Karen J Zriny, age 69, of Schofield died on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at Aspirus Hospice House with her family at her side.
Karen was born in Manitowoc on May 27, 1947 to the late Roy and Beatrice (Rusch) Kramer. She graduated from Manitowoc High School and then went on to UW Oshkosh where she pursued her undergraduate degree in Education and masters in guidance and counseling. She married Jeffrey Zriny on August 16, 1969 in Manitowoc. Together they moved to the Wausau area in 1974 where Karen was employed first as a 4th grade teacher at Evergreen Elementary and then as a 7th grade English teacher at DC Everest Junior High and then to the D.C. Everest Middle school. Karen was a dedicated teacher who touched so many children’s lives. Former students would often share stories of how she influenced their lives by being patient and nurturing, treating everyone as a unique human being. Several of her former students became teachers. Karen was a member at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church and enjoyed playing tennis, golf, and bridge.
She enjoyed her children and grandchildren. She was happiest caring for her flowers, sitting on her pontoon on a nice summer evening with a glass of wine and enjoying conversation with friends on Lake Wausau. She was truly a person who enjoyed people, and cared deeply for them.
Karen is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, Jeff Zriny; children Lisa Zriny of Green Bay and Brett (Sara) Zriny of Seattle, WA; and grandkids Beck and Kenzie Zriny.
She is preceded in death by her parents Roy and Bea Kramer.
Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, March 31, 2017 at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 6205 Alderson St., Weston. The Rev. Lance Hoelscher will officiate. Burial will be at Restlawn Memorial Park. Visitation will take place from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church and again from 10:00 am until the time of the service at the church on Friday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Mt. Olive Lutheran Church or Aspirus Hospice House.
The family would like to thank the PEO Sisters who brought sunshine into her life every week, the entire staff at TLC Home Care, especially Marie and Michelle, for the amazing care given to Karen, and the Aspirus Hospice House staff.