Age 80, of Lansing, MI, passed away peacefully June 18, 2022. She was born October 4, 1941. Karen and her twin sister, Karol, were 2 of 5 daughters born to Perry E. and Winifred P. (Leadley) Converse. Karen was preceded in death by sister Marilyn Spindler and sister Shirley Sharp. She is survived by her twin, Karol L. (Lance R.) Lynch, and sister Kathy Prout.
A lifelong resident of the Lansing area, Karen graduated from Lansing Eastern High School; Quakers-class of 1959. Continuing her education at Michigan State University, as a Spartan she earned both a B.A. and Master’s Degree in Education.
A devoted wife of over 60 years to husband Jim and loving mother to sons Timothy J. (Yuko) and Matthew T. (Maryann). Doting Nana of 5 grandkids: Thomas, Joseph, Piper, Paige, and Daniel. Aunt Karen to many nieces and nephews.
Karen was a teacher in the Lansing School District for over 30 years, having taught at Post Oak, Maple Hill, and Cavanaugh Elementary schools. She was passionate about helping kids learn and wouldn’t hesitate to go above and beyond to assist a student who was struggling.
Karen enjoyed spending time through the years at Torch Lake. She held an extensive collection of giraffe-themed art. She was a loyal fan of her Spartans of Michigan State. For decades you could find her (and Jim) sitting in their season ticket seats at either Spartan Stadium or Munn arena (sometimes both in the same day) rooting for an MSU win. She always looked forward to her extended stay down in Venice, Florida, looking for sharks’ teeth with her grandkids, getting together with longtime friends and especially waiting for the “green flash” when the 3 amigas were hosting sunset dinner on Manasota Beach.
Karen also enjoyed planning events and hosting family gatherings. She was always eager to plan Thanksgiving with her sisters and host at their home in Bath. She was known for facilitating the annual “College Bowl Game” pool; a task she mastered only using a pen, paper and copy machine. No need for a spreadsheet and internet. Planning the annual Converse Family Christmas with her twin sister, Karol, was what she looked forward to planning the most.
The family will receive friends and relatives from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, June 26, 2022, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. A private family service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Old Newsboys Association.