Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Karen Ann (Johnson) Nelson

With her family by her side, Karen Ann Nelson, age 51, passed away Tuesday, April 13, 2010, at her residence after a five-year battle with cancer.

Karen was born in Fullerton, CA, on May 6, 1958. She moved to Racine County in 1965. Karen was a 1976 graduate of Union Grove High School. She earned bachelor’s degrees from UW-Stevens Point and UW-Parkside. On August 7, 1982, she was united in marriage to David J. Nelson in Union Grove, WI. Together, Karen and David raised two children, Sarah and Peter.

Karen was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church where she served as their Northside Preschool's treasurer for 12 years. Karen loved Girl Scouting and was co-leader of her daughter's Troop #301 for 11 years. After being a troop leader, Karen served on the board of directors for Girl Scouts of Racine County and was the last president before the council's regional merger.

Karen was a Realtor for Coldwell Banker for six years. She was also a longtime member of the Greater Racine Kennel Club and chair of their annual Pershing Park dog show for several years. Karen served as Racine County Supervisor for District 5 for three terms. While on the County Board, she chaired the Finance and Human Resources Committee and was a member of the Economic Development and Land Use Planning Committee. 

Above all, Karen treasured time spent with her family and many friends. In her free time, she enjoyed gardening and working with her dogs. She never turned down an opportunity to have coffee and donuts with friends. Karen will forever be remembered as a vibrant, determined, and generous individual. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends and community.   

Survivors include her husband, David; her children, Sarah E. Nelson (Christopher Wilson) of Madison, WI, and Peter J. Nelson of Racine; her mother, Ramona J. Johnson (nee: Wheaton) of Union Grove, WI; brother, John G. (Leanne) Johnson of McFarland, WI; sisters, Kristin S. (Todd) Armstrong of Somers, WI, and Kathy J. (Jeff) Burton of The Woodlands, TX; nephews Michael, David, Shane, Justin, John, and Colin; other relatives; and many dear friends.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Sunday, April 18, 2010, from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. and Monday at the church from 11 a.m. until time of service at noon.  A memorial service will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3825 Erie St., on Monday at noon with Rev. Rosalind Dryver-Scott officiating. The Karen A. Nelson Memorial Scholarship Fund has been created through the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast. Memorials to the scholarship fund have been suggested. 

      Karen’s family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to Dr. Michael Mullane and the staff of  Oncology  Alliance and Hospice Alliance.  

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Alderman David Maack said...

Karen was a dedicated public servant and a wonderful woman. She carried herself with grace and was a positive person. May she rest in peace.

Jeff Coe said...

Karen was a wonderful person who will be missed.Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers.I will miss you friend.

twon said...

I knew her through our business dealings. She was a classy lady. My sympathy to her family.

Anonymous said...

We will miss Karen greatly. She was such a wonderful, beautiful woman and friend! We will cherish our memories always.

Kevin & Dawn Carlson

Judy Elliott said...

It was a privilege to have Karen as a friend. She will always live in my heart with such happy memories.

Judy Elliott

Diann Goggins said...

Karen was a wonderful woman and she did everything with grace. I am going to miss you my friend.

Julie L. said...

Karen was a real testament of living bravely with grace and dignity. She was one of the most kind and generous people I knew. I first met Karen through business, but came to love her as a friend and admire her as an example of a truely classy lady! You will ive on in my heart and be remembered dearly. Karen's life should be an inspriration to us all. Please honor Karen's brave fight with cancer by remembering to care for your own health and pay attention to early signs and symptoms! We love you. God Bless!!!

Anonymous said...

Karen was one of those people who exemplify the meaning of the word "good"...plus numerous other adjectives. She was open minded, one of the kindest people who ever walked the Earth, generous with her time and very public spirited. Karen urged people to get involved, saying at one point that government and organizations are led by those who show up. The world is a much better place because she showed up. She touched a huge number of people and will be deeply missed by those of us at Coldwell Banker and all of the others who loved her.

In Karen's memory, please do not ignore your colonoscopy. Do it now.

Linda Schubring