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IN MEMORY OF SFC KAREN SYVERSON 1946-2020

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                             Written by Ernest Sands

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                          SFC KAREN SYVERSON
                           1 Nov 1946- 4 Jun 2020 
                      14th Women's Army Corps Band
                                    1973- 1980
                         US Army retired 1973-1993 

SFC Karen Ilene Syverson {Ret} passed away at her home in Madison, WI, on Thursday, June 4, 2020. Karen led a full life and will be missed by so very many friends and loved ones from across the country. She was born on November 1, 1946, in the house where her life ended on June 4th this year.



She experienced her primary and high school years in Wisconsin, Texas, and Arkansas and graduated from Lake Hamilton High School in Hot Springs, Arkansas. After graduation, Karen played guitar and bass with several groups in Hot Springs Arkansas and attended Little Rock University.



She returned to Madison and attended the University of Wisconsin. In 1973 Karen joined the United States Army and completed her Basic Training at Ft. McClellan, Alabama. She was then assigned to the 14th Army Womens Army Corps Band, the only all-female band in the U.S.Army, earning a MOS in both guitar and French horn. When on parade, the Corps marched to the beat of Karen's bass drum.



Although she was assigned to other posts during her Army career and was awarded an M-16 Sharpshooter badge and an Expert .45 Caliber badge, her love of and allegiance to the Womens Army Corps Band was of the highest degree. Karen was co-founder and organizer of the WAC Band Reunions that began in 2004 and have occurred bi-annually since.



Karen participated in these reunions as an announcer, creator of the special music to open the concert, driver of the equipment truck, leader of the dance band, maintained the database for the roster, and so much more. Karen provided the lifeblood for these reunions that she so loved.



After retiring from the Army in 1993, Karen moved to Weaver, AL, and utilized another of her many talents. She drove an 18-wheel big rig truck for C&W Transport, Alabama, until she retired in 2005 to return to Madison to care for her aging mother. Once she was settled in Madison, Karen joined the Ladies Must Swing Band, a 19-piece all-female jazz band specializing in WWII era music as a guitarist. Playing with these ladies helped fulfill her life-long desire of "making music with my friends." In recent years Karen and her partner, Jan Larson, joined the Dimensions In Sound Studio Orchestra playing French horn and flute, respectively. She entered this endeavor as she did everything with great enthusiasm and energy, and it brought her great happiness.



Karen was preceded in death by her father, Alfred John Syverson; her mother, Roberta ({Bobye} Brinkley Syverson; and younger sister Christine D. Syverson. She is survived by her partner, Jan Larson of Madison; one younger sister, Janene Kassaw; brother-in-law Marshall Kassaw; 2 nephews, Derek Johnson and Marshall Douglas (Doc) Kassaw; grandnephew, Peyton; and grandnieces, Kayla and Olivia. Graveside services will be held at Forest Hills Cemetery, Veteran's Section, on Friday, June 12, at 10:00 a.m. For Karen, it was always all about the music. Cress Funeral & Cremation Services 3610 Speedway Road (608) 238-3434 Please share memories at www.cressfuneralser vice.

Obituary written by Jan Larson

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MARKSMAN SHARP SHOOTER

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EXPERT.45 CALIBER PISTOL

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ARMY WHEELED DRIVER

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                     THE VOICE OF THE WAC BAND

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2004 FIRST WAC BAND REUNION

Since 2004 to 2018  Karen was the primary MC of the WAC BAND reunions.  Her voice will be missed.

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                         14th WOMENS ARMY CORPS BAND

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When Karen was not preparing for the next WAC Band reunion concert, she was playing with her new found love, Ladies must swing jazz band, Great band, if you love swing music, these are the gals to listen to.

 

                                              Their Story

 

Our story is about inspiration and encouragement given by lovers of good music and finding out what entertains and makes them happy. Over 21 years ago, LMS became Ladies Must Swing which came from Linda Marty Schmitz, President of the Madison Jazz Society, which also gave us our very first performance opportunity!

 

The presence of women playing jazz has gotten a lot of attention over the last decade and we are grateful for that. We intend to keep the musical momentum going and invite you to come see us, hear us, dance to us, celebrate with us, and re-live history!

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GOOD BYE KAREN, MAY YOU REST IN PEACE. YOU FOUGHT THE GOOD FIGHT, NOW IT'S TIME TO REST AND BE RENEWED IN YOUR NEW BODY, YOU WILL BE MISSED BY ALL WHO KNEW YOU

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 Dedicated to Jan, Karen's caregiver and Partner though out her journey, who never left her side. We all thank you and the hospice team, and the ladies must swing band members who took the time to visit with Karen, and Karen's family who was able to be there.

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                                      Karen favorite causes

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