Karen Ruth Ebner

Karen Ruth (Villnow) Ebner, beloved child of God, passed away peacefully on Thursday January 12,2023, surrounded by her cherished and loving family. 

Karen was born February 17,1940 and was raised in Kenosha, Wi, faithfully committed to Friedens Lutheran Church, where she was a lifelong member. She also attended school at Friedens for grades Kindergarten through 8th grade. She then attended Kenosha High School and graduated in 1957. In 1959, Karen married George G. Ebner Jr., and they were married for 36 years before George passed away in 1995. Karen was employed by the Bartley House for nearly 60 years. 

During her life, Karen was deeply devoted to her family. She volunteered at Southport Elementary School and Lincoln Junior High School. She attended church regularly and raised her family in strong faith. She was a quiet and determined woman, and was known for beautiful smile. Karen loved the holidays. Her favorites included Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Her Independence Day parties became known as “Ebnerfest” and were legendary! Karen raised her family with a love of music. She attended live music events as often as she could with her family. Karen loved to decorate and shop for her beautiful home. She loved Hallmark movies, reading, and her pets. 

Karen is survived by her four daughters, Nanette (Mark) Hylinski, Vanessa Lundgren, Janelle Ebner, and Georgey (Steven) Fani, all from Kenosha. She adored and is also survived by her ten grandchildren and four great granddaughters. And survived also by her best friend/sister-in-law, Karen Villnow…together, they were known as Karen Squared! 

Karen was preceded in death by her husband, George, her parents, William and Mildred Villnow, her sister Diane (Herbert) Rath; her brother Bill (Karen) Villnow; and her sister-in-law/other best friend, Evelyn (Bartley) O’Mara. 

Thank you to Rick, Jackie, Susan, and Chaplain Charlie from Hospice Alliance, along with Cancer Treatment Centers of America. A very special thanks to our extraordinary family member, Beth Johnson Morgan, who kept mom in high spirits her last few months. 

Services for Karen will be held on Tuesday January 17 at Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church A.K.A. New Life, 5038 19th Avenue, Kenosha, Wi. from 3:30-5:30pm (visitation), service at 5:30pm. Interment will follow on Wednesday January 18 at 10am at Greenridge Cemetery. 

Thoughts for Karen Ruth Ebner;

  • Valerie R Pierce says:

    So Sorry for your loss, but she is now in the Lords arms and no longer suffering. I am sorry that due to my own medical problems I was unable to visit her, but I spent many a happy day in her company since she was 14 yrs, old.Loved her like a younger sister.

  • I have vivid memories of Karen’s sweet demeanor and personality as we attended Friedens school together. She leaves a loving and faithful legacy for her extended family.

  • Christine McLennand says:

    I remember with fondness Karen. Her smile and warm heart will be missed by all that knew her, including me. I hope the wonderful memories of your mom (grand/great grand) will help you through the grieving journey. In the future, the memories will bring a smile or a laugh as you fondly remember this loving person.

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