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223 North Bedford Road
Battle Creek, MI 49037
Phone: 269-965-5145
Fax: 269-965-5148
Karen Burkart

Karen Lee Burkart (Jennings)

Saturday, December 7th, 1946 - Friday, January 31st, 2020
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Karen Lee Burkart, 73, of Battle Creek, passed away Friday, January 31, 2020. She was born December 7, 1946 in Battle Creek the daughter of Harold and Joy (Davison) Jennings. Karen graduated from Lakeview High School class of 1965 and Western Michigan University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Education in 1969. She married Richard Burkart, Jr. on March 31, 1975 in Daytona Beach, FL. Karen started her teaching career at Family Altar Christian School and then went on to be a substitute teacher for the Pennfield and Harper Creek schools for 20 plus years before retiring in 2007. She is a member of the Thornapple Valley Community Church in Delton, American Legion Auxiliary Post 298, and DAR (Daughters of American Revolution). Karen loved to spend time with her grandchildren, especially out on Gun Lake in the summer tubing and water skiing. She enjoyed working with children, volunteer projects near and far, and was involved in several children’s ministries. She loved gardening, camping, sewing, quilting, traveling, and biking.
She is survived by her husband, Richard; children, Mariana Burkart, Shapel (Wade) Sova, Rachelle (Lukasz) Niec, Richard Burkart III, and Rebekah (Colin) Coriell; grandchildren, Adalia Burkart, Tess Niec, Xander Niec, Hayden Coriell, Hunter Coriell, Harper Coriell, and Henley Coriell; and brother, Todd Jennings.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation will be held at Bachman Hebble Funeral Service on Tuesday from 5:00-8:00 PM. A celebration of life service will be held Wednesday at 3:00 PM at Bachman Hebble Funeral Service with a visitation an hour prior. Burial will be at the Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, MI. In lieu of flowers memorial tributes may be made to DAR (Daughters of American Revolution).
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, February 4th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday, February 4th, 2020 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Bachman Hebble Funeral Service
    223 North Bedford Road
    BATTLE CREEK, MI 49037
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  • Second Visitation

    Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Bachman Hebble Funeral Service
    223 North Bedford Road
    BATTLE CREEK, MI 49037
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 | 3:00pm
    Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 3:00pm
  • Interment

    Fort Custer National Cemetery
    15501 West Dickman Road
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Jan, Carol, Barb, Orpha, Nancy, LaVina, Deanna

Posted at 03:23pm
From Karen's Monday sewing and craft group. Karen was a very important part of our group. We loved it when she was able to come. We miss her.
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Don and Linda Marvin

Posted at 11:40am
Lots of good memories from serving and worshipping with you at Calvary Baptist, especially being in the Berean Class with you.

Jill Lessig

Posted at 02:49pm
I will always remember Rick and Karen dancing the night away with the "younger" crowd at Rachelle's wedding. Their hotel room also happened to be directly under the room we ended up partying in that night and they didn't complain one little bit. Karen has always taken an interest in her kid's friends. She was the kind of person who took the time to sit down and talk, ask how you had been and really care. She will be missed by so many and was loved so greatly.

Kathy Dilsaver

Posted at 01:22pm
In sympathy of your loved one and my childhood buddy.
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Kathy Dilsaver

Posted at 01:11pm
Am so sorry to hear Karens death. Sending my sympathies to all of you. I grew up across the street from the Jennings and Karen was the “big sister “ I never had. Although she was a few years older, she took me under her wing. Back then, we all shared “party line” telephone service. Supposedly we were never to know who each other were, but we quickly learned and both Karen and I became the headaches for our parents tying up service and often just talking to each other. Admonishments by each other’s parents were common when were told just go “across the street to talk you two.” Karen and I often would ride our bikes on “adventures”. They included one trip to Binder Park, where so exhausted we couldn’t pedal home. She went about flagging down every pickup and saved the day when one stopped that to our surprise was a neighbor. He was sworn to secrecy “ don’t tell our parents we got a ride.” She arranged for him to drop us off a block away and as far as I know, the secret always remained and the little “white lie” that the “Jennings and Dilsavers girls” made a round trip bike ride “all that way there and back” impressed our parents to no end. What wonderful memories I have growing up; and Karen is front and center. Prayers for all of you; may the plentiful memories shared give you much comfort in the days ahead. I’m so very sorry for your loss. She was one of a kind.

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