Karen Olson

Karen M. Olson, 77, Minot, died Friday, March 9, 2018 in a Minot Hospital.

Karen was born May 12, 1940 at Minot, North Dakota the daughter of Edwin and Genevie (Quarne) Olson. She was raised in Minot and graduated from Minot High School in 1958. She continued her schooling at the University of North Dakota at Grand Forks, graduating with a degree in Medical Technology in 1962.

Karen returned to Minot, where she was employed at St Joseph’s Hospital and later with Trinity Medical Center for a period of nearly 40 years. She enjoyed teaching and training many of the new med tech students going into her field of work. She was recognized by the Hospital as the employee of the Year during her tenure there. She had most recently been a resident of the Wellington Assisted Living Facility, where she had been named the resident of the month and year in 2017.

Karen was a lifelong member of the Congregational United Church of Christ, where she sang in the church choir. She was also a member of the PEO Chapter AG in Minot. She enjoyed her pet cats and crocheting.

Karen’s loving family includes, sister, Judy Sterud, Plymouth, MN; her nieces, Julie Tomlinson and Amy Kennedy; a nephew, Steve Sterud and all of their families.

Karen was preceded in death by her parents, brother in law, Gary Sterud; god-mother and aunt, Margaret Gudmunson.

Heaven Going Celebration: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. in the Congregational United Church of Christ.

Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.

Visitation: Monday, March 12th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.

Memorials:  preferred to the Arthritis Foundation and Congregational United Church of Christ.


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MessageJudy, we are so sorry about your sister, tough days, please accept our sympathy.
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MessageKaren was one of the most genuinely kind and good hearted people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. Those words are often over used to describe people but Karen truly epitomized them. I am thankful to have known her and believe she had a profound impact in making me a more caring and kind person.
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MessageJudy, I’m so very sorry for your loss. I hope that the memories of Karen will sustain and comfort you in the days to come. Friends and family will help in these difficult days of adjustment. I look forward to seeing you soon.
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MessageKaren was a classmate on mine - we used to see her at times during the planning of reunions. She was always a
kind, sweet person & interested in others. God rest her soul. Betty Field
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MessageI work for Prairie Rose home services and tended to Karen for several years I had grown to love her and will miss her very much I am glad she’s in a place pain free but wish I could have kept her here a little longer God bless you to all of her family I was glad to help her in any way I did. Please accept my sympathy
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MessageIt was our good fortune to meet Karen in September of 1993 when she rented a room to my husband Bob. When our three children, Daniel, Caitlin, and Robert, and I arrived in January, Karen was there to help us move in and acclimate to the area. Thus began a 24 year long loving friendship. She became a surrogate grandmother to our kids willingly offering to spend time with them and delighting in all that they did, right through adulthood. She joined us with another family in several-times-a-week dinners, birthdays and holidays. It was a wonderful union. She visited us when we moved out East and we maintained close contact. Every Sunday evening for 20 years we talked on the phone and shared life’s events. Her nonjudgmental, truly interested, listening ear was a true gift. Each time at the end of our conversation she signed off with, “I love and miss you guys.” She meant the world to all of us and we mourn her passing. Fly pain free with the angels. We love and miss you too Karen.

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