Karen Denise Hananger

April 28, 1962 – July 10, 2022

“I do not fear death, for if that is my fate, VAHALLA awaits. A Viking I was born, my sword I was sworn, to the sound of bucklehorn. I’ll be reborn”.


Karen Hananger, 60, of Everett, Washington, passed away on July 10, 2022, with her longtime partner and sister by her side.

Karen was born in Seattle, WA to Arthur and Thelma Hananger, however she was a “Norwegian” Viking!  Being Scandinavian was a huge part of her identity, she took pride in her heritage from learning the language, visiting the “old country” several times, and learning all about her ancestors.

Karen went to Inglemoor High School and graduated in 1980, she was involved in drama and anything and everything to do with art!  Karen study at the University of Washington, graduating with a Major in Art History, this was her true passion.  Over the years she loved working on creating amazing scrapbooks which are pieces of art that will provide memories forever.

She loved animals and always had “furry” friends around the house.  Growing up she was in 4H and raised rabbits, always winning blue ribbons and trophies for “Best in Show” at the State Fair.  She also loved horses and took riding lessons, whenever on a trip, she would rent horses and go trail riding or ride on the beach.  Karen and Shane loved their two dogs and took them on many hiking, camping, and fishing adventures, plus they had “Kitty” who adopted them.

She loved to travel and immersed herself in the experience.   She went on many trips in her lifetime with family and friends all over the U.S., Europe, Mexico, and Canada.  There was no time for resting when on a trip or vacation, she wanted to enjoy every moment and fill every minute with adventures.

Karen was very proud of her career she had so many accomplishments over the years and was constantly being recognized not only by the executives but by her peers, but she was extremely happy to make lifelong friendships that she truly cherished every day!

She loved being with family and creating many traditions like the Annual Holiday Cookie Baking marathon, going fishing and crabbing in the Pacific Northwest, Christmas Eve plus so many more fun times. She will be remembered as a kind, caring, sweet soul and will be forever missed.

Karen is survived by her sister, Marie Fowler, and her husband Kyle; nephew Dustin Fowler; and longtime partner and love of her life, Shane Ware.

She was preceded in death by her parents:  Arthur and Thelma Hananger.

Karen truly loved nature and the outdoors and if you wish to donate in honor of Karen Hananger, please consider the “Adopt a Stream Foundation”, https://www.streamkeeper.org/ska-endowment-fund.

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