Karen Lewis

karen lewis
Karen I. (Osmundson) Lewis was born November 25, 1941 at St. Ansgar Hospital in Moorhead, MN to Kenneth and Cora (Sorenson) Osmundson. She grew up and attended school in Moorhead, graduating from Moorhead High School in 1959. She started working at Montgomery Ward in Moorhead in high school, then at WW Wallworks and Francis Peterson, Inc., also in Moorhead. She started working at St. Ansgar Hospital in September, 1978, transferring to St. Johns, Heartland Dakota and MeritCare hospitals with the merges. In 2012, she retired from the IT Department at Sanford in Fargo. She married Alfred Lewis of Dilworth, MN on March 10, 1972. He died in 1993. Karen loved her family more than anything else and looked forward to birthdays, weddings and holidays as she loved to celebrate with family and take many, many pictures. She loved shopping at the dollar and thrift stores, always looking for unique items on clearance, then buying 10 of them so she wouldn’t run out and could share with others. Birds and angels had a special place in Karen’s heart as she loved collecting them. She loved decorating for holidays and had an entire basement full of decorations organized by holiday in totes, with labels of course. Thanksgiving and Christmas held a special place in Karen’s heart, as her birthday often fell on Thanksgiving. At Christmas time she would redecorate her house with angels and other holiday cheer. She also loved traveling and playing cards with family, laughing and talking for hours. Karen met all of life’s challenges with such bravery, strength and dignity. She always put others before herself and was the most caring and loving Mom, Grandma, sister, aunt and Godmother anyone could have wished for. She had a sweet, humble, gentle spirit and warm loving smile. She will be missed more than words can say. She is survived and remembered with love by her son, Steven (Juanita) Lewis of Cooperstown, ND; her daughter Nancy (Troy) Brownlee of Fargo, ND; her grandson Sean Kittelson of Fargo, ND; her granddaughter Brooklyn Brownlee of Fargo, ND; her sisters Audrey Johnson of Moorhead, Carol (Lloyd) Heller of West Fargo, and Kathleen (Gary) Anderson of Moorhead, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister JoAnn Engen, brothers-in-law Joseph Engen and Marlin Johnson, and a nephew, Jason Anderson.

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  1. Steve and Nancy – I was so saddened to hear your Mom died today! Karen was a wonderful caring person. I always enjoyed her company. My prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.

  2. Dear Nancy and Steve, Sharing in your sorrow. Karen was a good friend. We shared many tears and laughs over the years. She was very proud of you both.
    She will be missed by myself and others. Keeping you in my prayers.

  3. Dear Nancy and Steve, Sharing in your sorrow. Karen was a good friend. We shared many tears and laughs over the past 26 years. She will be missed by many.
    Keeping you in my prayers.

  4. Nancy & Steve,
    Our family is deeply saddened by the passing of your mom. We’ll always remember Karen fondly and feel lucky that we had the pleasure of knowing her. I know every time we talked she always said “I love you”. She will be very missed.
    Bless you & your family
    Kim & Family

  5. Sympathy to you in the loss of your Mother Karen,I was aquainted with her for many years over the phone at work and we got to be phone friends.I always hoped she would anwer when I called for help so we could visit.We got to be friends as we understood each other,being about the same age and needing to work,our famlies and much more. She retired and one day I got to meet her in person.She was as nice in person as she was on the phone.I was saddened to read she had passed away. I will always remember Karen from the Help Desk. Thinking of you all…she was a special lady.

  6. I was so sorry to read of Karen”s passing. We lived across the street from her before we started school and enjoyed seeing her at several class reunions, I remember her sisters and parents also. she was a sweet kind girl and a lovely women. I will pray for all of your family in your loss.. Nancy Roberts Peterson Rue, Upland, California

  7. I’m so very sorry for your loss! You are all in my thoughts and prayers. She was very kind-hearted and caring lady. I enjoyed her sense of humor, thoughtfulness and compansion for others. It was a pleasure getting to know Karen over the years. She will certainly be missed, but will now be able to rest in peace watching over her family and friends from above. Take care and God Bless!

  8. Sending love and huge hugs of support. We were all so lucky to be blessed with such a sweet, loving and kind hearted person in our lives. She was such a positive and strong person in her own gentle way. She will be dearly missed but always fondly remembered.

  9. Nancy and Steve I knew your Mom through work and we would chat over help desk calls. Over the years after talking I know Nancy. I was so sad to hear she passed My thoughts and prayers are with you. Randi Kolrud

  10. I’m sorry to hear about your mom Nancy. All prayers go out to you and your family on this day.

    Peace and Blessings


  11. Steven & Nancy and Families,
    So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. I have fond memories of Aunt Karen as we grew up. She will be missed! So sorry for you loss!

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