POOLESVILLE, Md. — Karen L. Biehl, born Feb. 2, 1957, died Oct. 27, 2017 in Poolesville, at home with her wife, Lori L Harvot, family, and friends, after a year long illness.
She is a 1975 graduate of Iron Mountain High School and received a degree from Ferris State and Northern Michigan Universities in graphic design. At the time of her death she was a printing officer in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection working on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C.
Karen is the daughter of the late Dennis and Carol Biehl. She is survived by her wife, Lori Harvot; and sisters, Cindy Gordon (Tom) of Merriman and Lori Sturm (Eric) of Eagle, Wis.; brothers, Ken Biehl (Rea Ann) of Aurora, Wis., and Mike Biehl of Mesquite, Texas.
Karen also has seven nieces and nephews, Erick and Drew Gordon of Tennessee, Brady and Jacki Sturm of Wisconsin. Rachael and Alexis Biehl of Wisconsin and Lance (Ashley) Kujala of Merriman. She also leaves two grandnieces, Hannah Gordon and Mia Kujala.
Karen was a champion body builder and won titles, including Miss U.P. 1985, Miss K.I. Sawyer 1985, Liberty Classic 1986 in Madison, Wis., to qualify and proceeded to the Woman’s National Body Building Competition in Florida.
She first worked in the Treasury Department where she was responsible for the printing of the newly designed paper $20 bills in 2003.
She was moved to Homeland Security after 9/11.
No plans for a memorial and internment are final at this time.