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Karen Jean Tollefson

March 15, 1947 — January 23, 2020

Karen Jean Tollefson

Karen Jean Tollefson, 72 of Devils Lake, ND passed away early Thursday morning, January 23, 2020 at CHI, St. Alexius Health, Devils Lake Hospital with loving family at her side.

Karen Jean Tollefson was born March 15, 1947, to Hilma (Swanson) and Lloyd Alvin Borstad in Devils Lake, ND and was raised in Warwick. She graduated from Warwick High School.  

On January 25, 1969 Karen married Kenneth Tollefson. They made their first home in Churchs Ferry, moved to Brinsmade for a period of time and eventually moved back to Churchs Ferry, where they raised their two children, Kimberly and Kori.  In 1999, Karen and Ken moved to Devils Lake.

Karen was a devoted wife, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, cousin, aunt, godmother and friend. Karen spent the majority of her life as a caregiver, first as a caregiver to her younger siblings, then to residents while working in the Lake Region Lutheran Home in Devils Lake and to Kim and Kori.   She also provided day care for her grandchildren and in her later years cared for her husband, Ken, following his stroke in 2014.

Karen was a member of WELCA at Zion Lutheran Church (Churchs Ferry) and St. Olaf Church (Devils Lake). She was an active member of the CHI St. Alexius Devils Lake Hospital Auxillary.  She had a passion for her garden and flowers, especially red geraniums.  Family, her grandchildren in particular, were of utmost importance to her.  Traveling with family and her husband to the beach were always filled with great memories.  Trips to the casinos were a special source of enjoyment, and she always looked forward to her lunch get togethers with her friends.   

Karen is survived by Kenneth, husband of almost 51 years of Devils Lake, ND; daughter Kimberly (Kyle) Nelsen of Leeds, ND and son Kori (Lisa) Tollefson of Grand Forks ND. Grandchildren: Keaton, Kearyn and Kaden Nelsen of Leeds ND and Sydney, Peyton and Cooper Tollefson of Grand Forks ND.

Karen’s surviving siblings are Allan (Jane) Borstad of Fergus Falls MN, Darlene Borstad of Vail CO, Debra (Raymond) Bertsch of Devils Lake, ND, Lawren Borstad of Spicer MN, Cindy Geller (Al Geller) of Devils Lake ND, Sherri (Rene) Ouellette of Devils Lake and Todd Bertsch (David Alfani) of Muskego WI, brother-in-law Dennis (Pat) Tollefson of Pelican Lake, MN and sister-in-law Connie (Joe) Gierszewski of Grand Forks ND along with many nieces and nephews.

Karen was preceded in death by her mother, Hilma (Swanson) Joramo; father, Lloyd Alvin Borstad; siblings Helen Ann Borstad, Bonnie Lou Borstad, and Bennett Borstad, father-in-law, Kermit Tollefson and mother-in-law Mildred Tollefson, nephew Jeffrey Borstad, and beloved family pet, Tutton.

 

Funeral Services for Karen will be held on Monday, January 27, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, Devils Lake with Reverend Jim Paulson officiating. Burial will be in the Devils Lake Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at the Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake on Sunday, January 26th from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with a Prayer Service and time of remembrance at 7:00 p.m.  Visitation on Monday will be at the church one hour prior to the funeral service.

 

 

 

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Gathering of family and friends

Sunday, January 26, 2020

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Gilbertson-Gloger Funeral Home

509 U.S. Route 2, Devils Lake, ND 58301

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Prayer Service

Sunday, January 26, 2020

7:00 - 8:15 pm (Central time)

Gilbertson-Gloger Funeral Home

509 U.S. Route 2, Devils Lake, ND 58301

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Funeral Service

Monday, January 27, 2020

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