Karen Schuler, age 72, of Minnetrista, passed away Thursday, May 10, 2018, after a courageous battle with cancer.
She was born Aug. 20, 1945, in Minneapolis, the daughter of Alfred and Elvira (Geyen) Hilgers.
Karen was baptized Sept. 2, 1945, and confirmed June 16, 1957, both at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Mound.
She was joyfully united in marriage to Roger Schuler Sept. 14, 1968, at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Mound.
An extremely devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and sister, Karen was also a caring friend, and selfless in her service to everyone around her. She had a beautiful ability to bring out the best in everyone she knew.
Karen loved spending time with family and making them homemade meals. She had a passion for teaching her grandchildren about nature, and enjoyed playing outdoors with them. She loved her gardens, family picnics, and serving the church and God.
Karen will be deeply missed, but celebrated.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and Elvira Hilgers; sister and brother-in-law Joanne and Leonard Koehnen; brother Gary Hilgers; and father-in-law and mother-in-law Lawrence and Evelyn Schuler.
Karen is survived by her loving family: husband Roger; children Darren (Jennifer) Schuler and their children Claudia and Samuel; Rachel (Shannon) Borer and their children Carter and Emma; and Bret (Naomi) Schuler and their children Virginia, Tess, Layna and Dane; a brother, Alfred (Maryann) Hilgers of Shorewood; sister Judy (John) Winterhalter of Minnetonka; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Larry (Fran) Schuler, Dennis (Donna) Schuler, all of St. Bonifacius, Audrey (Dean) Geiger, Don (Mary) Schuler, Dave (Linda) Schuler, all of Waconia, and Sharon Donovan of Buffalo; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Memorial Mass of Christian Burial took place Thursday, May 17 at 11 a.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church in St. Bonifacius with Father Joseph-Quoc T. Vuong as celebrant of the Mass. Interment was at St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery.
There was a gathering of family and friends Wednesday, May 16 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia. The gathering continued Thursday, one hour prior to the Mass at the church.
Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.