The Celebration of Life service for Loretta E. Karsten will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at Schleicher Funeral Homes, Plainview Chapel in Plainview, with Bob Bardwell officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens in Rochester at a later date.

Mrs. Karsten, 89, of Plainview, died Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, at Golden Living Center East in Rochester surrounded by her loving family after a short battle with colon cancer.

Loretta Etheleen Pederson was born April 26, 1924, in Salem Township, Olmsted County, to Morris and Anna (Haugen) Pederson. She grew up and attended Salem Township Country School. On March 6, 1944, she married Gordon Karsten in Fort Walton, Fla.; he died in 1982.

Loretta was employed in Rochester, working as a clerk in retail at the different department stores. Through the years she was very active in the American Legion Auxiliary and served as a former president to the Eyota No. 551, Plainview No. 179 and Olmsted County Auxiliary. She enjoyed spending her time reading, gardening, sewing and crocheting. Most of all, Loretta enjoyed spending her time with family going on camping trips, having family gatherings and visiting with her friends.

Loretta is survived by two daughters, Linda Smith, of Buckeye, Ariz., and Judith Ann (Gary) Kettner, of Rochester; one son, Morris (Lou Ann) Karsten, of Zumbro Falls; six grandchildren, Patty Smith and special friend John Sperlingus, Greg (Tonia) Smith, Jeffrey Kettner, Elizabeth Karsten (Matt Morrisey), Sarah (Raliegh) Mehrkens and Julie (Jess) Maki; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and one sister, Mildred Hanson, of Chatfield; also survived by special friends, Cindy and John Hartert, of Plainview.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one brother; one son-in-law, Kenny Smith; one grandson, Billy Kettner; and one great-grandson, Lane Mehrkens.

Friends and family may visit from noon to 1 p.m. at the funeral home on Dec. 14.

The family prefers memorials to "Kenny Smith Events for Cancer," c/o Patty Smith, 800 N. Prairie St., Lake City 55041. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Schleicher Funeral Homes, Plainview Chapel, 10 E. Broadway, P.O. Box 608, Plainview 55964; 507-534-2353. Guest register may be signed online at