KarenLee Alma (Scholtz) Harstad ended her struggle with Alzheimer's at the age of 70 on Thursday, July 12, 2012 in Perham, MN. A memorial service for Karen will be held on Tuesday, July 17 at 11:00 am, with visitation beginning at 9:30 am at Perham Community Church. A light lunch and reception will follow service. A graveside service will take place at 3:00pm for family and close friends at First Lutheran Church Cemetery in Kensington, MN.
Karen was born on March 17, 1942 in Lamberton, Minnesota to Alfred and Violet (Menk) Scholtz. She was the third of 5 children; Betty Lou Hein of Audubon, MN, Virgil Scholtz of Perley, MN, Ron Scholtz of Anoka, MN, and Roz Digiovanni of Pine River, MN. When Karen was a baby the family moved to Morris, where Karen attended elementary school and high school. She then went on to study English and Art at the University of Minnesota- Morris. She student taught in Appleton, MN before teaching one year in Blackduck, MN. Karen married Darrel Harstad on July 31, 1965. Karen and Darrel raised their two children in Kensington where Karen taught English and art for 24 years. She also enjoyed weaving and worked part time as a liturgical weaver. Karen and Darrel moved to Ramsey, MN in 1988. She continued weaving and working as a substitute teacher in Anoka-Ramsey before becoming a product demonstrator for Walmart, where she worked for ten years. In 2004, Karen retired and moved with Darrel to Perham, MN.
Karen is survived by her husband, Darrel Harstad, Perham, MN; her children, Christopher Harstad, Rochert, MN; Catherine Harstad, St. Paul, MN; dauthter-in-law, Tammy Harstad (Thompson); grandchildren, Kristina Snyder (Harstad), Aaron Harstad, Mikhailo Camara (Harstad); and her 4 siblings.
Karen is predeceased in death by her parents.
She is gone from our sight, but that is all.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association in Karen's name (Alzheimer's Association Minnesota-North Dakota, 7900 West 78th Street, Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN 55439 or www.alz.org/mnnd to donate online).