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Karen Ann McCafferty Zimny

March 3, 2020 | 8 comments

Karen Ann McCafferty Zimny entered paradise on February 29th2020.  Her brave battle with Alzheimer’s was over and she became whole again in heaven. Karen was born to Doris and Samuel McCafferty on March 15, 1946 in Madison, WI.  She was the youngest of their three daughters.  She graduated from Madison East High School and received her nursing degree.  She began a career of helping others.

In 1965 she married Dennis Beck and they had two daughters together, Michelle Beck and Jamie Beck.  She later married her husband of 40 years, Robert A. Zimny.  They enjoyed gardening and traveling together.  Karen spent most of her life living in Mukwonago, WI.  She was an Industrial Nurse for many years at Waukesha Engine.

She loved helping others.  Karen was a faithful, loyal Christian.  She loved the Lord with her whole heart and understood the power of prayer.  She loved attending church, bible studies, and never missed doing her daily devotionals.  She volunteered for several years in the church nursery.  Karen was an amazing artist; her paintings are now our treasures.  She enjoyed quilting, sewing, gardening, antiquing, and many other activities. She had a huge group of friends and she loved spending time with each and every one of them.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert.

She is survived by her daughters, Michelle Beck and Jamie Beck of La Crosse, WI; her three step-children, Karen (Brad) Czebotar, Mary (Jeff) Brott, and Robert (Wendy) Zimny.  She was the proud Nana of Jeff (Rebekah), Jesse (Jeremy), Taylor (Chelsea), Valerie, Alex (Colleen), Cole, Trey (McKenzie), Sam (Megan), and Doris Lu; great-grandchildren Jordyn, Alessandra, Isabelle, Ava, Anna, Bailey, Chloe, Daisy, Amaya, Willow, Violet, and Charlie.

A celebration of life will be held on March 14th, 2020 at 11:00am at the United Methodist Church in Onalaska, WI.  Lunch will follow the service.  In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations made to the Alzheimer’s society.  Please pray for a cure.



  1. Jeanne Borkowski

    Karen..You were there for us when Mike and I were first married. You so impressed this young bride with your clean house your cooking and baking skills and how you always looked so perfect all the time. I shall always remember watching the Milwaukee Bucks with you and Denny and celebrating their wins. God bless

    • Ruth Morgan

      My condolences to your family. I believe Karen may be the sister of my aunt, Marilyn Steele. I do pray for a cure of the dreaded disease that took Karen, and my dear brother Gary Steele. May they rest in peace.

  2. Pam Hotz

    Karen was a neighbor and dear friend for many years. Her spirit and kindness will be missed. Rest in peace. We love you.
    Don and Pam Hotz

  3. Lorrie Lukas

    My condolences to Karen’s family on your loss of a wonderful, caring person. During years in Mukwonago, Karen was a true friend to many of us, and I continue to fondly appreciate her art work. Wishing peace to all of you…and remember the good times.

  4. Jane L Neumann

    so happy she is finally at peace.

  5. Lisa & Dale Riley

    Karen was such a beautiful soul. I meet Karen many years ago when she was my Longaberger Basket Consultant. We became friends and shared our passion for Longaberger as I became a consultant as well. We had great meetings, did few Longaberger bus trips and had many laughs. My husband and I enjoyed Karen and Bob’s company. We especially loved the visits with both of them at their home in Mukwonago…. Bob would always cook for us. I have a few beautiful items Karen had made for me over the years as she was a truly talent artist. I will cherish these gifts along with the wonderful memories of Karen. Karen often spoke about her children and grandchildren that she loved so much. Condolences to Karen’s family and many friends.

  6. Maggie Ryan

    Karen was a lovely person. So many things in my home remind me of her. She was gracious and kind. I will miss her.

    • Patrick Delaney

      Remember Karen from Waukesha Engine she took good care of all our cuts and what ever had to be wrapped up. Great person and care giver. May she Rest In Peace .


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