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Mrs. Karen Hart-Pringle, age 60, of Greenville, passed away early Thursday morning, Aug. 13, 2009 at Spectrum Health-Butterworth Hospital, Grand Rapids.

The daughter of Norris Leonard & Alice Marie (Kitchen) Jury, she was born on Feb. 22, 1949 in Greenville and was a graduate of Greenville High School.

Following high school, she began a career as a paralegal first working for Duane Carr when he served as prosecuting attorney, then for 17 years for the law firm of Frye, Mullendore, Carr, & Raven, and retired from the office of Montcalm County Clerk Kristen Millard where she worked in the 8th Judicial Circuit Court.

On August 14, 1999, at Brookside Golf Course in Gowen, she married Thomas A. Pringle. A devoted mother, Karen also golfed with the Ladies Wednesday Night League at Brookside, enjoyed bowling, shooting pool, mushrooming, and gambling, and was active in the ladies auxiliary at the American Legion posts in both Greenville and Stanton. She was an avid fan University of Michigan football, as well as Tiger Woods.

She was preceded in death by her father, N. Leonard Jury; a brother, Duane Shotwell; and a granddaughter, Cameron Hart.

Surviving are her mother, Marie Jury of Greenville; her husband, Tom Pringle of Greenville; three sons, Scott Hart of Traverse City, Chad & Lori Jones of Sheridan, and Sean & Victoria Hart of Belding; six precious grandchildren, Alexis Hart, Cody Oberlin, Carter Jones, Brittnee Hart, Kole Hart, and Riley Hart; four brothers and sisters, Clare Shotwell, Caroline Ziegler, Eugene & Vickie Jury, all of Greenville, and Charlene & Scott Feehan of Onio; three sisters-in-law, Janice & Ron Hause of Tucson, Arizona, Mary Jo & Jack Carlson of Vail, Arizona, and Ann Sochor of Stover, Missouri; several nieces and nephews; and many dear friends and co-workers.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009 at the Brown-Teman & Christiansen Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, where the family will receive relatives and friends on Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Pastor Ken Harger of Shiloh Community Church will officiate with burial following at Hillside Cemetery in Entrican.

Instead of flowers, Karen would have appreciated contributions in her memory to either the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation or the Spectrum Health Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Karens online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please click the “Sign Guest Book” link above.


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  1. Anonymous on August 13, 2009 at 12:00 am


    09/18/2009 –

    doug rasmussen

    Dear Tom,
    Jan and I want to convey to you our deepest sympathy for the loss of your wife Karen. We know that the wonderful memories you have of her will always be a source of great comfort.
    doug and jan rasmussen

    08/18/2009 –

    Zoe Mantlo

    Tom , I am so sorry to hear about Karen.Steve and I will greatly miss her smile and infectious laughter.

    08/18/2009 –

    Lew & Deb Corwin

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. We will remember those spacial moments on the golf course Karen sincerely

    08/17/2009 –

    Ron & Cheryl Porter

    Clare, Gene and family, Sorry to here of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you in your time of sorrow. Ron and Cheryl

    08/17/2009 –

    Holly Jeffery

    I worked with Karen for several years here at the courthouse. I will miss her dearly.

    08/16/2009 –

    Cheri & Denny Powell

    Tom Our deepest sympathy to you and Karen’s loved ones. You and Karen were obviously meant for each other and you were blessed to have her for ten years. Remember her fondly, cherish all those great memories you now have of her. She was one unique and loving person, and anyone who was lucky enough to know her was blessed.

    08/16/2009 –

    Jaimie Avery

    I’m extremly sad to hear of your loss Karen is a great and happy person i met her at karaoke at hucks bar where she was a judge for 106.3 contest she and i became good friends there i remember everytime i sang she sit with her hands folded under her chin with a beautiful smile on her face she shared with me how she was a survivor and all she did for those with breast cancer i was always happy when i entered a contest and she was the judge i knew she loved my singing and i;d have a chance as long as she was there what a wonderful person she is and her husband to he may not remember me but i remember them both as everytime i seen them it was like 2 high school kids very much in love im sorry about your loss and happy for heavens gain God picked the most beautiful angel ever my thoughts and prayers are with you all sincerely jaimie Avery

    08/16/2009 –

    Penny Shimnoski

    My prayers are with the family. Aunt Karen will always be remembered as a great person who loved her family, friends, and life with so much passion. She will forever be with all of us.

    08/15/2009 –


    Chad and families So sorry to hear of your mothers passing. Know that I’m thinking of you and my prayers are going out to you and your mother.

    08/15/2009 –

    Janie Petersen

    Tom and family
    I know you know how much Mike and I loved Karen. After 25 years of being golf partners, there is nothing I would not do for her, and will not do for Tom. Grandkids, she was so proud of all of you and wanted to be able to be part of whatever you were doing, although that was not always possible. Please remember her as a loving, caring person who loved everyone of you. She made such a difference in my life and many other lives. I will never forget her. Tom, you lit up her world, as she lit up yours. It was great seeing the two of you together. She will always be in our hearts and souls and continue to influence our lives.
    We love you Karen. Golf well, be healthy, spread love to all. Darn, I’ll miss you so much.

    08/15/2009 –

    chad jones

    To all of my friends and relatives . One never realizes how much or what people think of another until their passing . I would love see any and all friends, relatives, co-workers, previous schoolmates etc for a time of CELEBRATION on Tuesday afternoon. We will be having a CELEBRATION for KAREN with plenty of PRINGLE PUNCH and goodies at the Greenville American Legion .
    I am eager to relive all of the stories and parables that those of you want to share about my mother and or your memories of her as well.

    08/15/2009 –

    Heather Boultinghouse-Finnie

    Tom, We send our love to you during this difficult time. May you take comfort in knowing that there is peace for Karen now. Love, Heather & Pete Finnie (Boultinghouse)

    08/15/2009 –

    Randy Lincoln

    Karen and my wife Donna lived very close to each other when they were young and were good friends. My wife recently passed away in December from cancer. I know Donna would want me and our daughters to remember Karen, as she did when she wrote us a note in our time of need.
    I met Karen and Tom at the Cancer Center, while there Karen and Donna hugged, shed tears, and wished that both of them would get well. I hope they are now together again walking and laughing in the flower gardens of the Lord. Our prayers are with you all.
    Randy Lincoln and daughters Lori, Kim, and Carrie

    08/15/2009 –

    Les Brown & Family

    Sean and Victoria we are sorry to hear of your loss.Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Les Brown and Family

    08/14/2009 –

    Norma (Christiansen) Hutchinson

    It has been many years since I have seen Karen, we grew up in the same “neighborhood” Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

    08/14/2009 –

    Mark & Tracy Comer

    Tom and family~ We are thinking of you during this difficult time. What a wonderful lady Karen was! Cherish the memories. She always had a smile and a hug to share whenever we saw her. I know that she will greatly missed, I hope that you find comfort knowing that she is at peace and with the lord. Hugs to you.

    08/14/2009 –

    Lori Wilson-Mazzola

    Karen was the most amazing person, she had true spirit in everything she did. She had great passion and big hugs, I will always remember her smile and laugh it was infectious. The fight is over, be at peace, you will be missed by all.

    08/14/2009 –

    Carrie Wills

    We are all so sorry to hear about Karen. She will be greatly missed by all her court house friends. Please know that we have some very good memories of time spent with Karen.She was a very warm and friendly person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during your time of loss. God Bless.

    08/14/2009 –

    Paula Shimnoski

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you all. I’m so very sorry for your loss. I will always remember Aunt Karen’s vivacious and energetic personality and her infectious laugh.
    Love, Paula

    08/14/2009 –

    Carolyn & Marcus Hansen

    Tom- We are very sorry to hear that Karen has passed away. She was an inspiration to those around her throughout her sickness. You are in our thoughts- Carolyn & Marcus

    08/14/2009 –

    Renee and Bert Fountain

    How sadden we are to hear of our Dear Karen’s passing. Our condolences to Tom and the family. Karen will be long remembered and missed. She was one of a kind, who always had a smile and a hug, for everyone.

    08/14/2009 –

    John & Danita Greene

    John & I are sorry for your loss. We will miss seeing Karen and her sparkling personality at the golf course. She ALWAYS had a wonderful way of welcoming us everytime we seen her.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.
    The Greene’s

    08/14/2009 –

    Tiffany Obetts

    Tom and Family,
    My sympathy goes out to you during this time. I am deeply sorry for your loss.

    08/14/2009 –

    Tiffany Kohn

    My prayers are with you in this time of loss. Karen was an extraordinary person. I loved working with her everyday in court. She will be sadly missed by many.

    08/14/2009 –

    K. Everingham

    We are all very saddened by this loss. Thoughts & prayers go out to the family. We will all miss this very bright personality.

    08/14/2009 –

    Connie Bjork

    I am Aunt Karen’s niece (Gene’s daughter). Tom I never got to meet you, but I heard that you were a great husband to my aunt. Thank you for being so strong. I am so sorry that aunt Karen had to endure such a painful passing, but I believe that she is in the arms of our Lord now and she is happy and pain free. Scott, Chad, Sean and all-Live in the happy memories of her and be happy that she is not suffering anymore. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, Connie

    08/13/2009 –

    Angie Bratty

    Tom and Family – – Karen was a fighter and a great lady; an inspiration. I always enjoyed chatting with her during golf. I loved her laugh and her warm smile. My prayers of love and strength go out to you during this difficult time……

    Susan Hansen

    Tom and Family Karen will be sadly missed by all who golfed with her on Wednesday night. We shared lots of laughs and fun times over the past 20 years. She was a fighter and will be admired and remembered fondly. Please take care.
    In sadness Sue

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