Obituary for Karen "Toots" Riordon

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Karen "Toots" E. Riordon, 72, of Onalaska passed away Monday, April 1, 2019 at Gundersen Medical Center, La Crosse. She was born in Mason City, IA. on January 26, 1947 to Edward and Dorothy (Symes) Norris.
At a young age, Karen was diagnosed with Polio. One would never know she had it based on all she accomplished in life. Karen graduated from the University of Iowa in 1969 and moved to Schaumburg, IL shortly after. She worked for the Schaumburg School District for the next 35 years teaching 3rd and 4th grade. Karen earned her Masters Degree from Northern Illinois and moved into a Special Education position for the remainder of her career. She retired from teaching in 2004.
Karen's interests included shopping, cats, shopping, QVC, shopping and...shopping. There's nothing she enjoyed more than a good bargain. When she wasn't making three easy payments, she enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She will be dearly missed by everyone who knew her.
Her strength, determination, stubbornness, and will saw her through many hard times, but she always persevered.
Karen is survived by a sister, Sheryl (Ken) Davis of Onalaska; brother, Ralph (Tammy) Norris of San Clemente, CA.; three nephews, Scott (Verena) Davis of Onalaska, Brad (Afsaneh) Norris of Orange, CA., and Greg (Sarah) Norris of San Clemente, CA.; niece, Sarah Craig of Holmen; two great nieces, Hannah and Emily; two great nephews, Gavin and Matthew; two step children, Travis (Rachel) Riordon and Keeley Secor; and step grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 8, 2019 at Dickinson Family Funeral Home & Crematory, 515 McHugh Road, Holmen. Pastor Matt Toso will officiate. A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until time of service.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Coulee Region Humane Society, 911 Critter Court, Onalaska, WI. 54650 or Alzheimer's Association, 1523 Rose Street #8, La Crosse WI. 54603.