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Karen Lee

May 19, 1958 — February 6, 2019

Karen Elizabeth (Gardner) Lee, 60, of Mount Vernon, passed away on the morning of February 6, 2019 with her beloved husband by her side. She was born in Louisville, Kentucky on May 19, 1958 to Mary Jo (Buschermohle) and Wade Gardner. Karen was an incredibly loving and generous woman who opened her heart to many.

She was a graduate of Arundel Senior High School and Louisville University.

She worked in various roles, but her most treasured were as Wife, Mother, and Grandma. She was an active member in Tri Kappa and loved crafts, art history, good books, and spending time with friends and family.

Karen was a beloved friend, aunt, wife, mother and grandma who will be deeply missed.

Karen is survived by her beloved Husband, Matthew, Son; Joseph (Shannon) Lee, Daughter; Kathryn (Nathan) Lee-Kalsch, and three grandchildren Kaden, Caleb, and Kelsey Lee.

She is preceded in death by her parents Mary Jo Buschermohle and Wade Gardner, her grandparents Dorothy and Joseph T. Buschermohle and her uncle Ted Buschermohle.

Funeral Services will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday February 9, 2109 at the First United Methodist Church  at 601 Main St., Mt. Vernon. Burial will be in Bellefontaine Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday February 8, 2019 at the Stendeback Family Funeral Home at 1330 E. 4th St., Mt. Vernon from 4 to 8 p.m. and again from 9 a.m. until time of services on Saturday at the Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Posey County Humane Society. Online Condolences may be left at

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Friday, February 8, 2019

4:00 - 8:00pm (Central time)

Stendeback Funeral Home

200 S Walnut St, Carmi, IL 62821

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Funeral Service

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Starts at 12:00pm (Central time)

First United Methodist Church

601 Main St, Mount Vernon, IN 47620

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