Karen Walsh Nussbaum
Karen graduated from Marquette High School and then studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. After graduating from Worsham College, Karen and Jack Cooter purchased the Ottawa Funeral Home from her father, Edward J Walsh. A Licensed Funeral Director, Karen has served on various state committees and for many years as President of District Five of the The Illinois Funeral Director's Association, she is a Illinois Licensed Insurance Producer for National Guardian Life, Funeral Director Life Insurance Company and Great Western.
Karen is nationally recognized, having been one of the first recipients of the David Baue Scholarship which is awarded to women in the funeral service profession. Karen has been profiled and published in a funeral trade journal. Her credentials extend to being certified by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice.
Her volunteer efforts in the community have included Rotary, Zonta, YMCA and Hospice. She initiated the Camp Fires Treasure of Life Program, a bereavement camp for youngsters. Karen was honored by the Business Professional Women in 1995 when she was named Woman of the Year.
Her husband, Nelson, is also a funeral director, and owner of the Osborne-Nelson Funeral Home in Seneca, IL. They have two children, JB, his wife Katie, and daughter Micki Nussbaum, and her husband Ken Chiang MD, and now six grandchildren Gavin, Charlotte, Kennedy and Quinn Nussbaum, and Chloe and Julia Chiang