Kaye Lynn (Wrobel) Karis, 59, of Duluth, died Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, in Solvay Hospice House after a very courageous battle against ALS.
Kaye was born Sept. 27, 1952, in La Crosse, Wis., to Richard and Lucille (Nerison) Wrobel.
She graduated from La Crosse Central High School in 1970. She attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and graduated with a bachelor’s of science degree in 1974. On Aug. 24, 1974, she married Thomas Karis, and they were later divorced.
Kaye worked for many years in retail with Maurice’s and J.C. Penney and retired as a jewelry manager in 2008. In addition to her retail career, Kaye devoted her life to raising her beloved children, Eric, Michelle, and Stephanie. Even though her time with them was short, she cherished every moment with her grandchildren, Teagen and Lucy. She especially enjoyed attending her children’s and grandchildren’s activities.
She loved to garden and spend time outdoors. Some of Kaye’s favorite moments were her trips to Chetek, being on the pontoon boat, shaking dice, talking smart, having just one more, sharing family memories, and frequent trips up the North Shore. She will be sadly missed but never forgotten.
She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant sister; and grandparents.
Kaye is survived by Dan Leischke of Duluth; children Eric Karis of St Paul, Michelle (Jon) Stovall of Farmington, Minn., and Stephanie Karis of Duluth; grandchildren Teagen and Lucy Stovall; brother Jeff (Amy) Wrobel of La Crosse; sister Rhea (Brian) Servais of West Salem, Wis.; nieces Emily and Hannah Wrobel and Samantha and Alison Servais; many more nieces, nephews, aunts, and cousins; and many friends.
VISITATION: Noon until the 1 p.m. funeral service Wednesday, Nov. 2, in Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1325 N. 45th Ave. E., Duluth. There will be a luncheon following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials should be directed to the family to be used in Kaye’s memory. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Cremation Society of Minnesota, (218) 624-5200.
The family wishes to extend their deepest gratitude to Kaye’s many friends and the staff of the Solvay Hospice House for their support and love to Kaye and her family.