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Hayes, Dr. Karen A.

Dr. Karen A Hayes, a member of the Iola and Waupaca Community and a respected veterinarian, unexpectedly passed away at 59, on Saturday October 21, 2023.

Born on February 19, 1964 in the city of Chicago. Karen brought joy and compassion into the lives of those around her. Karen graduated from John F Kennedy high school in 1982. She studied veterinary medicine at the University of Illinois. Upon graduation she worked in Arcola, Ill. as a veterinarian for four years. She then built Countryside Animal Hospital in Waupaca, WI where they just celebrated 30 years of business. In her free time she enjoyed reading, going to Amish Auctions, watching the show “Emergency”, fishing and spending time with family.

In honor of Karen’s life, funeral services and ceremonies will be held to gather in remembrance and celebration of her remarkable journey. A visitation will take place at the Voie Funeral Home in Iola on Thursday, October 26, 2023, from 4-7 pm, providing an opportunity for friends, family, and acquaintances to pay their respects and share cherished memories. The following day, Friday, the funeral service will be held at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Waupaca on October 27, 2023, at 11:00 am. Father Xavier Santiago will officiate. Prior to the service, a visitation will be held at the church from 9:00 -10:45 AM allowing loved ones to find solace and support in one another during this difficult time.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund in memory of Karen has been established for future veterinary students.

For a complete obituary , please go to  www.voiefuneralhome.com

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