What is Hamilton's Academy of Grief and Loss?

Death and grief are common human experiences, yet these experiences tend to be different for every individual. As a result, Hamilton's Academy of Grief & Loss offers a wide variety of resources available to you and your family as you begin to work through your grief.
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Hamilton's Academy of Grief and Loss offers a variety of services to educate, support and connect with those who are grieving.
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Hamilton's Altoona Funeral Home
105 Fourth Street SW
Altoona, Iowa 50009
(515) 967-4272

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Karen Coleen Allsup

Karen Coleen Allsup, 69, was born November 26, 1948 in Newton, Iowa, the daughter of Carl and Mary (Stamp) Preston. She passed away Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.

Karen retired from Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company after many years of faithful service. She enjoyed shopping, traveling and always appreciated a snazzy car. Above all else, she treasured time spent with her children and grandchildren.

Karen is survived by her loving husband of almost 50 years, Bill Allsup; sons, Chad Allsup and Griffin (Sarah) Allsup; grandchildren, Taylor, Cole, Evan and Levi; sisters, Margie Broeffle and Shirley (Don) Huffaker; numerous nieces and nephews; other loving relatives and many special friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Minnie Morris.

Cremation has occurred and private services will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family in loving memory of Karen.

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