Karen Kay Bronkema, 74, of Eau Claire passed away at home surrounded by family on Wednesday, January 18, 2023.
Karen was born to Clifford and Ione (House) Kriese on January 20, 1948, in Eau Claire. She graduated from North High School. She was a bartender at Orv and Pat’s Amber Inn for 20+ years. Her favorite hobbies were bingo, playing poker with family, and preparing holiday meals. She also loved making treat bags for her grandchildren at Christmas. She devoted her life to her children and grandchildren.
Karen is survived by her two daughters, Jean Johnson, and Staci Johson of Eau Claire; her brother, Bill Kriese of Arizona; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Karen was preceded in death by her husband, Norman Bronkema; her children, Randy and Gina Johnson; her parents, Clifford and Ione Kriese; and her brother, Larry Kriese.
Funeral services will be Saturday, February 4, 2023, at 1:00 pm at Smith Funeral Chapel. A visitation will be two hours prior to the service at the funeral home on Saturday. Friends and family may leave online condolences below.