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3200 Stanley Street
Stevens Point, WI 54481
Phone: 715-344-2113
Fax: 715-344-2166
Karen Ellenbecker

Karen A. Ellenbecker

Sunday, October 4th, 2020
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Karen Ann (Meyer) Ellenbecker, 79, passed away surrounded by loved ones on Oct 4, 2020 at her home on Lake Dubay.

A private family Mass of a Christian Burial will be held at 11AM on Saturday October 10, 2020 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church - Stevens Point. The service will be streamed live on Holy Spirit's Facebook page. There will be no public visitation or mass for Karen. Burial will be held at a later date.

Karen was born to Clarence and Hattie Meyer in Milwaukee, WI. They moved to Edgar, WI when she was 5 years old, where she attended local schools and graduated from Edgar high school in 1958.
Karen married her best friend, Sid, on September 10, 1960. They just celebrated 60 years of marriage. They raised their family in Stevens Point and moved to Lake DuBay in 1991.

In addition to being a loving wife, mother and grandmother, Karen also loved sewing, baking, cooking, gardening, hiking, skiing, pontoon boat rides on Lake DuBay and reading (she was one of the original members of the Lake DuBay book club). Karen and Sid have many wonderful memories of their travels together. They spent 13 years after their retirement hiking and enjoying the hills of Sedona, AZ.

Karen was employed at Wausau Insurance and Rural Mutual Insurance in Madison while her husband was in pharmacy school. When her children started school she worked as a merchandiser for a number of different greeting companies, she finished her career as a supervisor for Hallmark.

When not with her family you could find her volunteering. She enjoyed serving in her community at Washington School, St Stanislaus Church(now Holy Spirit) and was a Meals on Wheels volunteer for 25 years. In the later years, she especially enjoyed helping first graders at Washington School with basic reading skills.
Karen's greatest legacy was her welcoming spirit, everyone she met was welcomed and loved. You were never a stranger, always a friend. Karen and Sid loved entertaining and inviting people into their home to stay, to enjoy a boat ride, or to share a meal. Her giving heart will be greatly missed.

Karen will be missed by her husband, Sidney, of 60 years, sons Todd (Gail) Ellenbecker, Scottsdale, AZ, Terry (Tina) Ellenbecker, Hortonville, WI, Grandson Jaryd (Emily) Ellenbecker, Madison, WI, Grandaughter Kacie (Cody) Ahrens of Allenton, WI and soon to be great grandson Ahrens.

Karen joins her daughter, Tracy, and her mother and father, Hattie and Clarence Meyer, in heaven.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial is established for Holy Spirit Parish and the Parkinson's foundation. Karen was affected by the disease for 29 yrs.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Ascension Hospice of Plover. A special thank you to Julie, Megan, and Allison for the great tender compassionate care they gave Karen over the past 10 months. They would also like to thank their special friends from the Middle East for all the calls, prayers and love.
Throughout her entire life, Karen held an unwavering faith in God, which she shared with her family and friends. Anyone who knew her was truly blessed.
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    Saturday, October 10th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, October 10th, 2020 11:00am
    Holy Spirit Parish (St. Stanislaus Catholic Church)
    838 Fremont St.
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Russ and Margaret Skifton

Posted at 01:33pm
Sid, Terry and Tina, we did watch the live stream of the funeral mass. We only wish these unsettling times would’ve allowed us to be there in person. Terry, your words were spot on describing the wonderful person your mother was. We certainly have many fond memories of our times together both here and our many days together in Sedona. We feel fortunate to have shared so much time with Sid and Karen. Karen and her never failing sense of humor will be dearly missed!!!
Russ and Margaret


Posted at 12:52pm
Karen was a beloved classmate in Edgar from 4th grade through graduation from Edgar High School in the wonderful class of 1958 and a cherished friend with her husband Sid over the 62 years since. She was loved for her gentle kindness and devotion to her family, friends and her church. She lived a life well lived, we will miss her.

Ron and Darlene Rogoski

Posted at 11:52am
So sorry for your loss, she truly was a blessing to all that crossed her path. God comfort you all.

Paul Munck

Posted at 10:49am
Truly Karen’s life was well lived. Thinking of you, Sid, and wishing for the best.

Robert & Joyce Frickenstein

Posted at 07:17am
Our sincere sympathy to Sid & family. Bob & Joyce Frickenstein.

Dotti Urshan Posted at 01:58pm

Sid and family: We were saddened to hear the news that Karen had passed away. She was a very sweet, kind classmate..’58, Cherish the memories! With caring thoughts..... Paul & Dotti (Garbarski) Urshan

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