Karen ‘Cari’ Warner, age 71, of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on May 20th, 2018

Warner,CariKaren ‘Cari’ Warner, age 71, of Lombard, died May 18, 2018 at her home.  Karen is survived by her brother, Gary Saatkamp (Suzanne) of Naperville, cousins, Wayne (Marcia) Milligan, of Naperville  and Dennis (Crystal) Wind of Florida, her nephews and nieces, Steven (Loni) Saatkamp of Ohio, Laura (John) Readdy of Chadwick, IL, Janet (Juan) Solis of Aurora, Ron (Stephanie) Saatkamp of Downers Grove, Dean (Cara) Saatkamp of Plainfield, Christine (Andy Goodman) Kairies of Naperville, an aunt, Lou Niesmann, of Cicero, her dear friend, Patty Jordan, and many other relatives.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond L. and Thelma M. (nee Golladay) Saatkamp, an aunt, Marjorie (Ejolf) Wind (nee Golladay) and many Golladay and Saatkamp relatives.

A Memorial Gathering will be held Saturday, June 2, from 10:00 – 11:30 AM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  Interment private.

Karen grew up in Villa Park and had lived in Lombard for 34 years, since 1984.  She attended Addison Oak Grade School and Fullerton Grade School for 8th grade only, and graduated from Willowbrook High School in 1964.  She graduated from Upper Iowa University with a BA in Education in 1968.

Karen retired from Official Airline Guides.  She was a former member of the Christian Church of Villa Park.  She also was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star and honored Queen of Job’s Daughters in 1964.  Karen was active in volleyball, dancing, bowling and skiing before her accident of January 1, 1976.  She had a large group of friends.

Memorials to the Spinal Cord Injury Association of Illinois, PO Box 545 Palos Heights IL 60463 would be appreciated.

Call 888-629-0094 for more information.


7 Comments so far ↓

  1. Wayne & Marcia says:

    To our cousin,”sister”,& matchmaker– we will miss you. You were stronger than anyone knew you could be.You are now free to dance and run and be with your mom and dad.

  2. Dennis Wind says:

    Cari was my Cousin and my friend. Her strength of character was simply amazing. While my heart aches at her loss, I am happy that she is, at last, free of the wheelchair she has been bound to for 4 decades.

  3. Tammy Spicer says:

    Aunt Cari, you were an activist before it was cool! You have been a symbol of strength my entire life. And best of all, you played a mean game of cards.

  4. Phyllis (Saatkamp) Allen says:

    Cari..my cuz..her strength was so amazing…family meant the world to her..loved working with her on the Saatkamp family reunion..she will be missed so much…she is now free

  5. Barbara Saatkamp says:

    Cari was my sister-in-law for 28 years. She had a cheerful and positive attitude and loved her nieces and nephews like her own children, and was always so generous with them. She was a rock in the face of adversity. God holds close now and she has won the battle and gone home to live a better life hereafter.

  6. Janet Solis says:

    To my beautiful Aunt Cari. I am in mourning still, but know that you are serving up a great game of volleyball in heaven. I can’t wait to have a spot on the team with you when we see each other again. Love you and miss you so much.

  7. Lou Fedorski says:

    I worked with Cari at Chicago Display for a couple of years. Great Lady!!! I will never forget her upbeat spirit even after her accident. My condolences to everyone who loved her, I’m sorry I didn’t find out about her passing until now. We’ll all miss her very much.

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