Karen Walz

karen walz

 Karen Angela Walz was born in Fargo, ND on April 24, 1954 Fargo to Aloys "Al" and Lena (Detling) Walz. The family lived in Fargo and moved to Mahnomen in the fall of 1957.  Karen attended school there and graduated from Mahnomen High School in 1972. Karen graduated from Thief River Falls Vocational Technical School in 1973. She came to Fargo where she worked for Dakota National Bank from 1973 until 1992 when she joined Innovis Health in Fargo. Karen worked for Innovis/Essentia Health until taking medical leave this year.  Karen graduated in 1992 from NDSU with a bachelor's degree in business administration.

 Karen was very active in Nativity Catholic Church and St. Anthony Church.  She was always ready to help when someone needed her.  Karen will be greatly missed by the members of the parish.  As a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, Befrienders, Christ Renews His Parish, and Eucharistic Ministry, she served the church community in so many ways.  She prayed weekly for the parish at Eucharistic Adoration and at Mass.  Her constant presence at parish social activities and her Fall Festival Fudge will be greatly missed!

 She enjoyed reading, playing cards, Yahtzee, craft work, crocheting and the trips she made for family get-togethers.

 She is survived by her mother, Lena Walz, Fargo; her brothers, Eugene (Nancy) Walz, Lake Mills, Iowa, Steven (Corinna) Walz, Lockridge, Iowa; nephew, Adam Walz, Minneapolis, MN; niece, Nicole (Jarett) Lettner, St. Paul, MN; step-nieces and nephews, Susan (Steve) Heppler, Boise, ID, Eric Bell, Austin, MN, Angie Hill, Fairfield, IA, Jeremiah Weigert, Fairfield, IA; aunts and uncles, Geri Walz, West Fargo, Katherine Mullins, Casper, WY, Eleanor Bjerken, Mahnomen, MN, Florentine Renaker, Briena Park, CA, Bill Rodgers, Casper, WY, Thecla Hjelmstad, Mills, WY, Verla Walz, Mahnomen, MN, Joe (Shirley) Detling, Mound, MN, Leo (Crystal) Detling, Billings, MT,Matt (Lois) Dettling, Bismarck, ND, Harry Detling, Manfred, ND, Garry (Betty Jane) Detling, Bismarck, ND, Ned (Jackie) Detling, Mitchell, NE, Bill (Carol) Detling, Denver, CO, Ann Sauter, Roseburg, OR, Burga (Orville), Smestad, Valley City, ND, Clara (Gerald) Elhard, Fargo, ND, Lorretta (Joel) Graumann, West Fargo, ND; and many cousins.

 She was preceded in death by her father, Aloys.

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  1. Blooming Prairie Minnesota
    I was so sorry to hear of Karen’s passing.I just spoke to Karen at my mother’s pray service back in February. I worked with Karen at Dakota bank & Trust. She was a very special & caring person. She will be greatly missed.

    Barb Smith

  2. Fargo ND
    I was Karen’s boss for the past 5 1/2 years at Dakota Clinic/Essentia.

    Karen was a very loyal employee and friend. She took her job very seriously and always got the work completed when it needed to be.

    Her mother and family and church were always important to her. Taking care of her mother’s needs came first like it should have.

    On that day in early August when I drove her to the emergency room she was worried about her mother getting her meds and care. I told her we would make sure that she was taken care of, we just needed to make sure Karen got the help she needed now. She said, ‘Yes, maybe I need to think of myself now for a little while’.

    The next day in the hospital she was still concerned about her mother. Her family, who is caring as Karen was, took care of Mom after that.

    Karen was a good friend and we will miss her. I am happy I now have some new friends in her family.


  3. Karen will be missed tremendously. She was a caring person with a big heart. She was a great cousin who always would help out family whenever they needed her. God Bless you Karen.

    Brian, Laurie, Preston, Zoe and Charlie

  4. We Remember Karen walking in the halls always with a smile and a wave. She is smiling now with her Dad and God. We Will always remember her.

  5. mesa azi had the joy of getting to know karen while she and i were on parish council at nativity. she was such a special person and will be greatly missed. my thoughts and prayers are with her family during this loss.
    sharon wolf

  6. I have known Karen for years. She was a lovely person who loved our Lord and our Catholic Faith. I used to work at a Catholic store in town and she would often stop by and we would visit. Very selfless individual and happy person. Always smiling! I know she took good care of her mother because she is the type that would!. I will pray for her soul and her family.

  7. Fargo, ND
    Mom Lena, Gene & Nancy, and other family members of Karen.
    My deepest sympathies to all of you in this passing of Karen. Karen was the most generous and happy lady I may ever know. she was always smiling and happy with words for anyone. She had her own ideas and thoughts and was not afraid to express them. Her heart was full of generosity. The gift she gave Nativity when she won the Fall Festival top prize of $1000 was immediately turned over to Nativity to buy some much needed cafeteria tables. Through all her suffering with cancer, chemotherapy, and healing processes, she was at Mass – both at St. Anthony’s 5:15 possibly daily, and at Nativity every weekend. Still at the apartment helping her mom as well.
    She will have won her crown already I am sure. May you the surviving family remember her in all her ways and in what she brought to all of you. You were her light at the end. Gene, I know you were here for her in her great time of need. You are to be blessed for your generosity, and along with that, your wife and family.
    Peace, LaVerne

  8. Lake Mills IASo sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. As we prayed that night together with Gene and Nancy, she has been commended to God’s hands.
    “Happy are those who have died in the Lord. Let them rest from their labors for their good deeds go with them.” (Rev 13:14)
    With my sympahty and prayers,
    Regina Adams

  9. Fargo I’m so sorry to hear of Karen’s death. She and I attended Nativity together, where we met as eucharistic ministers. May God bless and keep all who cared for her.

  10. Lowry MN
    I was sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. I pray that God comfort you in this time.
    I worked with her at the clinic and found her to be an inspiration.
    She will be missed!

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