Karen J. Petersen

        Karen J. Petersen, age 61, of Kenosha passed away on Thursday, January 7, 2021 at Froedtert South St. Catherine’s Hospital with her loving family by her side. Karen was born on January 15, 1959 in El Paso, TX to Thomas and Mary (Shantz) O’Hora. The family moved to Kenosha where Karen was educated and graduated from Tremper High School in 1977 and attended U.W. Parkside. She married Robert Petersen in Jamaica on July 15, 1991 and the couple shared 29 ½ years together. Karen worked for over 12 years in the accounts payable department at CNH. She enjoyed traveling, watching her cooking shows and her weekends with her family. Karen will be remembered for being smart, funny and an all-around kind person.

       She was preceded in death by, her parents and her brother, Keith O’Hora.

         Karen is survived by, her husband, Robert Petersen; two daughters, Jennifer and Kari Ann Petersen; two grandchildren, Madalynn Wright and Cody O’Brien; two brothers, Kevin (Sherryl) O’Hora and Kent O’Hora; her sister, Kathy O’Hora as well as other family and friends.

         In accordance with Karen’s wishes, no services will be held.

Casey Family Options Funerals and Cremations

Stephen P. Casey, Funeral Director

(262) 653-0667


Thoughts for Karen J. Petersen;

  • Though no one else can lift away the grief you’re going through, Karen’s beautiful spirit will be with you forever ❤

  • Tayler Scott says:

    Karen definitely was a funny kind soul I used to love watching her sing her favorite songs and always talking about our favorite tv shows I will forever remember my last conversation with her you will be missed

  • Karen and I had joked at work on how wonderful people with the name Karen are – we would joke that we were each others favorite Karens. Ill miss her dearly.

  • Karen was my cousin and she was always so much fun. We didn’t see each other as often as we should have. I hope she is with Uncle Tom, Aunt Mary, Keith and mtygrandparents: her Aunt Jean and Uncle Don. Sympathies to the Peterson and O’Hora families from your cousins the Grohs and the Gordon’s.

    • Kathy O’Hora says:

      Thank you , Andy. You’re right, she was a lot of fun . Even if she didn’t see you that much, I know for a fact that the Gordon’s and the Groh’s were always in her thoughts and heart.

  • Kathy O’Hora says:

    Since she worked at home, I often heard her talking to her co- workers. She would tell me about all of you- I heard her say that to you. You & she certainly give the name Karen a good reputation. I always had fun telling her about the newest Karen incident on the Internet & that my mom knew what she was doing when she named her

  • Mary Morgenson says:

    I worked with Karen. I helped her with one of her accounts. She was always willing to share her knowledge with me answer any questions I had. My daughter and Maddie went to Case together. Karen and I would often talk about how sorry we felt for the 2020 seniors. We talked about them being in choir together and everything they missed out on in their final year. Karen became my friend and I will miss her dearly.

  • Suzette Lambin says:

    To Karen’s family, I am very sorry for the sudden loss of your beloved Wife, Mother and Grandmother. I had the pleasure of working with Karen at CNH. She was very hard working, knowledgeable, unfailingly kind, and extremely funny. She will be greatly missed by those of us who worked with her, but more so by her beloved family. May God bless you all, and comfort you in this sad time. Prayers for you all,

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