Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Karen Ann Kohler-Kaiser  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction Other

Born: 1965 in Waterloo, Illinois

-- Website --
-- Karen Ann Kohler-Kaiser on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

I was born in Belleville, Illinois(St. Clair County) and have lived in Palatine, Waukegan, in Chicago but mainly a life-long resident of Waterloo, Illinois (Monroe County) where I also attended school.

Biographical and Professional Information

Kohler-Kaiser's book, ''Frozen Grief'', is a true story. It was written after the loss of her sister Kathy Baxmeyer(40), nephew Kadin(7) and Kadin's friend Austin after they fell through thin ice on a rural Illinois pond. She has also illustrated a children's ice safety education book with her daughter Danielle Dunlap, ''See Ice, Think Twice: A Story About Ice Safety''. To help further educate people on the danger of ice, Kaiser has helped form [ Project Skipper], a not-for-profit organization. A registered dental hygienist, Karen has also published feature articles in dental trade magazines and for 5 years she authored a monthly column in ''RDH Magazine'', a popular dental hygiene magazine.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Frozen Grief: A Sister's Story of Grieving Sudden Loss
ISBN: 1484909151

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2014

Frozen Greif is a telling true story of personal tragedies, which challenged the author’s faith. After learning her younger sister age 40, her nephew, and his friend are missing on her nephew’s 7th birthday, Karen recounts the shocking heartbreak, which changed her life evermore on that frozen February night in the Midwest. Her dynamic story leads you through a time of intense crisis with an unwillingness to accept the conventional grieving process and the reality of society’s rejection of the enormity of sibling loss. During her emotionally distressed time, the author pleads to be filled with peace from a seemingly silent God. In the midst of her enduring sorrow and frozen faith, her grief begins to thaw, her conviction is restored and slowly she begins to heal. The intense heartbreak she experiences slowly melts as she allows herself to accept her deep loss and make a changed life to impact a world without her loved ones. A must read for grievers of loved ones suddenly lost. In addition, those challenging their religious beliefs and searching for their faith would be encouraged by the author’s faith testimony.

See Ice, Think Twice: A Story About Ice Safety
ISBN: 1477486070

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2012

A story about ice safety-See Ice,Think Twice. gives important safety steps while explaining the dangers of frozen lakes, rivers, and ponds in an easy to understand dialogue intended for young children. Color page included. On a snowy day, three young siblings learn a lifesaving lesson in ice safety. Perfect for use with teaching lesson plan on safety

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

The author will speak to grief share groups, churches and other groups about sudden loss/grief. Contact the author via email.