In Memory of

Karn Jean Monson

January 11, 1953 - June 1, 2017
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.
Tim Monson
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


Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Jan and I were sorry to read of Karen's passing. We were next door neighbors and she working very hard to keep her life manageable. All of you have our sympathy during this tough time.”
- Jerry L. Kjergaard
Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry to hear that Karn passed away, May your memories comfort you.”
- Karen Dvergsten Eichner
Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry to hear that Karn passed away, May your memories comfort you.”
- Karen Dvergsten Eichner
Monday, June 5, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Death is such a sad time for families. Your family can take comfort in knowing that soon there will be a resurrection of the dead just as Jesus performed them when on earth.-Acts 24:15; John 11:34-44. Soon billions will experience this hope. The Bible teaches that in paradise on earth sickness, pain, suffering and death will be gone forever.-Isaiah 33:25; Revelation 21:4”
- Bernice
Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“We are sorry to hear of Karn's passing but rejoice that she is home with her heavenly father.”
- Michael/Annette Goater
Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“My dearest condolences to your family Allison, Tim, and Darci. My thoughts are with you in this long awaited time. You all have been strong at moving forward as this part of your life has been lurking. Closure is finally at the gates for you all and most definitely for your Mother. Prayers of happiness and joy for you all.”
- Shaun C Goodall
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