Karlene Ann Ahrens

January 28, 1940 - March 2, 2008
Karlene Ann Ahrens


Karlene Hoeppner Ahrens, 68 of Hampstead, NC passed away, just before sunrise, Sunday March 2, 2008 at home after a short battle with Breast Cancer.

She was born in the Manson, IA rural area January 28, 1940, daughter of the late Carl Hoeppner and Arlene Steckelberg Hoeppner and married Barry Ahrens January 31, 1960.

Surviving is her loving husband of 48 years Barry Ahrens of Hampstead, NC and five children. Four daughters Nicollet Sampson and husband Scott of Kingston Springs, TN, Stacey Cowley and husband Simon of McKinney, TX, Christine Huggins and husband Steven of Rocky Point, NC and Wendy Ahrens of St. Joseph, MI, one son Matthew Ahrens and wife Rebeckah of Malta, IL. Also there are ten grandchildren who loved their “Nana”. Karlene has a loving brother Don Hoeppner and family of Duluth, GA, who will miss her greatly.

A memorial service is being planned to be held this summer in Illinois, with inurnment later in Manson, Iowa.

Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service, 1535 S 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • March 06, 2008
    Mary Ellen Golden says:
    Dearest Wendy and family, I am so sorry to read of your loss. I so much enjoyed your Mom's visits to the gallery and will miss seeing her. May her life continue to bless you as it did when she was here on earth. Mary Ellen

  • March 06, 2008
    Phyllis (Coppinger)Koester says:
    Barry & Family We would like to extend our prayers and sympathy, we were so sorry to read that Karlene's time was so limited, she seemed so positive and had a wonderful feeling of her faith. I am sure she will be missed by all who loved her, we had great high school memories. God Bless your family Love Phyllis & Darrell

  • March 06, 2008
    Patrick W. Reed says:
    Barry, I was so saddened to read of Karlene's passing. Judy & I send our sympathies to you and your family. I do think of you often as our youngest son now lives in North Carolina. He lives in Whitsett which is near Burlington. We will be visiting him the 17th - 21st of March. Our prayers will be with you and do stay in touch. Pat & Judy Reed