Karen Louise Deetz, 78, passed away peacefully in her home Monday March 1, 2021 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Karen was born in South Bend, Indiana and moved to Tampa Florida when she was young. She was raised there with her predeceased parents, Victor and Elizabeth Ladd along with her 2 siblings. Her brother Johnny Ladd who passed in 2013 and sister Victoria Ladd whom she is survived by. Karen graduated Dixie Hollins High School in the 1st graduating class of 1960. At the age of 15 she would meet the love of her life John Deetz. After their marriage on Aug. 19, 1961 in Pinellas Park the two would travel the world together. John and Karen were proud business owners in the Tampa Bay area. They were the owners of the Showboat Lounge in Pinellas Park and were the previous owners of Pyramid Realty in Pinellas Park. Karen also owned her own company Love to Cruise, Travel Agency. Karen and John have three surviving children, James Deetz and wife, Kimberly, Theresa Deetz and wife, Lisa, Michael Deetz and wife, Allison; nine grandchildren, Johnathon and wife, Mandy, Shawn and fiancé, Trish, Katie, Marina, Sierra, Jacob, Hailey, Jessica and Matthew and three great-grandsons, Sylis, Grayson and Liam.
A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11am Saturday March 13th, 2021 at Holy Cross Catholic Church 7851 54th Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33709.
There will be a celebration of life after, to obtain the location please contact a member of the family. The family has asked that all guests please come in your favorite cruise attire in remembrance of Karen's love to cruise. "