STOUGHTON—Karen Lilian Chase Olsen passed away on Sat., Sept. 14, 2019, at St. Mary’s hospital, surrounded by her loving family. Karen was born on Dec. 31, 1941, in Elkhorn, Wis. to Charles and Catherine Chase. She was a graduate of Badger High School in Lake Geneva, class of 1959. Karen married the love of her life, Gerald H. Olsen on April 20, 1963, in Lake Geneva, Wis. Her career included 25 years of service at Stoughton Hospital and she was a Volunteer Coordinator at Skaalen Home. Karen enjoyed volunteering her time and her many friends at the Stoughton Senior Center. Her passions included reading, traveling, and her most valued treasures were her grandchildren, Sarin Race, Ahnika, Sawyer and Jackson Frisch, Aiden and Anders Arnett, Danny Millar, Johnie Gryttenholm, and Dakota Peterson. Karen’s whole world revolved around her enormous faith and her selfless love for her family.
Karen is survived by her sister, Teri Melson; brothers, Charles (LaVonne) Chase, and John (Linda) Chase; son, Brian Olsen; daughters, Margit (Patrick) Frisch, Michelle (Scott) Race and Andrea (AJ) Arnett; and all of her beloved grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Catherine Chase; her husband, Gerald Olsen; and her children, Kevin, Kristen and Scott Olsen.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, at ST. ANN’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 323 N. Van Buren St., Stoughton, with Fr. Randy Budnar and Msgr. Gerard Healy presiding. Burial will be at St. Ann’s Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, at Cress Funeral Home, 206 W. Prospect St., and also from 10 a.m. until the time of the Mass on Saturday at the church. A luncheon will follow the service on Saturday at church.
In memory of Karen, please feel free to donate to the Stoughton Senior Center on her behalf. Special thank you to Monsignor Gerard Healy, Father Randy Budnar and St. Ann’s Church, Oregon EMS, and the wonderful staff at St. Mary’s Hospital.
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Cress Funeral & Cremation Service
206 W. Prospect St., Stoughton