Karen Louise Watzka, 65, of Green Bay, Wisconsin, passed away suddenly Saturday, December 17, 2022, and now rests in eternal peace.
Karen was born on April 12, 1957, to Norbert and Delores (Dowling) Froelich. She was the middle child of seven children and was raised with her siblings in Green Bay. Karen was a graduate of Preble High School in 1975 and quickly found her career calling working for HSHS St. Vincent Hospital for 45 years until her retirement in late 2020. During her time with the hospital, she was a dedicated and well-known administrator in the radiology and oncology departments. Her work ethic followed suite to how she lived life, with compassion, dedication, and a friendly demeanor.
She was married to the love of her life, Tony Watzka, for 25 years. Together, they enjoyed over 20 years at Maple View Campground, hosting many friends and family around the campfire. You would often find Karen winning many games of cribbage against her husband and watching Bravo TV shows. Karen was a true giver, always gifting very thoughtful and personalized presents. Her family cherished her creative side when she made them scrapbooks and yearly calendars. If you’d ask Karen what her favorite time of the year was, she would tell you Winter down in Gulf Shores, Alabama at the pink house on the beach. Aside from her spunk and playful nature, Karen also enjoyed quiet time at home with her husband and beloved dog, Beau. She had a zest for life and making people feel at “home”. Her contagious laugh and humor drew so many close to her.
She is survived by her husband, Tony Watzka; daughters Molly (Brian) Meyers, Ashley Collard (Rob Jagodzinski), Amy Collard; stepchildren Paula (Jon) LaChapelle, Joe Watzka, Andy (Charlie) Watzka; grandchildren Weston (Melissa) Malcore, Karli (Griffin) Budde, Lake LaChapelle, Drew Watzka, Reece Schreiber, Logan Collard, Brinley Jagodzinski, Sophie Meyers, and great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings Jo-Anne Madsen, Cindy (Bob) Leonowicz, Judy (Don) Williams, Dan (Mary Anne) Froelich, Mary Froelich, and Patty Ajac along with many nieces and nephews.
Karen was preceded in death by her parents, Norb and Dee Froelich and an infant daughter.
A private memorial service was held. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be sent to Karen’s family at www.prokowall.com.
Karen’s family expresses their heartfelt gratitude to all of those past and present who were near and dear to her. Your amazing friendship and kindness will not be forgotten.