Karen Josephine Stehlik (Eberhardt), age 78 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away peacefully Monday evening, March 30, 2020, surrounded by her loving family at the Mayo Clinic Hospital Rochester, Saint Marys Campus. On March 26, 1942, Karen was born to Herbert & Dorothy Eberhardt in Champagne, Illinois. She grew up in Champagne, Illinois, attended Urbana High School, and received her diploma in 1960. Karen married Gene Stehlik on December 23, 1974, in St. Cloud and together they later settled the family in Austin around 1994. She worked many years at the Austin Walmart store, as well as at Torges Live. She was a member of Cornerstone Church, and family was everything to Karen and she cherished spending time with them. Karen was especially fond of playing Bingo as well as going fishing.
She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Gene; sons Ken Ketchum of Florida, Don Ketchum of Tennessee, Doug Ketchum; Gene (Shelley) Stehlik Jr. of Austin, Robert Stehlik of Illinois, Jason (Kristie) Stehlik of Austin, and James (Amy) Stehlik of Austin; one daughter Melissa Mears of Illinois; brother Bill Eberhardt; and one sister; 30 grandchildren; and several great grandchildren. Karen was preceded in death by her parents Herbert & Dorothy; and brother Phil Eberhardt.
A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date and time. Memorials are preferred to the family.