Karen A. (Skau) Cordes

Karen A. (Skau) Cordes

November 15, 1936 – January 29, 2019

Preceded in death by parents, Nis and Kathleen Skau; sister, Helena; children, Vibeke Cordes and Tim Cordes; former husband, Alfred Cordes.

Survived by children: Marcy Cordes, Paul Cordes (Meg), and Henry Cordes (Susan Stiles); daughter-in-law, Janet Cordes; grandchildren: Paul, Travis (Jenny), Justin (Becca), Joseph (Kelci), Cory, Thelma, and Lucy; great-grandchildren: Cooper, Wyatt and Judd; sister, Kirsten Skau; special friend, Dick Serpan; nieces and nephews.

VISITATION begins on Saturday, February 2nd at 10am at the West Center Chapel, followed by MEMORIAL SERVICE at 11am.  Private Interment.

Memorials are suggested to “Live On Nebraska” (formerly known as Nebraska Organ Recovery) or may be directed to the family.




  • Sue Derscheid Posted January 31, 2019 4:56 pm

    Our hearts go out to the Cordes family – Karen’s memories will carry them far. She was an outstanding lady, nice to everyone she met – and oh how she loved her family. Especially watching her grandchildren grow. Farewell my friend – until we meet again. God Bless.

  • Tony Countee Posted February 1, 2019 12:09 am

    I will remember what a kind and caring person she was to all! Thank you for the time spent we spent being friends.

  • Lori Symonsbergen Posted February 1, 2019 7:24 pm

    I met Karen at the Grand Ole Players Theatee where she volunteered her time. She was a wonderful and caring person with many talents. When I bought my wedding dress she was gracious to offer her seamstree abilities to make my dress perfect. I pray that all of the memories shared will bring you comfort and peace.

  • Robyn wilhoft Posted February 3, 2019 11:57 am

    I am praying for Gods peace be upon you all during this time. We celebrate you Karen. You were an amazing and loving friend to all. Robyn Wilhoft

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