Karen Elaine Shum, 54, of Topeka and formerly of Burlingame, went to be with the Lord with her family gathered at her side on Aug. 5, 2012 at Saint Francis Hospital in Topeka. Services were held this morning at Community Covenant Church is Osage City, Kan. Interment followed in the Burlingame Cemetery.
She was born on July 23, 1958 in Grand Island, Neb., the daughter of Bernell C. and Martha "Jean" Montgomery Shum Satzler. She graduated from Grand Island Senior High Schoolin 1976. After graduation, she moved with her family to Burlingame where she worked for a few years at Satzler Sentry Hardware and The First State Bank of Burlingame. In 1983, Karen moved to Tulsa, Okla., where she worked accounts payable for the Directory Hotel. In 1985 she had the opportunity to relocate to Nashville, Tenn., where she opened the Vanderbilt Plaza Hotel accounts payable. In 1987 another opportunity came, when she was asked to open the Harbor Island Hotel in Tampa, Fla. She continued to work and live in Tampa until she had a desire to come home to Kansas in October 1991. She answered a head-hunting ad for an office manager and director of finance for the Kansas Motor Carrier Association in Topeka. Karen just completed 20 years of service last year with the Association. Karen had a strong sense of family and loved them deeply. She adored her nieces and nephews and would always attempt to attend family activities, sporting events and gatherings when she was able. She loved to cook her signature dishes for family social events. She was an avid reader. She loved to cross-stitch table cloths, blankets and pillowcases. She loved watching TV, especially "Dr. Who" with David Tennant. She touched many lives with her opinions and attitudes and you always knew where you stood with her. She will be greatly missed.
Surviving family include: her brothers, James (Kathy) Shum of El Dorado, Lynn (Mary Jo) Satzler of Burlingame and Larrry (Connie) Satzler of Manhattan; sisters, Paula (Paul) Hedberg of Reading, Kan., and Reggie (Gary) Fosberg of Burlingame; step-father, Don (Bonnie) Satzler of Burlingame; nieces, Marta and Russell Granberry of Topeka, Jennifer Hedberg of Reading, Megan (Zach) Story of Roeland Park, Kan., Gretchen Shum of El Dorado, Heather Fosberg of Topeka, Julie Fosberg of Manhatten, Holly (Matt) Hall of Auburn, Kan., and Julia and Stacia Satzler of Manhattan; nephews, Joshua Shum of El Dorado, Matt (Becky) Young of Burlingame, Marc and Jennifer Satzler of Scranton, Kan., and Josiah Satzler of Manhattan; great-nieces and nephews, Emma Grace Granberry, Gwendolyn Story, Hannah and Evan Young, and Allison Satzler.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Memorials in her memory may be made to the Community Covenant Church Youth Program or the First Baptist Church Mime Program and may be sent to Carey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 196, Burlingame, KS 66413 who has charged of the arrangements.