In loving memory of

Karen Sue White
December 23, 1953 - May 14, 2020

Williamsburg- Karen Sue White was born December 23, 1953 in Bloomfield, Iowa, the daughter of Edgar Burton & Helen Maxine (Cortum) Hamberg. While growing up she lived in various parts of Iowa, before moving to Iowa County. She graduated from Williamsburg High School. Karen was united in marriage to Clarence "Butch" Richard White Jr., on August 22, 1987 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Conroy. She worked for many years as a cook at Middle America, Colony Haus, Ox Yoke Interstate and Highland Ridge in Williamsburg. Karen was a former member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Conroy. She enjoyed camping with the group, gardening, sewing, baking, spending time with her family and friends and going to her grandchildren's activities. Karen died on Thursday, May 14, 2020 at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City at the age of 66 years.

She is survived by her daughter Samantha (Jeremi) Lown of North English; four grandchildren Keyden & Kailor Lown and Savannah & Sierra Levell; a stepdaughter Tammy White of Mesa, AZ; five step grandchildren Autumn (Jake) Burroughs, Brittany & Ryan Johnson and Qaban & Adriana Klott; five step great grandchildren; three sisters Evelyn Paradies of Lawrence, KS, Alice Lombard of Ottumwa and Linda (Al) Schwarting of Williamsburg; and a brother Frank Hamberg of Williamsburg. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Butch; a son Stacy Levell and a brother-in-law Fred Paradies.

Celebration of Life Service will be held 10:30 am Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at Powell Funeral Home in Williamsburg. Pastor Luke Caster will officiate. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the funeral home. A general memorial fund has been established. Messages and tributes may be left at


Kim Frahm wrote on May 18, 2020:

"Sam, Jeremi, & kiddos, I am so sorry to hear of your mothers/grandmothers passing. May you all find peace in all the wonderful memories you have with her. You have my sumpathy, Kim (Landuyt) Frahm"

Patti McClure wrote on May 16, 2020:

"Such a kind sweet woman, always had a kind this to say! She loved her family & I will remember her sitting outside her "home" at Lake Iowa, enjoying what she loved- nature and Iowa County's best views. She will be missed. Tom & Patti McClure"

Brandi Vercande wrote on May 15, 2020:

"I?m so sorry for your loss Sam. Thinking of you??"

Pam Wichmann wrote on May 14, 2020:

"Sam..I am thinking of you and your family...your mom was the sweetest lady with a heart of gold. I am sure she is watching over you now. Peace be with you during this difficult time. "

Jayne &Alex Garcia wrote on May 14, 2020:

"Karen was a beautiful woman inside and out our prayers are with you all"

Fr. Charles Fladung wrote on May 14, 2020:

"Samantha and family, please know of my sympathy upon the loss of your mother. When you miss her, put your hand over your heart and the warmth and memories will come back to you. Pease be with you. Fr. Charles Fladung+"

Tammy White wrote on May 14, 2020:

"I leave my thoughts and condolences with my sister and her family. Parents lost far too soon. Love you!"