Karen J. Steward, 52, Durand, Illinois, died at 7:01 p.m., Thursday, July 8, 2010 in Monroe Clinic Hospital after a lengthy illness. Born July 27, 1957, in Rockford, Illinois, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom and Joyce (Nyman) Long. Married Kim Steward in Rockford, Illinois on December 26, 1975. Karen was a dispatcher for the Durand Fire Dept for 17 years and was an avid Cubs fan. Graduated from Durand High School, Class of 1975. \r\r\n\r\r\n Survivors include husband, Kim Steward and mother, Joyce Long, both of Durand, Illinois; sisters Debbie (Charlie) Spry, Orfordville, Wisconsin, Cathy Long, Brodhead, Wisconsin, Denise (Bill) Starnes, Davis, Illinois and Patty (Jeff) Land, Rockford, Illinois; brother Chuck (Sue) Long, Pecatonica, Illinois and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father. \r\r\n\r\r\n Funeral Ceremonies will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 12, 2010 in Durand American Legion, 211 State Street, Durand, Illinois with Deacon Richard Mulcahey, St. Mary Catholic Church, Durand, Illinois officiating. Burial in Durand Cemetery, Durand, Illinois. Visitation will be held at McCorkle Funeral Home, 101 Main Street, Durand, Illinois from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, July 11, 2010. A memorial is to be established.