Karla M Richardson

Karla M Richardson

October 18, 1948 – October 16, 2023

Karla is survived by her children: Diane (Scott) Pitner, Sheila Ryhal, Bryan (Cheryl) Ryhal; her grandchildren: Stephanie Schenkelberg, Max (Kayla) Schenkelberg, Jessica (Brady) DeGroot, Christopher Ryhal; her great-grandchildren: Ava and Elsie Schenkelberg, Theo & Bethany DeGroot; siblings: Coleen Weiler, David (Eileen) Wheat, Donette (Bryan) Cavanagh, Glen Wheat, and Jerry Wheat.  She also has so many loving nieces and nephews who meant the world to her and so many wonderful friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Elda Wheat; brother-in-law, Alan Weiler.

She was born and raised in Southern California and was outgoing and loved to plan parties and was an excellent cook.  She was a jack of all trades and worked in many different areas of business: Floral designer, hairdresser, secretarial work, caterer, child advocacy, and food service.  She hosted exchange students that she took into her home.  She was extremely creative and giving.  She’d give you the shirt off her back even if she didn’t have anything to wear.

She had the most beautiful smile and was always fashionable and camera ready.  She was a great listener.  She is a Christian and her faith sustained her through the long battle with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.  She loved to listen to her brothers and other family members who played instruments and sang to her.

Memorial Service: Saturday, October 21st, 2023 at 11:00am at West Center Chapel with a lunch to follow.

Memorials are suggested to the Lymphoma Society or a Pro Life Movement Organization.

For those who are unable to attend the service, please go to www.heafeyheafey.com and from the home page click on the “Live Cast” button at the top of the page and find Karla Richardson’s name and click on it.


  • Debbie Smith Posted October 17, 2023 6:38 pm

    Karla had such a strong faith in Jesus. She was such a loving, caring person. I enjoyed working with her in Elkhorn Public Schools food service. I am going to miss her wonderful smile and her love of life.

  • Terry Johnson Posted October 17, 2023 7:19 pm

    She was a wonderful person.

  • Tara and James Conway Posted October 17, 2023 8:04 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. She will always be in our hearts.

  • Diane Pitner Posted October 18, 2023 1:17 am

    This message is for all of Karla’s siblings. I’m so sorry for the loss of your sister. I know she meant a lot to you and you are feeling the loss greatly. Sending hugs that you can lean on each other during this time.

  • Terri Fangman Posted October 19, 2023 5:20 am

    My heart goes out to the family who are left to grieve. Praying for comfort at this difficult time. God bless you all.

  • Therese (Terri) Morgan Posted October 20, 2023 7:10 pm

    You’ll forever be in my heart. Condolences and blessings to Karla’s family.

  • Kathryn Tweedt Posted October 21, 2023 8:58 am

    My condolences to all of Aunt Karla’s family .

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