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Karolyn Howard - January 21, 2011

Karolyn Dora Howard, 78, of Grand Island, Neb., passed away Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, at Golden Living Center-Lakeview in Grand Island.
Karolyn was born Oct. 4, 1932, in Benkelman, Neb., to Frank and Hazel (Trout) Stute. She was baptized into faith at the Methodist Episcopal Church on Aug. 29, 1937, and later confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church, both in Benkelman.
She attended Hoover Country School in rural Dundy County through the eighth grade. While raising her family, she completed her high school education and graduated from Benkelman High School in 1972.
A special time of her life was when she spent two years traveling the United States with her girlfriends, Barbara Haslem and Marilyn Paulysin of Oregon. Karol loved her family, life, music and dancing. She spent many enjoyable hours playing her organ and accordion.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Howard and beloved son Richard Robin Howard; parents, Frank and Hazel Stute; three brothers: Roy Stute and wife Ruby, Carl Stute and wives Fern and Jean and Frank Stute, Jr.; and sister, Doris and husband Harry DeVinney.
Those left to cherish her memory are son Roger Howard and Regina and her daughter Crystal of North Platte; daughter Deb and husband Monte Nordhausen of Wauneta; son Kevin Howard and wife Shelli of Grand Island; three grandsons: Cory Nordhausen of Omaha and Cody and Ryan Howard of North Platte; five granddaughters: Heather Howard of Santa Rosa, Calif., Heidi and husband Jason Anderson of Imperial, Megan Falla of Colby, Kan., and Alyson and Courtney Howard of Omaha; and seven great grandchildren.
Other survivors include: two brothers: John Stute and wife Leona of Greeley, Colo., and Larry Stute and wife Arlene of Benkelman; one sister, Iva Jean and husband Fred Lewis of Witter, Ark.: two sisters-in-law, Ardith Stute of Imperial and Joyce and husband Arden Ham of Benkelmen; special family and care giver Candy and Eugene Ham of McCook; other special family friends close to Karol: Jenny Kaufman of Greeley, Colo., and Betty and Larry Hansen of Lincoln and daughters Tawyna and Darla; numerous nieces, nephews and a host of family and friends.
Memorials may be given in her name.
Friends may sign her book at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home or send condolences to the family at
Services were held at 11:00 a.m. MST, Friday, Jan. 28 at Zion Lutheran Church, Benkelman, with Pastor George Matthews officiating. Inurnment followed at the Benkelman Cemetery.
This Bible verse, which she recited up until the later stages of her battle with Alzheimer’s, brought her great comfort - John 3:16: For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook was in charge of arrangements.