Karen E. Mol, Annandale


Karen E. Mol, age 78, of Annandale died Thursday, April 24, 2014, at the St. Cloud Hospital, surrounded by the love of her family.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday, April 28, at Tri-County Alliance Church, Clearwater, with the Rev. Dr. Verlyn Boone and the Rev. David Fogal officiating. Burial followed at Lakeview Cemetery, Maple Lake. Visitation was from 3-6 p.m. Sunday at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Annandale, and one hour prior to the service, Monday, at the church. A Time of Sharing was at 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Karen Elizabeth Mol was born Nov. 21, 1935, in St. Cloud, to John Harold and Edith Elizabeth (Nordell) Lee. Karen grew up on the family farm in Clearwater Township and attended school at District No. 18, Lee School. She then attended Annandale High School, where she graduated with the class of 1953. Karen was united in marriage to Clifford Jake Mol on March 19, 1954, at the Silver Creek Reformed Church. Together, Karen and Cliff started their family as she continued to be a dedicated farm wife. Karen was an accomplished seamstress, sewing everything from wedding dresses to mending the holes on the knees of the boys’ jeans. She loved to spend time in her flower and vegetable gardens. Karen was an excellent cook, well- known for her caramel rolls, homemade bread and sour cream raisin pie. Many also often enjoyed her canned produce and her tasty jams and jellies. Karen was the bookkeeper and manager of the family farm. In her spare time she enjoyed taking walks, feeding the farm cats, and watching the birds from her kitchen window. She loved preserving memories in scrapbooks and learning her family history. Karen was a devoted Christian woman. Her church and faith were of the utmost importance. She was often involved with church events and served on many mission trips abroad. In true Karen fashion, she was always serving others behind the scenes. She was a kind, gentle, loving spirit and strong witness for the Lord. Karen also had an adventurous spirit, often enjoying the excitement of traveling with her family. Above all, Karen treasured the time she spent with her family and friends, whether it be visiting with cousins, spending time at the family cabin, being a favorite sister to her twin brothers, reading and playing with her great-grandchildren or traveling to and attending her grandchildren’s activities. Karen was a true testament to Proverbs 31 as a loving, faithful wife, as she and Cliff recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
Karen is survived by her husband, Clifford, of Annandale; children, Julie (Nick) Anderson, of Maple Lake; Suzan (Verlyn) Boone, of Sioux Center, Iowa; Timothy (Jane) Mol, of Annandale; Connie (Chuck) Peterson, of Fargo; and Daniel (Stacy) Mol, of Annandale; grandchildren, Karie Anderson, Adam (Courtney) Boone, Andrew (Kimberly) Boone, Micah (Ashley) Mol, Elisa (Jeremiah) Legatt, Sarah (Jerad) Happe, Josh Mol, Caleb (Jessica) Mol, Marie Peterson, Kara Peterson, Ashley (Brandon) Engelstad, Jacquelynn Mol, Danielle (Marty) Lefebvre, and Nicole Mol; great-grandchildren, Ryan, Cohen and Baby Boone; Adlyr and Maddox Mol; Eli, Malachi, Anna, Isaiah and Baby Legatt; Ethan, Levi and Alexa Happe; brothers, John (Marilyn) Lee, of St. Cloud and James (Sharon) Lee, of Clearwater; sister-in-law, Geraline (Donald) Schut, of Buffalo; and many nieces and nephews and other family members. Karen is preceded in death by her parents, John and Edith Lee, and nephew, Steven Lee.
Karen’s grandchildren served as pallbearers. Marilyn Lee and Lucy Jensen provided music for the service.  Arrangements are entrusted to Dingmann Funeral Care Burial & Cremation Services of Annandale.