In memory of

Karleen Kay Sanders

September 17, 1938 - November 13, 2020
From: Early, IA
Karleen Kay Sanders

Karleen Kay Sanders

Born: September 17, 1938
Died: November 13, 2020
Age: 82
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Karleen Sanders, age 82 of Early, IA, passed away on Friday, November 13, 2020, of Covid-19, at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake, IA.

   Karleen Kay Christiansen was born September 17, 1938, to parents Glen and Emma (Putbrese) Christiansen, the oldest of three daughters. She attended country school in rural Sac County, IA, and later attended Delaware Consolidated Township School in Nemaha, IA. Karleen graduated from Newell High School in Newell, IA, in 1956.

   On August 16, 1959, Karleen was united in marriage to Richard Sanders at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sac City, IA. They made their home in Early where she worked for the family business, Sanders Hardware Hank for over 50 years. Karleen was a founding member of Faith Lutheran Church in Early and attended this church until her death.

   Karleen was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt. She enjoyed attending her son’s sporting events in high school and college, including a trip to Tacoma, Washington to watch his college football team win an NAIA National Championship. She loved watching her grandsons participate in athletics in high school and college.   In her free time, Karleen enjoyed playing cards with family and friends, participating in a card club for more than 50 years. She loved making trips to Minnesota to see her sisters and their families. Getting together for Christiansen family reunions was something she always looked forward to. Karleen was also a terrific bowler, accomplishing several 200 games and 500 series.

   Survivors include her son Stuart (Jody) Sanders of Nevada, IA; grandsons: Jordan of Ames, IA, and Jacob of Nevada, IA; sisters: Janice Massey of Shoreview, MN, and Myra (Arnie) Radman of Randolph, MN; two brothers-in-law: Robert (Janie) Sanders of Johnston, IA, and William (Jennifer) Sanders, of Des Moines, IA; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.

   Karleen was preceded in death by husband Richard, infant son Timothy Allan, parents Glen and Emma, parents-in-law Aubrey and Veva Sanders, and sister-in-law Ruth Sanders.

Memorials in Karleen’s Memory can be directed to Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake, IA, or to the Faith Lutheran Church in Early, IA.

Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Reverend Charles Bettin
Nemaha Cemetery
Nemaha, Iowa


Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 5:41 PM
“My family has been gone from Early a long time but I will never forget "Home." We spent a lot of time in your family hardware was so much much to look at! We were always met with a smile from your parents....they knew where every single little thing was located! May your good memories sustain you and help your hurting heart..... God Bless Karleen”
- Pegi DeGarmo Cavanaugh
Monday, November 16, 2020 at 6:34 PM
“I'm certain most of the immediate family will not know who I am...but perhaps Karleen's sisters and I hope Bob might remember me. I was a class mate of Dick's at Nemaha and the Christiansen family life a couple miles north of my parent's farm. I always enjoyed knowing Karleen. My sincere condolences to all. ”
- Gale Johnson
Monday, November 16, 2020 at 1:13 PM
“My Wife Wendy and I just heard about Karleen passing, we are so sorry. She will be with Dick in Heaven. David Larison”
- David Larison
Monday, November 16, 2020 at 12:19 PM
“Stuart - Dale and I were so saddened to hear of your moms passing. Early has definitely lost two great
people with the loss of your parents. They were two of the best business people around and were always willing to help out. They were also some of the greatest neighbors we could have ever asked for. Heaven gained another angel. We are sending a donation to a local food bank in their names so their good deeds live on. ”
- Sally Nellis
Monday, November 16, 2020 at 12:19 PM
“My heartfelt condolences on the passing of Karleen. May God surround you all with His comforting arms and give you peace with many warm memories.”
- Theresa (Struchen) Melohn
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