In memory of
Karen Wimpelberg, age 77, passed away on January 25, 2021 in St. Augustine, FL. She is preceded in death by life partner Gary Groesch and survived by her children Alex Wimpelberg and his wife Ashley, Avery Anna Wimpelberg, grandchildren Ella and Davis, and by her former husband, Bob Wimpelberg. Karen was raised in St. Louis Missouri where she graduated from Southwest High School, followed by George Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville. She had a passion for teaching, organizing a trip for high school students to Greece to learn about ancient Greek culture and mythology. Karen moved to New Orleans in 1980 where she quickly became part of the uptown community. She was employed for 20 years as personal assistant to native New Orleanian and philanthropist, Betty Wisdom. Karen found a kindred spirit in Betty. Their avid involvement in the community and love of travel became the backdrop of a long friendship. Karen made notable contributions as an officer in the League of Women Voters and cofounder of the Alliance for Affordable Energy. Propelled by a strong sense of civic duty and the common good, Karen advocated for the rights of utility customers and promoted energy efficiency and progressive energy policies in New Orleans and across the country. Desiring to be closer to family, she moved to St. Augustine in 2015 and became actively involved in the lives of her grandchildren. Karen touched many lives, as evident in the vast variety of friends she made. Her bright spirit lit up every room she walked into. Gifts in celebration of Karen's life may be made to the Alliance for Affordable Energy, either on their website or by mail to PO Box 751133, New Orleans, LA 70175. Karen's family will host a Zoom-assisted celebration of her life in February. Anyone who knew Karen and is interested may contact a member of the family.
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