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January 16, 2019

11/7/2018 2:45:00 PM
Funeral for Karlys Koens Nov. 10 at Autumn Ridge

Karlys Dawn Koens "Kari," 47, of Stewartville, passed away on Nov. 2, 2018, at Saint Marys Hospital, as a result of an accident.
Kari was born Oct. 18, 1971, in Slayton, to Gerald and Marlys (Gortmaker) Koens. She was a graduate of Faith Christian in Rochester and went on to receive her bachelor's degree from Trinity International University with a major in psychology and a minor in student ministries.
Kari was currently working as an administrative assistant in the nursing department at Mayo Clinic, where she was also named the 2017 Wellness Champion.
Kari had a huge love of animals and volunteered a lot of her time with Camp Companion and opened up her home as a foster to many animals in need. During her high school years, she volunteered at Covenant Park Bible Camp and once in college joined the staff at camp.
Kari was kind with a caring and empathetic heart. She was full of joy, had a willingness to help others and was passionate in her beliefs and convictions. She was unshakable. She was patriotic, had a love for people and a special heart for those who were hurting. Kari was a wise steward of her time, treasures and talents. She had a giving heart, which even in death, she gave of herself through the gift of life and organ donation.
Kari is survived by her mother, Marlys Koens-Kool of Rochester; brothers, Kerry Koens of Wheeling, Ill, and Kendall (Andi) Koens of Rochester; nephews, Tyler, Trenton and Taylor Koens; nieces, Natalie and Jillian Koens; stepsiblings, Keith (Margo) Kool, Kendra (Phil) Gruszka, Kurt (Vicky) Kool, and Karla (Stu) Dekkenga, and numerous stepnieces and stepnephews.
Kari was preceded in death by her father, Jerry, stepfather, Orville, niece, Bailey and both maternal and paternal grandparents.
A funeral to celebrate Kari's life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Autumn Ridge Church, 3611 Salem Rd. SW in Rochester. Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place NW in Rochester, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Pastors Rod Marquette and Woody Roland will be officiating with interment at Grandview Memorial Gardens.
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