Karen D. Smith
Sept. 26, 1954 Nov. 14, 2015

Karen D. Smith, 61, of Palmyra, passed away Saturday, November 14, 2015, at home with her husband by her side. She was born Sept. 26, 1954, in Milwaukee, the daughter of the late Harland and Margaret (Hawthorne) Claussen.

Karen was united in marriage to Gregory J. Smith on December 2, 1972, in New Berlin. She enjoyed cheering on the Green Bay Packers and had a lifelong love of children. For many years she touched the lives of children, who benefitted from her affection and attention during their early years at daycare.

Karen is survived by her husband of 42 years, Greg of Palmyra; children, Kelly (John) Malizio of Beloit and Jacob Smith of Madison; grandchildren, Ayden and Ava; and brothers, Richard Claussen of Slinger and Roger (Patti) Claussen of East Troy. Karen was loved and will be remembered by many of relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 7:00 PM Thursday, November 19, at Haase-Lockwood & Associates Funeral Home, 320 W. Main St., Palmyra, with Pastor Lawrence Turner officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 PM until the time of service.

Haase-Lockwood & Associates Funeral Homes and Crematory of Palmyra is assisting the family, 262-4952127. For the online guest registry, please go to