Karen Mae Cihak, age 72, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Saturday, June 27, 2015 at Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton.
Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 AM, on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Yankton with Father Ken Lulf officiating. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, on Tuesday, June 30 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a vigil service at 7:00 PM. Visitation continues one hour prior to the funeral at church.
Pallbearers are Roy Thomas Kammer, Matthew Kammer, Kory Braunesreither, Joshua Kammer, Ben Kaiser, Shane Simonsen, Vince Hodge and Stan Wrobleski. Honorary pallbearers are all of her nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
Karen was born May 6, 1943 in Wagner, South Dakota to Thomas and Olga (Nedved) Cihak. She grew up on a farm southeast of Dante, South Dakota and attended Lonetree No. 57 Country School. Karen lived in Yankton all of her adult life working at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Red Owl Grocery Store, M-tron Industries, Vishay Dale Electronics, HyVee, Cimpl's, and finally Casey's General Store. She was a member of St. Benedict Catholic Church and the Yankton VFW Auxiliary. Karen enjoyed traveling, gardening, flowers, dogs and word search puzzles. She also enjoyed going to the casino and visiting with her friends. Karen was the "mother hen" of the family and treasured the time spent with her sisters, nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.
Karen is survived by her three sisters: Kathy Braunesreither of Yankton; Kay (Dennis) Kammer of Bloomfield, NE and Kari (Don) Kaiser of Yankton; eight nieces and nephews; many great nieces and nephews; and many close friends.
Karen was preceded in death by her parents and brother-in-law, Marvin Braunesreither.
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Kathy, Kay and Kari - I am so sorry for your loss - you are in my thoughts and prayers. I wish I could be there but I guess it wasn't to be. Just know I am thinking of you and all the family. Karen was a great friend for a lot of years. I will miss her. We had a nice visit on Friday before I left for California.
MAY THE HEELING BLESSING OF GOD BE WITH ALL OF YOU HER FAMILY AND EXTENDED FAMILY (FRIENDS). WHAT A GAL IT WAS AN HONOR TO HAVE KNOWN HER. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH ALL OF YOU AT THIS TIME.
Our sympathy goes out to the family. I worked with Karen at M-Tron. She was a wonderful person.
Kathy (DeLozier) Tramp
My thoughts and prayers to the entire family. Karen was a wonderful, thoughtful, caring, and fun loving person! I feel very blessed to have known Karen! May God be with you all in this difficult time!
So sorry to hear about Karen. I remember her from the old days in Dante. You have my sympathy.
Ann (Krcil) Rysavy
Karen and I were teenagers in Dante. I've been remembering the good times that we had. God bless you at this difficult time.
Thelma (Cudley) Koupal
TO KARENS FAMILY---SO SORRY FO YOUR LOSS---OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL---SHE WAS A GREAT GAL---SHE WILL BE TRULY MISSED!!!!!!
LYLE & MYVA SCOTT
So sorry for your loss. I worked with Karen at M-tron I enjoyed her smile, laugh and her kind heart. I did have fun meeting with her after work at the Walnut too! I liked to visit with her at Casey's. She will be missed.
Karen was a wonderful lady. Always happy ! She will be missed.
Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. God bless.
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