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Karel Jones

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Karel Jones age 73 died Sunday, October 8, 2017 at her home in Omaha, Nebraska. A Funeral Service will be held at10:30 a.m.Friday, October 13, 2017at the United Methodist Church in Nashua with Rev. John Tunnicliff presiding. Interment will be held at Sunnyside Memory Gardens in Charles City with Josh Jones, Jake Jones, Jared Jones, Brooke Jones, Haley Jones and Tyler Lewis serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Chad Jones, Steve Lewis, Aaron Babcock, Brianna Becker, Carissa Becker, Brett Becker, Erica Becker and the 1990 Peanut Clusters. Friends may greet the family from4:00 - 7:00 p.m.on Thursdayat Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home -- Olson Chapel in Nashua. Visitation continues an hour prior to the service at the churchon Friday. Karel Louise Jones was born October 14, 1943 in Hampton, Iowa, the daughter of Keith and Thelma (Hermanson) Baltzer. She attended her early years of school in Shell Rock before graduating from Manly High School in 1962. She married Raymond Jones on November 24, 1962 at the First Congregational Church in Nashua. To this union four children were born. Karel worked at the Nashua Elementary School for many years in the kitchen and as an office aide. After working at the school she went to CUNA Mutual in Waverly. Karel was a customer service representative there for almost 20 years before retiring in 2005. After retirement she enjoyed working at Casey’s General Store in both Nashua and Omaha. Karel was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Nashua and Gretna, NE. She was a devoted member of UMW and the church Circle. In 1971, the Order of the Eastern Star became an important part of her life where she held numerous local offices and the distinguished positions of District Instructor, Grand Representative of Minnesota in Iowa and Grand Chaplain of Iowa. She was also a member of the Nashua Booster Club during her children’s time in high school, organizing the football concession stand for many years. Karel always placed her children and grandchildren at the center of her life. It didn't matter if it was their sporting events, drag races or school activities; she rarely missed. Karel truly enjoyed keeping book for all of the sporting events for her children and grandchildren over the years. Karel loved all sports. The Iowa Hawkeyes held a special place in her heart. Karel enjoyed sending cards to her friends and family for every occasion possible. It didn't matter if it was a big holiday or a small occasion, she always sent a card. Karel also loved snow, snowmen, baking and playing card games, especially Canasta. She is survived by two sons, Jeff (Sheri) Jones of Waterloo, IA, Tim (Jill) Jones of West Jordan, UT; two daughters, Angie (Steve) Lewis of Omaha, NE, Jen (Aaron) Babcock of Bennet, NE; seven grandchildren, Chad Jones, Brooke Jones, Haley Jones, Josh Jones, Jake Jones, Jared Jones and Tyler Lewis. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Raymond on June 17, 2006 and her brother Klaire Baltzer.

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  1. What a beautiful lady, loved when she came to the race days. Always a smile. God Bless you Karel.

  2. I know my mother Virginia Soldwisch is going to miss their trips to the casino. My prayers are with all her family and friends. God bless.

  3. Karel was always so kind and took time to visit. Grateful we got to spend time with her at Vada’s funeral in April. She loved her kids and grand children and always lit up when she talked about their sports and activities. We will miss her gentle presence. Keeping all of you in our prayers – Jeff & Sherry, Tim & Jill, Angie & Steve, and Jenny & Aaron and all of her beloved grandchildren. ‘Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure, you are loved beyond words, and missed beyond measure.’

  4. Haley and family, We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad time. May your many happy memories of times spent with your mom/grandma bring you smiles. God bless! Bob & Karen Meyer

  5. Karel was a blast to work with! She could run circles around some of the kids out there. Her bright smile made me feel good on more than one occasion, she would come and see me when I ran the Charles City store, she was all around a great person. She will be missed dearly, I was blessed to get to know her. Rick and I both loved her like family.

  6. Karel had a heart of gold, always watching out for her neighbors and friends. I really enjoyed the time that I worked with her at Casey’s. My heart goes out to her loved ones. Prayers to the family at this time of their loss.

  7. Our hearts are broken for you. May our great God and the Lord Jesus Christ comfort all of you, give you wisdom and courage to keep going. We loved Karel.

  8. To Karel’s family, I am so sorry for your loss. I had not seen Karel in years, but thought of her often. She was one special lady who I know will be missed greatly. My deepest sympathy to you all. She will now be with Raymond and may she rest in peace. God bless your family at this time.. Janice Krambeer – Decorah, Iowa

  9. What a shock, just had breakfast with Karol on Thurs at our church women’s coffee group. She was always so bubbly & talked about her kids & grandkids. Always helpful whenever needed. She will be missed by all who new her. Love & prayers for your family. Dana Steiner (GUMC Church friend)

  10. We are so sorry for your loss. We are praying for peace and comfort for you as well as strength to get through the next few days and wisdom to know what to do next. Mike & Terry Meyers

  11. Jeff, Haley and family. Where so sadden to her of the passing of Karel ‘ Grandma Karel’ Deb and I enjoyed her so much at the West High softball games. If i ever need to know who was up or how many outs, or what inning she was my gal!! We’re praying for you and thinking of you. Kent,Deb,Jessica and Brooke Stackhouse.

  12. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jeff, Haley and family. I enjoyed sitting next to her at many games for Haley at West. Her devotion and love for her family was undeniable. Rest In Peace Karel. God Bless you all she will be missed. Chuck & Heather Malek & Family

  13. I worked with Karel at CUNA. She was always so friendly and wonderful to work with. She always shared a smile with everyone. A very sweet person who had a positive impact on others. Cherish your memories! Karen Kuhlmann

  14. Karel only lived in Nebraska for a short time, but she quickly became an active and loved member of the Gretna United Methodist Church. As a member of the UMW, she worked on many mission projects and contributed to many, many meals for a variety of events. Her presence and her friendship will be dearly missed by our congregation and especially by her UMW sisters. I hope all of Karel’s family find comfort in the sure knowledge that her strong faith and giving spirit have assured her a special place in heaven. Our sympathies, love and prayers go out to each member of Karel’s family.

  15. From the North Central Class of ’62 purchased the Emerald Garden Basket for the family of Karel Jones.

  16. I had the privilege of being Karel’s backyard neighbor the last two years in Omaha. I enjoyed taking her goodies and sitting with her on her deck and getting to know her. She just lit up when she talked about her kids and grandchildren. I will miss her dearly. My prayers go out to her family during this very difficult time. Cheryl S.

  17. We were saddened when we read of Karel’s passing. We have fond memories of both her and Ray. They raised a wonderful family and we want to send them our most sincere sympathy.

  18. I met Karel in January, 1999, when I began working in Customer Service at CUNA Mutual. She helped train me and was such a good teacher and representative for the company and the call center. Such a special woman! So sorry for your lost!

  19. I was shocked tonight when I heard the news of Karol’s passing. I am out of town and unable to attend her services. I will miss her Christmas cards and her friendship. Our office always looked forward to her visits and our conversations, especially how proud she was of her children and grandchildren. Heaven received a special angel. Hugs and love to her family, Barb Boeding

  20. Diana Caryle, Brad & Julie Holmes purchased the Sweet Tenderness for the family of Karel Jones.

  21. Darrin, Cynthia & Brenna Gray purchased the Beautiful in Blue for the family of Karel Jones.

  22. Karel was a sweet heart. I have many childhood memories of her and her family. Her husband painted my first car ever. You will be missed Karel by many. Sorry for everyone loss of such a wonderful woman.

  23. Grandma Karel will definitely be missed. She was a huge part of the West High Softball. So sorry for your loss. We’re thinking of you during this difficult time. Lora, Kortni, and Chase Pabst

  24. I am so sorry for the loss of your mother Karel. She was such a pleasant and neat woman. My condolences. — Rod Burnett

  25. I was searching funeral home web site and just seen Karel had passed. I worked with Karel at Cuna for many years before she retired. Karel was an angel, full of life and so energetic. I feel bad I did not keep in touch with her and was unaware was of her passing. My condolences to her family!

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