Beloved mother, sister, and
one of God’s most loving and generous creations.
“Kiki” or “Keeks” to those closest to her
– lit up every room she entered, and could lift spirits with
her sense of humor.
accomplished many things in life, including earning a Masters in
Social Work from Loyola University of Chicago, but her greatest
accomplishment was being the best mother possible to her two
children, Kyle and Victoria. They were the center of her life to
the end, and one of her favorite daily topics.
pleasures were simple, but spoke volumes about Karen the woman.
She loved cardinals and got much joy each morning watching the
couple that had taken up residence in the back yard. She also
loved the beach and nature parks. One of her favorite pastimes was
to watch manatees when they made their winter home in Blue Springs
Park, or to go on excursions to historic districts and quaint
locations. She also loved horses.
blessed with a sharp intellect and a gift for words, which she
used to convey her deepest thoughts as a writer and a speaker.
Her writing gave her keen mind an outlet, and she exuded charisma
when speaking to groups.
She had a
talent for art and decoration, using her exquisite taste to
decorate a home, a garden or even a handmade card (which was
another of her joys during Christmas.)
a tight household, and would cook or bake at the drop of the hat.
She could work magic in the kitchen and was renown for her
perfect turkey, which was always a golden brown on the outside and
moist and delectable inside.
Home to Karen - the home in her heart - was Hudson, Wisconsin and the time during which she lived there. She often spoke of that place and time, and sometimes teared up when she did. It was a magic time for her, as I am sure it was for Ed, Kyle and Victoria.
Music was one of her passions, and was a constant in her life.