Karen Lee Schroepfer was born in St. Paul, Minn Dec. 8, 1942 to Leon and Helen Scharffbillig. She died Thursday, March 21, 2013 at her home in Shorewood on East Rush Lake at 70 years old.
She grew up in St. Paul, attending Johnson High School and graduating in 1960. She met her husband Ted in high school, and the couple married March 3, 1962 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in St. Paul.
Karen spent the majority of her working career as a CPA for an accounting firm on West 7th Street in St. Paul. Karen and Ted raised their two children, Julie and Larry, in Vadnais Heights. Karen spent much time driving Julie to dance and softball, and Larry to hockey and baseball. She was a great mom.
Karen and Ted loved to vacation and they enjoyed taking many cruises. She loved to go out to eat and their favorite restaurant, the Porterhouse in Little Canada.
She made friends easily and had friends from many different areas of her life. Bowling was a big part of her life, and she bowled on a league for many years. In the early 1990s, they purchased a cabin on Rush Lake, which they remodeled extensively. It became their home, and they made many friends on Rush Lake.
A big part of Karen’s life was her grandchildren. They were very important to her and nothing made her happier than to shop for them and buy them gifts.
For the last 12 years, Karen suffered from emphysema; the last six years she needed oxygen.
Karen Schroepfer is survived by her husband Ted, daughter Julie Mandler and her husband Josh, of Zimmerman; son Larry Schroepfer and his wife Reelika, of North Branch; and grandchildren: Tom Schroepfer, Tyler Mandler, Jenna Mandler, Jaime Mandler, Ava Schroepfer and Savannah Schroepfer.
She is preceded in death by her parents Leon and Helen (McCleary) Scharffbillig.
Father Shane Wasinger will celebrate a memorial mass 10:30 a.m., March 27 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Rush City. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the mass at the church. Cathi Hendren and Steve Yurick will provide music.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Funeral and Cremation Service – Olson Funeral Chapel, Rush City, Minn., www.funeralandcremationservice.com.