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Karen Rhea Krummen

March 18, 1943 – April 6, 2024

Karen Rhea Krummen

Karen Rhea Krummen, 81, from Cincinnati, Ohio, passed away peacefully at sunrise on April 6, 2024. She was known for her infectious laughter and love for entertaining, always welcoming strangers as friends. Karen will forever be remembered for her adventurous spirit, and creating memorable celebrations for all of life’s special occasions bringing joy to those around her.  No one will ever hear ‘Rollin’ on the River’ without thinking of Karen as the life of the party.  Her love for life and family is her enduring legacy. 

She was a life long member of St. Margaret Mary Church, where she attended grade school, received many of her Sacraments, and married the love of her life, Roger Krummen. After raising her children, Karen worked as an Administrative Assistant at Providence Hospital for many years before joining Roger in retirement. Karen and Roger traveled throughout the United States visiting every state capital with the exception of Hawaii.  Karen passed along her love of the Smoky Mountains to her grandchildren with many vacations to their second home, Misty Dream, creating life long cherished memories. 

She leaves behind her beloved spouse of 61 years, Roger Krummen, children; Roger (Michelle) Krummen, Jennifer (Rob) Wibbelsman, Rick (Mindi) Krummen; grandchildren, Alec Krummen, Christina Krummen, Sharon Krummen, Conor (Taylor) Krummen, Amber Wibbelsman, brother-in-law, Ron Krummen, and Karen’s future great-granddaughter, Adeline Rhea Marie Krummen. Karen also leaves behind many beloved nieces and nephews and dear friends.  

Karen was preceded in death by her parents, William and Catherine Kleine, brother, Fenton Kleine, brother and sister-in-law, Bob (Theresa) Krummen, and sister-in-law, Audrey Krummen.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 11, 2024 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM, at the Arlington Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 2155 Compton Road, 45231. Once on the grounds of the memorial park, follow the BLUE line to the funeral home.

On April 12, 2024, a Mass will be held at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 1830 Galbraith Rd, North College Hill, 45239 at 11:00 am. Karen will be laid to rest at Arlington Memorial Gardens in Springfield Township, Ohio.

The family deeply appreciates your support during this difficult time, and Memorial donations can be directed to St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church.

Karen embodied the best of life’s qualities including unconditional love, strength of a positive spirit, and unending generosity that will be cherished by her family and all who knew and loved her.  



Thursday, April 11, 2024 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM

The Arlington Memorial Gardens Funeral Home


Friday, April 12, 2024 at 11:00 AM

St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church


Friday, April 12, 2024 at 11:00 AM

St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church

Guest Book

“My condolences to the entire Krummen family for your loss.”

“one of our founding members at st Margaret mary what a sign of Christ love for our beloved church thankyou karen and roger 4/10/24”

“I was shocked to hear this. Karen was so full of life and so kind to all. Sending prayers to family and friends.”

“So sorry for your loss, many prayers to Roger and family. Doug and Karen Barge”

“Please accept my sincere condolences for the passing of Karen. I have known her since childhood where we met in dance lessons with practically every other little girl in NCH. Karen was always smiling and never knew a stranger. She will be sincerely missed. God Bless your family!”

“So sorry to hear about Karen. Thoughts and prayers to the family.”

“Life long friend of both of us. We will miss her infectious laugh and all the good times. Prayers for all the family.”

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“Our hearts are broken at your loss. Please accept our deepest condolences and know that we are praying for you and the family.”

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