OBITUARY

Karen L. Jordan Tonelli

October 13, 1938August 29, 2018

Karen passed away peacefully at home the afternoon of Wednesday, August 29. Richard Tonelli, her loving husband of 23 years, was by her side. She was 79. Immediate family surrounded Karen the entire two weeks prior and shared her grace-filled process of letting go with courage and great love. She struggled with ovarian cancer for over 13 years, never once losing sight of the incredible gift that is life.

Those who knew Karen understood her patience, humility, warmth and enormous intellectual and artistic capacities. Curiosity, creativity, and humor kept her active in gardening, reading, cooking, painting, writing, and finding solutions to anything and everything that needed fixing! She loved animals, bird watching, and the simple joy of meeting a new person and listening to their story. “Never underestimate humanity’s ability to do good for one another,” was a theme that she spoke of often in her final weeks. She distinctly meant it as reminder to all of us to love, serve, and never lose hope – neither in one another or ourselves. Her radiant, unique spirit will be greatly missed.

Karen is survived by her siblings, Raymond Brunstrom, Bonnie Maynard, Ryan Murphy, her daughter, Lara Sanderson, son-in-law, Jeff Sanderson, and two step-children, Terry Berkemeyer and Steve Tonelli.

Services will be held 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 20th at: Greenwood Memorial Park Funeral Home, 350 Monroe Ave NE Renton, WA 98056, (425) 255-1511 *Please wear white or bright colors, as this will be a celebration of light!

The family requests honorary donations be made in Karen’s name to: “Kaplan Cancer Research Fund” Swedish Medical Center Foundation, 747 Broadway Seattle, WA 98122, foundation@swedish.org, (206) 386-2738

Services

20 October

Memorial Service

11:00 am

Greenwood Memorial Park Funeral Home

350 Monroe Ave Ne
Renton, WA 98056

20 October

Committal Service

12:00 pm

Greenwood Memorial Park Funeral Home

350 Monroe Ave Ne
Renton, WA 98056

20 October

Reception

1:00 pm

Greenwood Memorial Park Funeral Home

350 Monroe Ave Ne
Renton, WA 98056

REMEMBERING

Karen L. Jordan Tonelli

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Maria Mccabe

September 17, 2018

It is amazing that she and my husband David Jaskar were so close in age . He was born oct 12 1938. Karen one day younger. They knew each other through out their lives and remained great friends to end as David passed away August 6th. May Karen’s memory be a blessing 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹

lara Sanderson

September 7, 2018

Karen with her mom, Mildred, and her daughter Michelle, 2003

Jeff Sanderson

September 7, 2018

Karen & Rich on Baltic Cruise, 2009

Lara Sanderson

September 7, 2018

Karen and Rich with Grandchildren Oliver and Eden, August 2018

Lara Sanderson

September 7, 2018

Karen and Lara at College Graduation, June 2003

Jeff Sanderson

September 7, 2018

Karen and Jeff on Baltic Cruise, 2009

Lara Sanderson

September 7, 2018

Karen and Lara at Swedish Hospital, July 2018.

FROM THE FAMILY