May Karel's memory be a blessing.
  • 77 years old
  • Born on October 10, 1941 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States.
  • Passed away on January 10, 2019 in West Palm Beach, Florida, United States.

Karel Loree Van Gelder went to be with the Lord on January 10th, 2019. Karel passed away peacefully from natural causes in her hometown of West Palm Beach, Florida.

Karel could always be found volunteering, traveling the world, and spending time with friends and family. Karel was an active member of Christ Fellowship, where she volunteered in several ministries, to include but not limited to cancer support groups, church data entry, jail, homeless, foster care, and human trafficking ministries. Additionally, she was a long-time member of NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction). Karel truly had a servant’s heart.

Karel was loved deeply by her family and many friends, and we will greatly miss her generous and joyful spirit. We will celebrate Karel’s life and love for the Lord on Monday, February 11th at 11:00am. The service will be held at Christ Fellowship Chapel located at 5312 Northlake Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Karel can be made to Place of Hope ( or 9078 Isaiah Lane, West Palm Beach, FL 33418). Place of Hope is a faith-based organization serving children in foster care, and this ministry was close to Karel’s heart.

You are invited to share stories and pictures of Karel on this website

Posted by Erlene Ratz on February 21, 2019
Dear Karel,
Why did you leave us so soon??? We will miss your smile, your laughter, your caring words, your visits, your "Tales of The Grandchildren", then the Great Grandchildren.
You were with us many years, Forgive me for missing you. I know you dearly love where you are now!
See Thomas for us and tell him that we miss and love him too.
Good bye , Dear Friend....til we met again.

Hans, Erlene, and Michael
Posted by Joel Sharpton on February 17, 2019
41 years was not long enough to be graced by your beautiful face, your smile and your loving heart, dear Karel. Only wish we had been able to have more time with you but the contact was never lost. Your sparkling personality and joyful spirit lingers with us, still, and always will. Heaven is a little better for your presence. Enjoy God's have earned it!
Posted by Harry And Edwards on January 28, 2019
So grateful we spent time with Karel when she came to see us before Christmas. We have great memories of the time we spent together. I can't believe shes gone.
Posted by Bert Hentschel on January 26, 2019
I miss you honey.
Posted by Tina Laws on January 23, 2019
Karel was a wonderful lady that I had the great pleasure of knowing. I met her in 2001 when I joined the Greater Palm Beach chapter of NAWIC (Nat'l Assn of Women in Const.) and she was the chapter president. She is going to be greatly missed by all of us.
Posted by Kae Campbell on January 23, 2019
Thank you for being my friend...

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