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Karen J. Biesboer - 74

Munster, Indiana

Karen Biesboer, age 74 of Munster, Indiana formerly of Chicago Heights, Illinois passed away on Saturday, August 20, 2022. Loving sister of Deborah (late Wallace) Bailey and Deanna (Paul) Burghardt. Aunt to Jill (John) Zager, Dawn Gilliam, Susan (Tilly) Bridges, Catherine Burghardt and Robert Burghardt. Preceded in death by her parents Josephine (Granato) and John Biesboer. Karen volunteered with many local organizations and was very active in her community. She was very successful in large fundraising events, serving as a Marketing and Public relations director for a multi office savings and loan company. Recently retired from Southland Health Care Forum.  She will be dearly missed by her many friends and family.  Karen was a classy lady who loved to travel and loved the color red! In lieu of flowers, donations to Calumet Area Hospice or St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Munster, Indiana would be appreciated. Visitation will be held at Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, 530 West 14th Street, Chicago Heights, Illinois from 9:00am-12:00pm on Friday, August 26, 2022 . Services will be held immediately following Viewing at 12:00pm. For additional information please call 708-481-9230 or


  • Sandra De Dera

    on 08/24/22

    To Karen's family:

    Karen will be dearly missed. Growing up together as part of the Granato family and as cousins was very special. I will never forget all the family parties and Christmas gatherings, singing, dancing, and laughing together.  In our twenties, Karen and I travelled together. Fondly, I remember trips to San Francisco, Las Vegas to see Elvis Presley in concert, Florida, and Hawaii -- with a friend of Karen's and my sister Linda. We had lots of fun! My memories of laughing together and having lots to talk about always will be there forever. 

    With love,

    Cousin Sandy


  • Carmen Davis

    on 08/25/22

    To the family of Ms. Karen:

    Ms. Karen was a wonderful person with a sweet spirit.  I first met Ms. Karen when she worked for Southland Health Care Forum.  Each time I visited her office, she had me in tears laughing about life.  I remember my phone was ringing and she said, "That ringtone is for someone special."  I laughed and responded that the call was from my ex-boyfriend.  She had jokes for days asking me how my "boyfriend" was doing.  Something as simple as a ringtone turned into laughs whenever I would see her. 


    Ms. Karen will be missed by so many, especially her family.  May God give you comfort during this time of sorrow.  Think on the wonderful memories you shared with Ms. Karen and I hope it brings you joy.  Sending lots of hugs to all, especially Dee.

  • Joyce Seckendorf

    on 09/16/22

    Karen, I will miss you. We met in 2016 at Southland Health Care Forum. She was extremely helpful and kind and we became fast friends. I am missing her already.

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