Karla Kay (Schoenewe) Keller, 66, passed away in her home in Crystal Lake, Ill., after a valiant seven-year battle with cancer. She passed away on her birthday July 27, 2007 at 7:27:07 a.m.
A memorial service for Karla will be held at the First Congregational Church in Crystal Lake at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25.
Karla was born July 27, 1941 in Spencer, daughter of the late Henry and Hilda Schoenewe and sister of Audrey Schoenewe Osborne of Chardon, Ohio.
Karla grew up in Everly, and was a proud alumna of the Everly High School Cattlefeeder's. She later attended Drake University in Des Moines and graduated in 1963 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education. While at Drake University, Karla was a member of the Delta Gamma sorority. After graduating from Drake, Karla moved to Illinois to begin her 29-plus years of teaching. She taught for brief periods in Harvey and Elmhurst, Ill. then moved to Crystal Lake, to begin teaching seventh grade biology/science at Lundahl Junior High. She retired from teaching in the spring of 1992.
Always the student and teacher, Karla spent much of her time tutoring and traveling after retirement. She vacationed frequently with her sister, Audrey, to Ohio, Florida, California, and, most memorably, to Lake Okoboji. While in Crystal Lake, Karla was very involved with the senior citizens group of Home State Bank going on various trips including a cruise along the East coast and a trip to Las Vegas, Nevada. After being diagnosed with cancer in 2000, Karla became very active in the American Cancer Society's cancer walks.
Karla is survived by her sister, Audrey Schoenewe Osborne, Chardon, Ohio; and several nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to First Congregational Church, 461 Pierson Street, Crystal Lake, IL 60014 or Monarch Hospice, 1350 Remington Road, Suite S, Schaumburg, IL 60173.