Yvonne ‘Karen’ Roebken

With love of God and family, Yvonne “Karen” Roebken, 82, of Port Wing, Wis., died peacefully Monday, Aug. 22, 2022, at New Perspectives Senior Living in Superior, Wis.

She was born July 1, 1940, in Milwaukee, Wis., the daughter of Russell and Yvonne (Lundgren) Krauss.

She graduated from high school in Cedarburg, Wis., and attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

She was united in marriage to Arthur Roebken on Jan. 6, 1962. They celebrated 60 years of marriage before her passing.

Karen worked in the home building and real estate market in Ohio for 25 years. She was a member of the Akron Home Builders Association and had a special interest in supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation. At the time of her retirement in 2002, she was a real estate agent with DeHoff Realtors in North Canton, Ohio.

Following her retirement and relocation to Port Wing, she enjoyed volunteering her time in community service. Her efforts included the establishment of the Port Wing Business Association and subsequent website development.

She was keenly interested in her family’s Port Wing heritage, resulting in her work with the Port Wing Area Historical Society and Museum.

In support of Bayfield County Tourism, Karen’s efforts and love for the south shore can be seen through the Wisconsin Lake Superior “Scenic Byway,” which follows 70 miles of Wisconsin State Highway 13 along the southern shore of Lake Superior and of which she was an active founding partner and contributor.

Karen was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister who will be dearly missed by her beloved husband Arthur; sons Andrew (Tammy) Roebken of Mogadore, Ohio, and Stephan (Marni) Roebken of  Centerville, Ohio; grandchildren Hamilton, Hudson, Harrison,  Alex (Olivia) Roebken and Brooke (Matt) Morrison; great-granddaughters Harper Grace and Palmer Jo; great-grandson Maddox; sisters Sherie Kresky of Port Wing, Wis., and Wendy (George) Santamaria of Valley Center, Calif.; brother John (Susan) Krauss of Grafton, Wis.; nieces; and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

  In addition to her love for family, many cherished friendships were established through the years in Cedarburg, Wis., Fairfield, Ohio, the Canton/Akron Ohio area as well as Port Wing.

A time of remembrance and celebration of Karen’s Life will be held at a later date.

Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Port Wing, Wis.

The family would like to extent a sincere thank you to the staff and caregivers at New Perspective Senior Living Bettys Harbor Unit for their professional and compassionate care provided Karen over the past three years.

Should friends desire, memorials may be made in Karen’s name to the Port Wing Area Historical Society, P.O. Box 28, Port Wing, WI 54865.

Lenroot-Maetzold Funeral Home, 1209 E. 5th St. in Superior, is assisting the family with arrangements.

To leave a condolence or sign the guestbook, please visit www.lenroot-maetzold.com.

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