She studied physical education at Kent State University. As a new Air Force wife she and her family lived in Merced California 4 years before their transfer to Offutt AFB, Bellevue, NE where she and Ron resided for nearly 38 years.

Karen Ann Valentine, daughter of John A. and Katherine M. Korody, was born May 11, 1945 in Youngstown, Ohio. She departed this life on June 30, 2017, at the age of 72.

On September 8, 1973, Karen was united in marriage to Ronald J. Valentine at Rickenbacker Air Force Base, near Columbus, Ohio, and to this union, two daughters were born. Together they shared nearly forty-four years of marriage.

She was preceded in death by her father and her mother.

She is survived by her husband, Ron of Camdenton; daughter, Kelli A. Kadavy and husband Dale; grandchildren Ryan and Katie of Overland Park, Kansas; daughter Kimberly V. Little and husband Joel; grandchildren Aaron and Kinley of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; Sister Kathy Caggiano and husband Vince of North Canton, Ohio; as well as a host of In-Laws, nieces, nephews, and other relatives and dear friends.

Karen grew up in Struthers Ohio and graduated from Struthers High School as proud member of the Class of ‘63. She studied physical education at Kent State University. As a new Air Force wife she and her family lived in Merced California 4 years before their transfer to Offutt AFB, Bellevue, NE where she and Ron resided for nearly 38 years.

She had a very rewarding career as a Certified Optician and optical sales manager at Bellevue Optical for 26 years. Karen was very loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was an amazingly faithful and prayerful Christian woman. She touched the hearts and souls of so many with her zest for life and love of family and friends.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 7 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Camdenton. A visitation will precede the mass at the church starting at 10 a.m. An additional memorial will be held in Bellevue, Nebraska.

Memorials may be made to the Columban Fathers, Mission Society of St. Columban in Bellevue, Nebraska at www.columban.org.

Arrangements are under the direction of Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home of Camdenton. Online condolences may be made at www.alleeholmanhowe.com.