Karen Lee Kaler Williams, 60, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, at her home in Seattle, Wash. She was one of two baby girls born May 8, 1959, in Olympia, Wash., to Floyd Harold Kaler and Cecilia (Contes) Junk.
Karen graduated from W.F. West High School in Chehalis, Wash., in 1977, and went on to earn her associates in nursing and bachelors degree in service management from Lower Columbia Community College and University of Phoenix, respectively. She was a nurse case manager at Kindred Hospital in Seattle, Wash.
Karen was a loving mother, sister and friend. Her favorite past-times were reading, watching movies and playing with her beloved Norwegian Forest kitty, Sam. She was an avid collector of antique and unusual broaches and pins. During baseball and football season, she loved watching games and rooting for her Mariners and Seahawks.
Karen is now with her loved ones that have gone before her. Her precious son, Matthew Bednarski; parents, Floyd and Cecilia; brother, John F. Elder; stepbrother, Steven Junk; stepfather, Willard F. Junk; grandparents, Leo and Alma Contes and Charles F. and Lena C. Kaler; and sister-in-law, Debbie Belford.
She will be lovingly remembered by her twin sister, Sharen (Michael) Lloyd of Lacey, Wash., and her other siblings, Deter (Robert) Walker of Lacey, Wash., Patrick Belford of Lakewood, Wash., Michael (Diane) Belford of Chehalis, Wash., and Vicki (Jim) Cline of Olympia, Wash.; and many, many beloved nieces and nephews.
Interment will take place at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, at Claquato Cemetery, 142 Stearns Rd., in Chehalis. A memorial service will follow interment at Sticklin Funeral Chapel in Centralia, with food and refreshments immediately afterward in the Chapel’s Hospitality Room. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association at https://www.diabetes.org/ or to a charity of the donor’s choice.