Karen Scheff
  • 71 years old
  • Date of birth: Jul 25, 1941
  • Place of birth:
    Moline, Illinois, United States
  • Date of passing: Jan 22, 2013
  • Place of passing:
    Los Lunas, New Mexico, United States
Always greet your friends with a warm smile and a big hug, and remember to laugh often!

This memorial website was created in the memory of Karen Scheff, a wonderful life partner, wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, mother-in-law, and friend. Karen passed away on January 22, 2013. We will remember her forever and invite you to share your stories and photos.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Kathy Symmonds on 28th July 2017

"Karen dear,we missed you a lot when we visited your home  in New Mexico ,but showed us the best time ever and fed us so very,very well. Bev is doing good but we know she misses you very much as we know your whole family does. We're glad we can share a few words with you,this nice! Thank you Bev. Love you both! Kathy and Joyce."

This tribute was added by Beverly Russell on 25th July 2017

"You are still the one, always will be."

This tribute was added by carey shouse on 25th July 2017

"Happy Heavenly Birthday, Sweet Lady. This day is always one that makes me smile and breaks my heart at the same time. Wishing you and Mom a 'Happy Birthday' and missing you both with all of my heart. Raising my glass and toasting two beautiful souls. Love you every day and miss you every second. Fly high and smile on all of us."

This tribute was added by shonna falco on 25th July 2017

"Happy birthday beautiful! You always made birthdays great and have left that footprint on my soul. Miss you today and every day my sweet, fun loving, larger than life mom."

This tribute was added by Shirley Gunsolley on 25th July 2017

"Happy Birthday Karen.  Sure miss that great smile of your and the wonderful laugh you shared with so many of us.   So much has happened since you have been gone and we go to grab the phone to share it with you and can't.   However we remember then that you are looking down on us and smiling and enjoying each minute with us. Just wanted to drop in and let you know we are thinking about you and wishing you HAPPY BIRTHDAY today.   We love you kid."

This tribute was added by Bill & Kathy Savage on 25th July 2017

"Happy Birthday, Sunshine!!  Wish you were here so we could have a Beer!!  Love You Always!!"

This tribute was added by shonna falco on 23rd January 2017

"Mom, what can I say...four years ago yesterday you left this earth. You were the greatest role model a daughter could ever have. You taught me to be strong and not take life too seriously. You taught me to ride a horse and a bicycle. You taught me to look at both sides of any situation and then decide which is right. You taught me to love unconditionally. I will miss you always! Bev and I had a wonderful conversation yesterday about you and your beautiful way...your smile, your laugh, your compassion, your strength, your integrity, your wit, your charm, your intellect. The list goes on. Love you forever! Shon"

This tribute was added by carey shouse on 22nd January 2017

"Always....love you...miss you...think of you."

This tribute was added by Barb & Greg Scheff on 22nd January 2017

"Mom, We can not believe that you were taken from us 4 years ago now.  Not sure why God took you so soon but we do know one thing for sure and God got one amazing angel.   We think about you all the time and miss you so much.   You gave us so many amazing memories.   Every time we were together with you and Bev, there was nothing but great times and you two would have us laughing so hard our stomachs would hurt.  You had a great outlook and zest for life like no other.  We will see a bird or take a "grey road" and think about you.  Greg tries to keep in contact with Bev but you know how that is, neither of us were good at that.  You will forever be in our thoughts and in our hearts.  Love you so much!!!"

This tribute was added by Hollace Bristol on 22nd January 2017

"Dear Karen,
I know you know, but I want to tell you again that your family sets a shining example of the highest and best of humanity. You have so much to be proud of. We all miss you!"

This tribute was added by Bill & Kathy Savage on 22nd January 2017

"You will always be in our heart and on our minds!! Miss you more than you could ever imagine!!"

This tribute was added by Shirley Gunsolley on 22nd January 2017

"Karen,  It has been 4 years since you left us.  You may have left us physically, however you remain in our thoughts and our hearts.   Your friendship was one like no other.   We miss you so much, your smile, humor and just the great times, are things we reflect on.  We love you Karen and just wanted you to know we are thinking of you. We are so thankful that we at least have such great memories to hold onto. We are in constant contact with Bev and go and visit her as much as we can.   Take care our dear friend and continue to soar high.              Berner & Shirley"

This tribute was added by shonna falco on 25th July 2016

"Mom, missing you today on your birthday. I saw a beautiful red tailed hawk this morning and thought about how tickled you would be to watch it skillfully hovering in the wind gusts. Sending you a big hug and a wish that I could see your smile again. Love you so much."

This tribute was added by Bill & Kathy Savage on 25th July 2016

"Happy Birthday, Sweetie!!!  We still miss you as much today as the day you left us!!"

This tribute was added by Shirley Gunsolley on 25th July 2016

"Happy Birthday Karen.   We miss you so very much.  We keep up with Bev at the very least weekly.   Please know that you remain in our thoughts always."

This tribute was added by Shirley Gunsolley on 22nd January 2016

"Karen,   It's been 3 long years since you left us and it seems like a lifetime.   We miss your smile and humor, but most of all your friendship.  The great memories that we have are what keep us going.  Just wanted to let you know that Berner and I are thinking about you today as always.   We love you kid."

This tribute was added by shonna falco on 22nd January 2016

"Ah mom, missing you today and every day. Missing your smile, your laugh, your wit, your hugs, your unwavering support, the twinkle in your eye...as always, love you bunches and am so grateful for you!"

This tribute was added by Bill & Kathy Savage on 22nd January 2016

"You were the "Sunshine" of our life!!  Miss you more than you will ever know!"

This tribute was added by carey shouse on 22nd January 2016

"I'd love to give you this rose in person and hear you laugh again at something inane. Love you Duck...always will. Miss you Duck...always will."

This tribute was added by Hollace Bristol on 27th July 2015

"Dear Karen,
I am knowing that you are blessing us with your light, still! You are an angel always working for the good of all of us still walking our paths in earthly form. Thank you for your love and light, always!"

This tribute was added by shonna falco on 26th July 2015

"Happy birthday mom (a day late). I decided to keep this memorial site active for all of us who think of you and miss you every day. I keep you alive by sharing stories of you with Allison, Sarah, Jason, and my friends. You are a treasure. So many things remind me of you and the memories make me smile."

This tribute was added by carey shouse on 25th July 2015

"Still miss you every day. It still isn't easy, but like you always said, "Life ain't for------, Kiddo. Suck it up."  I will, but I don't have to like it. I saw the hummingbird again this morning. Thank you.  For every memory. This birthday makes one more. Love you, Duck."

This tribute was added by Tracy Sadowski on 23rd January 2015

"I will always remember her laugh, you couldn't help but laugh along.  I have amazing memories of all of us together that will never leave my heart. What an amazing lady, she had more of an impact on some of us  than she ever knew.  She always had open arms for anyone needing a hug. I am a better human by knowing her. I am thankful for the blessing"

This tribute was added by Pam Reiling Ryherd on 22nd January 2015

"So sorry Shonna and Greg I did not know of Karen's passing. She was a very positive role model in my life and have thought of her often throughout the years. I have fond memories of our family's boating and camping together on the Cordova beaches. I remember her contagious laugh  and wonderful sense of humor. I feel blessed to have known such a kind and loving lady."

This tribute was added by Hollace Bristol on 22nd January 2015

"Karen - We know that your light is shining down on your beautiful family and that you see Shonna and the girls through a thin, lovely veil. Your Spirit is strong and all that you taught over the years still guides your loved ones. Thank you for your infinite gifts."

This tribute was added by shonna falco on 22nd January 2015

"Mom, I still miss you like crazy and think of you all the time. My memories of you mostly make me smile and laugh, although sometimes the tears still come. Repeatedly, something happens and I just want to pick up the phone and call you to chat.

As the girls grow, there are many times when I find myself saying "oh my gosh! My mom and I used to do that and LAAAUUUGGGGHHHHH so hard!"

Noticing green on a potato chip and trying to give it away...having a whistling Name That Tune contest where every note sounds the same to the person who is NOT whistling...identifying what kind of poop is in the back yard...the heavy sigh just after laughing so hard...singing along to pretty much every song, even if you are making up the words...noticing beautiful sunrises and sunsets...

On this day I give you pictures of a "high five" from Daisy Dog and a hello from Allison and Sarah, who are becoming beautiful young women. As always, we "miss you bunches". Love forever, Shon"

This tribute was added by Bill & Kathy Savage on 22nd January 2015

"We still miss you more than words could ever say!!  Forever in our Hearts!!"

This tribute was added by Shirley Gunsolley on 21st January 2015

"Karen tomorrow will be two long years since you were taken from us.   You were taken way too soon and we miss you everyday.  We miss the smile that was always on your face and the love and caring that you shared with everyone.   Your passing has left a void that can never be filled.   Colleen and I speak of you often, sharing special memories that we still hold dear to our hearts.   We love and miss you and just wanted to let you know.  We will hold onto the memories we have forever.  We love you.    Berner & Shirley"

This tribute was added by carey shouse on 25th July 2014

"Here we are, Kiddo. Another year...another heartache..another smile...and another set of tears. Usually I wish you and Mom a Happy Birthday today and she always told me to tell you that she 'wished you the best of everything and happiness' and that I was to tell you that.  It looks like this year she can wish you that herself. I hope that in some far off realm, there is a place where people who are good and loving have a chance to share the love they have always shown to everyone and everything they have ever come in contact with. If there is...I know without a doubt...you two will be busy for a very long time. I know that they say 'time will heal', but I keep finding that harder to believe. Time may pass and time may make us more aware of the fact that we are all definitely not immortal...but it doesn't really heal.  It just adds one more scar to deal with every passing. I made a promise to myself that I wouldn't do what I am doing right now, but...I lied. You and I both know...we always did things that made us stay close...even when we were apart. So...Happy Birthday my Dear Friend...my Lovely Lady..and say the same to Mom for me and sign it B & C."

This tribute was added by Barb Scheff on 25th July 2014

"Mom, as I sit here today, I can not stop thinking of you as the tears roll down my cheeks.  You are always onour minds and we speak of you often as there are so many fun, fond and some down right crazy memories of you, Bev and whoever else happened to be around at the time.  In a way that some may find it hard to understand, its hard to be sad when thinking of you at times  because you always had a huge smile and and even greater laugh.  You were much much more to me than a mother-in-law, that title is just to cold, you were a friend and a mom to me.  You were always so positive and looked for the good in all.  One thing we knew when coming to visit you and Bev was it was going to be a BLAST, a HOOT as you called it,  we didn't need to go anywhere to have a good time, just being around you was a comedy show alone.  My stomach would hurt from laughing so much.  Taking trips on the grey roads with you guys was always fun, full of adventure and we learned so much.  Greg and I became bird watchers and the love of feeding birds, squirrels and other wildlife because of you and Bev.  You guys bought us our first book on Birds and Trees so that we could identify all our new friends.  You taught us how to slow down and enjoy nature.  The memories of Greg with his SUPER SOAKER water gun, battling with the squirrel's, you started calling him RAMBO... You were laughing so hard as he was telling you how he shot a squirrel off the balcony with the water gun on the phone, I could hear you while I was sitting next to him.  And on one of our trips to MO to visit you guys, I remember him telling you how that damn WHIPPOORWILL kept him awake all night and we teased him about that for a long time.  Your cooking was out of this world.  I remember you teaching me the secret of how to make potato salad and egg salads for someone that hated mayo and the other hated miricle whip, still to this day he says I am tricking him.  I just laugh and say, its a secret that will remain between mom and I.  There is not one thing that I can think of that is NOT positive about you and you brought up two amazing and loving kiddos.  I am sure you had no idea how many people you touched in your journey on this earth but you did and you are missed by sooo many,  I love you mom and I was blessed to have had you in my life, I am just sad that God needed you sooner than we were willing to let you go.  We will see you one day, so until then, know we love and miss you, today and always"

This tribute was added by shonna falco on 28th January 2014

"Today I lay a flower to honor my mom. I didn't post on the anniversary day of our loss because I didn't want to give it any more energy than it deserves. I am still reminded of her everywhere I look, which speaks to the impact she has had on my life. I am forever grateful to have been her daughter. Love u bunches, mom."

This tribute was added by Barb & Greg Scheff on 23rd January 2014

"Mom, It is so hard to believe that it has been a year since God needed an angel and he took you from us.  We miss you so much, more than we can ever express in words.  I feel so blessed to have had you in my life.  You we always smiling, laughing, telling stories, you were beautiful inside and out.  I still cant believe you are gone.  We think of you and Bev all the time and just still sit here and don't reallly know what to say.  You have left such a lasting impression on everyone that you came in contact with.  You are one of a kind and I as sad as I am your gone, I am happy that you are out of pain.  We love you MOM!"

This tribute was added by Bill & Kathy Savage on 22nd January 2014

"It's been a year today. :(     We still miss the sound of your voice, the laughter, the stories you always told so well, and just being near you!
Your memories will always be with us but it doesn't make it easier.  If you can hear me tell Bev to move back to Missouri so we can be near her.  I hate having her so Far Away! Love You Forever!!"

This tribute was added by Beverly Russell on 4th January 2014

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Time doesn't erase the  loss of you."

This tribute was added by shonna falco on 26th July 2013

"Happy birthday Mom! Missing you so much. You and Bev were always off doing something fun to celebrate your birthdays. Road trips, one-armed bandits, sight seeing...

The other day someone asked me "What is perfect harmony to you?" I said it is me and my mom singing favorite hits together..me melody, her harmony. Ol' Black Water....."

This tribute was added by Colleen Berner on 25th July 2013

"I woke up today thinking about you and knowing that I hadn't sent your birthday card out.  I never missed a year so I decided that I shouldn't start now.  I can't pinpoint one thing specifically that I miss about you.  There is so many.  Your laugh, your voice saying, 'Oh Bernie, I miss your shitty sense of humor', you calling everybody Darlin', just so many stupid things.  Happy Birthday"

This tribute was added by Barb & Greg Scheff on 25th July 2013

"Happy Birthday Mom!  We miss you so much, there are no words to say to express this.  Our hearts are filled with love,  joy and happiness for all that you have given to us but our hearts are sad because we miss you, you were taken from us way to soon.  We will forever be greatful that you were a mother to Greg and for your love and open arms to me.  Oh the crazy fun times we had.  ♥♥♥ mom"

This tribute was added by carey shouse on 25th July 2013

"There may be no way to call or send a card, but today is the day that all of us were so grateful for. It gave us You. You always told me to wish Mom a 'Happy Birthday' from you on this day and this morning she told me to send all of her love to You. I am. Along with all of ours. The 'Belgian Prince' and I miss You and as Always, will love you forever, Duck. Happy Birthday,Darlin'"

This tribute was added by carey shouse on 20th April 2013

"Just one of those nights, Duck. Thinking of all the days..the years..side-by-side..the laughs, the jokes..the Friday nights w/ Johnny, the Silvis fests (it's me, Bev! drop the gun) talking w/ pride about the kids (love & miss you Mais.&.Greg..your Mom loved you so much) I miss you so much, Duck. Like you said 'You can't always get what you want!..But go for it anyway, Darlin!Love You OIB12"

This tribute was added by Leslie OMelia on 7th April 2013

"I was thinking of Karen today and remembering as I often have over the years how Bev and Karen invited me to a Sunday dinner when I was going through a very rough personal time in my life.  I never have forgotten that act of kindness to me.  Thank you."

This tribute was added by Jennifer Muckelston-Nauman on 3rd April 2013

"wow  where to start Karen was one  of the very 1st to cut my hair when I was little .I grewup   nextdoor to her Mom Whom we all called Lou.  SO I got to know Karen and  Greg & Shonna  through her .I spent time like everyone else in the bueaty  shop  watching her cut hair and  just talkng with everyone she will be missed  by many . My Heat goes  out to  her 2 wonderful kids  Grag & Shonna"

This tribute was added by Dan Bailey on 24th February 2013

"Karen, Thank You for being my 2nd Mom. You helped me "Chop through the Weeds" of my 1st BAD Hangover, You let Greg & I drink Beer while visiting You at the Beauty Shop..(But Only Out Of Coffee Cups) I'm a lot better person, just because I knew You! Rest in Peace My Friend!  Love Ya Forever, Danny"

This tribute was added by Leslie OMelia on 24th February 2013


This tribute was added by Leslie OMelia on 24th February 2013

"This is from Bobbi Nabor and Dorothy:  Karen you were such a loving, caring person.  To visit you was having blueberry muffins.  On so good!!  Thanks for all the jokes,they really made my day.  Thinking of you with love."

This tribute was added by Leslie OMelia on 15th February 2013

"Barbara and I are heartsick over the passing of our long time friend.  Since the news reached us we have spoken often of the great times we shared with Bev and Karen when we could carve out the time.  I can hear her laughing now, and when she laughed, we all laughed.  She was always giving of her friendship to all fortunate enough to know her. We are terribly sad for her family and Bev."

This tribute was added by Mary Jane Colley on 7th February 2013

"Karen, you and Bev have always been two of my favorite people. I have admired, respected and loved you. You gave truth to the word unconditional! I wish I had told you but I hope you knew. Bev, Gail and I are here for you. A huge loss for all her family and friends."

This tribute was added by carey shouse on 4th February 2013

"If there was just one more day. One more laugh,  one more shared secret, or just one more beer, Duck. Every memory brings a smile and yet my heart aches to lose you. Don't worry about 'our Lady', Bob & I have it covered. Fly high and proud, Sis, but know that I will miss you for the rest of time. Thank you for loving me. Love you,too. B & C"

This tribute was added by DAVID SHOCKLEY on 2nd February 2013

"One of the kindest people Neal and I ever had the privilege of knowing.  Didn't see Bev or Karen much in later years, but kept in touch with Christmas card catch up "moments"!  Felt we'd never been apart.  Will always remember the wonderful way she treated people...when we were WE ARE FAMILY performing in the early 80's...she brought Bev and an entourage to cheer us on.  We love you both!"

This tribute was added by Bill & Kathy Savage on 2nd February 2013

"A Toast to our Best Friend and Sister! We will never forget all the wonderful Thanksgiving dinners, Christmas dinners and all the other great meals you cooked for us! Trips to gamble,lunches out or just to visit on the phone. It will never be the same without "You". Don't worry about Bev,We will "Forever" watch over our other "Sister" too!"

This tribute was added by Leasa Ortmeier on 31st January 2013

We have such great memories of Karen when we came to visit.  "Depends" were a must when she was wound up!!!! lol....Life just isn't fair.  Why do the good one have to leave us so soon.  Please know Bev that you are always in our families thoughts!!!!  Love you bunches!!!!"

This tribute was added by Lisa Bass-Lack on 30th January 2013

"What a wonderful way to remember Karen.   Many happy memories.  Truly a special woman.  A few simple words to express my memories of Karen and my time with her family and my dear friend Shanna.  Perms, Hungarian goulash (with corn)?, Camp Hauberg, Miller Lite, cards, poodles, country music, Silvis, laughter, and life."

This tribute was added by Kathy Symmonds on 30th January 2013

"Karen,you have been a dear friend for so many years,we missed you when you moved from the qc area,but we kept in touch, you left us to soon, but we will keep in touch by prayer, you will be missed by many,but were so glad your suffering is over. God Bless You! (every time time we see a humming bird, we will know you stopped by to say, Hello! )"

This tribute was added by Sue Ziegler on 29th January 2013

"I'm so sorry to learn that Karen has passed away.  I recall an always smiling, smart, and funny woman.  She was the most "together" woman I think I've ever known.  My condolences to Bev and her children and their families."

This tribute was added by chris albrecht-ohl on 29th January 2013

"my sympathy to karens family.i have know karen since i was a little girl  and she always did my sister joyce(albrecht)powells hair.she  cut my hair a few times too.always laughing and smiling and so funny.was so sad to hear this.may she rest in peace.i remember going out to the farm with my dad cyriel to see ed and alida and alida bringing eggs to our house.many memories"

This tribute was added by Pam Templeton on 29th January 2013

"We are going to miss your emails so much Karen.  You left so quickly.
We are pleased you are not suffering any more.  You will always be remembered by your Australian email pals."

This tribute was added by Beverly Russell on 29th January 2013

"Your personal charm and positive attitude made you a joy to be with. Your laughter, your beautiful smile, your warmth and caring for people gave you the pleasure of many wonderful friends.   Miss you, Yes all the days of my life"

This tribute was added by Hollace Bristol on 28th January 2013

"Oh my gosh, Karen. You left us way too soon! Thank you for your friendship, hospitality, welcoming smile and most of all for Shonna. She is an angel in my life. I know that you are now an angel that is not within our sight, but surely active in watching over your loved ones and lighting the way."

This tribute was added by Laura Stukus on 25th January 2013

"Although I really only know you as my girlfriend's mom, I want to express my deepest gratitude for bringing your daughter Shonna into this world and into my life. The world is just a little brighter because of it and your smile carries on in hers. I wish you peace."

This tribute was added by Barb & Greg Scheff on 25th January 2013

"Mom, as we sit here today, it is so hard to believe that you are really gone.  God took you so fast, we are so glad that you are no longer in pain and are at peace.  As we go on, we know you are up there watching over us.  You were the best Mom and Mother-in-law anyone could ask for.  Your laughter and smiles will remain in our thoughts and hearts forever."

This tribute was added by shonna falco on 25th January 2013

"Mom, I cannot believe you are gone. Things happened so very quickly, and I am glad that you are out of pain.

During your life, you touched so many people and blessed them with your quick wit, positive outlook, and love of life. I hope this website is a way for your friends and loved ones to find comfort in healing."

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