Karen Goelzer-McKaig, age 77, of Janesville, died Saturday, March 11, 2017, at Mercy Hospital.
She was born on March 1, 1940, in Spooner, WI, the daughter of Norman and Ellen (Norton) Chase. Karen married John W. Goelzer in 1964, he died on August 3, 1980. She later married Thomas E. McKaig on August 12, 1995, he died November 9, 2003. Karen started her teaching career in the Janesville School System and taught public summer school for a number of years. She was the owner/director of Goelzer’s First Step Nursery School in Janesville for 27 years. She was also a Mary Kay Consultant. Karen was an active member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, where she had taught Sunday school, organized the church’s participation in the CROP Walk and designed and maintained the church’s memorial garden. Karen was very active in the community participating in Rotary Gardens, Rock County Historical Society, AARP, Wilson School Breakfast Club, Meals on Wheels, ECHO and received the YWCA Women of Distinction Award in 1999.
She is survived by 2 children, Eric (Cathy) Goelzer of Middleton, WI and Curt (Felicia) Goelzer of Monroe, MI; grandchildren: John, Matthew, Alsacia and Kazia; step children, Kimberly (Brook) Schmitt and Keri (William) Griffin; step grandchildren: Chandler, Lauren, Emma, Madelynne and Adam; a sister, Linda (Jim) Ely of Neenah, WI; a sister-in-law, Ann Koppelmeyer; a brother-in-law, Donald Schieve, and her extended Scottish family. She was preceded in death by her husbands, a daughter-in-law, Marilyn Goelzer, and a sister-in-law, Mary Jane Schieve.
A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at ST. PETER’S LUTHERAN CHURCH, with Rev. Bruce Gray presiding. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY and again on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the Church. Lasting Memorials may be made to Rotary Gardens. For on-line condolences and registry: www.schneiderfuneraldirectors.com
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