Karen Ann Petry
Karen Ann Petry
  • September 3, 1938 - September 1, 2017
  • Gladstone, Missouri

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Karen Ann Petry was born on September 3, 1938 to Arthur and Regina Kirschbaum in Dubuque, Iowa. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2013 and battled the illness until she died peacefully on September 1, 2017 at the age of 78.

Karen graduated from Cassville High School in Cassville, Wisconsin in 1957. Following graduation she went to work for Federal Discount where she met her future husband, Wayne Petry.

Over time Karen and Wayne had three children, Steven Michael, Gregory John and William Wayne.

Karen and Wayne spent most of their working years in the construction industry working for companies that built boilers for power plants. Karen was an office manager. As a result of their employment, Karen and her family moved on a regular basis having lived in Iowa, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Texas, Minnesota and Missouri. Following her work in the construction industry, she worked for DH Pace and most recently for Dr. Anthony Thomas.

After moving to Kansas City in 1977, Karen became active in the Beta Sigma Phi sorority. She was crowned Sweetheart Queen in 1983 and served on the Northland Council for the sorority for a number of years. Karen enjoyed not only the time spent with her sisters in the sorority but the many outreach projects the sorority participated in.

Karen was a member of St. Andrew the Apostle Church in Kansas City for over 40 years.

Karen was blessed with five grandchildren and two great grandchildren who were the love of her life. She spent countless hours attending dance recitals and baseball and basketball games.

Karen was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Franklin Kirschbaum. She is survived by her husband Wayne, her sons Steven and Janna, Greg and his wife Judy, William and his wife Lisa; her grandchildren Elizabeth, Matthew, Dylan, Seth and Isabella and her great grandchildren William and Savannah and her sister, Patricia Floyd.

Karen was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother who will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me though he dies, yet shall he live and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.

John 11:25-26