Karen Ann Velardo
June 26, 1950 - May 2, 2021
ZION, IL - Karen Ann Velardo was called to her heavenly home on the afternoon of May 2, 2021 at the Grove at the Lake in Zion, IL.
She was born June 26, 1950, in Kenosha, WI, the daughter of Frank and Janet Velardo. Attended Kenosha schools until graduating from George Nelson Tremper High School in 1968. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from UW-Parkside, Kenosha, WI, in 1977. She earned her Masters of Religious Education from Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL, in 1991.While Karen was attending Baptist Tabernacle as a child, she learned the truth about man's fallen condition, God's intervention in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ, whose sinless life, substitutionary death and triumphant resurrection provided our salvation. She gratefully accepted His offer to be born into His family. She devoted her life to her church work, first at Baptist Tabernacle in Kenosha, WI and later at Wheaton Bible Church in Wheaton, IL.
She will be dearly missed by her brother, George (June) Velardo and the rest of her extended family. While she never had biological children, she helped raise her best friend's children. They consider her their "mom" as well. Her "children" Joseph (Sarah) Wilkinson and Andrea (Wayne) Johnson and her "grandchildren" Zachary and Benjamin Johnson will miss her as well.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Janet Velardo and her "granddaughter" Kimberly Zeck.
A memorial service honoring Karen's life will be held at First Christian Church, 13022 Wilmot Rd., Kenosha, WI 53142, Saturday, June 19, 2021. There will be an hour to visit with the family from 10 am to 11 am. The service will be from 11 am to noon. There will be a time for sharing memories from friends and family during the service. If people are unable to speak, but still want to share a memory, a written message can be read by the pastor during that time.
It is Karen's fervent hope that those who know and love her will also come to know and love her Savior, Jesus Christ. She looks forward to meeting all who come to Him, to enter into His presence by way of the cross as she has. What a reunion we shall have!