Karen Ann Buck, 74, passed away peacefully on February 3, 2018 in Fountain Hills, Arizona.
Karen was born in Downey, California to Ethel Gewecke and Leon Brouillette. She spent her childhood in Lakewood, California and attended and Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic School where she initially met the love of her life and beloved husband of 39 years, Gerry, in their mother’s carpool. Karen graduated as valedictorian and went on to earn her a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Care from Saint Mary’s College. Karen spent her professional career in the medical field, most recently as Executive Director at Southwestern Eye Center in Mesa Arizona. Prior to, she was the Chief Executive Officer at the Center for Health Care, in Escondido, California.
Karen enjoyed family, walking, hiking, painting, puzzles and books. She will be remembered for her laughter and kindness to others, her ability to see past people’s imperfections, her amazing accomplishments to improve herself both professionally and personally, her hyper organization, her tacky parties, and her ability to laugh at the boys when they attempted to reenact SNL skits. Karen was a member of St. Patrick’s Church and was a Fellow of the American College of Medical Group Managers. She was also the National President of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA). Her MGMA colleagues remember her gathering women leaders together to mentor younger women as future leaders. Through it all, Gerry was always at Karen’s side.
Karen is survived by her husband Gerald Buck, her children, Laurie Smith (Frank), Michael Becker (Julie), Brian Buck (Lisa) and Brandon Buck (Courtney) and 9 grandchildren, Sabrina Winheim, Samantha Call, Sydney Crabtree, Patrick Buck, Preston Buck, Stratton Buck, Kai Becker, London Becker, and Madison Becker.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 16, 2018 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Community Church in Scottsdale, Arizona. An internment service and reception will be held at the Hansen Desert Hills Mortuary, Scottsdale, immediately following.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts be made in honor of Karen Buck to the Banner Alzheimer’s Foundation (Hope Program). Visit www.hansenmortuary.com for online condolences.Print Obituary & Condolences