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Barbara Ruth Karsten

January 27, 1943 December 13, 2011
Barbara Ruth Karsten
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Obituary for Barbara Ruth Karsten

Worthington, MN

     Barbara Ruth Karsten (Hagen) of Worthington, Minnesota, died December 13, 2011, at Presbyterian Hospital Hospice in Charlotte NC, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Her final days were spent surrounded in love, with her husband, children and grandchildren all at her side.
     Born in Belview, Minnesota, on January 27, 1943, to Walter and Ruth Hagen, Barb graduated from Belview High School in 1961 and Northwestern School of Nursing in 1964. She married Glen Karsten on July 23, 1966. Barb served her community tirelessly as a Pediatrics and Obstetrics nurse for 44 years. Countless people credit Barb for bringing their little ones into the world and providing care to their loved ones.
     Barb was known for her beautiful spirit, kindness, love of laughter and music, and most importantly, devotion to her family. This started when she was born as the second-oldest of eight children. Their families' still vacation together annually. She and Glen continued their devotion to family when they lovingly raised four children. During her last eight years, Barb was blessed to experience her seven grandchildren, whom she considered to be the ultimate joy of her life.
     A member of American Lutheran Church in Worthington, Barb's faith was of paramount importance to her. Her Bible studies and active membership in Esther Circle allowed her to further embrace God in her life. Barb enjoyed participating in the Minnesota Nurses Association, Thrivent Lutheran, and in later years, the Red Hat Society.
     Barb saw beauty and goodness in everything and everyone. She lived as she loved... unconditionally, selflessly, joyfully, generously and gracefully.
     Barb is survived by her husband, Glen, of 45 years; daughter Amy (Carlos) of Charlotte NC, son Joe (Patty) of Roseville MN, daughter Laura (Brad) of Worthington MN, and daughter Andrea (Scott) of Hurley SD; her grandchildren Caleb, Noah, Grace, Elise, Alex, Karsten and Logan; and her seven brothers and sisters.
     Barb's life will be celebrated at American Lutheran Church in Worthington, MN, on Saturday, December 17, 2011, at 1:30 p.m., with Pastor Ryan Radtke officiating. Burial will be in the Worthington Cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Friday, December 16, 2011, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the Benson Funeral Home in Worthington, MN.

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