February 8, 2023 at 6:05 p.m.

Karen M. Maeder

Karen M. Maeder
Karen M. Maeder


Karen Marie Maeder, age 73 of St. Michael, passed away on Jan. 30, 2023.

Karen was born the daughter of Wilhelm and Christine (Erikson) Knudson on Jan. 11, 1950, in Grand Rapids.   

She was long time resident of Sauk Centre, dedicating her career to the Minnesota Department of Corrections in Sauk Centre and later Red Wing, retiring in 2005. After retirement, Karen enjoyed working at Josephson’s clothing store until 2013 when she moved to St. Michael to be closer to family.

For Karen, her passions were family, faith and food.   She lived these three things out by volunteering at the St. Michael Senior Center and at her grandchildren’s schools.  Karen was active in Bible study and a great friend and support to those who needed her. She loved to cook, bake, read and be at the lake, particularly swimming and fishing. But her greatest joy was found in the time spent with her family, especially her grandkids; they were her pride and joy. 

She was an amazing mix of strong, independent, stubborn, loving and kind. 

Up until the Minnesota skies turned full blue and opened up for her passage to Heaven, Karen held true to her feisty Norwegian side that molded her family and future legacy. 

Karen is survived by her children, Miesche (Rigoberto) Francis and Niklas (Brandee) Maeder; she was an amazing Grandma KK to Jazz (Kyler), Abbylee, Briella and Zara and many others who also claimed her as grandma; also survived by her brothers, David and Lloyd Knudson; and also nieces and nephews

She is preceded in death by her parents, Wilhelm and Christine and brother, Gerald.

Funeral service for Karen will be held on Friday, Feb. 10, 2023, at 4:00 p.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service all at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hanover. Graveside service will be Saturday, Feb. 11, 2023, at 12:00 p.m. at Harris Cemetery in Grand Rapids. Officiating for her service is Pastor Tori Sahnow. Casket bearers are Todd Marthaler, Dustin Ilgen, Lance Mueffelmann, Brian Willegalle, Brian Lenzen and Brian Kuhlmann.

In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to or

Arrangements were entrusted to The Peterson Chapel in St. Michael/Albertville.




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