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Karen A. Rahmel

Karen A. Rahmel, age 69, of Grand Rapids, Ohio, passed away peacefully, with her family at her bedside, following a courageous battle with cancer, Thursday evening, June 2, 2016, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Toledo. She was born October 3, 1946 in Wauseon, Ohio to Howard Leon and Lucille Mable (Kryling) Stevenson. Karen married Steve Rahmel on March 7, 1970 in St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Holgate, Ohio.

Karen worked 14 years for the Ohio Turnpike as a toll collector and supervisor, and 14 years for First Energy as a meter reader, retiring in 2000.

Karen will be remembered for her energetic personality and will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 46 years, Steve; daughter, Penney (Randy) Baldwin; grandson, Chase Baldwin; sister, Kathy (Tom) Wolf and half-sister, Julie (Rob) Dreyfoos.

Karen was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Lucille, and son, Steven Paul Rahmel.

Visitation will be held Monday, June 6th from 4 to 8 p.m. at Hosanna Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids. Visitation will continue Tuesday, June 7th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the church, where funeral services will begin at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Brian Haller officiating. A luncheon will immediately follow and graveside services at Holgate Cemetery will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hosanna Lutheran Church, 23019 Kellogg Rd., Grand Rapids, OH 43522.

Residence: Grand Rapids, Ohio

Visitation: Monday, June 6th from 4 to 8 pm at Hosanna Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids

Funeral Service: Tuesday, June 7th at 11:00 am in the Church

Private Interment: Holgate Cemetery

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Steve I just found out about Karen's fight with cancer and her passing yesterday, Wednesday. I would have been there, if I had known. Please accept my condolences. I know you were with her always. You and Karen had a very special love. I'm sure she will be greatly missed. Jennifer

jennifer Froelich Jun 9 2016 12:00 AM

I will miss seeing Karen's beaming face on my visits home at Hosanna Lutheran. She fought the good fight and her courage will not be forgotten. Say hi to all the Hosanna members up there, we'll miss you here. Love, Kevin and Christy (Zapiecki) Rahrig

Kevin and Christy Rahrig Jun 8 2016 12:00 AM

what a fighter Karen was, and boy was she feisty. I surely did enjoy our quaint talks that we had when she came in here. Steve, you were her backbone...you are a real angel. May god bless your family with peace and love in the coming days...know that Karen is with you always... " For every tear that falls a flower blooms in heaven"

Tami Jun 6 2016 12:00 AM