Karen Kay Deitzman

Born: Sat., Oct. 2, 1948
Died: Sat., Feb. 29, 2020

Private Interment


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Mar. 06, 2020
Location: Niebur Funeral Chapel

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Karen Kay Deitzman, age 71, of El Dara, IL passed away on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL.  She was born on October 2, 1948 in Dayton, OH to Howard and Ethel Weller Kesling.  She married Thomas Jesse Deitzman on May 21, 1968 and he preceded her in death on June 1, 2017.

Karen worked at Barry Community Care Center in the kitchen for many years.  Her greatest joy in life was being a homemaker, raising her children and running the household.  She also loved being a grandmother and great grandmother.  Karen was the perfect anchor to her husband, conforming to his adventurous lifestyle and always standing by his side.  To quote a family friend, “Behind every great man is a greater woman.”   Karen was a past member of the El Dara Christian Church, and was a Christian in faith.  Karen was a loving and caring woman who created a nurturing home for her family and was a rock to many friends when in need.  She enjoyed growing succulents, tending to her koi pond, and gardening.  She had been residing at Barry Community Care Center since 2015, where she enjoyed doing crafts and visiting with friends.

She is survived by her children, Erika (Sean) White of Quincy, IL, Leticia Farmer of Colony, TX, Melissa (Stephen) Hennley of Mountain Grove, MO, Ingrid Deitzman of Wentzville, MO, Ursula (Bruce) Jones of Barry, IL, and Thomas Joshua Deitzman of El Dara, IL; eleven grandchildren, Thomas Jordan Deitzman, Ashley Jones, Tera Deitzman, Levi Jones, Sierra Romanski, Morgan Romanski, Jerred Farmer, Cameron Farmer, Logan Farmer, Shayden Farmer, and Lauren Elkins; three great grandchildren, Liam Thomas Brysenn Deitzman, and Micah Ross; one great great granddaughter, Adelyn Farmer; sisters, Karol (Richard) Hellhake of Bradenton, FL and Kathy Kesling of Oklahoma; brother, Fred Sheets of Miamisberg, OH; sister-in-law, Janey Hembraugh of Kansas City, MO; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Thomas Deitzman; daughter, Nichole Deitzman; grandson, Jacob Dunham; and parents, Howard and Ethel Kesling.

Celebration of Life with family meeting friends will be held from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Friday, March 6, 2020 at Niebur Funeral Chapel in Barry.  Interment will be held privately at a later date at Taylor Martin Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to be made to Taylor Martin Cemetery or to the Pike County Animal Shelter.  Online condolences may be left to the family at www.nieburfh.com.  Niebur Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in Karen's memory to the following organizations:

Pike County Animal Shelter

Taylor-Martin Cemetery
El Dara, IL

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Sheryl Freeman
   Posted Tue March 03, 2020

GARDEN PATH was sent by Sheryl Freeman.

Leticeia Farmer and family, With deepest sympathies from your T-Mobile Family. Sheryl Freeman, Linda Ostroff, Wendy Pantazis, Vaishali Phadnis, Mike Taylor

Susan SchulzStark
   Posted Tue March 03, 2020
From our family to yours deepest sympathy. Sorry for your loss. She was a pillar in the community and a wonderful, beautiful, strong woman.

Janice Swartz
   Posted Tue March 03, 2020
Sorry for your. I enjoyed caring for her @ BCC.

Larissa Forshey
   Posted Tue March 03, 2020
Karen was a sweet lady who will be missed by many. Keeping the family in my thoughts and prayers. May God give you comfort to get through this difficult time.

“When a Cardinal appears a visitor from Heaven is near”

Carol Ward
   Posted Wed March 04, 2020
Karol and family: So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May she rest comfortably now that she is with Tom again.

Mary Ragan
   Posted Wed March 04, 2020
I met Karen last year at grief group and in that short time, I grew to embrace her friendship and conversations. I will miss her but am so glad she is reunited with her husband she missed so. May God comfort and strengthen you all through this heartbreaking time....she is happy now.....🙏🙏

Chris Hodges
   Posted Wed March 04, 2020
My deepest sympathy to you and your family Erika. The lord will help ease your pain and you will remember all the good times you've had with her. It is never easy to deal with a loss, but know your not alone.

kay gooud
   Posted Sat March 07, 2020

Edna Schmied
   Posted Wed March 11, 2020
I am very sorry to learn of Karen's passing. We met for the first time when our Uncle Cecil Weller died (he was married to my Aunt Ruth) and became friends overnight. I had not talked to Karen for several years but we kept in touch via the internet, though I had not heard from her for awhile. Please accept my most sincere offer of sympathy. Edna Schmied

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