Karen Ruth Effrem, M.D.
January 21, 1960 - February 12, 2020
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Karen Ruth Effrem M.D., 60, of Port Charlotte, FL passed away from her 10 year battle with breast cancer on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte. She was a physician and education policy advocate as well as a loving wife, mom, daughter, sister, grammy, and friend. Graduating from Riley High…

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Lynn Colyer left a message on May 30, 2021:
Paul, I just learned about the passing of Karen. You were terrific neighbors in Plymouth. We miss having your family across street. Karen was a wonderful mother and advocate for children. Our children were friends and played together. My thoughts are with you and your wonderful children. God bless you. Lynn and Jeff Colyer
Diana Crews left a message on March 6, 2020:
Dear Effrem Family-- I can not imagine the great loss you must feel as she loved you dearly. She showed it not just in the way she cherished each of you but also in how she fought for you and your future. We were the beneficiaries also of her great love as she knew her fight was also woven with our fight. So help us she did. She had a way of giving so many of her precious time...it truly was amazing. Without her, we could not have exposed a lot of the evils going on in our own state. Today, we see the benefits of what she's sown...Common Core is being cut down, bit by bit. Results, I believe are more children will be led toward God. She didn't just help heal children physically but she cared about their souls--that is a by-product of one who had great love. Psalm 103 is a beautiful reminder of amazing love... Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. 14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. 15 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. 16 For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. 17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children. We as a nation owe such a debt of gratitude and can't help but think she heard from God above...well done my good and faithful servant.
Harriet Boltin left a message on February 19, 2020:
Dear Effrem family, I am saddened by this news of Karen’s battle with cancer and the enormous hole in your lives her leaving brings. I always enjoyed and appreciated Karen’s warmth and wisdom. She added so much to the betterment of others lives through her knowledge and passion for what is good and whole. I am blessed to have known her for a brief time here on earth and am comforted to know she is fully alive and joyful in the presence of Christ right now. My prayers are for your comfort and peace in these days without her.
Melody Bruffey left a message on February 18, 2020:
Dear Effrem Family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I treasure many memories of Karen during your days in Minnesota. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Mrs. Bruffey
Diane Amith left a message on February 16, 2020:
Condolences. As a fellow Minnesotan and life long PUBLIC school educator I am familiar with the aims of EDWATCH, now newly named and for which your donations are asked for in this obituary. Please be aware of the goals of this organization which you can see on their website. For example, one of their goals statements is as follows: "Good education accurately teaches the political heritage of western civilization, including the Judeo-Christian worldview, as America’s historical foundation." As is always the case be sure you know the goals of an organization before you donate.
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Carol Marks left a message on February 16, 2020:
In memory of Karen and her gentle and caring spirit.
Michael Chapman left a message on February 16, 2020:
It was my privilege to know and work with Karen at Edwatch. She was a tireless fighter for truth and will be missed. My condolences to Paul and family! Lord's peace until we meet again.
Child Protection League (Minnesota) left a message on February 15, 2020:
Child Protection League deeply mourns the passing of a strong, courageous, warrior on behalf of children. Dr. Karen Effrem, a pediatrician, passed away today after an extended struggle with cancer. Dr. Effrem was a key player in Minnesota and in our legislature for many years before she and her husband relocated to Florida. Dr. Effrem was a colleague in Minnesota's battles to oppose the dangerous indoctrination and manipulation of children into false ideology. She was active in exposing language in federal legislation that was hidden in massive bills, and she was a leader nationally on many fronts. Dr. Effrem was a scholar who was widely published in numerous scholarly journals and websites, considered an expert in her field: children. Dr. Effrem was a clear and harsh critic of the pervasive drugging of children in our schools, particularly of boys. Early on, she exposed the dangerous federal early childhood system, a government take-over of our children that is now being rapidly implemented by legislators in both political parties. She joined many of us in our successful battle in the 1990's to overturn Minnesota's Profile of Learning, a precursor to Common Core. She exposed the dangers of the all-invasive Social Emotional Learning (SEL), and in 2018, she was a keynote speaker at the Child Protection League's conference exposing SEL. Following is a link to her presentation at that conference. Minnesota and our nation were continually blessed with the tireless leadership and clarity Dr. Effrem willingly provided. We honor her life and have lost a great advocate for children.
Michelle Malkin left a message on February 15, 2020:
Karen was a brilliant, relentless voice for freedom and brave defender of children and parents. I am privileged to have been able to meet her and benefit from her incredible research and insights. She will be greatly missed, but she leaves a fierce legacy of truth-telling that will continue to burn among those she inspired with her mind and spirit. Deepest condolences and prayers, Michelle Malkin
Lynne M Taylor left a message on February 15, 2020:
My thoughts and prayers to Karen's family and close friends. Karen was a tremendous Warrior for our nation and her work is invaluable. What a blessing it was to be on the same side of the war concerning education. Karen's knowledge was boundless and helped so many stay informed. I had the honor of working with her only a few times, but I really gleaned much from those times. May Karen's crown be a beautiful one.
Roberson Funeral Home left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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