Karen Lynn Wagner Tipp

February 15, 1947April 26, 2021

Karen Lynn Tipp, née Wagner, most beloved wife and best friend of Michael Tipp; devoted mother of Brenda (Akinori) Kaneta and Brandon (Boyue) Tipp; proud "Grandma" of Sara Kaneta, Amelie Kaneta, Kayan Kaneta, Rua Kaneta, Nathaniel Tipp, and Amara Tipp; loving daughter of the late Harry and Sarah Wagner; caring sister of Richard (Gwendolyn) Wagner and the late Sheldon (the late Lea) Wagner; cherished aunt of numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and great – great nieces and nephews; A dear friend of many; an inspirational advocate and leader. Karen will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity. A private graveside service will be held. Livestream information: This will take place on the Weinstein & Piser Funeral Home web site, Search Karen's name on our website on Friday, April 30th at 1:30 pm and click on "Join Livestream." For information: 847-256-5700.


  • Graveside Funeral Service

    Friday, April 30, 2021


  • Virtual Shiva

    Sunday, May 2, 2021



Karen Lynn Wagner Tipp

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Chaya Rubenstein

April 30, 2021

Dear Michael, Brenda & Brandon:

I knew Karen through three special education organizations we had belonged to & served as board members on. I had the privilege of travelling with her to a number of ISBE hearings, ICEC conventions, LDAIL conferences (the latter two in which we roomed together several times: what a sense of humor she had, & it was great fun as well as serious business) & PLDSE local events. She was, indeed, a "force of nature" & a tireless advocate for the special education population. She was the embodiment of tikkun olam...a very special person.

May her memory be a blessing.

With sincere sympathy,
Chaya Rubenstein, Friend

Richard Harley

April 30, 2021

Michael, I extend my deepest condolences to you and your family. May the soul of your mother be at peace with our Heavenly Father. May care and love of those around you provide you with comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. I was honored and blessed to have known your mother, worked with her and was friends with her. Karen will forever remain in your hearts. May she rest in peace.

Pat Wagner

April 29, 2021

My granddad Albert and Karen's dad Harry were brothers. Albert died young; Harry was a stand-in father for my dad and acted as an older brother and confidant. Our families spent much time together. Karen was my second older sister. She loved board games and would round up the cousins to play teacher. So many good times.

At Karen and Mike's wedding, Harry told me he and Sarah had prayed for a little girl. When Karen was born there was rejoicing, but then she fell ill. The doctors said she was dying. Harry went to their synagogue and formally changed her Hebrew name to Chaya, for Life. The doctors said her recovery was a miracle. And he told me felt blessed to be at her wedding.

With love and respect from your Denver cousins.

Laura Lockwood-McCall

April 29, 2021

My aunt Karen was about 12-15 years older than all her little girl nieces (Rhonda, Debby, Holly and me) -- one memory that stands out was that she liked to play with us as our "teacher" when we were small. I guess she knew even back then what would become her life's calling!

Sending lots of love to her family at this sad time...while we can't be with you in person, Randy and I will join you by livestream from our farm in Oregon.

Mike Canas

April 29, 2021

Brenda, I only met your mom once but it was an interesting encounter. I am not sure if you remember but several years back, you asked me to hand carry some Victoria's Secret stuff from Chicago to Osaka for you and your friends. I remember going to your mom's house and meeting her for the first time. I felt a little nervous given the awkward situation of me being a stranger coming to her house to pick up women's lingerie. However, your mom was so kind to me and made me feel as if we knew each other for years. I felt welcomed. I could sense how much she loved you by how she treated me. I know she loved you very much. That impression has resonated with me for a long time. I am truly sorry for your loss and will be praying for you and your family.

Rosemary slaughter

April 29, 2021

I will miss you and you were the best and hope to see youin heaven