Karen Peterson, 70, of Burtrum, passed away on May 9, 2018. Funeral services for Karen will be held on Friday, May 18, 2018, 11:00 a.m., at the Peace United Church in Long Prairie with Pastor Gary Taylor officiating. Friends may begin calling on Thursday, May 17, 2018, 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., at the Iten Funeral Home in Browerville and on the day of the funeral one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be held in Bearhead Cemetery at a later date.
Karen was born on August 13, 1947, in Cloquet to Melvin & Phyllis (Warren) Hyry. She graduated from Wrenshall High School and traveled to Washington to work as a telephone operator for two years. Karen moved back to Minnesota to attend St. Cloud State University; earning her teaching degree. Karen met Dean Peterson in college and on November 24, 1971, they were married in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. They purchased a farm in Long Prairie Township in 1977. In 2006, Karen bought a house in Burtrum. Karen taught in South Dakota for six years and in 1977 took a teaching position in Browerville; retiring in 2010.
Karen volunteered at her church, loved to read and go to the casino. She had a great sense of humor and will be missed dearly.
Karen is preceded in death by her parents; husband Dean and brother Melvin Hyry Jr.
Karen is survived by her children: Renee (Drew) Schefers, of Foley, Philip (Samuel) Peterson of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; grandchildren: Rebecca, Madison, Michael, Nicole and Jesse; siblings: Evey Mathews, Roxanne Kelly, Robin (Diane) Hyry, Debra Hyry, Maria (Stan) Wenneson, Tammy (Joe) Stuber, Bruce Johnson, Byron (Caroline) Johnson and Randy (Malissa) Johnson.