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Karen Busselman

Posted By Ballard Sunder Funeral Home On July 13, 2020 @ 2:08 pm In 2020,Obituaries | 35 Comments

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 Karen Klingberg Busselman, age 72 of Prior Lake, died peacefully at her home on July 11th, 2020 surrounded by her beloved family. Visitation will be Thursday, July 16th from 4-7 at Ballard-Sunder funeral and Cremation, Prior Lake. Celebration of Life service will be Friday, July 17th at 11am with visitation from 10-11am at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Prior Lake. Private interment. Face masks and social distancing are required. Friends can watch the funeral service live stream by going to the church’s facebook page or the local Faith Channel (MediaCom83 and Integra 14). Reverend John P. Vaughn and Reverend Greg DeMuth will co-preside. Pall bearers will be David Busselman, Paul Busselman, Ken Klingberg, Al Lentner, Mark Schroeder, and Ronnie Olson. Honorary Pall bearers will be Wayne Konga, Jim Stark, John Girtman, Rob Engel, and Les Bauer. Memorials preferred in Karen’s name, and will be further distributed by the family.

Karen Klingberg Busselman was born on September 10, 1947 to parents Harvey and Luverne (Busse) Klingberg. Being the oldest of five siblings (Ken, Kathy, Connie and Carol), she was always a caregiver to them as they grew up in Prior Lake, where Karen remained a life-long citizen of a town she truly loved. Family was a common thread throughout Karen’s life. When it came to her brothers and sisters she was never far. Whether talking over the phone, or through their many casual get togethers, their love for each other and ability to enjoy each other’s company was always clear. As a child, Karen and her family relished their many trips to Big Pine Lake in Perham, MN, where they enjoyed the lake life. This is where she found her life-long love of the water. As she got older, her and her friends would love to go to the New Prague ballroom where they would enjoy dancing, and just plain having a good time.

Following graduation from Prior Lake high school, she ventured off to Mankato State College and received her teaching degree, being proud to be the first in her family to earn a college degree. Later, she received her master’s degree. She wasn’t always in the library studying, as she found time for extra curricular activities which included going to a party where she saw Bob Dylan playing music on the living room couch of someone’s home. She was also one of the fortunate ones to see the Beatles perform live.

Following graduation, she moved back to Prior Lake where she took notice in a cute young teacher and Coach named Mr. Busselman. Kathy, who had Mr. Busselman as her 9th grade math teacher, helped bridge the gap between the two. Long story short, Kathy’s struggles with math somehow ended up with him meeting older sister Karen. This “chance” encounter lead to a conversation, which lead to an invitation to a football game that Friday. When that game was canceled because of weather, Karen persevered, showing up at Darwin’s doorstep in her canary yellow rain slicker saying I thought there was supposed to be a game? He invited her in and they had their first date the very next day…. Three years later they were married on July 28, 1973 at St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Prior Lake. Life was good.

Karen and Darwin were excited to build their own family and soon welcomed newborn twins, Jon Mychal and Jenni Lynn, into the world. In a defining moment in Karen and Darwin’s life, the twins were taken to soon at nine and eleven days of age. Dying of complications due to being born premature. This was very trying times for Karen and Darwin, but through the struggle they formed a stronger bond. From this resolve, they moved forward and were blessed with three other beautiful children, Jes, David, and Paul. From losing her first two babies, Karen learned that life is precious, and that time is best spent living through love. She became the heart and guardian of her family, something that remained throughout her life, and will continue forever.

As a family, they were always on the move. Both being teachers with summers off, they took the family on a yearly Busselman family vacation with destinations ranging from sea to shining sea, seeing the 48 contiguous states by the time the kids were in high school. Whether it was enjoying the Klingberg family cabin at Amelia Lake in Villard, MN., boating on Prior Lake, laying out on a beach, or swimming in the pool in her backyard, Karen loved the water and the sun. And she could prove it with her famous bronze tan! During this same time, Karen learned to love watching her kids compete in sports and did so all the way through their college years. She, also became the “baseball mom” to many, as the Lakers baseball team, coached by Darwin, embarked on their annual spring break trips to Florida.

Karen spent 35 years as an elementary education teacher touching countless young lives. After four years at St. Paul’s Lutheran school in Prior Lake and the next 31 in Edina, she retired from a profession she truly loved. She was able to retire at an early age and focus on one of her passions – traveling. It was always a running joke with friends and family to try and keep track of where Karen and Darwin were because no matter the time of year, they always had a vacation coming up. Unless of course, this overlapped her greater passion – being with her grandkids. They took front and center and Karen’s mission was to instill love and spend time with them by reading books, spoiling them with toys, and making sure they had everything they needed. She will continue to watch over them as her children pass on lessons in life and love taught to them by their mother.

In her free time, Karen enjoyed watching game shows, gardening, and watching the birds. She enjoyed her monthly Edina book club and her and Darwin’s monthly 500 card club with good friends. She loved dinners with family, everything about Christmas, May Day basket deliveries, Andy Williams music, and always made sure to sing Happy Birthday to her family members on their birthday. We will miss this beautiful, vibrant, and thoughtful woman who brightened every room, and could make you smile with her infectious laugh.

Survived by loving husband, Darwin “Buff” Busselman; children, Jes Busselman, David (Jenni) Busselman, Paul (Becky) Busselman; grandchildren, Brody, Bo, Billy; siblings, Ken (Debbie) Klingberg, Kathy (Al) Lentner, Connie James, Carol (Dan) Rosenfeld.

Karen will be reunited in heaven with her infant twins, Jon Mychal and Jenni Lynn and her parents, Harvey and Luverne (Busse) Klingberg.

Ballard-Sunder Funeral and Cremation have been honored to care for Karen and her family.


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Condolence from Sandra Hoover (Langhorst) on July 13th, 2020 3:08 pm

We are sorry to here of Karen’s passing.
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time.
What I remember of Karen most, is that she was always such a happy positive person .

Condolence from Joyce Karn on July 13th, 2020 4:35 pm

Sorry for your loss . Your whole family will be in my prayers .She was a wonderful person and a great loss to the world

Condolence from John Schmidt on July 13th, 2020 7:44 pm

So sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. She had such a positive affect on us all. A true Laker. Thoughts and prayers to the wonderful Busselman family.

Condolence from Twylah Kohout on July 14th, 2020 12:05 am

Sending my condolence to the entire Busselman family. Cherish all the great memories!

Condolence from Ken Dragseth on July 14th, 2020 12:51 pm

I am so sorry to hear of Karen’s death. I remember her so well as a warm and wonderful teacher who the kids and staff loved. She was always positive and cared so much the her students had a great time in her classroom. She was one of the great ones and I was fortunate to have known her. Mat the great memories you have comfort you.

Condolence from Gary Tholkes on July 14th, 2020 1:05 pm

So very, very sorry to hear about Karen’s passing. She was always such a vibrant personality and force for keeping her extended family of Busse cousins in touch. From the time that we were children she always made you feel personally important and special when in her presence. Her spirit of enthusiasm and cheer will be deeply missed.

Gary and Cindy Tholkes

Condolence from Mary Klingberg on July 14th, 2020 3:01 pm

So sorry for all of your losses, we shared so many fun times and parties together. Her laugh will always be remembered RIP friend

Condolence from Kiandra Judge on July 14th, 2020 3:35 pm

A life well lived! A beautiful tribute to a beautiful woman. She will be greatly missed by so many. Love and prayers to you all

Condolence from Dawn (Busse) Wieland on July 14th, 2020 4:17 pm

We are so sorry. to hear of Karen’s passing. Prayers to you all.

Condolence from Doug “Hopper” Pederson on July 14th, 2020 4:20 pm

So sad. What a loss to us all. A great spirit with a great smile. She will be missed by all that knew her!

Condolence from Jimly Harris on July 14th, 2020 4:28 pm

My heartfelt sympathies to your family ❤️ She left such a positive impact on the community, friends and your lovely family. My thoughts and prayers are with you

Condolence from Joanne Springer on July 14th, 2020 5:14 pm

We are so sorry for your loss. We send our love and prayers.
Hugh and Joni (Sheehan) Springer❤️

Condolence from Bud and Kathy Peterson on July 14th, 2020 5:39 pm

We don’t even know what to say. So sorry to read this obituary on the passing of Karen. We lived next door to Harvey and LuVerne on Dakota Street in Prior Lake. Our sympathy goes out to the whole family. May God bless you all.

Condolence from Laura Karn on July 14th, 2020 5:40 pm

I am so sorry for your loss. Karen was a amazing person.
sending prayers from my family to yours.

Condolence from Katie on July 14th, 2020 5:51 pm

What a beautiful life Kare Bear created for herself and everyone around her. Such an amazing tribute to such a special woman. I could picture Karen in her yellow slicker, with a smile and a laugh that sucked Buffy right in!!
Such a bright soul I feel so fortunate to have known for so long.
Prayers to all of you, I’m so sorry for your loss

Condolence from Vicki Hayes on July 14th, 2020 8:18 pm

My heartfelt sympathies to the family of such a wonderful women! I only met her a few times and I I knew what a lady she was! Her daughter Jes is just like her! Thoughts and prayers to you all!

Condolence from Bob and Ardelle Bieberdorf on July 14th, 2020 8:24 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Condolence from Janine and Larry Erickson on July 14th, 2020 8:59 pm

Prayers to your family, such a sad day. Talking about our memories, it was her beautiful smile whenever we happened to run into Karen!! God’s blessings to give you strength through this difficult time!! ❤️

Condolence from Ryan Ash on July 14th, 2020 9:04 pm

This was so well written and describes the kind, joyous person that Karen was. She is leaving the world a better place because of her presence. She was always so welcoming to me and my family. We will miss her, but celebrate that she is with Jesus and her family in heaven.

Condolence from Marty on July 15th, 2020 12:21 am

Karen was always so kind. She had a welcoming spirit that accepted and included everyone.
Buff, I can only imagine the loss and heartache that you are feeling. She was one great lady.

Condolence from Doug Marek on July 15th, 2020 8:42 am

I am sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. I really enjoyed talking to her at various sporting events! Remember the good times with her the last forever!

Condolence from Chimp on July 15th, 2020 2:41 pm

I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. Karen was always such a sweet person and a mother figure to so many. The ultimate baseball mom. Heaven just got a little brighter from such a beautiful soul. Much love.

Condolence from Mike and Lori Boegeman on July 15th, 2020 4:39 pm

To Karen’s Family~
Very sorry for the loss of this wonderful women. We know how much she’ll be missed.
She was always happy and positive and fun to be around.
Very nice obituary and beautiful picture of Karen.
With our deepest sympathy~Mike and Lori Boegeman

Condolence from Barb Kroyer on July 15th, 2020 5:38 pm

Darwin and family, and Karen’s siblings – What a beautifully written tribute to Karen! Although we didn’t see her that often, whenever we did she was always happy & smiley. So sorry for your loss of this awesome lady. May she rest in Peace and Joy.
Jerry and Barb Kroyer

Condolence from Grant Schroeder on July 15th, 2020 9:06 pm

So very sorry for your loss Buff and family. I’m sure you will continue to spread her sprit to all. My sincere condolences for your loss.

Condolence from Scott Gleason on July 15th, 2020 9:08 pm

Busselman Family,

Extremely sorry to hear of your loss. Karen truly was a Laker and a “baseball mom”. I will always cherish those memories.

Condolence from Tom & Val Humbert on July 15th, 2020 11:58 pm

So sorry for your loss. Karen was always smiling & we’ll never forget her infectious laugh…
Prayers to Busselman & Klingberg families
Tom & Val Humbert

Condolence from John and Denise Craig on July 16th, 2020 2:17 pm

To the Busselman and Klingberg family,
Please accept our deepest sympathy and heartfelt thoughts. A light was extinguished on earth but is now shining brightly in heaven. Karen’s radiant smile will sorely be missed in Prior Lake. With heartfelt sympathy and caring prayers for you and your family.

Condolence from Brenda Rosenfeld on July 17th, 2020 10:12 am

My Heart and Sympathy goes out to all the Family for your great Loss. I pray the Wonderful memories you shared with Karen will bring you peace and comfort. My Prayers and Thoughts are with you.

Condolence from Beth Fuller on July 17th, 2020 10:46 am

Buff and family ~ so sorry for your loss. Karen was an amazing mom and wife! Cherish your memories of her smiles, laughs, and caregiving to all. I loved reading “her story” and it’s true — Karen was a BIG part of Prior Lake baseball family! Hugs and prayers to your family ~ Beth Fuller

Condolence from Lori Statler on July 17th, 2020 11:47 am

I was so sorry to hear of Karen’s illness and then passing. Thinking of you all during this difficult time.

Condolence from Lorraine Nelson on July 17th, 2020 12:16 pm

My daughter is a friend of Jess. I never met Karen but was very sorry to hear of her passing. Prayers and blessings to you, Jess, your father and the rest of your family. – Lorraine Nelson

Condolence from marge engelson on July 17th, 2020 7:01 pm

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole family. Dick and Marge (Snell) Engelson and Melissa.

Condolence from Tom Prady and the Prady family on July 22nd, 2020 3:55 pm

Our deepest sympathy to you Buff and your family on the passing of Karen. You both have helped to weave the fabric of all that was fun and memorable about being proud Prior Lake Lakers. Carry on in God’s peace knowing our hearts and minds are with you. Thank you for touching our lives.

Condolence from Ben Tholkes on July 31st, 2020 2:01 pm

So sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. i remember fondly all the times our mom and dad took us to visit our extended family around the Prior Lake area. Good memories of past times.

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