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Karla Ann Steinke, 45, of Allegan, passed away Sunday, September 9, 2018 at home.

The daughter of Carl & Sharon (Town) Burkhead, she  was born July 16, 1973 in Allegan. She will be remembered for her love and passion of elephants.

Karla was preceded in death by her father; and step-father, Dick Crisman. She is survived by her mother; significant other, Dan Johnson; son, Richard Steinke; brothers, Mike Burkhead, Terry Burkhead, and Gilbert Burkhead; sister, Renda Raab; and many other loving family and friends.

Honoring her wishes cremation has taken place. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Karla’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.


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  1. Sarah Blodgett on September 16, 2018 at 11:04 am

    Im very sorry for your loss prayers
    from Sarah (Jimmy Paynes daughter)
    He sends is prayers also ~ hugs

  2. dorothea reed on September 16, 2018 at 11:10 am

    Im So Sorry, She Was A Great Woman And Will Be Missed By Many.

  3. Mary Culver on September 16, 2018 at 11:38 am

    She taught me alot.she’ll always be in my heart and dearly missed.

  4. Debbie Smith on September 16, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    Im so truely sorry about the passing of Karla. Such a beautiful woman and friend you will be sadly missed. My deepest condolences to her family and friends

  5. Roxana Swaim on September 16, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    My condolences to her family. May you rest in peace Karla.

  6. Donna on September 17, 2018 at 6:29 am

    So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for all of you.

  7. Kimberly A Mclaughlin on September 17, 2018 at 6:56 am

    So sorry she was a special woman and be missed.

  8. Melissa farnum on September 17, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about karla.She was a very nice person and sweet.My condolesences to her family.She will be missed.Praters sent

  9. Nancy Jane Crisman on September 18, 2018 at 3:26 am

    It was a huge shocker for me when I heard, karla you will be missed .I am so sorry for everyone’s lost. R.I.P CUZ

  10. Robin Davis Richardson on September 20, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    Sending prayers to Karla’s family… My you RIP my friend….

  11. Tonya Fuentes. (Powers) on September 21, 2018 at 12:03 am

    This was so hard to hear. I grew up with Karla in Allegan. I lived in the trailer park on M89. Will be keeping the whole family in my prayers!!!!

  12. Lisa Vissers on September 22, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    Sorry for your loss Karla was a beautiful sweet person with a big heart she will be greatly missed.

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