Theresa Cecilia (Schafer) Karl

May 12, 1926 - June 29, 2021

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Friday, July 2, 2021
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church
7212 N Auburn Road
North Auburn , Ohio 44887

Friday, July 2, 2021
11:00 a.m.
Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church
7212 N Auburn Road
North Auburn , Ohio 44887

Theresa Cecilia (Schafer) Karl passed away on June 29, 2021, while surrounded by her children at the Karl Family Farm in Tiro, Ohio at the age of 95. She was married to Vincent Aloysius Karl for 55 years prior to his death in 2003. Together, Theresa and Vincent raised six children on the farm that has served as the Karl homestead for six generations. Theresa dedicated her life to family and partnered with Vinny to run the family farm. She will forever be remembered as a caring wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. In the final years of her life, she was compassionately cared for by her daughter, Debra.

Theresa was a woman of faith who demonstrated her love for the Lord by loving and serving her family and community. She was a long-time member of Mother of Sorrows/St. Bernard Catholic Church in North Auburn, Ohio where she was a member of the Rosary Altar Society.

Theresa also had a lifelong love of fashion. She enjoyed putting outfits and accessories together, and always kept up with the latest fashion trends. Theresa looked forward to her trips to the beauty shop and believed in always looking her best. She was also known for her culinary skills and spent countless hours canning produce from her garden. Her recipes have been shared in cookbooks throughout the area and will be enjoyed by family and friends for generations to come. She cooked everything from scratch and made many mouthwatering dishes. Baking pies and bread were her specialties.

As the matriarch of the Karl family, Theresa's legacy will continue to live on through her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, who cherish their time spent with her and Vincent over many years on the farm.

Theresa is preceded in death by her husband, Vincent Karl; her grandson, Christopher Caldwell; her parents, Frank and Cecilia Schafer; and nine brothers and sisters. She is survived by her children, Elaine (Dave) Kimmel, Dennis (Joyce) Karl, Yvonne (Tim) Kaple, Debra (Alan) Reed, Donna (Greg) McDowell, and Brenda (Dave) Caldwell; 17 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; her brother, Robert Schafer and a sister-in-law, Theresa Schafer.

Family and friends may visit at Mother of Sorrows Church in North Auburn, Ohio on Friday, July 2, 2021 from 10:00 am until the time of her funeral service at 11:00am. Fr. Eric Culler will officiate. Burial will follow at the Mother of Sorrows Catholic Cemetery. All are welcome to attend a luncheon following the burial. Memorials may be made to the Mother of Sorrows Maintenance Fund. Online condolences can be left for the family at


clifford alt - Jul 18, 2021
sorry to hear always remember her as a spiffy lady. its nice to hear she received the same loving care she gave her family.take take care!
Bev Ganni - Jul 7, 2021
To Theresa’s family, My heartfelt condolences to each if you. She was a beautiful lady inside and out. Years ago she would make me Easter bread and it was so delicious! Her kindness showed in her beautiful smile. God bless!
Barb Kehres-McKinley - Jul 2, 2021
Elaine and entire Karl Family, Theresa was a beautiful witness of living her life as an example of Jesus Alive for all who knew her. I always admired her fashion and most of all her faith. The obituary written for her was perfect in sharing a life well-lived and an example to follow. May our Lord comfort you now with peace. Love, hugs, prayers and sympathy, Barb and John
David Shell - Jul 2, 2021
Thoughts and prayers with the Karl family.
Mark Ebbeskotte - Jul 2, 2021
My condolences to the entire Karl family, but especially to Brenda and family. My you find comfort and knowing that your mom is resting in the living arms of our Lord. I will be lifting you up in prayer.
Sheryl Long - Jul 1, 2021
Donna and family, So sorry to read of the passing of your mother. Losing a parent is always a hard situation. Thoughts and prayers for all.
James and Roxann - Jul 1, 2021
We are so sorry for your family’s loss. James remembers fondly the fantastic meals Theresa cooked, for the guys, after a hard day of baling.
Donna Myers - Jul 1, 2021
Donna and Family; If the obituary is the story of one's life, your mother had a beautiful life and obviously very loved and will be missed by all who knew her. The Karl Family has my deepest sympathy in this tremendous loss. My husband and I knew many of the Shafer Family and they all lived to this standard. What a great family! A prayerful remembrance.
Doug Striker - Jul 1, 2021
Donna, Condolences to you and your family for the loss of your Mother.
Gracie Dials - Jul 1, 2021
Donna and family, I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Marsha Ganni, Ashley King and Ethan Wenninger - Jul 1, 2021
Donna, Greg and family, Sorry for your loss. We are keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless you all.
Janet Hines - Jul 1, 2021
Donna and family. My deepest sympathy for the loss of your mother. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. May she now rest in peace.
Chris Daniel - Jul 1, 2021
What fond memories I have of working for Vinny on the farm. This was always followed by an exceptional meal prepared by Theresa and the girls. May your strong faith and the love of family and friends be of comfort to you at his time. God Bless.
Janene Reiderman - Jun 30, 2021
Donna I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. What a beautiful woman! Thinking and praying for all of you during this time.
Peggy Opatken - Jun 30, 2021
Donna and family. Sorry to hear of your mother's passing away. Prayers
Ron and Linda Wentz - Jun 30, 2021
So sorry for the loss of your Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother. Hugs and prayers for all your family.
Linda Veletean - Jun 30, 2021
Donna and family I am so sorry to hear about your moms passing. Please know I will keep you in my prayers and that you have my deepest sympathy.
Jackie Eckstein - Jun 30, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.