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Karen Rae Schmidt-Kowell

March 5th, 1938 - January 14th, 2020

01/20/2020 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Brown Dawson Flick Funeral Home
1350 Millville Avenue
Hamilton OH, 45013
Funeral Service: 
01/20/2020 at 1:00 PM
Brown Dawson Flick Funeral Home
1350 Millville Avenue
Hamilton OH, 45013

Karen Rae Schmidt Kowell, 81, passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home in Saint Augustine, Florida, on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.  Born in Hamilton, Ohio on March 5, 1938, the only child of Gordon and Clara Schmidt (deceased).  

Karen attended Hamilton High graduating in 1956, served on her Big Blue class reunion committee, lovingly stayed connected to her group of high school friends, loved music and Bingo, had a great quirky sense of humor and was a devoted Catholic.  She once won a tournament for biggest catfish caught at Indian Lake. Autumn was her favorite season.  She loved nostalgia, the Smoky Mountains, dogs, knick-knacks, souvenir postcards and handwriting letters.

She was a wonderful loving and caring woman, leaving behind to cherish a lifetime of memories are her husband of almost 60 years, Don Kowell; her daughter, Andrea Brocksmith (Mike) of Delaware, Ohio; her son, Tony Kowell (Amanda) of Sevierville, Tennessee; her granddaughter, Sara Needy of Columbus, Ohio; her grandsons, Daniel Hightower (Kerry) of Livermore, California, and Dylan Hightower (Abbey) of Hilton Head, South Carolina; her great granddaughter, Evelyn; and a very special niece, Kristin King of Mason, Ohio.

Visitation will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday, January 20, 2020 at Brown Dawson and Flick Funeral Home, 1350 Millville Ave, Hamilton, OH 45013 followed by a Celebration of Karen’s Life at 1 p.m. She will be laid to rest at Greenwood Cemetery.


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Don & Ellen Stitsinger

Karen was a good friend and we will miss her very much. She had a great sense of humor and we loved getting her funny cards. Our deepest condolences to Don and to Andi & Tony and their families.

Linda (Watson)Bruegging

Karen was such a good neighbor & friend & always kept in touch via cards & handwritten letters. Condolences to Don, Andi & Tony and their families. She was a wonderful friend to all. Love, Linda

Nancy Black

I was fortunate enough to be one one of those HHS school friends who stayed in touch over the years. Always happy to receive a card and special note. Karen always remembered all the holidays ! Don, my heart breaks for you but as you said you will be together in paradise.