TRAVERSE CITY — Karen J. Fowler, age 59 of Rapid City, passed away peacefully early Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.
Karen was born Dec. 6, 1954 in Cleveland, Ohio the daughter of Frank and Sophie Dorko, the sister to Glenn and his wife Nancy, Dan, Lorrie Watkins and her husband Bill, Sandy Hathaway and Susan Denk.
Karen was a long-time employee at Medical Mutual of Ohio where she enjoyed the friendship of many of her co-workers and where she met her loving husband Doug. Karen and Doug married in Parma, Ohio and enjoyed 27 wonderful years together.
They enjoyed traveling, fishing, hiking, as well as shooting sports including cowboy action shooting where they competed together in competitions in western-period costumes and settings. Karen was also a member of the Single Action Shooting Society.
Karen and Doug moved to Elk Rapids,in 1996 becoming owners of the Harbor Café where they enjoyed the company of so many people who lived and visited that vacation community.
In recent years Karen had the pleasure of working at Milliken Medical in Traverse City.
Karen was a remarkable person and a wonderful wife to Doug and she loved their dog Amand. Karen will be missed by nephews Timothy and Jeremy sons of Glenn and Nancy; stepsons Mike (Marsha) Fowler and their children Alex, Chris and Andrea; Pat (Rachelle) Fowler and their children Brad, Kayl, Brook, Brett and Geoff (Stacey) Fowler.
Karen was truly a blessing to those who knew her, she will be greatly missed, but we take solace in knowing she is resting in peace.
Karen requested that no ceremony be performed. Donations in her name may be made to the Chain O’ Lakes Sportsman’s Club, P.O. Box 765, Bellaire, MI 49615
Final arrangements entrusted to Squires Funeral Home, 211 N. Henry Street Bay City, MI 48706 www.squiresfuneralhome.com.