Karen Borland

Karen & flagKaren was born June 17, 1941 and passed on April 23rd, 2013 at 71 years of age after an 18 month battle with cancer. Karen was born to Roy and Mamie Lorentzen in Seattle Washington and is survived by her two brothers, two daughters and three grandchildren.


Karen worked 35+ years at the Seattle office of the FBI. Karen loved and excelled at her job and took pride in her small part in serving justice for our country. She was an honest, trustworthy and dedicated person in every aspect of her life not just at work, she put 100% of her love, effort and knowledge into family and making sure we all mirrored her integrity, selflessness and morals.


Karen retired in 2000 she found more time for cooking recipes, gardening, family and dabbling in golf; she found her great outlet by immersing herself in genealogy. She loved researching her roots and traveling locally as well as using the internet to find the history of our family. Karen thoroughly enjoyed her genealogy classes and found friendship with others so dedicated to their families past. Genealogy kept her mental skills honed with critical thinking, attention to detail and the accuracy that she practiced at work for so many years.


Karen, our mother, will truly be missed by all who were privileged to know her.


Memorial Service will be held 5/9/13 @ 10:30am at Holy Rosary Church in West Seattle located at 4142 42nd Ave SW  Seattle, WA 98116.

Reception to follow.


Please share your stories and thoughts with us on how you knew our mother and the fun experiences you shared.


9 Responses to “Karen Borland”

  • Barbara Riebesehl/Raymond says:

    I worked with Karen for many years. She was my supervisor and a dedicated person.

    She talked about her daughters and her brothers often. She always had a big smile on her face when she was relating stories about them.

    I am so sorry she had to leave us so soon.

  • Tina Schager says:

    I am so sorry to learn of Karen’s passing. She was my supervisor when I was working at the FBI. Karen was very proud of her daughters and talked about them often.

  • Judy (Gallant) Krug says:

    I attended Holy Rosary Catholic School in West Seattle with Karen. My condolences to her family in their loss. I remember her as a high spirited, smiling, classmate who enjoyed joking around. She was a friend. I will miss seeing her at our Class of ’59 Reunions.

  • David Martin says:

    Debbie & Julie,

    I’m extremely saddened by the passing of your mom. Karen was truly a wonderful and warm lady. She was like a second mom to me while I grew up next door. She acted as a sounding board for me as I sought her advice when I started looking at law enforcement careers. As the years passed, I tried to stop in and say ‘Hi’ as often as I could when I was in the old neighborhood.

    She will be missed greatly! My thoughts and prayers go out to you during this difficult time.

    With love,
    David Martin & Family

  • Frank & Donna Lund says:

    We were friends for over 60 yrs. and went through so much together. Many many wonderful memories. Frank will miss all those long talks the two of you had and I will miss you so. Rest in peace dearheart until we meet again. Much love to you Debbie, Julie,Bob and Steve.

  • BJ Mattrhews says:

    My condolences to the family. I was an acquaintance from the 1970’s (during the Dr Nowlis times) and saw the notice in the Times. I fondly remember the culinary fun we had at Karen’s on New Years as well as fun times, Karen’s great smile and warm hospitality.

  • Kay Larsson says:

    I worked at the FBI from 1959 – 1965 and became friends with Karen during that time. I haven’t seen her in a long time, but will always remember her quick, genuine smile. I wish I could be there on Thursday, but want you to know how much you are in my heart and thoughts at this time. With sincere sympathy, Kay

  • Gary Schoenlein says:

    Debbie, Julie and Family – Your mother helped break me in as a new Special Agent in the Seattle Office 23 years ago. She was an extremely dedicated, loyal, and hard working FBI employee. Karen Borland did the work of five people and when big cases broke, she had the support side of the team organized and she knew exactly what needed to be done. I am proud to have served with her and will keep her fondly in my memory.

    With my deepest sympathy,

    Gary Schoenlein

  • Kera O'Reilly says:

    Debbie, Julie and Extended Family,
    Karen was my first supervisor when I joined the FBI in 1996. I recall that on my first day of employment she pulled me into her office and articulated the seriousness of the FBI mission and the work that we’d be contributing to its success. She was a very dedicated woman who inspired those who worked for her to try to emulate her commitment and focus. However, she was certainly not “all business” and understood how to get work done while prioritizing family. She was a very caring and compassionate person who took care of those around her. Your tribute was beautifully written. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this incredibly difficult time.

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