Karen Spiczka

September 14, 2017

obit Spiczka KarenOct. 11, 1946 – Sept. 5, 2017

Memorial Mass of Chris­tian Burial for Karen Spic­zka, age 70 of Tyler, was Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2 p.m. at St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler. Memorial visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was in St. Dionysius Cemetery.
She died Tuesday, Sept. 5 at her rural Tyler home.
Arrangements were pro­vided by Hartquist Funer­al Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Send on-line condolences at www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Karen Kae Spiczka was born Oct. 11, 1946 to Mel­vin and Mildred (Parmely) Bitterman in Miller, South Dakota. She grew up in the communities of Miller and Rapid City, South Da­kota and graduated from Sunshine Bible Academy in 1964. On Feb. 13, 1965 Karen married Francis ‘Frank’ Spiczka at the Ca­thedral of Our Lady of Per­petual Help in Rapid City.Their union was blessed with four children and 51 years of life together.Following their marriage they lived in Minneapo­lis and Lake Andes, South Dakota until they moved to Tyler in 1967. In 1972 they moved to their farm in Section 32 of Marsh­field Township west of Ty­ler. Over the years Karen cared for the family and worked for the U.S. Postal Service and in the Lincoln County Extension Office. Karen remained on the farm after Frank died April 10, 2016.In 2016 she was diagnosed with cancer. On Tuesday, Sept. 5 Karen died peacefully at home with family in attendance, about one month before her 71st birthday.
Karen was a member of St. Dionysius Catholic Church and the American Legion Auxiliary. She en­joyed helping people and had served as a foster par­ent. She liked doing word finds and puzzles, paint­ing, crafts, and practicing aromatherapy. She espe­cially enjoyed her time with the family.
Karen is lovingly re­membered by her chil­dren—Carol Alexander of Tyler, Ruth (Matt) Pearson of Front Royal, Virginia, Brenda Brown of Spearfish, South Dakota, and Stanley (Sandi) Spiczka of Cam­den, South Carolina; six grandchildren— Michael Schroer, Jeremy Schroer, Kyle Wesslink, Madeline Pearson, Abigail Pearson and Serena Zufall; one great-grandchild, Cadyn; her mother Mildred Engel of Yankton, South Dakota; step-father Lowel Engel of Blackhawk, South Da­kota; her siblings—Randy (Mary) Bitterman, Rhon­da (Randy) Groneberg, Pam (Don) Jones, Robby (Lonny) Drown, Denise (Ron) Wing, Luane (Rob­ert) Vanderberg, and Craig (Annette) Engel; and many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband Francis, her grandson Nicholas, her father Mel­vin, and many close friends and relatives who she kept close to her heart and con­sidered family.
Blessed be her memory.