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Date of Birth: September 03, 1941

Date of Death: July 31, 2022

Karen Janet Puckett (nee Leander) passed away peacefully on July 31, 2022 in Surprise, AZ, after a 7 1/2 month battle with cancer. Karen was born on September 3, 1941 to parents Gustav and Hansine Leander in Chicago, Illinois. She attended Nash Grammar School and Austin High School in Chicago. She earned her Degree of Associate of Applied Science at Kilgore College in Kilgore, TX in 1989. Karen worked for several companies over the years including Manufacturer’s Clearing House in Chicago, IL, Lucas and Matthews CPA Firm in Phoenix, AZ, Bank One Trust Department in Longview, TX, Kilgore College in Kilgore, TX, Discover Card in Phoenix, AZ where she earned the Pinnacle of Excellence Award and ended her career as the first Concierge at the Palm Center in Sun City Grand, Surprise, AZ. Karen thoroughly enjoyed taking trips to Laughlin and Las Vegas to play poker, and anytime she could go to a local casino. She also enjoyed playing games, doing puzzles, watching movies on Lifetime and reading. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Edward Puckett, her daughters Janet (Lance) Collisi and Susan (Marty) Brown, her brother Thomas Leander, her sister-in-law Rita Peveler, her grandchildren Ryan (Kristina) Esparza, Jennifer (Gregory) Loika, Brittany (Brian) Brandenburg and Alyssa Kostush, her great-grandchildren Avin, Juliusz, Kristian, Isabella, Lucyna, Charlotte, Riley, Clara, June and Christian (Zander), and many cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her Mother Hansine and Father Gustav Leander, her sister Eileen (William) Cook and her brother Gerald (Barbra) Leander, her in-laws Hubert and Mary Puckett, her sisters-in-law Fay Leander, Frances Vitacco, Bonnie (Prentice) Bowman, and Betty (James) Nellis, her brother-in-law Harold (Yvonne) Puckett and many Aunts, Uncles and cousins.

Service Information

A Celebration of Life will be held on September 3, 2022 at 11:00 a.m., followed by a luncheon at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 13724 W Meeker Blvd., Sun City West, AZ 85375


In lieu of flowers, Donations in her name may be made to: Hospice of the Valley 9435 W Peoria Avenue Peoria, AZ 85345