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Karen S. Coleman

1939 - 2021

Connelly Chapel


Karen Sue Coleman, age 81, of Vandalia, died Sunday, March 21, 2021 in her home.  Her life began October 18, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois, the fifth of six children born to Glenn and Charlotte Allison. 

Karen loved nothing more than cooking and feeding friends and family.  Her baked beans will be missed at cousins’ weekend. She also loved to travel and was a dedicated snowbird, heading to her home in Tavares, Florida, as soon as the Michigan winter threatened each October.  She was an avid card and game player; backgammon and Yahtzee were among her very favorites. 

Most of all, Karen loved the Lord and was a member of Pleasant View Church of Christ.

Karen will be greatly missed by family and friends.  She is survived by one brother, Earl Allison of Vandalia; three daughters, Sherry Hyatte and Wendy (Steve) Grace, both of Vandalia, Kathy (Lisa) Coleman of Marcellus; seven grandchildren, Courtney Hyatte of Columbia, Maryland, Erin (Gabe) D’Vincent of Austin, Texas, Ryan Grace of LaCrosse, Wisconsin, Nathaniel Coleman of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Anthony (Aubri) Coleman of Mesa, Arizona, Karleena Byram of LaPorte, Indiana, Michael Stanton of Decatur, Indiana; four great grandchildren; Parker and Alexis D’Vincent, Haylie and Ashton Coleman; former husband, Marvin (Pam) Coleman of San Tan Valley, Arizona; and a host of cousins, nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters; two brothers; and one son, David Wayne Coleman.

The family will observe a private remembrance.  Mrs. Coleman’s remains will be laid to rest in Birch Lake Cemetery. 

The family prefers contributions in memory of Karen be made to the Cass County Council on Aging, Post Office Box 5, Cassopolis, Michigan 49031.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Connelly Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, Cassopolis.  Please share a memory or a message online:


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March 28, 2021 8:45 AM

I will forever be thankful for her friendship with my grandma, Cleytus D.  Karen was a wonderful Christian woman and was loved deeply by those around her.  I am sure it was a beautiful reunion when Grandma saw her again in heaven.
I will be praying for your family.  Thank you for sharing her with us for so many years in Florida.

Jean Mohler

March 27, 2021 10:02 PM

So sorry to hear of Karen's passing.  We have such good memories of her and my mother's (Cleytus Daily) friendship. Mom died 2 months ago so know that she was there to welcome Karen home!

Philip Smith

March 26, 2021 10:29 PM

Phil Smith
  We all will miss Karen. We enjoined her in FL and in IND.

Bill & Donna Niemann

March 26, 2021 2:26 PM

Our sincere sympathy to Karen's family.
We will miss her.  We met her at the COA playing Euchre  years ago.
We also were fortunate to live near her in Florida and shared some meals with her.

May she Rest in Peace.

Bill & Donna Niemann     Zellwood, FL


March 26, 2021 4:31 AM

Mother, I am honored to be a part of your family tree! This little "birdie" will sit in this tree forever! See you at Gate #11! I love you, Kat!

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