Karen Marie Bromberg Gerold, aka Beans, Beaner, KB, Weasel, 41, wife, mother, step mother, sister, daughter, friend, auntie, passed away peacefully on January 12, 2013 in her hometown of Princeton, Minnesota after a tenacious battle with the aggressive disease, Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma. Her fight against this very rare form of cancer brought her frequently to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester for treatment.
Preceded in death by her grandparents and her father, John Bromberg.
Karen is survived by loving husband, Eric Gerold, Minneapolis; mother, Jeanne Bromberg, Princeton; brother Michel Bromberg, Rochester; sons, Dylan Gamec, Ryan Gamec and Justin Gamec, Princeton; stepdaughter, Addison Gerold, Minneapolis; dogs, Taylor and Bauer, Princeton.
She married the love of her life, Eric Gerold, at a beautiful ceremony in the Boundary Waters on August 11, 2012. Karen graduated from Princeton High School and Northern Illinois University. She worked as a marketing executive at Grand Casino Hinckley and Grand Casino Mille Lacs before running her own successful marketing consulting firm. Karen’s career led her to be one of the most sought after Native American casino marketing experts in the country. She was a talented athlete, excelling at hockey, basketball and especially golf where she won numerous high school accolades and went on to play at the collegiate level at the University of North Carolina and Northern Illinois University, and at the professional level through the Minnesota PGA.
Karen enjoyed traveling, camping, boating, fishing, hunting, hiking, yard work, softball, volleyball, entertaining guests and being the quintessential Princeton hockey mom. She participated actively in many charitable endeavors, including playing a key role in organizing and running the Rum River Ronald McDonald House Benefit golf tournament.
Visitation: Friday, January 18, 4:00pm – 9:00pm at New Life Christian Center, 2045 100th Avenue, Princeton, MN. CELEBRATION of life service: Saturday, January 19, 11:00am at New Life Christian Center, 2045 100th Avenue, Princeton, MN. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to The Karen Bromberg Gerold Benefit, 4100 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55407 or online at KARENvsCANCER.org.
Karen’s disease and untimely death came as a horrifying shock to all those that knew her; she will be missed immensely.