Karen Virginia (Brown) Vieth, 67
Posted on August 31, 2013
Karen Virginia (Brown) Vieth, 67, of Ossian, went to sing in heaven’s choir Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013.
She was a gifted singer, teacher, speaker and administrator. Born April 17, 1946, to Manley (Mike) and Glynita (Nita) Brown in Flint, Mich., she was a gifted athlete and singer from early childhood.
Karen shared in music ministries through solos, duets, trios and choirs. She was very gracious in encouraging others in their gifts of ministry. She was a graduate of Bendle High School in 1964; she attended the University of Michigan and then chose to become the wife of the Rev. Floyd E. Vieth Jr. Sept. 4, 1965.
After finishing his Army stint at Fort Knox, Ky., they served pastorates in Macungie, Pa.; Marshall, Mich.; and Decatur and Yoder. Karen organized and led a number of children’s ministries, taught all ages in Sunday School – especially loving the senior adults, directed choirs and led worship services. She served the Missionary Church Inc., for a time as director of children’s ministries. She was a member and attended the Hoagland Community Church, Hoagland, serving as one of the worship leaders. Karen worked part-time as a bookkeeper and bank teller until the children entered college, she worked as a secretary-receptionist at an insurance office.
After receiving her own license, she served with a number of companies and brokerage firms before becoming an independent agent.
She is survived by her husband, Floyd; a son, Douglas (Melanie) of Bluffton; a daughter, Toiyonna (Allen) Arias of Ft. Wayne; a son, Terrill (Tammy) of Ossian; six “great and fantastic” grandsons, Sandon and Kieran, Allen and Dante, and Payton and Athen; her mother, Nita; her sister and brother-in-law, Janet and Duane Warden of Searcy, Ark.; and her parents-in-law, Floyd and Lillian Vieth Sr. of Paducah, Ky.
A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, at Living Faith Missionary Church, 17718 Bluffton Rd., in Yoder, with one hour of calling prior. Visitation will also be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 2, at the church. Burial will be at the Oak Lawn Cemetery in Ossian immediately following the service.
Preferred memorials may be made to the Hoagland Community Church or to Heartland Hospice.
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