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In Memory of Karen Althoff

Gathering of Family and Friends

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Saturday April 23, 2022
O'Connell Family Funeral Home
1010 Newton Street
Baldwin WI, 54002

Karen Ann Althoff, age 83 of Clear Lake, WI, passed away Monday, March 1, 2022. Karen was born on March 4, 1938 in St. Paul, MN to Earl and Valeria (Webber) Newstrand. She grew up in St. Paul and graduated from Johnson High School. Karen was united in marriage to Richard “Rick” Althoff in 1970, and together, they raised 5 children. She worked many years at Unisys Corporation, and continued working into retirement as a Deli Manager for Festival Foods.


Karen is remembered best for her compassionate and loving disposition, yet notorious wit, humor, delightful sarcasm, and for being so fun and “cool”. Her talents and interests were many. Gatherings with her family and friends were always well planned and geared for a good time. 


Karen will remain in the hearts of her husband of 51 years, Rick Althoff; her daughters, Sharon (Steve) Jasper, Julie Oman (Dan Verbrick), and Tammy (John Ketzner) Althoff; son-in-law, David Hanson; grandchildren; Chris (Gena) Fernandez, Ashley (Matt) Newman, Jenna Hanson (Mac Walsh); Josh (Christina) Oman, Becky (Quentin) Helland, Nicki (Max) Super, Amanda (Kyle) Eastling; Kristina Keppert, Chad Keppert; Shawna (Mark) Trapani, and Ryan (Fitri) Geissler; many great-grandchildren; siblings, Jane Kuschel, Joe (Stephanie) Newstrand, and Nancy (Tom) Korlin; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


She is preceded in death by her parents; children, Debbra Hanson, and Steven Oman; and brother-in-law, Del Kuschel.


A gathering of family and friends to celebrate Karen’s life will be held from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, 2022 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 1010 Newton St., Baldwin, WI.

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    • My deepest condolences to the family, you are all in my thoughts and prayers, Karen definitely left her mark in life, she was such a kind and loving woman. God Bless you all

    • Aunt Karen you’ll be deeply missed. You touched my heart and also my funny bone. Remember you are my favorite aunt besides Jane and Nancy. ❤️❤️❤️

      Colleen and Harold

    • I will forever miss you, you were the best Mom a girl could ask for. I will miss all the fun we had at girls nights, and your sarcastic yet loving attitude. Love you Mom! Say Hi to Steve and Deb give them hugs from me. Until we meet again😇❤❤❤💔

    • Auntie Karen,
      I will miss your sense of humor, laugh and smile most. Spending time with you, Jane and Nancy was always the best. I always laughed so hard and would leave with a smile.
      Love always,

    • I will miss you each and every day. Know that I’ll be carrying out the many traits you passed to me…..all of them 😘 I will watch closely over dad.
      You’re simply the best! Give em heck up there and have fun. I’m certain you already are.
      Give Grandpa, Deb, and Steve big hugs
      Until we meet again….I love you always
      Mom (a.k.a Karen, lil crane)

    • Rick
      I’m sorry for your loss. I looked forward to your daily visits to Karen, unless the coop needed cleaning. Your bib buddy