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July 14, 1956 – Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Service Information
Zion Lutheran Church Buffalo, Minnesota
Sunday, December 18, 2011
3:00 p.m.

Visitation Information
Zion Lutheran Church Buffalo, Minnesota
Sunday, December 18, 2011
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Markwardt, Karen (Thielen), age 55, of Buffalo died unexpectedly on December 13, 2011.

Karen was raised in Brooklyn Center and received a business degree from the U of M-Twin Cities in 1981 and an MBA from St Cloud State in 1988. In her early career she worked as a Market Research Analyst for several companies, including Fingerhut and the Federal Reserve Banking System. In 1993 she left her profession to focus on family and worked part-time with an adult illiteracy program. In 1996 she began an in-home business with Creative Memories and achieved several important promotions within that firm. In recent years she worked very hard trying to find relief from health problems which beset her.

Karen enjoyed raising her two wonderful sons, gardening, traveling, walking, reading, scrapbooking. She also completed two half marathons and instructed yoga.

Karen is preceded in death by her parents, Lois & Jerry Thielen.

She is survived by devoted husband of 28 years, Keith; beloved sons Ryan & Brent; sisters Maureen (Chuck Halvorson) Thielen, Jenny (Gary) Axberg & Sandi (Keith) Maile; brother Bob Thielen; her husband’s siblings Bob, Judy, Dan, Dave, & Terry; and many friends and relatives.

Visitation 1 to 3 PM and memorial service at 3PM (lunch to follow) on Sunday, December 18 at Zion Lutheran Church, 1200 HWY 25 South, Buffalo.

Please have all flowers delivered to the church library.

The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo assisted the family with arrangements.

8 Guestbook Entries

  1. Angela Kalkbrenner

    Keith, Brent, Ryan, and the extended families,
    I share my deepest sympathies with you at this time of loss. Words are not enough. I pray for God’s arms of comfort to surround you and wonderful memories to support you.
    Peace be with you,

  2. Jim and Carol Lennox

    Keith and family; Our deepest sympathy to you. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  3. Karen Morris

    To Keith, Ryan, Brent and family. No words can express how deeply sorry I was to hear of Karen’s passing. You will be in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. May God bless you and comfort you in His embrace. Sending my love to you and the family and wish I could be there with everyone. Hold on to the wonderful memories of Karen. She will be greatly missed.

  4. Carol Thielen

    Keith, Ryan & Brent,
    You are all so very loved. There are not the right words, not enough tears nor comforting hugs that can ever express the depth of my sympathy, understanding and support. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

    Carol Thielen

  5. Ashley Weigelt

    My thoughts are with you in your time of grief and Karen will be greatly missed.

  6. Cory Hamilton-Burrows

    Keith & Family,
    Our condolences and sincere sympathy to you all. We are praying for you all.

  7. Paula Bollman

    Keith; you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. Molly Long

    Ryan and Sara,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know I am thinking of you two and my heart goes out to Ryan’s family.


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