Karen E. Metzger (nee Nickerson)

May 1, 1942 - June 26, 2008

Karen E. Metzger (nee Nickerson), age 66, went home to be with her Lord Jesus on Thursday, June 26, 2008, at Froedtert Lutheran Memorial Hospital. She was born on May 1, 1942, in Ravenna, Ohio, to the late Hugh and Erla (nee Osmun) Nickerson.

She was raised in Kent, Ohio, moving to Wisconsin in 1957. She graduated from West Allis Central High School, Class of 1960. After high school, she attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she met Richard "Rick" F. Metzger and they got married June 8, 1963. They started a family in 1965 and then moved to Waukesha, where they raised their children. One of Karenís biggest joys was being a foster parent for more than 60 children. She sang in the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus and the Skylight Theater and gave piano lessons. Karenís heart for God was very obvious to everyone who met her, which was demonstrated through her involvement in the life of the church and peopleís lives, especially her children. Karen fulfilled her lifelong dream of graduating from college, which she completed in 1997 at Mount Mary. Later, she was thrilled to have grandchildren and loved every minute she had with them.

She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Rick of Jackson; children, Vicki (Mike) Spray of Niceville, Fla., Debra (Ann) Metzger-Reinders of Waukesha, Robert Metzger of Minneapolis and Ricky Metzger of Chicago; two grandchildren, Taylor Ann and Braedon Hugh; and sisters, Caroljean (Ron) Newell and Dayle (Mahlon Darlington) Nickerson. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her brother, E. Lynn Nickerson.

Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until the 4 p.m. celebration of life service Sunday, June 29, at Northbrook Church, 4014 Highway 167 W, Richfield, with the Rev. Lee Heyward officiating.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the medical staff of Froedtert Hospital and the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic of Slinger for their compassionate care.

Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family. For more information, call 338-2050 or visit online at www.phillipfuneralhome.com