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Karen Kittelson

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Feb. 7, 1951-Feb. 20, 2013

Karen Marie Kittelson, 62, of Fergus Falls, died Wednesday, February 20, 2013, at PioneerCare in Fergus Falls.

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Karen was born the daughter of Milton and Phyllis (Steffen) Totland on February 7, 1951 in Detroit Lakes. She grew up and attended school in Detroit Lakes, graduating from Detroit Lakes High School in 1969. After high school she attended Moorhead State University and graduated in 1973 with a degree in elementary education.

On August 18, 1973 Karen married Lee Kittelson at First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes. The couple made their home in Fergus Falls, where they raised their family.

In 1973, Karen was hired as an elementary school teacher in Underwood, and continued to teach there for 34 years, retiring in 2007. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls and Minnesota Educators Association. She enjoyed her family and many teacher friends from over the years. She also enjoyed shopping, baking, cooking, keeping a neat and tidy home, and collecting angel ornaments.

Preceding Karen in death was her father, Milton Totland.

Survivors include her husband Lee, of Fergus Falls; two sons, Brian (Julia) Kittelson of Rapid City, S.D., and Mark (Alyssia) Kittelson of Fargo; mother, Phyllis Totland of Detroit Lakes; two sisters, Kathy (Bruce) Jacobson of Makanda, Ill., and Barb (Robert) Tomlinson of Sewell, N.J.; and a brother, John (Carol) Totland of Fergus Falls.

Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, with a 6:30 p.m. prayer service, at Olson Funeral Home in Fergus Falls, and resumes one hour prior to Tuesday's services at the church.

Services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 at First Lutheran Church, Fergus Falls, with Reverend Jennifer Rose officiating.

Interment will be in First Lutheran North Cemetery, rural Fergus Falls.

Memorials are preferred, to the Lake Region Healthcare Cancer Care and Research Center in Fergus Falls.

Olson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at www.olsonfuneralhome.com.

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