Karen Braaten

karen braaten

Karen Ann Braaten, 67, Moorhead, MN passed away on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at her home under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley and surrounded by her loving family.  She was born on August 19, 1946 to Wayne and Phyllis (Nilson) Roble in Harvey, ND.  She grew up in Harvey and graduated from Harvey High School in 1964. 

On August 26, 1967 Karen was united in marriage to Gary Braaten in Seattle, WA before they returned to Harvey, ND shortly after.  The couple moved to Thief River Falls, MN where Karen raised her children and attended college for a couple years.  In 1994, she earned a degree in social work from Bemidji State.

Following graduation, she worked as a social worker for various organizations in the Fargo-Moorhead Community.  Karen was then employed as the director of the Myrt Armstrong Center, where she cared greatly for those she served for 12 years before retiring in 2011.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Gary; her sons, Kyle (Renae) and Reed (Lisa); grandchildren, Natalie and Sorren Braaten; brothers, Richard Roble and Terry (Geri) Roble; numerous nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

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  1. Sun City West AZ
    I recently had a discussion with Karen regarding an upcoming reunion for the Harvey High School Class of 1964. We had a pleasant discussion about where life had taken each of us since we graduated and she discussed the challenges with her health and expressed how much she wanted to attend the reunion. We will miss her at the reunion but she will be remembered. My sympathies to the family.

  2. Detroit Lakes Minnesota
    To my sweet Aunt… May you Rest in Peace, and to Gary & family, my thoughts and prayers are with you!

  3. Mandan ND
    Terry, we are sorry to hear of your sister’s passing. We send our sympathies to you and your family.

  4. Fargo North Dakota
    Karen was a special person indeed. She gave people like myself so much caring, advice, and encouragement when times were hard. Karen tried to empower those who she served at MARC. She encouraged everyone to help themselves, and would advocate when consumers couldn’t for themselves.

    Rest in Peace Karen, You have completed your mission and have been called home.

  5. Harvey ND
    Gary & Family
    So sorry for your loss! Karen was a wonderful person. May the memories comfort you in the days ahead.
    May God keep you in his care!
    My sympathy to you at this time!
    Rhonda Swang

  6. Fargo Karen was one of my favorite patients. I loved seeing her & she will be missed by all of us.

    My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

    God Bless

  7. Wishek North Dakota
    Gary & Family
    The girls and I extend our deepest sympathies to you and your entire family.
    Karen will always be remembered for her wonderful caring heart. She was a friend to all and everyone who met her loved her. I will always treasure all I learned from her. She will be mentoring all in the heavenly social club. Rest in Peace Karen.
    All our prayers
    Karen, Tracy and LeAnna Jo Friese

  8. West Fargo ND
    Karen you are awesome. You will definitely be misses by many of us. Ill try to make it Monday, but Im still hurting from losing my husband just 10 days before losing you. Just had his funeral on Saturday 2/8/14. You were such an amazing friend. Thoughts and prayers to Gary and family.

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