Beach Memorial Chapel

301 Corey Ave, ST Pete Beach, FL


Karin Johanna Mundt

October 2, 1965December 7, 2019

Karina Johanna Mundt, beautiful mother of two and loving wife passed away unexpectedly Saturday, December 7, 2019 at the age of 54.

Karin is survived by her parents, Gunther Drost and Rita Drost; her brother, Wolfgang Drost; her loving husband, Paul David Mundt; her daughters, Victoria Megan Mundt and Anna-Karina Mundt; and her grandson, Kayden Alexander Mundt.

Karin was born in Alotting, Bavaria Germany on October 2, 1965 and attended the Benedictine School of Hotel Management, working at the U.S. Army Kaserne in Bad Tolz, Germany where she met her future husband, Paul, on the Bavarian holiday of Maypole Day, May 1st 1989. Paul and Karin fell in love and were married on 29 August 1992 in Rockland County, New York. They traveled the world together as she supported Paul in his military career. In 2003, they settled in Apollo Beach, FL where they continued to raise their beautiful daughters. In 2013, Paul and Karin moved to St Pete Beach, Florida which was a dream fulfilled for Karin who, being raised in the mountains of Germany, always dreamed of a beach life.

Karin was a devoted mother and wife of 30 years. She lit up the room with her warm smile and the natural glow she had about her. She was the foundation that held the family together, teaching how to be kind and loving to one another. She had a nurturing gift to make a house feel like a home. She had a passion and gift for gardening, taking the most ordinary landscapes and turning them into the most elaborate paradise. She enjoyed practicing yoga and for many years volunteered as the Special Forces Association, Chapter 5 Treasurer. She was the family's rock that grounded everyone. Karin Mundt, a loving mother, a friend, and a wife was cherished and will be terribly missed.

Karin’s memorial service is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 15, 2019 at Beach Memorial Chapel located at 301 Corey Ave, St Pete Beach, Florida and which will be led by U.S. Army Chaplin Michael Klein who knew Karin for many years. In lieu of flowers, the family politely requests that donations be sent to the Turtle Foundation to support sea turtle conservation. www.turtle-foundation.org


  • Parents, Gunther Drost and Rita Drost
    Brother, Wolfgang Drost
    Husband, Paul David Mundt
    Daughters, Victoria Megan Mundt and Anna-Karina Mundt
    Grandson, Kayden Alexander Mundt


  • Celebration of Life Sunday, December 15, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Sunday, December 15, 2019


Karin Johanna Mundt

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Bailey Shaw

December 16, 2019

I can’t remember what I had for breakfast yesterday, but that memory from when I was a little girl is still so vivid to me... looking up at their faces there was a lot of anger, but behind that was also relief, and so much love. They loved their babies so so much. Karin and my mom would go to the end of the world for their family.
Karin was a fierce and devoted mama bear, wife, and friend. She was incredibly loyal and protective, and yet so loving and sensitive and gentle. I don’t know anyone else in this world like her, and I love her and miss her terribly. I will remember her like I always have, hair clip in, smoking a djarum, adorable German accent, laughing that amazing laugh... the beautiful woman with the golden soul.

Bailey Shaw

December 16, 2019

Karin has been tied to my family since I was a small child. In fact, she has a starring role in the earliest memory that I have. You see, my mom was watching Anna and I for the day while Karin was out running errands and my mom decided that we would have a picnic outside of our apartment. We were living in Germany at the time and I was probably 3 or 4 which made Anna 4 or 5. Well my mom forgot napkins so instead of making everyone go inside with her to get them, she said “Okay girls, you stay RIGHT HERE, and i’ll be back in just a second”. Just as soon as my mom was out of sight Anna and I smiled at each other and jumped up and started running. We had no idea where we were going but then Anna hatched a plan to seek out the YMCA center where Viktoria was at school. We would hang out there for a while, and then who knew.... the world was our oyster, we could do anything we wanted! Viktoria was sure to join our ranks and then she’d definitely have some fun ideas. PERFECT! We really only had one hiccup when some good samaritan had thought it odd that two unaccompanied toddlers were skipping down the road, and had tried to detain us, but luckily for us she was a bit heavy set and no match for our nimble, spindly legs. We out-ran the woman and made it to our Mecca, the YMCA center. Viktoria’s teacher was shocked to be sure when two toddlers walked in the classroom and plopped down to join in watching the movie about Giant Sewer Alligators, but she didn’t have much time to ask questions before the classroom door was thrown open by a furious Karin Mundt and an equally terrifying Mary Kay Shaw. Lightening cracked in the background.
Turns out mom had called Karin in hysterics, and Karin had taken charge and found us on her first guess. She read us like a book!

Christine Dellinger

December 12, 2019

Karin was so warm and friendly- she welcomed me to SF family with open arms.

Katie miller

December 11, 2019

Karin was this beautiful woman who I looked up to. She was always a lady and very disciplined. She loved coffee and talking about her daughters and her husband and how much she loved them. I loved to ask her questions about Germany and how she met Paul. I asked her if it was hard to leave behind her family and friends back home and she said no because she loved her life with Paul and was excited to travel. She inspired me to create my own path. She had an awesome sense of humor and we would laugh everyday. She was always a giving person and she gifted things to so many people. She always listened and never asked for anything in return. She was so proud of her girls and that reminded me of my own mother. I will never forget her or the love and respect she bestowed on me. She will be in my heart forever.

Lorie Hansen

December 11, 2019

Karin and I met in one of her favorite places. We had an instant friendship, the kind you know your souls are linked on a level that almost surprises you. Her kindness and friendship the genuine love of a friend was a blessing I will never forget.
We have had talks that literally lasted entire days and each time I learned a little more about her and her life I knew we were always going to have a wonderful bond.
She was a caring lady who would literally take the jacket off her back and give it to someone who didn’t have one. I saw her do these things and never want anything in return.

What else can I say, I was so lucky to have her as a friend the last several years and I know she will be waiting on me for a talk.

The entire family are in my thoughts and prayers, as I love you all.

Veronika Johnston

December 11, 2019

I met Karen in Bad Tolz when she and Paul were dating. Paul brought her along to company outings. I remember She was a beautiful soul both inside and out. . I am sorry to hear of her passing. May she Rest In Peace. Both Dave and I send our condolences along with love and friendship.

Michael Klein

December 10, 2019

Both Paul and Karin are legacy members in the Bad Tölz & Stuttgart Military Communities. They have literally . . . made an "impact for eternity" investing in the lives, mentoring, coaching and encouraging America's finest - living, working and serving in Europe. Her departure is a catastrophic loss for those who knew and were influenced by her life and legacy. Please know that her "investment" in those she served is not a loss. We will continue to advance and multiply the seeds she's sewn in Bavaria, Baden Württemberg, Florida and beyond . . . encouraging, enabling and equipping all who come across our paths!

Mary Kay Shaw

December 10, 2019

I met Karin in Stuttgart , Germany when we were stationed there in 1996. One weekend Billy said we were going to do a Volksmarch with The Mundt Family. Afterwards we celebrated and danced under a big German tent in the middle of this forest with Paul and Karin , Anna and Victoria , and our kids Bailey and Shannon . It was the best time and I’ll never forget it. We have so many wonderful memories of our time in Germany during those years and The Mundts were a big part of it. As the years went by we all moved to different places but never lost touch. Then years later we ended up together again here in Florida and I was so happy to be closer to my friend. Karin was a one of a kind person. So genuine,
beautiful, sweet and loving. When we talked on the phone she always gave a cute little laugh as we were saying goodbye.
Our families have been through very difficult times but we were always there for each other. I loved her and her smile. I will miss you my dearest friend but will never, ever forget you.
Mary Kay