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Karen L. Chaffee

Posted 9/21/2017

Karen L. Chaffee, 75, from Newton, passed away Sept. 10, 2017 at Harry Hynes Hospice surrounded by family after a long struggle with cancer.

Karen was a 1960 graduate of Halstead High School. She loved being a mom and grandmother and always put the needs of her kids and grandkids before her own. She also loved her border collie, Rusty, who she missed dearly while she was in the hospital. She will be missed by her family and friends.

Karen is survived by her husband, Myron G. Chaffee, who she married Aug. 19, 1961. She is also survived by her children: Tammera Chaffee, Newton, Teresa Haliburton and son-in-law William Haliburton, Skiatook, Oklahoma, and Jason Chaffee and his fiancée Eyerusalem Amare, San Francisco; three grandchildren: Christopehr Haliburton, Natiana Chaffee and Mateo Chaffee; brothers: Benny Unruh of Halstead, Raleigh Unruh of Wichita, Harold Unruh of Boise Idaho, Alan Unruh of Halstead and Doug Unruh of Wichita; and one sister, Shirley Parsons of Shawnee.

She was preceded in death by her sons, Dr. Bryan G. Chaffee and Myron B. Chaffee; her parents, Ben and Mabel Unruh; and brother, Steven Unruh.

Funeral service was at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15 at Golden Plains Free Methodist Church in rural Newton with Pastor Jean Bergren and Pastor Fred Hobson presiding. Visitation was at 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14 at Petersen Funeral Home. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Newton.

Donations can be given to the Harry Hynes Hospice or to Doctors Without Borders in Brian Chaffee’s name, in care of Peterson Funeral Home.