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Karon L. Hartzell

Published: Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
Karon L. Hartzell

ROCHELLE – Karon Lee Hartzell, 75, of Rochelle, passed away Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, at Bethany Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in DeKalb. She was a dietary technician at Heritage Square in Gibson City before her retirement.

Karon was born Aug. 22, 1938, in Dixon, the daughter of Lawrence Eugune Lario and Dalphine Virginia Berogan. She married Melvin Jacob Hartzell on Nov. 14, 1987, in Amboy. He preceded her in death on April 21, 2001. Karon was a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, wife, aunt, and friend, and will be dearly missed.

Survivors include one daughter, Debra Kay Hartzell of Rochelle; one son, Todd David Warden of LaSalle; one brother Johny (Joan) Krumm of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; six nieces, Cindy (Gary) Pike of Plainfield, Dawn (Pat) Kennedy of Mackinaw, Diana (Wade) Whittington of Palm Desert, California, Kimberly Bernardini of El Paso, Illinois,  Donna (Kenny) Holland of Iuka, Mississippi, and Tammy Loughe of Ottawa; one nephew, David Partelow of Henderson, Tennessee; two grandchildren, Blanche Bohannon of Ashton and Elizabeth Bohannon of Rochelle; five great-grandchildren, Gavin Shearer and Ashland Hartung, both of Ashton, Bryce Thompson and Pyper Bohannon, both of Rochelle, and Isabella Rolando of North Carolina; and many cousins, great-nieces and great-nephews.

She also was preceded in death by three sisters, Sharon Whisenand, Vickie Partelow, and Donna Krumm; and one nephew, Theron Troy Loughe. 

Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Monday and the funeral at 2 p.m. Monday at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon, with the Rev. Brant Clements, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Nachusa, officiating. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Dixon.

A memorial has been established to Habitat for Humanity.

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