VAN WERT – Karen L. (Minerd) Wagonrod, 69, of Van Wert died at 10:48 p.m., Thursday at her residence.

She was born on May 11, 1951, in Decatur, Indiana, the daughter of Corwin and Evelyn (Sorg) Minerd, who preceded her in death. On June 24, 1978, she married Dennis Wagonrod who survives.

Other survivors include a daughter, Kathryn M. Wagonrod of Columbus; one brother, John C. (Arlene) Minerd of Monroeville, Indiana; and several nieces and nephews.

She taught for 43 years at Wayne Trace Local Schools and retired in 2016. After retirement from teaching, she continued to serve with Wayne Trace Schools as the cafeteria supervisor.

Karen was a 1969 graduate of Heritage High School in Monroeville, Indiana. She graduated from Ball State University in 1973, with a degree in Home Economics Education. She received a Master’s Degree from Indiana Purdue University, Fort Wayne in Administration and Supervision in 1986. She was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Van Wert where she served on various committees.

Due to Covid-19 considerations, a graveside service was conducted at 10 a.m., on Monday, Nov. 9, at Van Wert Woodland Cemetery with the Rev. William C. Haggis, II officiating. Preferred memorials are to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.

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