Tuesday, April 24, 2018



September 18, 1938—March 5, 217

   KENYON, MN - Karen Marie (Fanning) Forss, 78, of Kenyon, MN, died Sunday, March 5, 2017, at her home.

   She was born September 18, 1938 in Sparta, Wisconsin, the daughter of Vern and Dorothy (Fritsch) Fanning. She was raised in Sparta, WI and graduated from high school in 1956. Following her schooling, she went to work for the Department of the Navy in Washington, DC. She then attended business school in Minneapolis, where she met Elroy Forss. They were united in marriage on August 30, 1958 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sparta.

   She worked for various companies for 25 years. She has resided in Kenyon since 1976. Karen suffered for many years from chronic lung disease. She wrote that her greatest reward in life was marriage and having a family and watching their children grow to adults. She loved her two grandchildren very much and they were her greatest joy in later life. In younger life, she enjoyed skating, boating and camping with her family. Other interests later in life were gardening, reading, making crafts and fishing.

   She is survived by her husband, Elroy Forss of Kenyon; daughter, Elizabeth Forss of Goodhue, MN; son, Matt (and Quynh) Forss of Thornton, CO; grandchildren, Madison Forss, Joshua Forss; brothers, Charles (and Kathy) Fanning, Dan (and Sam) Fanning, both of Sparta, WI; sister-in-law, Bev Fanning of Rochester, MN; and nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother, Doug Fanning.

   Visitation will be at Michaelson Funeral Home, Kenyon, on Friday, March 10, 2017 from 5-8 p.m.

   A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 319 West Main Street, Sparta, WI, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Sparta. 

Michaelson Funeral Homes, Inc.

514 Third Street

Kenyon, MN 55946

507- 789-6431

Evans Print & Media Group

1302 River Rd.
P.O. Box 252

Sparta, WI 54656-0252

Office Number: (608) 269-3186
Fax Number: (608) 269-6876


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