Karen Lavonne Lisec

August 12, 1942December 20, 2019

Karen Lavonne Lisec, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 20, 2019, in Ocala, Florida, at the age of 77. Karen is survived by her loving husband, Garry; children, Scott Lisec of Dunnellon, Florida, and Dawn Hertzig of Wake Forest, North Carolina, and their spouses Vikki Lisec and Paul Hertzig; grandchildren, Kendra Lisec of Raleigh, North Carolina, Isaiah Hertzig of Henrico, Virginia, Jarred Lisec of Raleigh, North Carolina, Isabella Hertzig and Ilaina Hertzig of Wake Forest, North Carolina. She was preceded in death by her parents Edward and Frieda Schwab, brother Larry Duane Schwab and infant brother Wayne Edwin Schwab.

Karen was born on August 12, 1942, in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, the daughter of Edward and Frieda (Haun) Schwab. She attended Fairview 50 school through the eighth grade and graduated from Minatare High School in 1960 where she was a cheerleader and homecoming queen. After graduating, Karen began her career in banking and accounting. In 1962, she married Garry Lisec. Together, they raised their children, Scott and Dawn, while graciously moving around the country for Garry’s career. Karen made many lifelong friends in the numerous places they lived. She continued to work in the accounting industry until retirement in North Carolina.

In retirement, Karen became an international traveler, making even more friends from around the world. She was also an avid bridge player and instructor. Beyond all else, Karen, affectionately known as Precious Grandma, was an active and involved grandmother, enjoying all her grandchildren’s functions, activities and events. Karen is remembered by all for her vivacious personality and quick wit. She will be missed dearly.

Those who wish to gather in memory of Karen are invited to celebrate her life with her family at the Stone Creek Golf Club in Ocala, Florida at 3:00 pm on January 11, 2020 and at Mitchell Funeral Home in Raleigh, North Carolina from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm on January 18, 2020.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the Hospice of Marion County Legacy House, checks can be made out to Legacy House with a note ‘IN MEMORY OF KAREN LISEC’ and sent to 9505 SW 110th Street, Ocala, FL 34481.


  • Memoral Gathering in Florida Saturday, January 11, 2020
  • Memorial Gathering in North Carolina Saturday, January 18, 2020


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Jeff & Dawn Mullen

January 18, 2020

We are truly blessed that Karen and Garry were our neighbors for ten years too short. Our memories are numerous and cannot be replaced. A lot of love and humor with a special "bite". There will always be a place in our hearts that will never be filled. Our love and prayers to Garry and the entire Lisec family.

Arlene & Gene Sassone

January 5, 2020

While our house was being built in NC and we checked in on the progress from time to time, Karen & Garry became one of our first friends. We lived next to each other so that friendship continued.
Karen had a great sense of humor and a wonderful smile. She shared stories of their family and it was obvious that she loved them very much. But she cared for her friends also, and always had time for them. Like many in the neighborhood, we shared visits with her on their front porch and now those visits are special memories. We are thankful to have been a part of her life and she a part of our lives. She was missed when they moved but she was, and always will be, in our hearts.
Garry, we hope you and your family will be comforted by all the wonderful memories of Karen, she had an interesting, amazing, and great life.
With sincere sympathy and love,
Arlene & Gene Sassone