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In Memory of Karen McCray

Public burial of cremated remains

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Saturday July 11, 2020
Baldwin Cemetery
Highway 63
Baldwin Wisconsin

Karen Ann McCray, age 53 of Austin, MN, formerly of Baldwin, passed away April 4, 2020 at her home in Austin due to an acute asthma attack. Karen was born on July 7, 1966 in Baldwin, WI, to parents Kenneth and Lois (Johnson) Van Someren. She graduated Baldwin Woodville High School with the class of 84’ and went on to further her education at UW Stout and earned her bachelors of science degree in special education.

Karen first worked at Lake Mills as a special education teacher before taking a job at Viking Elementary in Woodville as a special education assistant. Karen then went on to work for Blue Cross Blue Shield for nearly 20 years as a claims specialist. Karen loved to be around her children and grandchildren and play cards with family. Some of her favorite past times were pan fishing at her parent’s lake place on Wapogasset, watching her kids play sports and cheering on the Green Bay Packers. She also enjoyed singing and reading mystery, romance, and horror novels.

Karen will remain in the hearts of her children, Brandon (Emily) Van Someren, Kayla Van Someren, and Alex McCray; grandchildren Tyce, Grace and Montino; mother and best friend Lois Van Someren; siblings Linda (Kevin) Booth; nieces and nephews Kenzie (Jacob), Morgan (Mike), Erin (Jacob), Tanner, and Olivia; as well as special friend Girard Judd. She is preceded in death by her father Kenneth and brother Randy.  

A private service was held at O’Connell Family Funeral Home in Baldwin. Public burial will be at the Baldwin Cemetery at 3pm, Saturday July 11th. Memorials are appreciated in lieu of flowers to her memory and may be sent to Linda Booth at 2042 120th Ave, Baldwin, WI, 54002


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    • I’m so sorry to hear of Karen’s passing! I just came across this today as I hadn’t hear from Karen since March.

      I worked with Karen at blue cross and we were very close friends. we lost touch for awhile but reconnected a year ago when I moved back to Minnesota.

      I’m so sad! She loved her family so much and especially her children and grandchildren! She suffered from asthma and other health issues for years. I know she is at peace and my sympathy goes out to Brandan, Kayla, and Alex as well as her grandchildren, her sister, Linda and family and her precious mom, Lois!

      I’m praying for comfort, love and peace for all in Jesus’ name!

      Patricia ❤️🙏☝️❤️

    • So sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. I was fortunate to work with her for short time at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of MN. She was quick with a smile and kindness. My condolences go out to her family and friends!

    • Our thoughts are with Alex and the rest of the McCray family during this time. I hope our love can lessen the sorrow you feel in your heart. Never hesitate to reach out to us if there is anything you need.
      With love,
      Your True Blue Crew

    • My thoughts and prayers go out to Karen’s mom, siblings children and family. Gone way too soon.