Karen Ann Norman of Port Washington, WI passed away peacefully at home with her loving husband and children by her side on the evening of Thursday, December 17, 2020. She was 69 years old.

Karen was born on October 8, 1951, the daughter of the late Jean and John Repinski. Karen married Robert (Bob) Norman of Port Washington, WI on August 18, 1973.

Karen was a lifelong resident of Port Washington where she valued her friendships throughout the community. At home, she enjoyed spending time in the kitchen, perfecting recipes and baking cookies with her grandkids. Karen was an avid supporter of all interests and hobbies of her loved ones. She spent many hours enjoying nights of live music while watching her husband play, cheering on the kids and grandkids at sporting events, and attending their musical and theatrical performances.

Karen loved the outdoors and could be found biking through town or walking the beach in Florida where she and Bob spent their winters. She cherished traveling with family and together they saw many parts of the world. On their frequent walks, Karen often took time to pause and teach her grandchildren about the wonders to be found in nature.

She was a nurturing and loving wife to Bob, mother to Brian (Amy) Norman and Erica (Adam) Silberman, and compassionate and devoted grandmother to Abbey, Ben, and Delaney Norman, and Roan Silberman.

Karen is further survived by her brothers and sisters including Larry (Alice) Repinski of Manchester, TN, Robert Repinski of Duluth, MN, Judy (Bob) Wheaton, Margina Repinski, Jan (Rick) Peiffer all of Port Washington, WI and Mary Jo Joyce of West Bend, WI, sisters-in-law Georgine Norman of Alpharetta, GA and Mary (Mike) Ratatori of Port Washington and brother-in-law, Jim (Susan) Norman of Portland, OR., and many nieces, nephews, godchildren, and friends.

Outside of the home, Karen was a hard and loyal worker spending portions of her career as a lifeguard at the Port Washington Pool, managing the deli at Sentry Foods, and in finance with Simplicity and Charter Steel.

A celebration of Karen’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the American Brain Tumor Association, ABTA.org.



  1. We send our condolences to the Norman and Repinski families. We are so sorry for the loss of Karen. She was so kind to us when we moved in to the neighborhood and brought us delicious cookies! She always had a smile and wave for us or we would see her on her bike. We are so sorry.

  2. This is truly sad news. Karen had such a sweet spirit and soul. She surely loved her family. Thoughts and prayers of comfort to Bob and to all Bob and Karen’s family.

  3. Our sincere condolences to Karen’s family, we are so saddened to hear of your loss. So many great memories having you as neighbors when we lived in Cindy Circle, those were some fun times and we were so blessed to have lived right next door to you. Karen will always be remembered as such a sweet & kind woman, an amazing Mother to Brian & Erica, and such a proud Grandma. Bob, we are heartbroken for you & your family, such a huge loss…Karen will never be forgotten. Sending you hugs & prayers during this difficult time. God’s Blessings to you all.

  4. I first met Karen when I was 10 Bob is my cousin I believe they were in HS when they started dating Karen had such a warm smile and even as a kid she was always so kind to me truly one of the most wonderful human beings I have ever met and I’m deeply saddened by her loss Scott Ewig

  5. My sincere condolences to Bob and his family for their loss. She was such a nice person. You were wonderful neighbors.

  6. Always enjoyed our visits with Bob and Karen when they came to Florida. We’ll miss Karen greatly. Keith and Kathy Kichura.

  7. I was devastated to learn of Karen’s diagnosis months ago and hoped treatment would allow her a longer life. She was so sweet and kind to all. When we were much younger we spent much time with our group of friends and family.
    She was so talented. Will miss her forever.

  8. So sorry for your loss.

  9. My heart is breaking for the Norman and Repinski families. Karen was a good friend growing up. We were in the same class through grade school and HS. She always lit up a room with her smile. I will miss running into her on bike rides and at the grocery store. RIP dear friend.

  10. Condolences to Bob and family for the loss of such a very precious person – she will be missed by so many.

  11. I worked with Karen at Charter. I appreciated not only her efficiency and competence, but the way she approached every day with a positive attitude and smile on her face. Condolences to her loved ones.

  12. My deepest condolences to Bob and family. I loved working with Karen at Simplicity. Heaven gained another Angel. Prayers to all🙏🙏🙏🙏.

  13. Sorry to here this, I remember her from high school and working at Sentry. She was a very good person and is leaving way too early. My condolences to the family.

  14. Such sad news. Karen was a wonderful and loving person. Worked with her at simplicity and also at Mr. Z’s. Heaven just received another angel.

  15. My dearest and deepest condolences. I am without words.

  16. Our condolences to Bob and the family. A loving and sweet person gone to soon.

  17. Our condolences to the entire Norman family. We had the blessing to be long time neighbors with both Bob and Karen. We will miss seeing her smiling face on the deck, her happy place, with her book in hand. Our handmade Christmas wreaths, crafted by Karen herself will be honorably hung with faith, hope, and love this holiday season and many more to come.

  18. My sincere condolences to the Repinski and Norman families.

  19. So sorry to be seeing this ! Met Karen as my “roommate “ in the hospital when we had our daughters! One of the nicest people you could ever meet ! A true angel watching over her family now !

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