Karen Hermeier

Karen J. Hermeier, 76, of Waterloo, formerly of Waukon, died Wednesday, March 30, 2022 at her home with her husband by her side. Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 5 at Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon with Pastor Duane Smith officiating. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon.

Karen Jean Hermeier was born April 15, 1945 in Waukon, the daughter of Lloyd and Neva (Deal) Bechtel. She was baptized and confirmed at Zion United Church of Christ, attended Jefferson #7 grade school, and graduated from Waukon High School in 1962. After high school, Karen received additional education for office work and went to Washington, D.C. to work for the Navy Department.

In May of 1964, Karen returned to Waukon and married Terry Hermeier, who was on leave from the U.S. Army. The couple then went to Fort Huachuca, AZ for two years, where she worked for the Army Department.

After his military service, Terry worked in the defense industry, which sent the couple to State College, PA and later to Stuart, FL. When the defense industry slowed in the early 1970s, Karen and Terry came back to Iowa and were self-employed until retirement. While living in Tripoli, they owned a TV and appliance business, where Karen did the office work and bookkeeping. In 1988, they moved to Waterloo, where they have resided ever since.

Karen was an accomplished seamstress, making a lot of her clothes, her son’s clothes, and drapes. She also enjoyed tending to her many houseplants. Her biggest enjoyment was her son, Chad, and the fact that the family could be together most of the time while he was growing up.

She is survived by her husband, Terry; her son, Chad Hermeier; a sister, Janet (Al Buege) Bechtel; two sisters-in-law, Sherry Bechtel and Susan Mower; a brother-in-law, Eugene Hermeier; and her nieces and nephews.

Karen was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Dean Bechtel; and her brother-in-law, Don Mower.

Casketbearers were Mike and Daniel Bechtel, Kurt Dennler, Larry Plaht, Duane Larkin, and Lyle and Ron Moose. Online condolences may be left at www.martinfunerals.com.