October 4, 1940 – August 8, 2022
Information provided by Smits Funeral Home
Karlene A. Holleman, nee Oomkes, age 81, of Palos Heights, IL, went home to her Lord and Savior on Monday, August 8, 2022. Beloved wife of the late Herbert Holleman Jr. Loving mother of Beth Harrington and Joy (John) Gouwens. Proud grandmother of Nicholas Harrington, Nathan (Stephanie Brault) Harrington, Anna Gouwens, and Aaron Gouwens. Dear sister of the late William (late Ardith) Oomkes and Ruth (Doug) Ryskamp. Dearest friend of Margo Wories. Preceded in death by her parents Joe and Winifred Oomkes.
Karlene had a great love for the Lord. She was passionate about her church and Bible studies. A beloved teacher for many years, there was no child she could not teach how to read. Karlene was especially proud of her grandchildren. She loved life, loved activities, loved good food, and loved a party. She was full of spunk and was not going to let her sickness bring her down. Karlene was loved by many and will be dearly missed.
Visitation Saturday, August 13, 2022, from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 2 p.m. at Smits Funeral Home 2121 Pleasant Springs Lane, Dyer, IN with Pastor Ron Citlau officiating. Memorial contributions may be given to Calvary Church Benevolent Fund (16100 104th Avenue, Orland Park, IL 60467) or Illiana Christian High School (10920 Calumet Ave., Dyer, IN 46311).