Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 24, at Petra Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids, with the Rev. Stephen Daley officiating. Burial was at Benton County Cemetery, Sauk Rapids. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids and one hour prior to the services Monday at the church.
Karen was born Oct. 13, 1946, in Mankato to Walter and Ernastine (Merkel) Kokesch. She married Donald Hanson, Oct. 19, 1969, in Willmar. They have lived in the St. Cloud area since 1968. Karen worked for Northwestern Bell and AT&T as an operator and also in sales and human resources. She was a member of Petra Evangelical Lutheran Church, Visual Arts MN, and a lifelong member of Laureate Omicron Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. Karen was on the planning committee for La Table MS fundraiser for many years. She enjoyed shopping, gardening and painting. Karen was a caring, loving person who was active in her community and also enjoyed spending time on the pontoon with her family.
Survivors include her husband, Donald of Rice; sons and daughter, Jeffrey Hanson (Sonja Hanson-Rosenberg) of St. Paul, Christina (Nathan) Kulberg of Rice, and Ryan Hanson of St. Cloud; mother, Ernastine Kokesch of Willmar; brother, Paul Kokesch of Danube; and grandchildren, Alexander, Nikolas, Morgan, Casey, Ashcer, and Zakary.
Karen was preceded in death by her father, Walter Kokesch; and sister, Mary Wiese.
Memorials are preferred to Visual Arts MN Women’s Fund.