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Karen Elizabeth Adler passed away peacefully on August 5th at age 81, after a brief illness.
Karen was born October 15, 1940 to Louis and Wilma Nalepinkski. She graduated from Madison Central High school in 1958 where she met her future husband, Ron Adler. They were married on April 23, 1960. Together they raised their son Scott; he was Karen’s greatest joy.
Karen held a variety of jobs over her lifetime, in the banking industry, waitressing, childcare, cooking at Waunakee Manor, and cleaning the Waun-A-Bowl. She was an independent woman of many talents, and unafraid of a hard day’s work.
Karen adored the color purple. She lived larger than life with her huge collection of jewelry, big sunglasses, and even bigger purses. She loved the finer things in life. She wouldn’t be caught without her lipstick, perfect makeup and hair done expertly with curls or ornate clips. She had style!
Karen loved with her whole heart. She cared especially for children and animals, and shared her love in the best way possible - with food. No squirrel, bird, dog, or grandchild could go hungry on Karen’s watch! Her mashed potatoes were show-stoppers. Her rice krispie and chocolate-chip brownie recipes were perfected over time, displaying her devilish sweet tooth and enjoyment of making treats for others.
She enjoyed cowboy movies, listening to Elvis, baking, bowling, playing cards, walking her dogs and indulging in a glass of wine every now and again. Karen would be found in the crowd supporting her grandchildren’s efforts on the field or court. (She didn’t really understand sports, but with Waunakee’s color being purple, she was always full of team spirit). Wherever Karen went, so did her infectious and unmistakable laugh.
Karen is survived by her son, Scott (Judy) Adler; grandchildren Matt (Katie) Adler, Lacey (Andy) Yasick, and Jay Adler; great-grandchildren Ary, Avery, Raegan, Sydney and Oden; sister in laws Kay Black and Sandy (Mike) Stevenson; and her nieces and nephews. Karen was preceded in death by her husband Ron, her parents, brother Jim (Nancy) Nalepinski, and Don Black.
Karen lived life with a positive spirit, and held dear what was important to her. Her imprint on this world is one of warmth and joy. While she will be missed dearly, we take solace in knowing that Karen is with her beloved family members and dogs.
We want to thank the staff at Chamomile Assisted Living for treating Karen like family during her four years there and Hospice for their amazing care in her final days.
A private service was held. Friends are welcome to attend a Celebration of Karen’s life at the Waun-A-Bowl from 4-6 pm on Wednesday, August 10. If you would like to make a donation in remembrance of Karen, donations may be made to the Dane County Humane Society, 5132 Voges Rd, Madison, 53718 or to Hospice, 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison, 53711.
Winn-Cress Funeral Home
5785 Hwy Q, Waunakee, WI
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