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Karen Sue Wood

Karen Sue Wood, age 68 of Rolla, passed away at her home on Wednesday, December 9, 2020, after a very courageous fight with cancer.

Karen was born April 20, 1952, in Portsmouth, VA, a daughter to the late Bobby Gene and Elizabeth Ann (Rebyak) Wood.

Karen grew up in Gibbstown, NJ, and then attended Paulsboro High School. She obtained her Bachelors Degree from Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, Ill.

A free spirit, she lived in many states before moving to Missouri to be closer to her large extended family. She retired from State Farm Insurance Company.

Karen enjoyed her two sons, Robert Hagelstein and Daniel Foster and her grandchildren. She loved to camp, visit the Jersey shore, bake, woodworking, crafting and traveling with her significant other Wayne Rath. She loved life . She loved her family.  She was known for making the best chocolate chip cookies but most of all she was full of life, love and laughter.

Karen is survived by her two sons, Robert Hagelstein of Chicago, Il, and Daniel Foster of Punta Gorda, FL, her sisters, Judy (John) Lloyd of Wellington, KS, Liz (Tim) Rehmer of Sedalia, Tanya (Jeff) Taylor of New London and two brothers, Tom (Cyndi) Wood of New London and Paul (Sherry) Wood of Hannibal. Her grandchildren, Jon, Lauren, Connor, Mason, Jaden, Landon and Addyson as well as numerous nieces and nephews nd her significant other, Wayne Rath of Rolla..

In addition to her parents, Karen was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Wayne Wood.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Preferred Hospice of Rolla, 1540 Bridgeschool Rd, Rolla, Mo 65401 or to Crossroads Hospice, 601 E. Russell Ave. Ste D, Warrensburg, Mo 64093

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Karen was always fun to be around growing up. Her favorite saying was LA DE DA. I was friends with the family. Will miss not seeing her on their summer trips to New Jersey.

Robert Pettit Dec 12 2020 12:00 AM

Karen was the best stepmother a messed up kid like me could of ever asked for. We shared many laughs and she always found a way to keep me grounded while in high school. Even though we lost contact years after my father and her divorced, I have thought of her often. Her entire family was a loving family to be around. To Bobby and Daniel who were great little brothers to me back in the 70's. I am sorry to her about your loss and I am certain we can all agree that your mom loved,was loved and will always be remembered and never forgotten!

Bobby Foster Dec 12 2020 12:00 AM