Feb. 6, 2021

Ashley Ann Karjala, 22, of Hutchinson, passed away Saturday, Feb. 6, due to an automobile accident in Hollywood Township, New Germany. A gathering of family and friends was Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, at the Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson.

Ashley Ann Karjala was born Sept. 5, 1998, in Virginia. She was the daughter of Jason and Susan (Johnson) Karjala. Ashley was baptized as an infant. She received her education with Minnesota Connections Academy and graduated in 2017. Ashley furthered her education at Ridgewater College and Alexandria Technical and Community College, where she received a degree in law enforcement and also earned her EMT certificate.

Ashley grew up in Nashwauk, where she worked at Hillcrest Assisted Living as a cook prior to graduating. She enjoyed all the friendships that she made with the residents. She then moved to Hutchinson and her first employment was at Culver's, where she immediately became a part of the "Culver's Family." She then began working at G4S Security in Chaska.

Ashley loved animals, especially her cat, Nagini. She also enjoyed plants, boxing and completing jigsaw puzzles. She was very artistic and environmental. Ashley was a civil rights and political activist. She was a strong woman and stood up for what she believed. Ashley was passionate about her beliefs and went above and beyond to help educate others and protect those she saw who needed it, both people and animals.

Blessed be her memory.

Ashley is survived by her mother Susan Karjala (Chris Moe) of Hutchinson; father Jason Karjala of Nashwauk; Ashley’s significant other Paul Duffy of Minneapolis; Ashley’s cat Nagini; siblings, Jarin Karjala (Megan Bah) of Hutchinson, Beth Karjala (Kalem Roseland) of Hutchinson, Shane Karjala (Scott McDonald) of Hutchinson, Heather Karjala (Garret Fischer) of Burnsville, and Aaron Karjala of Hutchinson; paternal grandfather Cliff Karjala of Little Falls; nieces, Stella and Evelyn; many other relatives and friends.

Ashley was preceded in death by her paternal grandmother Dee Karjala; maternal grandparents Bob and Sue Johnson; stepmother Pauline Johnson; and nieces, Eleanor and Juniper.

Arrangements by Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guestbook available at hantge.com.