Karen Kay Kabitzke

September 15, 1954 — May 29, 2024

Service Details

Karen Kay Kabitzke, 69, passed away from Liposarcoma on Wednesday, May 29, 2024, surrounded by her loving family. Karen was born on September 15, 1954, to Arthur Laton and Helen Marion (Anderson) Javner in Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin. She attended Golden Valley Lutheran College in Golden Valley, Minnesota, graduating with an Associate of Arts in Religious Studies degree.

Karen moved to the Des Moines area in 1990 and was joined in marriage to John Kabitzke on June 30, 1995. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother whose most important mission was to make sure her family, friends, and anyone she encountered, would spend eternity with her in heaven. Never forceful, but always beautifully living and sharing God’s love since she was 4-1/2 years old. Karen loved her Lord and spent time in prayer, worship and knowing God through reading Scripture.

She is survived by her husband, John; her children, Jill Tessman, Benjamin Tessman, Joseph (Stephanie) Tessman, Krista Dolash and Jonathan Tessman; her 8 grandchildren; and her siblings, Ron (Carol) Javner, Delores Baltz, Darlene Schave, Janice (Lee) Cline, Joyce Smith, and Steven (Vicki) Javner.

Services will be held Thursday, June 13, 2024 at Soteria Church, 3250 SE Soteria Ave. in West Des Moines, IA at 11:00 a.m. with visitation prior beginning at 9:30 a.m. A luncheon will be served at the church prior to the 2:00 p.m. burial at Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Soteria Church, Gateway Church or Unity Point Hospice. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.HamiltonsfuneralHome.com.