Edward Karsjens, 1922-2016

Published 10:02 am Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Funeral services for Edward Karsjens, 94, of Hillman took place at 2 p.m. Feb. 15 at Peterson-Johnson Funeral Home in Milaca. The Rev. Stephen Blenkush officiated. Interment followed at Lone Pine Cemetery near Morrill. Military honors were performed by the American Legion in Hillman.

Edward Karsjens

Edward Karsjens

Edward Everett Karsjens was born Jan. 24, 1922, to Reint and Mary (Eckhoff) Karsjens in Bradford, Iowa. The family moved to the Hollandale area in 1926 and Edward attended Bell School District No. 27 through the eighth grade. He was raised as a member of Conservative Congregational Church in Hollandale. Edward served in the United States Navy during World War II. He was united in marriage to Elsie Wind Nov. 1, 1952, in Pine City. Edward worked at the space center in St. Paul for 30 years. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, at St. Cloud Hospital.

He is survived by his children Mary (Robert) Meyer of Lino Lakes, Linda Moxness of Forest Lake, Leslie of Hillman, Shirley (Roy) Hillstrom of St. Paul, Kevin of Moose Lake, Tami Johnson of Milaca and Susan (Ted) Rohloff of Pierz; 17 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brothers Dwight (Delores) Karsjens and Delbert (Judy) Karsjens, both of Clarks Grove; sisters Eleanor (Doedi) Harms of Blooming Prairie, Inez (Henry) Waalkens of Albert Lea and Lauretta (William) Barnett of Austin; and many nieces and nephews.

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He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Elsie, in 2013; son, Ronald; brothers Orval and Walter; and sisters Leonora Miller and Matilda Waalkens.