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Karen K. Andrews

October 15, 1942 ~ September 4, 2021 (age 78)


Karen K. Andrews, 78, of Tolono, IL passed peacefully, with family by her side, on Saturday, September 4, 2021.

Karen was born on October 15, 1942 in Allerton, IL to Erhardt and Pearl (Kirby) Benschneider.  She married John H. Andrews on October 5, 1962.

She is survived by her daughter, Janelle Van der Werf; one grandson, Nicolas Van der Werf; and one sister, Carol Snyder.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Erhardt and Pearl Benschneider; husband, John Andrews; and two brothers, Ronnie and Earl Benschneider.

Karen retired from a career as Administrative Assistant at the University of Illinois, receiving the ‘Chancellor’s Distinguished Staff Award’ in 1999. In retirement, Karen received accolades for her volunteer work at Willard Airport, the Courthouse, and the Virginia Theater in Champaign. She attended Faith United Methodist Church. Karen enjoyed social events, gardening, garage sales, and her beloved dog Hunter. She will be missed by her daughter, family, and friends of the community she loved.

Please join us for a casual celebration of life in memory of Karen from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at the Faith United Methodist Church (1719 S. Prospect Ave. Champaign, IL) with interment beginning at 4 p.m.; Pastor Sheryl will officiate.   We will be gathering to share memories, laugh, cry, and remember a wonderful person who will be greatly missed. Joines Funeral Home (Villa Grove) is assisting the family with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Guiding Eyes for the Blind (

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