Karen Lynn Ziegler
1958 - 2021

Karen Lynn Ziegler

GALESVILLE -- On Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, Karen Lynn Ziegler, loving wife, mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully at home at the young age of 62.

Karen was born March 29, 1958, in La Crosse, to Clinton and Shirley (Bakken) Renning. She grew up in Abrahams Coulee and attended French Creek Lutheran Church. She graduated from Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School and later met and married her husband, Wendell Ziegler.

Karen spent most of her early days raising her two daughters, Mandy Dale and Sarah Minor. After the kids were grown, she enjoyed her time at Sacia Orchards and Ferguson Orchards, where she loved giving apple tours to children. She later joined her friends at Sunset Gardens and would help plant flowers in the nursery. Her final place of employment was at Randy's Neighborhood Market, working in the deli department. She loved the students that would walk over for lunch and visit with her and all the friends she made from casual conversations there.

Three years ago, her life changed as she discovered she had a rare soft tissue cancer in her leg. She underwent radiation in Rochester at Mayo, where she received amazing care. She later was cancer free and was able to ring the bell when she left with a big smile on her face. During her treatments she made many new friends at Hope Lodge, where she stayed; something she did easily was making new friends. Karen spent the last year recovering and building her strength. She only discovered she would yet again face cancer a few weeks ago, this time a new form of lymphoma that was extremely aggressive. She had one round of chemotherapy at Mayo in La Crosse.

Karen is survived by her husband, Wendell; her loving dog, Jordy; two daughters, Mandy Dale (Chad Gehrke), Sarah (Jamie) Minor; grandchildren, Alicia Dale, Demi and Evan Minor; a sister, Cindy Schuppe; her sister-in-law, Loretta Renning; nieces, nephews; many cousins; relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clinton and Shirley; her mother and father-in-law, Norman and Margaret; her brother, Steve Renning; brother-in-law, Jim Schuppe; her son-in-law, Michael "Chipper' Dale; and a granddaughter, Ava Minor.

The family wants to thank from the bottom of their hearts, all the support that has been offered over the years. It meant the world to Karen seeing the social media posts, the phone calls and the letters she received in the mail. She felt so loved and grateful to have you all in her life. An extra special thank you to Dr. Ohlrogge for taking such good care of her and her family. Karen thought the world of your care and concern for her health and future.

In lieu of flowers, please feel free to send a donation to the Trempealeau County Humane Society.

A celebration of life will be held for Karen later this summer when it is safe to gather and be together.

Zwickey Funeral Homes, Galesville Chapel assisted the family.

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Published by La Crosse Tribune on Feb. 16, 2021.
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To Cindy and Loretta, so sorry for your loss of dear Karen. She was loved. I always talked to her at the deli when I took my mom shopping every week. My heart goes out to both of you. Love, Beth
Beth Sacia
February 20, 2021
I am sorry to hear of your loss. My sympathy to Wendell , Sara and Mandy, family and friends.
Ben Hovell
February 20, 2021
Wendell, It was with great sadness I read of Karen's passing. She was such a super person. While it has been 40 years or better since we shared so many good times, years and distance will never erase those cherished memories . Please know that you and the girls are in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely Bill Anderson
Bill Anderson
February 17, 2021
We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Lana Goodman and Marc Bissonnette
February 16, 2021
Karen was a kind soul. I remember her and my mom Beverly would chat and laugh every morning while they were both getting us kids off to school. My prayers are with Wendell, Mandy, Sarah and the grand babies.
Bridgette Locke
February 16, 2021
Karen was my joyful neighbor for 22 years in the Orchard. Always a wave, smile and a big heart. She will be missed in the valley. My heart is with Wendell, Sara and Mandy, family and Karen your many friends. It was a pleasure to be your neighbor and friend. God Bless!
Dee McConnell
February 16, 2021
Please accept my sincere condolences Sarah and family Hold tight to Memories they last forever take care
Tina Romanuk
February 16, 2021
All our love and prayers for all of Karen´s family, such a special soul gone too soon her infectious smile and heart will be missed
Donna Bortle
February 16, 2021
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family.
Chris and Jane VanWalleghem
February 16, 2021
There are so many things that you could say about Karen but here are some of mine, her sweetness, her kindness, her humor, her positivity and strong will, never complaining, her warm smile and personality, her hard work ethic, her love for her dog Jordy or all animals, always so open for conversation to everyone, her love for her girls and grandkids, she would glow when talking about them, she was so proud of them. I prayed harder than I have ever done for a miracle but I picture Jesus reaching his hand out to her that morning and saying "Karen come to me, you who is weary and heavy laden, I will give you rest, no more worries, pain or suffering". I will miss her phone calls and visits at the deli. She will be so missed. My sympathy to her family. Love you.
Sue Bakken
February 16, 2021
Dear Mandy, Sarah, Wendell and other family members: I'm so very sorry for your loss, Although I didn't really know Karen personally, I know she was a wonderful, beautiful soul! May happy memories fill your lives during this terrible time of grief! Blessings to you all!
Sue Lund
February 16, 2021
My deepest condolences to Karen's family. She was a very special lady whom I was blessed to have known. Prayers of comfort to all.
Angela (Kulas) McDonald
February 16, 2021
There are so many words to describe Karen's personality and these are a few that stand out to me. Her sweetness, her hard work ethic, her humor, her compassion to everyone, tough -never complained, her positivity and strong will, her love for her girls and grandchildren-her face would glow when she talked about them,, she was so proud of all of you. She loved talking to everyone and making you feel special. I miss our talks and prayed harder than I have ever done for a miracle but I can just see Jesus reaching down and saying "come Karen who is weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest, no worrys, no pain, no suffering come to me". Hold on to your memories and just picture her spreading her love to all who have gone before her and even making new friends and will be waiting for you to join her. She's saying I'm ok, don't be sad. My deepest sympathy to her family.
Sue Bakken
February 16, 2021
My deepest sympathy to all of the family.
Donna Schock
February 16, 2021
Sending our sympathy to Karen´s family , she will be dearly missed , rip Karen Cousin always in my heart
Clarine Overby Nelson
February 16, 2021