Posted: Mon 3:08 PM, Apr 01, 2013
Funeral Home: Brainard
Karen Tenis Ebert died 27 March 2013 after a long journey through cancer, and a longer journey through life. She was the wife of Wesley, mother of Stephan and Julia, sister of Beth Burke and Brad Bauer, daughter of Peter and Beverly Bauer, child of God. She was born on 24 March 1963, grew up in Marshfield, Wisconsin, went to college at University of Wisconsin Madison, and seminary at Garrett-Evangelical in Evanston, Illinois, and served Wisconsin congregations in Paris Corners, Stevens Point, and Green Bay, before coming to be pastor of First United Methodist in Wausau in 2004.
Karen could sew, draw, hang drywall, sing a high B, write well, play the flute, and play one song with any proficiency on the piano. She sang a lead role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in college, restored four old houses with Wes (and made life-long friends in the Ohlemillers doing it), sang in more choirs than she could count, and had a book of her prayers, What I Tell My Heart, printed. Karen canoed the Boundary Waters, swam in the Baltic Sea, snorkeled in the Great Barrier Reef, and beach-walked Florida’s Gulf shores. She stood on both sides of the wall in Berlin, preached in Lithuania, fixed homes in Appalachia, camped in about every state park in Wisconsin, and still loved Eau Claire Dells best.
In her work as a pastor, she loved best preaching the stories of the Bible. She was most proud of the young people she saw respond to God’s call and enter ministry, and helping grow a congregation in Pilviskiai, Lithuania.
Karen always thought she got incredibly lucky to marry the handsome man with the twinkling blue eyes; that her son is a mathematical genius with gorgeous eyelashes; that her daughter will win a Nobel prize and would look lovely in a dress.
Karen never realized how many friends she had till she was diagnosed with cancer. And she never doubted how much God loved her through it all. She hopes you know that immense love for you as well.
While she loved flowers, and hopes there are a few at the service, she’d rather you remember her by planting a tree to fight global warming, standing up for justice with more courage than she did, or giving to a ministry that impacts people’s lives. Please, do nothing that requires an engraved brass plaque.
The services will be held at 4:00 pm on 1 April, at First United Methodist Church, with her great friend Jerry Morris officiating. Come prepared to sing.