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Karen Lee Petersen

April 3, 1942 January 21, 2019
Karen Lee Petersen
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Obituary for Karen Lee Petersen

Karen Lee Petersen, age 76 was born April 3, 1942 in Heron Lake, MN, the daughter of Fred and Ruby (Schulz) Sievert. She grew up in Okabena and graduated from Okabena High School in 1960. In 1964, Karen married Phillip Folkers and had two sons, Michael and Mitchell. She was married to Phillip for six years until his death in May of 1970.
In November of 1971, she married Ralph Petersen, father of Vicki Lake and Randy Petersen. Together, she and Ralph had another son, Wade. They lived in Heron Lake where she enjoyed raising the kids, summers at the lake, gardening and spending time with her family.
In 1988, they moved to Iron Mountain, MI to continue Ralph’s career in aviation.
Following Ralph’s death in 1994, she moved back to Minnesota. Over the years she continued her hobbies of gardening, cooking and cheering for the Vikings. Most of all she cherished time spent with the ones she loved. Karen passed away on Monday, January 21, 2019, at her residence in Heron Lake, MN.
Karen was preceded in death by her parents and both husbands. She is survived by her brothers, Howard “Butch” (Julie) Sievert of Duluth, MN and Russell Sievert of Sebawaing, MI; sons, Michael Petersen of Omaha, NE, Mitchell (Martha) Petersen of Highlands Ranch, CO, and Wade Petersen of Heron Lake, MN; step daughter, Vicki Lake of LaVista, NE; step son, Randall (Judi) Petersen of Phoenix, AZ, and ten grandchildren.
Private family services will be held.


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