Karen's Story

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Karen Ruth Dahlen-Lacivita, 77, of Kewadin, passed away peacefully Aug. 31, 2017. She was born on Nov. 26, 1939 in Detroit, to Carl and Ruth Dahlen.
After graduating from Redford High School in Detroit and Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, Karen worked as an elementary school teacher for nearly 40 years. She taught in Michigan and California, before working in Illinois for the majority of her career. Her passions were not only educating her students, but instilling core values and helping each student to recognize and cherish their individual worth.
Upon retirement, Karen moved to northern Michigan, where she and her family had vacationed for many summers. She loved her life on "the ridge", entertaining guests from near and far, painting, traveling, gardening, reading and simply enjoying her cherished views of Torch Lake.
Karen is survived by her beloved children, James Carl Lacivita (Eve) and Kristine Marie Lacivita; former husband, James Lacivita, Jr.; sister, Kristine Dahlen-Gemmill; niece, Anne Gemmill Black; grand-nieces, Berit and Olivia Black; and grand pup, Olive.
Private celebrations of her memory will take place in Michigan and Illinois.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Karen's memory to: Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy (the Maplehurst Natural Area) or firstbook.org.
Published on September 7, 2017
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