Karen Fay Heinen passed from this Earth on Sunday, January 9, 2022, surrounded by her family.
She was born on January 31, 1955, in West Point, NE, the twin daughter of Wendelin and Bernardine (Uhing) Dinslage. A farm girl growing up in Howells, Nebraska, Karen graduated from Howells High School in 1973. She married Robert (Bob) Heinen on October 19, 1974. They lived in Lincoln while Bob attended the University of Nebraska and eventually settled in De Soto, Kansas in 1988. Most recently, Karen was owner and operator of De Soto Feed and Garden where she worked until an early retirement due to her health.
Karen was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her husband Robert, children Jennifer (Jenny) Heinen, De Soto, KS; Brian Heinen (Larry Gilbert), Kansas City, KS; Todd Heinen (Stacy), Overland Park, KS; Anthony (Tony) Heinen (Alecia), Gardner, KS; Allison Heinen (Danielle), Eudora, KS; 5 grandchildren; siblings Janice Priess (Russ), Raymond, NE; Leroy Dinslage (Deb), Seward, NE; Dennis Dinslage (Agnes), West Point, NE; Sharon Wieneke (Karen’s twin), Lincoln, NE; Lorraine Prusa (Dave), Firth, NE.
Karen’s interests were many: softball, volleyball, card games, bowling – basically anything she could compete in. Her true passions were her flower gardens and the menagerie that was her farm: horses, goats, chickens, ducks, geese, pigeons, guineafowl, cats, dogs, peacocks, rabbits, and even a llama.
But Karen’s biggest source of pride and joy were her grandkids.
She was well loved and touched the lives of so many people she encountered; and will be sorely missed.
Rosary: January 14, 2022 at 4:30 followed by visitation until 7:00 at Holy Family Catholic Church, Eudora, KS
Funeral services: January 15, 2022 at 10:00 at Holy Family Catholic Church, Eudora, KS
Burial: Holy Family Catholic Cemetery
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Karen’s name to METAvivor in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary 120 W. 13th Street Lawrence, KS 66044
The family requests that social distancing and the wearing of masks be honored.