Karen Belva Geneva LaBelle of Osseo passed away Sunday, August 5, 2018 at the age of 80.
Karen was born in Black River Falls, WI on April 21, 1938, the daughter of La Verne & Belva (Hoff) Emerson. Belva died on April 22, 1938. She was raised by her grandparents Iver & Carrie Hoff in Osseo, WI. She was baptized at Little Norway Lutheran Church in Black River Falls and confirmed at South Beef River Lutheran Church, rural Osseo. She graduated from Osseo High School in 1956. Karen worked at cafes in Osseo and worked at Osseo Hospital & Nursing Home for 32 years, retiring in 2007.
Karen married Gerald Anderson on October 6, 1956. To that union five children were born; Gary, Jeffrey, Randy, Diane and Kari Ann. They later divorced. On April 22, 1978 she married Vern LaBelle. This marriage joined two families of which much love, joy and fun was shared. Vern passed away December 1, 1989. His memory will always be within our hearts.
Karen enjoyed family, friends, loved to dance and loved her church family.
Karen is survived by her son Gary (Lynne) Anderson, son Randy (Grace) Anderson, daughter Diane (Gary) Olson and son-in-law Jason Steen; grandchildren Amanda (James) Curtis, Keith (Donelle) Anderson, Braden Conrad, Tess & Shania Steen; step- grandchildren, Alex Stewart, Hannah (Aaron) Shaw and their children Stella, Mia and Aaron; very special friend LeRoy Danielson, whom she spent the last fourteen years with as they traveled and enjoyed each other’s families. She is also survived by the LaBelle family, Kathy (John) Schumacher, Sandy (Ron) Olson, Karen Livingston, Melody (Kent) Dodge, Jeff (Tamara) LaBelle and Tammy (Pat) Pettis; step-grandchildren Scott (Jenni) Loveland, Bryan Loveland, Keila (Tom) Aartila, Kristopher Olson, Kalab (Jane) Olson, Jennifer (Jeremy) Skroch, April Dodge, Alicia Dodge, Ashley (Brett) Schultz, Kaymie Pettis, Kesha (Taylor) Semingson and Keegan Pettis; step great grandchildren, Caitlin & Patrick Geoghegan, Chance & Alicia Loveland, Cassidy Aartila, Ethan Olson, Kaitlyn & Ryan Olson, Kylie & Skylar Skroch, Madisyn & Laura Rogan, Evan, Aizlee, Finley & Zyen Schultz, Natalie & Noah Belknap & Calvin Semingson; two brothers, Robert Emerson (Judy) and his family, Milan (Pixie) Emerson and his family; special friends Marceil Gunderson (Gene) and Lorraine Allen (Don).
Karen was preceded in death by her mother & father, grandparents Hoff & Emerson, son Jeffrey Anderson, daughter Kari Steen and many aunts & uncles.
Funeral services were held at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, August 9, 2018 at United Church of Christ-Congregational Church in Osseo with Rev. Lois Bucholz officiating. Burial was in Levis Cemetery, rural Osseo.
Friends called from 11-2 p.m., on Thursday at the church.
The family prefers memorials be given to the Osseo Fire Department, South Beef River Lutheran Cemetery, Levis Cemetery or the Karen LaBelle Memorial Fund at United Church of Christ-Congregational Church.
Schiefelbein Funeral Home in Osseo is assisting the family.
Condolences may be left at schiefelbeinfh.com.