Karen S. Nelson, age 80 of Janesville, passed away on Wednesday, September 7, 2022, at Mercyhealth Hospital and Trauma Center in Janesville. She was born in New Glarus, WI, on May 4, 1942, the daughter of Arol and Olga (Voegeli) Berge.
Karen graduated from New Glarus High School in 1960, and married Marvin Nelson on February 16, 1963, at the Swiss United Church of Christ in New Glarus. She was crowned the Dairy Queen of the Green County Fair in 1961, and enjoyed shopping with friends, baking for her loved ones, music and dancing. Karen was especially close to her family, and adored spending as much quality time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren as possible. She was creative and regularly attended arts and craft fairs, and always made the holidays memorable with her stylish decorating abilities.
Karen is survived by her husband of 59 years, Marvin Nelson; children, Tammy (Dan) Steinke, Tanya (Mike) Williams, Wade (Dawn) Nelson and Tanelle (Ryan) Bushaw; grandchildren, Amber (Josh) Ingalls, Nichole (Curtis) Cowell, Evan (Ally) Nelson, Kailey (Bailey Kehm) Nelson, Logan (Audrey) Schuh; and great-grandchildren, Ariana Carlson, Aidan Kerl, Max Ingalls, Zander Ingalls, Gabbi Ingalls and Jagger Cowell.
She is preceded in death by her father, Arol Berge; her parents, Wilbert and Olga Hess; mother and father in-law, Helen and George Nelson.
A funeral service was held at 6:00 p.m., on Wednesday, September 14, 2022, at Schneider Funeral Home, with visitation from 3:00 p.m. until time of service.
Schneider Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting her family. For online condolences and guestbook, please visit www.schneiderfuneraldirectors.com.