In Memory

Karen Ann Kjar (Paulsen)

Karen Ann Kjar (Paulsen)

Karen Ann (Kjar) Paulsen of Aberdeen, WA (formerly of Pierre, SD) died on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at St. Peter's Hospital in Olympia, WA.  She was born in Pierre, SD to Andrew and Bea (Munsch) Kjar.  Graduated from T.F. Riggs High School in 1960.  Later attended Black Hills College of Business in Rapid City, SD.

She was married to Terrance Morgan in 1966 and was widowed after 1 year in 1967.  She later remarried Larry Paulsen and had one daughter, Lauri Ann.  Karen and Lauri returned to live in Karen's hometown of Pierre, SD.  Karen worked for many years at Hughes County Abstract Co.  She retired in 2005 for medical reasons and in her own words, "I began my new career in kidney dialysis" and often joked of it being "time to go to work" when it was time for her sessions 3x/week!

Karen was involved with Girl Scouts while Lauri was in school and remained involved for many years.  Other interests included stamp collecting, church activities, including Quilting Group, and also spending time with friends and family.

She was preceded in death by her first husband "and first and only true love" Terrance Morgan, and her parents.

She is survived by her daughter, Lauri, brothers Jim (Cheryl) of Pierre, SD/Minnesota; Kenny (Judy) of Rapid City, SD, and sister Donna (Phil von Fischer) of Sioux Falls, SD/Surprise, AZ.

She will be cremated and later buried at Black Hills National Cemetery with Terry Morgan.  Memoral services will be held in Aberdeen, WA on Wednesday, January 26th at 10:00 am at Amazing Grace Lutheran Church.  There will also be a memorial service held at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Pierre, SD at a later date.

Memorials may be sent to:  T.F. Riggs Class of '60 Scholarship Fund;  Amazing Grace Lutheran Church, 111 E. 4th Street, Aberdeen, WA 98520 or Resurrection Lutheran Church, 1010 E. Broadway, Pierre, SD 57501.

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01/21/11 02:55 PM #1    

Kathleen T. Warren (Knott)

In high school Karen & I would start walking and meet halfway in front of the state capital. From there we would see a movie, go to her house, my house or just walk around and talk.  We dated twins, Gary & Lary, that no one  could tell apart. (We could)  We made a lot of pizza & had a lot of fun.  I called her toward the end of last year & we talked for first time in years.  I am so glad I did! 

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