joan Medici, Dan and Monica Frankl and Rita Meyer for their love and support. The family thanks Karen's doctors and nurses at Mercy Hospice-Johnston, Dennis and Paula at Palmer's Deli and Market in Urbandale.

The family will greet friends from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 8, 2013, at Iles Westover Chapel in Des Moines.

A fund in Karen's honor has been established at St. Stephen Lutheran Church to acquire a Processional Cross to complete a collection of altar pieces. Memorial gifts will also be received by Mercy Hospice, Johnston in Thanksgiving for their compassionate care of Karen.


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Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Sunday, December 8, 2013
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Funeral Service
St. Stephen Lutheran Church
3510 - 72nd Street
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Monday, December 9, 2013
12:00 PM
Glendale Cemetery
4909 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Monday, December 9, 2013