Visitation will be at the Boston Funeral Home in Stevens Point from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 1. The time and date of a memorial dinner at Michele’s Restaurant will be announced later.
In line with her environmental values, she will have a green burial at Natural Path Sanctuary, affiliated with the Linda and Gene Farley Center for Peace, Justice and Sustainability in Verona.
Memorials may be made in her name to Central Rivers Farmshed.
Condolences may be offered online at www.bostonfuneralhome.net.
Mrs. Karch was born July 1, 1966, at St. Michael’s Hospital in Stevens Point, a daughter of Richard L. and Nancy L. (Kieliszewski) Karch. She attended McDill Elementary School, Ben Franklin Junior High and graduated from Stevens Point Area Senior High School, where she was on the cross-country team, in 1984.
She graduated from the Central Wisconsin College of Beauty and was employed as a cosmetologist in Stevens Point and as a waitress/server (about 10 years at Michele’s Restaurant, where she met her husband) prior to her illness. She taught aerobic courses locally in the 1980s.
She was dedicated to the local and organic food movement. She was a working member of the Stevens Point Area Co-op for about 18 years and worked at Sunny Sky Farm, a local CSA (“Community Supported Agriculture” project), in Amherst Junction since 2002. She was a volunteer with the Co-op at the “Energy Fair” when it was held at the Amherst Fairgrounds.
She was married to W. John Coletta May 16, 1992, at the Central Wisconsin Environmental Station of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Survivors include her husband, John; one son, John Clark; one daughter, Emily; her parents, Richard and Nancy; one brother Brian (Jackie); one sister, Lynelle (Dan) Martinson; her grandparents, Dan and Irene (Karpinski) Karch and three nieces.
She was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Edward and Helen (Fisher) Kieliszewski.