Karen Gehring

June 22, 1934 ~ September 17, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old

Karen Gehring Obituary

Karen Marie (Jenny) Gehring

Karen Marie Gehring, 89, of Cottonwood, Idaho, passed away on September 17, 2023, in Lewiston, Idaho. She was born on June 22, 1934, in Cottonwood, Idaho to Frank and Verona Jenny.

Karen married Kenneth Gehring on June 28, 1955 in Cottonwood. They were married for 52 years and made their home and raised their family on the Gehring ranch near Keuterville where Karen enjoyed gardening, baking and the occasional rum and coke.  She enjoyed bowling and was an active bowler until just a few years ago. Karen had a remarkable ability to strike up conversations with anyone she met, making friends wherever she went. She attended school in Cottonwood, graduating from St. Gertrude’s Academy and attended Holy Names College in Spokane.  She worked at the creamery in Cottonwood and the Cottonwood Sales Yard for many years.

Karen is survived by her loving children: Jolene Gehring (Terry Fullerton) of Kennewick, Doug Gehring (Carlynne) of Spokane, Darrell Gehring (Lois) of Star Idaho, Brian Gehring (Becci) of Cottonwood, Clay Gehring (Amy) of Rosalia Washington, Julianne Negus (Jason) of Boise, and her sister Louise Stolz (Bill), brother-in-law Tom Tobin and sister-in-law Kathy Jenny as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, brothers Francis (Burley) Jenny and Danny Jenny, and sisters Mary Anne Riener and Judy Tobin.

For those wishing to make contributions, the family kindly requests donations to the Catholic Daughters of America, Advanced Hospice in Coeur d'Alene or Syringa General Hospital Hospice in Grangeville in memory of Karen. 

Karen will be celebrated on Friday, September 29 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Cottonwood with a rosary at 1:30 PM and Mass of Christian Burial to start at 2:00 PM followed by burial at the Cottonwood Cemetery and a dinner at the Cottonwood Community Hall. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Send condolences to the family at


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Recitation of the Rosary
September 29, 2023

1:30 PM
St. Mary's Catholic Church
508 Church Street
Cottonwood, ID 83530

Mass of Christian Burial
September 29, 2023

2:00 PM
St. Mary's Catholic Church
508 Church Street
Cottonwood, ID 83530


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