OBITUARY

Karen Jeannette McCardel

August 18, 1941September 14, 2020
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Haslett, MI – Karen (Lindell) McCardel, age 79 went home to be with the Lord peacefully on Monday, September 14, 2020 with her loved ones by her side. She was born on August 18, 1941 in Lansing, MI, to Vera and Arthur Lindell.

She was a graduate of East Lansing High School in 1959 and received her BA in Education from Michigan State University in 1973. Her gift was teaching, and she taught the majority of her career at Meridian High School in Haslett, MI. Her passions in life were her family, her students, and her love for Michigan State Spartans Football and Basketball.

Karen was a gifted teacher and has a tremendous impact on her students throughout her career. By far, her favorite memories were the times she spent with her students on their annual field trips every Spring to Washington, DC. She participated in the Close Up Foundation that aims to build students’ sense of political efficacy. During this six-day/five-night program students meet with elected officials on Capitol Hill, participate in structured learning activities at Washington’s monuments and memorials, and engage in workshops about how our government works.

Later on in life, she was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease called, Late-Onset Pompe Disease. This is a very debilitating disease that produces muscle weakness and breathing difficulty. Despite her disease, she continued to teach for many years and continue to inspire her students throughout their high school years.

Our family owes a great deal of gratitude to the various caregivers, doctors, and medical professionals that graciously helped her manage her disease throughout the remainder of her life.

Her main caregivers included: Sharon Spence, Adrianne Smorra, Amanda Bartels, and Jan Davenport.

Special thanks also to her primary doctors throughout the years: Dr. Brian McCardel, MD (Lansing, MI), Dr. Kashmira Chinoy, MD (Okemos, MI), Dr. Andrea Amalfitano, DO (Okemos, MI), and Dr. Stacie Adams, MD (Grand Rapids, MI). Finally, we want to thank all of the health care warriors at the Sparrow Hospital Infusion Center (Lansing, MI), and at The Willows Senior Care Center (Okemos, MI). Karen loved you all very much!

She was preceded in death by her parents Art and Vera, brother, Ron, brother-in-law Thomas Beach, and niece, Cindy (Lindell) Nordberg. She is survived by her sister Barb (Lindell) Beach; children Mark McCardel, Michael McCardel, and Janna (Zhang) McCardel; grandchildren Rye (Yu) McCardel, Miranda McCardel, and Landon McCardel; nieces Kierstin (Beach) Meis and Norma (Lorence) Beach; and nephews Jeff Beach and Kurt Meis.

Memorial Service Monday, September 21st @11:00 am at Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 955 Alton Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823. Visitation before Mass at 10:00 am

Committal Service following Memorial Service at Evergreen Cemetery, 2600 E. Mount Hope Ave., Lansing, MI 48910

NOTE: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Boys and Girls Club of Lansing, 4315 Pleasant Grove Rd., Lansing, MI 48910.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Mark McCardel
  • Michael McCardel
  • David McCardel
  • Jeff Beach
  • David Summitt
  • Kurt Meis

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, September 21, 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Monday, September 21, 2020

Memories

Karen Jeannette McCardel

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Connie Detjen

September 18, 2020

Karen loved her high school students, and they knew it and treasured the "warm fuzzies" they received from her. She provided a scaffolding for them until they could go forth on their own.

Dave Durkee

September 17, 2020

Karen was a wonderful person. I knew her at ELHS. She was always involved in our class reunions. May she Rest In Peace.

Dave Durkee
ELHS CLASS of 1959

Gerry Chirgwin

September 17, 2020

Karen was sweet, caring, generous, and fun, nice to everyone, students and friends. Always with her wonderful smile, she was a super Spartan, uncomplaining with adversity and illness, and so proud of her sons.

Susan Lundberg

September 17, 2020

Karen is memorable to me for her unending verve for life. I only visited her a few times in The Willows, but, in spite of considerable disability at those times, she was full of conversation about her grandchildren, her career in teaching, and her undying love of MSU Football and Basketball. She would stay up nights to see the end of late MSU Basketball games and then sleep away the mornings to catch up on rest. She will continue to be a shining example to me of love of life and great courage.

Melissa Gurd

September 16, 2020

My dear sweet Karen you will be missed. In the last 5 years we have laughed and made memories. We even found out how some members of my family worked at Lindell’s for your dad. And then how you and my parents worked together, then finally you & I. We had a dance we did in our time together for a few years until Mark ended up doing the rest of the dances but we still had our visits. My friend I will miss you......
My Condolences to your family~
Go Green Go White
❤️ Melissa

Patty Dutter

September 16, 2020

Karen, was a wonderful women! She will be missed, I spent a lot of time at her house growing up. She always welcome anyone into her home. God Bless, Rest In Peace Karen!

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