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.