Karen M. Sturm, age 76, of Wausau, passed away on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, at Mountain Terrace Senior Living under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice. Karen was born on May 26, 1945, to Ben and Esther (Gutknecht) Sturm. She attended elementary school at Trinity Lutheran in Wausau and graduated from Wausau High School.
Karen loved knitting and crocheting, making endless amounts of afghans, slippers, and mittens. She was a caregiver all her life as a CNA at Sunnyvale and later at Mountview Care Center until her retirement. After retirement, she continued caregiving as in in home CNA. Karen enjoyed fishing, golfing, the casino, and most of all spending time with family and friends. She is greatly missed by all who knew her.
Karen is survived by her sister Joyce Christian of Merrill; niece Brenda (James Schalow) Christian of Wausau; nephew’s Keith (Jennie) Christian of Wausau and Scott (Sarah Budtke) Christian of Merrill; one great nephew Matthew (Tara) Christian; two great nieces Sarah Christian and Emily Christian; along with numerous friends and neighbors.
She was preceded by her parents, Ben and Esther and her brother-in-law Gene Christian.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM, on Saturday, June 11, 2022, at Helke Funeral Home, 302 Spruce St., Wausau. Committal will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery, Village of Maine. Visitation will be from 11:00 AM until the time of service at the funeral home.
The family would like to thank the caregivers at Mountain Terrace Senior Living and Mike Schuller as well as his family for their care given to Karen.
Helke Funeral Home, Wausau, is assisting the family with arrangements. To share condolences and memories with the family, please visit www.helke.com.