BONSALL, Calif. - Karen L. Curtis, 77 died May 24, 2013 after a lengthy illness. She was born in Whittemore, Iowa, the daughter of Bill and Bernice Heller. Karen attended school and graduated from the Algona High School. She attended the University of Iowa and later moved to California. She is survived by her husband of thirty nine years, Bob, their daughter Carol and also leaves behind several aunts and many cousins. Karen was a wonderful mother and a fine person who will be missed by all who knew her. Services will be held Saturday, July 13, 11:00 AM at the West Bend Cemetery in West Bend, Iowa, with Rev. Nichols Thackery officiating. The family will greet friends at a luncheon immediately following the service at Peace Lutheran Church, West Bend. A celebration of her life will take place at a later date in Southern California. The family extends their heartfelt thanks to Angel's Touch Care Center and Elizabeth Hospice. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be made to Reins Therapeutic Riding Program, Box 1283, Bonsall, CA 92003. Harris Funeral Home in West Bend is handling arrangements.