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January 18,1965 – August 18, 2022

Karen Diane Drimel

1/18/65 – 8/18/22

Karen passed peacefully in her home in St. Michael, MN on August 18, 2022.  A native of Maryland, Karen married her husband Jeff in 1989 and traveled to a few states ultimately moving to Minnesota in 1996.  After building a home in St. Michael, MN, Karen was focused on raising a family and raised three amazing children, Jacob, Cody and Kate.  Family was Karen’s entire focus piling the kids in the car to visit friends and relatives in Wyoming, North and South Carolina, Florida and anywhere else that the roads would take them.  We will always remember her smile and laughter along the way.

Karen is preceded in death by her Father, Ken, Mother, Patricia, Stepmother Annette and other friends and family members who she loved so much.  She is survived by her husband Jeff, Sons Jacob (wife Crystal) & Cody (wife Kenzie) and daughter Kate as well as her brother John who lives in North Carolina.

A service will be held in St. Michael with her final resting spot near her family members in Thermopolis, Wyoming.  The plan is for visitation at 9am, mass at 11am with lunch following at St. Michael Catholic Church in St. Michael, MN on Tuesday, August 23rd.  Please refer to Peterson Funeral Home, St. Michael, MN, for details.

In lieu of flowers and the like, the family would like everyone to reach out to someone in need, take time to be with friends, check on family, friends and neighbors and make someone’s day special.  You never know the power of connecting with a person who could use a loving touch.



17 Guestbook Entries

  1. Barbara Barthel

    In lieu of flowers request is so well done. That is the way Karen was. How sweet. Pray for her Eternal peace and for her dear family and friends. Thanks Karen for your time with me and others.Barb

  2. Phil and Dolores

    Our hearts are breaking with the loss of our beautiful Niece – Karen Diane you will always be with us.
    We send our condolences to Jeff, Kate, Cody, Crystal, Jake, Kensie, John and Suzie and your families – we are there with you in prayer and love.

  3. Cindy FUCHS

    Jeff and family
    I am so very sorry for your loss. My prayers and hugs go out to you all
    Cindy Fuchs

  4. Dana Kiesner

    May God give you all comfort & peace & May your smiles replace the tears over time. I will always remember Karen as a fiercely loyal friend, full of energy, with a big smile and sparkle in her eye. She was grounded in her faith and never hesitated to reach out to help or let you know she was praying for you and was there if you needed her. We raised our kids together, sharing many adventures, projects, tears, fun & laughter. Sending hugs & love to you all. Karen & your family will be in our hearts and prayers.
    -Dana & Mike

  5. Tom and Sheila Tykwinski

    You’re in our thoughts and prayers! We have many wonderful memories of Karen, she always made us feel like family. May she Rest In Peace.

  6. Rose and Don Faye

    Our sincere condolences JD and the family. Karen was a very lovely person.

  7. Greg Stenzel

    Beverly and I send our prayers for your family in hopes that it will strengthen you and provide some comfort following your loss. I know you will celebrate Karen’s life and the joy she brought to all of you. May the Lord bless you all!

  8. Tony & Shelly Ahl

    Our deepest sympathies go out to you all. Karen was a kind and sweet person and her memory will never be forgotten. Sending love and prayers your family’s way. xoxo

  9. Patrick Hoppe

    Thoughts and Prayers to you and your family Jeff.

  10. Tim Marks

    To Jeff, Kate and the entire Drimel family, Diane and I were saddened to hear about your loss. Our prayers are with you all during this time of grief!

  11. Dana Watts

    The Passing Years Never did Keep Us Apart. We’d just pick up where we last left off- spanning over fifty-five years!

    Memories are alive & well in my minds eye and Treasured Forever in my Heart.

    I Love You Cousin,
    Karen Diane

    Dana Lynn

    Sending my condolences to the immediate family

  12. Jeff & Pamela Boege

    Our Deepest, Most Heartfelt Condolences Are With You and Your Family.
    Jeff, Sending Strength and Love!

  13. Karen Kessler

    Jeff & Family,

    I was in CRHP with Karen, and just recently reached out to her, and she sent me a text, with updates on all the kids and letting me know how proud she was of them. I will keep you all in my prayers, and most of all, I will pray that our Blessed Mother will give Karen a beautiful welcome, and will give her the peace she has been longing for. With Prayers & Sympathy
    Karen Kessler

  14. Deb Spencer

    Jeff and family, I recently learned of Karen’s passing. I am so saddened by the news. I remember fondly my interactions with her when she and all of you came to ECFE and Bright Beginnings. My thoughts and prayers are being sent to all of you during this difficult time. May all of your favorite memories carry you through.

  15. Craig & Judy Waryan

    Our sincere condolences

  16. Lara Solberg

    I just found out a month late. I’m so sorry. I wish I had the right words to make you feel better. I’m so sorry.

  17. Mike Aldrich

    JD & Kate,

    I’m afraid that have the right words to help you during this difficult time. In my family we say, “May her memory be a blessing for you.”

    So sorry for your loss.


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