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Fox Lake, IL 60020
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“You are missed so very much. Not a day goes by..... ”
1 of 45 | Posted by: chris valenziano

“Miss you Kay! Minneola will never be the same without you. Sad day that it is now closed. A huge chapter of history come to a close...... The 2010's...Read More »
2 of 45 | Posted by: Scott Robert Paul Funk - McHenry, IL

“We are both so very sorry to hear about Karen. Our prayers are with you. Barb and Randy ”
3 of 45 | Posted by: Barbara & Randy Johnson - FL

“We are truly saddened to hear about Karen's death and our deepest condolences go out to the Jakstas family during this difficult time. Karen will be...Read More »
4 of 45 | Posted by: Joe and Melinda Sundland - VA

“Karen will be missed by many. I wish that i had known her like so many do.I had just moved back here in April after living in North Carolina and had...Read More »
5 of 45 | Posted by: Donald Knowlton - Fox Lake, IL

“Our thought and prayers are with the family at this time. May God comfort you during your loss. ”
6 of 45 | Posted by: JIll Griswold - Bristol, WI

“Pete, Arlene and family: I so very sorry for your loss. Karen will truly be missed. We have many memories of good times with Karen. She was a...Read More »
7 of 45 | Posted by: Darlene Siddons - Richmond, IL

“I'm so sorry for your loss. May the wonderful memories you have of Karen help you get through this difficult time. You are all in my thoughts and...Read More »
8 of 45 | Posted by: Trish Newborn - Milwaukee, WI

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the family, so sorry for your loss of Karen. She was a sweet, lovable, woman with a heart of gold. ”
9 of 45 | Posted by: Dan and Teri Grogan - Caldwell, ID

“You will be sadly missed. Our hearts go out to you and your family. God Bless! ”
10 of 45 | Posted by: The Funk's (Robyn, Kyla & Scottie) - IL

“So shocked and saddened by the passing of Karen. I have many great memories of her that I am so thankful to have. My condolences to her family, for...Read More »
11 of 45 | Posted by: Joanne Bates (Hawkins) - WI

“Some of our fondest memories since moving"up north" are of times at the Mineola and of cource, that includes Karen. In some cases, that reference is...Read More »
12 of 45 | Posted by: Susan Edmier Tragos - Ingleside, IL

“Another gauardian angel in heaven called to soon, to watch over us. My thought's and prayers are with you all. I wil never forget the wonderful...Read More »
13 of 45 | Posted by: .LOUISE PORTALSKI GUTOWSKI - IL

“I am deeply sadden, and sorry for your loss. I knew Karen (Kare-bear) in the early years; her smile and laughter eased many of my own tears, and I...Read More »
14 of 45 | Posted by: Moira Hannigan-Johnson - IL

“I am so sorry for your loss, My prayers are with the Jakstas family. ”
15 of 45 | Posted by: Toni Galster - MCHENRY, IL

“There are no words!! God bless ”
16 of 45 | Posted by: Gorman Ericksen - West Palm Beach, FL

“hi erica i was very sorry to hear of the passing of your sister this week...my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family as you go thru this...Read More »
17 of 45 | Posted by: sue geyer - myersville, MD

“Our deepest condolences to you and your family Erica! ”
18 of 45 | Posted by: Jaime Vicicondi and Garth Uhwat - IL

“Karen "K" Jakstas Family & Friends, Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Karen Jakstas. Steve & Sharon Trudeau (Roger Johlf's...Read More »
19 of 45 | Posted by: Steve & Sharon Trudeau - WI

“Erica, There are no perfect words to give for the loss your heart must feel, but you can be forever filled with the knowledge from the messages...Read More »
20 of 45 | Posted by: Angela Marchio - North Branch, MN

“My most hearfelt sympathies to the Jakstas Family. Karen will be missed. ”
21 of 45 | Posted by: Isabella Espino - Fox Lake, IL

“My heart felt condolences to your family. I have many fond memories of Karen and the twins growing up and her visits when we lived in The Keys. Her...Read More »
22 of 45 | Posted by: Sherry Sundland - Ocala, FL

“My deepest sympathy to all of the Jakstas Family, Karen will be missed by all,so sorry I never got the Kugela to her,but she is now eating the best...Read More »
23 of 45 | Posted by: Vivian J. Benner - Romeoville, IL

“I'm saddened to hear about the loss of K. So many memories of her as Erica and I grew up! My thought and prayers go out to the Jakstas family. ”
24 of 45 | Posted by: Andrea McNelley - Goodyear, AZ

“I'm so sorry to hear about Karen's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with the Jakstas family and friends during this time. ”
25 of 45 | Posted by: Andrea - Goodyear, AZ - Friend

“I'm very sorry to hear of Karen's passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family. ”
26 of 45 | Posted by: Kristan Taylor England - Columbus, OH

“My prayers are with the family and friends.God Bless... ”
27 of 45 | Posted by: Kevin Child - Las Vegas, NV

“Deepest Sympathy, Thoughts and Prayers from the Gerretsen Family... Life is so short to begin with, but to pass so young is an even greater tragedy.....Read More »
28 of 45 | Posted by: Jody Gerretsen - Ingleside, IL

“My condolences to all of Karen's family and friends. I know her life has ended way too soon, but Karen's memory will live on forever. You will all...Read More »
29 of 45 | Posted by: Jo-Ann (Rahn) Lovergine - McHenry, IL

“Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel about Karen's death. May you find peace in knowing that you have friend s and family standing...Read More »
30 of 45 | Posted by: Lisa Higgons Kleinschmidt - WI

“I have so many wonderful memories of having fun with Karen as we grew up together. I will miss her but I am so happy to have my memories. I will...Read More »
31 of 45 | Posted by: Kelly McNally Siege - Waukee, IA

“Erica...There are special people in our lives who never leave...even after they are gone. Loving prayers are with you now and in the days to come....Read More »
32 of 45 | Posted by: CINDY TABB - ARCOLA, IL

“Some people make a difference just by being who they are. Karen was one of those people. She touched each and every one of our lives in a very...Read More »
33 of 45 | Posted by: Deb & Steve Nelson - FL - Friends

“Some of our fondest memories since moving"up north" are of times at the Mineola and of cource, that includes Karen. In some cases, that reference is...Read More »
34 of 45 | Posted by: Susan Edmier Tragos - Ingleside, IL

“Our thoughts and prays are with the Jakstas family. So sorry for your loss. ”
35 of 45 | Posted by: Brad & Joyce Styles

“Karen, Jim and I will truly miss you around Fox Lake - we ran into you often. We loved working with you on the Christmas Parade for many years. Our...Read More »
36 of 45 | Posted by: James & Therese Jones - IL

“We are so sorry for your loss. It may have been too short of a time for K, but the many, many memories of the lives she touched will live on for a...Read More »
37 of 45 | Posted by: Dave & Janet Donehey & Family - IL

“My condolences to all of Karen's family and friends. I know her life has ended way too soon, but her memory will live on. May you find peace in...Read More »
38 of 45 | Posted by: Jaclyn Douglas - Tuscola, IL

“Dear Jakstas Family, K was a forever friend. We will miss her with all our heart. Our thoughts are with you all. Love Bo & Laurie Swayze ”
39 of 45 | Posted by: Laurie Swayze - North Smithfield, RI

“I remeber when we were younger, K used to come in and run and jump on the bed tackling Erica and I to get us up lol. We'd wrestle around pulling...Read More »
40 of 45 | Posted by: Tammy Rivette - Ingleside, IL

“Karen will be missed. she was always a joy and Larry and I send condolences. ”
41 of 45 | Posted by: April and Larry Ogryzek - IL

“I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I do not know your family but I can tell you that Karen (& Pete) played an integril part of one of the happiest...Read More »
42 of 45 | Posted by: ~Melissa Kavicky

“When it comes to K, the last stanza of Robert Frost's 'The Road Not Taken' may say it best: "I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and...Read More »
43 of 45 | Posted by: Paul Jakstas

“In Loving memory... You will truly be missed :( ”
44 of 45 | Posted by: Shawn Mack - Lake Bluff, IL

“Laura, Matt and Jakstas family - we are sorry for your loss. Karen was a wonderful person and we are glad that we had the opportunity to know her....Read More »
45 of 45 | Posted by: Craig and Bonnie Bigelow McHenry


Karen "K" Jakstas, 42, passed away in her Fox Lake home on October 2, 2011.
Karen was the manager of the Mineola Bar and Restaurant. She graduated from Grant Community High School in 1987 and from Southern Illinois University, Suma Cum Laude in 1991 with a B.S. in Criminal Justice.
She was instrumental with the Cardboard Boat Regatta, Mineola Fireworks, Cody's Canteen Golf Outing and Christmas Toy Drive, and she served as the Community Liaison for the Village of Fox Lake.
K was an avid Chicago Bears and St. Louis Cardinals fan. She is remembered by family and friends for her having a zest for life and always there for a good laugh.
Karen will be deeply missed by her parents, Peter and Arlene Jakstas; her brother Peter Jakstas and her sisters Laura (Matt) Soucy and Erica Jakstas. Many close friends also survive
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Peter and Emily Jakstas and Robert and Grace Ansani.
Visitation will be held Thursday, Oct. 6, from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. and resume on Friday, from 9 a.m. until the 11 a.m service at the K. K. Hamsher Funeral Home ("The Chapel on the Lake") 12 N. Pistakee Lake Rd., Fox Lake. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Cody's Canteen, www.codyscanteen.org (non-profit organization that helps children with life threatening illnesses) or to Save a Vet, www.saveavet.org, (organization that rescues military and law enforcement working dogs).