Karen Waak

Karen Waak

Karen Waak, 73, of Schuyler, died Thursday, November 23, 2023, at Fallbrook Assisted Living in Lincoln.

In lieu of flowers, plants and statues, the family asks that memorials be given for future designation to Karen's favorite causes


Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, November 29, 2023,  10:30 A.M.

Divine Mercy Parish-St. Augustine's Catholic Church, Schuyler

Revs. Gerry Gonderinger and Jairo Enrique Congote, Con-celebrants

Visitation Tuesday 4-7 with a Time of Sharing at 7:00 P.M.

Visitation Wednesday 9-10:00 A.M.  All visitation at the funeral chapel

Committal in the Schuyler Cemetery   Lunch in the church hall

Memorials in care of the family for future designation


Karen was born May 5, 1950,  in West Point Nebraska to Mildred & Leo McNally. Her early childhood was spent on the family farm near Rogers. Later, the family moved to a farm where she attended Dublin School and St. Patrick’s Dublin Church and participated in Dublin Doers 4-H Club.  She graduated from Schuyler High School in 1968 and attended the University of Nebraska where she earned a degree in Secondary Education/Math. 

Karen married Dennis Waak on June 12, 1972 in St Augustine’s Catholic Church. They have one son, Jonathan.  She taught all levels of math at Schuyler High School until 2009 where she was sponsor for Junior Class and National Honor Society. After retiring from teaching Karen continued with the things she loved gardening, helping on the farm, which included many exotic birds and lots of cats-all named. She enjoyed participating with the Girls of 68  luncheons, helping out with class and family reunions and travel with Dennis and her family.   Of all their family vacations an Alaskan cruise was a highlight.

 She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Betty and brother-in-law Allen Grotelueschen and her brother, Jerry McNally.  Survivors include husband of 51 years, Dennis, of Schuyler, son, Jonathan of Lincoln and sister, Sharen and brother-in-law, Ken of Kansas City, Mary Hoelscher of Lincoln and sister-in-law Judy McNally of Schuyler.

 Karen was a loving wife,  proud mom, loyal sister, and doting aunt to many nieces and nephews