Karen D. White - August 15, 2011Karen D. White, 68, Rockford, entered into His presence on Monday, Aug. 15, 2011 surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle with cancer.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20, at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Mulford Chapel, 1860 S. Mulford Rd. A visitation will be held on Friday, Aug. 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. and will continue on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Arlington Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Elim Baptist Church Ministry Opportunities Fund or American Cancer Society. To share memories and extend condolences please visit www.fitzgeraldfh.com.
She was born July 24, 1943 in Aurora, the daughter of Paul and Inez (Schlatter) Oswald. She graduated from Nebraska Christian High School in 1961 and earned her music degree from Grace Bible College in Omaha. She went on to work at Grace Bookstore for over 10 years.
She married Edward White on Nov. 27, 1981. After moving to Rockford, Karen worked at Sundstrand and later spent nearly 20 years at McDonalds. Karen’s love for Jesus was apparent in her devotion to her church. She was a member of Elim Baptist Church where she spent more than 25 years as an accomplished organist. She was a volunteer for Slavic Gospel Association and spent time instilling her Christian values to the children of the Awana Cubbies. She will be deeply missed by her family and those whose lives she has touched.
Survivors include her husband, Edward; son, Allen (Kari) White; brother, Val (Carol) Oswald, Aurora; nephews, Chad (Joni) Oswald, Aaron (Stephanie) Oswald, Aurora; many special cousins, friends and great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by by her parents.