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1946
Born in Seattle, Washington USA on April 17, 1946. Delivered by John Bastyr, who later went on to found the Bastyr Clinic, one of the foremost alternative medicine centers in the country.
 
1964
Graduated from Wenatchee High School
 
1964-1968

Washington State University. Was captain of the ski team.

 
1968-69
Volunteered with Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco to assist the poor of Oakland
 
1968
Married Dale McBeth
 
1972
Joined Washington State Grange, Morton branch. Proud member till her death. One of her few "boasts" was that she was the last "milk maid" left in the State in 1972. She was milking cows for a living in 72, and it was why she got a job on Kibbutz Sasa in Israel the following year.
 
1973

Dale and Karen divorce. Karen off to Europe.

 
1973-75
Europe:France, Italy by motorcycle, Greek Isles, Sasa Kibbutz in Israel near Golan Heights, Istanbul, Iraq, Iran, Afganistan, cook in Kabul's only American restaurant, "introduced mayonaisse to Kabul", hitchhiked back to Amsterdam, quaranteed at border for Hep A, lived on houseboat in Amsterdam, returned to America for sister's wedding.
 
1975- 1978
Lived in Morton and Chehalis Washington. Owned house in Chehalis. Worked at Greenhill School for Delinquent Boys. Started as Laundry Worker 1, promotion to a Group Life Counselor. Helped run programs to take teens into mountains and teach back country skills, including mountain climbing.
 
1984
Marries Al Bergstein. Honeymoon with all family members at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, WA
 
1985 - January
Isaac Bergstein is born at home. Delivery is so quick that the midwife is unable to arrive on time. Karen later stated: "I figured that if she was there I wouldn't do anything differently, so I just reached down and delivered him myself". Al was in kitchen prepping to cut the umbilical cord at the time, and calling the midwife a second time.
 
1990
Awarded outstanding employee of the year for Washington State Deparment of Social and Health Services. Highest employee award given by the State for DSHS. Presented by Governor Booth Gardner.
 
1992

Awarded Second  Outstanding Employee Award and also given the Vision Award, State of Washington :

"In recognition of your outstanding service towards diverse communities and work environments. Your significant contributions have helped in making a difference to the Department of Social and Health Services, it's mission and beliefs and intentions"

 
2000 - 2001
Cancer emerges. First battle with it, Karen comes out ahead. Seems in total remission.
 
January 2002
Retirement from Washington State Department of Social Services after 26 years. Held a benefit auction as the format for the party, all proceeds benefited the Youth Development Fund or the Juvenile Justice Mentoring Network.
 
2004
Cancer re-emerges in lower spine/sacrum area. Karen works with many alternative healers to support her healing.
 
2005
Passed away on September 03, 2005 at the age of 59. She died at home, in Port Townsend, with Al, Michael, Debbie Racine and Sharon Selder of Jefferson County Home Services present.
 
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