Karen A. Lehrke passed away Monday, May 25, 2020, peacefully at the age of 72, at her home with family at her side.
Karen was born Oct. 17, 1947, in Watertown. She was the daughter of Leland and Florence (Quaas) Goede. She was baptized Nov. 16, 1947, at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany, by Rev. John W. Meyer and later confirmed her Christian faith March 26, 1961 at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany, by Rev. Henry J. Weseloh.
She attended St. Mark Lutheran School and Waconia High School.
Karen and Ronald Lehrke were united in marriage Aug. 21, 1965, at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany by Henry J. Weseloh.
Karen was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She enjoyed playing cards, gardening, flowers, fishing, going to the cabin, but most of all, she loved spending time with her family.
Karen is survived by her loving family: husband, Ronald Lehrke; sons and daughters-in-law, Todd and Terry Lehrke of Lester Prairie, and Ty and Kristin Lehrke of Watertown; daughter and son-in-law, Tracy and Scott Johnson of Plato; grandchildren, Adam (Lindsay) Lehrke and Aaron (Natalie) Lehrke, Sydney and Cassie Lehrke, Matthew, Madison, Morgan, and Mitchell Johnson; great-grandchildren, Brock and Harper; sister and brother-in-law, LeAnn and Gerald Goede of New Germany; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-laws, Lynis and Barbara Lehrke of Cape Carteret, NC and Lyle and Donna Lehrke of New Germany; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Blessed be the memory of Karen our departed sister in the faith.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Leland and Florence Goede, sister Linda Hilk, and father and mother-in-law, Leslie and Glenna Lehrke.
Private family funeral service took place Friday, May 29 at 11 a.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany with Rev. LeRoy LaPlant officiating.
A public visitation took place Thursday, May 28, from 4 to 7 p.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany observing social distancing requirements. The public graveside service took place at 11:45 a.m. Friday, May 29, at St. Mark Lutheran Cemetery in New Germany.
Casket Bearers were Ryan Goede, Eric Soderholm, Jon Latzig, Toby Buhr, Kevin Quaas, and Keith Quaas.
Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia handled the arrangements.