Karen J. Papachek, 67, of Devils Lake, N.D., passed away on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at the Good Samaritan Center, Devils Lake.
Mass of the Resurrection for Karen will be at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Devils Lake on Tuesday, May 28 at 10 a.m. with Fr. C.F. Wilhelm celebrating the Mass. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call at the Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake on Monday, May 27 from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. with a Rosary and scripture service at 5 p.m. Visitation on Tuesday will be at the church one hour prior to the funeral Mass.
Music will be provided by Tom Burckhard, Peter A. Hager and Audrey Myklebust. Gift bearers will be granddaughters, Katie and Kelsey Papachek. Reading the scripture will be Katie.
Karen Jo, daughter of Joe and Helen (Burckhard) Schepp was born on April 23, 1946 at Devils Lake. Karen made Devils Lake her home her entire life. She attended St. Joseph's elementary school and graduated from Devils Lake Central High School with the class of 1964. She continued her education at Lake Region Junior College.
Karen was united in marriage to Donald Papachek in 1969. Karen was a dedicated employee of Ramsey National Bank for over 25 years. She later worked for several years at Odd Fellows and the Good Samaritan Center as a caregiver. Karen’s life work and passion was caring for other people. She felt such compassion for the elderly and their well being. She was forced to retire in 2008 due to the debilitating effects of a stroke.
Karen was a number one fan of Elvis and his music. She enjoyed movies and especially those classics such as “It’s a Wonderful Life”, “Sound of Music” and of course anything with Elvis as the star.
Karen was a life member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and was also very active in the organization, Parents Without Partners.
Karen loved her family and time with her grandchildren brought her great joy. One of her favorite things to do with them was blowing bubbles and the girls knew they were just Grandma's excuse to play with bubbles herself.
Karen is survived by her son, Joe and his wife, Lora of St. Michael, N.D.; two granddaughters, Katie and Kelsey Papachek; father of their son Joe, Donald Papachek of Fargo, N.D.; sisters, Joyce (Bob) Ferguson of Show Low, Ariz. and Kathy Miller of Eugene, Ore.; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Lorene and Ron Waldo of Warwick, N.D. and Bonnie Papachek of Hamar, N.D.; nieces, nephews, cousins and aunts.
Karen was preceded in death by her parents and brother-in-law, Myron Papachek.
Friends may sign the online register book and share memories of Karen at www.gilbertsonfuneralhome.com
Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake, is in charge of arrangements,
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