Demaine Funeral Home

5308 Backlick Road, Springfield, VA


Karen Rae Edwards

August 22, 1939February 21, 2020

Karen Rae Wienert Edwards, of Burke, VA, passed away unexpectedly on February 21, 2020. She was 80 years old. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

Karen was born on August 22, 1939, to Betty and Raymen Wienert of Davenport, IA. She was an only child. She studied at the University of Iowa and received her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. She taught in Davenport and later, in Germany, helped Army GI’s prepare for their GED’s. She eventually spent several years as a substitute teacher in Fairfax County Public Schools (VA).

Karen married Dennis Edwards in 1964. They met in high school in Davenport and attended the University of Iowa together. When Dennis was commissioned in the US Army, Karen officially assumed her role and duties as an active and supportive Army wife for the next 26 years. She was a proud member of the Army Transportation Corps Wives’ Club. Upon Army retirement, in 1990, and until present day, Dennis served as the VP of Marketing, and later volunteered for the National Defense Transportation Association. Karen again played an integral role, volunteering her time and talents to the NDTA family.

Karen’s most cherished role was as wife, mother, and grandmother. Her heart’s joy laid with her family, and she was a daily and beautiful presence in their lives.

Karen is survived by her husband of 56 years, COL. Dennis Edwards (US Army Retired); two daughters and their husbands, Laura and Scott Griffin of Lorton, VA, and Lisa and Raymond Lambert of Annandale, VA; and three grandchildren, Kaylynn Lambert and Palmer and Nicholas Griffin.

We may not have it all together, but together we had it all.


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Vicki Schmidt

March 6, 2020

To Karen’s family, My sincere sympathy to each of you. I called cousin Karen just a few weeks ago and we talked almost an hour. So many fun memories when she visited SD oh so many years ago! She was so much like her mother Betty and Aunt Ann! A beautiful soul!

Susan Leigh

March 4, 2020

Denny and family...my condolences to you on your loss. I remember Karen as being a lovely and kind woman. May you find comfort in the many cherished memories of the life you created together!
-Former, NDTA Colleague -Susan

Cammille Summerlin

March 4, 2020

Once again I want to express my deepest condolences. I loved Karen like a sister. She was always there for me in my times of need. Ever since that first hug in Frankfurt in the early 1970s I looked forward to our shared times. She always knew what to say and what to do. I love y'all - each and everyone. Love, Camille

Carl & Fe Wlotzko

March 3, 2020

Words cannot share the loss felt by us of a good friend.

Karen has been a volunteer at NDTA events alongside Fe the past several years and she was missed at this years GovTravels and the 2019 Fall Meeting in St Louis by Fe and so many that knew her. Karen always had a smile and warm welcome for all she met. In addition, Karen's gentle way of welcoming others made them feel special. Her great sense of humor was understated but reached deep into others. When Carl was very busy at the events and checked in on Karen it was always a calming moment so I would leave with a smile after encountering Karen.

We (Karen, Fe, Denny & I) shared dinners and stories were always a part of those dinners plus many laughs.

Karen's gentle way and good friendship will be missed but not forgotten.

Rest in Peace Karen!

Carl & Fe

VADM (Ret.) William Brown

March 2, 2020

Karen was a loving and devoted wife and mother. Who could ask for more? Yet, she was more as a friend and wonderful example to many. She has crossed the furthest ocean with grace--having lived a profoundly good life. We would all do well to remember her example in living.

All of us at NDTA pray for Karen's wonderful family--for the grace "that surpasses all understanding."