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September 27, 1941 – Thursday, December 10, 2009

Service Information
St Francis Catholic Church
Thursday, December 17th

Visitation Information

Karen Caskey, long-time nurse, age 68 of Buffalo, died Thursday, December 10, 2009 at her home.

Karen Louise was born on September 27, 1941 in Willmar to Otis and Anna (nee Heveron) Gunderson.

A Class of ’59 graduate of Willmar High School, Karen then went on graduate from the Willmar School of Practical Nursing and received her LPN license in1960. In 1990 she studied at Ridgewater Collage-Hutchinson Campus earning a Bachelor of Applied Sciences Degree as an Activity director.

Karen worked at Rice Memorial Hospital, Willmar, MN for 20 plus years before moving to Buffalo in 1979. She worked for 10 years at the Buffalo Clinic. 1989-1999 she worked as Activity Director at Sunrise Assisted Living. She returned to her nursing career and worked from 1999-2006 at Lake Ridge Care Center. She retired in 2006 after being diagnosed with appendix cancer.

On October 8, 1960 Karen and David Caskey were married at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Willmar. They were blessed with two daughters and two sons. While living there, Karen was a den mother for the Boy Scouts and taught CCD class at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

A member of St Francis Catholic Church, Karen was a member of the CCW. She was a Girl Scout leader and Service Unit Manager for several years. She was also a member of Operation Minnesota Nice, the Lioness club, the Red Hats, and was a committee member of Relay for Life. Karen enjoyed going to water aerobics.

Karen is survived by husband, David; children: Kathleen “Kelly” Merritt (Buffalo), Edwin Caskey (Spartanburg, SC), Kristine Caskey (Portland, OR), and Jesse (Meredith) Caskey (Lake Elmo); sisters: Marjorie (Frank) Belinski (Willmar), and Loretta (Charles) Fradella (Monticello); nine grandchildren; Chantal, Sylvia, Caitelyn, Karen, Robert, David, John, Audrey, Samuel and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and stillborn sister Julie Gunderson.

A Memorial Mass will be held at St Francis Catholic Church on Thursday, December 17th at 10:30 A.M. Visitation is Wednesday evening, 5-7:00 P.M. at the Peterson Chapel – Buffalo. Visitation resumes at church one hour before the Mass. Interment is in St Francis Cemetery.

Memorials are preferred to Relay for Life, in lieu of plants and flowers.

3 Guestbook Entries

  1. Chuck Fradella

    Karen, you were a wonderful person and you will be missed by all.

  2. Paulette Black

    I am a Friend of Karen’s from the Buffalo Retreat at Christ the King. I am so sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. Our prayers and thought are with your family at this most difficult time.

  3. June Farniok

    Karen was always so warm and gracious to everyone. She is going to be missed by many. I was Karen’s Mary Kay Sales Director and enjoyed getting to know Karen very well. One of my fun memories of her was when she came over to my house for a special party that she qualified for and we played a blind folded dress each other up game. She was always such a great sport. To Karen’s family, I am very sorry for the loss of someone so significant. May God help you find peace in knowing she is no longer suffering her battle with cancer. Take care and God bless.


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