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Karen Kay Otteson

Casselton, North Dakota

August 9, 1967 - May 18, 2024

Karen Kay Otteson Obituary

   Karen Kay Otteson, age 56, Casselton, ND, died peacefully surrounded by her family on May 18th, 2024, after a 13-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

   Karen was born on August 9, 1967, the daughter of Donald and Virginia Rowe-Pratschner. She grew up in Oakes, ND and was a protective loving sister to her two younger sisters. She often shared stories about how spending time with her cousins, going to the lake with her aunt and uncle and visiting her grandparents’ farm were the highlights of her childhood. She loved being at the farm and working with the animals. Karen was an accomplished gymnast, gifted with many natural talents and had fond memories of her high school years. She cherished her friends and enjoyed celebrating Oakes Irrigation Days every summer with her family and the OHS Class of 1986. Karen was a very outgoing individual who easily made friends. She was known for her contagious laugh that could fill a room with joy.

   On June 20th, 1992, Karen was united in marriage to Brian Otteson at Perry Lutheran Church near Portland, ND.  They met in Mayville while Karen was attending college at Mayville State University where she earned her associate degree in early childhood education. They moved to Casselton, ND in 1992 where they made their home for the past 32 years at the NDSU Agronomy Seed Farm where Brian is employed. They raised their three children, Nathan, Brianna, and Brooke while living at the seed farm.  

   Karen spent her entire career working as a daycare teacher, a career she truly loved and was gifted in. She began working at Great Beginnings Daycare in Fargo in 1992 until 1995, then was a stay-at-home mom to their three children. Karen began working at various daycares in Casselton once their children were in school. She worked at Playcorner Daycare, Discovery Daycare, The Learning Circle and most recently Legacy Learning Center, all in Casselton. Karen was well known by many daycare parents and children throughout Casselton and the surrounding communities. She lovingly cared for countless children and worked in the infant, toddler, early preschool, and preschool rooms at daycare. Karen brought so much comfort to children at every daycare she worked at; she made drop-offs easier on parents and every child was comforted by her presence each and every morning. Karen truly loved working with children and left a lasting impact on every child she worked with. She would often be approached when out in public and away from the daycare by children she had cared for and was always met with a big hug from them.

   Karen enjoyed spending time with family and friends during the holidays. She frequently hosted Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings with her family and was known for her wonderful cooking during the holidays. Playing board games with relatives during the holidays was also something Karen thoroughly enjoyed.

   Karen and Brian were members of Martin’s Lutheran Church for the past 32 years. Karen was also a Sunday school teacher and worked in the church’s nursery for several years.

   Karen is survived by her husband Brian, daughters Brianna (DJ) Halverson, Brooke Otteson, mother Virginia Pratschner, sisters Donna (Jeff) Anderson, Jackie (Jed) Lindman, daughter- in-law Sara Ray, grandchildren Charlotte, Thomas, Susanna, and John Ray; and Emersyn Halverson.

   Karen was preceded in death by her father, Donald Rowe, stepfather Leo Pratschner, son Nathan Ray, and granddaughter Molly Ray.

   Visitation: Thursday, May 23, 2024, from 5-7 p.m., followed by a prayer service at 7 p.m. in Martin’s Lutheran Church, Casselton.

   Funeral Service: Friday, May 24, 2024, at 10:30 a.m., in Martin’s Lutheran Church, Casselton, with visitation one hour prior to the service.

   Interment: Perry Lutheran Cemetery, rural Portland, ND.

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   Karen Kay Otteson, age 56, Casselton, ND, died peacefully surrounded by her family on May 18th, 2024, after a 13-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

   Karen was born on August 9, 1967, the daughter of Donald and Virginia Rowe-Pratschner. She grew up in Oakes, ND and was a protective loving sister to her two younger sisters. She often shared stories about how spending time with her cousins, going to the lake with her aunt and uncle and visiting her grandparents’ farm were the highlights of her childhood. She loved being at the farm and working with the animals. Karen was an accomplished gymnast, gifted with many natural talents and had fond memories of her high school years. She cherished her friends and enjoyed celebrating Oakes Irrigation Days every summer with her family and the OHS Class of 1986. Karen was a very outgoing individual who easily made friends. She was known for her contagious laugh that could fill a room with joy.

   On June 20th, 1992, Karen was united in marriage to Brian Otteson at Perry Lutheran Church near Portland, ND.  They met in Mayville while Karen was attending college at Mayville State University where she earned her associate degree in early childhood education. They moved to Casselton, ND in 1992 where they made their home for the past 32 years at the NDSU Agronomy Seed Farm where Brian is employed. They raised their three children, Nathan, Brianna, and Brooke while living at the seed farm.  

   Karen spent her entire career working as a daycare teacher, a career she truly loved and was gifted in. She began working at Great Beginnings Daycare in Fargo in 1992 until 1995, then was a stay-at-home mom to their three children. Karen began working at various daycares in Casselton once their children were in school. She worked at Playcorner Daycare, Discovery Daycare, The Learning Circle and most recently Legacy Learning Center, all in Casselton. Karen was well known by many daycare parents and children throughout Casselton and the surrounding communities. She lovingly cared for countless children and worked in the infant, toddler, early preschool, and preschool rooms at daycare. Karen brought so much comfort to children at every daycare she worked at; she made drop-offs easier on parents and every child was comforted by her presence each and every morning. Karen truly loved working with children and left a lasting impact on every child she worked with. She would often be approached when out in public and away from the daycare by children she had cared for and was always met with a big hug from them.

   Karen enjoyed spending time with family and friends during the holidays. She frequently hosted Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings with her family and was known for her wonderful cooking during the holidays. Playing board games with relatives during the holidays was also something Karen thoroughly enjoyed.

   Karen and Brian were members of Martin’s Lutheran Church for the past 32 years. Karen was also a Sunday school teacher and worked in the church’s nursery for several years.

   Karen is survived by her husband Brian, daughters Brianna (DJ) Halverson, Brooke Otteson, mother Virginia Pratschner, sisters Donna (Jeff) Anderson, Jackie (Jed) Lindman, daughter- in-law Sara Ray, grandchildren Charlotte, Thomas, Susanna, and John Ray; and Emersyn Halverson.

   Karen was preceded in death by her father, Donald Rowe, stepfather Leo Pratschner, son Nathan Ray, and granddaughter Molly Ray.

   Visitation: Thursday, May 23, 2024, from 5-7 p.m., followed by a prayer service at 7 p.m. in Martin’s Lutheran Church, Casselton.

   Funeral Service: Friday, May 24, 2024, at 10:30 a.m., in Martin’s Lutheran Church, Casselton, with visitation one hour prior to the service.

   Interment: Perry Lutheran Cemetery, rural Portland, ND.

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