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October 12, 1960 - December 17, 2018

In accordance with her wishes, cremation will take place and a celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to West Michigan Cancer Center c/o the funeral home. Family and friends are encouraged to leave a condolence message.

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My deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers are going out to her family. I had the pleasure of getting to know Karen when I was the Studio Manager for Olan Mills inside of Macy's. She had such a sweet personality and always greeted everyone with a smile. She will be deeply missed.

Posted by Tanya Schuring on December 28, 2018

My deepest condolences go to Alan&Jill during this time, my prayers and love are with you all. I have many fond memories of Karen during my many years at Macy’s. She was always so helpful whenever the Home dept. hid items from me in plain sight. She always wore a smile and had a kind word or fun story to share. I looked forward to those shifts when I knew she’d be there.

Posted by Jennifer Moon on December 28, 2018

My deepest condolences to Gerrie, Bill, Alan and all of Karen's family. She will be missed.

Posted by Bill Gladstone on December 22, 2018

Alan and Jill, I was shocked when Nancy informed me of Karen's passing. Although I knew she was ill, it was nevertheless a shock. Sadly, I did not know her well although I feel I did based on Nancy's talking about her so frequently and in such glowing terms. I very much enjoyed finally meeting her in the flesh at Howard and Nancy's wedding. You have my deepest sympathy but also my firm belief that you will see her again. There is, I think, some appropriate wisdom in the Harry Potter movies: "The ones we love never really leave us. You can always find them here in your heart." Let that be you comfort in this otherwise dark time. God bless you! John Klauer

Posted by John Klauer on December 22, 2018

So sorry to hear of Karen's passing. We were next door neighbors for many years and I was Karen's babysitter at times. Her parents were wonderful neighbors to my mom before she passed away. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Posted by Lori Mohney (Radabaugh) on December 21, 2018

I am so sorry to hear about Karen’s passing. I’m also sorry that we didn’t get to spend more time with you all getting to know her. I love you all and you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Wendy Collins on December 20, 2018

Dear Alan, Jill and Family, We are heartbroken to hear about Karen‘s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We love you so very much and are praying for God‘s love and peace during this difficult time. Let us know if we can do anything for you. Love, Aunt Shirley and Cousin Jennifer

Posted by Shirley and Jennifer Boyd on December 20, 2018

My thoughts go out to Alan and Jill. Karen was always friendly, approachable and genuinely interested in our classroom activities and events when Jill was a 4th grader in my class. She was a dedicated mother and a true, loving partner with Alan. I vividly remember when the Syrotchens adopted their beautiful black and white Shepherd dog, Zavie while Jill was in my class. I always loved watching Karen, Alan and Jill walk Zavie by my classroom window. We shared many waves over the years when they walked past my window. I hope you find comfort and strength in the special memories and laughs that Karen brought to your family.

Posted by Michelle Kounelis on December 19, 2018

I am so sorry to hear about Karen. She was an extremely kind and thoughtful person. Whenever we spoke she was sure to ask about my family and if I ever passed her in the store she made a point to say hello. I loved listening to her talk about her family and it was obvious she was so proud of her daughter. Karen was always so positive and always looked at the bright side of things. She is already greatly missed and I offer my condolences to the family. Thoughts and prayers to you all.

Posted by Becky (hygienist) on December 19, 2018

My deepest sympathy to the family. Karen always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. She will be missed by all who knew her. Nancy Amey

Posted by Nancy Amey on December 19, 2018

I always enjoyed Karen's lighthearted way...we worked together many years and I have great memories of her stories and her smile. She was an energizing spirit to be around and will be missed by everyone.

Posted by Tricia Sullivan on December 19, 2018

I met Karen at Yoga class. She is one of the most beautiful people I have ever met, with her positive attitude and unselfish nature. God has received a beautiful soul into His home! I hope the family can find comfort in your many loving and happy memories of this incredibly beautiful woman.

Posted by Sue King on December 19, 2018

I will always remember working with Karen and her kind and amazing spirit. She will be truly missed.

Posted by Dora Theodoropoulos on December 18, 2018

Karen was such a special person. Her positivity and professionalism was so inspiring. She was one of the first people I met when I started working at then Marshall Fields. I will miss Karen, but always will remember her infectious smile. My sincere condolences to Al and Jill. Blessings, Amy Streitel

Posted by Amy Streitel on December 18, 2018

Karen was my childhood, next door neighbor, buddy. Couldnt ask for a nicer, sweeter, good friend. We had lots a fun together! Didn't keep up as well as adults, but whenever we saw each other, Karen always quick to enquire about my family. My thoughts and condolences to her family.

Posted by Cathy Robertson on December 18, 2018

Alan, Jill and other family. I am so sorry for Karen’s passing. My love, thoughts and prayers are with you all. Much love, Lynn

Posted by Lynn Birchfield on December 18, 2018

My prayers go out to the Peet and Syrotchen families. Karen was a wonderful person and I always enjoyed seeing her when I would go to Hudson's, Marshall Fields, and Macy's. Also, Karen was my very first aerobic instructor (Vicksburg) - and she was AWESOME! Karen will be missed! RIP Karen.

Posted by Karen Hammond (Vicksburg) on December 18, 2018

Thinking of Alan and Jill and the entire family at this time. Karen will be greatly missed.

Posted by Carol & Rex Grant on December 18, 2018

My condolences and my prayers go to the Peet and Syrotchen families. My thoughts are with you.

Posted by Richard Larsen on December 18, 2018

Both Pat and I are thinking of and praying for you. Our heartfelt condolences to the whole Peet family. As our across the street neighbors, Karen and the rest of the Peet family were part of my life growing up, and I cherish the memories of those times on Thrushwood.

Posted by Robert Yonker and Patricia Panagopoulos on December 17, 2018

No one could have loved and cared more than Karen in all that she did. Her amazing legacy continues, to infinity and beyond. In our hearts and prayers endlessly, love you all unceasing and forever. Nancy & Howard

Posted by Howard & Nancy Klauer on December 17, 2018