The lovely, talented, beautiful, one-of-a-kind Dr. Karen Dalke left us all too early on Friday, July 13, 2018.
She was born March 17, 1964, to Floyd and Martha Dalke. Karen married Dan Skorczewski, whom she had been with since the age of 16. When they married in 1984, the two halves became one.
A lover of traveling, Karen had been to every continent besides Antarctica. By far, her favorite travel destination was the Little Book Cliff Mountains in Colorado. Karen was also linguistically gifted, fluent in several languages, including French and Spanish, and spoke Finnish, Dutch, Greek, as well as a few others. In her travels, Karen loved to immerse herself in learning about other cultures and spread joy wherever she went.
Ever the scholar, Karen received her bachelor’s degree in human development, her master’s in community human services, and a Ph. D in anthropology. For the last 20 years, Karen researched wild mustangs, turning her passions into a career, where she taught as a professor at UW-Green Bay in the Public and Environmental Affairs department. She was widely renowned as a scholar, receiving numerous awards for publications, photography and teaching. One of her photographs was even featured on the cover of Conquistador, a German quarterhorse magazine.
In addition to her work at the University, Karen was involved in many local organizations, including Cats Anonymous and the UW-Green Bay equestrian team. Before beginning her career in academia, Karen worked as a social worker, a marriage and family therapist, and ran the local crisis center. Karen was generous in her philanthropic work, giving to many animal-based organizations.
She is survived by her loving husband, Dan; her mother, Martha; and sister Kelly Loehe. She is further survived by numerous animals: her dog, Gustave; her horses, Mister, Cortez, Tejo, Bandita, Cosette, Delphi; her burro, Juanita; her chickens Tulip, Iris, Violet; duck, Lily; and her many cats. Karen will also be sorely missed by many close friends and colleagues, including her “adopted daughter” Katie Stilp, Lowell Hoeft, Harry and Marianne Wells, Keith Swett, Keith Thomas, Alex Everard, Kevin VanDenLangenberg, Jackie Luebke-Peutz, Marcelo Cruz, Lynda Birke, Miriam Adelman, Marty Felix, and Billie Hutchings.
She will be sorely missed by all she left behind, but as we all know, wherever she is, she will be “just peachy.”
A private memorial celebration will take place to honor Karen.
Online condolences may be expressed to Karen’s family at www.muehlboettcher.com
Muehl-Boettcher Funeral Home, Seymour is assisting the family with arrangements.
Karen’s family would like to thank the staff at ThedaCare ICU for all their compassionate care.