Karen Martin

Aug.31, 1935-Jan. 31, 2018

Karen Glee Martin, 82,

Minot died on Wednes-

day, January 31, 2018 in

the home of her daughter.

Karen was born on Au-

gust 31, 1935 in Stevens

Point, WI to Elmer and

Frieda (Auchter) Morten-

sen. She was reared and

educated in Stevens Point

and graduated from P.J.

Jacobs High School in

1953. She continued her

education at the Universi

ty of Wisconsin – Madison

and graduated in 1958

with Bachelor of Arts and

Master of Arts Degrees in

Library Science.

Karen married

DeWayne Martin on Sep-

tember 7, 1957 at Stevens

Point. They made their

home in Madison where

she was the Madison Pub-

lic School Librarian for

four years. The family

moved to Minot in 1961

where she was employed

as a librarian at Minot

State College Campus Lab

School for twenty years.

Also, she was employed

on a part-time basis at the

MSU Library until she re-

tired in 2000. DeWayne

died on March 10, 2011.

Karen continued to reside

in Minot, most recently at

The View.

Karen was a past

president of the Friends of

the Library Board of

Directors and Minot State

University Faculty Wives’

organization. She was a

member of the Souris Val-

ley Library Association,

Minot Symphony Orches

tra, Beta Phi Mu, Phi Kap-

pa Phi and Phi Beta Kap-

pa. She especially enjoyed

music, playing the violin

as well as reading and


Karen’s loving family

includes her children:

Cindy (Jesse) Cook of

Minot and Kathy (Al)

D’Alessandro of

Poughkeepsie NY;

grandchildren: Alexa

(Matthew) Seehaver, Cal-

lie and Colton Cook and

Christina, Michael and

Matthew D’Alessandro;

great grandchildren: Theo

and Jennifer; in-laws:

Marilyn (Raymond)

Gockowski of Duluth MN

and Roland (Carole) Mar-

tin of Amherst Junction

WI and several nieces,

nephews and cousins.

Karen was preceded in

death by: her parents and


Celebration of the Life

of Karen Martin: Monday,

February 5, 2018 at 3:30

p.m. in Cornerstone Pres-

byterian Church, Minot.

Interment: will be in

Rosehill Memorial Park.

Visitation: Sunday,

February 4, 2018 from

2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

in Thomas Family Funeral

Home, Minot.

Memorials are preferred

to the Minot Public Li-

brary or the Minot Sym-

phony Orchestra.

Those wishing to sign

the online memorial regis-

ter to share memories and

condolences are invited to

use the expressions of

sympathy section at