Obituaries

Karen Marie Pedersen

November 2, 1964 - September 30, 2020

Karen Marie Pedersen (Mikrut) passed away peacefully at home on 9/30/2020 in Aurora, Illinois due to complications from cancer at the age of 55.

Karen was born on 11/02/1964 in Chicago, Illinois to James and Rosemarie Mikrut, and shortly after moved to Westchester, Illinois, where she lived her childhood and young adult life. From an early age, Karen had a passion for art, design, and all things colorful. She followed these passions, spending her entire career working as a Graphic Designer; 22 years for Ace Hardware and 15 years with her husband, David, as part of Pedersen Design, LLC in Batavia, Illinois.

Karen and David were united in marriage on March 8, 1991 in Westchester. Shortly after, their sons, Andrew and Samuel, were welcomed into the world in 1993 and 1994. Moving to Aurora in 1996, Karen soon became involved in the Batavia community through school, church, business, and the journey into music for her children. Karen’s presence was loved and valued through her involvement as a member with the Batavia Women In Business.

Through her entire life, Karen was one of the most selfless people you could meet. She would put her own needs second, as it made her happy knowing you were taken care, comforted, and supported any way she could. One of the things Karen enjoyed most was to host parties and family gatherings. She would prepare the most wonderful spreads, and kept serving even if you were beyond full. It was just one of her many ways of showing love.

She will be greatly missed by her family and friends, but her influence and legacy will live on.

Karen is survived by her loving husband, David and two children, Andrew and Samuel, her parents James C. and Rosemarie, siblings Thomas (Dianne) and James R. (Mara), uncle Edward (Sharon) Goettert, and many nieces and nephews, Kassia, Jeremy, Taylor, Kaitlin, Timothy, Zachary, and  Madison. She is preceded in death by her grandparents Peter and Marie Goettert, Chester and Anne Mikrut, and her uncle Robert Mikrut.

A memorial service will be announced at a later time. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Fox Valley Food for Health and LivingWell Cancer Resource Center. 

Guest Book

  • Karine Reissenweber Picchietti My deepest sympathies go out to the Pedersen and Mikrut families. May God give you the peace that you seek.
  • Denny and Linda Anderson Our hearts are broken but hold strong memories of Karen’s kindness and love for music. Sincere condolences to all of her family.
  • Jon and Lauryn Locke Sending our deepest condolences. Praying for the family that God may console you and give you strength during this time.
  • Peter & Pam Lowe Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. We offer our most sincere condolences.
  • Britta McKenna Dave and family, I am saddened to hear that Karen’s bright light is not with us anymore. She was so kind, talented and loving. Sending you all love and healing. Peace. Britta & Steve McKenna
  • Tina & Jeff Piotrowski We are heartbroken over Karen's passing. The Pedersen family will always hold a special place in our hearts. We are so grateful for the times we shared together. Karen was generous, beautiful, and kind beyond measure. Our heartfelt sympathy, prayers and love to Dave, Sam and Andrew.
  • Tony & Jacqueline Carson Our thoughts, love & prayers are with you. God Bless
  • Karin Marshall Kemp I am sorry for your loss Dave. Take care of yourself and your family.
  • Joe King Dave - My sincerest condolences on Karen's passing. Thoughts and prayers to you and the boys. May the Lord's love give you the support needed during this difficult time. Peace.
  • Melinda Kintz I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet and beautiful Karen. She radiated kindness and she is sure to be deeply missed by all who knew her.
  • Jkruse Therapy Team Dave we are so sorry to hear about your wife. Please know we are all thinking of you and your family at this time. Loving thoughts and energy coming your way.
  • Shirley Locke My deepest and sincere condolences to the Pedersen and Mikrut families. May our Heavenly Father strengthen your hearts during this very sad time.
  • Christine & Bruce Voight You only had to meet Karen once to know what a lovely person she was. The Pedersen and Mikrut families are in our prayers.
  • Pete Pedersen One only had to be around this great gal once to know she was a special lady. She will be remembered by us all. Andy, Sam and David please accept my most sincere condolences and know that Karen would want you to carry on.
  • Carlene (Rodde) Mogavero I am so very deeply sorry.
  • Bryan & Lynn Barus Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Pedersen family. Our condolences on your great loss.
  • Jeff & Leslie Kramer & family Karen was such a sweet person and will be missed greatly. I remember going to grammar school with Karen, and all the wonderful times spent in childhood and growing up with our families getting together. This is still so shocking to all of us. We all miss her, but know she's in good hands with God now. Our sympathies to all her wonderful family during this difficult time. May Karen, our dear friend, by the mercy of God, rest in peace. We will never forget you.
  • Gerald Pedersen Condolences. God Bless this family
  • Daniel Hoefler Pat and I express to Dave and Karen's sons our deepest sympathies. Karen was a wonderfully unselfish person who greeted everyone with a kind word. Her grace and dignity will be missed
  • Kim Ruppenthal So sorry to hear this Thomas our thoughts and prayers go out to you and the entire Mikrut family. This is so sad because Karen was a nice person. Keep in touch with any memorial service because I want to be there for the Mikrut family. Stay strong during this very sad time.
  • Tony & Chris Winter Our thoughts and prayers are with the Pedersen family.