Karen Wells passed away unexpectedly in Naples, FL on New Year’s Day 2024, surrounded by her loved ones.
Karen had a flair for living, fashion, and design that permeated her life and affected the lives of all she held close. She was a vibrant, stunning, considerate, devoted and talented person. Above all else, Karen loved and adored her daughter Freia and the two shared an incredible bond.
After college graduation Karen married Glenn Mierendorf in 1988. The couple first resided in Brooklyn, NY and soon moved to Montclair, NJ. On August 19th, 2000 they welcomed a daughter, Freia Louise, whom Karen would lovingly often call “Fre Fre.” It was in New Canaan, CT where they raised Freia and built a life together. Karen developed a passion for interior design and what began as helping friends with their homes soon became Karen Wells Design. Karen had many friends, all of whom played a major role in her life. Karen was a true social butterfly, the life of the party, and an overall joy to be around. She always made an effort to bring her friends together. Whether it was hosting dinner parties, charity events, coordinating play dates or playing tennis, she was always deeply involved with her friends and community. All who knew Karen knew that they were blessed to have her in their life. Karen spent her final years in Florida enjoying the sun and continuing to expand her circle of friends.
Karen Louise Wells was born January 10, 1965 in Schenectady, NY to the late Gerald and Anne Wells. One of three children, Karen grew up with an older brother “Rusty” and younger sister Janet in Louisville, KY. While in high school Karen swam competitively and graduated a year early as she was eager for more creative pursuits, later earning a degree in fashion design from the University of Cincinnati. After graduation, Karen began her career in fashion, designing for various clothing and apparel companies, most importantly with the G-3 apparel group where she became Head of Design and Production and ultimately rose to the position of CEO of a joint venture between G-3 and BET. She often would reflect proudly on her work during that time which enabled her to travel the world as a young, successful businesswoman in the 1990’s.
Karen is survived by her daughter, Freia Mierendorf of Dallas, TX; brother Gerald “Rusty” Wells of Louisville, KY; sister Janet Walker (Doug) of Louisville, KY; her nieces, Erin Wells Huff (Chip) of Inman, SC; and Grace Walker of Louisville, KY.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, February 3, 2024, at 12:30PM at First Presbyterian Church in New Canaan, CT. A reception will immediately follow at the church. Should friends desire, a donation may be sent to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation under Karen’s memorial page: https://give.bafound.org/site/TR/Events/General?px=1157750&pg=personal&fr_id=1040