Karen Alfrejd, a resident of Sterling, passed away Tuesday December 23, 2013, at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, IL, at the age of 69. She was born July 27, 1944 in Chicago, IL to Peder and Karen (nee: Hansen) Westnes. Karen loved to cook, garden, sew, and enjoyed antiquing. Karen is survived by her children Jill (nee: Alfrejd) (Chris) Thibaudeau of Grayslake, and P.J. (April) Alfrejd of Pleasanton, CA, her grandchildren Lincoln, Erik, Reed, Zoe, Dylan, and Kaylynn, and her sister Sylvia (Wayne) Penn of Riverside, IL. She was preceded in death by her husband William and her son Matthew. A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday December 28, 2013 at 11:30am at Riverside Presbyterian Church 116 Barrypoint Rd. Riverside, IL 60546. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the American Lung Assoc. All funeral arrangements were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030. For information, call 847-223-8122 or visit www.strangfuneral.org.