Karen Drennan

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Karen Elizabeth Drennan, nee Bertelsman, 76, of Waterloo, IL, born May 7, 1943, in Los Angeles, CA, died Monday, September 30, 2019, at Parc Provence, Creve Coeur, MO.

Karen was a loving and committed wife, mother, and grandmother. Over the years, Karen and her beloved John instilled their love for nature in their children and grandchildren. That love of nature continues to bring joy to their loved ones on a daily basis. Karen and John also loved to travel. Starting when their children were very young, they began to travel across the country and beyond, leading to many memories, jokes and stories that will continue to bring smiles and laughter for years to come. Later in life Karen and John continued their travels, including sailing the Caribbean, hiking in Ireland, England and Turkey, as well as exploring China with their oldest grandson, Jake. All their travels focused on their love of nature and being a part of the local experience.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, John Martin Drennan whom she married on January 12, 1963, and who died on September 18, 2014; a grandson, John Downen; her parents, Walter and Nell, nee Dick, Bertelsman; her siblings, Joyce, Linda, and Jack Votaw;
and a sister-in-law, Betty, nee Drennan, Schrader.

Surviving are her children, Angela (Dirk) Downen of Freeburg, IL,
Scott (Tina) Drennan of Columbia, IL,
and Rachel (Tim) Mullins of Millstadt, IL;
six grandchildren, Jake and Olivia Downen,
Sam and Hope Drennan, and Claire and Clay Mullins;
two brothers, Butch (Cindy) Bertelsman and Kevin Bertelsman;
two sisters, Barbara, nee Bertelsman (Raymond) Hohlt,
and Susan, nee Votaw, Covarrubias;
four sisters-in-law, Mary Lou, nee Drennan, Galle,
Christine, nee Drennan (Wayne) Reuss,
Katherine, nee Drennan (Galen) Adams, and Nancy, nee Drennan, Steele;
two brothers-in-law, Joe (Cathy) Drennan and David (Sandy) Drennan;
and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers or memorials, Karen and John’s wish would be that you take the time to enjoy the beauty and peace of nature and share that experience with those you love.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Funeral: Private graveside services will be held at St. Augustine’s Cemetery, Hecker, IL.



9 Comments on Karen Drennan

JoAnn Tucker said : Guest Report Jan 22, 2020 at 9:47 PM

I just found out Karen has made her transition. We worked together in the same classroom at Stookey for many years. She was so proud of her husband and children. I have many wonderful stories of Karen. Love and Harmony JoAnn Tucker

  • Cahokia
  • Illinois
Debra said : Guest Report Jan 12, 2020 at 10:53 PM

I am so sorry for your loss.Kare was amazing lady.I met her in our survivor group.I used to pick her up for group then we would go out and eat she was the most loving and compassion person I have ever known.Every Thursday she would tells us girl a new storie of her life she lived the fullest.I know she felt like a burden to you kids and she never wanted that she loved each and everyone of you kids.All she ever wanted was to things to be semi normal and it never was.Karen is happy now walking with the love of her life John. So you kids live your life to the fullest as your parents did

  • Fairview Heights
  • Il
Melissa said : Guest Report Nov 22, 2019 at 4:08 AM

I just heard of Karen’s passing and had to write a message to the family. I was a CNA at Parc who took care of her in RoseGarden and she always brought a smile to my face. She was quick to crack jokes and always saw when we, her caregivers, had a moment of sadness or frustration and was of course quick to address it. She’d try to cheer us up or genuinely ask what’s wrong and if we were okay when in fact, she may have been in pain or sad herself. She had a heart of gold who cared so much about those around her, even when she didn’t know them. You’re mother was an amazing woman, who grabbed hold of my heart, and also had great hair (I always told her that, haha). She is unforgettable. May she Rest In Peace. Xoxo.

  • Kirkwood
  • MO
Susan Covarrubias said : Guest Report Oct 09, 2019 at 1:38 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. Take comfort in knowing that her suffering is over and she is now in paradise. May you find peace in all the wonderful memories of your mom. And kudos to whoever wrote the obituary, they did a wonderful job.

  • Corpus Christi
  • TX
John Mecklenburg said : Guest Report Oct 03, 2019 at 11:31 PM

So sorry for your loss. I worked with Karen many years ago at Stookey. She was very caring and had a wonderful sense of humor. Karen could always make me laugh. She often talked about John and her family. They meant everything to her. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Freeburg
  • Il
Stan and Colleen Mullins said : Guest Report Oct 03, 2019 at 4:40 AM

Rachel and family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. We pray that your warm memories of your mother will give you peace.

  • Maryland Heights
  • MO
Mike & Jonella Donius said : Guest Report Oct 02, 2019 at 7:57 PM

John and Karen were the best neighbors we could ever hope for. They were great with our boys, always taking time to talk and share stories. Rest in peace dear friends.

  • Waterloo
  • IL
Christine & Wayne Reuss said : Guest Report Oct 02, 2019 at 3:54 PM

To the loving Family of Karen, Know that you are in our heart with Love & Prayers for a healing of your loss of your Dear Mom!!

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois
Shelley Biegler said : Guest Report Oct 02, 2019 at 3:08 PM

Rachel and family I am so sorry to hear this. Sending love and hugs to all. I remember how awesome your mother was

  • Belleville
  • Illinois

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