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Karen J. Pease

March 16, 1941 ~ October 17, 2020 (age 79)


Karen J. Pease, 79, of North Prairie, WI passed away on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at her home with her loving family by her side.

Karen was born on March 16, 1941 in Milwaukee, WI the daughter of Bernard and Delores (Howard) VanDillen. She grew up in the Milwaukee area and on May 9, 1970 she married the love of her life, Robert D. Pease at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waukesha, WI. Karen worked as a housekeeper for the majority of her working career. Karen’s loving family remembers her for her kindness and her loving spirit. She was always willing to help a friend or family member in need. She was also a talented cook and kept her family well fed. Karen had Rheumatoid Arthritis for many years but she did not allow that to slow her down. She never complained and was strong, independent and capable despite this diagnosis. Karen had some artistic talents and expressed them through crafting. It must also be mentioned that she had a strong connection with animals and loved her dogs dearly. She was a very helpful and giving woman and she will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Karen is survived by: her dear husband, Bob Pease; her 2 sisters, Mary VanDillen and Anne VanDillen; her 2 brothers, John VanDillen and Joe (Ellen) VanDillen; 2 sisters-in-law; Shirley (Dave) Moots and Betty Pease; 2 nieces, River (DeWayne) VanDillen and Rainin VanDillen; and 4 nephews, Mark (Lisa) VanDillen, Steve (Roxanne) Pease, Jeff (Jodie) Pease, and Jim (Amy) Pease. She is also survived by a number of great-nieces and nephews, her first great-great niece who was born on October 6, 2020, and other relatives and friends.

Karen is preceded in death by: her parents; her brother, Paul VanDillen; her brother-in-law, Stuart Pease; her sister-in-law, Pat VanDillen; her nephew, Mike VanDillen; and her 4 loving companions, Muffy Pease, Daisy Pease, Dixie Pease, and Sadie Pease.

Those wishing to express their sympathy may consider a donation to the Waukesha County Humane Society in Karen's name. 

Karen will be laid to rest on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Waukesha, WI during a private family service.

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