OTTUMWA — Karen J. Timmerman, 70, of Mt. Pleasant, died Dec. 26, 2013, at the Ridgewood Nursing and Rehab Center in Ottumwa.
Mrs. Timmerman, the former Karen Jean Brown, was born May 9, 1943, in Iowa City. She was the daughter of Robert and Vivian Leona (nee Hoskin) Brown. Karen grew up in Stockport, where she attended school and graduated from Stockport High School in 1961. On Aug. 25, 1961, at the Stockport Methodist Church, Karen was united in marriage to Keith Glen Proenneke. The couple later divorced. On May 8, 1986, in Saunders Park, Mt. Pleasant, Karen was united in marriage to David Paul Timmerman. Mr. Timmerman died Jan. 2, 2013 at Arbor Court in Mt. Pleasant.
Karen worked for a few years at the Ben Franklin Store in Fairfield, where she was head of one of the departments of the store. In 1977, she began a long career as a secretary for the Midwest Old Threshers. She moved to Mt. Pleasant in 1979. After 36 years at Midwest Old Threshers, Karen retired in the fall of 2013.
Mrs. Timmerman was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Mt. Pleasant and the Avenue of Flags of Mt. Pleasant. She was a past president, vice president and secretary for the Harlan Questers Antique Club. She was a member and past president of the South Center Club. In her spare time, she collected teddy bears and milk glass. She enjoyed Madera embroidery and raising flowers in her garden.
Those thankful for sharing in Karen’s life include two sons and their wives, Jon and Tammy Proenneke of Ottumwa and Joel and Jeanette Proenneke of Mt. Pleasant; a daughter, Jina Schneider of Lewiston, Idaho; and four grandchildren, Sara and T.J. Schneider and Jonathan and Joseph Proenneke.
Her parents and husband precede her in death.
The funeral service for Karen Timmerman will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Kimzey Funeral Home, 213 N. Main St., Mount Pleasant; Rev. Jeremy Skinner, pastor of Albia Road Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Forest Home Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant.
Visitation with family present was held Friday at the funeral home.
Those considering an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Drive-A-Tractor Program at Midwest Old Threshers.