Karen Lea Thelen

Dates

August 10, 1968 - July 21, 2011

Obituary

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.


Visitation(s)

Date
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Time
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota

Service

Date
Monday, July 25, 2011
Time
11:00 AM
Location
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1412 West Cedar
Mitchell, South Dakota

Cemetery

Calvary Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota


Posted by Sonya Schramm on August 3, 2011
I worked with Karen along time ago - but will always remember her smile and cheerful attitude - she was great lady and boss

Although itís difficult today to see beyond the sorrow,
May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.
~Author Unknown

Posted by John and Laurie Tuttle on July 25, 2011
We both graduated from High School with Karen and although we hadn't seen her since we were deeply saddened by her passing. She always had such a kind heart and wonderful personality. Our sympathy goes out to your whole family. God bless.
Posted by Janet, Clifford and Clayton Sorum on July 24, 2011
We only met Karen a few times but she was always so friendly and chatty. Our hearts go out to your family for her being gone at such a young age.
Posted by Janet, Clifford and Clayton Sorum on July 24, 2011
We only met Karen a few times but she was always so friendly and chatty. Our hearts go out to your family for her being gone at such a young age.
Posted by Scott Blackburn on July 24, 2011
I am so fortunate to have had Karen as a friend. We thought the same way about many things. I know I am a better person for having known her.
Posted by Tom & Teresa Koch on July 23, 2011
Karen was a close friend of ours in college and took part in our wedding. She was a very caring and joyful person. We are so sorry for your loss and share in your sorrow.
Posted by Cathy Moore on July 23, 2011
I worked with Karen when she was an intern at the "Job Service" office in Madison. She was so fun to work with! I remember her always having a smile on her face. Her family is in my thoughts...
Posted by Greg, Lynda, Garrett Kludt on July 23, 2011
To Karen's family, we are so sad to hear of Karen's passing. We attended Dakota State with her and lived in the same dorm. She was always sunny personality around the DSC campus, and will be missed.
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