On Christmas Day, we lost Karen Daust, one of the warmest and most humorous souls our family was truly fortunate to have. Although it is exceedingly difficult to have such an event happen during a holiday that is about family togetherness, it is comforting to know that she is now with the love of her life, Jim Daust. It gives the family peace because Christmas was always an incredibly special day for them.
Karen was an extraordinary woman, mother, nurse, caretaker, and friend. She was incredibly proud of her husband, children, and grandchildren, and their life accomplishments.
She attended Mercy School of Nursing and obtained a degree as a Registered Nurse. She worked at several hospitals until starting a family. When the children were older, she worked at Gaylord First Step Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation facility as head nurse, where she was instrumental in developing the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals, an extension of First Step. She ended her career at St. Lawrence Hospital in Lansing in the hospitals’ psychiatric division.
Karen was sharp as a tack, and her humor was unmatched, as she could make a joke or laugh about nearly anything. She was known for her home-cooked meals and warm hospitality to friends and family. Her grandchildren were always excited to eat the baked goods she made especially for their visits. The number of stories shared about family, her children, and her loving husband, were so plentiful, it is difficult to capture her spirit through writing.
She has been reunited with her husband, Jim Daust; parents, Francis and Charlotte (MacPhail) Kotila; and several other family members and friends.
She is survived by her four children, Mary (Mark) McDaniel, Tim (Theresa), Michael (Lisa), and Kathleen (Jason) Faron; grandchildren, Kelly (Tomas), Jennifer (Todd), Michael, Victoria, Matthew, Max, Nathan, Olivia, Adam, and Caylen; and two great-grandchildren, Madelyn and Logan.
At this time, the family has decided to have a private blessing and visitation. There will be a celebration of her life at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations in honor of Karen Daust be made to the Otsego County Commission on Aging, 120 Grandview Blvd., Gaylord, MI 49735.
Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734. www.nelsonsfuneralhome.com