Karen Lee (née Sandelin) Northrup died May 16, 2024. She celebrated her 90th birthday with family and her famous chocolate cupcakes, then a few days later suffered a stroke.

Karen was born April 26, 1934, in St. Peter and graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College there in 1956. She began teaching high school art in White Bear Lake, where she met Wally. They were married Nov. 28, 1959, and moved to Falcon Heights where they raised three children.

Karen loved gardening, music, time at the cabin and especially her grandchildren and dear friends. Her smile and laughter will be missed by many.

Karen was preceded in death by her parents Helge and Margaret Sandelin and brother James Sandelin. She is survived by her husband of 64 years Walter (Wally) Northrup; children John (Heidi), Mary Breen (Luke) and David (Julie); and eight grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church. Memorials may be given to St. Michael’s or the charity of your choice.

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