Karen Johanna (Krabbenhoft) McCarty, 83, of Park Rapids, MN passed away on Thursday, March 25, 2021 in Sanford Hospital in Fargo, ND with family by her side.
Karen was born to Wolf Siegfried and Elizabeth Irene Krabbenhoft November 12, 1937 in Fargo, ND. Karen attended a two room school in Sabin, MN until ninth grade, high school in Moorhead, MN and she received an Elementary Education degree from Moorhead State University in 1958. Karen was married to Andrew Daniel McCarty December 27, 1958. Together they lived in Dilworth, MN, Red Lake Falls, MN, Moorhead, MN, Parkers Prairie, MN and in September of 1970 moved into their present day home of fifty years on Long Lake in Park Rapids, MN
Karen is survived by her husband, Andrew McCarty of Park Rapids, six children, Nye (Annie) of Elk River, MN, Daniel (Lisa) of Huron, SD, Patrick (Lisa) of Shorewood, MN, Amy (Peter) Babler of Perham, MN, Ann (Neil) Scherr of Alexandria, MN, and Margaret “Meg” (Bryan) Strand of Barnesville, MN. She is also survived by twenty grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren, a sister, Corrine (Frank) Ashenhurst and a brother Richard (Sharon) Krabbenhoft and many nieces and nephews. Karen was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Wayne (Hazel) and Larry (Marjorie) Krabbenhoft.
Karen was a devoted wife and mother to her six children. She treated her daughters-in-law and sons-in-law as her own children and loved being a grandma and great grandma. Karen was very proud of her German and Danish heritage. She carried on many traditions from her childhood. Karen loved to tell stories about her ancestors and had a strong bond with her sister and brothers. After her mother suffered a stroke, Karen lovingly accepted her mother Elizabeth into her home for eleven years. Faith was very important to Karen. She participated in her church group, taught religion, was in the bell choir, and attended mass every weekend. In Karen’s last days she knew she was going to a better place and remarked on how difficult it would be to die without a faith in God. Karen’s passion was teaching elementary school which included twenty years. Not only was Karen a beautiful person, she enjoyed beautiful things and was very talented in creating them with sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking and especially cooking and baking. Her cinnamon rolls were a favorite along with traditional foods from her childhood. Karen was a generous, thoughtful person with a gift of putting others at ease, and always finding the positive. She taught her children and students to never judge others and help whenever possible. “You will find more happiness when you give, than when you receive.”
Visitation will be at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Park Rapids on Sunday, April 4, 2021 from 4-7 pm with a prayer service at 7:00 pm. Visitation will also be held for 1 hour prior to the services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church on Monday, April 5, 2021 at 11:00 am. Please leave online condolences at ceasefuneralhome.com.