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Karen S. Witthaus, 65, of Hermann, MO, passed away Sunday, September 15, 2019 at University of Missouri Medical Center, Columbia, Missouri.
Karen was born in Morrison, Missouri on February 7, 1954, a daughter of the late Virgil & Dorothy (South) Helming.
She was the wife of William R. Witthaus. They were united in marriage on February 23, 1974, at St. George Church, Hermann. Bill survives at their home.
Karen is also survived by their two sons, Jason Witthaus & wife Summer, of Hermann, Missouri; and J.R. Witthaus & wife Jennifer, of Jonesburg, Missouri; by three brothers, Kenneth Helming & wife Lola, of Jefferson City, Missouri; George Helming & wife Patty, of Springfield, Missouri; and David Helming & wife Terrie of Jefferson City, Missouri; by five grandchildren, Macie, Kennedie, Kohlt, Kylie Jo, and MaKayla Witthaus, by sisters-in-law, Lynn Helming, of Hermann, Missouri; Edith Helming, of Jefferson City, Missouri; Sharon Helming, of Chamois, Missouri, Judy LeBrell & husband Steve, of Hermann, Missouri; and Debbie Vanausdoll & husband Myron, of Hermann, Missouri; by brothers-in-law, Robert Witthaus & wife JoAnn, of Hermann, Missouri; Kevin Witthaus & wife Janet, of Hermann, Missouri; and David Witthaus & wife Sheila, of Hermann, Missouri, and by many nieces, nephews, and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, and by three brothers, Larry, Raymond, & Terry "Tud" Helming.
Karen was a devoted wife, mother, mother-in-law and grandma. She was the constant rock & strength that held her family together. She loved her family unconditionally and helped shape who they each were and taught them many life lessons. She had a big heart and a love for everyone, a kind soul, and was very giving, always putting others first and lending a hand to whoever needed it.
Karen loved the farm and having all the family together there. She also enjoyed watching her boys play football, taking rides on the mule with Bill, enjoying time with her grandkids, deer hunting, and putting her apron on and making a wonderful meal.
Karen was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, in Hermann. She owned & operated Little Bearcat Daycare Center in Hermann for 25 years. She touched many families and their children's lives throughout the years.
A private family service will be held. Memorials may be given to Hermann Athletic Boosters or The Big Red Boosters, Warrenton. C/O Toedtmann & Grosse Funeral Home.