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Karen Irene Toedter Lewis Oct. 4, 1942 June 1, 2022

Karen Irene Toedter left her early home June 1, 2022, at Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

She was born Oct. 4, 1942, to Irene (Gigstad) and Edward Toedter on the family farm near Easton, Kan. She attended the one-room No. 6 School not far from home through eighth-grade and graduated from Easton High School in 1960.

After two years of full-time employment, she enrolled in Washburn University in Topeka, Kan., where she joined Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. Over summer vacations during college, she worked in the typing pool at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., where she met Lt. Allen Lewis, U....


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