Karen Godhardt, a woman of strength and extraordinary leadership, has left an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of all who had the privilege of knowing her. She passed away peacefully in her beautiful home in Cheyenne, Wyoming on September 3, 2023. Karen was born Karen Bluitt on October 25th, 1957 in the vibrant city of New York. She was a loving wife to Thomas Godhardt and a cherished sister to Steven Bluitt.
With an insatiable thirst for knowledge and a brilliant mind, Karen pursued her education with unwavering determination. She graduated ROTC as a Distinguished Cadet one of only 4 to achieve that recognition. She received a full scholarship to Fordham University and also obtained her Ph.D. in Cyber Security. Her academic accomplishments distinguished her as a leading authority in her field and earned her widespread recognition.
Karen's wealth of knowledge and intellectual prowess were matched only by her remarkable ability to inspire others. A natural-born leader, she guided those around her with grace and compassion. Her unyielding spirit propelled her to undertake every challenge that came her way with tenacity and purpose. She was not one to sit idly by; instead, Karen rolled up her sleeves and fearlessly confronted each obstacle head-on.
In addition to her academic achievements, Karen served as an Army Reserve Officer, demonstrating unwavering dedication to the service of her country. Her honorable military service showcased yet another facet of her character - one marked by bravery and unwavering commitment. In 2001 after 9/11 Karen applied to the Army Reserve to be Re-activated. Everything was approved, however she could not pass the medical due to her poor eyesight (900/20). This is another testament to her love of country and willingness to serve. It was devastating to her not to be able to serve at that time, and this dedication in her was truly amazing and totally in character.
Beyond the confines of work and duty, Karen embraced life with fervor and boundless energy. She loved ballooning and Ferris wheels. Taking to the skies allowed Karen to experience an exhilarating sense of freedom that mirrored the adventurous spirit that burned within.
Her captivating personality radiated with intelligence, resilience, and fiscal savvy. No task was too arduous for Karen; she welcomed every challenge as an opportunity for growth. In every endeavor, she left an indelible mark, inspiring those around her to reach their fullest potential.
Karen's funeral service will take place on Thursday September 14, 2023, starting at 1:00 PM at Schrader Funeral Home, located at 2222 Russell Avenue in Cheyenne, Wyoming. A graveside service will take place at a later date at Cheyenne National Cemetery on Hildreth Road. Please join her loving husband on Wednesday for the remembrance and to serve as a moment for loved ones to gather and honor Karen's incredible life. It is a time for us to celebrate the profound impact she had on our lives and bid farewell to a remarkable soul.
Her memory will forever be etched into the tapestry of our hearts. Karen Godhardt was a beacon of strength, intelligence, and leadership. She taught us to face adversity with courage and reminded us of the joy that can be found in embracing life's adventures. In her absence, Karen leaves behind a void that cannot be filled, but her spirit will continue to guide and inspire us all.
Karen is survived by her loving husband Thomas Godhardt and her brother Steven Bluitt. Their bond with Karen was deep-rooted and profound, with shared memories that will forever hold a special place in their hearts.
As we mourn the loss of Karen Godhardt, let us also celebrate the extraordinary life she led. Her legacy will live on through the countless lives she touched and the inspiration she bestowed upon us all. May her soul rest in eternal peace.