OBITUARY

Karen Sue Pitts

30 August, 19474 May, 2021

MASON – Karen Sue (Gerhardstein) Pitts died May 4, 2021 at the age of 73. Born August 30, 1947, she was a lifelong resident of Mason. Karen was married for 37 years to James Pitts. The two had 8 children between them, 24 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. She had a lifelong love of bowling, having volunteered in adult and youth leagues and serving many various roles for more than 45 years. In February 2007 she was inducted into the Michigan Bowling Hall of Fame in recognition of her many decades of service.

Karen also loved to crochet and has made afghans, blankets and christening dresses for many loved ones over the years. She also enjoyed making Christmas ornaments annually for her friends and family, and made beautiful silk flower bouquets for her children's weddings. Family members have special memories of their times visiting Jim and Karen’s summer trailer at Miller Lake Campground in Hopkins, Michigan.

Karen is survived by her husband, Jim. She is also survived by her children Michelle (Ty) Grams, Melissa (Wendell) Curry, and step children Darby (Steve) Zick, Paige (Dan) Bilyeu, Stacey (Charles) Trapani, Leigh (Jeff) Damaske, Kile (Michelle) Pitts and Darrin Pitts. She is also survived by three brothers, Alan Gerhardstein,Terry (Renae) Gerhardstein , and Randy Gerhardstein . In addition to her grandchildren and great grandchildren, she is also survived by 3 nieces and 1 nephew. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leo Gerhardstein and Donna (Cochran).

Visitation will be held on May 16th from 2-4 and 6-8 at Gorsline-Runciman Funeral Home, 621 S. Jefferson St., Mason. Funeral and burial services will be held on May 17th at 11 am. at North Aurelius Cemetery, Columbia Rd. Mason.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.grbdmason.com for the Pitts family.

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, 16 May , 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Monday, 17 May , 2021

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Sherr Oliver

18 May 2021

Karen and I were close growing up. We were 2nd cousins but more like cousins as our moms were more like sisters and the same age. Karen and I were just a year apart. Our families spent time together on weekends and Karen and I would spend a week or two at each other's homes in the summer.

I often stayed with her family during the Ingham County Fair week and we would spend time at the fair as Karen had 4H project animals and other projects. We had a great time together.

I remember Karen and I would ride double on Sally, their old blind mare. One time we discovered a mulberry tree full of ripe berries but they were over our heads. We decided to stand on Sally to reach the berries. Sally took a step forward to get a better bite of grass and Karen and I ended up tumbling to the ground laughing.

High school years were busy for us both and we didn't see each other as often, sometimes went to movies or bowling together. I married right after highschool and then a couple of years later moved to Idaho and we lost touch except yearly Christmas cards.

I love her and miss her. I always thought how great it was that she and I became sisters (step-sisters) when my mom and her dad married later in life. I hope to see her in heaven one day.

Sherry Stubbert-Morgan

17 May 2021

Karen and I graduated from HS together and worked together at Dart Bank. We also took a class at LCC after work and rode together. I remember we both shared our dreams for our future. I am so happy that Karen's dreams for a loving husband and a wonderful family came true. I am so sorry for your loss. I know you will all miss her so much. You are in my prayers.....

Pat Trent

14 May 2021

My sweet cousin. We were one month apart in age. I recall spending the night at my aunt and uncles home, and their farm when we were children. Also staying at Aunt Audrey's with her. She was so easy to be with, never a harsh or unkind word.
From the things I've read, and the memories I hold in my heart...the world could use more like Karen.
I will miss you my cousin & friend.

Doug Clark

13 May 2021

My wife and I have known Jim and Karen for 10 plus years. When ever the campground had a pre or post seasonal party I tried to make it a point of talking with them both. Karen and I had some nice conversations. She always had a smile on her face. She will be deeply missed. Our condolences to Jim and the entire family.

Marla Augustine

13 May 2021

Jim and family We are so sad to learn of Karen’s passing many memories of you both from our 23 years at Miller Lake. May God give you comfort and strength. Love Ron & Marla Augustine.

Gerry Grinold

12 May 2021

So sorry to hear this sad news. I will always remember Karen as the classmate that always had a warm friendly smile, a positive attitude and enjoyed family & friends. Prayers for her very large family.

David Miller

12 May 2021

I've known Jim and Karen for about 30 plus years. We've spent may summer up to Miller Lake camping and having cookout.
She will be missed around the campfires.

Kelly Coffey

12 May 2021

Karen was a fabulous woman. Truly one of a kind. Her love, dedication and hard work did not go unnoticed. Our youth league will never be the same. I will miss seeing her face and hearing her voice at the bowling alley. May she rest in peace, prayers for her family and friends.

Kathy Doyle

12 May 2021

I am so sorry to hear this. Karen was on my Wednesday night bowling league. Sending prayers and hugs to Karen's family.

Terry Gerhardstein

12 May 2021

I’m thinking about the number of lives my sister touched with her role as coach in youth bowling. How many of those kids went onto be productive adults and have kids of their own that now enjoy and appreciate the sport of bowling? Dozens of grandkids, nieces, nephews, including my daughters and grandkids, have beautiful snuggly afghans to help keep them warm on the couch or in their beds at night because of Karen’s talents. Our Christmas tree still displays the ornaments Karen made for us as a wedding gift in 1985. There was nothing she couldn’t make. My sister was about seeing the joy in other’s eyes. Yes, that included buying beer for her little brother and his friends before we were of age. I don’t know what we would have done without her at my daughters’ weddings. She was calming, reassuring and a sane voice during those stressful events. Quite simply, she was selfless and someone that would drop what she was doing to help anyone anytime. She raised two great loving daughters and was a loving wife to Jim. She had a good life and I will miss her very much. Love you Sis!

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Biography

Karen Sue (Gerhardstein) Pitts died May 4, 2021 at the age of 73. Born August 30, 1947, she was a lifelong resident of Mason. Karen was married for 37 years to James Pitts. The two had 8 children between them, 24 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. She had a lifelong love of bowling, having volunteered in adult and youth leagues and serving many various roles for more than 45 years. In February 2007 she was inducted into the Michigan Bowling Hall of Fame in recognition of her many decades of service.

Karen also loved to crochet and has made afghans, blankets and christening dresses for many loved ones over the years. She also enjoyed making Christmas ornaments annually for her friends and family, and made beautiful silk flower bouquets for her children's weddings. Family members have special memories of their times visiting Jim and Karen’s summer trailer at Miller Lake Campground in Hopkins, Michigan.