Karen Jelinek

Karen Jean Jelinek (Packard)

Thursday, February 24th, 1955 - Thursday, January 21st, 2021
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Karen Jean Jelinek, 65, of Pleasant Prairie, passed away on Thursday, January 21, 2021, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Kenosha, on February 24, 1955, she was the daughter of the late Randell “Ike” and Mary (Fraley) Packard.

On August 27, 1977, she married Gary Jelinek in Kenosha.

Karen was employed as an assembler at Chrysler for 33 years and retired in 2008.

She enjoyed reading, traveling, jewelry, and could strike up a conversation with anyone. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her granddaughters.

Survivors include her loving husband, Gary; three children, Mathew (Marissa Kowal) Jelinek, Jennifer (Andy) Ledanski, and Ashley Jelinek; three granddaughters, Scarlet Jelinek, and Sasha and Gianna Ledanski; and two sisters, Diane Pappianne and Elaine Cappozzo. She is further survived by other relatives and many friends.

Aside from her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister in infancy, Sandy Packard.

Visitation will take place on Sunday, January 31st, at Proko Funeral Home, from 3:00 p.m. until the time of service at 4:00 p.m. Interment will be private. Facial coverings and social distancing are required for those attending.

Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
5111-60th Street
Kenosha, WI 53144
Phone: (262) 654-3533
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, January 31st, 2021 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    Sunday, January 31st, 2021 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
    5111 60th Street
    Kenosha, WI 53144
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  • Service

    Sunday, January 31st, 2021 | 4:00pm
    Sunday, January 31st, 2021 4:00pm
    Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
    5111 60th Street
    Kenosha, WI 53144
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Colleen Vice
  • Interment

    Edson Union Cemetery
    Co Hwy D
    Stanley, WI 54768
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Joan King

Posted at 03:42pm
Karen Jelinek was a generous sister-in-law
who always had somehting intersting to share.
We will miss Karen very much.
Love always.

Joan King

LorrieandJr Marz

Posted at 02:41pm
Karen was a true union sister! She was always there to offer a helping hand with union meetings, donuts on Thursdays, card parties, football parties. And if you needed a smile, she always was wearing one to cheer up even the loneliest soul. She was a gem and we will miss her so. May our Good Lord bless you Karen with your Heavenly Reward. Peace and sympathies to Gary & Family.

Joyce Salo

Posted at 09:54am
We will all miss our Karen. Can see her and Connie when they played dress up. She could walk better in high heels than any grown woman. She will be missed by all. My deepest sympathy to all her family.Aunt Arlene

Astrid/Sam Mayek

Posted at 07:03pm
So sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed all the conversations we had at work. She was a real treat to work with. I’m sure she will be sorely missed. Astrid/Sam Mayek

Sandy Jacoby

Posted at 12:24pm
We know how much Karen was an inspiration and supportive force to her family, especially our very dear friend Ashley. Her grandchildren and her children were her greatest joy. Our sincerest sympathy for the family.
With love from Sandy & SandyK Jacoby

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