Wakefield '60 Classmates: In Memoriam

Karen Sager Dickinson
b: 11/17/1942     d: 4/13/2012

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Karen Sager picture KAREN SAGER, National Honor Society 3, 4; Math Honor Society 3, 4; French Honor Society 3, 4; Libero Tri-Hi-Y Treasurer 3; Science Fair 2.
AnnArbor.com, Ann Arbor, Michigan April16-19, 2012

Art Dye pictureKaren Sager Dickinson of South Lyon, Michigan 48178 (formerly of Ann Arbor, Michigan) passed away April 13, 2012 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital with family and friends by her side after a brief but valiant battle with cancer.   Karen was an active member of St. Mary's Student Parish, near the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, campus.  She was also a member of Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority, University of Michigan Chapter; Council for Disability Concerns at the University of Michigan.  Karen was the 2004 Outstanding Leadership Award Winner; University of Michigan; 2005 Distinguished Service Award, University of Michigan; 2005 Academic Women's Caucus; Sarah Goddard Power Award Recipient; 2009 VOICES Champion Award Winner, University of Michigan.  In both her private and professional life, Karen Dickinson will be most remembered for the gentle and insightful way she empowered people to reach their highest potential.  Karen Louise Sager was born in Newburgh, New York in 1942, the first of three daughters to Dr. William F. and Marilyn W. Sager, late of Chicago, Illinois, and Ormond Beach, Florida.  After receiving a bachelor's degree in Sociology from the college of Language, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan in 1964, Karen began work, at the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan in September of that year.  After over 45 years of dedicated service to her beloved University she retired in October, 2009, as the User Liaison/Coordinator, Information Technology Central Services. There, she acted as a technology liaison to numerous academic units, helping people make effective use of technology to further workplace satisfaction, productivity and community.  She will be deeply missed by a loving circle of friends and colleagues.  Karen is survived by her loving husband of 44 years, Kenneth K. Dickinson, their three children: son Kit Dickinson, (Christie) and their daughters Kara and Riley and son Drew of Ann Arbor, Michigan; daughter Lesley K. Backofen (Henry August Backofen IV (Hank)), and their three sons, Henry August Backofen V (Finn), Liam Kenneth and Sean Patrick of Chicago, Illinois; and son Patrick S. Dickinson of Chicago Illinois.   She is also survived by two sisters, Judith Sager Peyton (Norman P. Olson), of Chicago; Kathryn S. Hews, (Robert Hews,) of Portland, Maine, her daughter Carrie S. Tamayo (Daniel Tamayo) of Syracuse, New York and son Christopher Potts (Catherine Quinn) and their daughter Gabrielle Potts of Seattle Washington, brother-in-law Dennis Dickinson (Mary Jo), their son, John Dickinson, and daughter Cathy Dickinson and granddaughter Tessa; and brother-in-law Terence Dickinson.  A Memorial Mass is planned at 10:00 am on Friday, April 20, 2012 at St. Mary's Student Parish, 331 Thompson Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104 near the University of Michigan's Ann Arbor Campus, followed by a reception.  The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Dickinson Family Charitable Scholarship Fund for undergraduate students in need.  Checks can be made payable to the University of Michigan and sent to 500 South State Street, Suite 5000, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48109.  Other contributions could be made to St. Mary's Student Parish (331 Thompson St, Ann Arbor Michigan 48104).  Arrangements entrusted to the Muehlig Funeral Chapel, Ann Arbor, Michigan, muehligannarbor.com.

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