Karen Kaye Sales

Karen Kaye Sales (Zelenka), 70, passed away peacefully at 4:04am on February 8, 2017 at home in Gladstone, Missouri after a 10-year battle with Alzheimer’s. Her husband was by her side.

Karen was born April 10, 1946 in Salina, Kansas. She worked for Tony’s Pizza and Dillion’s for several years, and transferred with Dillon’s to Olathe, Kansas in 2005.

Karen will be sadly missed by her husband of forty years, Arthur E. Sales; 3 daughters, Julie Fagan, Kari Westhusin, and Veronica Walton (Randall); 1 son, James Fagan; 8 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; 1 sister, Mary Patten (Pat); 1 brother, Ronald Zelenka (Cheri); and a number of other relatives and close friends. She is preceded in death by her father, Henry Zelenka; mother, Minnie Walters Zelenka; 2 brothers, Henry Zelenka (Barbara) and Stanley Zelenka (Sharon); one sister, Dorothy Imler, and one daughter, Leticia Fagan.

Karen enjoyed the simple pleasures; chatting with friends, working in the yard, reading, and spending time with family. She touched the lives of many and will be remembered for her endless love, kindness, and generosity towards others.
A private service will be held with family. There will be a potluck “Celebration of Life” for friends and family on February 25th, from 2:00-5:00pm, at the Friendship Center (746 Commanche Avenue) in Salina, Kansas.

Memorial donations in memory of Karen may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association on behalf of the family team, Karen’s Crusaders, at the following link: http://act.alz.org/goto/karenscrusaders  The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Crossroads Hospice for their support in her final days.


  1. Wendy peterson on February 9, 2017 at 10:58 am

    My short time with Karen Kaye was dear to my heart. I hope i was able to make her final months comfortable and happy. Her personality shined through her disease. I loved her very much!

  2. Joyce Pickard and family on February 14, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    Karen is my cousin but more like my sister. We have had so many fun times with her and the family. She will forever be in our heart . We now live on the memories. She was always there to help and share with all. Lucky us to be family. Love to all at this time will miss her.

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