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“Karen will be remembered for her faith, compassion, and intelligent by her friends and the Dubuque Community. It was a privilege to have known her...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Linda Bothwell - Dubuque, IA

“My wife Linda and I were friends with Karen, going back some years. We had lunch with her not long ago.We were also Facebook friends.We had similar...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Bruce Bothwell - Asbury, IA

“After running to john at mercy your family was in my prayers. Sorry for your loss. ”
3 of 15 | Posted by: Bill Lyons - Dubuque, IA - Friend

“To David and John and your families -We want to extend our sympathy to you all. We were unable to make the wake service as we were out of town. ...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Don & Judy Schuster - Dubuque, IA

“I am saddened at reading of Karen's passing. She and I became acquainted when I was writing my book, "Through My Grandfather's Eyes": A History and...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Cindy Nielsen - Dubuque, IA

“Karen was a beautiful woman in every which way. I'm so sorry for your loss. ”
6 of 15 | Posted by: Sarah Sutton - Dubuque, IA

“Our sympathy to Karen's family. We all grew up in Bellevue so many years ago. Her mother did my mother-in-law's ironing for many years. They had the...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Charlie and Darla Isbell - IA

“I met Karen 3 years ago when we took a writing class together at Shalom. Karen was such a gifted writer and entertaining to listen to as she read...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: Colleen Venter - Dubuque, IA

“I Am so sorry to hear of Karen's passing . I am in Canada visiting my daughter. I did get to Stonehill to visit a short time before I left. . She...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Ruth Cox - Dubuque, IA - Friend

“My Dear Cousin Karen,Thanks for the lifetime of memories we've shared with our families & friends, children & grandchildren. Our birthdays,...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Sandy Johnson - Dubuque, IA

“Rest well in the loving arms of Jesus sweet lady. ”
11 of 15 | Posted by: Rhonda Radetzki - Dubuque, IA

“I first got acquainted with Karen when we were high school classmates at Marquette H.S. in Bellevue. We both enjoyed English and music classes. After...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: Barbara Waters - Knoxville, IA

“Karen and I have been friends since Kindergarten. Our friendship was important for us as we stayed in touch all our lives. We spent many vacations at...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Pat Dosland - Kansas City, MO

“will miss u Karen and the wonderful lunches several of us had together. u were always so informative on every thing and I loved how u would keep me...Read More »
14 of 15 | Posted by: patriicia barry - dubuque, IA

“The light will never go out as your memories will always be held tight. Jeopardy will always remind me of all the times we watched and of course...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: Anneva Kieffer - Dubuque, IA


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Karen M. Chesterman, age 72, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 12:50 a.m., on Monday, June 26, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Karen's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, June 30, 2017, at St. Anthony's Church, 1880 St. Ambrose Street, with Rev. Steven J. Rosonke officiating. To celebrate Karen's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, June 29, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Bellevue Presbyterian Cemetery.

Karen was born on July 19, 1944, in Bellevue, Iowa, daughter of Wilfred F. and Alice C. (Steines) Trute.

Karen graduated as Salutatorian from Marquette High School in Bellevue, with the class of 1962. Karen was a hard working woman who faithfully invested over 28 years of her time and talents with the City of Dubuque as the Deputy City Clerk. She was also very active socially and was a member of many different organizations including; Toastmasters Club #1337, where she was a past president, a Charter member of the Professional Women's Network, and the Dubuque Morning Optimists, where she was a past president and life member. Karen was also a faith filled woman who was a long-time member of St. Anthony's Church; where she sang in the choir, served as a lector, and was also a member of the Power of Prayer, CEW, Emmaus Communities, and was also proud of her accomplishments with the Downtown Ecumenical Brown Bag Bible Studies. Karen had a great appreciation for history which led her to write "Choices, Chances and Serendipity", a presentation she was eager to share with all who would listen. She also wrote two City Hall history brochures and recorded city history in over 25 books of meeting minutes. Karen was also the proud owner of an extensive collection of postcards from Dubuque, Bellevue and Union Park. She also thoroughly enjoyed traveling and was a past vice president of the Dubuque Friendship Force. When she had a few minutes of down time, Karen enjoyed reading, collecting books, photography and tending to her beautiful flower gardens. Her greatest joy however, was simply spending personal and precious time with her family, especially her grandchildren. We are deeply saddened by the loss of our mother, grandmother and friend, but discover subtle moments of comfort in knowing that she is now at home in heaven, free of the health issues that have plagued her these past months.

Those left to cherish Karen's memory include

her 2 sons,
David (Coleen) Chesterman, Burke, VA
and John (Kari) Chesterman, Dubuque, IA;

her 4 grandchildren,
Stephen, Michael, Emma and Zachary Chesterman;

a sister-in-law,
Janeane Trute, Walkertown, NC;

a close cousin,
Sandra Johnson, Dubuque, IA;

and 2 nieces and a nephew,
Lisa (Charlie) Peele, Pilot Mountain, NC,
Lori (Randle) Hernandez, Greensboro, NC
and Roger (Betty) Trute, Walkertown, NC.

Karen was preceded in death by her parents; her step-father, Edwin Sprank; her brother, Wilfred "Bill" Trute; and her close friend, Harry Neustadt.

A Karen M. Chesterman memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Karen's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Stonehill for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Karen and her family.