Karen M. Thelen


Mass of Christian Burial was Feb. 4, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Karen M. Thelen, age 79, who passed away Jan. 29, 2022, at Ridgeview Memory Care in Sauk Rapids. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach officiated. Visitation was Thursday at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and one hour prior to the services Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Parish prayers were Thursday at the funeral home in Sauk Rapids.

Karen was born May 8, 1942, in St. Cloud to Ralph and Vida (Sprague) Mohs. She then married Leon Thelen Oct. 29, 1960, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids. Karen graduated from Sauk Rapids High School in 1960, and was very involved in school. She was part of many school plays and was homecoming queen. Karen then worked at the St. Cloud Hospital as a nurse, then later in the nursing home staff at County Manor in Sartell. She also worked as a daycare provider for many years. Karen was part of the Sweet Adeline Singing Group. She loved to travel and traveled to see many friends and family. Karen and Leon enjoyed their camper on Lake Mary in Alexandria for many years. She loved spending time with her grandkids and great-grandkids and would go to all of their sports games at school to watch. Karen was always volunteering, very outgoing, and a social butterfly. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Survivors include her children, Denise (Brad) Blanski of St. Cloud, Kohl Fiarri (aka Sue Thelen) of Surprise, Arizona, and Wade (Sue) of Sauk Rapids; grandchildren, Siri, Courtney, Preston, Tyler, Riley and Koby; great-grandchildren, Iris, Olivia, Charlie, Cooper and Jacquelyn; and brothers and sisters, Bob (Frankie) Mohs, Timothy (Karen) Mohs, Gretchen (Jeff) Johnson, Colleen (Doug) Millard, and Becky (Tom) Schmidt. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Leon; brothers, Ron, Larry, Frank, Joe; and sister, Bev.

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