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Mrs. Karen Ann Ratzer

Died: July 8, 2018

Karen Ann Ratzer (nee Zettl), an ardent homemaker fondly remembered for her sharp intuition, staunch loyalty and biting humor, passed away at Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville, Sunday, July 8, 2018 following a brief battle with cancer. She was 60. She was preceded in death by her father, Frank Zettl.

 

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Karen Ann Ratzer (nee Zettl), an ardent homemaker fondly remembered for her sharp intuition, staunch loyalty and biting humor, passed away at Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville, Sunday, July 8, 2018 following a brief battle with cancer. She was 60. She was preceded in death by her father, Frank Zettl.

 

 

Karen was born in Chicago on November 19, 1957. After spending time in her youth camping with her family across the U.S. she graduated from Wheaton North High School in Wheaton, IL in 1975 and worked as a bank teller.

 

 

On November 19, 1977, Karen married Frederick, whom she met through her active participation in the German dance club in the Chicago area. On July 15, 1978 and July 15, 1982, she welcomed her two children, Charles and Heide, respectively, who became an integral part of the home she strove to maintain.

 

 

After Fred’s job as a steel salesman relocated the family to Belchertown, MA, Karen took a job as a manager at Video Studio 19. Furthermore, she worked seasonally at Toys R’ Us to help offset the costs of the festive Christmas holidays she reveled in. Karen also taught Sunday school at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Belchertown.

 

 

Despite the transfer to the Northeast, Chicago remained strong in Karen’s heart throughout her life. A devoted sports fan, Karen supported the Chicago Cubs, Bears and Blackhawks no matter where she lived. Karen was particularly elated by the Cub’s World Series championship in 2016.

 

 

In 1999, an abscessed tooth triggered an infection that traveled to her brain stem, leaving her partially paralyzed. Many difficult years of rehabilitation followed the unfortunate event. However, Karen never quit fighting. It was during this battle that Karen and Frederick migrated south to Hendersonville, where she eventually became a grandmother, a role she truly relished. “Gammy” always unleashed a special octave of joy in her voice when talking to or about her grandchildren, regardless of what other suffering she may have been enduring.

 

 

Karen is survived by her mother, Helga Zettl; her husband, Frederick Ratzer; her children, Charles Ratzer and Heide Larkin (nee Ratzer) and her husband, Bill; her grandchildren, Bridget Larkin, Cole Ratzer, Henry Larkin and Logan Ratzer; her siblings, Kim Baffa (nee Zettl) and her husband, Dave, Kevin Zettl and his wife, Heather and Kris Zettl and his wife, Robyn; and by many nieces and nephews.

 

 

A memorial mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 20, 2018 in the Sanctuary of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 208 7th Avenue West, Hendersonville, NC.

 

 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations in Karen’s memory be directed to Malachi’s Playground, C/O Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 208 7th Avenue West, Hendersonville, NC 28791.

 

 

Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center is in charge of the arrangements.

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Service Information

Date: Friday, July 20, 2018

Time: 10:00 am

Sanctuary of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

 


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