Karen Sue Gruber
September 4, 1972 – August 29, 2018
Karen Sue Gruber of La Vista, NE, age 45, was born in Omaha, NE. Adopted through Lutheran Family Services, she was the daughter of Melvin and Joen (Larson) Gruber of La Vista, formerly of Benedict, NE. Karen went to heaven peacefully on August 29, 2018, after braving Rhabdomyosarcoma. Karen was baptized and confirmed at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in York, NE. She had a happy childhood on the family farm southeast of Benedict. After graduating from Benedict High School in 1991 and attending college, she worked for Northwest Floral, Nursery, & Greenhouse in Omaha. She was hired by Baker’s as a Floral Designer and later became a Floral Manager. Since 2011, she was employed by Midwest Eye Care in Omaha. She loved working there with coworkers, doctors, and staff.
We are grateful to the doctors and staff at CHI Bergan Mercy Hospital in Omaha. The pastors at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in La Vista brought words of comfort to her hospital room and shared with her the love of Christ.
Karen was a member of Beautiful Savior, past state president of National Women of Today, and current president of Monarch Women of Today, a service organization. She participated with the Kops & Kids program and Operation Eyeglasses.
Survivors include her parents; brother, Rick Gruber (Jnel) of rural Benedict; niece, Kelli Gribben (Paul); nephew, Brian Gruber (Kimberly) and their children, Braden and Landon; nephew, Christopher Gruber; aunt, Marian Gruber; Karen’s birth mother, Leia Matsumura (Daryl); siblings: Elisha, Tawnya, and David; cousins; other relatives and many friends. Preceding her in death were grandparents; aunts, Colleen Heidbreder (Walt) and Laura Abresch (Harold; and uncle, Paul Gruber.
VISITATION from 4pm on Tuesday, September 4th at the West Center Chapel. FUNERAL: Wednesday, September 5th at 11am at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 7706 S. 96th St. in LaVista. Interment: Wednesday, 3:30pm, Bethesda Lutheran Cemetery on Highway 34, west of York, NE. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Nebraska Friends of Foster Children, PO Box 541034, Omaha, NE.