Age 76 of Minneapolis, formerly of St. Paul. Passed on 7/7/14. Karen was a completely original person, amazing artist, social worker at MVH, captivating friend, beloved mom and grandma. We will miss her terribly, yet wouldn’t wish one more second of life for her with the suffering she experienced. She did her part with fortitude, prickly humor and love, and showed us what truly matters. She now watches over us with a forever sense of fun, creativity and adventure. Preceded in heaven by her parents, Clarence and Helen (Hutcheson) Knudsen. Left here to sustain her legacy: children Kevin (Jennifer), KT, and Colleen Kelley, Sheila (Mark) Schwirtz, grandchildren Grace (Brian Johnson) and Spencer Kelley; Vivian and Peter Wolkoff; Luke, Clare, Joe, and John Schwirtz; Lillian and Irene Cohen. Dear friends and cousins, too many to list. A visitation will be held at O'Halloran & Murphy Funeral Home (575 S. Snelling Ave., St. Paul) 651-698-0796 on Monday from 4 to 8 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Lumen Christi Catholic Church on Tuesday at 10 am with visitation one hour prior to Mass. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos/Honduras, or Highland Friendship Club.