Karen Wolf, 1966 – 2018

Memorial services for Karen Wolf, 52, of Waukee will be held Tuesday, Dec. 18, Tuesday,  at Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home in Jefferson. The Rev. Julie Poulsen of First United Methodist Church in Jefferson will officiate. Danille Curtis will be the soloist and accompanist.

Interment will be in the Paton Township Cemetery near Paton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the donor’s favorite animal rescue organization.

Karen Elaine Wolf, 52, passed away unexpectedly at her home in Waukee on Dec. 9, 2018.

Karen, daughter of Ronald and Phyllis (Patterson) Wolf, was born Jan. 7, 1966, in Jefferson. She attended school in Jefferson and was involved in music, drama, cheerleading, baton, and track. After high school, Karen attended Westmar College in Le Mars.

Karen worked for many years as a teaching associate for various school districts in Iowa, Minnesota, and Nebraska. Most recently, Karen was employed by Nationwide Insurance, where she obtained an insurance agent license and worked in customer service for more than 10 years.

Throughout her life, Karen enjoyed participating in community theater and singing. She sang the National Anthem at Nationwide’s annual Memorial Day service for the past several years. Karen also collected family memorabilia and was a knowledgeable family historian. Karen was known by many for her infectious laugh. After being selected as one of 10 finalists from nearly 100,000 entries, she went on to compete in the 1999 Pillsbury Giggle-Off Contest in California. Karen was friendly, sentimental, and enjoyed sharing funny stories and memories with others.

Grateful for having shared her life are her brother  Greg (and Pat) Wolf of Urbandale; nieces Jill (and Riley) McDowell of Ankeny and Whitney (and Daniel Weiser) Wolf of Grimes; and numerous cousins and special friends.

Karen was preceded in death by her parents, Ronald and Phyllis Wolf, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and her beloved dog Muffin.

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