Karen Jean Anderson

Sept. 19, 1947 — March 16, 2021

A funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 20, 2021 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lakota for Karen Anderson. Visitation was held 4-7 p.m. Friday, March 19,  at the church. Burial was in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, Lakota. The funeral and graveside were livestreamed on Oakcrest Funeral Services’ Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/oakcrestfuneralservices.

Karen Jean (Althof) Anderson was born Sept. 19, 1947, in New Hampton, daughter of Alva and Irma (Stiefel) Althof. She graduated from Marquette-McGregor High School in 1965. Following high school, she attended Mankato Commercial College. 

On June 26, 1966, Karen went on a blind date where she met Gary. On June 24, 1967, 363 days later, she was united in marriage to Gary Anderson in McGregor. Together they lived in various towns before finally settling on the family farm in Lakota.  Karen worked at Casey’s in Buffalo Center for 15 years. 

Karen enjoyed reading and spending time with her family and her well-loved grandson. She was a member of the Lakota Community Club. Karen was very devoted to her Lutheran faith and was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. 

Karen died Tuesday, March 16, at Accura Healthcare of Bancroft. She was 73. 

She is survived by her husband, Gary of Lakota; daughter, Nicole (fiancé Robbie Bowen) Long of Algona; grandson, Matthew Long of Algona; siblings, Allan Althof of Florida, Louis (Emily) Althof of Mason City, and Joann Warner of Owasso, Okla. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews. 

Preceding her in death are her parents; son Christopher Gary; sister Sonja Kellog; stillborn twin sisters; parents-in-law; and sister-in-law Karen Althof.

Online condolences may be left at www.oakcrestfuneralservices.com. 



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