Karen was a woman of many talents, and growing up in Seymour, Wisconsin she had the opportunity to be highly involved in many different sports and activities. She did everything from cheerleading to basketball, track (setting school records in the mid-1970’s) and football. Being the youngest of five in her family, she always had her amazing siblings to look up to and help encourage her. While growing up, Karen’s family had some great traditions enjoying the little things like squeaky cheese curds and drinks on football Sundays watching the Green Bay Packers play. The family loved to sing together, and this is where Karen learned five-part harmony. Karen’s mother, Wava, was the talk of the town as a director in Mary Kay and also her impeccable decorating skills, especially around the holidays. Once her parents passed, Karen would always bask in those memories of her mother and her glorious Christmas trees.
Karen initially attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and here she joined the Wisconsin Singers group. Karen toured with them, even cutting a few albums, enabling her to perform all over the country for a wide variety of audiences.
Karen’s father, Norman, was a Chiropractor for 40 years, utilizing a home-office in their beautiful storied home. Even though she loved to sing and dance, she reluctantly shifted her career from entertainment to what she grew up with - Chiropractic. She attended 2 more years of college at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Iowa in that pursuit. Before finishing, she chose the opportunity to move to Plano, Texas in early 1982 to open up a chiropractic practice with James, and help heal people from all over the world. She remained married to him and the practice for 31 years.
Moving to the country in Lucas, Texas in 1985, Karen had two children; Wava and Jaden. As they grew, her children were her biggest passion and she became a stay at home mom. She involved herself in her children’s schooling as well. She volunteered for projects and events, fieldtrips, handmade costumes for plays, and helped choreograph play dances and singing pieces too. Alongside this, she continued to entertain people as a front-line singer and choreographer for the Dallas-based Sweet Adeline’s competitive singing group. Karen also become a leader in a large food co-op group for many years. She found time to be a mom to all, and always cared for any of Wava and Jaden’s friends when they needed an ear to listen, or even a quick meal. Karen did love to cook and would come up with her own recipes to help people with dietary needs or just explore the world of flavors. A classic favorite; Beetza-pie! She left behind hundreds of recipes that someday she dreamed of putting into a cookbook. The family had quite a few animals in Lucas. So, on top of caring for her family, Karen was also tending to horses, goats, chickens, dogs, turtles and even lizards.
Karen was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer in February 2016. Given her condition and the challenges ahead, she did not let this slow her down. She continued to always have a positive attitude towards life, always smiling, always joking. Her big heart and electric smile made all who met her feel loved. She never let her kids forget that she was their mom and would always try to take care of them, no matter what. Her habits never changed. She loved watching football and calling out the bad calls, eating all the cheeses, singing all the songs, laughing at all the jokes, and loving all her friends and family.
In honor of Karen, when toasting with friends and family, make sure you clink your glasses together three times. Three clinks mean “I. LOVE. YOU.” This was Karen’s most important tradition.
Memorial service will be at a later date
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