Karen Marie Hartlieb

September 3, 1961 - November 16, 2019

Karen Marie Hartlieb, 58, a resident of North Fort Myers, FL since 1983, formerly of Rockford, MI, passed away Saturday, November 16, 2019 in Cape Coral, FL. She was born September 3, 1961 in Rockford, IL.

Karen was a member of Diplomat Wesleyan Church in Cape Coral and religion was very important to her. Her faith was a major part of how she lived her life and how she got through the most difficult times in her life. Karen was loving, generous and always had a positive outlook. This made her an amazing wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, and coworker. Anyone who knew her had only the nicest things to say about her. Christmas was her favorite time of the year and always had the Carpenter’s Christmas CD playing this time of year. She loved reading, singing, sleeping, and travelling among many other things. She made the best plans for vacations to make sure everyone had the best time. She loved to camp and spend time in nature admiring God’s creation and took some breathtaking pictures. Flowers and sunsets were her favorites to capture on film.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 32 years, Brian Hartlieb of North Fort Myers; loving parents, Donald and Sue Piirainen of Cape Coral; two loving children, Amanda Brennan (Sean) of Deltona, FL and Jennifer Hartlieb of Fort Myers, FL; two sisters, Lynn McEwen of Fort Myers and Kathleen Butler (Raymond) of Cape Coral; nieces, Brittany McEwen of Miami, FL, and Quinn Randall of Lynchburg, VA, and nephews, Connor Black of Tampa, FL, and Adam Black of Orlando, FL; mother in law, Sylvia Ellerman of Gainesville, FL; as well as Bandit, the dog.

A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, December 7, 2019 at Diplomat Wesleyan Church, 1833 Diplomat Parkway East, Cape Coral, FL 33909 with Pastor Rick Stevens officiating.

Memorial Contributions in memory of Karen Marie Hartlieb are suggested to Hope Hospice, 9470 Healthpark Cir., Fort Myers, FL 33908, Diplomat Wesleyan Church or to a charity of your choice.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Donna Ambrose Nov 22, 2019 at 10:16 am

    I send my sincere sympathy to Karen’s family. I am not well-acquainted with them, but admired Brian, Karen and their daughters when they were part of the Lee County Bluegrass at the Fairgrounds venue many years ago. My husband and appreciated how their family enjoyed playing and singing together. I then saw them occasionally when they would attend Grace Church with Karen’s parents. May our God sustain you all. I know you cherish many happy times spent with Karen.

  2. Bernie Koenigs Nov 22, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    I love Karen and her family and greatly admire the great faith in God and courageous battle she fought with cancer,accepting all that she endured. God bless and keep you, Karen.
    My sympathy to my Nephew, Brian and to Amanda & Jennifer and all of Karen’s family and all whose lives were greatly touched by her.

  3. L'Heureux Janette Nov 25, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    My heartfelt condolences to the family. Memories will fulfill you and time will allow tears to become smiles at the mention of Karen’s name. God Bless!

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