Sandra E. Karnack

April 11, 1946 - Aug. 10, 2019

Sandra Karnack, 73,

Minot, ND, died on Satur-

day August 10, 2019, at a

Minot Hospital.

Born on April 11, 1946,

in Donora, PA, Sandie

graduated in 1964 from

Donora High School and

was a student at the Pitts-

burgh Playhouse, where

her path of Dancing and

Theatre Arts began; a path

she would travel for the

majority of her life. Mar-

ried in 1964 to Ronald V.

Karnack, Sr., an Airman

in the USAF. In the 23

years of military life they

shared Sandie ran two

successful bands, was the

Director of After Hours

Players-MAFB, One Step

Ahead Youth Dance

Troupe-MAFB, Wiz-Kids-

MAFB and was involved

in USAF Worldwide

Entertainment, including

SAC Showcase and Tops

in Blue.

In 1980, Ronald Sr. re-

tired from the USAF. The

family stayed in Minot,

where she became the

Resident Director of

Mouse River Players’

Community Theater from

1980-1996. Her accom-

plishments during this

time included MRP Music

Revue, MRP Too!, MRP


Children’s Theatre and

the various touring show

units she developed. But

her true joy was helping

to raise and inspire de-

cent, loving People who

were confident and pos-

sessed the skills necessary

to do anything they

strived for. One of her

Theatre students said it

best: “She never accepted

‘I can’t’ but applauded.

She was always ‘Let me

see what I can do with

that.'” She worked so hard

day and night to do what

she loved and worked the

same hours to care for

those she loved.

Sandie’s family was

never limited by relation;

the door to her home and

her heart was ever-open

to anyone day or night.

She was teacher, friend,

mentor, mom, chef, busi-

ness advisor, counselor

and activist.

Sandie was preceded in

death by her husband of

24 years, Ronald V Kar-

nack, Sr.; parents Dorothy

and Ermin Huhra, brother

Ronald Huhra and

grandchildren Bobbi and

Teresa Hayes. Sandie is

survived by her son

Ronald V. Karnack, Jr. and

wife Kelli Montplaisir

Karnack; sister Lee

Huhra-Popp and husband

David Popp; nephew

Robert Nuzzo and wife

Farrah and their children

Ali, David and Becca;

niece Mandy Nuzzo-Pless

and husband Brad Pless

and their children Mack-

enzie and Alexandra; and

her most trusted friend of

over 30 years, Lori


Mass of Christian Buri-

al: 10:00 a.m. Wednes-

day, August 14, 2019, at

St. Therese, Church of the

Little Flower, Minot, ND.

Interment: Rosehill

Memorial Park, Minot.

Visitation: 5:00 p.m. to

8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Au-

gust 13, 2019, at the Tho-

mas Family Funeral

Home, Minot.

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