Joann Karschnik

TRIMONT – Celebration of Life Services for Joann Karschnik, 98, of Trimont, Minn., formerly of Mountain Lake, Minn., will be held 11 a.m. Friday, March 14, 2014, at Evangelical Covenant Church in Trimont, with Pastor Mark Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Kimball Township, rural Alpha, Minn.

Joann was called to her eternal rest peacefully and surrounded by her loved ones on Monday evening, March 10, 2014, at One Mayo Health System in St. James, Minn. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. today at Kramer Family Funeral Home in Trimont, and one hour prior to the services at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Trimont on Friday.

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Joann Rafnson was born May 21, 1915, in Minneota, Minn., to Olafur and Sarah (Snidahl) Rafnson. She received her education in Minneota. In January 1935, Joann was united in marriage to Herman Karschnik at Minneota, Minn. After their marriage, they moved to a farm in Kimball Township, near Mountain Lake. Herman died in 1949. Joann moved into Mountain Lake, where she raised her family and was employed at a local restaurant in Mountain Lake for many years. In 1981, she moved to Trimont to be closer to her daughter. Joann was employed for Sophie Anderson as her caretaker for five years. In 2011, she moved to Monterey Manor to make her home. She greatly enjoyed crocheting, playing cards, square dancing, watching television, reading and being with her family and friends, and sharing her peanut M&Ms.

She is survived by her four children, Jeanne and Gay Hiebert of Sioux Falls, S.D., Leslie Karschnik and Jan of Grand Junction, Colo., Joyce (Bill) Lohrenz of Mountain Lake, Minn., and Glenda (Jim) Sinn of rural Trimont, Minn.; 12 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; sister, Clara DeRoode of Marshall, Minn.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Along with her parents, Olafur and Sarah Karschnik, Joann was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Karschnik; four grandchildren; eight siblings; and other relatives.