Karen Schumann, age 78, of Bensenville

Written by Brust Funeral Home on April 4th, 2019

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Karen Schumann, peacefully passed away at Elmhurst Hospital on April 3, 2019 at the age of 78. We are blessed to know that she is with her Lord and Savior.

She was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 19, 1940. Karen was predeceased by her parents, Ruth (Sullivan) and George Lisching. She is survived by Edward, her loving husband of 55 years. Lovingly remembered by her children, Janet (Michael) Lynch, Marybeth (Michael) Sullivan and Robert (Laurie Cappitelli) Schumann. She was an amazing grandma and will be dearly missed by her ten grandchildren: Steven, Bryan, Jessica, Kevin, Daniel, Kyle, Jared, Mandy, Brandon and Rachel.

A Visitation will be held Monday, April 8, from 2:00-8:00 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, April 9, with 9:30 AM Prayers from Brust Funeral Home to Christ the King Church for 10:00 AM Mass.  Interment will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside, Illinois.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to Saint Vincent DePaul Food Depository, Christ the King, 1501 S. Main St., Lombard, IL 60148, would be appreciated.

Karen acquired her Nursing Degree at Saint Joseph in Aurora, Illinois. She had all the great qualities an outstanding nurse should have: knowledge, compassion, a gentle bedside manner and a smile to put people at ease. Patients were blessed to be in her care at Saint Anne’s Hospital, a skilled care facility and Elmhurst Hospital. It should be mentioned that she was a great diagnostician, and her family benefited from this for many years.

Karen and Edward fell in love, dated and were married on September 21, 1963 at Our Lady Help of Christians in Chicago. They lived in Chicago for several years before moving to Lombard to raise their family.

Janet, MaryBeth and Bob have so many great childhood memories. The most important memory was growing up in a loving and happy household with terrific parents. Karen was always there to support her children no matter what the circumstances.

The memories include vacations to a Dude Ranch in Colorado, Door County (Karen’s favorite place on earth), Tennessee, Florida, Wisconsin Dells and St. Louis.

We will fondly remember lunches on the patio at our little picnic table, marching off for nap time as an episode of Bozo Circus came to an end, homemade pizza for at home birthday parties, putting up with noisy sleepovers, and driving us to school when we could have easily walked. We could go on forever talking about our favorite memories.

Karen’s was the cherished grandma of ten beautiful grandchildren. She loved all of them unconditionally. Karen will not have the opportunity to meet her first great grandchild who will make his/her appearance in August. It gives us peace and comfort knowing that she will be looking down from heaven when this beautiful baby, her great-grandchild, enters the world.

The grandchildren will miss their grandma/nana more than words can express. There are too many great memories to mention, but to name a few: vacations, sleep overs, bingo (where everyone is a winner), holiday gatherings and delicious meals, special half birthday card and phone calls, marathon shopping adventures, train rides to Chicago, running with fully loaded double strollers in hopes of not missing the return train home, knowing that she was in the audience at orchestra and band concerts and hearing her cheer while sitting on the sidelines at sporting events.

Lastly, there were so many memorable family vacations at the Rushes in Door County, Wisconsin (Karen’s favorite place on earth). These trips started with very carefully figuring out how to use all of the available floor space to provide ample sleeping space for the ten grandchildren. When the grandkids outgrew the floor space, we came to the realization that we would have to seek out additional accommodations. There are vivid memories of Karen spending time with the grandchildren on Kangaroo Lake. She had more energy than most of us and was happy to chase little ones up and down the dock, go for endless paddle boat rides, build sand castles and be in charge of sand toy clean up. After long days at the lake, it wasn’t uncommon to have bath time for the little ones in the kitchen sink with grandma in charge. Trips to Wilson’s for ice cream was a must every time we were in DC. Some of the grandkids had their first taste of ice cream thanks to their Aunt MaryBeth. Door County will forever be one of our best memories of time spent together as a family.

Karen was involved in her community and church. At her church she was named CCW Woman of the Year, was a Eucharistic Minister, greeted people when they came to church, facilitated and organized the Hospitality team, so there were refreshments for parishioners to enjoy, helped with the Food Pantry. She enjoyed all of these opportunities that benefited so many.

She was a volunteer at Cantigny and loved the time she spent there. Karen had a job that would not be desired by many; her job was to dust and polish the silver in the Mansion. Karen enjoyed every minute of this and was able to dust and polish her way through the mansion in record timing. She strived to put in 100 hours of volunteer work each year. Over the many years that she volunteered there, she clocked in over 1,000 hours.

Karen was loved by her husband, children, grandchildren, sister-in-laws, cousins, nieces, nephew, friends, church parishioners and co-workers; she will be missed dearly by so many people. We can find some comfort in knowing that we will see her again in heaven someday. We delight in knowing that she is with her Lord and Savior, her parents (Ruth and George), her brother Ray, Elaine Cugier (cousin) and Sister Helen Sullivan.

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