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Karen Ertell Memorial

Holly Dunlap Holly Dunlap
Keith Ertell Keith Ertell
Sterling Foster Sterling Foster

By: Roger Mari

Row "a" at the farmers market is where Karen Ertell sold her coffee every Saturday.

"I think that they put her booth in the very front strategically because you know, she really welcomed people in and offered them a good cup of coffee or a latte to start off their morning and go around a look at the different booth," Holly Dunlap, niece.

"I think a lot of people who have dealt with over the years will always consider this Karen's spot," said Keith Ertell, brother.

Pictures and flowers mark "Karen's" spot where Ertell made countless friends with customers and fellow Farmers Market vendors.

"She had a smile for us every Saturday when we came back over here and you know, she was really nice. It's going to be hard to replace her," said sterling foster, vendor.

Karen's family is touched by the out pouring of support and condolences offered by patrons of the farmers market and the community.

"They've just expressed such love and caring for Karen and for us as her family that's almost overwhelming in itself," said Kathy Ertell, Sister-in-law.

Some who frequent the farmers market might still be unaware of Ertells tragic death. In the coming weeks, they will realize, that they've lost a great friend who they depended on to start their Saturday mornings with more than just a tasty cup of Joe at the farmers market.

"You like to see the same faces, you like to remember people, you like to know who you're dealing with and Karen was the same way, so I think people are going miss seeing her, and talking to her every week," said Kathy Ertell.

Donations were made to Karen Ertel's family. They say the proceeds will go to her favorite organization, "Doctors Without Borders", an organization which delivers emergency aid to those affected by armed conflicts, and natural or man-made disasters in more than 70 countries.

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