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Long Time IMA Executive Director, Karen Renk Remembered

Monday, July 28, 2014   (0 Comments)

It is with much sorrow that we share the passing of Karen Renk, long-time Executive Director of IMA. Karen passed away on Sunday morning, July 27th after a nine month fight with cancer.

We will all miss Karen dearly. Our prayers and heartfelt sorrow are with her entire family which includes many of you, the IMA members. Many of us had the opportunity and gift to be shaped professionally by Karen in her kind and incredibly patient way. Karen will be kindly remembered as our champion that was always there to help us be as good as we could be, while never letting us fail.

Memories of Karen will remain in our hearts.

Into my heart's treasury
I slipped a coin
That time cannot take
Nor a thief purloin, --

Oh better than the minting
Of a gold-crowned king
Is the safe-kept memory
Of a lovely thing.

The Coin by Sara Teasdale

In accordance with Karen’s wishes, she will be cremated and a Memorial Service for all those that supported her throughout this journey and wish to pay their last respects has been planned for Saturday, August 16th. There will be a visitation at 9:00 am at Saint Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, 8 South 055 Dugan Road in Sugar Grove, IL 60554, followed by an 11:00 am Funeral Mass, with a reception following.

More information about Karen and her Memorial Service is available at:

Louise Anderson
IMA President

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