Karen Barbara Prehn Smith Maras, age 81, of Holiday Hills, died Wednesday, October 21, 2015, at Centegra Hospital-McHenry. Karen was born September 9, 1934 in Chicago to Roy and Margaret Prehn.
After growing up and marrying in Chicago, she moved to McHenry and raised her family. Karen was employed by Northern Illinois Medical Center (now Centegra Hospital-McHenry) for over 20 years. Later, she was a longtime volunteer with the NIMC Auxiliary at the hospital. Her greatest enjoyment in life was spending time playing cards, games, and laughing with family and friends. One of her favorite activities was going to the casino to try her luck at the slot machines. In past years, she loved to dance and bowl, and always had fun playing bingo.
Karen is survived by ten children, Jeanette (Gary) Arbuckle, Greg (Linda) Smith, Roy (Teresa) Maras, Debbie (Steve) Schmidt, Terri (Mike) Coss, Barb (Joe) Szamlewski, Patti (Roger) Peterson, Tammy (Todd) Wulf, Janice (Jeff) Rogers, and Joe (Laura) Maras; 30 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister, Diane (the late Donald) Johnson of McHenry.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Harvey Smith, on June 5, 1965; and her second husband, Joseph Maras, on October 5, 1974; two brothers, Donald and Harold; and two sister, Aileen and Bonnie.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Monday, October 26, 2015, at Justen Funeral Home & Crematory, 3700 Charles J. Miller Road, McHenry, IL 60050. The funeral service will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the funeral home. Inurnment will be private.
For those wishing to send an expression of condolence, her family suggests memorials in Karen’s memory be made to Senior Services, 3519 N. Richmond Road, McHenry, IL 60050.
For information, please call the funeral home at 815-385-2400, or visit www.justenfh.com, where friends may leave an on-line condolence message for her family.