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Karen Pitzen 01/17/2022

Karen Renee Pitzen, age 59 of New Richmond, WI, died Monday, January 17, 2022 at Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater, MN. Karen was born the daughter of Virgil and Esther (Peterson) Krumm on June 26, 1962 in New Richmond, WI. She grew up in New Richmond, graduating from New Richmond High School with the class of 1980. On October 10, 1982, Karen was married to Timothy Pitzen at First Lutheran Church. They were blessed with 2 children, Heather and Luke. They later divorced. Karen worked at the First National Bank before going to work at Bernard’s Northtown Inc. She was a member of the Pioneer Women’s Group and First Lutheran Church and was a caregiver for her nephew Kyle. She enjoyed traveling, camping, cooking and baking and watching the Packers. Karen loved being a grandma and hosted Wednesday family night for her children and grandchildren. Karen was a wonderful mother and grandmother who was always loving and caring. She was trustworthy, loyal and selfless, always putting others before herself. She is preceded in death by her parents, Virgil and Esther Krumm. Karen is survived by her children, Heather (Phil) Hoover and Luke Pitzen; grandchildren, Adisyn Pitzen, Knox Hoover, and Emresyn Hoover; significant other, George Garcia; siblings, Keith Krumm, and Kevin (Karen) Krumm; niece and nephews, Alicia Garner, Karl Krumm, Kyle Krumm; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Visitation was held on Sunday, January 23, 2022 from 4-8 pm at Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services 728 S Knowles Avenue New Richmond, WI and on Monday from 10-11 am at the church. A Funeral Service was held on Monday, January 24, 2022 at 11 am at First Lutheran Church 218 County Road K New Richmond, WI and streamed live through the link just below this obituary. Interment will be in the New Richmond Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

Click here to watch the recording of Karen’s service



  • Beverly Krumm Posted January 18, 2022 4:15 pm

    I am so sorry. She was a beautiful friend and niece. I will miss her so much. Love to all.

  • Shirley Fagnan Posted January 18, 2022 4:36 pm

    I just can’t believe you’re gone. I miss you so much!!
    My heart breaks for your family and all the friends you whose lives you were a part of. You were the heart of your family & put everyone else first before yourself. Sleep dear angel.
    I will never see yellow without thinking of you. Now you are a part of the sunshine you gave so freely here and the world is a sadder for your loss. God Bless & keep your loved ones in His comforting embrace.

  • Denise Berman Posted January 18, 2022 5:13 pm

    Karen and I grew up in the same neighborhood, but I moved away after high school. We got to know one another again as adults,(both single mothers) when my son Taylor and I moved back to New Richmond in 2005.We guickly became close friends and I always told her we were “sisters, not by birth,but by a bond of friendship” As others mentioned,she was an amazing Mother,Grandmother, relative and friend ( .My heart is broken, and I will miss her dearly, Her life was too short but she left us the gift of having been a part of it.

  • Steve and Amy Krumm Posted January 20, 2022 11:54 am

    Sending prayers to your entire family. She was a ray of sunshine!

  • Susie Cudahy Posted January 20, 2022 12:25 pm

    A woman of noble character, sunshine, happiness, warmth, wisdom and dedicated to God and her family. Rest in peace sweet cousin. Sending our love from Florida to the entire family,
    Susie, Scott and Shawn

  • Bryan bowman sr Posted January 23, 2022 2:59 pm

    I am so sorry. Karen was a very beautiful woman. I was only in the family for the last 6 years but she always made me feel so welcomed. She will be dearly missed. Love and prayers to the family.

  • Gail Krey Posted January 23, 2022 6:10 pm

    Karen you made so many wonderful memories with your beautiful family. You will always be loved and cherished by all who knew your wonderful spirit. You and George always had so many adventures. We were so happy to receive your letters letting us know where you’d been. I enjoyed you so much on our Alaskan cruise. I will miss you at the legion and all family get-togethers. My love to you and all who have welcomed you in heaven. Aunt Gail

  • Beverly Krumm Posted January 24, 2022 12:08 pm

    What a beautiful tribute to Karen. She was LOVE personified

  • George Garcia Posted May 1, 2022 1:13 pm

    No one will ever know much I miss Karen see was my luv and my live i had a life time of adventures with her she use to luv to feed seagulls we me sitting in the car thinking about to movie the birds she would laugh at me she was always happy shopping on the road I go to sleep every night hoping I wake next to her like these is all a dream she was a great grandma and mom always buying things on the road for her grand kids I miss all the family gatherings and family night and working on the yard together every year Karen wishes I go back to my family it’s not the same my family is there and always will be I miss u so much mom hope I see u soon luv u all and miss u

    • Renee Stiteler Posted May 17, 2022 9:45 am

      We miss you too George. Hope you are well. You know where we are and you are still family. Love you George

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