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Karen Ann (Schennum) Rovente

Karen Ann (Schennum) Rovente

Dec. 29, 1940 - May 3, 2013

MONTEREY, CA - Karen Ann (Schennum) Rovente

Amazing & Loving: Woman, Mother, Friend, Mentor

Karen's Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, June 9th: 11am-3pm at 9 Robertson Place in Del Rey Oaks. Come and share wine & food, your stories, photos, tears and laughter of this beautiful woman with her family and friends.

Karen was born in Minneapolis to Harold and Gladys Schennum and was raised Willmar, MN. Karen enjoyed fabulous years growing up with a loving family and many great life long friends. She swam in lakes, rode their horse, played saxophone, participated in church events, attended college and X-Ray training at Rice Hospital.

In the summer of '59, on a blind date, Karen met the love of her life, William Rovente. They were married in 1960 and by 1966 they were blessed with three children and living in San Jose, CA. Fortune shined in these years: spending time with Bill, raising the kids, teaching swimming, camping extravaganzas and family reunions.

During the late 70's, Karen and her family moved to a smaller community near Yosemite and experienced the thrill of opening a family business, designing/building a new family home complete with a large garden and numerous barnyard animals.

In the late 80's, once widowed, Karen expanded her X-Ray training into Ultrasound and moved to the gorgeous Monterey Area and worked with great people in Diagnostics at CHOMP for 18 years. Karen enjoyed retirement sharing time with friends, family, reading, gardening, and teaching swimming at Josephine Kerns Memorial Pool in Monterey.

Karen is survived by her daughters: Sara Mills and Jane Rovente, her mother: Gladys Schennum, her grandchildren: Adam Mills, Hannah Rovente, and John Jr. (Jack) Rovente, her great grandchild on the way: Makinley, her brothers: Dean Schennum and Gerri Schennum. Karen was preceded in death by: her husband, William A, Rovente, her father: Harold Schennum and her son: John F. Rovente.

Family and Friends were Karen's life by choice.

Karen wished you all to know how much you meant to her.

Karen wished you all to know how much she loved you all.

Those of you that knew Karen, know what a beautiful woman she was. Those of you that don't... we hope that you have someone as inspirational and beautiful in your life.

Karen with her beautiful, loud, passionate laughter in life will greatly be missed.