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Karen L. Johnson

July 06, 1971 - October 01, 2020

Prayer Service - Monday

October 05, 2020
- 7:00 PM

Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo

Visitation - Monday

October 05, 2020
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo

Funeral Service - Tuesday

October 06, 2020
- 11:00 AM

Hope Lutheran Church, North Campus, Fargo


Boulger Funeral Home

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Karen L. Johnson

July 06, 1971 - October 01, 2020


Karen L. Johnson, 49, Fargo passed away unexpectedly Thursday, October 1, 2020.

Karen was born July 6, 1971 in Fargo, North Dakota to Willard and Ruth (Thompson) Krueger. She graduated from Fargo South High School in 1989 before graduating from Moorhead Technical College. She married Bill Johnson September 18, 1993. They made their home in Fargo where Karen worked at NDSU in the College of Business.

Karen had a way of making everything beautiful. She was kind, caring, high-spirited and was a friend to many. She was a loving mother and wife and enjoyed taking her children on shopping trips. She will be missed by many and will not be forgotten.

She is survived by her husband of 27 years, Bill, Fargo, ND; children, Drew Johnson, Fargo, ND, Leah Johnson, Fargo, ND; mother, Ruth Krueger, Fargo, ND; sister, Nancy (John) Skarpohl, Fargo, ND; brothers, Wayne (Lowann) Krueger, Fargo, ND, Neil (Brenda) Krueger, Fargo, ND; sister-in-law, Cindy (Kevin) Yagow, Milnor, ND and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Willard and father and mother-in-law, Ernald and Karen Johnson.

Per CDC guidelines, masks are required at both services. For those unable to attend in person, both services will be live streamed on Boulger Funeral Home’s website at www.boulgerfuneralhome.com.

Karen’s Video Tribute can be viewed below:


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55 responses to “Karen L. Johnson”



  2. Joan Peterson says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Karen. I worked in Agribusiness and Economics and had many, many dealings with Karen. Always so professional and smiley. Thankful that I got to know her. Sympathies to everyone who knew and loved her.

    Joan Peterson

  3. Edie Nelson says:

    Karen’s genuine smile and friendly demeanor will always be missed in Barry Hall. My deepest sympathy to her family.

  4. Angie Fiechtner Knapp says:

    Brenda and Neil, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. Tammy and James Martinson says:

    Bill, Drew and Leah, our sincere sympathy to you and the rest of the families. Karen was a beautiful soul, loved by many and her memory will be forever kept in our hearts. Hugs

  6. Susan Wirth says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I only met Karen a few times through company parties, but anyone who met her could see her light shine! We clicked instantly and laughed like school girls. My heart hurts for her family and friends.

  7. Julie Schonhoff says:

    So, sorry for your loss…

    Jim & Julie Schonhoff – Milnor, ND

  8. Shelly Swandal says:

    My deepest sympathies to the family I worked two floors up from Karen in the Agribusiness Department. We would often cross paths together in the morning and evening as we passed through the back door. Karen was so full of energy and often our talks were centered on her family. She left this world way too soon and my heart goes out to you all.

  9. Emma Miller says:

    Bill, Leah, Drew I’m so sorry for your loss! I lost my mother in law in August of this year to still grieving to this day. Anyways if you guys need anything don’t hesitate to ask. I’m here for all of you. Family need to stick together!

  10. Kayla Mueller says:

    Bill, Leah and Drew, my heart is just heavy over the loss of your mom/wife. She was so funny, caring and just brought so much joy every time I seen her. Our short talks when she came in the office were the best! She had a beautiful soul and a smile that could light a room. Just always remember that she loved all of you with all she could, everyone that knew Karen knew that her family was #1 to her. My deepest sympathy to all of you as you get through these tough days that lay ahead.

  11. Jim and Ione Foley says:

    So very sorry for your loss. Our sympathy and prayers to all of Karen’s family and friends.

  12. Ann Larson says:

    I am sorry to hear of your passing. You were far to young. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the family. My mom Sue and Ruth were good friends.
    May you rest in peace!
    The Larson family

  13. Brenda Gravel says:

    I remember when she was born.
    I sat in your living room waiting for my turn to hold
    Her. This breaks my heart. 💔
    Love to All….😢

  14. Karen Gallagher says:

    Bill, I was so saddened to hear about your loss. Our deepest sympathy and prayers of peace and comfort to you and your family.
    Jim and Karen

  15. Elaine Waklee says:

    Neil Krueger and family, we are so sorry for your loss. You will be in our thoughts and prayers!

  16. Jeremy and Vanessa Ellingson says:

    Bill, Drew and Leah and family and friends. We are sending our deepest sympathies and many hugs and prayers.
    I will surely miss our time that we shared together, but I will miss our hair appointments together the most, laughing and talking about our love for the lakes and hearing her stories of your families latest lake adventures and how proud she was of her kids and her amazing husband.
    Best laughs ever
    Much love and deepest sympathy’s the Ellingson’s

  17. Karen Pixley says:

    My heart aches for all of Karens family and friends. She was the kind of person that was liked by all as soon as you met her! All of her friends at Clitherall Lake will miss her always, the smile , the laugh, how much she adored her family and her new home on the lake! We will think of you always, and wish you were here with us. Love to all who cherished her!

  18. Bonnie Krueger Yost says:

    I still cannot fathom she is gone. I have been told God had a plan for her, Im praying he will help us all understand. You will be so missed Karen..keep an eye out for our dads, and give Gramma a hug.

  19. Judy Moe says:

    My sympathy to Karen’s family and friends. I worked for Agribusiness and often visited with her as we passed each other in hallway. Always had a smile and pleasant greeting. NDSU lost a dedicated employee.

  20. Delores Bohnenkamp says:

    My deepest sympathy to you Bill, Drew and Leah. Karen and I had some fun times while you lived in Milnor and I always loved see her and catching up. May God help you through this difficult time. Hugs and prayers.

  21. Brittany Odegard says:

    So sorry! I always admired Karen! Her kind and up lifting soul was great she will be missed! Hugs and prayers to Bill and the kids! And all her family and friends!

  22. Bonnie Wells says:

    My sincere condolences for your loss. Praying for Bill, the kids and the entire family. 🙏🏻

  23. Kari Carlson- Reasland says:

    So sorry I cannot begin to imagine what you are going though. Just know we love you

  24. Terry Gregor says:

    Im so sorry to hear this Bill and family. Prayers to u all.

  25. Dawn Odegard says:

    Im sorry for your family’s loss!

  26. LaVerne & Carolyn Colby says:

    Bill, Drew & Leah our deepest sympathy to you and all of Karen’s family. Cherish the beautiful memories she left you with. You’re in our thoughts and prayers.

  27. Curt & Jean Anderson says:

    Thoughts and prayers for your family.

  28. Ruilin Tian says:

    I have been worked with Karen for 12 years. She is lovely, nice, and always suppurative.
    Karen: You were the one that always helped me. I will miss you! I will keep your smile in my heart forever!

  29. Pat Olson says:

    Bill and Family… this is just unbelievable …Prayers and love sent to all of you.

  30. Kathy and Doug Kesler says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. We will always remember Karen as a fun person with a big heart and a smile on her face. When ever we all got together she was always so positive and we had so many laughs together. She will be deeply missed. Our prayers go out to Bill and the kids, Ruth, sister and brothers, and all of her family and friends. Always know she will be looking over your shoulder and smiling down on you. Rest in peace Karen.
    Doug and Kathy Kesler (Brenda’s sister and Neil is our brother-in-law)

  31. Onnolee Nordstrom says:

    Johnson family,
    Words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss. I loved passing Karen in the Barry Hall stairway. Since both our daughters swam together we spent many minutes laughing and discussing the swim season. She was so very proud of Leah’s success and always so quick to celebrate the success of all the girls. Whenever our paths crossed, she brightened my day. She will be deeply missed.

  32. Judy and Don Olson says:

    We were so saddened to hear of Karen’s death. Karen was young, vibrant and had a smile that warmed hearts. Bill, Leah and Drew please know that you are in our hearts and Prayer. God Bless.
    Judy and Don Olson

  33. Pete and Dianne Nelson says:

    My heart breaks for you Bill, and for Drew and Leah! Karen was a joyful, happy and lovely person! Pete and I send our prayers and warmest wishes~.

  34. Ron Johnson says:

    A beautiful life well lived and gone too soon. Her smile was shared with everyone. Prayers for family and friends.

  35. pete gerardy says:

    so sorry to hear about karens passing. i know its hard to lose a younger sibling.

  36. Byron and Bernice Knutson says:

    Dear Ruth,

    Becky has told us the very sad news of your daughter’s passing. We are so very sorry. We send our sympathies to you and your family. How we wish we could take you in our arms, and protect you from all of this sorrow.

  37. Jason, Anita, Kara and Isaiah Skiple says:

    Bill, Drew and Leah,
    Know that you are in our prayers. So sorry to hear about Karen.

  38. Todd Benner says:

    To the entire Krueger-Johnson family. So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all.
    God Bless Karen.

  39. Wendy Baumann says:

    Karen was a pure-hearted lady, and family was her focus, her pride & joy. My heart goes out to Bill, Drew, and Leah.

  40. Dan Weatherly says:

    My deepest condolences. I am truly sorry for your loss. I didn’t have the honor of knowing Karen, but I can see she gave and received love is this world and that is a life well-lived.

  41. Chris Edison says:

    Bill, Drew and Leah,

    Carrie and I were so sorry to hear about Karen. You have our deepest condolences and will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  42. Ken and Dorothy Stoppleworth says:

    Our deepest sympathy to you Bill, Drew and Leah. Karen was a wonderful person with a wonderful smile and a heart of gold. Karen will be deeply missed by many.

  43. Joe Strom says:

    A beautiful tribute to so many happy memories. Keep them close to your heart. Your grief will subside, and one day you will think of her and smile again.
    She’ll be in your heart always. 🕊

  44. Alli Goossens says:

    We very much enjoyed working with Karen and would like to extend our deepest condolences to her family and friends. She will be greatly missed. May there be comfort in this difficult time.
    Alli Goossens & Emmanuel Jinor (NDSU Career and Advising Center – Internship Program)

  45. Kelly Mueller says:

    Bill and family. My heart has been very heavy for your loss. I’ve been thinking of you all and will continue to do so in the days ahead.
    Losing a mother/wife is one of the deepest sorrows a heart can know.
    There’s not a thing one can say or do to take away the sadness your heart feels. Just keep her memory alive, think of her often, talk to her, talk about her.
    I cry as I write this knowing exactly the emptiness and heartache you feel.
    I am so very, very sorry for your loss.

  46. Linda & Michael Martinson says:

    Bill, Drew & Leah…my heart goes out to all of you. I pray that God, family & friends will help get you through this sad & difficult time…

  47. Rolland and Shelley Sayler,Mason,Stacey says:

    So sorry for your loss.We will have your family in our prayers for healing.God bless

  48. Neil and Jayne Bond says:

    Bill ..Drew and Leah and extended family
    Words alone cannot express our deepest Sympathy!!!
    We are numb knowing she has passed .. How much all of you are hurting !! Her smile was contagious 😊
    We are so fortunate to know Karen along with her family at the lake .. She will he missed !!! Sending Thoughts HUGS and PRAYERS…As the days pass ..
    Love Neil Jayne Bond and Family

  49. Sally Thompson says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. She will greatly missed.

  50. Greg D Dehne says:

    We are so sad at your loss. I remember Karen as a energetic toddler at our holiday gatherings in Jamestown. She will be greatly missed. Our deepest sympathies to all in the family.

  51. Bud Bowlin says:

    Bill, Drew, and Leah

    My prayers and sympathy are with you. I hired Karen to be the department administrative assistant about a year after I arrived as department head. It was the best decision I could have made. I always knew I could rely on her. We became friends and shared many stories about our families. I know how proud she was of you and how greatly she loved all of you.

  52. Jack and Monica Carlson says:

    Bill, Leah and Drew:
    God’s peace be with you as you grieve. You have all our love …
    Jack and Monica

  53. Keri Rotzien says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. It was our loss also. Karen was a good friend, best friend for so many years. We spent alot of time at each others house. She will be missed. You are in my prayers. I messaged Wayne and Neil yesterday. I am sorry I couldn’t make it to funeral. I wanted nothing more than to see you face to face with a big hug. Take care of yourself. Keri Rotzien

  54. Shelly( Emerson) Gunderson says:

    Oh Nancy and All of Karen’s family, KNOW you’re in my thoughts & prayers – Let God carry you thru this devastating loss of your dear ‘ baby sis’ Karen
    💝 what joy she brought when she was born- carry that with you, always & forever- God Bless
    Shelly ( Emer) Gunderson

  55. Greg and Jan Nelson says:

    Very touching tribute video. Very saddened by your loss. In our prayers.

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