Karen Mackner, age 56, of Mills River, NC, passed away in her home on December 20, 2010.

Karen was born on May 31, 1954, in Fargo, the daughter of Raymond and Darlene (Bentley) Folstrom.

Karen is survived by her mother, Darlene Folstrom of Candler, NC; and her father, Raymond Folstrom of Surprise, AZ; her daughters, Stephanie (Joseph) Norstrom of Coldspring, MN; and Monica Murphy of Mandan, ND; her sons, Martyn Mackner, Nicholas Mackner and Joseph Mackner all of Fargo; her brothers, Dana (Jade) Folstrom of Palm Desert, CA; and Lee (Grace) Folstrom of Fargo, ND; her grandchildren, Matthew Norstrom, MacKenzie Mackner, and Kallie Nichole Mackner.  She was preceded in death by her sister, Julie Strahm.

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  1. St Petersburg FLKaren ( KM ) was a close friend of mine, whom I met online. We shared many uplifting conversations over the phone & instant messages. I’ll never meet another person with such courage & strength, I will miss her cheerfulness ,mostly. I am certain her wings are on a little crooked, she has a style all her own.
    My heartfelt condolences to the family.

  2. I loved Karen…. we had many hours of chatting…in the 50’s chat room…my love and blessings go to her and the family…she will be…. very missed….

  3. I was greatly saddened to hear of your loss, and of mine. Though I never actually met Karen, we spent many a month together chatting online, and shared a bond as a result. She was a wonderfully vital woman that I enjoyed very much. May God bless you all, and give you the strength to find the rainbow at the end of this storm. Karen darlin…you will be missed….my life is lessened by your absence…..


  4. Chicago ilMarty, Steph,Nicki and Joey…Best wishes
    I’m so sorry for loss, You are all in my prayers and my thoughts…Cousin Rich

  5. Channahon illinoisAunt Karen you are and will be truely missed. To Marty, Nicki, Stephanie and Joey I am so sorry for your loss and you are in my prayers. Keep your heads high and think about all the good memories and times to help you through all of this. Your mom was so loving and special to all of us!

  6. Fargo ND
    Hi Marty, Nick, Joey and Dana,
    I have very very fond memories of all of you from when I babysat you kids. I think of your Mom often with fondness, she was a very kind and giving soul. Eventhough I was a teenager she always treated me like an equal. She was a wonderful friend. I know that you all will miss her very much..Especially her gentleness. That was something I remember most about her. Take Care and know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers…Love Kim Truhlicka 🙂

  7. Hastings N.D
    .My family lived near the Folstrom family in Arthur,N.D. in the early 60’s. I Think I was in Kindergarten with Dana. I remember visiting, I thought Karen was so nice and “neat”. I was saddened to read about her passing. My mother,Marlie Fisher of Kathryn N.D
    . told me about seeing her obituary.I think mom worked with Karen at the phone company in Fargo.Looks like Karen was truly blessed with cildren and grandchildren. The entire family is in my thoughts and prayers.m

  8. Karen, we had many talks over the years.. I can hardly believe you have went home to heaven. May you be at peace. I will always think of you spending time with Gram and Julie.. I love you. and you will be greatly missed.. I have many fond memories of you and I…. they will be with me forever…

  9. fargo ndWe are so sorry to hear about your loss. Please let us know if there is anything we can do.

    Th Winter Family – Fargo

  10. Horace ND
    You were a second mom to me for so long.. I remember always laughing and having fun with you. Steph, Nick and Marty have always been part of my family and always will, I love them dearly 🙂 You were a great mom to all of your “kids” It takes a special lady with a heart so big to be able to have a special place in there for all of us. You will be missed more than words can say.. You made a big impression on this world and so many people in it. I know you are in Heaven watching over us all being that beautiful angel you have always been! I love you and miss you!!
    ~Prayers and thoughts of Love to all of the Family~
    **Stay strong & God Bless**

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  12. Mom, I love you SO much! You were always my BEST friend and my rock…I miss you so terribly bad, but I am so happy that you are with Julie and Grams and Grandpa…so many people there waiting for you…You made it for Grams bday 🙂 I love you mom!!

  13. I simply can’t believe that it’s going on 9 years since you have left this earthly domain. I truly miss you. When you left my heart broke in half. l have memories of our adventures but it isn’t quite the same as having you here retelling them and hearing your giggle laugh with that big smile and sparkling eyes.You had the ability to stop sadness with a simple gesture or a hug. You were radiant and full of love, kindness, tenderness and understanding. I don’t think you knew just how many people you have touched. I truly believe you were heavenly sent. Your children inherited your and Jimmy’s love and caring genes. You did well raising Marty, Nicky, Stephanie and Joey.
    I wish you were here with the families, sharing in our lives as it continues to grow with new grandkids.
    If there is a heavenly realm, I hope you are peacefully happy with all our mutual family members who have past on, the latest being Richie. I wish you would somehow send a sign that all is well. If there is a way to get it done, I know you are the candidate. I know this is strange, but suddenly, I feel so much better and happier simply writing this. Is that you Karen working on me?
    Surely missed, never forgotten.
    Your Lil sis.

  14. You left us all with broken hearts. I don’t think you knew how much you were a part of so many people. Your love and support, your dedication to family and friends was unsurmountable.
    Truly loved and eternally missed.

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