Funeral Mass was held Friday, Oct. 21, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Storm Lake. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.
Karen Jean was born March 10, 1967 to Merlin and Deloris (Delperdang) Sawvell in Cherokee. She was baptized and confirmed into the Catholic faith. Karen attended school and graduated in 1986 from Willow High School in Quimby. After graduation she continued her education at Grand View College.
Karen was blessed with one son, Nick Sawvell.
Karen worked as a housekeeper at Methodist Manor Retirement Community in Storm Lake for 23 years, at Casey's General Store for 23 years, and also at the Baymont Inn and Suites in Storm Lake. She especially enjoyed spending time with her son, Nick, and playing with her dogs.
Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Nick Sawvell of Storm Lake; brother, Jason Sawvell and friend, Amy, of Albert City; sisters: Susan (Andy) Tolan of Fonda; JoAnn Sawvell of Storm Lake; and Marilyn Sawvell of Fonda; extended family and many friends.
Karen was preceded in death by her parents, Merlin and Deloris; infant sister; and brothers: Glenn Sawvell and John Sawvell.