Private Family Memorial Service for Karen Hahlbeck, age 78 of Stanton and formerly of Ewing, NE will be held at Snider Memorial Funeral Home in Clearwater, Nebraska. Inurnment will be in Ewing Cemetery at Ewing, Nebraska. Snider Memorial Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Karen passed October 4, 2020 at Stanton Health Care. Condolences may be directed to family at www.snidermemorialfh.com Cards my be sent to Jerry Hahlbeck P.O. Box 145 Stanton, NE 68779.
Karen Rae (Filsinger) Hahlbeck was born on February 26, 1942 in Clearwater, Nebraska, to Raymond and Eunice (Meyer) Filsinger. She was baptized at Zion-Immanuel Lutheran Church in Clearwater and confirmed at Concordia Lutheran Church in Clearwater. After attending a country school, Karen graduated from Clearwater High School in 1959 as the class valedictorian. She married Jerry Hahlbeck on June 26, 1960, at Grace Lutheran Church in Norfolk, Nebraska. The couple briefly lived in Nampa, Idaho, in the early part of their marriage, but they returned to Norfolk in 1962 and remained living there for many years. During her years in Norfolk, Karen worked at Jack’s Cafe, Allied Van Lines, and Hansen Insurance. She was very active in the P.T.A., even serving as president of the Lincoln Elementary School chapter. Her most important job, however, was raising her two sons, Troy and Gary. In 1984, Karen and Jerry moved to Ewing, Nebraska, where Jerry was from. There, Karen was a school bus driver, and she served as the town clerk for a while. She and Jerry also owned and operated the Ewing Auction House for several years. When she wasn’t working, Karen loved to knit, crochet, reupholster furniture, cook for the numerous hunters in her family, do crossword puzzles, read, and spend time with family. Unfortunately, she suffered a life-changing stroke in 2010 which left her disabled for many years, and she later moved to the Stanton nursing home in 2018.
Survived by her husband, Jerry Hahlbeck of Stanton; her sons, Troy (Theresa) Hahlbeck of Stanton and Gary (Sherrie) Hahlbeck of Battle Creek; her sister, Lois (Ron) Marshall of Neligh; her in-law siblings, Pat Hahlbeck, Don (Diane) Hahlbeck, Kay Hahlbeck, Maurice (Kathy) Hahlbeck, Bertha Hahlbeck, and Cheri (Gary) Joslyn; her grandchildren, Ashley (Andrew) Elsberry, Adam (Kendra) Hahlbeck, Justice Hahlbeck, Scott Ransen, Kim (Brent) Batt, and Kerri (Mike) Weinrich; twelve great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Karen was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Eunice Filsinger; her sister, Judy Filsinger; her brother, Paul Filsinger; and her brother-in-law, Leon Hahlbeck.