Karen Beretta, age 80, of Aurora, passed away on Wednesday, June 27th, 2018 at her home with her loving family around her. She bravely battled pancreatic cancer for over 4 years. She was a loving wife and mother.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00, A.M., Monday, July 2nd at the Aurora United Methodist Church. Rev. Greg Reed will officiate. To honor Karenís wishes cremation has taken place. Memorials may be made to the St. Francis Foundation in memory of Karen Beretta to be used for the New Cancer Treatment Center. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
OBITUARY: KAREN BERETTA
Karen Kay Beretta, the daughter of John J. and Irma Bernice (Lenox) Springer, was born in Aurora, Nebraska on October 15, 1937 and passed away in Aurora, Nebraska on June 27, 2018 at the age of 80.
Karen moved with her family to Illinois when she was a baby. She grew up and went to school in Tiskelwa, IL, Kaneville, IL, and finally Aurora, IL. She graduated from West Aurora High school Class of 1955. Karen went on to graduate from Colorado Womenís College in 1957 and Northern Illinois University in 1961, with a B.S. in Elementary Education and a minor in Biological Sciences. She began her teaching career in Illinois and then moved to California to continue teaching.
Karen met her husband, Robert Beretta, in California. They were married on August 17, 1963. Two children were born to this union: John and Kathy. They made their home in Salinas for seven years, before they moved to Chualar for 35 years. Karen taught for 32 years in the Salinas City School District. All in all she spent 35 years in education, teaching K-4 and was also a reading resource teacher. Kindergarten was always was her first love. Upon retirement they decided to move to Aurora, Nebraska, Karenís birthplace.
Karen was very active in her community volunteering. In Aurora, she was involved in the Red Cross Bloodmobile, Thrift Shop, and hospital mail delivery for the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Karen was a patron of the Explorit Center, Plainsman Museum, and Senior Center. She was also a P.E.O. and St. Maryís Altar Society member as well as a member of the Grand Island Saddle Club. While in California Karen was a member of many professional organizations such as CTA/NEA and California State Reading Association. She held various offices in AAUW, was a member in Delta Kappa Gama, and she was president of the Sacred Heart School Board. Karen was a member of the Salinas Valley Hospital Auxiliary as well. She and her husband were also great supporters of their childrenís various sporting and extra curricular activities.
Karen loved to cook and entertain; their home was always open to family and friends. She also loved to travel, dance, read, do crossword puzzles, and have coffee with her coffee buddies.
Her parents and two brothers, John Springer III and Thomas E. Springer, preceded her in death.
Those who remain to cherish her memory are her husband, Robert of Aurora; son, John (Val) Beretta of Dumont, Colorado; daughter, Kathy Beretta-Tedrick (David) of Sacramento, California and many other family members and friends.