Karen F. HatfieldIssue Date: February 14, 2019
Karen Fay (Alexander) Hatfield, 79, passed away Sunday, Jan, 27, 2019, with her husband Roger at her side.
Born April 15, 1939 in her uncle's home in Green Grove, to Roscoe and Inez (Hardrath) Alexander, she spent her early years with her brothers on the farm outside of Owen-Withee. Growing up with three brothers, she was a tomboy and along with her brothers and cousins, they got into a bit of mischief over the years. She attended a one room schoolhouse through eighth grade and graduated from Owen-Withee High School as Valedictorian of her class and was in choir and orchestra. She went dances on weekends in Atwood with friends and her brother, Gordy.
She met Roger Hatfield in Waukegan, Ill. and six weeks after their first date they were engaged and married three months later on March 30, 1968. They lived in many places including Waukegan, Ill., Hiles, Marinette and then moved to Janesville to be closer to family. She worked at many jobs, including as a homemaker.
A lifelong learner, at age of 50, she earned an Associates Degree in business and became the manager of Marinette's B. Dalton bookstore, where she worked until retiring at age 64. She had a strong faith and was a member of Richmond United Methodist Church.
They enjoyed many things including family weddings, births, milestone birthday celebrations of family members, visiting friends and family, campfires, playing cards, talking smart, cheering on favorite sports teams and God moments in everyday life, but her favorite was spending time with grandchildren or attending sporting events, choir concerts, plays and musicals. She was proud to be a grandparent and see them succeed and enjoy life.
She treasured family and friends and hosting them in her home with her cooking and baking. Always with many baked goods, she offered guests to take some home with them. She enjoyed cooking, baking, reading, gardening and sewing.
An avid sports enthusiast, she dreamed of being a sports reporter and enjoyed watching any sport, but mostly cheering on the Badgers, Packers, Chicago Cubs and was thrilled to see the Cubbies win the World Series in 2016.
She is survived by her husband, Roger; a son, Mark (Lisa) Hatfield of Monument, Co.; a daughter, Becky (Alan) Hoesly of Whitewater; three grandchildren; a brother, Rod from Tennessee; five sisters-in-laws, Carol Alexander, Roscoe, Ill., Karolyn Tscharnak, Whitewater, Carmen Hatfield, Benton, Ky., Dianne Nelson, Aurora, Co., and Phyllis Hatfield, Sun City West, Az.; a brother-in-law, Clarence Hatfield, Benton, Ky. and many cousins; nieces and nephews.
Including her parents, she was preceded in death by two siblings, Carlyle and Gordy Alexander; her in-laws, Floyd and Elizabeth Hatfield and two brothers-in law, Tom Wilke and Sigurd Nelson.
Visitation for family and friends will take place at Nitardy Funeral Home, 550 N. Newcomb St., Whitewater on Friday, Feb. 15 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16 at First United Methodist Church,145 S. Prairie St, Whitewater. Expressions of sympathy can be given to First United Methodist Church Mission Trip Scholarship Fund in her memory.
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