Karen Clemens


Karen Clemens, 58, died peacefully in her sleep Monday morning, Feb. 10, 2014, in Defiance, after a short illness originating from lung cancer. Born Karen Ann Okuley to Nelson and the late Dorothy Okuley, June 28, 1955, Karen was a loving wife, daughter, sister and aunt. She grew up near Ayersville on the family farm and was a 1973 graduate of Ayersville High School. She married Ray Clemens of Defiance on April 22, 1978, which seems such a short time ago. In their 35 years of marriage, Karen and Ray had a loving relationship that Karen relied upon for strength.

Devoted to her parents, Karen cared for her mother through a long illness and visited her father often. She enjoyed planting gardens, filled her house with plants, and worked for a time at Kircher's in Defiance. Karen loved baking -- her pies, cookies and peanut brittle were not to be missed. A dog lover, we will always remember Karen in her chair, snuggled under a blanket with a little dog on her lap, ready to share a cup of tea.

In addition to her husband and father, Karen is survived by her siblings (and nieces/nephews), Jeannette Okuley of Ann Arbor, (Patrick, Anne, Sean); Steve Okuley of Ayersville, Susan and CP Foster of Sabinsville, Pa., (JT, Jeff, Matt, Rebecca), Mary and Rob Simons of Whitehouse (Laura, Michelle, Daniel), Angie Gerhardinger of Toledo (Jim), Cindy and Bob Huffman of Weston (Katelin, Andrew), John Okuley and Gina Langen of Columbus (Adam) and Joe Okuley and Kim Selvage of Ashley; as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Wife, daughter, sister, friend, Karen is greatly missed, and lives on in our hearts. May she rest in peace.

Visiting hours will be 2-8 p.m. Friday, February 14, 2014, in Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home. A vigil service will be at 8 p.m. Friday. Funeral services will be held at St. John's Catholic Church Saturday at 11 a.m.

Donations may be made in Karen's memory to the donor's choice. Condolences may be shared at www.lawsonroessner.com.

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  • Jeanette:  One of life's interesting turns is you learn about a person's family when someone passes.  I can see that you and your sister share many fine qualities.  The acorn does not fall too far from the family tree.  Praise God for Karen's and your lives!  Dale