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Karolyn Howard - February 03, 2011

Karolyn Dora Howard, 78, of Grand Island, passed away Friday, Jan. 21, 2011 at Golden Living Center-Lakeview in Grand Island.
Karolyn was born Oct. 4, 1932 in Benkelman to Frank and Hazel (Trout) Stute. She was baptized into faith at Methodist Episcopal Church on Aug. 29, 1937 and later confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church, both in Benkelman.
She attended Hoover Country School in rural Dundy County through the eighth grade. While raising her family, she completed her high school education and graduated from Benkelman High School in 1972.
A special time of her life was when she spent two years traveling the United States with her girlfriend’s Barbara Haslem and Marilyn Paulysin of Oregon. Karol loved her family, life, music and dancing. She spent many enjoyable hours playing her organ and accordion.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Howard; and beloved son, Richard Robin Howard; parents, Frank and Hazel Stute; three brothers, Roy Stute and wife Ruby, Carl Stute and wives, Fern and Jean, and Frank Stute, Jr.; and sister, Doris DeVinney and husband, Harry.
Those left to cherish her memory are son, Roger Howard, and Regina and her daughter, Crystal, of North Platte; daughter, Deb Nordhausen and husband, Monte, of Wauneta; son, Kevin Howard, and wife, Shelli, of Grand Island; three grandsons, Cory Nordhausen of Omaha and Cody and Ryan Howard of North Platte; five granddaughters, Heather Howard of Santa Rosa, Calif., Heidi Anderson and husband, Jason, of Imperial, Megan Falla of Colby, Kan. and Alyson and Courtney Howard of Omaha; and seven great grandchildren.
Other survivors include two brothers, John Stute, and wife, Leona, of Greeley, Colo. and Larry Stute and wife, Arlene, of Benkelman; one sister, Iva Jean Lewis, and husband, Fred, of Witter, Ark.: two sisters-in-law, Ardith Stute of Imperial and Joyce Ham and husband, Arden, of Benkelmen; special family and care giver Candy and Eugene Ham of McCook; other special family friends close to Karol, Jenny Kaufman of Greeley, Colo. and Betty and Larry Hansen of Lincoln and daughters Tawyna and Darla; numerous nieces, nephews and a host of family and friends.
Memorials may be given in her name.
Friends may sign her book at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home or send condolences to the family at
Services were held at 11 a.m. MST, Friday, Jan. 28 at Zion Lutheran Church, Benkelman, Neb. with the Pastor George Matthews officiating.
Inurnment followed at the Benkelman Cemetery.
This bible verse, which she recited up until the later stages of her battle with Alzheimer’s, brought her great comfort— JOHN 3:16: For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook was in charge of the arrangements.