Dugan-Kramer Funeral Home & Crematory

3201 Ave. B, Scottsbluff, NE


Karen L Schledewitz

April 3, 1960December 24, 2019
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Karen Schledewitz, 59 of Gering, Nebraska passed away Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at Regional West Medical Center. Her funeral service will be held on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. at WestWay Christian Church in Scottsbluff with Pastor Joe Petersen officiating. Interment will follow at Redington Cemetery in Redington, NE. Visitation will be an hour prior services on Tuesday at the church. Memorials may be given to the family for future designation. Online condolences may be left at www.dugankramer.com. Dugan Kramer Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Karen was born on April 3, 1960 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska to John and Patricia (Phillips) Rice. She graduated Bridgeport High School in 1978. She attended Western Nebraska Community College graduating in 1980, Chadron State College receiving her BS in 1983 and MA in 1991. She lived out her love of teaching at Bridgeport, Scottsbluff, Harrisburg, Mitchell and Sidney. Karen began her employment at UNL Extension as a nutritionist 2002. Then, in 2007 Karen began work as the student services coordinator at the UNMC College of Nursing Scottsbluff campus and has been in this position since. Karen was united in marriage to Jerry Schledewitz on December 30, 1978 in Bridgeport, Nebraska. They lived in Scottsbluff, Chadron, Bridgeport, and Redington on her parent’s farm until 2009 moving to Gering. Karen enjoyed music, loved attending the Hills Alive Music Festival in Rapid City. She helped at Camp Rock and led three different life groups. Karen was a compassionate person and very generous to her family and friends. She loved her family, especially her grandkids. She is survived by her mother Patricia Rice; sisters Kay Rice and Lana Sides; husband Jerry Schledewitz; son Dustin (Erin) Schledewitz and daughter Kelsey (James) Miller; grandchildren Preston, Livie, Harper, Elijah, Evangeline, Matthias and Finley and several nieces and nephews. Karen was preceded in death by her father John Rice, grandparents Helen and Patrick Phillips and Mary Lou and Clark Rice.


  • Patricia Rice, Mother
  • Kay Rice, Sister
  • Lana Sides, Sister
  • Jerry Schledewitz, Husband
  • Dustin & Erin Schledewitz, Son and Daughter-in-law
  • Kelsey and James Miller, Daughter and Son-in-law
  • Preston, Livie, Harper, Grandchildren
  • Elijah, Evangeline, Mathais and Finley, Grandchildren
  • John Rice, Father (deceased)
  • Helen and Patrick Phillips, Grandparents (deceased)
  • Mary Lou and Clark Rice, Grandparents (deceased)

  • Andy Schledewitz, Pallbearer
  • David LaBounty, Pallbearer
  • Jason Muhr, Pallbearer
  • Korey Sides, Pallbearer
  • Ari Aal, Pallbearer
  • Steve Hutchinson, Pallbearer


  • Visitation Tuesday, December 31, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, December 31, 2019


Karen L Schledewitz

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Jen Bredehoft

January 6, 2020

Karen was a very dedicated worker. I did not know Karen very well, but I was overtaken by sadness when I saw that she had passed. I worked with her through the College of Nursing and she was always so helpful. We may not understand why God takes people when He does, but we can rest in knowing He has a reason and a plan. It is wonderful to see that she too was a woman of faith, and thinking back to her character that does not surprise me at all. God needed her to do something else at the moment. He has called you to remain here, but He will go with you every step of the way (Isaiah 43). He will never leave your side and will always equip you for every trial or task that may come. She is with you. She will always be with you. You have her in your heart. The reunion in heaven with be joyful for sure! God protect and keep each of you as you walk down this new path. Remember the things she wanted you to know. They are bread crumbs for you to draw nearer to God. God is not done with you yet. Ephesians 6

Jane Reimers & Flamig

December 31, 2019

Our Flamig Family is Blessed to know your family when we were members at the Assembly of God church in Bridgeport. So sorry for your Loss of a friend, wife, mom, grandma, and sister!!
Blessings to All of your families! ❤️❤️
🤗Jane Reimers, Luke, Peter and Samuel Flamig families

Lisa Muschall

December 31, 2019

Jerry & family,
I remember Karen as thoughtful & kind. She had a big heart and poured it into her passion for helping and loving others. She genuinely cared for each of the students she worked with. She was there to give comfort in times of need, share in their successes and lend a helping hand whatever the circumstance. She will be missed by many, especially those in the College of Nursing whose lives she positively impacted. May the love and support of family & friends provide comfort and healing. Rejoice and celebrate Karen’s new life as an Angel of God.
Love, prayers, hugs & deepest sympathy,
Lisa Muschall

Gloria Geiselman

December 30, 2019

All of us through out the College of Nursing grieve with the passing of Karen. She was a truly special lady with many talents. I was blessed to know her briefly but glad we had a bond through knowing Jesus as our personal savior. What a comfort to know she is with her Lord now. This doesn't diminish the lost her family feels but may you know my prayers are with you all.

Laurie Gonzalez Caro

December 29, 2019

Heaven has another angel. Thank you for giving me hope in one of the hardest time of my life, and for always believing in me. I will always remember your kindness and guidance. May rest in peace now.

Colleen Goodwin

December 29, 2019

So blessed that I had the opportunity to meet you and fellowship in your home for the short time we had our couple's study together. You were an amazing hostess with a heart for helping others! You will be missed.

Peggy Graves Applequist

December 29, 2019

I met Karen shortly after moving to Bridgeport in the early 70s. She became my best friend in high school. We made many memories together.
As the years passed, we shared times together with our young children. Life got busy with school-age children and then teenagers, but we always kept in contact.
In the past few years we reconnected and enjoyed talking about our grandchildren and spending time together again in Florida and Gering.
I will always cherish the memories of my friendship with Karen. I will be forever grateful that we were friends. She always saw the best in me, and she always accepted me. She was a "once in a lifetime friend," and I will miss her wise counsel and quirky sense of humor.
Her faith in God has always been a strong influence in my life. She lifted me up when my faith was weak just by knowing she believed in God's love and forgiveness.
She was not one to preach, but she always practiced what she believed.
Karen made a huge difference in many people's lives. Mine included.
She is gone from us too soon.
I love you my friend ❤️

Linda Peterson

December 29, 2019

I am shocked, deeply grieved yet rejoicing that Karen is in the presence of our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ. My husband just died less than 2 months ago so the pain of the loss is so real yet the joy and peace of the LORD comforts us. We are praying for God's peace and comfort that surpasses our understanding will guard your hearts and minds. Karen is a survivor who faced alot of trials by seeking God's Word and His truths that she so willingly applied to her life. God gifted her with so many gifts and talents. She will be deeply missed but we do not grieve like those who have not put their full trust in Christ as their Savior. Awaits us is heaven is our Christ our LORD and no more, pain, suffering, tears, fears and doubts. There is a grief share group that will begin to met at monument church on Feb 24 6:30. I am attending it and it has helped me deal with the death of my husband. I highly recommend it, I hope this recommendation is a blessing to you. In Christ deepest love and sympathy, I grieve with you. Linda

Betty Kenyon

December 28, 2019

Sympathy to Karen's family. When I saw the picture on the KNEB website I was reminded that I loved being greeted by Karen's friendly smile. We were not really friends, just acquaintances, but she always lifted my spirits when we visited.
Betty Kenyon

Janet Craven

December 28, 2019

I am so very sorry to learn of Karen's passing. She was a strong student advocate and a wonderful and kind person. She will be missed by those of us at WNCC who worked with her and our students!
Janet Craven, WNCC