OBITUARY

Nancy K. Karsten

February 17, 1937October 2, 2021
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Nancy Karsten, age 84, went to be with her Lord and Savior Saturday, October 2, 2021. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Jim Karsten; brothers Leon and Jerry Perkins; sisters Betty Perkins and Lois Reterstorf. She is survived by her children Kim Karsten, Robin and Mark Meyers, Steve and Fran Karsten, and Dave and Susan Karsten; grandchildren Amy and Matt Wierenga, Jason and Rachel Meyers, Becky, Kari, and Lindsey Karsten, Andy and Jordan Karsten, and Danny Karsten; great-grandchildren Ava, Claire, and Nora Wierenga, Levi and Wade Meyers, and Ella Karsten; brothers Al (Carol) Perkins and Paul (Marcia) Perkins; sister-in-law, Alice Karsten; brother-in-law, John Karsten; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Visitation will be held from 4 - 7 p.m. Friday, October 8, 2021 at Cook Funeral Home in Byron Center, 2067 84th St., Byron Center, Michigan. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, October 9, 2021 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Hospice. The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at www.cookcaresbyron.com.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, October 8, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, October 9, 2021

Memories

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Dennis Shippy

October 8, 2021

Robin and family -
My thoughts and prayers are with you on the passing of your mom. In the summer of 1974, she was my carpool buddy traveling to and from the Skills Center downtown where we learned to keypunch and I got to "try" computers to see if I would like it. I did, and it became my career that I am still active in today. She helped to make that possible. Thanks for sharing her with me. God bless you all.

Mary Visser

October 7, 2021

When we met Jim and Nancy @ Garfield Park Church, we had no idea how much their kindness would affect us or how the friendship of their family would enrich the life of our family. They were such a blessing!

We have so many precious memories of time spent with them-warm days in their backyard pool, shared meals, 4th of July celebrations, Labor Day camping @ The Straits, a trip to Disney World, snowmobiling adventures, and just the simple joy of being with them.

Nancy was always gracious, always focused on others, and maintained a positive attitude and sense of humor even during her gradual decline. We will definitely miss her but take comfort knowing that she left a wonderful legacy, was well cared for by her close knit family, that heaven is a better place because she is there and that she is reunited with Jim.

We loved them both and we will never forget all that they meant to us. RIP dear friend!

Gord and Mary Bosker

October 5, 2021

Coffee after Garfield Church at Howard Johnson. Swim Parties at the pool on Meyer Street. Serving on consistory with Jim. This is how we remember Jim and Nancy. Nancy was always willing to be hostess and have us party their house. A friendly spirit. We will miss her. Gord and Mary Bosker

Sherwin Weener

October 5, 2021

Nancy Karsten was a wonderful friend and co-worker during my years of service with the Synod of the Great Lakes of the Reformed Church in America from 1995-2006. She gave me good advice when I was a newbie in the office and she was a loyal partner during those ten years that we worked together. I thank God for Nancy; she was a gifted secretary, a wise advisor and a good friend. I extend my sympathy to her dear family members in their loss.

Sincerely and gratefully,

Rev. Sherwin Weener

Richard Welscott

October 5, 2021

Nancy was a gifted coworker and friend. We worked together at the RCA Regional and National office for a number of years. Her special gifts and welcome smile made the office a special place.

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