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In Memory of Karen L. Sargent


4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday June 10, 2022
O'Connell Family Funeral Home
520 11th Street South
Hudson WI, 54016

Karen Louise Sargent (née Olson), age 77, of Hudson, Wisconsin passed away peacefully with her daughter, Stephanie, and son-in-law, Steve, at her side on May 27, 2022, in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Karen, born on July 26, 1944, in Red Wing, Minnesota, is the eldest daughter of Howard and Lorraine (Turnbell) Olson. She grew up on Lake Pepin in Maiden Rock, Wisconsin with her 5 brothers and 1 sister.


After graduating Ellsworth High School, Karen received a bachelor’s degree in English from UW-River Falls. While at university, Karen met the love of her life Jerald Paul Sargent, and they married in 1964. They raised their family in River Falls, where Karen lived until shortly after Jerry’s death in 1989. Most recently, Karen lived at Woodland Hills in Hudson, Wisconsin.


Karen served on the River Falls Public Library board of directors. Her love of literature began when she first read Moby Dick as a young girl. Karen has an enviable library, she frequently read the next award-winning author before anyone else. She was a lover of nature, and as an amateur mycologist, Karen hunted edible mushrooms and conducted spore tests to identify medicinal varieties. She was also an artist, starting in pastels and oils before tackling watercolors. Over the years, she sold her art at local shows and displayed pieces at area galleries. Karen possessed an intellectual mindset and kept everyone on their toes with her sharp sense of humor.


Karen will remain forever in the hearts of her daughter, Stephanie (Steve) Fox, grandsons Samuel, Elliot, and Leo Fox, Jacob and Paul Sargent, her mother Lorraine Olson, sister Sandy (Mick) Langer, brother David (Linda “Waldo” Longsdorf) Olson, sister-in-law Mary Olson, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Karen was preceded in death by her husband Jerald, son Brian, father Howard Olson, and brothers Art, Jack, Dale, and Steven Olson.


A visitation for Karen will take place Friday, June 10 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at O’Connell’s Funeral Home in Hudson, Wisconsin. A private burial in Maiden Rock Cemetery will be held on Saturday, June 11.  Services are entrusted to O’Connell Funeral Family Homes & Countryside Crematory, 520 S 11th Street, Hudson, WI, 54016 www.oconnellfuneralhomes.com


In lieu of flowers, memorials to the River Falls Area Public Library or The Phipps Center for the Arts are preferred.

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    • My sympathy to the entire Olson/Sargent family. Karen and I discovered our childhood Maiden Rock connection while attending writer workshops at River Falls. Our family had lived in Warrenton and Maiden Rock before moving to Minnesota. What a delightful woman. We met for lunch and coffee several times following that initial connection. She was a delight to spend time with. I was sorry to read of her passing. May she rest in peace.

    • Very sad to hear about Karen.
      The Olsons were dear friends of the Nelsons. David and Dale were my buddy classmates of 1965 at Ellsworth High School.
      Knew the family well…Our dads were buddies. Brings back lots of memories, great family. Deepest sympathies, Hugs Judy and Dale

    • Karen and I were good friends in high school and rode the same Maiden Rock school bus for several years. She was such a fun friend and I have many happy memories of doing things together. RIP!

    • Karen and I were friends in high school. When her school in Maiden Rock closed, she joined us in Ellsworth. What a great addition she made to our class of 62. I remember her as smart, funny and a true friend. We had many classes together and she and I would study together. Rest In Peace, my friend.🥰