Karen Dorman Marek
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Karen Dorman Marek

On June 27, 2020, Dr. Karen Dorman Marek passed away peacefully with her daughters at her side in Scottsdale, AZ. She was 65 years old. Karen was a compassionate spirit whose passion was caring for others. She was a 1973 Washington High School graduate. She received a diploma from the Idabelle Firestone School of Nursing and while working, earned BSN, and MSN degrees from the University of Akron, and an MBA and PhD from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. At the time of her passing, she was the Bernita 'B' Steffl Professor of Geriatric Nursing in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University. Her research focused on community-based care models for aging adults. She was a proud feminist and advocated and marched for equality and healthcare for all. Karen adored being outside and would often be found on her paddleboard or biking the Oak Leaf Trail. She loved to hike and explore the outdoors with her daughters and grandchildren.

Karen is survived by her husband of 43 years, Gerald; her three daughters: Heather of Phoenix, AZ, Laurel of St. Francis, WI, Anne of Dunedin, New Zealand; six grandchildren; brother, Bill Dorman of Massillon; and two rescue kitties.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations are made to Urban Cat Coalition https://www.urbancats.org/donate A celebration of Life will be held in Milwaukee at a later date.

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Published in IndeOnline on Jul. 1, 2020.
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July 7, 2020
Karen had such an impact on nursing, she was part of the Magnet appraiser family for several years. Her participation in the teams she was on, the organizations she reviewed, and the Magnet program contributed to raising the bar for nursing.
She will be missed by all that had the privilege to know her.
Maureen Lal
July 3, 2020
Your family has given her a lovely tribute, I am sure she would be proud! It seems like yesterday we were all in the PhD program. Karen's smile, energy, and efforts to make the world better are missed!
Marilyn Frenn
July 3, 2020
Karen and I worked together at UWM - we became fast friends - I loved her irreverence and passion for questioning the status quo. She loved life - and most of all, her family. She worked tirelessly to create a better world for them. I will miss her deeply. One of my favorite memories is when she stayed at my home for the Women's March. We had such a blast!
Laura Anderko
July 3, 2020
To Jay and family My heart felt sympathy to you all Karen was a wonderful wife,mother,grandmother
and totally devoted to you all I cant imagine the pain you are experiencing She has gone too soon and will allways be missed My heart goes out to you all God Bless You Karen I will allways remember you visiting in NZ and allways asking me to visit you in your home in the States I allways appreciated that Enjoy your new journey xxxxBev
Beverley Holmes
July 2, 2020
Karen and I have been friends since the start of our doctoral program in 1987. We worked as research assistants for various faculty. Karen worked for Dr. Norma Lang. Since both of us lost our mothers at a young age, we adopted Norma as our "mother". Karen's family became an adopted family for me when I spent 2 years in Milwaukee. She encouraged me to apply for the Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Executive Fellowship. We both were accepted and enjoyed our ongoing friendship through this venue. Karen loved her family and was highly engaged with them both as a parent, partner, and friend. She will be missed.
Bonnie Westra
July 1, 2020
I often was in class at Wild Workouts with Karen. She always made the class fun with her complaints, jokes and observations. We were both snowbird members; Karen headed to AZ and I headed to FL. I will miss her. ❤ My sympathy to Karens family. I dont know you, but from knowing Karen, I know that she leaves a missing piece to your family puzzle. I also know she left you with many happy memories to help ease the pain and help you remember her.
Peggy Eilers
July 1, 2020
Heather and family,
I'm so sorry for your family's loss. May the love of friends and family help carry you through your sorrow .
The Cox Family
Lori Cox
July 1, 2020
An amazing woman, May she Rest In Peace many thoughts and prayers to you family
Michele Lombardi ostrowiak
July 1, 2020
Can't believe we lost you so soon. Grateful for the wonderful memories we had visiting with you in all the places you lived. Love you!
Sarah Hay
July 1, 2020
Jay, Im so sorry for your loss. Sean talked to me and was completely heartbroken. I can only hope and pray that you find solace in her eternal life and the renewed closeness of friends and family around her memory. You were one of the most influential people in my professional life, and if you need anything, please dont hesitate to reach out. 630.352.8928
Dennis McCarron
June 30, 2020
Oh, how do I find words to express my sympathy! I was a classmate of Karen's and fellow majorette. I have many fond memories of Karen and will hold them dear to my heart. Prayers for her family.
Dena DeVaughn
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