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Karen "Kay" Ann Jo-hannsen, 70, of Lake George, peacefully entered eternity, very unexpectedly, Wednesday, May 29, 2013, while a patient at the University of Minnesota Medical Center - Fairview in Minneapolis.

Kay was born Oct. 24, 1942 in Parkers Prairie, to Reuben and Charmaine (Faehnrich) Westad.

She was confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church in Wheaton.

Kay graduated from the Mountain Iron Public High School with the Class of 1960. She then attended the Minnesota School of Business in Minneapolis where she studied office management.

On Dec. 22, 1962, Kay was united in marriage to Walter "Bud" D. Johannsen at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Lake George. This union was made complete by the birth of their daughter, Tracy.

Kay devoted herself to making a warm and loving home for her husband and daughter. Later when Tracy was older, Kay resumed her career in office management. She worked at various offices in Be-midji rounding out her working years with the Board of Water and Soil Resources, State of Minnesota in Bemidji.

After her retirement, Kay enjoyed keeping busy part-time working as an accountant for Itasca Moccasin in Lake George.

Kay was an active and faithful member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Lake George.

She loved the outdoors; especially working in her garden, snowmobiling, camping and spending time with her family. She was a gifted artist who loved to work with stained glass and paint. Above all, Kay dedicated her life to her husband, her daughter and son-in-law and her precious grandson, Eric, whom she loved with all her heart.

She will be lovingly re-membered by her husband for these past 50 years, Bud Johannsen; daughter, Tracy and her husband, Dennis Bittmann of Lake George; grandson, Eric; five sisters, Sharon and Janice of Wadena, Nadine (Donald) Myers of White Bear Lake, Christine (Mike) Eastman of Jonesburg, Mo. and Julie (Dick) Johnson of Bemidji; three brothers, Robert (Karen) Westad of Litchfield, Pete (Lynne) Westad of Lewisburg, Tenn. and John (Barb) Westad of Lake George; sister-in-law, Grace (Bill) Lessman of Laporte; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

Kay was preceded in death by an infant brother, Bryan Douglas Westad; two infant grandsons, Tyler Dean and Derek John Bittmann; brother-in-law, Alan Squier; and her parents.

Visitation: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 2 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lake George.

Funeral service: 11 a.m. Monday, June 3, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lake George with the Rev. Donald Kirchner officiating. The organist will be Karen Lueth.

Active casketbearers: Michael Johnson, Brett Lessman, Keith Skersick, Kris Skersick, James Bittmann and Calvin Johannsen.

Honorary casketbear-ers: Rachel Johnson, Josh Westad, Jake Westad, Kayla Skersick, Katie Skersick and Kari Skersick.

Interment: Lake George Cemetery.

Following the service a luncheon will be hosted by the Trinity Lutheran Church.

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