Karen Dee Jerome

May 27, 1960November 16, 2021

Karen Dee Jerome, 61, passed away on November 16, 2021 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center. Karen was born on May 27, 1960 to Elmer and Hazel (Kephart) Snell in Greenfield, Iowa. She graduated from Greenfield High School in 1978.

Karen was employed at Tony Moro Collision Center in Des Moines as an office manager. She had worked at Dupont Pioneer in Johnston for many years in various positions, specializing in graphic design.

Preceding her in death were her parents, brother Gary Snell, and brother-in-law Don Bohling. She is survived by her son Nic (Laura) of West Des Moines; granddaughter Izzie; siblings Shirley Stafford (Basil), Mardelle Bohling, Steve Snell (Pat), and Linda Friedel (Michael); and sister-in-law Carol Snell.

She loved animals, had a generous heart, was always taking care of people, and enjoyed going on adventures with her sisters, friends, and granddaughter.

A celebration of life will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 PM Saturday, December 4 at Walnut Creek South (3516 SE 14th St, Des Moines, IA 50320) with a short service at 2:30 PM. Inurnment of the cremated remains will be at Resthaven Cemetery in West Des Moines. Memorial contributions may be made to Respite Connection or the Animal Rescue League of Iowa.


4 December

Celebration of Life Gathering

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Walnut Creek South

3516 SE 14th Street
Des Moines, Iowa


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Red Saldana

November 21, 2021

Karen and I sat next to each other at work for a long, long time and I absolutely adored her presence and friendship. She would tell me so much about her animals and her family and loved listening to my stories as well. We got along so well because of so many things we had in common and even after leaving that job I'd remember a conversation or two that I had with her and it'd make me laugh or smile. She will be deeply missed by so many people! It was a joy having her in my day to day, even if for a moment.

Jeremy Snell

November 21, 2021


My deepest condolences to you and yours. I know your family has suffered a big loss, and I know that Karen will be missed by many people. My family included.

Growing up, I got the feeling Karen wasn't a fan of children. Jerome and I used to easily get under her skin. Though in hindsight, we might have legitimately challenged her nerves. I will say, though, her demeanor towards Jerome and I changed completely after you were born. You meant the world to her, and having you changed her life in a profound way.

I'll miss seeing Karen when visiting Iowa. We send our sympathies from Ohio. Please let me know if I can do anything for you during this challenging time.

Love Jeremy, Amy, Connor, and Wyatt

Gwendolyn Zumalt

November 21, 2021

Dear Nic, Laura and Izzy, We are so sorry to read this news. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. I wish we could be with you but Mom is not able to travel. Sending you lots of hugs and lots of love! Love, Great-Aunt Cathy Freytag, Brian, Gwen & Kera Zumalt

Jane Patton

November 20, 2021

Karen, what a blessing your friendship was to me. You were consistently kind and generous. You didn’t take yourself too seriously and I always knew I was getting the real you. Through easy times and tough times, you always looked for the positive. And your laugh… that is a memory I will treasure forever. So much light and love. In my heart, I know I will see you again, but I miss your here. Love you, sweet friend.

Stephanie Wilkinson

November 19, 2021

Nic and family,

John and I are so sorry for your loss. I knew your mom when you were born and when you were little. She loved being your mom and spending time with you and your family. You are in my prayers.

John and Stephanie Wilkinson

Cheryl McCann

November 18, 2021

Nic and family,

I am so sorry for your loss... I am in shock that Karen is gone. I just talked to her on Monday and as usual she talked about about how much she loved Izzie. Izzie was her pride and joy..

I worked with Karen at cognizant and we spent alot of lunches together and most mornings before our shift started. She was a great person and a great friend to me.

I will always remember her love for her family and especially Izzy . And the kittens she adopted and loved.

She will forever be in my heart!!!

Michelle Rader-Smith

November 18, 2021

Karen and I went through training together at Cognizant. We spent many days sitting next to each other once we were out on our own at work. She always had a smile on her face that you could 'hear' in her voice when talking to customers, even if the customer wasn't so friendly. We walked to and from our cars together most every night talking about the struggles of the day or what was for dinner and more than once, holding on to each other for dear life on those snowy and/or icy Iowa days. We not only shared our lunches and snacks, we shared our lives.

Karen helped me when I needed help and I was lucky enough to get to return the favor. She was gracious and kind. Karen was a great friend and a beautiful person and I will miss her. My thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones.

My deepest condolences,
Michelle Rader-Smith

Lucy Corrigan

November 18, 2021

I worked with her downtown. She was a very brave sole. Starting over after Pioneer was a bit scary. She always told me how much she loved spending time with her family. So sorry for your loss.

Chuck Kuster

November 18, 2021

To Karen's Family:

Karen and I worked together at Pioneer for several years. She was always pleasant, caring and dependable. She was also willing to learn new skills and take on challenges. Most importantly, she was a good person who valued family and friends. She will be missed.

Michael Grove

November 18, 2021

Pam and I are so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Karen was a co-worker at Pioneer Hybred for 12 years. She was a kind, compassionate and talented team member who will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!

Mike & Pam Grove
Sarasota, FL