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Karen Claire Kulzick-Yang
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KAREN CLAIRE KULZICK-YANG OBITUARY
Karen Claire Kulzick-Yang, age 51, passed away on February 27, 2018 with her family and friends by her side. She was born in West Allis, Wisconsin to loving parents, Gene and Carolyn Kulzick of West Allis, WI. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her devoted husband, Eugene Y. Yang, and children Kevin, Hannah, Isaac and stepdaughters, Katherine Yang (husband Eric Madfis), Jennifer Yang Gulino (husband Andrew Gulino) and granddaughter, Lucy; sisters Julie Kulzick, Mary Olson (husband Phil), Jean Pirkey (husband Jim), and brothers David Kulzick (wife Jamie) and John Kulzick, and many nephews and nieces (and new grandniece).

Karen attended West Allis Central High School where she graduated in 1984 and was a National Merit Scholar. Her National Merit Scholarship took her to the Washington University of St. Louis where she entered the School of Engineering, earning dual bachelor degrees in electrical engineering and computer science in 1988. During her time there, she was the recipient of the Robert D. McClure scholarship for the remaining two years of her academic experience. During the summers, she worked as an engineer at the Prairie Island Nuclear Plant in Minnesota.

Karen took those skills to Wisconsin Electric Power Company as an Engineer I-Nuclear, in August 1988, supporting the Point Beach Nuclear Plant. Based on her success with projects assigned to her, in 1990, she was assigned as the project manager for the Nuclear Department’s first electronic content management system, managing a team of WEPCO and consulting personnel. After that project, she realized that she could help smaller businesses or other utilities with her skills as an information management systems expert when record keeping and data management were becoming increasingly critical, and thus founded KISMET Consulting. To this day, KISMET Consulting, Inc. provides management and technical consulting to utility and governmental agencies across the country. It is through this work that she met Eugene, with their marriage occurring in 1997.

Those skills in organization, strategy, and open heart led her to her next mission: bearing and raising her three children. Ever the seeker, and then embracing the truth, she let Jesus Christ into her heart. Her seeking also led Eugene to declare for Our Lord and Savior, establishing Jesus Christ as the head of their household. From there, she became a key leader at Grace Pointe Church in Plainfield and volunteered to be the Children’s Ministry Director. She guided a generation of kids in discovering and finding Jesus and teaching a life lived in truth and grace through faith.

She was not only a devoted mother, but a constant, never-tiring cheerleader for Kevin, Hannah and Isaac. Above all, her partnership with Eugene created and nurtured an embracing environment, serving God and her community and enjoying and being part of their large extended families. Her direct influence on the lives of others is her legacy. She will be greatly missed and be forever in our hearts.

A memorial service will occur at Grace Pointe Church-Plainfield, 14210 State Route 30, Plainfield, Illinois, 60544 on Friday, March 9, 2018. Visitation will be from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m., followed by a service at 7:00 p.m. Interment will be private and arrangements entrusted to Overman-Jones Funeral Home, 15219 Joliet Road, Joliet Road, Plainfield, Illinois 60544. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Children’s Ministry of Grace Pointe Church-Plainfield, https://www.gracepointe.us/plainfield/.


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Visitation

Friday

9

Mar

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Grace Pointe Church-Plainfield

14210 S. Rt. 30
Plainfield, IL 60544

Service

Friday

9

Mar

7:00 PM
Grace Pointe Church-Plainfield

14210 S. Rt. 30
Plainfield, IL 60544


Memorial Contribution

Children’s Ministry of Grace Pointe Church-Plainfield

14210 S. Rt. 30
Plainfield, IL 60544
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