Karen Kay Tuman, age 66, of Darwin, passed away Wednesday, April 25, 2018, after a courageous battle with breast cancer.
She was born April 27, 1951, in Litchfield, to John and Betty Lou (Stirn) DeSmith.
Karen grew up in Litchfield, was baptized and confirmed at St. Phillip’s Church, and graduated from Litchfield High School in 1969.
After high school, Karen worked for a short time at 3-M and Airtex, but soon realized she wanted a job that would involve helping people. She worked in day care for a time, then went to work as a nurse’s aide at nursing homes in Dassel and Cokato, and for the last 25 years, at the Rolling Acres, Mt. Olivet Nursing Home in Victoria.
Through the years, Karen has lived in Dassel, Cokato, and now Darwin.
She enjoyed garage sales and auctions, and liked to find a good deal. She also enjoyed photography, sudoku, and watching the traffic go by at her home in Darwin.
Karen is survived by her sons, Craig and Chuck, both of Litchfield; three grandchildren: Kyla Blackwell, Regan Tuman, and Samantha Tuman; brothers and sister, Pat Rueckert of Waconia, Randy (Tami) DeSmith of Manassas, VA., Rick (Robin) DeSmith of Litchfield, Gary (Kay) DeSmith of Cokato, and Scott (Deb) DeSmith of Litchfield; and significant other, Jim Braadland of Darwin.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Betty Lou DeSmith; and brother-in-law Bob Rueckert.
A memorial service took place Monday, April 30 at 3 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato, with visitation beginning at 1 p.m., prior to the service.