Karen Elizabeth Super
Beloved mother and wife
Obituary
Super, Karen E. age 57, of East Bethel. Peacefully at home on Nov. 5th after an eight month battle with brain cancer. Preceded by father, Richard Donicht. Survived by loving husband of 37 years, Marty; two sons, Matt (Meghan) and Mark (Kristen); grandchildren, Sam, Abby, Max, Mackenzie and Gus; mother, Betty Donicht; brother, Rick; sisters, Julie (Craig) Bennink, Nancy (Jerry) Dymanyk and Linnea Shomshak; sisters-in-law, Mary (Mike) Schroedl and special sister-in-law and lifelong best friend, Mitzi (Gary) Ericksen; many nieces, nephews and extended family, friends and co-workers. Karen grew up in NE Mpls., graduated from Edison High School in 1971 and worked most of her life in the Justice System taking time off to raise two wonderful sons, doing a tremendous amount of volunteer work and when the kids got older, going to work for the Anoka County Juvenile Court System. Karen loved the outdoors and especially animals and took in many strays over the years. She will be greatly missed by many for her sense of humor, her puns and her practical common sense. She was called home much too early for her family and friends. Memorial Services at MT. CARMEL LUTHERAN CHURCH, 1701 St. Anthony Parkway, Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 1 PM with visitation one hour prior. KOZLAK-RADULOVICH BLAINE CHAPEL "A Celebration of Life" 763-783-1100


November 07, 2010
Cindy Keller
Andover, Minnesota
Karen was my co-worker and good friend, she was the smartest woman I have ever known and loved cats as much as I do. Rest in peace Karen, we will miss you.

November 07, 2010
Kathleen Brockway (-Steen)
Brook Park, Minnesota
Karen was a great person. I knew her through Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts - and our sons were best friends in high school. I remember best her beautiful smile that was a real ray of sunshine. She was proud of all her animal friends - the dogs, cats, chickens, even the woodchuck that lived under the back deck. The world is diminished with her passing.

November 08, 2010
Barb O'Connor
Elk River, Minnesota
During her breaks at work Karen always had a book in progress...or a crocheting project, but she still would have time for a conversation with a friend. She was truly a good and spirited person and is missed terribly by all of us who worked with her.

November 08, 2010
Melissa Luokkala
Cloquet, Minnesota
I also worked with Karen. She was more like my "second mom" than anything. She always had the funniest stories and the best advice. She will truly be missed.

November 09, 2010
Gina Ross
Minnesota
Karen was a co-worker & friend to me. She had the best sense of humor and could always me laugh. I also never met anybody who loved animals like she did. We had a stray kitten show up at our work. None of us were surprised when Karen had a Humane Society carrier box in the trunk of her car, that was just who Karen was.

She was always there to listen, give good advice and give you a little perspective on things. My problems never seemed so bad or big after talking to Karen. She has been and will be missed!!

November 10, 2010
Kristen Super
Bloomington, Minnesota
Karen is my Mother in-law. She was a great lady with a wonderful sense of humor. She always had and clever pun for every situation. I enjoyed going to her house and watching movies and hanging out at the cabin. Some how the sweetest memories shine through the sadness. I will miss you.

November 10, 2010
Annie Melek
Shakopee, Minnesota
Karen was my aunt and my favorite memories of her are at Christmas time. Every year she would fill my Grandma's living room, floor to ceiling, with gifts for everyone. Her and Marty would show up with laundry baskets full of presents. They were like Mr. and Mrs. Claus and truly understood how to spread the spirit of Christmas.

Though they didn't get to spend much time with her, my kids will miss the funny emails we would get from "Super".

November 10, 2010
Linnea Shomshak
Oakdale, Minnesota
If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane I would march right up to Heaven and bring you home again.

Karen is my big sister and my rock. She was always there for me when I needed help or advice. She was my Angel here on earth and I am not sure how I am going to go on without her.

I Love you Karen.

November 11, 2010
Shonna
via email
Dear Matt and Family,
I am so saddened to read of your Mom's passing. I hadn't heard from her in awhile and reached out to her via email and she told me of her cancer a few months back. It was so sad to learn of that.

I am so sorry for the loss you are experiencing. How sad for you and your family. Oh, we sent many emails back and forth throughout a decade or more. Proof you CAN have friends online!

She loved her family so much. She was very proud of you all.

Please accept my most sincere condolences. I'll miss her.

Sincerely,
Shonna

November 11, 2010
Chauncy Barfknecht
Brooklyn Center, Minnesota
The first role Karen had in my life was as a Den Mother for Cub Scouts, teaching me ways be be a better person. She never stopped being a Mother to me as I grew up with her son Matt, teaching me ways to be a better person. She never has and never will stop teaching me for the rest of my life. I will miss you Mom.

November 11, 2010
Emily Vagni
Pesaro N.Italy
Karen's splendid personality and innate sense of humour was able to cross the ocean. A bridge of friendship and happiness that I will always cherish.
Condolences to the entire family.
May God bless you all.

November 13, 2010
Julie Donicht-Bennink
Minneapolis, Minnesota
To My Dear Sister Karen,
As I sit here watching the first snow fall of 2010, I remember how we 'just couldn't wait' little kids as we were, to get out and make our 'snow man' - that is IF those heavy 'snow pants' Mom made us wear would allow usto even WADDLE around...Karen, I LOVE YOUSO MUCH! I ALWAYS HAVE and ALWAYS WILL.

November 14, 2010
Sandy Smith (Enke)
Maplewood, Minnesota
I worked with Karen at the Department of Corrections many years ago. We had so much fun at work and also outside of work. Even though we haven't seen each other for years, we have always kept in contact. I will miss her fantastic sense of humor and ever-lasting friendship. My sincere sympathy to Marty and the whole family. I will keep all of you in my prayers.

Sandy Smith (Enke)

November 17, 2010
Barbara O'Connor
via email
Your mom was pretty special to us here at work. Sucha positive and engaging person! I miss her dearly.

Much love to you and the family,
Barbara O'Connor

November 17, 2010
Shirley illg
I have been a friend of Karens for many years. We always called ourselves "birthday buddies" because we shared the same birthdate and year. Karen is a very special person and I will miss her greatly. She was always the kind of person you could depend on no matter what. My sympathies to Marty and Matt and Mark and their families. I know she treasured you all.

November 20, 2010
Sue James
Elk River, Minnesota
Karen was my friend, co-worker, and email buddy. She had a unique sense of humor. Each morning I would ask "how are you doing Karen" and her response was alway "Super". I never learned. She had a common sense approach to all problems. She was the hardest worker in the office but alway found time to listen, help and if asked give advice to co-workers. Rest in peace Karen.

November 22, 2010
Laurie Hellerud
Minneapolis
Marty,

So sorry to hear of your wives passing, she sounds like a wonderful person. Be patient and take one day at a time, the healing may seem like it will never come but it will in time let you laugh more than shead tears.Take care

Laurie

November 22, 2010
Nancy Dymanyk
There was a very special moment in time when my sister Karen called up to say that she was coming over for a visit. I looked forward to Karen's visit because Karen is a sister (I was going to use was a sister, but I know she still is) Just in heaven. Karen is a sister who loves me, I could see it in her eyes when she saw me, she has a protective kind of love for her family even though she tried not to, because it sometimes leads to disappointments. When we talked we shared, she didn't just talk at me she listened... really listened to my heart. Karen is funny, her sense of humor made life not seem so bad. I knew the visit with Karen that night was special like a marker in time, there was more to it then I could explain, and really didn't want it to end. I kept a piece of paper that she had written on just because it was her hand writing. About a week a later Karen found out that she had a tumor in the back of her head. She had surgery and Marty Karen's husband called to tell us later that it was cancer. The last weeks of Karen's life she was bedfast at home, Marty and Matt had set up a hospital bed for her, and her kids would come and see her on the weekends, and I was honored to come and sit with her at night. I never took it for granted that I could be there, and read to her from my Bible. Karen used to read to me when we were growing up. She would come and get me out of my bed and we would go downstairs to her room and she would read to me. During her last days when I was reading to her, she said to me "Nancy are you tried?" I said "no" and she said " I just don't want you to get too tried." She was always thinking of others, or if I messed up stumbling over words she say "That's okay I need some comic relief." Karen liked it when I read Psalms 103 to her. She would say "that's wonderful" or "that's beautiful." We would pray for every member of the family forgiving everyone and praising God together. I would speak healing scriptures to her not wanting to let her go, but in my heart I knew Karen's goodbye was in that very special moment in time when she came for a visit. The night Karen passed away I had talked to Marty over the phone, and he said Karen wasn't moving or speaking anymore, and I waited till everyone went to bed to sit on the couch and cry. I prayed for God to take her quick, letting go. I had a very vivid dream that night. A scene opened up before me, with trees and the greenest grass, hills, and mountain. Very bright and very beautiful I thought, "I wonder if this is what Karen sees right now?" The next thing I knew the phone was ringing it was 5:30 a.m. and Marty was calling everyone to say Karen was gone.

Psalms 103 (the Psalms Karen liked)
" 13 The Lord is like a father to his children,
tender and compassionate to those who fear him.
14 For he knows how weak we are;
he remembers we are only dust.
15 Our days on earth are like grass;
like wildflowers, we bloom and die.
16 The wind blows, and we are gone—
as though we had never been here.
17 But the love of the Lord remains forever
with those who fear him.
His salvation extends to the children’s children
18 of those who are faithful to his covenant,
of those who obey his commandments!"