Karen Marie Koval (née Longcore)

Age 70, of Lansing, formerly of Dansville and Clarkston, passed away April 2nd, 2024. She was born March 22nd, 1954, in Roseville, MI to Kenneth and Ethel.

She was preceded in death by her high school sweetheart and husband of 39 years, John Koval, and her parents. She is survived by her brother Dennis (Cathy) Longcore, daughters Julie (Jeff) Cassidy and Leah (Rafael) Bucio, and grandchildren Sam, Sylvia, and Olivia.

Karen was a career medical technologist for 35 years at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Pontiac and the Eaton Rapids Medical Center. She was an enthusiastic band booster and skilled seamstress who made epic Halloween costumes and shared her talents with the community.

In retirement she volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for foster children. She traveled the US visiting friends and family and was always there for those who needed her.

A celebration of Karen’s life will be held from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, 2024, at The Hidden Gem Event Venue, 4230 Charlar Dr., Holt, MI 48842. Her family will receive guests beginning at 11:00 a.m., with a memorial service at 12:30 p.m. and a luncheon to follow. Please bring your best “Karen Koval” stories.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to CASA for Kids Inc. (https://www.casaforkidsinc.org/).

Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. www.EstesLeadley.com

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Karen Kinder
April 4, 2024 at 3:38 pm

Karen was a wonderful mother, grandmother and friend. She had so much love to share. She will be missed by all. .

Sandy Morris
April 4, 2024 at 9:59 pm

She loved to come and help with the babies in my Daycare Home! A great lady!

Elaine Crouter
April 5, 2024 at 5:08 pm

As a new supervisor of the Blood Bank at SJMH Karen was the first Technologist I had the pleasure of hiring,
She was an excellent Tech. She will be missed by so many.

April 7, 2024 at 1:25 pm

With deepest sympathy and love to her family. It was my extreme pleasure to have worked with her in the Blood Bank, and she so kindly showed us all of “the ropes” regarding work and fun!

Mark O'Neill
April 8, 2024 at 4:17 pm

You will be missed.

Marilyn A Poe
April 9, 2024 at 5:26 pm

As a fellow CASA Advocate I am so very honored to have known Karen, being touched by her beautiful smile and kindness.
My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends.

Diane Flatley
May 21, 2024 at 2:27 pm

Karen was such a kind and wonderful woman. She was my high school lunch buddy. I’m remembering Karen and John at that time. She will be missed in this world.


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