Karen Lynne Palmgren, 58, of Geneseo passed away Friday, September 6, 2013 at Hammond-Henry Hospital Long Term Care, Geneseo, IL. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, September 14, 2013 at Vandemore Funeral Homes Ltd, Geneseo. A visitation for Karen will be 1 hour (10:00 – 11:00 am) prior to the service at the funeral home. As per Karen’s request cremation rites have been accorded and private inurnment will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to Geneseo Humane Society.
Karen was born October 8, 1954 in Davenport, IA, the daughter of Wayne and Helen (Achenbach) Wendhausen. She graduated from Davenport Central High School in 1973 and from Scott Community College in 1987 with a degree in secretarial education. She was united in marriage to Charles Palmgren October 22, 2005 in Geneseo, IL. She was the Office Manager for Vera French Mental Health, Terrace Ridge Office from which she retired in 2010.
Karen was a Certified Master Gardener thru University of Illinois and an active garden club member. She loved working in the yard and enjoyed making jewelry, stained glass crafting, cooking and baking. She enjoyed her weekly get togethers with the Margarita Girls. Karen was a loving mother and grandmother.
She is survived by her husband Charles; son: Eric Farnum, Davenport, IA; step-son: Brad (Megan) Palmgren, Davenport, IA; daughter: Sarah Farnum, East Moline, IL; step-daughter: Lynn Palmgren, Chicago, IL; granddaughter: Megan Farnum; step-granddaughter: Audrey Palmgren; 2 brothers: Richard (Diane) Wendhausen, Barry (Brenda) Wendhausen.
She was preceded in death by her parents.