Karen Bingham (1957 - 2012)

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Bingham, Karen S.

Karen S. Bingham, age 54, of 3531 Enchanted Drive, Wisconsin Rapids, WI died Monday, August 20, 2012 at her residence. Karen gracefully left this world after 18 months of dealing with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

Memorial Services are 11:00 AM Thursday, August 23, 2012 at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Wisconsin Rapids, WI. Deacon James Johnston will officiate. Entombment will take place at Forest Hill Mausoleum. The family will greet relatives and friends at Ritchay Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids from 4:00-8:00 PM Wednesday and Thursday at the Church from 10:00-11:00 AM.

Karen was born November 8, 1957 in Stevens Point, WI to Douglas and Joan (Casanova) Kongslien. She married John F. Bingham on December 28, 1985 in Stevens Point, WI.

Karen earned her associate degree from Fox Valley Technical College and then earned her bachelor's degree from Lakeland College in Sheboygan, WI. She was a systems analyst for Mid State Technical College for 21 years and then was a special education aide and classroom aide for the Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools at Lincoln High School for 10 years.

Karen served as secretary/treasurer for the Central Wisconsin BMX for 10 years. She enjoyed crafting, oil painting, quilting, crocheting, stamping and gardening.

Karen is survived by her husband John; parents, Doug and Joan Kongslien of Stevens Point, WI; son, Casey (significant other- Jess Moyer) Bingham of Oconomowoc, WI; stepsons, Kyle (Kristin) Bingham of Chelsea, MI and Jason (Megan) Bingham of Denver, CO; three grandchildren, Lily, Brett and Brecken; brother, Tim (Julie) Kongslien of Pierre, S.D.; and two sisters, Jackie Kongslien of Amherst, WI and Brenda (John) Cox of Pomona, CA. Karen is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, a scholarship will be established in Karen's name for students with disabilities.

"The Bingham family wishes to thank neighbors, friends and former colleagues for their wonderful support during this difficult time. They also want to give sincere appreciation to Ministry Home Care Hospice for their angelic care. As our father says, "this is not goodbye but see you later".


Published in Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune on Aug. 21, 2012
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