Karen Lynn Herbst

February 25, 1943 ~ September 13, 2021

Karen Herbst passed away on September 13, 2021 at the VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach, Florida.
Karen was born in Steubenville, Ohio. She married Dennis Herbst on December 29, 1973 in Columbus, Ohio and they lived in various cities in Ohio and Michigan until they decided to move to Celebration, Florida in 2000 and eventually to Vero Beach in 2010.
Karen worked at several businesses as a secretary and analyst (always loved office work), but her favorite career endeavors were in the travel business as a Travel Agent in Michigan, and Hospice Coordinator in Orlando as well as an active volunteer for many years at Give Kids the World in the Orlando area
In Vero Beach, Karen focused on further volunteer activities with Youth Guidance Program (mentoring a child for 5 years), choir librarian for 2 Choral Groups, singing in the groups as well as singing solos at the church, active with pet therapy organizations at VNA Hospice House and the local Scully-Welsh Cancer Center, and at the VNA Hospital House in the kitchen.
Karen’s hobbies include: travelling, singing, reading (especially books by English authors), making creative things as a knitter, and a passion for needlepoint.
Survivors include: husband, Dennis; son, Shawn; daughter, Cindy; sister, Marcy; along with beloved grandchildren, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be held by the family at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to VNA & Hospice Foundation, 920 37th Place, STE101, Vero Beach, FL 32960.

Condolence

Peter D. Jackson

September 20, 2021, 12:12 am

My condolences, Dennis. Karen was a wonderful lady.

Pete Jackson (VBCS)

Heather Stapleton

September 20, 2021, 10:29 pm

My condolences. Karen made me feel so welcome as a newbie at Vero Beach Choral Society. She was always SO organized with our music (which was a lot of music – and she never complained to us!). My fave about her though – her playful funky sense of style! I just loved her sweaters and earrings the most! What a great, fun person! She is already missed.
Heather Stapleton (VBCS)

Bobbee Larsson

September 21, 2021, 1:32 am

Such a classy lady. We are thankful that she took care of us at Vero Beach Choral Society.

Amy Cosner

September 21, 2021, 8:45 am

Please accept my deepest sympathies. Karen and I sang together, sitting side by side for rehearsals and concerts for several years. I enjoyed our time together very much and I will miss her smiling face. It was always a treat to see her wearing one of her many beautiful and complex knitted creations.

May our Lord, Jesus, grant all of you comfort during these difficult days ahead and may your memories of Karen bring you peace. Her faith in Him ensures us all that we will meet again.

Amy Cosner (VBCS)

Luz

September 21, 2021, 10:13 am

My condolences. Amazing and talented woman. She will be greatly missed.
Luz (VBCS)

Ray/Lorrayne

September 21, 2021, 12:05 pm

We will always remember the “fried ice cream”

Martha Franchi

September 21, 2021, 5:19 pm

Karen was my friend the instant I met her when she first came to VBCS. We sang together as first sopranos until she opted for a lower range. We enjoyed many lunches together at favorite Vero Beach restaurants and had more than a few laughs ( I will always remember her wonderful whole-hearted laugh) . Karen was interesting always and ever so generous with her time and attention. Her talents with knitting and her beautiful pieces of needlepoint were her pride and joy. I know that she is in the arms of Jesus and there is comfort there for those who loved her as I did. My deepest condolences to Denny and the family. She will always be a precious part of my life.
Martha Franchi, VBCS

Emily Sherwood

September 21, 2021, 8:47 pm

What a accommodating person was Karen – always willing to do that little favor you asked of her. I was glad she was going to join us altos in the Vero Beach Choral Society after singing with the sopranos … and so disappointed when she was unable to continue with that plan. All this in a very personable lady who frequently dressed in some of her extraordinary hand-knit creations. Yes, I will certainly miss her greatly.

Emily Sherwood

September 21, 2021, 8:50 pm

What a accommodating person was Karen – always willing to do that little favor you asked of her. I was glad she was going to join us altos in the Vero Beach Choral Society after singing with the sopranos … and so disappointed when she was unable to continue with that plan. All this in a very personable lady who frequently dressed in some of her extraordinary hand-knit creations. Yes, I will certainly miss her greatly.

Jenifer Mina

September 21, 2021, 11:22 pm

Will so miss her. Sparkling and gracious lady, always kind. Sang with her at VBCS, everyone’s friend.
Love, Jenifer

Judy Sherman

September 23, 2021, 6:39 pm

Dennis, Bert and I will always remember how much fun we had with you and Karen on our last Caravan trip. She always had us laughing. I know you and everyone she touched will miss her greatly.
Regards, Judy and Bert Sherman

Marie Cibotti

September 24, 2021, 5:09 pm

Marie Cibotti
Karen graciously took over as our music librarian when I was all tried out after 10 years. She expertly added her style of putting the library in tip top shape. She always was organized and we never waited for her to get it done. She also would answer whatever question I asked in an email. I will miss her sweet personality and caring for others. I know she is singing with the angelic choir. God is love.

Marie Cibotti

September 24, 2021, 5:11 pm

Karen graciously took over as our music librarian when I was all tried out after 10 years. She expertly added her style of putting the library in tip top shape. She was always organized and we never waited for her to get it done. She also would answer whatever question I asked in an email. I will miss her sweet personality and caring for others. I know she is singing with the angelic choir. God is love.

David and Melody Tosi

September 26, 2021, 2:52 pm

We are heartbroken with this news. Karen was such a force and lit up a room when entering. The one word that comes to mind when we think of Karen is kind. Prayers for the family. She will be missed by so many.

David and Melody Tosi

September 26, 2021, 2:58 pm

We are heartbroken with this news. Karen was a force and lit up a room upon entering. The one word that we think best describes Karen is kind. Prayers to the family and she will be missed by so many.

Karen Dawson

September 29, 2021, 2:14 pm

Karen was one of those “forever friends” that you meet once in a lifetime. I will miss her terribly with our weekly chats about all things worldly. My boys have already stated that Karen was the one that gave me inspiration to downsize and not leave “all this stuff” for my kids to deal with. Karen had a way of touching so many lives in so many ways. May you and the family be comforted with her loving personality as you navigate the complexities of the days and months ahead.

Claire Klein

October 6, 2021, 4:50 am

I sang alto with Karen in the back row of Vero Beach Choral Society. She would arrive with a smile on her face and always wore some wonderful, brightly colored sweater or jewelry. She seemed always to be enjoying her life and having fun. And contributing for the good of the group, whether it was being the most efficient, cheerful music librarian or well-prepared, enthusiastic chorister. Everyone at VBCS will miss her energy and kind smile.

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