Karen L. Heide, 78, of Wolverine, MI, passed away Monday, January 4, 2021, leaving her earthly body for her eternal home in Heaven with Jesus.

Karen, known as “Mimi”, to family and friends, was born October 13, 1942, to Carl and Kathryn (Eicher) Carlson. She grew up in Gaylord with her younger brother, Richard Carlson.  Karen attended Central Michigan University and graduated with a degree in elementary teaching.

She was married to Kurt “Buck” Heide and together they raised a son, Scott Richard, and a daughter, Kriston Lynn.  With the help of family and friends, Karen and Buck ran the Game Haven Wildlife Ranch in Wolverine.

Karen also started the first special education classes in Gaylord. She then taught at Wolverine Community Schools, teaching 3rd grade from 1986 until she retired in 2005.

She was a loving sister, wife, mother, aunt, and grandmother, dedicated to living her life to the fullest. She made it her goal to spread her love for Jesus Christ, impacting many people during her journey. There was nothing she treasured more than the gift of giving. She volunteered and co-ran the Joy Fellowship Food Pantry, along with her husband, Buck, until the day she took her last breath.

Karen is survived by her husband, Buck Heide; daughter, Kriston (David) Ashenfelter; brother, Richard (Marsha) Carlson; grandsons, Daniel Ashenfelter, Andrew Ashenfelter, Matthew Ashenfelter, and James Ashenfelter; great-granddaughter, Morgan Ashenfelter; a few nieces; and a nephew. She also leaves behind many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Kathryn Carlson; and her son, Scott.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family to use for various community resources and charities, as this is what Karen enjoyed doing the most.

A celebration of life party will be held at a later date.

We love you all!

Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.