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Photo of family and friends skating in memory of Karen.

Hudson's 'hockey mom' passes from us all too soon

By By Michael Trzinski, 02/25/14, 1:45PM CST


Hudson's 'hockey mom' passes from us all too soon

02/23/2014, 11:15am CST
By Michael Trzinski

Karen Drewiske did so much for the Hudson hockey community

I didn't know Karen Drewiske as well as I know her husband Dave and son Davis, but what I did know of her was that she had a huge heart and always went out of her way to help somebody else and say hi and chat for a few minutes, even when she had other things going on. Karen was a giving person and it showed with all the things she did for her family, friends, and the Hudson hockey community.

The following is the beautiful, well-written obituary penned by Dave Drewiske...

Karen Rose Drewiske, age 58 of Hudson, passed away February 19, 2014 at her home after a courageous battle with cancer. Karen was born January 31, 1956 in Marshfield, WI; the daughter of Rueben and Amanda (Rosandick) Gliniecki. Karen went to Stratford High where she was involved in band, cheerleading and student government. She had a beautiful voice and was the lead in the high school musicals Bye Bye Birdie and Lil’ Abner.

Her most prestigious accomplishment was in 1973 when she was the State President and a National Officer of the Future Homemakers of America. After graduating from Stratford High School she furthered her education at the University Wisconsin Stout.

She was united in marriage to David Paul Drewiske on August 5, 1983 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Stevens Point, where a fishing boat bearing a "she caught the big one" banner carried them to their wedding reception. Their marriage was blessed with four children, Davis Anthony, Jacob Adam, Madaline Marie and Katherine Rose. She considered each child a special gift from God and made their well-being and success the focus of her life.

Karen began her professional career with First Federal Savings & Loan in Stevens Point then moved to Cobe Document Systems in Madison. After moving to Hudson in 1985 she initially worked for First National Bank in White Bear Lake, MN. In 1989 she moved to Citizens State Bank in Hudson where she was a Personal Banker and later a Bank Officer.

In the interest of her family, she left banking and became a licensed insurance agent for St. Croix Valley Insurance Services, specializing in providing health insurance for small and mid-sized businesses. Her gifts for caring and communications served her well in establishing this business. She was known for her ability to find a health care solution for anyone who came through her door. During her entire professional career in Hudson, she worked for Alan Burchill, a mentor, friend and boss who allowed her to put family first.

Being raised on an 800 acre dairy farm, Karen had a green thumb and enjoyed gardening, and was especially proud of her hostas which she grew to epic proportions. Fortunately for David, her father and brothers taught her that boys occasionally need to hunt and fish. She understood those outdoor hobbies to the point of tolerating a husband who showed up at the hospital wearing blaze orange just prior to the births of Davis and Katherine. Some of her favorite meals where the venison steaks, pheasant stir fry and fresh fish fillets he cooked to atone for his absences.

She loved cooking and baking and warmed many hearts with her delicious pies, home-cooked meals and lengthy chats around the kitchen counter. It was common place for her to open her home to serve family-style, home cooked meals to entire teams or gatherings of close family and friends which sometimes approached 200 people. The legend grew to the point that even the Wisconsin Badger and St. Lawrence Hockey team buses came for a pre-game meals with "Momma D". But her favorite meals just may have been satisfying the craving of her children's friends for Schwan's ice cream malts at 2:00 am.

Although she and her husband were from wrestling families, it was she who decided her boys would play ice hockey. As her boys grew and found success on local, state and national stages, she was always there with support and encouragement, even though each event might require another four hour drive. She prayed, willed and nursed her children back from everything from bruises to a broken neck. Her boys rewarded her commitment with two WIAA State Championships, three national championships (High School, Juniors and College) and a home visit from Lord Stanley's Cup.

Karen was very involved in the Hudson community with the Hudson Hockey Association, Bench Warmers Club, Raider Boosters Club and Noon Rotary. She was an active member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church & school of Hudson as a parent volunteer, CCD and Confirmation teacher as well as Faith Formation. She served as a friend, confidant and advisor to former State Representative Kitty Rhoades and to HHS Athletic Director Stephanie DuVos.

She had the strength and band-width to balance her family, professional and community obligations even though her husband traveled frequently. Little wonder some called her wonder woman or super aunt. Most important to Karen was her family, always and unconditionally making them her first and foremost priority. She was a wonderful wife, mother, daughter and sister, who will be dearly missed.

Karen will remain in the hearts of her loving and devoted husband, David; children: Davis (Megan) Drewiske of Minneapolis, Jacob Drewiske of Cary, NC, Madaline Drewiske of Hudson and Katherine Drewiske of Hudson; mother, Amanda Gliniecki; siblings: David (Marge) Gliniecki, Maggie (Gary) Hilgart, Phil (Lynne) Gliniecki, Joan (Jeff) Marmer and Matt (Patti) Gliniecki; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Rueben Gliniecki; a sister, Donna Mae Gliniecki; and in-laws, Bernard & Mildred Drewiske.

The staff at Wisconsin Prep Hockey passes on our sincerest condolences to the Drewiske family.

You are right, Dave--we do have a new angel.