Stephens and Bean Funeral Chapel

202 North Teilman, Fresno, CA


Karen Anita Pendleton

1 agosto , 19466 octubre , 2019

Karen Anita Pendleton passed away in Fresno, California on October 6, 2019 at the age of 73. The youngest of three children, she was born in Glendale, California on August 1, 1946 to Herbert and Mildred Pendleton. Karen touched many lives as an original Mouseketeer on Disney’s Mickey Mouse Club. Her fellow Mouseketeers remained lifelong friends.

The greatest joys of Karen’s life were her daughter Staci Bletscher, Staci’s husband Eric, and her grandsons Luke and Griffin. She enjoyed following her grandson’s athletic events and sharing her passion of all things football with “all three of her boys”, as she referred to them. Karen loved Eric as her own son. “Mimi” cherished every moment with Staci and her family and loved them beyond measure.

Karen was raised in North Hollywood and moved to Fresno in 1976. In 1983, she sustained a spinal cord injury, but never let that stop her from living life to the fullest. Karen faced many obstacles but always remained positive. She used her personal experience to become an advocate for others with disabilities.

Karen enjoyed and appreciated her friends and shared monthly lunches with many of them. She had a special way of engaging people with her dry humor and keen interest in others. Karen was also blessed with caregivers whom she loved like family.

Her beloved Los Angeles Rams remained her team throughout her life. Anyone who knew Karen will remember her love and loyalty for her childhood hometown team.

Karen will be remembered for the strength she showed in the face of adversity, the joy she brought to others, and her love for the Los Angeles Rams.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Monday, October 14, 2019, 11:00 a.m. at Stephens and Bean Funeral Chapel.


  • Karen also leaves two grandchildren to cherish her memory.

  • Luke Bletscher
  • Griffin Bletscher
  • Eric Bletscher
  • Steve Bletscher
  • Tony Ianiro
  • Rich Fancher

  • Disabled American Veterans
  • Humane Society


  • Celebration of Life lunes, 14 octubre , 2019


Karen Anita Pendleton


Karen Reed

23 diciembre , 2019

Karen and I were born in the same year. She was my favorite since I share her first name. I loved the Mickey Mouse Club and received the magazine -- still have some of the old pages. May the Lord comfort her family.

Rosalyn Marhatta

23 diciembre , 2019

She was one of my favorite Mouseketeers and made me want to be a Mouseketeer too. I wanted those pipe curls especially.

What a lovely human being she developed into. How she faced adversity is inspiring.

Thank you, Karen Pendleton. I'll never forget you.

Shirley Green

5 diciembre , 2019

Pendelton Family...I apologize for being so tardy with my message. Life is so uncertain here and I just found my note about Karen (which I wrote to myself back in Oct).

I am confident my parents WELCOMED Karen into Heaven with OPEN arms.

Blessings to the ENTIRE and EXTENDED family

Arvada, CO

Paul and Sharon Twedt

15 octubre , 2019

Eric, Staci, Luke and Griffin,
We are so sorry for the loss of your mom and grandma. Remember the good times you had with her and keep the memories close.
Karen was such a nice person and enjoyed talking to her when we were able to see her. She will be missed.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you, family and friends.

Love Paul and Sharon Twedt

Michelle Hill

12 octubre , 2019

Staci and family,
Your mom was a beautiful person inside and out. I know how much she cared and cherished my daughter ( Megan). I know she is walking and running with Jesus and is happy. She will be truly missed. So until we meet her again.
Love to you and your family during this time.
The Hill’s

Barbara Stone

12 octubre , 2019

I remember your mom well. She was a wnderful woman. So sorry for your loss.

Lyda Brand

12 octubre , 2019

Staci and Eric,

The Norsworthy-Brand family is so sorry for the passing of your Mother (in-law). Karen was so sweet and amazing. She will always be with you and you will be together again someday. Love and hugs to you all! Love, Lyda, Michael, and Gregory

Carrie Palmer

12 octubre , 2019

Staci, Eric, Luke, and Griffin, I am so sorry for your loss. Karen is, was and always will be such an amazing person. I’m so lucky to have known her and loved her.
Love, Carrie, Christian, Jake, Mia, and Dylan Palmer