Karen J. Timmerman, 70, of Mt. Pleasant, died Thursday, December 26, 2013 at the Ridgewood Nursing and Rehab Center in Ottumwa.
The funeral service for Karen Timmerman will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, December 28th at the Kimzey Funeral Home, 213 North Main Street, Mount Pleasant. The Reverend Jeremy Skinner, Pastor, Albia Road Baptist Church, Ottumwa, will officiate. Burial will be in the Forest Home Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. Friends may call from 4-8 PM on Friday at the funeral home. The family will be present to receive friends from 4-7 PM on Friday.
Mrs. Timmerman, the former Karen Jean Brown, was born Ay 9, 1943 in Iowa City, IA. She was the daughter of Robert and Vivian Leona (nee Hoskin) Brown. Karen grew up in Stockport, IA where she attended school and graduated from Stockport High School in 1961. On August 25, 1961, at the Stockport Methodist Church, Karen was united in marriage to Keith Glen Proenneke. The couple later divorced. On May 8, 1986 in Saunders Park, Mt. Pleasant, Karen was united in marriage to David Paul Timmerman. Mr. Timmerman died Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at Arbor Court in Mt. Pleasant.
Karen worked for a few years at the Ben Franklin Store in Fairfield where she was Head of one of the departments of the store. In 1977, she began a long career as a secretary for the Midwest Old Threshers. She moved to Mt. Pleasant in 1979. After 36 years at Midwest Old Threshers, Karen retired in the fall of 2013.
Mrs. Timmerman was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Mt. Pleasant and the Avenue of Flags of Mt. Pleasant. She was a past President, Vice-President and Secretary for the Harlan Questers Antique Club. She was a member and past president of the South Center Club. In her spare time, she collected teddy bears and milk glass. She enjoyed Madera embroidery and raising flowers in her garden.
Those thankful for sharing in Karen’s life include 2 sons and their wives, Jon and Tammy Proenneke of Ottumwa and Joel and Jeanette Proenneke of Mt. Pleasant; a daughter, Jina Schneider of Lewiston, ID and four grandchildren – Sara and T.J. Schneider and Jonathan and Joseph Proenneke.
Her parents and husband precede her in death.
Those considering an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Drive-A-Tractor Program at Midwest Old Threshers.