Karen Elizabeth Snow was born in Waterloo, Iowa to Laurence and Helen Snow on January 14, 1943. Karen grew up in Independence, Iowa, graduated from Jefferson High School in 1960 and went on to work as a nurse's aide at Peoples Memorial Hospital for a short time after high school. Karen then moved to Minneapolis to pursue an X-ray Technology Certification from Northwest Institute for Laboratory Technology. Karen was employed at Ridgeview Hospital in Waconia, MN for nearly 25 years and also Loved her work at Target in Eden Prairie for 25 years before retiring.
Karen was preceded in death by her younger brother, Stephen Snow (Bonnie) in 2012 and her older brother, Gerald Snow (Kathleen) in 2013. Bonnie resides in Melbourne, Florida and Kathleen in Nisswa, MN. Karen’s nieces and nephews and their families were the highlights of her last 25 years! Karen loved to go to their events! She went to baseball games, football games, concerts and recitals. She watched soccer and dance and hockey and basketball. Karen also loved adventures! She went on cruises, spent time at the lake, walked her dog with neighbors and went to lunch with friends. Karen also valued family traditions like baking Christmas cookies and making candy and she always kept her recipes a secret! Karen also loved MN Sports and Shelley’s dogs, Charlie and Maverick. They “kept her going!” She also really liked reading, puzzles, and playing games on her iPad!
Karen is dearly missed by niece Shelley (Pat) Kennedy; and great nephews, Keegan and Kyler, who she spent much time with. Her nephew Kevin Snow, and great nieces and nephews; Emily (Zach & Adeline), Maggie, Nick and Gretchen (Tony & Baby Olivia). Nephew, Craig (Jenni) Snow, and great nephew, Jonathon & great niece, Beth. Niece Amy (Todd) Snow-Federice,, great nieces Ava & Nicolyn and great nephew, Paxton. Karen is also sincerely missed by many cousins, and her dear friends in MN and Iowa!
There will be a small family prayer service in Baxter, MN on Sunday, March 22, 2020 and will then take her last road trip to Independence, Iowa to be laid to rest next to her parents at Mount Hope Cemetery on Tuesday, March 24th, 2020. The family will celebrate together in early summer when everyone can safely travel back to Iowa.
In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred. A donation will be made in Karen’s honor to Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Baxter, MN for their memorial garden project.