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I want you to know how much Karen Zike, who died April 23, 2019, will be missed by genealogical researchers.

She started as a volunteer for the Coles County Illinois Genealogical Society in March 1993 at the Charleston Public Library. Many people in and out of state will remember how much she helped them with their family records or Coles County History questions.

In later years she volunteered to help at the Mattoon Public Library. Also, Karen and I were partners for the obituary project at the Charleston Public Library which we ended in March this year.

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She donated her large collection of genealogy and Coles County history books to the history room at the Mattoon Public Library.

Barbara Brehm Krehbiel, Charleston

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