Lorelei M. Karstens

Monday, August 29, 2011

Lorelei M. Karstens, age 72, of Yankton, S.D., died Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Aug. 26, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Yankton with Reverend David Gunderson officiating. Burial was in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton. The Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton was in charge of the arrangements.

Lorelei was born Dec. 15, 1938, in rural Carroll, to William and Alice (Lichti) Hansen. She grew up on the family farm in Nemaha, and attended Delaware Township School, graduating in 1956. On July 29, 1956, Lorelei married Duane Karstens in Lake View. After their marriage, they lived in various communities in Iowa and South Dakota. In 1967, they moved to Yankton and Lorelei started working for JC Penney's. In 1972, she moved to the catalog department where she worked until her retirement in 1983. Lorelei was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church and the Ruth Circle. She served as a valuable aide at St. John's Preschool. She was also co-chair of the funeral lunch committee, which she was involved in for many years. Lorelei enjoyed traveling, playing cards, fishing, reading and attending her children's and grandchildren's ball games. She enjoyed watching sports and was a very dedicated Minnesota Twins fan. Above all, Lorelei loved her family and her favorite time was having all of them home together.

Lorelei is survived by her six children: Michelle (Fred) Stickley of Huron, S.D., Mark (Gloria) Karstens of Howard, S.D., Marlys (Gary) Wagner of Freeman, S.D., Michael (Beverly) Karstens of Mission Hill, S.D., Lisa (Loren) Hansen of Waunakee, Wisc. and Lance Karstens of Omaha, Neb.; 14 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; two brothers, Clifford (Betty) Hansen of Marathon, and Otis (Marlene) Hansen of Newell; one sister, Leanne (Gordon) Reynolds of Early; a brother-in-law, Basil Backy of Colton, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews.

Lorelei was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Duane on Dec. 31, 1993; grandson, Travis Karstens; and a sister, Lael Backy.

Memorials may be directed to St. John's Preschool at 1009 Jackson St. in Yankton.

To send an online sympathy message or to view her video tribute, please visit wintzrayfuneralhome.com.