Karen Kebbe Dennis

Karen Kebbe Dennis

Karen (Harvey) Dennis, age 55 of Baraboo, Wisconsin, formerly of LaCrosse, Wisconsin walked on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at her residence following a life altering experience with cancer.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. at Devil’s Lake State Park, South Shore Facility, Red Oak Pavillion at S5975 Park Road, Baraboo with Steven Spiro officiating, followed by a “memorial potluck picnic gathering” of her friends and family at the park.

Karen was born May 22, 1956 in Caledonia, Minnesota the daughter of Harry and Leona (Mahlum) Kebbe. She had worked as an emergency medical technician/paramedic at Tri State Ambulance in LaCrosse and later she was an ESL teacher in the Sauk Prairie and Baraboo areas. She founded and facilitated The Healing Circle Cancer Support Group and had worked at the Cornerstone Gallery in Baraboo. She spent many hours at Devils Lake and this became a very special place to her.

Karen is survived by her daughters, Amanda (Adam McIntyre) Harvey, Heather Harvey and Chelsea Dennis; grandchildren, Ashton, Dalton, Trinity, Joseph and Maximus; her mother, Leona Kebbe; sisters, Marlene Froegel, Gail (Ron Footer) Ewing and Gretchen (Israel) Massenburg; many extended family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Harry Kebbe and an uncle, Russ Mahlum.

A Splendid Torch by George Bernard Shaw This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no “brief candle” for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.