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Karen Ann Woodford

May 31, 1947 — August 21, 2023

Spencer, IA

Karen Ann Woodford, age 76, of Spencer, Iowa passed away on Monday, August 21st peacefully at her home. On May 31, 1947, Karen Ann Baschke was born to Edward and Genevieve (Diederich) Baschke in Spencer, Iowa. 

She graduated high school in 1965 from Milford Community High School in Milford, Iowa.  After high school, she attended beauty school at Spencer School of Cosmetology.  Karen was united in marriage to Dale Woodford, her favorite dancing partner, on August 14, 1968 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Milford, Iowa.  Karen and Dale were blessed to with 2 daughters, Julie Ann and Tammy Marie.  While raising her daughters on the farm she enjoyed baking, sewing, and gardening.  If not baking, sewing, or gardening she would be found with a good friend either shopping or an afternoon of coffee and socializing.  After several years of raising her girls, Karen decided to go to work at Spencer Municipal Hospital in the dietary department until she retired. 

Left to cherish her memories include her daughter, Julie (Paul) Nielsen;  grandson, Ryan Nielsen; brother, Robert Baschke; son-in-law, Steve Grothe; sisters-in-law,  Sharon Buettner, Karen (Dennis) Rutter; several nieces, nephews, and friends

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale Woodford; daughter, Tammy Grothe; parents, Edward and Genevieve Baschke; brother, James Baschke.



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