Karen L. Wils, age 72, of 1610 Dakota Avenue, Gladstone, passed away Monday evening May 17, 2010 at the University of Illinois Chicago Medical Center following complications from a stroke.
Karen was born July 8, 1937 in Escanaba the daughter of Patrick and Isabel (Latimer) LaPorte. Karen was raised in Escanaba and Gladstone and she was a 1955 graduate of Gladstone High School.
Karen was married to Fern Dahlgren and they made their home in Gladstone where they raised their 4 children. She was employed with the Terrace Motel and O.S.F. Hospital.
Karen was united in marriage to James
Diane & Family,So sorry to hear about your Mom. My sympathies to you, your brothers & families. There are not too many of the old neighbors left anymore. I always enjoyed your Mom’s energy. The neighbor won’t be the same.
Christine Speaker (Goodman)
Our deepest sympathy goes out to the whole family with the loss of you mom. Diane, I have so many fond memories of her growning up. Karen was a special lady and many people will miss her.
Mary and Mark Malnor and family
Rapid River, MI
Karen was remarkably warm and gregarious, a person I was fortunate to know. When we talked, she made me feel like I was the only one in the room. I will miss her.
Janet and I would like to send our deepest sympathys to all of you.I will miss our daily snow shoveling discussions and how much both of us disliked the white stuff. Karen always had to time to chat with us and she always had a smile on her face and by the time we were done talking so did we.The neighborhood wont be the same but heaven will be brighter because of her smile and laugh. We will miss her.
Janet and Joe Moberg
Deepest sympathy to the entire Wils family. Karen was a wonderful person with a non stop smile.
Rapid River, MI
Karen will be so missed…she always brought a smile and a ray of sunshine with her when she came in to see us.
God bless her, rest in peace to our friend.
The Saloon Crew
Dear Family, I send you hugs and love to help comfort you in the loss of our Karen. Gee, I can hear that laugh and now our family and friends in heaven are enjoying it, too! Aunt Karen never failed to put a smile on my face. She will continue to do so each time I think of her. I wish I could be with you to celebrate her life.
With Love, your cousin,
Barbara Wils Royer
Such a wonderful person Karen was. She and I where class mates and old family friends. Our Fathers’ where old “BUDS”. She will be missed by many. Sorry is not enough when you lose someone so dear. Our thought and prayers are with the family.
My heartfelt sympathy to all in the loss of Karen. She was a beautiful person and always had the biggest and sincerest smile. I will never forget her laugh and the way she just always cared. This world will miss you Karen. God Bless and my condolences to the entire family.
Jackie [LaFond] Mott
Orange Park, FL
It breaks my heart to know i will never get to see your smile or hear your laugh again in this life, but i look forward to seeing you in heaven which i know is where you are at right now. You were loved by all who knew you and we will be missing you terribly. I will never forget your “pumpkin pie” kisses that you gave me when i was a young boy which made a loving and lasting impression on me. I love you Mom!!
Grandma Karen, you will be greatly missed! We have such good memories of kiddie cocktails, yummy treats and lots of laughs while visiting with you. You always made us feel so welcome!
Kari, Kelli and Kalin Gold
To Karen’s Family
Know that Karen was loved dearly by all whom had the privilege to know her. Karen’s smile, hugs,handful hand, and caring for others in their time of need is the legacy that she leaves with us all. I will truly miss her.
My deepest sympathies go out to Karen’s family. She was a great person who always had a kind word and great smile. My thoughts and prayer’s are with you.
To all of Karen’s family. Please accept my most heartfelt and sincere condolences. Karen was a shining star…such an Angel here on earth. She was such a dear friend to my Mom and was there for my family when my Mom passed away last month. I’ll miss seeing her in church and out walking by my house. You are all in my thoughts and prayers and I will never forget your Mom. God Bless you all.
Ann Marie Roberts VandeWiele
Granny…I will always remember your smile and always makes us grandchildren laugh. We will remember you always. Love you.
My sister Candy and I are very saddened to hear of Karen’s death. We have known her very well since we all met back in 1967. She was a special lady and always had the best personality and laugh ever! We use to get together for coffee when our kids were all growing and those times will be long remembered. We will miss her but we know that she is now with PJ who was the love of her life.
Candy (Balenger) Rivers and Nancy (Balenger) Hansen