Karen Dale Bortka

Karen D. Bortka, 73, Shawnee, passed away Monday, June 22, 2020 at Advanced Healthcare of Overland Park. 


Karen was born April 9, 1947 to the late William and Colleen Churchwell in Kansas City, KS.  She graduated from Wyandotte High School in 1965. Karen started her career as a secretary and advanced to an Executive Assistant at Sprint before retiring in 2017. Her greatest joy in life was her family and spending as much time together as busy schedules would allow.  Karen had a huge heart and loved to help others in need. She loved to garden, tend to her flowers and was especially fond of her rose bushes. When able, Karen would spend her free time crafting, scrapbooking and sewing clothes and baby blankets for loved ones. She enjoyed using her hands to make gifts and mementos for her family and dearest friends. She was well-known for her beautiful, hand decorated sugar cookies and delicious fudge!


Karen is survived by her two children, Jamie (Robb) Waters, Rick Bortka; four sisters, Cheryl (Rick) Saunders; Debbie Denson; Nancy Novosel; Denise (Butch) Campanella; a brother, Bill (Christina) Churchwell.  Four grandchildren, Haley and Caden Waters; Morgan and Meghan Bortka also survive her.  


Celebration of Life Services

A celebration of Karen’s life will be 11:00a.m. June 28th at Shawnee Mission Park Shelter #8. Due to the current situation with Covid-19, social distancing is encouraged, and attendance is not necessary. Safety precautions, thoughts and prayers are sufficient and greatly appreciated by the family.

Memorial Contributions

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Heart Association 6800 W. 93rd St., Overland Park, KS, 66212 or to National MS Society, P.O. Box 91891, Washington DC 20090-1891. 

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Posted in Kansas City Obituaries, Obituaries | on Wednesday, Jun. 24th 2020 | 11 Comments »

11 Comments on “Karen Dale Bortka”

  1. Jenny Weddle Says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss! May you find peace knowing she is no longer in pain.

  2. Kim & Dean (Clark) Jones Says:

    SO sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. Our love to you all and prayers that the Lord bring you comfort. We’re in Florida with the kids, so will not be able to attend her service.

  3. Misty & Bob Guyer Says:

    We are so sad and heartbroken about the passing of Karen. She will be greatly missed. We love you and are praying for peace and comfort during this difficult time. ❤️

  4. Theresa Zellers Wills Says:

    So sorry to hear about Karen.The entire family is in my thoughts & prayers. Keep the good memories in your heart!

  5. Dixie & Bob Waters Says:

    Our dear sweet family. We send you our love, prayers and condolences. Sweet Nana will be missed. Her mansion was ready and she is Healed in Heaven. Because of our faith and belief – her faith and belief we will meet again. We were made for eternity. A promise we rest in. Loving thoughts and blessings your way. Gigi and Popps

  6. Jessica Herold Says:

    Although we were not ready to say goodbye in this physical space, she followed her path and rests in peace. I am sure she greeted Heaven the same way any Churchwell greets those they love, with a hug and “Hi Sweetheart.” We will celebrate her with each attempt to recreate her delicious treats and remember her love of giving. I will miss the crafts, and the chats about ideas or the fact that we’ve both gotten stuck with where to get started. We never truly know when our time to leave this space will come, nor that of the ones we love. Spend time together and leave nothing positive unsaid. Huge hugs and love to everyone missing her as I am right now.

  7. Linda Chiles Says:

    I am so sorry for all of you. The picture you have
    posted reminds me of a beautiful, vibrant women. We had so many good times and she will live forever in my heart. She had suffered so much in the last few years, but I know you all took good care of her. She was always cheerful when we talked and giggled her wonderful laugh. So glad she was my friend!

  8. Genie Masterson Says:

    I am saddened to hear of Karen leaving this early plain. She was such a caring and delightful person. May her family experience comfort and peace.

  9. Barb Edwards Says:

    I’m so sorry to read about Karen’s passing. She was a wonderful person. We were in the same graduating class at Wyandotte and reestablished our friendship at Sprint. I retired in 2008, so hadn’t seen her since then. But I do remember her being a kind and fun person to be around. Please know that you are in my thoughts.

  10. Julie Bortka Denk Says:

    I was 4 years old when Karen and David married. She was not just a sister-in-law to me, she was more like a second mother. I have never known a sweeter, kinder or more gentle soul than her. She will live in my heart forever.

    Julie Bortka Denk

  11. Gary Charde Says:

    I had the pleasure of working with Karen for the bulk of her career at Sprint. The beautiful words written above certainly capture the essence of who she was and what she stood for. She will definitely be missed, but the memories will no doubt endure for many years to come. And yes, her decorated sugar cookies were clearly in a league all of their own!

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