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  • May 10, 2013 12:53pm

    Dear Karl, I finally realized that this would be the first Mother's Day that you would not be wishing me a Happy Mother's Day.  Let me tell you that I am proud to be your mother and miss you very much.  Love MOM

    Sheryl Orscheln

  • Dec 31, 2012 12:00am

    For Karl. We sure miss him.

    Errin, Sara and Katie Kemper

  • Sep 12, 2012 5:52pm

    I just found out about Dr. Orchlein today.  I used to work with him at Cox South.  He was one of the best doctors there.  Approachable and real.  I am so sorry to hear of his loss.  It sounds like I was diagnosed with a meningioma about the same time he was diagnosed with a glioma.  I pray for blessings for his family.

    Cindy Tucker

  • Sep 9, 2012 6:09pm

    SherylWe are so sorry for your loss. Hope it helps that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.David and Kelli Hopkins

    David Hopkins

  • Sep 8, 2012 5:33am


    There are no words. I am so very, very sad. I will pray that your family be comforted as much as possible...


    Wendy Carter

    Wendy Carter

  • Sep 7, 2012 8:21pm

    Jennifer,Your grace and love have been so admirable.  You are the strongest woman I know.  I wish I could take away your pain.  I will continue to pray for you all.  I am certain Karl is already in heaven watching over you and Nathaniel.  He must be SO PROUD of you both.  
    Love and Prayers,

    Kara McIlvain

  • Sep 7, 2012 12:44pm

    Hello, My name is Ann Nolan and I have known Karl since 2009 through my organization, the Society of Hospital Medicine.  We worked remotely together on SHM's Glycemic Control Mentored Implementation (GCMI) Program.  Through this program Karl had made many improvements at Mercy St. John's Hospital related to inpatient diabetes care.  Eventually, Karl joined on as an expert mentor physician to lead other teams with this initiative. After learning about Karl's passing I shared the following email with the SHM GCMI Mentor team he was a part of and with the sites he helped mentor: Hello Everyone, I wanted to share with you the sad news I learned today.  Karl Orscheln passed away this morning due to a brain tumor.  For the past few years, Karl fought a long and courageous battle.  Karl joined SHM in 2002, became a GCMI 1 site in 2009, and he then joined the SHM family as GCMI mentor in 2010.  You will find out through his Caring Bridge website that Karl was the jack of all trades as a physician, a hunter, a pilot, and he even built his own row boat, and I am sure the list goes on from there.  Karl was a proud father to his three year old son Nathaniel and devoted husband to his wife Jennifer.    To read more about Karl, please feel free to view his Caring Bridge which was update by him and his family.   Karl's site: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/karlorscheln Mobile: http://m.caringbridge.org/visit/karlorscheln  Karl… You will be missed.  Sincerely, Ann One of Karl's sites asked for me to share the following message with his family: Dear Ann, Please extend our condolences to Dr. Orscheln’s family and colleagues.  We got to know Karl briefly by phone over several months and during the tremendous tornado we all felt his compassion and zest for saving lives.  Thank you for letting us know. Jennifer Barth, Susie Livingston, Bobbi Presser and Deb Hay Debra L. Hay, RN, BSN, CDE Diabetes Nurse Specialist Scottsdale Healthcare Shea & Thompson Peak Campuses ofc-480-323-3803 pgr-602-208-4305 dhay@shc.org To the Orscheln Family, Karl was such a pleasure to work with and we will miss him very much.  Please know that our thoughts are with you. With Deepest Sympathy, Ann Nolan & The SHM Family

    Ann Nolan

  • Sep 7, 2012 8:56am

    You and your family will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.  I am writing a letter for Nathaniel to share a few memories of Karl that always make me smile.  I am grateful for the journal entries you and Karl have shared.  I feel like I have gotten to know your family and the impact you have made though sharing your story is awesome!
    Your friend,
    Anneke Jeffries

    Anneke Jeffries

  • Sep 7, 2012 7:56am

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.  The love of Jesus Christ will help heal the pain and sorrow of this terrible loss.

    Kathleen Jeffries

  • Sep 6, 2012 6:19pm


    I don't know if you will remember me but I went to school with you in Moberly.  I just found out about Karl's passing through various facebook posts and such.  I am so sorry to hear of your loss.  My family is praying for you and your son during this difficult time.  I am glad that Karl is no longer suffering but I know that you are hurting deeply right now.  I pray for your comfort right now. 

    Kelly (Haak) Harding

    Kelly Harding

  • Sep 6, 2012 3:29pm

    Hi Jennifer,

    Just read all the entries that you and Karl have posted over the last three years.  I am so impressed with how well you and Karl have been able to stay so strong for each other. You may have not felt that way but it sure does come thru that way on your posts.  Nathaniel will be able to read these posts when he gets older and he will be able to see what a wonderful man his Dad was.

    Lots of love and prayers to you and your family,

    Kim and Brent Mellinger 

    Kim Mellinger

  • Sep 6, 2012 3:11pm

    May you feel Gods comforting hands around you and Nathanial these next few trying day.  As well as in the days, weeks, and months to come.  You will be in my prayer that the bubbly personality I saw at Mary's wedding will return to your life, for having had a wonderful husband like Karl.




    Ruby Cooley

  • Sep 6, 2012 2:19pm

    Dear Jennifer,

    I'm very sorry to hear of Karl's passing. Karl was one of the first people I got to know in med school, as we were assigned to the same 1st year problem based learning group. He made an instant impression as a genuinely kind and funny person, and was always fun to work and study with. My prayers are with you.

    Ryan Fagan

  • Sep 5, 2012 11:17pm

    I always enjoyed working with Karl and Jennifer at Cox South and I was sorry to see you move to St. Louis. It made me sad to hear that you had gotten cancer, but the courage you showed in your fight inspired and encouraged me when I was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago. I always loved your commentary on my Facebook check ins describing the panhandlers at 40 & Kingshighway where I turned off to Barnes for my doctor's appointments and treatments. Having those to joke about lightened the mood on a lot of difficult days for me, and I appreciate that even though at times you were feeling bad, you were still willing to help someone else feel better. My thoughts s and prayers are with Jennifer and Nathaniel and all the family, friends, coworkers and patients Karl has touched over the years. I know I will never forget you.

    Konni Hall

  • Sep 5, 2012 9:58pm

    Jennifer, I am so very sorry for your loss.  I was a nurse in the heart hospital at Mercy.  Karl was the only hospitalist who I really got to know in all my years there.  He was a great guy who I really admired.   My heart goes out to you and your family.

    Amie Ford

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