- Date Posted: 2017-07-28
- Maiden Name: Norseen
Karen Rosalie (Norseen) Hying died Friday, July 28, 2017 at Lincoln, from complications following pancreatic cancer surgery. She was born July 26, 1952 in Grand Island to Dean A and Eldene R (Hybl) Norseen. She graduated from Lexington High School in 1970, attended North Platte Junior College and was a 1974 graduate of Kearney State College.
In 1975 she was united in marriage to David Hying at the First United Methodist Church in Lexington, and they resided in North Platte until moving to York in 1977.
Karen was a 39 year employee of the City of York Water Department. She put in many hours as a volunteer for Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, quilt groups, the Yorkshire Playhouse, and TeamMates. She was an avid soccer mom, t-ball and baseball coach, and an integral part of the York Mom’s information network. For 11 years, Karen was chairperson of the annual Troop 174 Boy Scout Auction, a major fundraiser for the troop. In 2008, she and her mother won first place in the first annual Czechfest dumpling cook-off. Karen was well-known in the local quilting community for the many creative quilts she made and displayed, as well as machine quilting for others. Karen also worked as a quilt restorer.
She is survived by her mother, Eldene Norseen of Lexington; her husband of 42 years, David and four sons, Karl (Laura Scott) and Gavin of Kansas City, Mo., Kirk (Michelle) and Abigail and Logan of Gulfport, Miss., Joel (Brittany), Molly, Miles, Marcy and Micah of Lincoln, and Brian (Claire) of Raleigh, N.C.; brother, Ken (Mary) Norseen of Seward; sisters, Konnie (Gary) Mouw of Le Mars, Iowa and Kathy Norseen of Kearney; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Dean.
A Rosary will be held at the Metz Mortuary Chapel at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. The family will greet family and friends following the Rosary service.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 at 10 a.m. at St Joseph Catholic Church, 5th and East Avenue in York, with the Reverend Monsignor James Reinert officiating. Inurnment will follow services at St Joseph Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to the Boy Scouts Troop 174, St. Joseph School, the York TeamMates Mentoring Program, or the York Community Foundation where a York High School Scholarship will be established in her name.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.metzmortuary.com. Metz Mortuary, York is handling arrangements.