Karen Nelson

02/01/1951 — 01/25/2022

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Celebration of Life

Sat, February 19, 2022, 11:00 am
Einan’s At Sunset Funeral Home
915 Bypass Highway Bldg. H Richland, WA 99352


Sat, February 19, 2022, 12:00 pm
Einan’s At Sunset Funeral Home
915 Bypass Highway Bldg. H Richland, WA 99352


Sat, February 19, 2022, 2:00 pm
Sunset Gardens
915 Bypass Highway Richland, WA 99352

Karen Nelson

Karen was born on February 01, 1951 in Grafton North Dakota to Edward and Isabel Korynta. Karen attended Park River Elementary School, Walsh County Agricultural School and Aaker’s Business College in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Karen met her husband Bert in 1970, they were married in December and moved West. For Karen this was a big move, it was scary and exciting as she lived all of her life in the Midwest. Bert grew up in California so he liked the idea of moving “out west”, and getting away from the cold North Dakota winters.

Karen worked for United Engineers and Constructor’s at the Hanford Site #1, Richland, WA until her lay-off in 1988. That fall she was hired by Lamb Weston in Kennewick, Washington. Karen took pride in her work and very much enjoyed all the people she met and worked with over the years. They became her second family.

Karen leaves behind her daughter Brenda; two grandson’s Jordin and Dakota; four sisters Madonna Sperling, Lucille Berdahl, Adrienne Moe, and Julenne (Keith) Anderson; two brothers Duane (Judy) Korynta,Keith Korynta and many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Bert Nelson, daughter Lisa M. Nelson, Father, Mother, sister Roseann, and brother Michael.

We would like to thank all of Karen’s doctors, friends and family for all their care, support and love. In lieu of flowers we ask that you send a donation in Karen’s name to Kadlec Hematology and Oncology Cancer Center in Kennewick, WA.

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Karen Nelson

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  • Dear Sister of my Heart
    I miss you already and feel blessed to have had you in my life if only for a brief time. You became my BFF and could always make me laugh. I promise to keep Brenda in my heart and do whatever I can for her.

    God called you home too soon, guess he needed you smile more than we did.
    Thank you for being my friend
    Love always

    Mary Jo La Plante
    February 21, 2022
    Richland WA
  • Karen I always enjoyed our little chats and I will miss them. I am sorry you left this life so early, but I am thankful you are out of pain and not suffering anymore. We will be here to help Brenda if she needs us.

    February 12, 2022
  • Dearest Karen. I can’t tell you how much I will miss you. You were my sounding board when troubles hit and I needed to talk. You were the best listener in the world. I will miss our fun times when I came for a visit–wandering through the Mall, visiting antique and consignment stores, stopping at various unique stores, and eating out. You always made me feel so welcome and comfortable. You are free from pain and suffering now, and I know you are happy and at peace in heaven. Love you. Adrienne

    Adrienne Moe
    February 10, 2022
  • My dear Karen, as much as I miss you, I am thankful you are no longer in pain and suffering. You taught me so many things growing up from blowing bubbles with bubble gum, tying my shoes, riding a bike, how to roller skate and ice skate and piercing my ears. I have so many loving memories of you growing up. Rest in Heavenly peace. Love you, Julenne

    Julenne Anderson
    February 9, 2022
    Park River, ND
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