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Karyl Drexel

1925 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Karyl Drexel Obituary
Karyl May Drexel passed away July 31, 2014 in Longmont, Colorado. She was 88. The daughter of Chester L. and Bernice (Hoffman) Hurdle, Karyl was born October 15, 1925 in Milan, Missouri. Karyl played clarinet at the Swinney Conservatory of Music in Fayette, Missouri before attending the University of Colorado. There, she met her future husband Frank R. Drexel, and the couple was married September 1, 1947 in Boulder, Colorado. Karyl earned her Bachelor of Music Education in 1948. After residing in Delta, Colorado for three years the couple returned to Boulder where Frank established himself as a talented land surveyor and respected businessman. Karyl was an accomplished musician, playing clarinet in the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra and Boulder Civic Opera while raising her three children. She and Frank were avid boaters and took the adventure of a lifetime 1984-1986 aboard their trawler Foxfire. Their journey took them from San Diego to Florida and back via the Panama Canal. Karyl fondly recalled friends and experiences from this trip for the rest of her life. After living in San Diego for over a decade, Karyl and Frank returned to Colorado where they settled in Longmont. Karyl established herself as a dear friend and neighbor through her kindness, bright personality, and extraordinary flower garden. Karyl was preceded in death by her husband Frank (August 1, 2008). She is survived by her three children, Sandra Burgener, Frank N. Drexel, and Mark Drexel, as well as six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was a wonderful friend, wife, and parent, and her memory will be cherished by all who knew her. Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at the Howe Mortuary Chapel in Longmont, CO. Share condolences at
Published in The Boulder Daily Camera on Aug. 31, 2014
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