Your spirit live on in us; we are blest for having loved you.
All my love,
I love you to the moon and back and far beyond the eye can see
I have been thinking of Karen a lot lately. Hard to believe a year has passed already. I feel like a trip to Sheboygan soon and my wonderful memories there growing up with such a fun friend and her family. Love to you all...my Stetson second family!
To Karen's Family,
As the first year of Karen's passing approaches, I just wanted to reach out and let you know that so many of us are thinking of Karen, and all of you. She was a wonderful woman and friend, and I think of her and miss her. Our book group (of which she was such an integral part) met last week, and as we gathered around the lovely, outdoor dining table, we raised our glasses in a toast to our dear friend. I know she was with us that night and would have loved to be seated amongst all of us - enjoying good conversation, wine and friendship.
Take care of yourselves through this challenging time of rememberance.
Dear Friends and Family of Karen,
I just now learned of Karen's passing. Karen was a dear friend who I am terribly sad to have lost touch with when she, Lonnie and the girls moved to Costa Rica. Karen and I got to know each other living at Lothlorien Coop in Madison, and remained friends after college and when we both lived in Boston. She was in my wedding.
As so many others here have said, Karen was such a caring, loving and thoughtful person. She was the perfect friend -- fun, adventuresome, insightful and supportive. Her capacity to love, which you so beautifully spoke of in her obituary, really captures what was so very special about her. I know what a deeply committed and loving sister, daughter, partner and mother she was.
I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you, Lonnie, and your girls are managing to carry on, and have found comfort in the warm embrace of family and friends who love you all.
My condolences to you all.
to Karen's family & friends, my deep-est condolences. I did not know her, & for that I am sorry. I am writing as a fellow Marshall Is. RPCV w/a cancer diagnosis. How many of us are there? May the love & prayers of others comfort you in your loss, S Boone
I just received my Smith College school for social work alum magazine in the mail and was stunned to read about the passing of Karen. We were friends, roommates, and colleagues in graduate school and while Karen and I lost touch after a while, I have only fond memories of her and of our friendship. My condolences to her family, what a terrible loss. Tonight I will light a candle for Karen. With prayers for your healing, Lisa Katz
I hope you remember me, your U of R bball teammate, Jill McCormick. I just returned from my 35th class reunion, where I dined with classmates and some professors, including Prof. Russell Peck. I told him I took his Chaucer class on your recommendation, and he was most interested in hearing about you; he said you both had lost touch. I told him I hadn't seen you in many years.
Today when I googled you, I saw this announcement. I am so very sorry for your loss, Lonnie. Karen must have been a most amazing and loving person. I hope that you and your girls are coping all right.
With my heartfelt sympathy, Jill
Dear family and friends of Karen,
I got to know Karen well a few years before her move to Costa Rica. We worked together as psychotherapists. I enjoyed Karen's insights and her support when we discussed challenging clinical issues. We used to take "self-care" walks from our office to the lakefront. I remember the healthy lunches Karen brought to work each day, she inspired me to start eating more healthfully, and when I bring in a lunch with lots of greens I think of her. My condolences to all of you who lost such a vibrant and loving person.
Dear Mr. & Mrs. S, Stephanie, Jim, Lonnie and family,
As you know, I grew up with Karen and hung out with her and our group of buddies til I moved to the "big city" after 6th grade. I will always treasure memories of our sleepover parties at your house Mr/Mrs. S, and all the other crazy things we did. I am so glad you were close to my folks all these years. I am also glad that Karen and I reconnected in Madison a few times in recent years when I realized just how truly caring and special she was. To see what many others have shared in their experiences with Karen, it is so obvious she touched many in a similar way. What a great life that her girls can be proud of. She will be missed, but will be thought of so fondly. My condolences and love to you all.
I am so sorry to hear of your loss, and indeed it is a great one. It is my hope that the beautiful family Karen leaves behind is able to find peace and strength in this time of sorrow. Comforting thoughts and prayers from my family to yours...extra hugs to the girls from "Ms Brandie"!
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Stetson, Stephanie & Jim,
I was notified of another lost today and consequently, I was searching for the funeral arrangements online when I read Karen's obituary.
Even though I have not seen Karen in quite some time, I wanted to let you know how much I admired her during our time together in junior high and high school in Sheboygan. With age, comes wisdom as people say. Karen was wise beyond her years, quirky in a good way, extremely bright, caring, genuine, and one of the nicest people that I have met in my lifetime.
When I read her obituary, it is exactly what I would have pictured Karen doing with her life! I will always remember that girl in school who always said "hi" to everyone, never passed judgement on her peers and I will always remember those circular, gold rimmed glasses on that "accepting, naturally pretty face" that always made me think that she was going to make a difference in the world. And, she did.
My prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Tracey K. Potokar-Macklin
I knew who Karen was for years because of my ties to Lonnie and the girls. It wasn't until our two families took a family vacation in Costa Rica together last January that Karen and I truly bonded. No matter what activity or location -- Karen and I usually found ourselves together. We shared so much and truly enjoyed eachothers company. She will forever be my Imperial sister.
To that sweetie from high school, liked by everyone---have fun in that next realm until we all catch up again. My deep and sincere condolences to all who will miss you deeply Karen.
Dear Ginny and Dallas, I am so sad to hear of your daughter's passing. It sounds like she was as warm and loving as you are.
Dear Stetsons, I was so very sorry to hear about Karen's death. Even though I haven't connected with Karen since a few years after college, I will also consider her one of my best friends which we definitely were in 5th - 9th grades. I have such fond memories of my growing up years in Sheboygan. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you now.
Karen Schowalter Pehler
I never met you, I´m Vicky´s sister. However, there´s something inside me that says you were a good person and Im pretty sure you´re resting in peace now. God bless you and your girls to find the strength to keep on living the life she wanted you 3 to live, Lonnie. Lo sentimos mucho.
To the Stetson family, Lonnie, Elena and Nina,
We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Karen. We are thinking of you and send our heartfelt sympathy to all of you. Sending many hugs from North Carolina,
Tony and Dolores Reese
To all of Karen's loved ones:
Receive from us our deepest condolences, our family prayers are with you all, wishing you the peace that overcomes all suffering, knowing she is now resting from all the health difficulties, leaving her legacy among us through the love she spread to everyone she met.
Paz, Amor y bendiciones desde Costa Rica
Dear Stetson family and Lonnie,
It is with great sadness that I find myself hearing about your loss. She and I were hired together at UW Madison when she began working here in 1998 and shared many of the same clinic travel responsibilities. I enjoyed her warm and compassionate approach to both patients and colleagues. It was a pleasure knowing her and I had hoped that her move to Costa Rica would have been a longer and more enjoyable one. With my deepest sympathies.
Jon Glover LCSW - UW Psychiatry
My heartfelt sympathy to all of Karen's loved ones. Karen was a wonderful friend and "book club buddy." I will miss her big heart, sharp intellect, quiet thoughtfulness and the way she was so interested in everyone and everything. My life is better for having known her.
Keeping you all close in my thoughts...
My heartfelt sympathy to the Stetson family. I have many fond and fun memories of Karen in Jr. High and High School, especially in band and our many challenging science classes. I am so glad I had the opportunity to catch up at our 30 yr. class reunion, to meet Lonnie, and hear about her lovely family. Karen's love of live and kind spirit will continue to live in all of us. May your cherished memories help you all through this incredibly difficult time.
Dear Jim & Diane and Stetson family,
I was so very sorry to hear about Karen. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
We are very sorry to learn about the passing of Karen, but grateful for her service to our nation as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Marshall Islands.
The National Peace Corps Association
Dear Jim and Diane and Stetson Family
Remembering you at the time of sorrow and sending deep felt sympathy to you and your family and a big hug.
Dear Ginny and Dallas, I can imagine the sadness you feel, I just wanted to let you that I'm sharing a part of it, and even if I didn't see Karen for years, I will never forget the Christmas we had together at your house. They are one of the best memories of all my life. All my love to you all, and a lot of courage to go on. Big hugs,
Ophélie and Benoît
My heartfelt sympathies to all of you~ I am thinking of each of you, and sending hugs. May the memories comfort you and guide you through losing Karen (mom)...
Karen, How is it that I thought you would always be there for us to reconnect? Your kindness, beauty and loving spirit will be cherished always. I am so thankful that you touched my life. Peace to your loved ones.