Karen M. Carlson, 77, Lake Preston SD, died on Sep. 11, 2020, at Ava’s House, Sioux Falls SD.
A public visitation is scheduled for 5:00-7:30 PM Tuesday, Sep. 15, 2020 at Osthus Funeral Home, De Smet. A private family memorial service is scheduled for 10:30 AM Wednesday, Sep. 16, 2020 at United Church of Christ, Lake Preston, SD, with Reverend Kris Larson officiating. Burial will follow at Lake Preston Cemetery, Lake Preston, SD.
Karen Marie Wendel was born July 12, 1943 to Lawrence and Violet Wendel at their farm home near Bancroft, SD, with the assistance of her grandmother as midwife. Karen grew up in the Spirit Lake area and attended eight years of country school at Prairie Hill #9. She then attended Bancroft High School, graduating in 1961. Karen then did some babysitting and house cleaning before moving to Huron to work as a waitress and dental assistant.
Karen married Roger Carlson of Badger, SD area in 1968 at the Lutheran Church in Bancroft, SD where she was an active member and organist.
Karen was active in the UCC Church in Lake Preston after they were married. She held offices in the Women’s Fellowship, helped with Sunday School, Bible School and played for church many years.
Karen also belonged to Progressive Homemakers Extension Club.
In 1997, Karen was diagnosed with a rare liver disease that resulted in a liver transplant in 1998. She had 20 good years and then in 2018 was diagnosed with Myelofibrosis.
Karen volunteered her time for many organizations for the benefit of the community; including the school and 4-H. Karen enjoyed travelling, baking, gardening, and spending time with her family and friends.
Karen is survived by son, Brian (Judy) Carlson, Hetland SD; and daughter, Tina (Craig) Wilken, Akron IA. Grandchildren: Caitlin and Hannah Johnson, Jacob and Nick Carlson, and Hailey and Carter Wilken; two great grandchildren: Hope and Jayce Johnson; three sisters: Eileen Buchanan, De Smet; JoAnn (Dick) Jewell, Sturgis; Carolyn (Allan) Beyer, Harrisbur; Brother-in-law Eldred (Shirley) Carlson, Lake Preston; and sister-in-law Marilyn Knapp, Minneapolis, MN; and many other relatives and friends.
Preceding Karen in death were her husband, Roger; parents, Lawrence and Violet Wendel; father and mother-in-law, Howard and Maxine Carlson; and brother-in-law, Don Buchanan.