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Karen Kay Harvey

January 11, 1967 — March 5, 2023

Karen Kay Harvey, 56, fought a hard battle with pancreatic cancer and passed away peacefully surrounded by her loved ones on Sunday, March 5, 2023.

Born on January 11, 1967, in Plymouth, Indiana, she was the daughter of James Klingerman Sr. and Cora May (Morris) Kruzick. She attended Plymouth High School graduating with the class of 1985. Karen also majored in commercial photography and received her associates degree from Ivy Tech Community College while working full-time and having two small children.

Known as a head-strong, hard working woman Karen owned and operated Taxi Express for 17 years in Plymouth before retiring in 2017. She was also co-owner of Harvey Roofing until 2008. Helping others was her passion. Karen often opened her home to those who needed some help getting back on their feet, and was always willing to put on a pot of coffee and offer a listening ear. Karen never considered anyone a stranger and would have had a heartfelt conversation with anyone she came across. She instilled in her daughters from a young age, to always expect company and keep a clean house. Country music could always be heard playing loudly from her house, which her daughters continue to do today. She believed that there was nothing more important than family, spending as much time as possible with her beloved grandchildren these last few years.

Karen was previously a board member for Habitat for Humanity and a past member of the Marshall County Rotary Club.

From her union of marriage to Michael Boyle and then to Jim Harvey, came four wonderful daughters: Andrea (Justin Turnage) Sauer, Veronica (Matthew) Petersen, Shalea Harvey, and Emily Harvey. Also surviving are four grandchildren: Aiden Sauer, Oliver Hartman, Luke Petersen, Kensley Petersen; siblings: Tammy Baca, twin sister Sharon (Mike) Grigsby, Beth (Phil) Leonard, and James (Jennifer) Klingerman Jr.

Karen is preceded in death by her parents James Klingerman Sr. and Cora Kruzick.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2023 at 2 pm (EST) at the Webster Center, 110 Webster Ave. Plymouth, IN 46563.

Special thanks to Dunes Hospice based in Valparaiso who provided prompt, courteous care and support in Karen’s final days.
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