Karen Janice Hartman
Karen Janice Hartman, age 77 of McCook, Neb., passed away at the CHI Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Neb., on June 22, 2018. She was born in Imperial, Neb., on Oct. 7, 1940 to Winfield Everett and June Maurine (Nesmith) Skelton. Karen attended and graduated from Wauneta High School in 1958. She went to Lincoln to the University of Nebraska for one year.
On Oct. 25, 1959 she was united in marriage to Gary Dean Nordhausen. To this union three children were born: Wendi, Mindi and Nate. Gary preceded her in death on Aug. 8, 1987. She moved to McCook in 1990. Karen married Ken Hartman on June 19,1995. He preceded her in death on Nov. 12, 2002.
Gary and Karen raised their three kids on the farm South of Wauneta. She worked on the farm and she was a business woman, owning The Stitching Post in Wauneta and later Home Collections in McCook. Karen and Ken enjoyed antiquing, taking trips on all the back roads. She designed several cross-stich pattern books. She enjoyed quilting, cross-stitching, reading, gardening, playing bridge and following her grandkids’ sporting events. Above all Karen loved being around family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands Gary and Ken; brother Jerry Skelton.
Karen is survived by her two daughters Wendi and husband Randy Goodenberger of McCook; Mindi and husband Greg Bauer of Culbertson; son Nate and wife Wendi Nordhausen of Wauneta; two step-daughters Sue Hartman and Barb Berkevich; eight grandchildren Maddie Elder, Kaity Elder and friend Jake; Grant and wife Amanda Dixon; Taylor and wife Gretchen Dixon; Blair and husband Matt Gohl; Brooklyn Nordhausen and fiancé Tristan; Hannah Nordhausen; Brody Nordhausen; six step-grandchildren Dalton and Alexis Goodenberger; Todd and wife Alyssa Bauer; Kayla and fiancé Cody; Tanner and Kori Bauer; three great-grandchildren Jase and Kenna Dixon and Reese Gohl: three step great-grandchildren Noah, Aiden and Adley Bauer; brother Gene and wife Darby Skelton of Scottsdale, Ariz.; sister-in-law Trudy Skelton of Surprise, Ariz.; along with many other nieces, nephews and host of friends.
Memorial services will be held at the Memorial United Methodist Church in McCook, Neb., on Friday, June 29, 2018 at 11:00 AM CT with Pastor Jeff Kelly officiating.
A private family inurnment will be held at the Riverside Cemetery in Wauneta. Friends may leave online condolences at hermannfh.com.
Memorials may be left at the Herrmann-Jones Funeral Chapel to either the McCook or Wauneta Library.