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Karen Kay Arndt

November 2, 1945 - January 4, 2021
From: Spencer, IA
Karen Kay Arndt

Karen Kay Arndt

Born: November 2, 1945
Died: January 4, 2021
Age: 75

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Karen Kay Arndt of Spencer, IA passed away at the age of 75 on January 4, 2021 in Spencer.  Karen was born in Yankton, SD on November 2, 1945 the ninth of twelve children that Florence A. and Elmo H. Dreesen were blessed with.

     She spent her early years in Hartington, NE where she graduated from Cedar Catholic High School.  While in high school she met her future husband, Roger Arndt.  They were married on February 29, 1964.  After residing in Omaha, NE for a short time they moved to Spencer, IA.  She called Spencer home for the last 56 years of her life.

     Karen cherished her role as Mom to her two sons, Jerry and Mark.  There was nothing she would not do for them.  While she had two children via birth, Karen had many “children” through the years by virtue of her role as a babysitter.  These many children became part of her “extended family”.  She spent her last working years as a cook in the Spencer Community School system where, once again, her greatest joy was interfacing with the children she came in contact with.  Karen took great pride in the cleanliness of her home.  She enjoyed cheering on the Spencer Tigers and Iowa State Cyclones.  Karen was a devout Catholic and a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer. 

Karen was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and seven of her siblings (Edwin, Lorraine, Bernadine, Richard, Marlene, Phyllis, and Robert).  She is survived by her two sons, Jerry (Renee) of Baton Rouge, LA and Mark (Jean) of Dickens, IA; three grandchildren, Andrew (Marcella) of New York, NY, Alex of Dickens, IA, and Caitlin of Dickens, IA; one great grandchild, Brayson; four of her siblings (Mary Etta, Helen Anne, Linda, and Janie); and numerous nieces and nephews.

     Karen’s family would like to thank St. Luke’s Nursing Home for the excellent and compassionate care they provided her during the last few years of her life.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Friday, January 8, 2021 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer.

Father Tim Hogan
Alex Arndt
Andrew Arndt
Shannon Tuttle
Troy Schrempp
Brent Schrempp
Ronnie Heikes
Will be held one hour prior to the Funeral Service at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Organist, Marianne Fuchsen
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa


Friday, January 8, 2021 at 11:31 AM
“ Rest in Peace your sister Linda and I have been friends for many years and my husband parents Cap and Anna Jueden were long time friends.”
- Rose Marie Jueden
Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 2:42 PM
“Mark & Jean, Jerry & Renee & Families, Thinking of you at this sad time. I worked with Karen for years at the Spencer High School in Alacarte. She was a dedicated, hard-working
Co-worker. She loved the children. Karen was kind, caring, giving and a great true friend! She loved & talked about her family often. Memories - Karen, we will have coffee again!
Love & Prayers”
- Linda Miller (Alan)
Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 8:48 AM
“Thinking of your family in this sad time. I have so many fond memories of my childhood at Karen’s house. She told me that she called me tugboat Bessie because I used to pull the toy box around. Karen loved us like her own and was family to all of us that she babysat. ”
- Beth Love (tug)
Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 9:16 AM
“I now that Karen lover the childern at fairview school .She served them breakfast every morning plus they also got lots of hugs She loved them all and they lover her. God bless her sons and there familys. ”
- sharon slaymaker
Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 7:39 AM
“Loved Karen...always a cheerful smile and a caring soul. Cherish all of the memories Jerry, Mark and family ”
- Mike Carlson
Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 8:40 PM
“Mark, Jean, Alex & Kat Sorry for the loss of your Mom/Grandma she was a sweet lady! My sympathy to all!”
- Jerry & Kristie
Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 8:40 PM
“Karen was such a kind, compassionate "lunch lady"! She went out of her way to be sure all children were fed. My prayers for your family.”
- Brenda Griffin
Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 4:28 PM
“To the Arndt family- So very sorry for your loss. Karen was an awesome person and there wasn’t anything she wouldn’t do for you. She was Cannon and Caity’s babysitter until they went to school. For her they could call her mom. Way too many memories to mention. She will be greatly missed.”
- Cody Slawson
Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 3:02 PM
“Both Karen and Roger were known for there deep kindness and compassion. Karen had the most sincere smile that welcomed any and all to be her friend. Our prayers and sympathy to their family.”
- Wayne and Diana Koppen
Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 3:02 PM
“To the Arndt Family, condolences for your loss. Karen is one of my best childhood mentors and memories. She cared soo much for all of us kids, and it was truly a blessing growing up with her leading the way for us. I still remember her keeping my hair trimmed up and looking good, as well as getting my hair shampooed after naps! Karen will always be remembered. Love you!

-Cannon- A.K.A Runt”
- Cannon Slawson
Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 3:02 PM
“Caitlin, Alex, Mark, and Jean; I’m sorry to see you have lost such a special person. She looks like she was a gem. Love to you.”
- Nira & Bob Rusk
Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 12:22 PM
“To Karen's family,
Prayers extended to you during this difficult time; each interaction with Karen was always pleasant and so enjoyable, right along with her smile. Blessings to her family.
- Jackie Paulsen
Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 12:22 PM
“I am very sorry to learn of Karen’s passing. A sweet person with a nice smile greeted students and teachers in the high school lunch line. All of those cooks are hard workers, but her petite frame handled heavy loads and carried a work ethic with the best of them. Sympathy to her sons...she rightfully was proud of you boys. ”
- Jan Myers
Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 12:22 PM
“So sorry for your loss. Praying for your family.”
- Pat Brunett
Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 11:31 AM
“Mark and Jean - Hugs and prayers to you during this time of loss.”
- Kristie Wintz
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