Karen K. McCauley

Karen K. McCauley

February 4, 1943 – April 22, 2023

Survived by husband, Roger McCauley; children: Jeff, Bob, Shelley Dahlgren, and Matt.

VISITATION: Thursday, April 27th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel.  Family Graveside Service at Omaha National Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Karen Kay McCauley passed away April 22, 2023.   She was born in Council Bluffs, IA on February 4, 1943.

She is proceeded in death by her father Glen (Bob) Tacy and mother and step father Robert and Irene Stephens.

She is survived by her loving husband of almost 58 years, Roger McCauley and her four children: Jeff (Sharm) McCauley, Robert (Denise) McCauley, Shelley (Bryan) Dahlgren and Matthew (Michaela) McCauley.

Karen was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.  She married Roger July 24, 1965 in Omaha, Nebraska.  From there they moved to Chicago for 3 years before moving back Nebraska.  They followed Roger’s career around Nebraska and raised 4 children.  Although, she only ever wanted to be a wife and mother, Karen had various careers in her life.  However, she was most proud of the Child care center that she developed and opened in Papillion with her daughter.  In her later years she enjoyed quilting where she made each of her children a quilt. Karen and her husband also enjoyed their volunteer work at the Omaha National Cemetery.  She also could not put down a good book or her iPad.

Karen loved being a grandmother to her grandchildren, Jessica (Jake) Ponsock, Kevin McCauley, Daniel Dahlgren, Emily Dahlgren, Darron McCauley, Brendan McCauley, Roman McCauley, Bryce Dahlgren, Cameron McCauley and Alexis McCauley.

Karen was a force of nature that cared deeply for her family.  She will be missed.

The family asks memorials be directed to the Shriner’s Children Hospital in lieu of flowers.


  • Spencer Cturow Posted April 24, 2023 8:12 pm

    I want to offer my sincere condolences to Karen’s family. I had the pleasure of meeting Karen as a medical student. It was so touching seeing the amazing impact the she had on her entire family and how deeply loved she was by her husband, sons, daughters, and grandchildren. It is so sad to hear of her passing, but I hope that her memory lives on through the wonderful family that she helped create. I will always remember meeting her and getting to be known as “Dr Good Hair” in the time that I knew her. I will be keeping her and her entire family in my thoughts in this difficult time.

    • Emily Dahlgren Posted April 25, 2023 10:38 am

      Spencer, we sincerely appreciate the time you spent getting to know her and caring for her. She truly adored you and enjoyed your visits every day. You made her feel heard and cared for in her final days and we are so grateful for that. You are going to make a fantastic provider and it was wonderful getting to see you practice. Best of luck.

  • Dan Caniglia Posted April 25, 2023 9:15 am

    Matt – Heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. May your mother rest in peace.

  • Sara Sheridan Posted April 26, 2023 1:14 pm

    I’m so sorry for your families loss. My deepest sympathies. ❤️- Sara (Patricia’s Granddaughter)

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