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Karen Jean Hoeft

May 23, 1940 — February 14, 2021

Karen J. Hoeft, age 80, of Neillsville, died on Sunday, February 14, 2021 at the Clark County Rehab Center in Owen, WI.

Karen Jean Hoeft was born on May 23, 1940 in the town of McMillan, Marathon County the daughter of Alfred Albert & Edna E. (Hupe) Knaak. After graduating from Marshfield Senior High School in 1958 she worked at Rollohome for many years and then the Granton School District driving bus. Karen then worked at Sunburst Youth Homes for several years, and later did  accounting work for Keith Marg Rendering.  Karen loved to roller skate, dance, read and crafting.  She also loved time with her family and friends and animals.

She is survived by a son, Russell Mannigel of Spencer, WI, 4 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, a brother Leon (Maribeth) Knaak of Marshfield, WI, and a sister Marcy (Michael) Buchholz of Chili, WI.

Karen was preceded in death by a son, Alan J. Mannigel, her parents and a brother Dale A. Knaak.

The family would like to thank Heartland Hospice and Clark County Rehab Center for the wonderful care given to Karen.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Friday, February 19, 2021 at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville. 

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Friday, February 19, 2021

10:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

Gesche Funeral Home & Cremation Service

4 S Grand Ave, Neillsville, WI 54456

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Graveside Service

Friday, February 19, 2021

Starts at 12:15 pm (Central time)

Windfall Cemetery

, Medina, OH 44256

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