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August 25, 1945 - September 3, 2016

Karen was born August 25, 1945 on the farm in Prosper, Minnesota to Lyle and Alice (Albertson) Wilbur.  She attended the Prosper School then graduated from the Canton High School in 1963.  She attended Winona State College.  On June 27, 1964 she married Arlin “Arnie” Arneson at the Mabel First Lutheran Church in Mabel.  They lived in the Canton area their entire married life.  She worked at several places including Jorge and Benson Law Office, Mabel Creamery, Mabel Clinic, Rush Products, Rohcester Medical, and Northern Engraving.  She was a member of the Mabel First Lutheran Church and the Mabel Lions Club, and was involved with the Area Council of Churches.  Karen enjoyed bowling, playing cards, polka dancing, scratching tickets, and playing Mahjong.

Karen passed away Saturday, September 3, 2016 at home following a lengthy fight with cancer at the age of 71.

Karen is survived by her husband Arnie of Canton; two daughters Susan (Mike) Munroe of Harmony, Minnesota and Sara Elton of Stewartville; six grandchildren Taylor (Brittney) Jarland, Jordan Jarland, Paige (Matt)  Floen, Lauren Arneson, and Bailey Arneson, and Grace Elton; great grandchildren Friea, Mya, Lincoln, Cameron and Ronan; her mother Alice Wilbur of Decorah; a sister Wanda (Ron) Haack of Bemidji, Minnesota; two brothers Curtis (Janice) Wilbur of Miller, South Dakota, and Mark (Kathy) Wilbur of Decorah, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son Richard; her father Lyle; a brother Cleon and his wife Marilyn; and mother and father-in-law Vivian and Leonard Arneson.

Memorial services will be 11 AM Thursday, September 8, 2016 the Mabel First Lutheran Church in Mabel, Minnesota with the Rev. Elliott Malm officiating.  Burial will be in the Mabel Lutheran Cemetery.  Visitation will be 4 – 7:30 PMWednesday at the Mabel First Lutheran Church and one hour prior to services at the church.

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