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May 27, 2021

Karie A. Gunkel Street

Karen "Karie" Anna Gunkel Street, 58 of Belleville, WI, passed away at UW Hospital in Madison on May 22, 2021. Karie was born on May 23, 1962, in Madison, WI, to her loving parents, Linda and Theodore Gunkel.

She married the love of her life and best friend, Bob Street, on January 18, 2014. Karie graduated from Madison West High in 1980, and from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honors and Distinction in 1985. She coached at Badger Gymnastics before working for WPS for the last 20 years. At WPS, her dedication and work ethic took her from an hourly position to a Director of Operational Excellence in the Federal Shared Services Department. She resided in Belleville for the last 23 years, where she raised her three children, Kristy, Nick and Jack.

Karie was the foundation of her blended family and the glue that stuck them all together. Her and Bob found joy in going for rides in the classic car with the top down, antiquing for Fire King, gardening, and teaching her grandkids how to bargain shop. She was a dedicated mama, daughter, wife, grandma/Gigi and friend. She was a professional Shake N' Bake chef; she loved making Christmas cookies and hiding Easter eggs for her grandkids. She enjoyed weekends of "glamping" and adventuring with family. She was selfless, kind, loving, funny and the most courageous woman we were all blessed to know. The love she had for her friends and family was unsurpassed.

Karie's spirit will live on through those survived: her parents, Theodore and Linda Gunkel; her husband, Bob Street; her siblings, Tom Gunkel (Kelley), Sandy Wagenpfeil (Uli), Christine Hebbring (Mike); her children, Kristy Gunkel (Steven), Nick Gunkel (Malori), Jack Diederich (Amber), Genny Outhouse (Waylon), Curtis Street (Alma), Haley Perez (Angelo); and her sweet grandchildren, Katie, Tanner, Madison, Brooklyn, Dominic, Amelia, Kennedy, Maverick and Maliyah, with two more on the way.

She is preceded in death by her brother, Frederick Peter Gunkel; and maternal and paternal grandparents.

A memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m., on Saturday, May 29, 2021, at the Becker-Beal Funeral Home, 109 Greenway Cross, Belleville, WI, with the Rev. Laura Kolden officiating. A gathering will precede the memorial service from 11:00 a.m. until time of services on Saturday, May 29, 2021, at the Becker-Beal Funeral Home in Belleville.

An online memorial with guestbook is available at


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