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Karen L. Nelson

May 06, 1947 - Aug 08, 2019


Karen L. Nelson, age 72, of Sheboygan, died on Thursday, August 08, 2019 at the Sheboygan Senior Community. She was born in Sheboygan May 6, 1947, the daughter of the late Charles and Gladys Meyer Schommer.
Karen attended local schools and graduated from Sheboygan North High School in 1965. On June 13, 1970 she was united in marriage to James E. Nelson at St. Mark Lutheran Church. Karen and James were married for 49 years and best friends for 55 years.
She was employed at Well Fargo Bank specializing in business banking, retiring in 2005. Karen then worked at HSA Bank doing various clerical duties until 2012. She was a current member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheboygan Falls and sang in various church choirs. Karen enjoyed traveling to Europe and all over the United States, gardening, tending to her flowers, baking, cooking and shopping. Most of all Karen loved taking care of her grandchildren.
Survivors include her husband, James, of Sheboygan; two children, Timothy (Julie) Nelson, of Sheboygan and Andrew (Angela) Nelson, of Sheboygan Falls; three grandchildren, Tyler, Joshua and Alivia; one brother, James (Barbara) Schommer; a niece, Janell (Rob) Romnek, both of Grafton; her brother-in-law, Jeffery (Carmenza) Nelson, of Sheboygan; two sisters-in-law, Judith (Bill) Hayon, of Sheboygan and Jean(Denny) Kuznacic, of Sheboygan Falls. Karen is also survived by her four best friends, Betty (Dick) Kroll, Kathy (Dick) Nack, Joanne (Jerry) Kyrsak, Joanne (Bob) Menzer and many other relatives and friends. Her parents, mother-in-law and father-in-law and a nephew, Alan Schommer all preceded her in death.
A memorial service for Karen will be held on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 730 County Rd. PPP, Sheboygan Falls with Rev. Thomas Gudmundson officiating. Family and friends may gather at the church on Tuesday evening from 4:00 p.m. until the time of service at 6:00 p.m. Interment will take place at the Lutheran Cemetery. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established in Karen’s name.
A heartfelt thank you is extended to the staff at Sheboygan Senior Community, Aurora Hospice and especially hospice nurse, Jenna. The Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at

Memorial Service

Date: Tuesday Aug 13, 2019
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: St. Paul Lutheran Church [map]


Date: Tuesday Aug 13, 2019
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: St. Paul Lutheran Church [map]



Guestbook Entries SIGN GUESTBOOK

Karen Gollhardt

I had the pleasure of working with Karen and she was one of the kindest, most beautiful souls I have ever known. She will be greatly missed. Sending prayers for peace and comfort for all who loved her.

David Zoch

Karen and I worked together on many projects while employed at a local bank. She was fun, smart, attentive, happy and a great friend. She was a great wife and mom and loved her family dearly. We had many discussions about many subjects. We shared many laughs and even a few tears. We didn't see much of each other recently, but I will always remember Karen as a good and sincere friend.

Jeff Moenning

Jim and family, My deepest sympathies and condolences to you and your family on the recent loss of Karen. She was such a nice lady and I'm sure will be missed immensely by all who were fortunate to know her. My prayers are with you at this difficult time. Jeff Moenning

kimberly Fischer

To Jim, Tim and Andy ,My deepest sympathies From Kimberly Fischer

Jim Podlich

This makes me very sad. Always one of the sweetest people I knew. JIm, my thoughts are with you.

Karen D Schinabeck

Jim, I was so sorry to read about Karen's passing. Having been on two trips with you and Karen, most recent to Scotland and Ireland, it's hard to believe that Karen is no longer with us. She was a sweet lady. Cherish the memories you two had for you many, many years together. God bless you and your family.

Amanda Pamperin

Our deepest condolences to the entire Nelson family. We will surely miss Karen, especially the compassion she showed to everything. With sincere sympathy, The Pamperin Family

Beverly Weigel

Jim, I am so sorry for your loss. Karen was a very kind person, and I enjoyed the trips we were on together.