Karen L. Haas

Resided in Garden, Michigan
Died October 25th, 2019

Karen L. Haas, 67, of Garden, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, October 25, 2019 at her home from natural causes.

Karen was born in Dayton Ohio on June 25, 1952, daughter of George and Mary (Coovert) Seth. She was raised in Dayton and Milwaukee, Wi. She graduated from Washington High School in 1970 earned her associate’s degree from Bay College and then attended Northern Michigan University.

On June 16, 1975 Karen married Walter “Wally” Haas in Waukegan, Il. They celebrated 41 years of marriage before he preceded her in death on July 20, 2016.

She was the Trustee for the Village of Garden in 2007 and then the Village Clerk from 2008- 2017.  Karen worked from 1990 until 2014 as a rural carrier for the Daily Press until she retired due to health issues.

Karen loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed attending her daughter and grandchildren’s sporting events in addition to the many other kids who always considered her “mom”/”gram”.   Karen also loved her monthly lunches with her girlfriends, the holidays and cooking and baking for her family.

Among survivors is her daughter, Mary (Craig) Barnhart of Escanaba; grandchildren, Colin (fiancé Brittney Paquin) and Morgan Barnhart, all of Escanaba; sister, Lois Shearer of Dayton, Oh; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wally; parents; and siblings, Martha Duke, Virginia Oswald, Ben Seth and Ray Seth.

A celebration of Karen’s life will take place on Saturday, November 2nd at St. John the Baptist Church hall in Garden at 1 p.m.  A meal will follow immediately after.

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7 Tributes to “Karen L. Haas”

  1. Sis, I’ll miss you and will hang on to all the good times we shared… nobody can can replace your memories. You were always Loved and will ALWAYS remain a part of my growing into myself.

  2. Lisa and family we are so sorry to hear of your aunt’s passing. We know you all loved her very much. You are in our prayers as you go through this. We love you.

  3. I feel blessed to have known Karen and the Haas family for over 40 years. She took care of my son many times. I’m glad I got the chance to visit and catch up with Karen on my recent trip home. My heart is broken for you Mary. I am keeping you and your family in my prayers.

  4. Mary and family.I am sorry to hear of your moms passing. I never had met her yet but Brittany talked about her and they holiday making of treats. Deepest sympathy to you, Craig,Colin,and Morgan

  5. Aunt Karen you were one of a kind funny the way you said things too funny you will be missed by everyone rest now your with your loved ones ❤

  6. So sad to hear the news of Karen’s passing. We have been friends since she and Wally lived in the house that’s now at the end up town, but used to be where the Catholic Church hall is now. We took classes at Bay College at the same time and had a long running fake public fued that we continued to act out to the dismay of strangers as we would yell at each other about staying on our own sides of the street. As for theses last many years Karen lived directly across the street below churchill, opposite side from where I grew up. I will miss her good humor and catching up with her when I come home each Summer. Remembering our fun times together my friend. 😘❤

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