Karen Jo Lancaster
February 6, 1953 – October 1, 2020
Omaha, NE- Karen Jo Lancaster, age 67, passed peacefully, surrounded by her loving family after her battle with Covid 19 and other serious health issues, on October 1, 2020. She was born in Omaha in 1953 and besides moving to Grand Island for a while, Karen lived in the Omaha area most of her life.
Karen very much loved her late husband Gene; her family; her dog, Rosie; and multitudes of friends. And do not forget the Nebraska Cornhuskers! She attended most home games at Memorial Stadium for over 20 years and enjoyed watch parties with friends and family. She was the sole owner and President of her own business the last 14 years and just recently planned to step away for good from 50+ years of labor, management, and ownership positions in the workforce.
We will all miss her quick wit, hilariously scornful looks, and kind and giving nature. She had a huge heart and donated generously to many charities; mostly for children and families, law enforcement groups, and her most favorite, causes for animals and especially, dogs. She had a small stature but a large presence; she did not shy away from speaking out if someone was wrong or rude, or if she felt the need to call a spade a spade.
Karen Jo will be missed mostly because she was always there for people, and I mean anyone; whether it was a quick meal, an emergency loan, a simple hug or a sympathetic ear—she was an exceptional listener, and dozens leaned on her for her great advice and wisdom. A small rock in this world that held up quite a few large boulders and did not complain a bit about it.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gene Lefler. She is survived by her two daughters, Jennifer (Dave) Herweg and Katie (Brandt) Eby; sister, Carrol (Joe) Cronin; brothers: Robert (Wanda) Berens, John (Janyce) Berens, Kevin (Kim) Berens and Patrick (Deanna) Berens; granddaughters: Caitlin, Chelsi, Sydnie, Brandi, Jayden and Brookelin; great-grandson, Jeremiah; great-granddaughters, Jaeda and River; niece, Bev; and nephew, Chris.
VISITATION: Monday, October 5th from 6pm to 8pm at the West Center Chapel. FUNERAL SERVICE: Tuesday, October 6th at 2pm at the West Center Chapel. CDC Guidelines will be observed at the Visitation and at the Funeral Service. Please direct all memorials to Nebraska Humane Society.
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