Karen Knudstrup passed away Sept. 16 at age 78.
She is survived by her widow and partner of 52 years, Diana Haskell of Chicago; brother Paul ( Sue ) Knudstrup and sister Kristine ( Dale ) Taylor, both of Michigan; children Avril ( Joseph ) Rutherford of Florida, Winston ( Karen ) Rysdahl of Chicago, Amiel ( Kris ) Rysdahl of Chicago, and many relatives and friends.
Karen was a Chicago Symphony chorister and an opera singer with Lyric Opera of Chicago. She was a Golden Apple Award winner, committed to the education of Chicago Public School students as a teacher at Phillips and Marshall High Schools and Kenwood Academy.
Karen was also a protector. She protected the rights of teachers as a long-standing delegate of the Chicago Teachers' Union and the lives of her Sisters and Brothers in the United States Navy.
Her legacy will live on through the lessons we give our children and the thousands of children she taught throughout her career.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Tree House Humane Society: TreeHouseAnimals.org .