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Karen P. Christofferson, 74

Karen Pearl Christofferson, age 74, of South Haven, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, at Hilltop Health Care Center in Watkins.

A memorial service will take place Monday, Nov. 20 at 11 a.m. at Lake Union Covenant Church, with Pastor Mark Andrews and Pastor Lloyd Melvie officiating. Interment will be at Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery, French Lake Township.

Karen was born Jan. 20, 1943, in Minneapolis, to Bert and Pearl (Salmela) Hultgren. She was baptized at home by the Rev. Lassie Stohl, and confirmed at Redeemer Lutheran Church by the Rev. Marlotte.

Karen attended schools in Onamia, Torrance, CA; and north Minneapolis, and graduated from North High School in 1961.

Karen and David Christofferson were united in marriage May 11, 1963, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in north Minneapolis. They made their home in Burnsville from 1969 to 2000, when they moved to their Lake Francis home, near Kingston. They were blessed with two sons, Bruce and Brian.

Karen is survived by her beloved family: David, her husband of 54 years; sons Bruce (Lisa) of South Haven, and Brian (Julie) of Shakopee; four grandchildren: Amelia, Zachary, Will and Greta; and five nephews and their families.

She was preceded by her mother and step-father, Pearl and Fred Hermann; father Bert Hultgren; brother and sister-in-law Craig and Judy (Walberg) Hultgren; and father and mother-in-law Leonard and Beulah Christofferson.

Karen was employed as a long-distance operator at Northwestern Bell, a clerk typist at Honeywell, and an executive secretary at Control Data, before becoming a stay-at-home mom, school and church volunteer, and caregiver to family members.

She was volunteer secretary of Immanuel Lutheran Church in French Lake, and the Immanuel Cemetery Board for over 20 years; and secretary of the Annandale History Club for 13 years. Karen also served on the Wright County Historical Society board of directors for six years, and was a member of the Cokato Historical Society, Cokato Finnish-American Historical Society, and many other historical societies.

Karen took a special interest in local history, and co-authored a Lake Francis history book and Immanuel Lutheran Church centennial book, as well as writing many stories for the Annandale History Club on the Annandale online website.

She enjoyed the beauty of nature, Bible study, West Central Christian Seniors meetings, a Monday breakfast group and Friday dinner group, crossword puzzles, and coffee at Lantto’s store. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family.

Memorials may be given to Lake Union Evangelical Covenant Church.

Arrangements are with Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services; www.swansonpeterson.com.

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