Obituaries

In Memory Of

Karen J. Koltis
March 26, 1943 - October 28, 2018

Visitation:
Saturday, November 10th, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:30am
Thorp Funeral Home
110 West School Street
Thorp, WI  54771

Services:
Saturday, November 10th, 2018 - 10:30am
Thorp Funeral Home
110 West School Street
Thorp, WI  54771

Full Obituary

     KAREN J. KOLTIS, age 75, of Thorp, passed away on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at her home. A memorial service will be held at 10:30am on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Thorp Funeral Home, with Pastor John Sindler officiating. Visitation will be held at the funeral home, on Saturday, from 9am until time of service. Private interment will take place at a later date.
     Karen Jean Olson was born on March 26, 1943, in Chippewa Falls, WI to Clarence Sr. and Elisabeth "Betty" (Thompson) Olson. Her family purchased a farm south of Withee when she was a young girl, where she was raised and received her education. She was united in marriage to Joseph A. Koltis on June 3, 1961 at St. Hedwig's Catholic Church in Thorp. Karen farmed with her husband and was a foster parent to many over the years. At the age of 42, she decided to go back to school, and attended UW-Stout where she received a master’s degree in Psychology. Karen was a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Drug & Alcohol Counselor, and a Social Worker for several years. In 1998 she opened her own clinic in Stanley, WI, Crossroads Counseling Services, which she successfully operated until retiring in 2011.
     She had many interests, but especially enjoyed gardening, chickens, collecting antiques, and collecting jewelry. Karen was the kind of person who could find the bright side to any difficult situation. Her ability to guide anyone through hard times helped her to improve and save many lives. She viewed counseling as a passion instead of a job.
     Karen will be dearly missed by her children: Ronald (Deb) Koltis of Thorp, Joseph Koltis of Salt Lake City, UT, Karen A. Koltis (Tom Lobacz) of Thorp,; 3 grandchildren: Joseph, Andrew and Katelynn Cox; one great-granddaughter: Cheyanne Cox; one great-grandson: Danny Cox; her son-in-law: Mike Cox of Stanley; 2 sisters: Connie (Lester) Maki of Chippewa Falls, Dolly Olson of Chippewa Falls; 2 brothers: Daniel (Shelley) Olson of Springfield, MN, Richard Olson of Wausau; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
     She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joe, on August 6, 2016; one daughter: Cheryl Cox; and 3 brothers: Bobby, Clarence Jr., and James "Jimmy" Olson.