Karen A. Washburn

Sept. 14, 1947 – April 22, 2013

Karen A. Washburn of Iola, formerly of Waukesha, died Monday, April 22, 2013, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield at the age of 65. She was born in Watertown on Sept. 14, 1947, the daughter of Delmar and Arlene (nee Smith) Krueger.

She was a 1965 graduate of Waukesha South High School. Karen worked for the Waukesha School District at White Rock School for 25 years as a custodian. On Feb. 16, 1991, she married Harold Washburn in Waukesha. Karen enjoyed fishing as long as someone would bait and take off the fish. She was also an avid Farmville player on Facebook, making sure she collected her crops before she would go anywhere. She was a very proud mother and grandmother who enjoyed telling people about her son’s lawn business and how much her daughter had achieved.

She will be sadly missed by her husband, Harold, of Iola; her son, Shawn (Tammy) Clendenning; her daughter, Heather Olsvewski; and her grandchildren, Brady, Nick, Luke, Eric, Simon, Gracie and Maridith. She is further survived by her brother and sisters, Tony, Terry, Patrick, Michael, Carol and Angela Spice, along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until the 7 p.m. funeral service Friday, April 26, at the Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. Graveside services will take place at noon Saturday, April 27, at Hillcrest Cemetery in Endeavor.

If desired, memorials are appreciated to American Cancer Society.

Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services is honored to serve the family. For further information, please call the funeral home at 547-4035 or visit our website at for directions or to leave the family an online tribute message.