Karen I. Bamford

Jul 1, 2021
Bamford, Karen crop


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Karen I. Bamford, 77, of Waterloo, died Thursday, July 1, 2021, at UnityPoint Health St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids.  She was born August 2, 1943, in Waterloo, the daughter of Nicholas and Lois Allen Sulentic.  She was a graduate of Columbus High School. 

Karen married David Bamford on June 28, 2014, in Waterloo.  She worked as the Head of Marketing for Waterloo Industries for over 30 years, retiring in 2002.  

She enjoyed gardening and had an amazing sense of humor.

Survived by: her husband, David Bamford of Waterloo; a daughter, Gina Larson of Cottage Grove, OR; a son, David (Angie) Burroughs of Springfield, OR; three step-daughters, Jessie (John) Love of Reinbeck, Jaime (Andy Christie) Nienkark of Cedar Falls, Rachel (Greg) Pfalzgraf of Evansdale; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; and a brother, Mike Sulentic of Waterloo. 

Preceded in death by: her parents. 


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  1. Cynthia Dotson | Jul 12, 2021
    Gina and David, sending my heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Have loved your mom since knowing your grandmother, Lois. Our prayers are with you. Love from the Dotson Family (Hattie, Jackie, Cynthia and Daryl)
  2. Nancy Higgins | Jul 09, 2021

    Karen was a great friend to me that I met while working at Waterloo Industries.  We shared a lot together. She was there for me through some trying times. I will miss her so much. Rest in peace, my dear friend.

  3. Deane Levendusky Hay | Jul 05, 2021
    Karen and I hung out together when I worked at WI.  We always had a good time together.  She was smart, funny, and had the most wonderful sense of humor.  Karen was there for me during a very difficult time in my life and I was so thankful she was my friend.  Rest in peace Karen.  Deepest sympathy to your family.
  4. Judy weston | Jul 04, 2021
    My dearest lifelong friend, i will always remember you with love.  May you rest in eternal peace with your Lord!  
  5. Columbus High School Alumni | Jul 04, 2021
    Our deepest sympathy to Karen's family and friends.
  6. Gina Larson | Jul 03, 2021
    My precious Mama, we will miss you so much. The hurt in my heart is so overwhelming I don't know, right this minute, how I will go on without you. Watch over us my Angel Mom....until we meet again xoxoxoxoxoxo

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