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Karen Lynn (Cole) Tombs

August 9, 1953 ~ November 23, 2022 (age 69) 69 Years Old
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Karen Lynn Tombs, age 69 of Grand Haven, passed away on Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at home. She was born on August 9, 1953 in Bellefonte, PA, to Raymond and Betty (Scott) Cole. Karen married the love of her life and best friend, William “Bill” Tombs on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1986 in Rochester, MI.

Karen graduated from Rochester High School and went on to attend Central Michigan University. She was founder and operator of Finders Keepers Antiques, which operated in Center Town, Grand Haven for many years. She later became a realtor, working for Oakes Agency and ReMax Lakeshore, before founding Franklin Property Management with her husband, Bill.

Karen was also an artist who had a very beautiful and creative mind. She loved doing art projects, and received First Place in the People’s Choice Awards at ArtWalk in Grand Haven two years in a row for her display of handmade art pieces. Karen enjoyed serving on the board for Downtown Grand Haven and Grand Haven Main Street DDA as well.

Karen loved her family and had a great love for her pets, especially her dogs. She had an infectious smile and will be remembered fondly by those whose paths crossed with hers.

Karen is lovingly remembered and missed by her husband of 36 years, Bill; and her two children, Kim (Jason) Rykse of Boyne City, MI and Jesse (Allison) Tombs of Grand Haven; her six beloved grandchildren, Hailey, Maddox, & Abram Rykse, and Cambria, Ezra, & Amelia Tombs; her two sisters, Debbie (Jamie) Jones and Lisa (Jason) Hubbard; and her nieces & nephews, Cole & Carly Jones, and Mallory & McKenna Hubbard.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Betty Cole.

In accordance with her wishes, Visitation will be held on Saturday, November 26, 2022, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at Klaassen Family Funeral Home. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Harbor Humane Society or Conquer Chiari.

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November 26, 2022

9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Klaassen Family Funeral Home
1500 Robbins Road
Grand Haven, MI 49417

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Karen Tombs

August 9, 1953-November 23, 2022

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Harbor Humane Society
14345 Bagley Street, West Olive MI 49460
Tel: 1-616-399-2119

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320 Osprey Ct., Wexford PA 15090
Tel: 1-724-940-0116


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