Funeral Details

Karen Marie Bartos

June 24, 1962 - December 18, 2023



St Ferdinand Catholic Church
5900 West Barry Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60634
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Friday, December 22, 2023 at 10:30 AM


Father Peter Gnoinski
St. Ferdinand Catholic Church

Interment - Private

Memorial Contributions

Lurie Children’s Hospital
225 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611


Karen Bartos (61)
June 24,1962-December 18,2023

On December 18, 2023, Karen was called home to the Lord due to complications of cancer. Her vibrant personality will be missed by her family and friends. The memorial service will be at 10:30am on Friday, December 22,2023 at St Ferdinand Catholic Church, 5900 W Berry Ave, Chicago, IL 60634. Karen is survived by her loving son Eric Bartos (Aliza), devoted siblings Frank Besenhofer (Cindy), Kathy Sleeper (Edward), John Besenhofer, David Besenhofer (Debbie), Mary Grandstaff (Rob), and Peter Besenhofer, nephews and nieces Robert Sleeper, Theresa Cranford (Scott), Jacob Besenhofer, Stephanie Besenhofer, John Grandstaff (Lerin), Jake Grandstaff (Johanna), and faithful friends Terri Pucci and Gerry Buchenot and Family. Preceded in death by devout husband Patrick Ziomeck and parents Frank and Theresa Besenhofer. In leu of flowers, please make a donation in memory of Karen to Lurie Children’s Hospital, Arrangements by Midtown Funeral Home and Cremation Options, 773.654.3744,


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Please accept my deepest sympathy. Karen was a wonderful loving and caring person. I have many fond memories of her when she joined Susan and I for breakfasts some time ago when she was feeling better. I will offer 5 Masses for her eternal rest with our risen Lord in our chapel. Unfortunately, I have an important doctor's appointment at 10:00 on Friday than I cannot miss since he will be out of town for quite a while. I contacted his office to see if there would be any cancellations. If there is one, they will call me and then I can concelebrate the Mass of Christian Burial. I will also remember all of you in prayer during this time of loss.

December 19, 2023
To all of the Besenhofer siblings,

Bill and I were so very sorry to hear of Karen’s passing . It is so sad she went through much and she was so young. .. We wish we could have been there for the memorial. It was just not possible since I am going through chemo my self.
Kathy hope you are enjoying your new home in Florida.!!

Love from your cousins,
Bill and Kathy Malczyk

Bill and Kathy Malczyk
December 31, 2023