Karen J. Barkow

Karen J. Barkow, 70, of the Town of Pella, Shawano County, passed away at her home Friday morning, Nov. 3, 2017.

Karen was born on Feb. 13, 1947, in Brown Deer as the daughter of Deloris (Walk) DeBuhr and the late Donald DeBuhr. She graduated from Brown Deer High School in 1965 and went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in education from Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Karen’s first job was teaching at St. James Lutheran School in Shawano where she taught for a few years. She was united in marriage to Kenneth Barkow Sr. on April 7, 1972, at the St. Jakobi Lutheran Church in the Town of Richmond. Karen then stayed home to raise her children and also enjoyed substitute teaching on occasion. After her children grew older and following the death of her husband, Karen enjoyed spending more time as a substitute teacher for both the Clintonville and Shawano school districts. In her spare time, she enjoyed attending plays and musicals, reading and watching westerns and her favorite show, Columbo. Karen was also a woman of strong faith and was active in many ways as a member of St. Martin Lutheran Church in Clintonville. She looked forward to Bible study and always put the needs of others ahead of herself. Karen lived her life the way she wanted to. Nothing brought her more joy than spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her children, Kenneth Barkow Jr., Klint (Heather) Barkow, Kia (Cory) Christopherson, and Kristine (Adam) Kersten; grandchildren, Klayton, Kolton and Madilyn Barkow, Caleb and Gavin Christopherson, and Paige and Kameron Kersten; mother, Deloris DeBuhr; brother, Ron DeBuhr; nieces and nephews, Dean (Jo) DeBuhr, Dan DeBuhr, Angie (Scott) Kale and Brian, Jesse and Andy Barkow; very special friend, Bill Barkow; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Farrel DeBuhr, Jeanette Miller, Robert Barkow, Roger Barkow, and Carol (Ron) Trego.

Karen was preceded in death by her father, Donald DeBuhr; husband, Kenneth Barkow Sr.; and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Julius and Verna Barkow.

Karen’s memorial service will be held Wednesday, Nov.8, 2017, at noon at the St. Martin Lutheran Church in Clintonville with the Rev. Christian Burg and the Rev. Vilas Mazemke officiating. Inurnment will be at St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery in the Town of Pella. Friends may call at the church on Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the service. The Eberhardt-Stevenson Funeral Home & Crematory of Clintonville is assisting her family. An online guestbook can be found at www.eberhardtstevenson.com