Karen Lea Thelen was born August 10, 1968 at Mitchell to Jerome and Colleen (Ekle) Thelen. She grew up in the Alexandria area and graduated from Hanson High School in 1986. She attended Dakota State College in Madison and graduated with a degree in marketing. She was President and CEO of LifeSerV in Sioux Falls, worked in real estate and involved in various marketing endeavors.
Grateful for having shared her life are her mother, Colleen, brother, Dennis (Debra) Thelen, Alexandria; sisters: Diane (Marcel) Weitzman, Mitchell; Sondra (Philip) Knudson and Kimberly Thelen, Sioux Falls; a special friend, Doug Schneider, Sioux Falls; nephew, Dylan Weitzman, nieces: Jessica, Kayla and Ashlyn Weitzman and Amber and Andrea Thelen and many cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.
She was preceded in death by her father, Jerome in 2009 and maternal and paternal grandparents.