Donald Karels, 83

Donald Karels, age 83, of Waconia, died Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, at Auburn Manor in Waconia.

A funeral service will take place Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, at 11 a.m., at Faith Lutheran Church, 800 Waconia Parkway N. in Waconia, with Rev. Dale Peterson as officiant.

Visitation will take place Thursday, Feb. 6 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Home, 141 E. First St. in Waconia, and also Friday, one hour prior to the service at the church.

Interment will be in Faith Rutz Lake Cemetery.

Donald Kenneth Karels was born July 27, 1936, in New Germany, the son of Leonard and Irene Karels.

Don had worked as a farmhand prior to enlisting in the United States Army, where he served his country until earning an honorable discharge.

Don was united in marriage with Joanne Schmakel Sept. 26, 1959, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia, by Rev. John Stehr. This union was blessed with children Ricky, Ann, and Todd.

Don had worked at Mill City Plywood, followed by being a machinist at Eaton Corporation, which he retired from.

In retirement, Don stayed busy helping neighbors with snow removal and lawn mowing. He enjoyed fishing, camping, traveling, listening to old-tyme music, and taking a relaxing drive around town and in the country. Don also enjoyed reading the daily paper and farm magazines.

Don cherished the time spent with his family and welcomed every opportunity to be his grandchildrens’ shuttle driver.

He’ll be remembered as being a caring and content man who had a spirited nature.

Don was preceded in death by his wife Joanne Karels; daughter Ann Anacker; parents Leonard and Irene Karels; sister Donna Sluka; brother and sister-in-law Francis and Shirley Karels; father-in-law and mother-in-law Walter T. and Alvina Schmakel; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Gloria Karels, Carol Karels, Marlene “Molly” McPadden, Lois Winckel, infant Bertha Schmakel, Walter Schmakel Jr., Larry Schmakel, Neil Schmakel, and Vera Dressel.

Don is survived by his loving family: sons and daughters-in-law Ricky and Patty Karels of Waconia, Todd and Kristen Karels of Norwood Young America; son-in-law Rod Anacker and wife Bobbi; grandchildren Mitchell Karels and wife Sarah, Erica Karels, Casey Karels and wife Ashley, Anna Karels, Isabela Karels, Allie Anacker, Emma Anacker; great-grandchildren Ethan and Lane Karels; brothers Charles Karels, Roger Karels, James Karels; sisters and brothers-in-law Ruth and Charles Bussey, Carol and Keith Mohrbacher; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Marvin Sluka, Wallace Dressel, Sharon Pearson, Charles and Marlene Schmakel, Ken and Alyce Schmakel, Dale and Faith Schmakel, LeRoy and Penny Schmakel, Gary McPadden, Nancy Schmakel, Deloris Schmakel; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Arrangements with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia. www.johnsonfh.com.

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