Karen M, Bisek, 76, of Independence, died Saturday, November 21, 2020 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis. Karen was born April 11, 1944, in the town of Seymour, Eau Claire County, to Carl and Gladys (Johnson) Stai. She married LaVern Bisek on September 14, 1963 in Eau Claire. He died December 28, 2006. The couple farmed in Arcadia township until 1992. Karen was also employed for over 30 years at the Trempealeau County Health Care Center in Whitehall. She and her husband entertained people for over 40 years as part of the Bisek Polka Band. She looked forward to spending time with family and friends and loved to play cards. She also enjoyed cooking and baking and sharing her goodies with others. Her rosettes will be missed this holiday season. Karen is survived by three children, Nancy Bisek (Greg Starks) of Eagan, Minn., Michael A. (Linda) Bisek of Arcadia and Kim (Eric) Williams of Shakopee, Minn; sister, Alice (Charles) Spehle of Colfax, sister-in-law, Betty Zilla of Independence; brother-in-law, Jack (Jackie) Bisek of Verona; granddaughter, Danielle (Bradley) Dobie; grandchild-in-law, Melissa Tweedale; great-grandchild, Blake Dobie with baby boy on the way; three step-grandchildren, Gregory Starks, Kennedy Kolaas and Alec Conrad; nieces, nephews and her beloved cat, Melcome. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, LaVern; two brothers, Donald and Charles Stai; four sisters, Bev Curler, Shirley Curler, Grace Dittner and Carol Murtishaw and grandson, Dylan Schank. Mass of Christian Burial (with COVID-19 guidelines) will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 28, 2020, at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Independence, with Rev. George Thayilkuzhithottu officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to Mass. Guidelines for funeral Masses Peter and Paul Catholic Church Independence, Wisconsin Wearing a mask is strongly encouraged (Masks are available at the church entrance if you need one) + Please enter the church with proper social distancing through the west center doors (facing Hwy 93) + After signing the register book, please go to the right side and up the aisle to offer your condolences to the family. + You may only offer your condolences from a social distance. + Family members who live in your house may sit together. + All others must be seated 6 feet apart and only in open pews. Communion + Per Diocese of La Crosse guidelines: If receiving communion requires you to pass someone in your pew not in your household, then everyone seated in the pew should come forward. If those coming forward are not receiving Communion, they can simply signal by crossing their arms or pass by without approaching the priest of deacon. + Maintain proper social distancing at the end of Mass and walking out of the church to the grave. + Exiting the church after Mass will be through the elevator addition only. + Maintain proper social distancing while at the graveside service. + At this time there will be no funeral luncheons served in the church.
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