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Karen Mary Blachowske

January 3, 1943 — March 9, 2022

Karen Mary Blachowske

Karen M. Blachowske, age 79, of Lake Crystal, died on March 9, 2022 at her home. 

A Memorial Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 13, 2022 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Lake Crystal Mortuary.

Karen was born on January 3, 1943 in Fairmont, MN to Otto and Irene (Toppenburg) Streit.  She graduated from Fairmont High School in 1961.  On September 29, 1962, Karen was united in marriage to Larry Blachowske in Fairmont.  Karen was an RN at Immanuel St. Joseph’s Hospital in Mankato and worked for several years for Blue Cross Blue Shield in medical review before retiring at age 59.  Karen enjoyed cooking, traveling, and trips to the casino.  Most of all, Karen loved spending time with her family. 

Karen is survived by her husband, Larry; daughters, Pamela (David) Hopp, Jennifer (Ronald) Radtke, Victoria (Scott) Moon, and Kristine Blachowske (Scott Jones); grandchildren, Michael Sutherland (Rachel Iverson) and Megan Sutherland (Alex Klug); great-granddaughter, Justine Welsch; siblings, Elaine (Vern) Rosenberg, Janice (Mac) Stanton, Marge (Jim) Bute, and Steven (Vicky) Streit; and many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Sheila “Peach” Chaffee.

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