Karen Jean Dolsey “Cottie”, age 75, of Black River Falls, Wisconsin passed away peacefully January 9,
2023 under the care of hospice after a courageous fight with cancer.  Her family was with her at her side
surrounding her with love.
 
Karen was born August 8, 1947 to Basil and Verna (Gunderson) Koxlien.  She graduated from Taylor High
School in 1965.  She was involved in choir, FHA, and the student newspaper.  On August 14 th , 1965 she
married Gary Dolsey.  They spent their married life in Black River Falls raising their family. She worked at
the Family Heritage Home and PineView Care Center as a housekeeping supervisor for 44 years before
retiring in 2014.  She worked as needed after retirement at the local schools where she loved seeing the
children. 
 
Karen was the most kind and caring person.  She enjoyed traveling with Gary and spending their time at
their camper on Lake Eau Claire.  Her faith was important to her as a member of the United Methodist
Church and the United Methodist Women’s Circle.  She also enjoyed volunteering at the Black River Falls
Library History Room.  The Milwaukee Brewers also lost one of their biggest fans as she loved watching
and listening to them play. 
 
Her greatest love in her life was her family and watching her grandchildren grow.  Whenever possible
she could be found cheering them on, playing games and spending time with them.  Karen is survived by
her daughter, Sharon (Shane) West, grandchildren Nicholas and Natalie West, of Verona, Wisconsin, and
John, Dillon, and Gracelyn Gerzsik of Minnesota.  She is also survived by sisters Barb (Kim) Loomis, Sheila
(Gary) Nelson, Cyndi Shepherdson, Duane (Suzanne) Koxlien, Michael Koxlien, and Steve (Susan) Koxlien.
 
Karen was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Gary Dolsey, her daughter Pamela Jean, her
parents Basil and Verna Koxlien, and in-laws Osborne and Julia Dolsey.

Funeral services for Karen will be Monday, January 16, 2023 at the United Methodist Church at
12:00 p.m. Pastor Inwha Shon will officiate. Friends and family are invited to visitation from 10:00 a.m.
until time of service. Burial will immediately be followed at the Riverside Cemetery.

The Torgerson’s Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements, 715-284-4321.

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