Karen S. Bingham, 54, Wisconsin Rapids, a Stevens Point native, died Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, at her home, following an 18-month battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Wisconsin Rapids, with Deacon James Johnston officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Mausoleum in Wisconsin Rapids.
Visitation will be at the church from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and again from 10 a.m. Thursday until the services.
A scholarship will be established in her name for students with disabilities.
Ritchay Funeral Home of Wisconsin Rapids assisted the family with arrangements. Condolences may be offered online at www.ritchayfuneralhome.com.
Mrs. Bingham was born Nov. 8, 1957, in Stevens Point, a daughter of Douglas and Joan (Casanova) Kongslien. She earned an associate’s degree from Fox Valley Technical College and then earned a bachelor’s degree from Lakeland College in Sheboygan.
She was married to John F. Bingham on Dec. 28, 1985, in Stevens Point.
She was a systems analyst for Mid-State Technical College for 21 years and then was a special education aide and classroom aide for the Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools at Lincoln High School for 10 years.
She served as secretary/treasurer for the Central Wisconsin BMX for 10 years.
Survivors include her husband; one son, Casey (Jess Moyer), Oconomowoc; two stepsons, Kyle (Kristin), Chelsea, Mich., and Jason (Megan), Denver, Colo.; her parents, Stevens Point; one brother, Tim (Julie) Kongslien, Pierre, S.D.; two sisters, Jackie Kongslien, Amherst, and Brenda (John) Cox, Pomona, Calif.; and three grandchildren.