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Karen Marie (Stomberg) Poxleitner, 67

Karen Marie (Stomberg) Poxleitner, 67, of Kelliher, died Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008, at her home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Kelliher with Rev. Luis Buitron officiating. A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, with a Holy Rosary to be held at 6:30 p.m. and a Prayer Service at 7 p.m., and one hour prior to the funeral Mass at the church. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery in Kelliher.

Cease Family Funeral Home of Blackduck assisted the family with arrangements.

The pallbearers will be Maxine Bradley, Jewel Eggen, Ann Bieganek, Pam Smischney, Jennifer Newman, Roxanne Hjelden, Diane Adamiec, and Anna Mae Daken.

Honorary pallbearers will be her grandchildren, Mathew, Nathan, Ann Marie, Megan and Troy Poxleitner.

She was born Dec. 23, 1940, to Joseph and Dorothy (Moreau) Stomberg in Bemidji. She attended schools in Crookston, Minn., and at St. Philip's School in Bemidji. She graduated from Bemidji High School in 1958. She worked in Washington, D.C., for a short while before moving back to Kelliher. She married Sylvester "Vesty" Poxleitner on Oct. 22, 1960, in Blackduck. They made their home together in the Kelliher area. She worked at the Kelliher Public School as the secretary/bookkeeper for eight years while her two boys were attending school there. While working at the school she was elected as the Recording Secretary of the Minnesota Association of Educational Office Personnel. She worked for Bradley's Café in Kelliher and the AmericInn of Blackduck until 2005, when she retired because of illness. She was known for her beautiful music which she shared at St. Joseph's Parish in Shooks and at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Kelliher. She was the organist for many celebrations, weddings and funerals and played just about every Sunday for 40 years. She enjoyed bowling, attending her grandchildren's school and sporting events, watching birds, keeping her lawn, decorating for Christmas, playing cards, and supporting Minnesota Vikings and Twins. She volunteered at North Country Hospice in the Kelliher area from 1986-2005. She also held many offices in her bowling league.

She is survived by her husband of Kelliher; sons, Tim (Mary) Poxleitner and Todd (Suzie) Poxleitner, both of Kelliher; five grandchildren; mother, Dorothy Stomberg of Kelliher; brothers, Joe Stomberg of Kentucky, John (Patty) Stomberg of Oregon and Mike Stomberg of Colorado; sisters, Nancy Koisti and Mary Beth (Tony) Long, both of Kelliher; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Stomberg; infant daughter, Ann Marie in 1963; brother, Jim Stomberg; paternal grandparents, Joe and Esther Stomberg and maternal grandparents, Richard and Minnie Moreau.

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