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Karen Sue Sova

February 18, 1943February 3, 2021

Karen Sue Backus, born with Cerebral Palsy on 02/18/1943, to Celia Craig Backus and Floyd Backus. Karen was not expected to live an independent life, nor to live past an adolescents age. Against the odds, she lived a full life. She graduated from Everett high school, married Noel Leroy Sova, raised two children, Floyd Leroy Sova, now deceased, and Archie D Sova, both who became great men and fathers. When the time came she even helped raise her grandchildren, Cassandra Sova Buck, Kelsey Sova Guerrero, Anna Lynn Marie Quick, and Selina Nevills.

Karen spent her life giving to others. She was a member of the Jane Thurston Handicap's Group for many years; providing transportation to events like cross country skiing, concerts, bowl-a-thons, bingo, baseball games, and fundraisers like bake sales and car washes. All of which she actively participated in and all the while proving aid and assistance to the seeing and mobile impaired.

Aside from her eventful life, Karen most enjoyed spending time with her family, whether it be a regular day or on occasion. She enjoyed watching movies, playing games, and singing karaoke at home or at Sir Pizza Grand Café. She enjoyed her mobility and being on the go. She often went on long bike rides on Lansing's River Trail, even when it meant putting her grandchildren in the basket of her three wheeler bicycle.

Karen was truly a remarkable woman and really made the most of her life by showing and giving the light and love of God to everyone she encountered.


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Karen Sue Sova

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Nicole Roenicke

February 8, 2021

I may not have been biologically related but you never treated me any different. Always as if I was one of your grandchildren. Your kind and loving heart taught me to love blindly and not to judge people by their first impressions. I love you grandma sova for all that you’ve done for me

Sara Dzik

February 8, 2021

Karrin will be missed i think about her everyday i really enjoyed taking care of her for the few yrs i did at selleck haven afc she was always full of smiles loved looking at pictures with staff of her family and always talked about her grand kids and archie

Selina Nevills

February 7, 2021

Rest in heaven Gramma Sova. We love you and will miss you so much. I wish we could turn back time to when you'd take me to Quickie Party Store for snacks and treats, or when we'd all have those nice family dinners at your old apartment building and see the fire trucks! Until we meet again our angel.

Judith Bartell

February 7, 2021

My Aunt Karen Sova was always special to me. She was 5 years older than me but we spent a lot of time together during our childhoods. We were very close. Whether spending the weekend at my grandparents home or traveling with them to Harbor Springs or visiting relatives up north in Michigan, or traveling to Colorado, we often sang together in the car to speed up the long rides! “She’ll be comin ‘round the mountain “ and “99 bottles of beer on the wall” were favorites. Her sisters would frequently take us to Moore’s pool in the summer for a swim. At Moore’s Park we would attend craft classes together.

I don’t remember being aware of her disability when we were just “good buddies.” I will always treasure the many memories of my Aunt Karen.

As an adult I was so proud of how she tackled motherhood and was amazed at the things she accomplished in life, especially babysitting her grandchildren. I know my Mother was very proud of her as well.

I am sure she is in Heaven. Her faith was always so strong and she wasn’t afraid to tell anyone about it! I will miss her always!

Carl Buonodono

February 7, 2021

There have been so many happy memories of Aunt Karen. Always Happy always offering a smile to everyone. It was such an awesome surprise when Aunt Karen stopped by for a visit while riding around town on her three wheeler. Your bright shiny soul will be missed here on earth, and cherished by all in heaven. Love you so much and we will miss you here, but look forward to the day we can be reunited ❤️❤️