Karn Jean Monson, the daughter of Wayne and Cleo (Schott) Cole was born January 11, 1953 in Storm Lake, Iowa. Her childhood years were spent in Storm Lake where she attended school and graduated valedictorian in 1971. Following school she worked at Commercial Trust and Savings Bank in Storm Lake until 1976.
On August 28, 1971 Karn was united in marriage to Darwin Monson in Storm Lake. They were blessed with three children: Alison in 1978, Tim in 1982, and Darci in 1984. In 1976 they moved to Iowa Falls for a couple years before residing in Garner, IA. In 1983 they moved to Cedar Rapids and then to Cherokee in 1989 where they resided for over eight years before moving back to Cedar Rapids.
In 1998 Karn moved to a nursing home in Cherokee due to complications from her longtime battle with Multiple Sclerosis which was diagnosed in 1981. Even though her health had deteriorated over the years, her love, faith, and determination never wavered. She loved to sing, cook, share her message of faith with others, and host bible studies. She was a member of the Meriden Evangelical Free Church, and the Christian Women's Club. Most of all, Karn enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.
On June 1, 2017, Karn passed away at Sunset Knoll in Aurelia, IA, at the age of 64. She was preceded in death by her parents, Wayne and Cleo Cole; and her grandparents.
She will lovingly be remembered by her sister, Jan (Joel) Thevenin of Aurelia and their children Austin Thevenin and his fiancé, Sheena Smith and Shaina (Sam) Bonin of Bondurant, IA; her three children, Alison (Tyler) Simoens of Cedar Rapids, IA, Tim (Taryn) Monson of Orangeville, PA, and Darci Monson of Cedar Rapids, IA; grandchildren: Layla, Lane, and Cole Simoens, Cayden Howell, and Ryder, Deklan, and Beck Monson; she is also survived by several nieces, nephews; other relatives and friends.
Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at the Meriden Evangelical Free Church in Meriden.
Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. until the time of service at the church.
"How Great Thou Art"
"It Is Well With My Soul"
"In The Sweet By And By"
by the congregation.
B.V. Memorial Park Cemetery
Storm Lake, Iowa