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Karen Diane Beckner

October 22, 1965 — February 4, 2023

Portage, MI

Karen Diane Beckner

Karen Diane (Wiest) Beckner of Portage, MI passed away on Saturday, February 4, 2023, at the age of 57. She was born in Jackson, MI on October 22, 1965, the daughter of John Wiest and Karen (Kring) Wendell.

She graduated from Comstock high school in 1983, following graduation she received an Associate’s degree in Science from Ferris State University. While attending Ferris she met the love of her life Stephen Beckner. On September 19, 1987 the two were united in marriage at the Zion Lutheran Church of Kalamazoo. Together they started a family welcoming their first child: Andrew John (AJ) Beckner in 1991 and their second child: Stephanie Diane Beckner in 1996. Karen dedicated her life to raising her children and creating a welcoming home for her family.

After the kids started school Karen became a Surgical Technician and worked for several years in that field.  Karen possessed a servant's heart and volunteered help in many ways including her kids activities from elementary through high school, serving in middle and high school youth groups at Southridge Church, and singing on the praise team at church.  Her love of riding and being around horses led her to becoming a volunteer at True Vine Equestrian Center.
Karen also volunteered at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Southwest Michigan walking dogs. She specialized in taking care of the dogs that required extra attention. She loved to sing and dance around the house.

She will be fondly remembered for her kindness and care for others. Karen made everyone feel like they were part of her family and gave the best “Mom” hugs to all that needed them.

In accordance with the family’s wishes cremation has taken place and a public time for visiting will be held on Saturday, February, 18, 2023, at Avink, McCowen & Secord, 409 South Main Street, Vicksburg, MI 49097, beginning at 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Memorials made in Karen’s memory may be directed to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Southwest Michigan. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. 

While at please take time to sign Karen's guestbook and/or share a memory with her family.

The Beckner family is being cared for by the Avink, McCowen & Secord Funeral Homes and Cremation Society, 409 South Main Street, Vicksburg, MI 49097. 269-649-1697.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Karen Diane Beckner, please visit our flower store.

Past Services


Saturday, February 18, 2023

1:00 - 4:00 pm (Eastern time)

Avink, McCowen & Secord Funeral Home and Cremation Society, Vicksburg

409 South Main Street, Vicksburg, MI 49097

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