Karen Kay Fortman
OREGON-Karen Kay Fortman, age 70, of Oregon, passed into heaven peacefully Saturday evening, Oct. 21, 2017, at UW Hospital and Clinics.
She was surrounded by her loving family and beautiful soothing music. She was born on Oct. 24, 1946, in Tomah, Wis., the daughter of Raymond Anderson and Helen (Fell) Anderson. She married Bernard Fortman on Nov. 13, 1965, at Mazomanie Methodist Church. After graduating from Tomah High School, she moved to Madison and started working at Wisconsin Bell as a telephone operator and later as a pharmacist’s assistant at Dean Clinic. She started working at Rural Insurance as an accountant in Aug. of 1976 and retired in Oct. of 2011 after 35 years of service.
After retirement, she spent most of her days doing the accounting for Midwest Rock Tops. She enjoyed camping, playing cards, gambling, spending time with family and relaxing with a good book. We will miss her great sense of humor and her jokes.
Karen is survived by her husband; daughter, Tammy K. (Brian) Boehnen of Oregon; son, David J. (Deborah) Fortman of Oregon; grandson, Travis (Kristina Bailey – fiancee) Boehnen of Oregon; granddaughter, Katelyn Boehnen of Oregon; two brothers, Raymond Jr. (Jeannette) Anderson of New Lisbon and twin brother, Kent (Marilyn) Anderson of Warrens and four sisters-in-law, Helen (Gene) Beckwith of Belleville, Phyllis Husom of Madison, Shirley (Delbert) Meise of Cazenovia and Janice (Paul) Schindler of Arizona City, AZ; and a brother-in-law, Donald Fortman of Madison; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister-in-law, Marilyn (Jim) Landen, niece, Jilaine Beckwith Desautels, and nephew, Danny Beckwith.
Funeral services will be held at PEOPLE’S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 103 Alpine Parkway, Oregon, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, with the Reverends Jason Mahnke and Bob Groth presiding. Burial will be held at the Oak Hall Cemetery City of Fitchburg. A luncheon will follow the burial at the church. Visitation will be held at GUNDERSON OREGON FUNERAL AND CREMATION CARE, 1150 Park St., Oregon, 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, and also at People’s United Methodist Church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday.
A special thanks to Dr. Loren C. Denlinger, TLC Attending, Dr. Josh Buehler, Dr. Amy Jaeger, Dr. Mike Nabozney Surgeon (Mom’s favorite), Kelsey R.N. (Mom’s new best friend and special nurse), and the rest of the staff at TLC UW Hospital & Clinics.
Memorials may be directed to the family. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.
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