Karen Elise Traxler

  • Born: November 13, 1941
  • Died: March 5, 2019
  • Location: North Ridgeville, Ohio

Busch Funeral and Crematory Services

32000 Detroit Road
Avon, OH 44011

Tel. (440) 937-6175

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother, and Friend to Many

Karen Elise Traxler (nee Carlson), passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Karen was born November 13, 1941 in Chicago, IL.
The family moved to Flossmoor, IL where she graduated from Bloom High School at the age of 16 in 1958. She attended Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio earning a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English Education. Karen met Jim Traxler at Ohio Wesleyan and they were married after graduation on August 25, 1962.
Karen had 3 careers; first and foremost, she was a full-time mother to Kristin, born 1966 and Eric, born 1969. With the children grown, she taught at Strongsville Center Junior High from 1983 to 1998, earning a Master of Arts in English Education from Baldwin Wallace University along the way. After retiring from teaching, she earned a Master of Arts in Clinical Pastoral Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary in 2002 and entered a counseling practice for several years.
During her lifetime, Karen was active in churches; served as an Elder at Bay Presbyterian Church, lead many study groups and women's associations while there. She also served as President of Glenview PTA in Bay Village. With husband, Jim, she sang in many church and community choirs.
Karen and Jim did extensive traveling, visiting 35 countries on 6 continents, including mission trips to Thailand, Russia, Hungary and Romania.
She is survived by her husband, Jim; children Kristin Traxler Peters (Brian) and Eric Traxler (Valerie); six grandchildren; and brother Kenneth Carlson.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be forwarded to John Knox Presbyterian Church 25200 Lorain Rd., North Olmsted, the Alzheimer's Association 37309 Harvest Dr., Avon, Ohio 44011 or the Association for FrontoTemporal Degeneration (AFTD) 290 King of Prussia Rd, Ste 320, Radnor, PA 19087.
Visitation will be at BUSCH FUNERAL HOME 32000 Detroit Rd., Avon on Friday, March 22nd from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm. Memorial Service will be held at John Knox Presbyterian Church 25200 Lorain Rd., North Olmsted on Saturday March 23rd at 5:00 pm, with reception to follow.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

I am very saddened to hear of your loss. My thoughts and Prayers are with you. Please accept my deepest condolences during this time of struggle.

The Lumsden Family

Posted by Thom Lumsden - Bay Village, OH - acquaintance   March 21, 2019

To Jim and your precious family, we enfold you in our hearts and uplift you with our prayers. Karen was a cherished friend during our time in Bay Village and for all the years thereafter. Her caring heart, glowing smile and gentle wisdom were gifts she shared with all who knew her. The inner glow, God's enduring gift, was a blessing and beacon for all of us even throughout her illness. Karen will always remain in our memories as our beloved friend and our spiritual guide. May the grace of God's healing love surround Karen's family, friends, caretakers, and all who knew her and were transformed by her gracious being. Love, Darlene and John Prestbo

Posted by Darlene Prestbo - Charlotte, NC - Friend   March 18, 2019

On behalf of Karen's Kappa Alpha Theta sisters of its Gamma deuteron chapter, we extend our sympathies to your family. May faith, hope and love sustain you as you honor her memory. Fondly and with Theta love, Laurie McGregor Connor OWU '77

Posted by Laurie McGregor Connor - Powell, OH - Classmate   March 11, 2019

Karen was indeed a "shining light". She and I were in a Koinonia group together and our spiritual commitment grew as we met. Over the years, we stayed in touch (thanks to Jim's wonderful Christmas letters). Her light will always be shining in the hearts of the many she touched.

Posted by Marilee & Russ Bell - Vero Beach, FL   March 10, 2019

May the God of comfort be with you in your time of sorrow because he cares for you.

Posted by A friend   March 10, 2019

I am so sorry you have lost Karen yet again after your years of struggling to hold on to the wonderful wife and mother she was. Let the recent past be replaced by memories of the woman you married and called the love of your life. One day you will be together again. Love, Dianne Magnani

Posted by Dianne Magnani - Avon, OH - Friend   March 09, 2019

Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in your time of loss and struggle. Much love, The DuPerow Family.

Posted by Cindy DuPerow - Bay Village, OH - Family Friend   March 09, 2019


Karen was a special Lady and a blessing to many. We are here for you Jim and will embrace you as you go through this difficult time. Hugs and Love from Dave and Deb Knox

Posted by Debra Knox - North Ridgeville, OH - Friend   March 09, 2019

Jim, your care for her was exemplary to all of us. It was said "Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all." Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope, in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13,

Posted by Gus Supan - North Ridgeville, OH - Friend   March 08, 2019

Dear Kris and family, Our deepest condolences and prayers for you in the loss of your dear mom. Love, Bob and Rhonda Kuhl

Posted by Rhonda Kuhl - Friend   March 08, 2019

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