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“Karen represented the best of public television. Deeply intelligent,thoughtful and caring. We had many conversations about how to improve things so...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: cheryl head - washington, DC

“Dear Family of Karen, I only knew Karen briefly in my work as outreach coordinator and yet her spirit stood out so brightly. Her energy and...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Kimberlie Kranich - Champaign, IL

“I had the pleasure to work on a very special project with Karen specific to foster children in Texas. She was such a passionate advocate! We became...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Carolyne Rodriguez - Austin, TX

“I was filled with a deep and profound sadness upon learning that one of our community leaders/workers, Mrs. Karen Quebe, Outreach Coordinator for...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: John K. Fleming - Austin, TX

“We want to extend our heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your loved one. Karen was a wonderful patient and friend. She will be very missed. Our...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Dr. Bryan Koopmann - TX

“Our condolences to you and your family on the loss of your wife. She will be remembered in our prayers. ”
6 of 16 | Posted by: Peter Quattrini - League City, TX

“My deepest sympathy to your family during this very difficult time. I had the fortunate opportunity to meet Karen only a couple of years ago when we...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Marva E. Overton - Austin, TX

“My deepest sympathy at your timeof loss. ”
8 of 16 | Posted by: Jackie Picard - Galveston, TX

“Ray, Jeff, and Julia, my deepest condolences to you. I was shocked and so saddened to hear of Karen's passing. Although it's been over twenty years...Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: Judy Smith Matula - Austin, TX

“We were so sorry to hear of Karen's passing. Sorry we can not be there with you, but we will be in spirit. We will keep you in our prayers. ”
10 of 16 | Posted by: Aunt Dot & Patricia - Texas City, TX

“Our condolences to Karen's family. Karen's leadership in the development and production of community educational events such as the Summit on...Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Willie Williams,A/TCHHSD - Austin, TX

“I have been friends with Karen's brother, Ralph, and his wife, Debbie, for many years. I was saddened to learn of Karen's passing -- I always...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: Meredith Ippolito - Austin, TX

“The news of Karen's death is so unexpected and saddens me very much. We were both very involved in public television outreach, and every year, I...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Nan Holmes - Waco, TX

“Julia, Jeffrey and Ray, My deepest sympathy for your loss. Little did we know when Karen and I met as preschool teachers, that she would have such a...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: Martha Renfroe - Austin, TX

“I'll miss Karen deeply. She was a dear friend to have and a wonderful person. To Karen's family and co-workers, I want to thank you for sharing your...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Sue Soy - Austin, TX

“My condolences to Karen's family and to a community of friends who like me grew to love, respect, and rely upon her unwaivering committment to the...Read More »
16 of 16 | Posted by: Mona Gonzalez - Austin, TX


Karen Gustafson Quebe, 66, surrounded by her loving family, went peacefully to be with her Lord on November 5, 2008, in Austin, Texas, after a brief battle with cancer. Born November 2, 1942, to Ralph and Mildred Gustafson of Galveston, Texas, Karen was defined by her devotion to family and serving her community. She was a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and Ball High School in Galveston, Texas. For the last 14 years Karen served as Community Outreach Coordinator for KLRU-TV in Austin and was a nationally recognized leader in public television. Karen's guidance and vision garnered respect and accolades from her peers. She was the first recipient of the Outreach Professional of the Year Award given by the National Center for Outreach in 2003. Prior to her time at KLRU, she was an author, director of several nonprofit agencies and a preschool teacher. Her leadership, friendship and support will be profoundly missed by all whose lives she touched. Karen is survived by her husband of 44 years, Raymond J. Quebe, of Austin, Texas; son Jeffrey Quebe of Dallas, Texas; daughter Julia, son-in-law Scott and granddaughter Siena Peterson of Austin, Texas; brother and sister-in-law Ralph and Debbie Gustafson of Simonton, Texas; sister-in-law Linda Quebe of Galveston, Texas; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law Rick and Karen Quebe of San Antonio, Texas; along with extended family and close friends too numerous to mention. A memorial viewing for family and friends will be held Sunday, November 9, 2008, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home in Austin, Texas. Services will be held on Monday, November 10, 2008, at 10 a.m. at Weed-Corley-Fish with graveside services to follow at Austin Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to support KLRU Television's Community Outreach Programs to carry on Karen's vision. Contributions can be mailed to P.O. Box 7158, Austin, Texas 78713-7158 in Karen's name.