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Karen Lynn (Podgorny) Napier

Karen Lynn (Podgorny) Napier
  • April 1, 1965 - April 14, 2018
  • Battle Creek, Michigan

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“Prayers of peace from the Cooper family to your family during this difficult time. So many memories... ”
1 of 18 | Posted by: Shawna Cooper - Battle Creek, MI

“Ed and Ruth: I am so very sorry for the loss of your daughter. ”
2 of 18 | Posted by: Evagene Wellman - MI

“On behalf of Meats by Linz, our thoughts and prayers are with the family. ”
3 of 18 | Posted by: Meats by Linz - Calumet City, IL

“Our condolences to all with the loss of Karen. We wish her a wonderful journey to heaven. May she Rest In Peace.The Podgorny FamilyGloria Podgorny...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: Michael Anthony Podgorny - Mokena, IL

“My condolences to Ruth and Ed and their family on the passing of Karen Lynn. She was a student of mine at Kellogg Community College and enjoyed her...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Elizabeth Neumeyer - Battle Creek, MI

“Karen had an endless smile...she will be deeply missed. We will keep her in our prayers always as she was one of my very first friends at 5 years old! ”
6 of 18 | Posted by: Trisha Hergenrother - Peotone, IL

“My thoughts go out to the entire family at this difficult time. May you all be comforted with many happy memories of Karen. I am happy to have...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Mark Johnson - Raleigh, NC

“Thoughts and prayers to all of Karen's family. Prayers for healing and comfort. ”
8 of 18 | Posted by: Julie Wogomon - Tucson, AZ

“I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Karen through Mom's Club and Market Day at St. Joseph Elementary. She was a great woman and mom. Know that I have...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Marcal Probst - Battle Creek, MI

“In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. ”
10 of 18 | Posted by: Gary Napier - Matteson, IL

“My sincerest condolences to Karen's Family. Karen was always a ray of sunshine with her bright smile and infectious laughter. She brightened any...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Doug Geno - Battle Creek, MI

“I was so saddened to learn that Karen passed on to life with Jesus. I cherish the memories of fun times we shared. Double dating with our police...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: Dee Lind - Battle Creek, MI

“May good memories fill your hearts during this difficult time. Such a beautiful lady. ”
13 of 18 | Posted by: Gini Craig - Madar - Chesterfield, VA

“Dear Family,We will always remember Karen's infectious laughter. Her special contributions to family gatherings. She is enjoying peace and joy with...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: James and Patricia Berggren - IL

“My condolences to the family. Prayers for a beautiful and peaceful celebration of her life! ”
15 of 18 | Posted by: Rosie Craig Burrill - Cassopolis, MI

“Your beautiful smile will forever be in my heart, sweet friend. I will miss you and always remember our conversations. xoxo ”
16 of 18 | Posted by: Stefanie Beckering (Edwards) - MI

“We are so sad to hear this. Karen had a good, kind, and faithful heart. The Roy Family is saying prayers for your family. ”
17 of 18 | Posted by: Nicole Roy - Battle Creek, MI

“So sorry to hear of Karen's passing. Wonderful memories of shared family times. Sending condolences and hugs to all. VPRZs ”
18 of 18 | Posted by: Sharon Blitstein - Tinley Park, IL

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Karen Lynn (Podgorny) Napier, 53, of Battle Creek died peacefully at home on April 14, 2018.

Karen was born April 1, 1965 in Harvey, Illinois to Michael J. and Ruth Anne (Jackson) Podgorny. In 1975, Karen moved with her mother Ruth (Podgorny) Zentera and step-father Edward Zentera from Illinois to Michigan. She graduated from Pennfield High School in 1983 and then attended Kellogg Community College. Karen lived in Grand Rapids and was a manager at Diet Center and then moved to Chicago and was employed as a paralegal. In Battle Creek she was employed by Market Day Corporation as a marketing representative assisting schools regionally, including the Battle Creek Area Catholic Schools, with fund raising campaigns.

Karen Lynn Podgorny married Gary Stephen Napier on November 5, 1994 at St. John Catholic Church in Glenwood, Illinois. Surviving are her husband, Gary; daughter, Rachel Mae Napier of Battle Creek, now attending Grand Valley State University; her parents, Ruth and Edward Zentera of Battle Creek; siblings, Felicia (Joe Kohn) Blitstein of Orland Park, IL, Vicki Nieto of Matteson, IL, Edward (Melanie) Zentera, II of Troy, MI, Brian Zentera of Battle Creek; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and their families. Karen was preceded in death by her father, Michael J. Podgorny and grandparents Mr. and Mrs. George Jackson and Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Podgorny.

Karen loved music and attending a variety of musical and rock concerts. She also enjoyed reading, and scrapbooking. Karen will be remembered as a fun-loving bubbly personality, and a devoted mother. Karen was faith filled.

Friends will be received 5:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. John D. Fleckenstein at St. Philip Roman Catholic Church 10:00 a.m. Thursday, April 19, 2018. Interment will be held at Ft Custer National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions in memory of Karen to the Battle Creek Area Catholic Schools. Personal messages for the family may be placed here at

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15501 Dickman Rd. Augusta, MI 49012