Karen M. Wood

June 12, 1948 – Jan. 13, 2011
GRIFFITH — Karen M. Wood, 62, of Griffith, passed away at 8:24 p.m., at the Riley Residence in Munster.
Karen was born June 12, 1948 in Hammond, to Max and Helen (Cromley) Sechner Jr. After her mother’s death, her father was later married to Eleanor Sechner.
She was a 1966 graduate of Griffith High School and attended one year of college. On May 13, 1976 Karen was married to Michael Wood in Kankakee, Ill. He preceded her in death.
Karen was a retired truck driver. She loved to sew and knit.  She was very crafty and loved ceramics. She was a Methodist by faith.
Karen is survived by her stepmom, Eleanor Sechner of Noblesville; brother, Jim Sechner of Winston-Salem, N.C.; sister, Linda (Wayne) Ready of Martinsville; stepbrother, Mark (Meribeth) Kussmaul of Crawfordsville; and stepsisters: Linda (Dave) Nelson and Nancy (Edward) Prechel of Noblesville, and Jeri (Dennis) Bowman of Griffith. 
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and sister, Donna Reininga.
A time of visitation with the family was held Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Odom Funeral Home in Culver. 
Funeral services followed at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. 
Burial took place at Culver Masonic Cemetery.
Memorials may be given in Karen’s memory to the Shriners Hospital for Children or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Condolences may be sent to the family via the obituary page at www.odomfunreralhome.com.
The Odom Funeral, Culver, was entrusted with the arrangements.