Chapman, Karen J. age 75 of Greenwood, MN
Karen passed away Monday September 9, 2019. She is preceded in death by her husband Alvin, parents Abel and Emma Eastman, brother Jerome, and sister Elaine (the late Wally) Blomquist. She is survived by her daughter Kelly (Mark) Holsclaw and son John (Sara); grandsons Nicholas, Ashton, Langdon;granddaughters Abigayle, Kailey, and Erica. Further survived by her brother Dean (Shirley) Eastman, sister-in-laws Lorraine (the late Olaf) Northagen, Eunice (the late Marv) Schiller, brother-in-law Richard Chapman and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Karen was born September 19, 1943 and raised on a farm near Ortonville, Minnesota. After she graduated from high school, she moved to Minneapolis, living with her sister and a group of girls and started her first career working for an insurance company. She married Alvin in 1967 and after starting their family,
stayed home to raise their children and help start a family construction business. Karen returned to the workforce years later working at Fotomat and then Cub foods in Minnetonka while caring for her husband while his health declined. She retired from Cub after 24 years and thoroughly enjoyed her retirement. Her calendar was filled with traveling, shopping and shows, but spending time with family and friends was always her top priority. After reading the daily newspaper, the week was filled with regular set lunches out, long phone calls, and she would never pass up ‘the fun stuff’ with friends and family.
Karen was an absolute joy, had a smile and laugh that would warm your heart and could find humor in the most difficult situations. She was always helping others with her time and would give all that she had. She spent extended time at her children’s homes following the birth of each grandchild, helping with meals and folding ‘little clothes’. She made sure she was available when someone needed a ride to an appointment or gatherings, found items one may need such as strollers or medical equipment, and if one was looking
for something special or unique, it would be her mission to find it. Karen loved to give and she gave from the heart. She was a wonderful cook and baker and no one would turn away a meal, dessert or one of her fresh baked apple pies.
Karen was amazingly healthy and strong, physically and mentally, all of her life, until she was diagnosed with advanced cancer in late August 2019. Her strength declined rapidly before the cancer treatment could take effect. Karen was an incredible lady, she impacted so many around her and will be deeply missed.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 14 at 12:00 PM at Huber Funeral Home in Eden Prairie 16394 Glory Lane with visitation beginning at 11 AM. Internment will be at the Oak Hill Cemetery of Excelsior following the service. Additional visitation will be Friday, September 13 from 5-7 PM at Huber Funeral Home in Eden Prairie.
Donations are requested in lieu of flowers.
Huber Funeral & Cremation Services
Eden Prairie Chapel 952-949-4970