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Karen Kay (Kissel) Gould, age 66, of Turk Lake, died Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at her son's home in Dimondale.  The daughter of Helen T. (Johnson) & Robert V. Kissel, Sr., she was born on May 9, 1949 in Sheridan and  was a 1967 graduate of Greenville High School.

For 30 years Karen worked at the Greenville K-Mart, helping set-up and open the store when it came to Greenville and working up until her health prevented from her doing so.  She loved going to work each day and delighted in the friendships she made with co-workers and customers.  She also enjoyed playing cards with her mother and will be long remembered for her cooking and baking talents… especially her lemon pies and cheesecakes, baked beans, and fresh baked rolls.  Karen was a long time member of Hope Lutheran Church in Stanton, enjoyed  setting up bus trips to the casino's up north, and loved spending time at the Mackinac Bridge. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elwood Gould on January 8, 1995;  a son, Robert S. Gould on November 16, 1997;  and her father, Robert V. Kissel, Sr. on September 7, 2002.

Surviving are her mother, Helen  Kissel of Turk Lake;  a son and daughter-in-law, Todd & Karen Gould;  a granddaughter, Taylor Gould, all of Dimondale;  two brothers and a sister, Bob & Jean Kissel, Jr. of Greenville, Lynette & Terry Peterman of Sidney, and Brian & Beverly Kissel of Sheridan;  siblings-in-law, Ellen & Claude Braden of Gowen ;  aunts and uncles, Harold & Marsha Johnson of Greenville, Frank & Ethel Johnson of Stanton, Inez Beach of Stanton, Florence Collins of Sheridan, and Joyce Johnson of Greenville;  several nieces and nephews;   many dear friends; and her faithful canine companion, Hyper Piper.

Visitation is from 5-7 p.m. on Friday at Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, where funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday.  The Rev. Steve Voelker, pastor of Hope Lutheran Church, will officiate and burial will follow at Sidney Township Cemetery. 

Instead of flowers, Karen would have appreciated contributions in her memory to the food pantry at Hope Lutheran Church.  Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.   To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Karen's online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:


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  1. Debbie (Corey) Letts on September 19, 2015 at 12:00 am

    So very sorry to hear of the loss of such a very dear person. Karen babysat for my son Lance 40 years ago and has always remained a family friend. She also suffered such great loss and its only knowing that her loved ones are holding her that will lessen the pain for those left behind. RIP Karen until we all meet again.

  2. Shirley Satterlee Braman on September 19, 2015 at 12:00 am

  3. Shirley Braman on September 19, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Dear Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your daughter, niece and sister. She is to young to be gone so soon. I met her on occasion and I feel I knew her even better, as knowing so many of you. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
    Shirley Braman

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