Karen Nelson, 51

With her family by her side, Karen Ann Nelson, 51, passed away Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at her home after a five-year battle with cancer.

Karen was born in Fullerton, Calif., on May 6, 1958. She moved to Racine County in 1965. Karen was a 1976 graduate of Union Grove High School. She earned bachelorís degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

On Aug. 7, 1982, she was united in marriage to David J. Nelson in Union Grove, Wis. Together, Karen and David raised two children, Sarah and Peter.

Karen was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church where she served as their Northside Preschoolís treasurer for 12 years. Karen loved Girl Scouting and was co-leader of her daughterís Troop #301 for 11 years. After being a troop leader, Karen served on the board of directors for Girl Scouts of Racine County and was the last president before the councilís regional merger.

Karen was a realtor for Coldwell Banker for six years. She was also a longtime member of the Greater Racine Kennel Club and chair of their annual Pershing Park dog show for several years. Karen served as Racine County Supervisor for District 5 for three terms. While on the County Board, she chaired the finance and human resources committee and was a member of the economic development and land use planning committee.

Above all, Karen treasured time spent with her family and many friends.

In her free time, she enjoyed gardening and working with her dogs. She never turned down an opportunity to have coffee and doughnuts with friends. Karen will forever be remembered as a vibrant, determined, and generous individual. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and community.

Survivors include her husband, David; her children, Sarah E. Nelson (Christopher Wilson) of Madison, Wis., and Peter J. Nelson of Racine; her mother, Ramona J. Johnson (nee Wheaton) of Union Grove, Wis.; brother, John G. (Leanne) Johnson of McFarland, Wis.; sisters, Kristin S. (Todd) Armstrong of Somers, Wis., and Kathy J. (Jeff) Burton of The Woodlands, Texas; nephews Michael, David, Shane, Justin, John, and Colin; other relatives; and many dear friends.

Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 17 and 11 a.m. until 12 p.m. on Monday, April 18, 2010 at the Maresh-Meredith Acklam Funeral Home, 803 Main St., Racine, Wis.

The memorial service will take place at 12 p.m. on Monday, April 18, 2010, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3825 Erie St., Racine, Wis. The Rev. Rosalind Dryver-Scott will be officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Karen A. Nelson Scholarship Fund, which has been created through the Girl Scouts of Southeast Wisconsin.

Karenís family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to Dr. Michael Mullane and the staff of Oncology Alliance and Hospice Alliance.
Maresh-Meredith and Acklam Funeral Home is assisting the family.