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Karen Kay Sutfin

October 4, 1949 — March 8, 2022

Karen Kay Sutfin, 72, of Watseka, IL passed away on Tuesday, March 8, 2022.

She was born on October 4, 1949 in Robinson, IL, the daughter of Murray and Rowena (Angel) Newlin; they preceded her in death.

She married Joseph Sutfin on June 27, 1970 in Robinson; he survives in Watseka. Other survivors include two daughters, Samantha (Jeff) Petersen of Watseka and Mollie (Mike) Dudgeon of Fairfax, CA; and five grandchildren, Natalie (17) & Cara (14) Petersen and Isla (8), Oliver (6), & Milo (3) Dudgeon.

Karen was a Watseka Unit 9 school teacher for over 20 years, having taught at both Woodland and Glenn Raymond schools. There she touched the lives of countless students, parents and coworkers with her love for learning, warm smile, and embracing spirit. After retirement, she remained involved as a board member of the Academic Foundation, focusing on raising money to further enhance the educational needs of the school district. She was a member of The First United Methodist Church in Watseka where she volunteered an extraordinary amount of hours supporting the food pantry, rummage sale, and other needs of the church and community. Karen was always the first person to help a neighbor or community member in need, offering rides to doctor's appointments, making food, or mentoring a student. In recent times, she enjoyed her early morning walks with friends and Thursday morning coffee club. Karen was a huge supporter and actively involved in Watseka sporting events, often known to many as the "sports grandma". You rarely saw Karen without the love of her life, Joe, a couple that was always visible together in the community. One of her greatest joys and accomplishments was being a grandma to her five grandchildren. She was not only a loving wife, mother, and grandmother to her family, but loved by everyone she ever met. She always spoke positively of others and is remembered by all as one of the kindest, sweetest, and most genuine people they've had the joy of meeting.

Visitation will be from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 18, 2022 at The First United Methodist Church in Watseka.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 19, 2022 at The First United Methodist Church in Watseka. Private burial will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Watseka High School Athletic Boosters or Unit 9 Academic Foundation (
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Service Schedule

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Friday, March 18, 2022

3:00 - 7:00pm (Eastern time)

First United Methodist Church

301 S 4th St, Watseka, IL 60970

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Oak Hill Cemetery

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