Karen Gauntz

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Karen Lee Gauntz, 77, of Swansea, IL, born July 23, 1945, in Belleville, IL, died Thursday, December 1, 2022, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Karen taught at St. Alberts Grade School, and was a former principal at St. Teresa Catholic School. Karen was a member of the Optimist Club of Belleville, where she was very involved in the Santa House and The Annual Rodeo.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul E. and Shirley M., nee Siddall, Gauntz; and her brother, Chip Gauntz.

She is survived by her many cousins.

Memorials may be made to the Belleville Area Humane Society. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Private burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


5 Comments on Karen Gauntz

Janet Evansco said : Guest Report Feb 14, 2024 at 9:17 PM

My favorite teacher at OLA in 1970. 3rd grade. I was bullied every day for eight years, except third grade, in that school. She had my back and gave me the confidence I needed to withstand beligerant and haughty individuals. I'm glad you were my teacher. R.I.P.

  • Belleville
  • IL
jeanette miles said : Guest Report Dec 12, 2022 at 7:02 PM

sad to read this very nice lady passed away. her parents were friends of my in laws and we shared some really nice times together. rest in peace

  • Swansea
  • Il
Loyce Williams said : Guest Report Dec 11, 2022 at 9:41 PM

Karen, I pray you rest in peace forever. Goodbye, neighbor.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Joan Dohle said : Guest Report Dec 11, 2022 at 4:13 PM

Karen and I taught together at Our Lady of Assumption School in Fairview Heights, IL in the 1970’s. We also had a great time playing racket ball! Rest in Peace, Karen!

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
Robert H Dintelmann said : Guest Report Dec 09, 2022 at 7:51 PM

My sympathy to all of Karen's family.I was a member of the Optimist Club with her and did some landscaping at her home in Chenot Place. She always did her share of the activities in the Optimist Club and had a cheerful spirit.

  • Belleville
  • IL

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