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304 South Main Street
Minot, ND  58701

Phone: (701) 838-2832
Toll Free: 1-800-228-3588
Fax: 1-701-838-6949
Email: thomasfh@minot.com

Robert & Karen (Aus) Testa

Robert Testa, 69, and Karen Marie (Aus) Testa, 71, died on April 13, 2017 from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident northwest of their home in Phoenix, Arizona.

Robert was born December 26, 1947 in Norwalk, Connecticut to Joseph and Sylvia Testa.  Shortly after graduating from J. M. Wright Technical High School in Stamford, CT, he joined the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Minot AFB in North Dakota, and Phan Rang AB in Vietnam.  Karen was born on November 10, 1945 in Minot, ND to Perry and Thyra Aus. After graduating from Minot High School she attended Minot State College. While Robert was stationed at Minot AFB, he met Karen and they were married on September 10, 1968, starting a journey together that lasted almost 49 years.  After settling in Norwalk, CT, Robert became a general contractor, responsible for many projects in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey, while Karen was active in the community and tended the needs of their home and children.

Robert and Karen filled their lives with a love for travel, and pictures from across the globe attest to their adventurous spirits, making lifelong friends wherever they went.  Laughter was something they shared with everyone, and spending time with Robert and Karen was always a joy. They were wonderful hosts; Karen loved to entertain family and friends while Robert was the entertainment. Both longtime members of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Norwalk, CT, Robert and Karen also supported a variety of charities and causes that included St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, for which a memorial fund has been established in their honor.

They are survived by Robert’s son, Gary (Valerie) Testa and their children, Alex, Juliana and Isabella Testa, and their sons, Robert Joseph Testa and Jeffrey (Jessica) Testa and their children, Abigail, Nathaniel and Caleigh Testa; Robert’s sisters, Janet Dobson, Jo Ann (Gene) Dzilinski and Ann Marie Ciaccio; Karen’s sister, Dolores (William) Kienel and brother, Phil Aus, along with several of Robert’s aunts and uncles and many cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

They were a remarkable couple, it is hard to imagine one without the other, and it seems God understood that as well, though the world is now darker without two of its brightest lights.  They have left us all with many great memories and wonderful stories, and they will always have a place in our hearts.

Funeral services will take place at 11:00 a.m. in the Norwich Lutheran Church in Norwich, ND on Saturday, April 29, 2017.

Interment:  Norwich Lutheran Cemetery, rural Norwich, with a luncheon at the church following our graveside service.

Visitation for family and friends will be held on Friday, April 28, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.


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MessageFrom Connecticut with deepest sympathies,

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family. May God bless you and send His angels to give you comfort and strength.

Love,
Cousin Lorraine
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MessageMy condolences to the Testa family. I had the privilege of representing Mr. Testa in connection with a project in Norwalk, CT. He was a lovely man - I remember him fondly. Deepest sympathies to all.
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MessageOur hearts are saddened by this great loss, Robert and Karen were one of a kind and they will missed , our thought and prayers are with Bobby ,Jeffery , Gary and the whole family .
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MessageWarm thoughts and prayers are extended to the families. Fond memories of Karen and Robert will remain with you forever. I am so sorry to hear the news of your great loss. Karen was someone that I admired as a child. Her kind spirit will remain in our hearts always.
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MessageI was saddened by your loss. Please know how very sorry I am. I was a high school classmate of Karen's.
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MessageDear Bobby, Jeff, Gary & family,

We are so saddened to hear about the loss of your dear Mother and Father. Our hearts go out to all of you.
Our family has such great memories of them on Fillow St. They will be deeply missed. May God's love and many special memories help bring you peace and comfort during this time of great sorrow. You will be in our prayers.

With Love and Sympathy,
Wendy & Tim
Joe Orban, Jr.
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MessageBobby, Jeff, Gary, Testa Family, and All who knew and loved Karen and Robert, Words can not express the deep sorrow and condolence for your loss. Robert and Karen were very special people. I am sorry that I could not be with you especially in your time of sorrow. Please know I am with you in spirit, thought, and heart and would give you a warm hug if I were there with you. With love, care, and prayers, Peggy
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MessageBobby, Jeff, Gary and all the Testa family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of great sorrow.Just know that we are there in spirit but wish we could put our arms around you and comfort you. Words can't express the loss we feel. WE LOVED THEM SO
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MessageOur deepest sympathy.on your loss. We will miss rhem

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