Karen L. Mueller

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Karen L. Mueller, 78, of Prairie du Chien, died Sunday, July 19, 2020, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien.

Karen was born Sept. 5, 1941, to Clarence and Arrah Lavon (Tieden) Polkow in Read Township, Clayton County, Iowa. On Sept. 18, 1959, Karen was united in marriage with the love of her life, Erwin Mueller, at Peace United Church of Christ in Elkader, Iowa. Karen spent her life helping and caring for others. She worked as a CNA, did home health care and in-home day care. In addition to helping others, Karen enjoyed painting ceramics and studying her family’s genealogy. She was a long-time member of the United Methodist Church in Prairie du Chien. Karen also enjoyed being a piece of people’s big days by baking many wedding and birthday cakes. She loved spending time with family, close friends and her faithful companion, Kitty Kitty.

Karen is survived by her daughters, Brenda (Ricky) Fabert of Prairie du Chien and Vikki (Donald) Hafke of Prairie du Chien; grandchildren, April (Clayton) Smelser, Zakery (Ana) Hafke and Kaleb Hafke; great-granddaughters, Adelyn and Evelyn Hafke; brother, Keith (Theresa) Polkow; nieces and nephews; and Kitty Kitty.

Preceding Karen in death were her husband, Erwin; daughter, Penny; and her parents, Clarence and Arrah Lavon Polkow.

There will be a private family service. Grau Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, of Prairie du Chien, is assisting the family with arrangements.

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