Karen Majerus, 69, died on March 25 in Mesa, Ariz.
She was there while on an ongoing RV trip that was her passion, taking her and her husband, John, coast to coast for the past 10 years.
“I always said I get to drive this bus, but she drives the rest,” Mr. Majerus said. “She was the driving force behind the lifestyle. She’ll certainly be missed.”
Born in Saukville on Sept. 25, 1948, Mrs. Majerus is the daughter of Wilford and Lenore Gosewehr. She attended Town of Saukville elementary schools and graduated from Port Washington High School in 1966.
A free spirit her entire life, according to Mr. Majerus, Mrs. Majerus left the Milwaukee area in 1967 and never looked back. She went to California to start a 40-plus-year career in the insurance industry and in 1975 she came back to Wisconsin to meet a blind date for her brother’s wedding. She would marry that man — John — in 1976.
She moved back to Wisconsin to continue her insurance career as a liability claims adjuster covering many fields, but enjoyed long-haul trucking claims and medical malpractice claims the most. And her love of dealing with lawyers was probably more of a love of challenging them.
“There was never a dull moment with Karen around,” Mr. Majerus said.
Mrs. Majerus retired in 2007 and with her husband sold the house, bought an RV and hit the road to follow the sun. “Living full time in an RV was a dream she was not ready to give up,” Mr. Majerus said.
She traveled many miles, from Key West to Fairbanks, Alaska and then the Arctic Circle, and also from San Diego to Prince Edward Island, Conn. She stopped at every wildlife refuge along the way and tried to identify the birds. She met many people in her travels and would hug most of them. “She was a ‘hugger,’” Mr. Majerus said.
Karen is survived by her husband, John; sister Gloria Arredondo; brothers Roy (Judy) Gosewehr and Dave Gosewehr; and sisters-in-law Caroline (Richard) Thiel and Mary Beth (Michael) Schiller.
Per Mrs. Majerus’ wishes, there will only be a private family funeral.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Special Olympics of Wisconsin, the American Heart Association or the National Wildlife Federation.