Karen Louise Behr

Feb 26, 1946 - Jan 24, 2013


Karen Louise Behr passed away on January 24, 2013 at the age of 66. She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Robert Behr; her two children, Alison Thomas (Marc) and Greg Behr (Amy); and grandchildren, Cannon, Megan and Olivia. She is also survived by brothers Myron Jantzen (Joan) of Elk Grove, CA and Marc Jantzen (Marilyn) of Manteca, CA. Karen was born in Stockton, CA and was a graduate of UOP with a Masters in Speech Pathology.

A loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and pre-school teacher, she will always be remembered for her loving care and devotion to others. The wife of an Air Force Veteran, she joined her husband on multiple relocations across the U.S. for over 20 years. As a mother, she provided a warm and loving environment for her children to grow and thrive. Karen loved being “Grandma” and impacted her grandchildren’s lives in ways that will stay with them forever.

Karen was a pre-school teacher for over 25 years in Redlands, CA; O’Fallon, IL; San Antonio, TX; and Peace Pre-School in Elk Grove, CA. She had a valued influence on many children’s first education experience and loved interacting with her students through reading, music and play.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 3:00pm at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 7595 Center Parkway Sacramento, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to either the J. Marc and Ruth P. Jantzen Endowed Scholarship at University of the Pacific or St. Luke’s Lutheran Church.


  • Steve and Patti Alverson says:

    Dear Bob, Karen was always a kind, caring, and thoughtful person. We are glad to have had an opportunity to share in her life. You and your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Scott Tatro says:

    Dear Bob,we were all so saddened to learn of your wife’s passing. I wanted you to know that your friend’s here at LAWA send our thoughts and prayers to you and your entire family during this difficult time.

  • Corinne and Tim Cereceres says:

    Dear Bob, we are sending you and your family prayers and hugs during this difficult time. We thought the world of Karen – such a fun, honest, and caring person – and will miss her very much.

  • Christina Hurley says:

    I first met Karen when she started coming for physical therapy. I just adored her. She was a loving, kind soul, and will be deeply missed. Thoughts and prayers to your family during this difficult time. I only knew her a short time, but felt as though I had made a friend for life. Christina

  • Jerrie (Patton) Loader says:

    Thinking of you and your family. I have fond memories of Karen when we were “much” younger. Keep the good memories in your heart. My greatest regret is not keeping in touch.

  • Gregory Hines says:

    Bob,my family and I would like to take this time to offer our heart felt condolences to you and your family. The Bible says earth has not sorrow that heaven can not heal. Your wife is gone to a place where every day is Sunday and Saboth will have no end. My God bless and keep you through this difficult time is my pray.

  • Chris and Virginia Menge says:

    Bob and your family, We are saddened to hear of the sudden loss of your dear wife, and extend our deepest sympathies. In this difficult time, we sincerely hope you and your family are able to find the strength to celebrate all the happiness and joy she brought to so many people throughout her life.

  • Mike and Kate Hamilton says:

    Bob and Family; we are so very sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. May you find strength in one another during this difficult time. Our deepest sympathies to you all, your family will be remembered in our prayers.

  • John & Laura Taylor says:

    Karen, the angels are rejoicing in heaven as you walk with your heavenly Father and yet, we cannot help but miss you here on earth. Those of us who’ve had the pleasure of spending even a little time with you have been blessed by a grace very few ever get to experience. Your grace, generosity, and love made us always look forward to the next time we would see you. Lord bless the Behr Family and keep them in Your comfort.

  • Datha (Patton) Olney says:

    Karen will be missed. We were looking forward to seeing you this summer while we are in California. We always had so much fun when Karen was visiting Grammy and Grandad. It was so nice to have a big “sister” at least for awhile when she was here especially the year Aunt Ruth and Uncle Marc were in Russia. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Datha and Craig

  • NM Patton says:

    Feel so sad for the news of Karens passing. It is to bad that we have not stayed in touch better than we have. We always looked forward to the summers that Karen would come to Kansas and stay with Grammy and Grandad. Datha, Jerrie, and I lived only three miles from Grammy and Grandad and spent alot of time with her. We really got to the Janzen kids better than some of our other cousins who live closer. Remember Grandad would put us in a trailer and tour the pastures and also riding Spider my horse. I know that Datha was planing on visiting you this summer. Our prayers are with you. NM and Norma

  • Shannon Case says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Behr family. Karen was one of the best persons I’ve ever been privileged to know. She was a loving, Godly woman. I will miss her terribly. I know she’ll always be a part of all she touched. God bless you friend.

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