With great sadness and surrounded by family, Karen Haugen, passed away August 19.
Karen was born to Morris and Eleanore in Sitka, Alaska on June 21, 1953. The oldest in the family, she became the rock for the rest of the siblings, a second mother to many.
She graduated in 1971 from Unalakleet Covenant High School and graduated from UAA with a Sociology degree in 1976. Karen met her future husband, Gary, through mutual friends and the two were wed in the Covenant Church on August 27, 1977.
Karen worked at the Old Hospital (ANS), then motherhood took over and she raised two boys, receiving ’96 and ’97 ASD Volunteer of the Year awards. Karen retired from American Greetings in 2018. She also commercial fished with her husband on the Yukon River. Her homeport was Mountain Village, home of her dad and gram. She became known as the “Yukon Queen.” She enjoyed making King Salmon strips and “GaaMaa Luk”.
Kiwi, as family and friends called her, enjoyed crafting and cooking. She helped with fundraisers in Unalakleet where she and Gary would go each fall and meet up with classmates and friends. Karen was our Earth Angel; now she is our Guardian Angel, especially for the grandkids, Mark and Ari, who she loved dearly.
Karen is survived by her husband Gary and son Craig; sister Diane; niece Jessie; brothers, Herb and Mike and niece Jennie. She is preceded in death by her son Mark; parents Morris Lawrence and Eleanore; and brothers Arnie and Bart.
Karen is a donor.
A visitation will be held on Friday, August 28 at 12:00 noon at Janssen’s Evergreen Memorial Chapel, 737 E Street. Following the visitation, Karen will be laid to rest at 2 p.m. at the Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery, 535 E. 9th Avenue in Anchorage.
Donations can be sent to First Covenant Church 1145 C Street, Anchorage, AK 99501.