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Karen LeQue 05/29/2022

Karen LeQue, age 78, of Eau Claire, formerly of New Richmond passed away unexpectedly on Sunday May 29th, 2022 at Mayo Clinic – St Mary’s in Rochester, MN surrounded by her family. Karen was born in Chippewa Falls, WI on August 1st, 1943 to Lloyd and Elizabeth Beaudette. She graduated from Chippewa Falls High school, Class of 1961. Following high school Karen attended beauty school and worked as a beautician at B’s House of Beauty in Chippewa Falls WI. She married Jerry LeQue on October 19, 1963 at Jim Falls Catholic Church in Jim Falls, WI.

They moved to New Richmond in 1967 to raise their family. They had one daughter Pam and two sons, Denny and Brian.  They owned and operated several small businesses including Laundry Village Laundromat in New Richmond, WI and Apple River Super Chute water slides in Somerset, WI. Karen enjoyed and played a key role in the day to day management of these businesses. Always wanting to be busy, in her spare time, Karen worked part-time at Dayton’s in Maplewood, MN and later at Federal Foam in New Richmond, WI.  After Jerry’s retirement from NSP, they traveled the country in the comfort of their motorhome, often taking their grandchildren on traveling adventures. They also enjoyed their family cabin in Gordon, WI. and wintering in Florida. Karen loved being a wife, mother, grandmother and home-maker.  She also enjoyed cooking, gardening, shopping, gift-giving and spending time with friends and family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd and Elizabeth Beaudette, her grandson, Pierre LeQue, her brother Loren Beaudette and sister-in-law Dianne Beaudette.  Karen is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Jerry LeQue, her daughter Pam Sheldon (Steve Helland) and sons Denny (Missy) LeQue and Brian (Darby) LeQue.  Her grandchildren, Stewart Sheldon, Abbigail LeQue, Devin LeQue and step granddaughter, Jade Helland.  Siblings, Redgie Beaudette and Jeanie Carlson, many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, June 17, 2022 at 11:00 am at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church (151 S Washington Ave) in New Richmond.  Visitation was on Friday from 10:00-11:00 am at the church.  Luncheon followed the service. A family interment was in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Cemetery.   Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

Click here to watch the recording of Karen’s Memorial Mass of Christian Burial



  • Bob Crotty Posted June 6, 2022 7:48 pm

    My deepest sympathy for your loss Jerry may she rest in peace

  • Chris Borneman Posted June 16, 2022 2:31 pm

    Amazing family memories of years together!. I am thinking of you and the rest of family. Sorry couldn’t make it to service for Karen may she rest in peace!

  • Lois Hardie Posted June 17, 2022 11:25 am

    Dear Jerry, thinking of you and your family today with deepest sympathy. I tried to watch online but wasn’t able to connect. So sorry. But I especially enjoyed the video of all the beautiful pictures and memories. And the beautiful songs. They all mean so much. You and Karen had a good long life together and now you have a lifetime of memories. Karen was a very special person and I am happy that we got to know her and always remained friends even after all these years. So glad we had the opportunity to reconnect a few months ago and were looking forward to doing it again. But God had other plans and we have to accept that. She will be dearly missed. Take care and take time grieve and to be with family and friends at this time of great loss my friend.

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