Kara C. Brown, 51, Rochester, was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away Monday, March 3, at her home.
On April 14, 1963, Kara was born in Indianapolis to Carl H. Butgereit and Gabrielle Wendy Parentice Butgereit. Growing up, she shared her childhood with a stepsister, Lori and a brother, Kurt. With a love for dance, Kara enjoyed ballet. She attended Wabash City Schools up until the second semester of her junior year. In 1981, Kara graduated from Bremen High School.
In 1991, she moved to Rochester from Mishawaka. Kara worked for RB & Sons Trucking Repair Company as the office manager. She was a member of the Women of the Moose Lodge #1107 of Rochester.
Reading bedtime stories to her children was a favorite memory. They all remembered the good times shared growing up on the eastern shore of Lake Manitou. Kara and her daughter Morgan would annually travel to Saugatuck, Mich. They enjoyed the beautiful weather and scenery at Oval Beach. The mantra Kara lived her life by was “freedom and freewill.”
Kara is lovingly remembered by two daughters, Lindsey Annis, Logansport and Morgan Brown, Rochester; two sons, Austin Annis, Rochester and Corey Brown, Rochester; three grandchildren, Parker Brown, Baylee Brown and Deytin Annis, and Morgan’s daughter, Ella Christiana, due to arrive in early April; her parents, Carl and Carol Butgereit, Bremen and Gaby Nearhouse, and husband Mike, Blue Eye, Mo.; a brother, Kurt Butgereit and wife Nancy, Wabash; and a stepbrother, Gary Hummel, Bremen. Preceding Kara in death is a stepsister, Lori Kolczar.
A celebration of life for Kara will be held at the Moose Lodge #1107 on the western shore of Lake Manitou, Rochester, on April 19 starting at 1 p.m. All those who knew Kara are encouraged to attend.