Karen Bethke (Karwacki)

Karen M. Bethke (Karwacki)

1955 - 2022

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BETHKE (Karwacki), Karen M.

Passed away peacefully at home and surrounded by family on December 3, 2022, after a courageous 12-year battle with metastatic breast cancer. An avid reader, talented cook, and loving mother, stepmother, and grandmother, Karen is preceded in death by parents Carl and Louise and stepdaughter Emily and survived by husband Bruce, sons Daniel and Samuel, stepdaughters Veronica and Frances, and many grandchildren, siblings, cousins, nieces and nephews. Formerly a securities broker, 20 years ago she made the decision to quit her high-pressure corporate job and focus on her family, and she never regretted it.

Funeral arrangements pending. The family wishes to thank the staff at Minnesota Oncology for giving her excellent care and buying her more time than anyone thought possible. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Angel Foundation.



We will have a requiem for her in Holy Apostles Episcopal Church in January, but the exact date is still in flux.


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A Memorial Tree was planted for Karen
We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at Cremation Society of Minnesota