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Lorena May Karst, 82, Goshen, who lived most of her life in Noble County, passed away Tuesday, July 25, at 8:46 p.m. at Courtyard Healthcare Center in Goshen.
Mrs. Karst was born Nov. 9, 1934, to Ralph and Lovila (Parker) Marchand in Goshen.
On Nov. 29, 1953, she married John Davis in Kansas. They spent 38 years together prior to his passing away in 1991.
On Feb. 14, 1992, she married William "Bill" Karst in Whitley County; he survives.
She graduated from North Webster High School in 1953 and worked as an inspector for a Monsanto manufacturing company. She then went on to work for Kidd & Co. where she retired in 1992.
She was a lifetime area resident, an avid card player and enjoyed creating many memories with her entire family.
Lorena was a member of the Cromwell-Kimmell Lions Club for 20 years and attended the Stone's Hill Community Church in Ligonier. She was also a member of the Washington Township Juniors and was awarded the Extension Homemaker of the Year Award in 2014. She will be missed by so many.
She is survived by her husband; three sons, Roger (Debbie) Davis, Larwill, Gary Davis, Texas, and Randy (Laura) Davis, Indianapolis; daughter, Janelle Johnson (Daniel Iavagnilio), Ligonier; three stepchildren, Jere Karst, Jeanine (Wayne) Garber and Jan Morr; 16 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; eight stepgrandchildren; 14 step-great-grandchildren; five step great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Jimmy (Helen) Marchand, Valparaiso; sisters, Rebecca Bellaire, Shipshewana, Nora Lafferty, Vandergrift, Pennsylvania, and a sister-in-law, Ida Marchand.
She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, John Davis; daughter, Debbie Davis; and her brother, George Marchand.
There will be a time of visitation from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 28, at Yeager Funeral Home, Ligonier.
A funeral service in Lorena's honor will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 29, at Yeager Funeral Home, 1589 Lincolnway South Ligonier, IN 46767. Pastor Joey Nelson will officiate.
Private burial will take place at a later date at Thorn Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be directed to the Cromwell-Kimmell Lions Club.
Yeager Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.yeagerfuneralhome.com.
Published on July 27, 2017
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