Alice 'Arty' Karr


Alice "Arty" E. Karr, 87, of Defiance, passed away Thursday, February 14, 2013, at GlennPark of Defiance surrounded by her family.

She was born on July 23, 1925, to Carl and Bertha Thomas in Holgate, Ohio. On October 23, 1949, she married Durward "Red" A. Karr and he passed away on February 10, 1990. Alice was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, the Altar Rosary Society, Catholic Ladies of Columbia, Defiance Elks and the New Bavaria VFW. She was a Holgate High School graduate, worked at the Zeller Corporation and enjoyed dancing, camping, traveling, garage sales and her card club.

Arty is survived by her daughters, Deb (Stew) Baldwin of Grand Rapids and Denise (Rick) Massengale of Defiance; sons, David (Cathy) Karr of Defiance and Douglas (Karen) Karr of Defiance; nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Dawn Marie Karr; brother, Leroy Thomas; and sisters, Francis "Sis" Schuller, Gertrude "Tootie" Ziegler and Hazel "Hazy" Cummins.

A mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 16, 2013, in St. Mary's Catholic Church with Father Randy Giesige officiating. Burial will follow in Riverview Memory Gardens. Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. today at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, with a rosary service at 7 p.m.

The family suggest memorials be made to Heartland Hospice or Holy Cross Catholic School. Online condolences can be given at

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