In Memory


Karen Martin


 Karen Louise Martin

Frankenmuth, MI

Beloved mother and grandmother passed away on April 27th after fiercely battling dementia. The daughter of the late John and Genevieve Martin, Karen was born in Saginaw on October 28th, 1946. She graduated from Arthur Hill High School class of 1964. Karen earned her RN from Delta College in 1980. Karen also received a Bachelor’s Degree from Spring Arbor College in 1993 in Human Resource Management. Karen was also a Certified Case Manager (CCM), Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurse (WOCN), and a Geriatric Care Manager (GCM).

Karen loved being a Nurse and helping others. Karen was able to do that in many settings over her career as a RN. During the 1980’s Karen worked at Saginaw General, Saginaw Osteopathic, and the Saginaw VA Hospital. During the 1990’s Karen worked as a Case Manager, Home Health Nurse, and as Pharmaceutical Nurse Consultant specializing in wounds. Karen realized one of her dreams by starting her own business in 2000. Karen opened the very first Visiting Angels location in Michigan and ran the business as the CEO/President until her retirement.

Karen was a devout Christian her entire life. Karen loved being with her family. Her sons and grandchildren meant everything to Karen. In her free time Karen also enjoyed music, crafts, dancing, and the Detroit Tigers.

Surviving Karen are her three sons and their families. Jon Sawyer (Susan Viergever) of North Oaks, MN; Jason Sawyer Reno, NV; Doug (Megan) Hammond Frankenmuth, MI; 2 grandchildren Ayla and Patrick Sawyer North Oaks, MN; 4 siblings and their families; Sue Thomas Phoenix, AZ; John and Karen Martin Troy, MI; Marsha and Al Young Oxford, MI; Mark Martin Sebring, FL; many nieces and nephews.

Karen’s sons would like to extend thanks to all the Visiting Angels caregivers who have assisted with Karen’s care over the past years. Karen’s sons would also like to thank Wellspring Hospice and all the Wellspring staff that have provided loving care in the past months.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a celebration of life will take place at a later date. Burial will take place in Pleasanton Cemetery, Bear Lake, MI. Arrangements entrusted to Cederberg Funeral Home of Frankenmuth. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider a memorial contribution to the Saginaw Walk to End Alzheimer’s or the Alzheimer’s Association. Please sign our guest book or share an online condolence with the family at

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04/30/20 08:46 AM #1    

John Gunther

Karen was one of the most congenial of the class of '64! I remeber her that way. I'm sure she will be greatly missed.

04/30/20 10:50 AM #2    

Susan Antle

I am sorry to hear of Karen's passing.  She will be missed.  I'm so glad I got to be with her at our 50th Class Reunion.  

04/30/20 03:04 PM #3    

Harry J Munck

I remember Karen as a outgoing and caring individual.  We had many good times together during high school.  I am sorry to hear of her passing.  She was a special person to me.

04/30/20 05:27 PM #4    

Larry Schroeder

I remember Karen well.  Great girl and classmate.

Her nursing career was one she and her family can be proud of.

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