Karren L. Seliger

Karren L. Seliger, 89, Wausau, passed away on Monday, May 29, 2023 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital under hospice care. She was born December 14, 1933, in Wausau, daughter of the late Laurence and Gertrude (Baumann) Holzem. She graduated high school in Wausau in 1952. On July 6, 1953 Karren married Mark, he preceded her in death on July 5, 2001. Mark and Karren started their married life on a small dairy farm on highway 29 near Marathon City. Karren also worked at Marathon Electric.  In 1963 they moved to the “farm” in Hamburg where they continued with dairy and hobby farming. They were blessed with many great neighbors in Hamburg. A few years after Mark’s passing, Karren moved to Wausau. She loved attending church at Holy Name and riding the city bus to go shopping and to the library. Karren and her husband Mark took flying lessons and they each soloed a plane. She acquired a soil testing license and took classes toward an accounting degree at North Central Technical School in Wausau. She enjoyed reading and spent a lot of time at the library. She also enjoyed gardening, especially tending to her roses. She enjoyed canning, wine making, and also enjoyed a great game of Sheepshead. Karren enjoyed traveling with family, sewing quilts and blankets, and embroidering pillowcases and dish towels. Many of her lap quilts were donated to nursing homes and through Saint Catherine Council at Holy Name.  Most of all she looked forward to the many family gatherings either at the syrup shack or for the holidays which were always spent together as a big family.

Karren’s life brought her many blessings–her children: the late Mark Jr., infant son John, Lisa (Randy) Stack, David Seliger, Daniel Seliger, Michael (Sandy) Seliger, the late Susan Boles; Ann Seliger, Andrew (Sue) Seliger, James (Ellen) Seliger, Matthew (Jen) Seliger, Sara (Bill) Schroeder, Kara (Keith) Seliger. Grandchildren: Daniel Jr., Danielle, Olivia, Paige, Miki, Messeana, A.J. (Alysia), Rick (Jamie), Amber (John), Brandi (Alex), Amber (Brian), Luke (Megan), Peter (Selena), Faith (Mason), Hazel, Taylor (Will), Thomas, Laura (Hobby), Jacob (Mary), Emily (Caleb), Sophia, Edison, and Ethan.  19 great-grandchildren and two more on the way, brother, Ken (Carol) Holzem, and sister, Marlene Konopacki. Karren was also preceded in death by siblings Roger, Richard, Robert, Lawrence, Mary, and Joane.

The Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 9, 2023 at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 1104 South Ninth Avenue, Wausau, with Rev. Samuel Martin presiding.  Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at the church.  Burial will take place at a later date in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Marathon.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services and the Aspirus Palliative Care Unit for the care that Karren received.

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