In Memory of

Karen Elizabeth Bezoni

June 22, 1943 - July 27, 2019
From: Cherokee, IA | Originally: Aurelia, IA

Karen Elizabeth Bezoni, lifelong resident of Aurelia, Iowa, passed away peacefully at Accura Healthcare in Cherokee, Iowa.  Karen is the daughter of John and Phyllis (Hansen) Agnitsch was born June 22, 1943, in Pipestone, Minnesota.  Her childhood years were spent in both Pipestone and Cherokee.  She attended Immaculate Conception Catholic School in Cherokee.   Karen married her soulmate, James (Jim) Bezoni Sr., on August 21, 1960.  They raised their family in Aurelia, Iowa.  They were blessed with eight children, one whom died at birth.  Karen worked at Sunset Knoll Nursing Home until 1992 when she had surgery and removal of a brain tumor which kept her from going back to work.  

 Karen was a mother, wife, “gramma”, aunt, sister, friend, and most importantly a woman of faith.  Karen was the heart of the Bezoni family.  Karen will be missed by all who knew her, as she has touched many lives.  She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.  She loved watching Wheel of Fortune, going for rides with Jim, getting ice cream, and having family get-togethers.

 Karen is survived by her husband, Jim Sr, her 7 children, Jim Jr (Stacy) Bezoni of Aurelia, Iowa; Kimm Bezoni (John Seel) of Norwalk, Iowa; Connie Lenz (Mike) of Enid, Oklahoma; Mike (Pam) Bezoni of Cherokee, Iowa; Karla (Chester) Cates of Cherokee, Iowa; Tamie (Doug) Mummert of Cherokee, Iowa; and Billy (Tami) Bezoni of Cherokee, Iowa.  She is survived by her brother, Jim (Deb) Agnitsch of Cherokee, Iowa; sister, Patti (John) Riggs of Cherokee, Iowa; and brother-in-law, Buzz (Barb) Bezoni of Mt Pleasant, Iowa.  Karen is survived by 17 grandchildren, Spencer Bezoni, Jaime Bezoni, April Schossow, Kasey Kirschbaum, Kodi Lenz, Kelsey Jones, Erica Frey, Tyler Bezoni, Austin Bezoni, Rylee Bezoni, Kendra Mitchell, Jillian Cates, Brittani Cates, BriAnne Cates, Whitney Schroeder, Skyler Mummert, and McKenna Mummert.  She is survived by 23 great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.  

 Karen is preceded in death by her father, John Agnitsch; her mother, Phyllis Agnitsch; her daughter, Bonnie Bezoni; her brothers Jack Agnitsch and Bob Agnitsch; her sister-in-law Donna Hoeppner; her nephew Kevin Agnitsch and her dogs Snowball and Annie.

 The family would like to thank Accura Healthcare of Cherokee and Hospice of Cherokee Regional Medical Center and all those who cared for Karen.

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Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 31, 2019, at the Memorial Presbyterian Church in Cherokee.

Pastor Eric Wright
Honorary Bearers
Jaime Bezoni
Kasey Kirschbaum
Spencer Bezoni
Kodi Lenz
Kelsey Jones
Erica Frey
Tyler Bezoni
Austin Bezoni
Rylee Bezoni
Kendra Mitchell
Jillian Cates
BriAnne Cates
Brittani Cates
Whitney Schroeder
Skyler Mummert
McKenna Mummert
April Schossow
Public visitation will begin at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, with family present from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday night at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cheorkee.

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"The Old Rugged Cross"

At A Later Date


Monday, August 5, 2019 at 1:23 PM
“We have fond memories of Karen, and send our sincere condolences to all the family. May she Rest In Peace, and may all your good memories help you in this difficult time. ”
- Jackie and Bill Stutz
Monday, August 5, 2019 at 8:59 AM
“Our sincere condolences to Jim Sr., and to all the Bezoni children, spouses and grandchildren. She was a sweet lady who will be remembered fondly by many
Jackie and Bill Stutz”
- Jackie and Bill Stutz
Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 4:50 PM
“My thoughts are with the family. ”
- Connie (Martinsen) Cutler
Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 4:50 PM
“Sorry to hear about your loss.Our prayers are with you”
- Melissa Eberly
Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 9:52 AM
“I’m so sorry for your loss! You are all in my prayers! ”
- Becky Glienke
Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 9:52 AM
“Jim, Stacey, and Spencer- Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May your memories fill the room with tears of joy and laughter as you recall the best times with your loved ones. ”
- Dana and Jamie Hanson
Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 9:52 AM
“Prayers for entire Bezoni family. Enjoyed working with her at Sunset Knoll. ”
- Sue (Whitford) Klimes
Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 9:52 AM
“We are so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all. ”
- Erin Rydgren
Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 9:52 AM
“Other note must not have gone through- but you are all in my prayers. Karen was fun to work with at Sunset knoll and have good memories of her. ”
- Sue whitford klimes
Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 9:52 AM
“Karen was such a neat, caring,and fun lady. We first met while working at Sunset Knoll several yrs ago. I am so glad our paths had crossed. With my deepest sympathy.”
- Janet Schwanz
Monday, July 29, 2019 at 11:21 AM
“My sympathies go out to your family ”
- Brenda Parker
Monday, July 29, 2019 at 11:21 AM
“Bezoni family you are in my thoughts and prayers, may God bless and keep you in his warm embraces ”
- Amber Holtrop
Monday, July 29, 2019 at 11:21 AM
“May the God of comfort be with your family during this time.”
- Marla (Reinert) Palmer
Monday, July 29, 2019 at 11:21 AM
“May fond memories of Karen bring you comfort during this hard time in your life. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family. ”
- Joleen Goergen
Monday, July 29, 2019 at 11:21 AM
“Bezoni Clan! We just want to send our condolences and let you know we are thinking of you guys. I’m proud to have known Nana B and gotten to spend quality time with her in my life. She was a tough ole gal and she will never be forgotten! She went through so much, she was a fighter. She was a kind, kind human being and the world is going to be different without her. Love y’all! ”
- Zach and Mackenzie Nixon
Monday, July 29, 2019 at 11:21 AM
“My deepest sympathy to Jim and the entire Bezoni family. My favorite memory of Karen is when she pierced my ears down at the station. She touched alot of lives and will be missed by many.”
- Susan (Berry) Scott
Monday, July 29, 2019 at 11:21 AM
“Kim and family,My heart goes out to you and sending prayers . Love, laugh and remember all the wonderful memories you shared. Let the tears flow to wash away being sad. Your new angle in Heaven is now safe in Gods arms.”
- Glenda Heithus
Monday, July 29, 2019 at 11:21 AM
“So sorry to hear of your loss of Karen. May she rest in peace.”
- Pam Dunn
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