of Grass Lake, Michigan, formerly of Chelsea, age 77, died Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at Evangelical Home in Saline, Michigan. She was born March 31, 1944, in Winthrop, Massachusetts, the daughter of Frederick & Carol (Bowen) Nimke.

Karen graduated from Pioneer High School in 1962. She earned a Bachelors in Physical Education from U of M, and taught one year in Grand Blanc, followed by two years at elementary schools in Ann Arbor. She taught horse riding at Everett Stables and later Stoney Ridge. After raising her children, she worked at Braun-Brumfield (later Sheridan Books) for 29 years.

On August 4, 1967, she married L. Wayne Von Wald at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Ann Arbor, and he preceded her in death on November 24, 2015. Survivors include two daughters, Lisa (Eric) Kruger of Mansfield Center, CT, Kara (Rob) Kellerman of Grass Lake; four grandchildren, Madelyn & Hannah Kruger, and Sydney & Connor Kellerman; and three siblings, Fred Nimke of Chelsea, Janice (Scott) Baird of Dexter, and Alan Nimke of Ypsilanti.

No services are planned. Memorial contributions may be made to cancer society of your choice. Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


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#3 Kati Noppe 2021-04-29 13:48
Thinking of all the families. I enjoy hearing Kara’s stories about her mom, the recent ones and the ones from her growing up! Sounds like a life well loved and lived.
#2 Brenda Warman 2021-04-29 13:26
Sending my love and prayers.
#1 Eleanor Brier 2021-04-29 13:04
I'm so sorry Kara. Your mother was a cool lady.

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