Karen D. White, 68, of Rockford entered into His presence on Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, surrounded by her loving family, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born July 24, 1943, in Aurora, Neb.; the daughter of Paul and Inez (Schlatter) Oswald. She graduated from Nebraska Christian High School, Class of 1961, and earned her music degree from Grace Bible College in Omaha, Neb., and went on to work at Grace Bookstore for more than 10 years. She married Edward White on Nov. 27, 1981. After moving to Rockford, Karen worked at Sundstrand and later spent nearly 20 years at McDonalds. Karen’s love for Jesus was apparent in her devotion to her church. She was a member of Elim Baptist Church where she spent more than 25 years as an accomplished organist. She was a volunteer for Slavic Gospel Association and spent time instilling her Christian values to the children of the Awana Cubbies. She will be deeply missed by her family and those whose lives she has touched. Survivors include her husband, Edward; son, Allen (Kari) White; brother, Val (Carol) Oswald of Aurora, Neb.; nephews, Chad (Joni) Oswald and Aaron (Stephanie) Oswald of Aurora; many special cousins, friends, and great-nieces and -nephews. Predeceased by parents. The family would like to thank Heartland Hospice for their compassionate care. Service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Mulford Chapel, 1860 S. Mulford Road. Interment in Arlington Memorial Park. Visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, in the funeral home, and from 10 a.m. Saturday to time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Elim Baptist Church Ministry Opportunities Fund or American Cancer Society . To share memories and extend condolences please visit www.fitzgeraldfh.com.
Published in Rockford Register Star from August 18 to August 19, 2011