Karen Ann Krumbach

East Tawas, Michigan
December 10, 1945 - June 21, 2020


Visitation for Karen will be held on Wednesday, June 24th from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at the Buresh Funeral Home in Tawas City. A Rosary service will be prayed Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM.
Her family will welcome friends at church on Thursday morning from 10:00 AM until the time of her mass

Service Location

Holy Family Catholic Church ~ East Tawas


Her funeral mass will be on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Holy Family Catholic Church in East Tawas with Reverend Charles Donajkowski officiating. Her family will welcome friends at church Thursday morning from 10:00 AM until the time of the mass.

Obituary Notice

Karen Ann Krumbach of Tawas, Michigan, passed away on Sunday June 21, 2020, at the age of 74.
She was born the first of six children, to Betty M. (Hergenroeder) Justin and Matthias C. Justin on December 10, 1945. After graduating from L’Ance Creuse High School in 1963, Karen attended Henry Ford College in Detroit where she completed her RN in nursing.
After marriage in 1968, and moves from Lansing to Sault Ste. Marie and Marquette, Karen settled in Tawas in 1978, where she raised three children and worked at the District Health Department.
Karen lived a life that was deep in faith and flowing with love. She loved her children and extended family immensely and delighted when all her grandchildren could be together for a big summer cookout or holiday dinner. She loved her brothers and sisters, and many nieces and nephews. She loved the Lord. Karen was devout in her Catholic faith and volunteered through the Holy Family parish along with annual retreats with the Marians.
She often reminded us “This is the day the Lord has made…” Or, when times seemed bad, “There’s a pony in there somewhere” a gentle reminder to stay optimistic and not be discouraged when life deals you a setback.
Karen re-married to Robert Krumbach in 2010, spending the last 10 years in Wilber Township tending to beautiful gardens, growing and canning produce that was generously shared with many friends and family. We hold many warm memories of Karen: sewing quilts, scolding errant chickens, driving around with Bob in restored Model A cars, watching turkey and deer feeding in the golden fields at sunset.
Karen is survived by her husband, three children: Eric Babe, Colleen Botos, Jeffrey Babe, and ten grandchildren.
Visitation for Karen will be held on Wednesday, June 24th from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at the Buresh Funeral Home in Tawas City. A Rosary service will be prayed Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM. Her funeral mass will be on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Holy Family Catholic Church in East Tawas with Reverend Charles Donajkowski officiating. Her family will welcome friends at church Thursday morning from 10:00 AM until the time of the mass. Karen will be laid to rest in the St. Joseph Cemetery in East Tawas. An online guest registry is available at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.


St. Joseph Cemetery


Bob and Family, We are so saddened to learn of Karen's passing. She was a wonderful woman with the kindest of hearts. She never had a bad word to say about anyone. We loved her dearly and she truly will be missed. Heaven gained a jewel of a person.
— Marsha and Rich
Karen will be greatly missed by many. She now is celebrating eternal life w/the Lord, whom she loves very much. I will always embrace her love, prayers and compassion that she generously shared with all of us. Know that my prayers and the prayers of my family will be ongoing for all of you.
— Pattie Rioux
Karen, We will miss you terribly. You were a wonderful Nana to Garrett and I’m so thankful you were there when he came into this world. I will miss our chats and your hugs the most. God took you home to be with him and even though it breaks our hearts I know your at peace now. We love you with all our hearts.
— Tiffany Cline and Garrett Beach
Bob, Eric, Colleen and Jeff I am so sorry for your loss. Karen will truly be missed by all. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
— Karen Justin
Dear Families, it seems so long ago that I spent so much time at Karen’s house on Wilbur...I always loved going with my parents to visit. Karen was a huge inspiration to me then and now Her love and Faith in our Savior was immense . To all of you Bob ,Colleen, Eric and Jeff I send hugs from afar. To all the Justin’s we send our deepest sympathies as well. Rest In Peace Karen Love Mary (Tenbusch) and John Bouchard
— John and Mary Bouchard
Such a nice gentle lady with a great sense of humor, so sorry for your loss,,,,R,I,P,
— Patti and Dennis Whitford
Bob, Eric, Colleen, and Jeff, Karen was truly a woman of faith, that carried her through life’s ups and downs. Family and friends always came first. I know she will be missed. She touched the hearts of all who knew her. My condolences to the entire family . May God help you through this difficult time.
— Annis Babe
We are sorry to hear the news about Karen...our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Dick & Lori Frederick
— Lori & Dick Frederick
So sorry for your loss. Karen will be greatly missed. Looked for her Christmas cards every year!
— Bernadette Ehrlichman
I’m going to dearly miss my Aunt Karen. She had a heart of gold, and was a gentle soul. I cherish the summer days when we would make pancakes that were as large as my head, take long walks during the sunset, garden in the backyard, or just stop and smell the pink roses outside the front door. I will miss you so much, Aunt Karen.
— Michael Gonczar
So sorry to hear about Karen. My heart just broke. Another beautiful Angel to watch over us.
— Tom Lee
Prayers of love and comfort to you all!
— Karen Justin
Karen, we love you. Your warmth, compassion and hugs, received over each of our lives, is flooding our hearts with nothing but wonderful fond memories.
Our very large families hug so much, I'm sure we can all appreciate what that really means to us.
Here's to you Karen,

Love Dayn, Carol, Spencer and Trevor.
— Dayn & Carol Justin
Bob, So very saddened to hear of Karen's passing. However, know that she is at peace and bound for heaven. Marlene and I pray for your strength and peace during your period of grief.
— Thomas H. Seigo
my deepest heartfelt condolences to the entire family...R.I.P. Karen
— Frank Mahon
Dear Krumbach Family, Our sincere condolences on Karen's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
— Frank and Jeanice Jastrzembowski
So sorry for the loss of Karen. prayers to all the family. karen is dancing in the heavens pain free maybe even with Nancy and Mary. rest in peace Karen i will miss you
— janet coyer
Dear Bob, please receive our sincere condolences for Karen's passing on Monday. Our thoughts and prayers for comfort go out for you and your family.
— Tim and Pauline Brussel
Karen always had a smile that made you feel safe and happy. I will miss her Christmas card this year. She always made me feel like I was one of her kids. Soft spoken, kind hearted and the best hugs!
— Kristine Pelletier
Karen Justin was one of my Henry Ford Hospital School of Nursing (not HFH Community College) classmates. A true Christian lady, a very compassionate nurse, wonderful wife and mother; and I am sooo proud to say my friend for more than 50 years. I was a bridesmaid in her wedding and always treasured her Christmas card & note. Karen had beautiful hand-writing and was beautiful inside and out. I love the photo with her obituary, it captures her joy in life. I saw her about 10 years ago and was set back by her hair color! Karen had really striking dark hair when we were young. She was so pretty, regardless the color of her hair! My sincere sympathy to her siblings, (Love my memories of your family & my visits to your home when we were in nursing school), her kids and Bob. I can't help crying, she was my friend & I shall miss her. With love, Joann Lange Yott, Class of 1966.
— Joann B Yott
In our more than 50 years in the Tawases, Barb and I have known some wonderful, special, caring people. Karen was one of those. Her deep love and concern for others was unparalleled and her faith was unshakable. She never was too busy to smile and ask about family and friends. She never was too busy to share. She never was too busy to take a hand and offer comfort. She was a shining light in our community and will be deeply missed by family and friends. We love you Karen...
— Neal and Barbara Miller
My heart is heavy with grief and if not for my faith in a better place and in my God who loves us without cease I would be totally broken. But our God in his wisdom needed Karen and that alone consoles me. I will miss my spiritual director, my mentor, my loving sister, my dearest friend. Karen Ann has been a presence in my life for over 64 years and even though I must say goodbye I am joyful that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will greet her with his long awaited loving embrace and in this I find the much needed solace I so need right now. May Gods eternal light shine upon you Karen and may you have everlasting peace in His name I pray.
— Michele
Karen was a beautiful person, both inside and out . I will miss my friend.
— Vicki Bonnee
Bob and family- So sorry to hear about Karen,she always had a smile for everyone. She will be sadly missed.
— Larry and Jo Kindell
Dear Cousin Karen, I admired you greatly & loved you even more - no words can express the sadness in my heart at the thought of not being able to visit with you again - see you on the other side - love, Sandy
— Sandy Hergenroeder
Hi Bob. So sorry to hear about your wife passing. I lost track of you after Grand Haven. Remembering our rabbit hunting expeditions with Bob Gonser and home made wine and smoked fish. I do hope you are doing well and you have my sincere condolences.
— Larry Culbertson
I was out of town and was eager to read the paper when I got home...as I stared at Karen’s obituary picture my husband said that is George’s wife’s mom. Oh geez, though I know the back of her better because I usually set in a pew behind her. I was stunned that sweet lady was gone. I only know her from mass but I could see the love she had for her family. She was always so happy to welcome Colleen, George and her beautiful grandchildren to join her in their pew. Holy Family has lost a major part of our family and my heart is broken for her family. May God Send You Peace. Bless your hearts, Pete & Alice Barnes
— Alice
So sorry to hear of Karen passing away. She was a very special, thoughtful, kind soul she will be missed by all who knew her. Above all she was a fantastic Mother, sister, daughter and grandmother. God bless her and all of her family.
— Sandy Oesterling

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