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Karen McDonald

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Karen Marie McDonald age 45 of Nashua, IA, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 10, 2020, at Assumption Parish, Little Turkey, IA, with Rev. Nick Radloff celebrating the Mass. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Little Turkey. Friends may greet the family 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory in New Hampton. Visitation will continue from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Face coverings are mandatory and visitation will be a rolling visitation with 15 people at a time in attendance. Karen Marie McDonald was born on October 10, 1975, to Richard and Marlene (Novak) Tieskotter. She grew up on a farm north of Lawler and attended New Hampton Community Schools. In high school, she sang in the choir and played for the Chickasaw girls basketball team before graduating in 1994. One of her best, if not the best, memories from high school came on January 8, 1993, when she was set up on a blind date with Christian McDonald. The date was set up by Chris’ former girlfriend, who turned out to be a perfect matchmaker because Karen and Chris remained entrusted to each other for almost 28 years. They exchanged wedding vows on June 8, 1996, at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Little Turkey. Karen earned an associate of arts degree from North Iowa Area Community College and then transferred to Wartburg College, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in public relations. She and Chris lived in Mason City after they were married and then moved to Shell Rock, Waverly, Nashua, and Cresco before settling in Nashua. In 2001, they welcomed their first child, a son named Zachary. Caitlyn was born in 2004 and Calista arrived in 2007 to complete the family. Karen loved being a mom; in fact, she was simply an amazing one who would do anything and everything for her children. She was the family organizer, and yes, she had a little OCD in her, but that always kept Chris, Zachary, Caitlyn and Calista on the right track. Karen owned her own business, McDonald Integrated Photography and Graphic Design, and she had an eye for snapping the perfect picture at just the right time. For the past seven years, she has worked in the Marketing Department at Zip’s AW Direct in New Hampton, and her fellow employees are going to miss her talent and her kindness. She loved taking unique photographs and nagging Chris from time to time, but in all seriousness, ask her family about her hobbies and they will tell you that any activity that meant she could spend time with her husband and kids was when Karen was at her very best and happiest. Karen was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church in Nashua, although she always considered her church home to be Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It was the church she grew up in, she married the love of her life and always returned to every August for the church’s annual summer picnic. She spent the last days of her life with her family, which was only fitting, and we know Chris, Zachary, Caitlyn, and Calista — along with the rest of her family, her co-workers at Zip’s, her friends and the scores of those she touched with her photographs — are going through a very difficult time. They are comforted by the fact that her faith means she’s spreading her artistic and creative talents throughout Heaven today. Survivors include her husband, Christian; three children, Zachary McDonald, Caitlyn McDonald and Calista McDonald; her mother, Marlene Tieskotter, all of Nashua; her in-laws, Roger & Sharon McDonald of Mason City; brother, Charles (Andrea) Tieskotter of Rochester, MN; brothers-in-law, Darrell McDonald of Indianola and Jason (Sue) McDonald of Charles City; nieces and nephews, Serafeane Tieskotter, Julius Tieskotter, Alekzander Tieskotter, Devan (Sara) McDonald, Josh McDonald, Kyndra McDonald, Annabelle McDonald, Jaxon McDonald. She was preceded in death by her father, Richard Tieskotter; sister, Christine Tieskotter in infancy.

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  1. Don and I send our deepest sympathy to Karen’s family! She was such a happy and upbeat person.

  2. Our Deepest Sympathy to Karen’s husband and Children know you are in our prayers and thoughts during this difficult time of Loss of a wife and mother . May God give you strength and peace, hold all the memories in your heart. James & Lyn Bailey

  3. My deepest sympathy to the family. Karen was such a kind person. She took the time to reach out when my dad passed. I will never forget her comforting words since she could relate to what I was feeling and going through. 💔

  4. I am so sorry for your loss. Karen was always so polite and kind when I had to work with her for athletic school pictures, or just for her calling in to school for one of the kids. My heart breaks for you all and if there is anything we can do, please let us know. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. My relationship with Karen goes way back to 1983 when she bubbly bounced into my second grade classroom with a big smile. I have such fond memories of her during that year. She was joyful and fun…..a happy spirit! Lucky for me, she has reached out to me several times since then so we have kept in touch. My heart is sad for those of us who will miss her and for her dear family. Linda Kennedy

  6. Karen brought so many gifts to our lives. We will never forget her! She will ALWAYS be part of our “Women of Today sisterhood”

  7. Sorry My sympathy to Marlene, Charlie and Chris and the girls and Zack. I’ll be thinking of everyone, I was thinking of all the good times we had together. HUGs to Karen Family.

  8. Our hearts are breaking for your tragic loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire McDonald family. Karen was an sweet lady & will be remembered fondly. Charlie & Twila Dietz

  9. Marlene and families, There are no words that can help ease your pain..Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers. Our deepest sympathies to you all.

  10. May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you. With love from your NAMily, Zyrianna, Ariza, Rylan and Danielle

  11. Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  12. Our deepest sympathies and most heartfelt condolences are with your entire family. Sending much love, National American Miss (your NAMily)


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