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Karen A Martens
Apr. 8, 1941 - Nov. 1, 2019
Chilton, WI
Funeral Service:
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019
12:00 pm
Wieting Family Funeral Home
411 W. Main St.
Chilton, WI 53014
Funeral Visitation:
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019
10:00 am - 11:45 am
Wieting Family Funeral Home
411 W. Main St.
Chilton, WI 53014
Karen A Martens
Chilton, WI

Karen A. Martens, age 78, of Chilton, died on Friday, November 1, 2019 at the Brillion Westhaven in Brillion.  She was born April 8, 1941 in Appleton, daughter of the late Gilbert & Marjorie (Gendron) Cooper.  

Karen was afforded the honor to stand up in her sisters wedding where she met the love of her life, Roger “Skip” Martens, who was also a groomsman.  They began dating, and after his discharge from the military, they continued their courtship until they were wed on May 20, 1961 at Ebenezer United Church of Christ in Chilton.  

Karen worked as an Instructional Aid, first through fourth grade, for 31 years for the Chilton School District.  In an effort to be everything she could be to each and every one of the children she assisted daily, Karen understood the wisdom of the phrase, “Early to bed, Early to rise.” During these years, her passion for the education of children was also seen as she volunteered as a Sunday school teacher at Ebenezer United Church of Christ where she was afforded the opportunity to share God’s Saving Grace to the youngest of the parish members.  

Retirement, at first, was a bit of a challenge for Karen because of her admiration for the children she worked with was now absent.  Fortunately, she became a grandmother, and her devotion was allowed to be focused upon those who meant the world to her.  Although Karen didn’t follow professional sports, she was the biggest fan of her grandchildren and the many sports and extra curricular activities they each participated in.  

Karen was a voracious reader who loved the thrill of a good mystery or the writings of a romance novel.  She and Skip enjoyed time spent with friends playing Sheepshead, having belonged to several card clubs throughout the years.  Time spent “Up North” was always something to look forward to because she could annually see advancements of culture in the Northwoods and watch as her grandson cast lines into the waters at the end of her pier while she enjoyed the latest novel she was reading.  

Survivors include her husband: Roger “Skip” Martens; her children: Michael Martens, Pamela (Michael) Klaeser; her grandchildren: Carly Jo & Hunter Martens, Benjamin, Elizabeth & Samantha Hertel; a brother: Donald (Marion) Cooper; and a sister: Janet Kuehn.  She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother-in-law: Jerry Kuehn.

Funeral Service will be at 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at the Wieting Family Funeral Home (411 W. Main St.) in Chilton with the Rev. Dr. Marc Axelrod officiating.  Burial will be in the Hillside Cemetery in Chilton.  Friends may call at the Wieting Family Funeral Home from 10:00 am until 11:45 am on Tuesday, November 5, 2019.  A memorial fund has been established in the name of Karen A. Martens.  
She was always so sweet, whenever we met her.She was kind and loved her family so much. She loved the children at school. We will dearly miss her and know that she is in the hand-in-hand with our Savior. Her daughter, Pam, was a babysitter to our first child, Stephanie.

Deb and Ed Rollmann (Friends) - Nov. 4, 2019


My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Rick Mueller (Friend of Pam) - Nov. 4, 2019


Skip, Mike & Pam, I am so sorry for your loss. Karen was a gem of a person and a good friend while we worked together at Title I at Chilton Elementary. Karen was always upbeat & funny & so dedicated to the students she worked with. Though I haven't talked to her in years, I know she will be missed by many.

Mary Mollon Wegner (friend) - Nov. 4, 2019


She was my reading tutor for many years. Loved going to her house and getting cool pencils. Grateful for her patience and kindness. Rest in peace.

Melissa Meyer (Student) - Nov. 2, 2019


Pam and family ... hugs and prayers coming your way at the loss of your mom. She was special.

Mary Parker Geier - Nov. 2, 2019


Pam and family. So sorry for the loss of your mother. She is home with the Lord and resting in his arms. God Bless you all.

Dave and Trudy Bates - Nov. 2, 2019


Dearest Skip,Mike,Pam and family. Our deepest love and heartfelt sympathies to all of you in this your greatest loss. Wanting you to know we are all with you in this time of sorrow. Carry the memories of love in your hearts that she gave to all of you and never forget them. She is in Heaven and soaring with the other Angels and will always be watching over you. She was a most loving and endearing person to so many and we mourn her loss with you. Remember the good times of years gone by when the kids were younger and we were backyard neighbors, how we miss those days. Hopefully the love of others will carry you through these hard times. Our love for all The Barany Bunch!

The Barany Family Joe,Jane,Mike and James (Former backyard neighbors) - Nov. 2, 2019


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