Karleen "Sue" Walden

June 5, 1948 ~ April 29, 2018 (age 69)

In the early morning hours of Sunday, April 29, Karleen “Sue” Walden, 69 of Alden, gained her angel wings.

Sue was born on June 5, 1948 in Saginaw to the union of Carl William and Leona Nellie (Watz) Oelfke.  

Sue leaves behind many beautiful qualities that we will all cherish. She loved her fabric enjoying the creativity of a gift for someone she loved. She had a sense of humor that we will remember with fondness. She loved to talk to everybody whether a familiar or a new face.

Sue enjoyed spending her time with her children and grandchildren. Sue will always be known as a collector of Barbie’s, turquoise dishes, bunny figurines, books and puzzles. She loved to tinker in her flower garden, enjoy a glass of ice tea while she over looked the waters of Torch Lake or go looking for the next pretty pink rock. Looking out her sewing room window to count at least 3 different critters brought her much joy and peace. Sue loved the Detroit Tigers and Nascar.

Sue worked for Meadowbrook Medical Care Facility for over 30 years.

On October 14, 1995 she married Vernal Walden who survives. She is also survived by her five children. Daughters, Kristine Willson of Bellaire, Kimberly Willson of Lansing, Kathy Willson (Rusty) of Julian, NC, Kelly (Mike) Fant of Central Lake, and her son Ken (Tonya) Willson III of Troy, step sons, Greg Walden of Bellaire and Tony (Kathy) Walden of Rapid City, sisters, Mary (Norm) Hausler of Boyne Falls, Georgie (Gary) Balster of South St. Paul, MN, Lori (John) Pemberton of Boyne City, brothers, Fred of Holmen, WI, Ted (Lindita) of Fayetteville, NC. She is survived by her eight grandchildren, Adrianna Palm, Jenna and Kenny Willson IV, Alyssa Gamble, Christopher and Nicklas Fant, Alex Walden and baby boy Walden due in July. She was also a great grandma to Amiyah Mebane, along with several nieces and nephews.

Sue was preceded in death by her parents, the father of her children, Ken Willson Jr., her sister Joann Bettis, brothers, Michael, Joseph, and Dwight, grandson, Logan Fant and stepson, Christopher Walden.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at the Central Lake Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. Service will be held on Friday, May 4, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. also at the funeral home.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Bladder Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association.

The family would like to expressly thank Dr. Linn and the staff at Grayling Munson Hospital and all of the first responders at the accident scene.

Arrangements are being handled by the Central Lake Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. Online guestbook at

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