Karen Warren Riedel, 46, died as a result of injuries from a car accident, on November 11, 2012.
Karen was fascinated with life her entire life. Karen was born July 18, 1966, the first of four children to Virginia and Fred Warren, in Aldie, Virginia. Though her father worked a government job during the day, he passed the passion of the farm to Karen, and she took it up with gusto. A graduate of Virginia Tech in Dairy Science, 4H, and Future Farmers of America, she exercised her lifelong passion selecting the best genetics in her Holstein cows resulting in the best herd she could make. Later, as circumstances often dictate in farm life, she took an additional job as a phlebotomist with Associated Clinical Laboratories, making rounds and drawing blood from patients in Corry, Jamestown, Erie, and a lot of places in between. As she found reward and success in that endeavor, she had also begun to take classes at Mercyhurst East College, to become a Registered Nurse, all while still maintaining her family and her farm outside of Corry.
She was intimately concerned with the proper raising of her own four children Kelsie (23) and Carleigh (21) from her first marriage to Craig Boyd in July, 1988, and Dylan (10) and Skylar (8) from her second to Ron Riedel in September, 2001. Karen was an active member of the Erie First Assembly of God and a committed member of her small group. Both of her younger children were involved in the accident, but were uninjured because of safety belts. Though her younger brother Frecky, prede ceased her in 1987, Karen is survived by her husband, her children, her parents, Fred and Ginny, her sister Susan and brotherinlaw Michael, and her youngest brother John and sisterin law Linh. The rest of family resides in the rural part of Northern Virginia. Here in Corry, Ron's mother Rosie and husband Allen, brother Ryan and wife Corinne, and stepbrother Andrew and wife Lisa mourn her loss.
Karen's nononsense, high energy, and assertive approach to caring made her a powerful character who loved the people whose lives she intersected. Whether it was spending her vacation teaching her sister how to care for live stock, confronting people when her children were not getting the best quality education, or just making sure the cows were milked three times a day, every living creature that Karen cared for was, in fact, well cared for.
A viewing will be held at Bracken Funeral Home, 315 N. Center St., Corry, Pa., on Thursday, November 15th from 24 and 79. Funeral services will be held at The Summit, just west of Erie First Assembly of God, 8150 Oliver Rd., Erie, Pa., on Friday, November 16 at 11 am. Rev. Jason Hotchkiss will officiate. She will be interred next to her brother in Middleburg, VA.
Memorials may be made to Erie First Assembly of God, 8150 Oliver Rd., Erie, Pa. 16509.