Karen C. Murphy

PORTAGE – Karen C. Murphy, age 56, of Portage, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, May 11, 2018 at Ascension St. Clare’s Hospital in Weston. 

Karen was born on May 24, 1961 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of William and Donna (Earley) Murphy. She married Robert Johnson on July 8, 2017 at Pine Trail Golf Course.  Karen was a loyal employee for Indianapolis Fruit. She was chosen for her position by her dedication and exceptional work.  She managed produce departments in grocery stores throughout Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois.  Karen’s hobbies included Karaoke (aka Karen-aoke), golfing, boating, bowling, road trips with Bob, camping, and being with friends and family.  She was a member of the Women’s Bowling League. 

She is survived by her loving husband, Bob Johnson, of Portage; her daughter, Kelly (Philip) Nelson; her sons, Michael (Meda) Szlapka, Andrew (Brittany) Szlapka and Kory (fiancé Amber Wende) Hardt; her step-daughters, Virginia (Josh) Chapin and Kari Hardt (Tyler) Miller; her step-sons, Joel and Kyle Johnson and Jason Hardt; her grandchildren, Brody, Jordy and Kyler Nelson, Olivia Szlapka, Declan Szlapka, Cayden Hamilton, Airiana and Hanna Chapin, Vera and Damian Johnson; her sisters, Jean Duecker, Kathy Murphy, Peggy Lane, and Mary Ann Mlekush; her father, William A. Murphy and her step-mother, Judy Murphy, other relatives and many friends.  She was preceded in death by her mother, Donna Jean (Earley) Musacchio, her step-father, Angelo A. Musacchio and her nephew, Adam Chester.         

Funeral services will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 18, 2018 at the Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Portage with Rev. Julie Krahn officiating.  Inurnment will be private at Spring Grove Cemetery in Wisconsin Dells.  Visitation will be held on Friday from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Please wear bright clothing to honor Karen’s love for life and her bright spirit. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pink Ribbon Angels of Portage, 2619 Pine Ridge Ct., Portage, WI 53901.





For information please call 608 742-2126 (Portage, WI) or 608 635-2763 (Poynette, WI)