Karen Borkowitz

May 19, 2020
Borkowitz, Karen Cropped


Family Graveside services will be held at the Forest Home Cemetery, Milwaukee



Forest Home Cemetery, Milwaukee


In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Journey Church, 1045 Colby Road, Waterloo, Iowa.  Cards sent to the funeral home will be forwarded to the family.


Karen Elizabeth Borkowitz, 76, of Waterloo, Iowa, formerly of Milwaukee, died Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at Ravenwood Specialty Care Center.


She was born July 1, 1943, in Milwaukee, the daughter of Adolph and Florence Sprotte Otto. Karen married Robert Borkowitz at the Emmaus Lutheran Church on September 4, 1965. He died March 31, 2002.


Karen worked as a crossing guard for the city of Milwaukee for 20 years and was a longtime member of Grace Lutheran Church, Milwaukee.


She is survived by her son, Rev Robert (Karen) Borkowitz Jr‚ of Waterloo; three granddaughters, Savannah, Autumn, and Alexandra Borkowitz; and her brother, Jack Otto and sister, Julie Galloway.


Karen was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and a sister-in-law, Mary Otto.

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  1. Jim Otto | May 25, 2020
    We were sorry to hear about Karen's passing. May she be at peace... Jim & Sherry Otto 
  2. Holly Havey | May 24, 2020
    Julie I am so sorry to hear of your loss.  I always remember Karen and Bob taking us to the folk fair when we were younger. May God be with you and your family.

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