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 McIntosh - Karen Fossell, 66, died Wednesday, November 2, 2005 at First Care Hospital in Fosston, following a long fight with illness. 
  Funeral service were held on Monday, November 7, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Plummer,  with Pastor Eminger officiating. Casket bearers included Justin Fossell, Spenser Fossell, Tyler Fossell, Jordan Engen, Jason Engen and Brian Berry. Honorary casket bearers included all family, friends and neighbors. Interment was held at the Presbyterian Cemetery in Brooks. 
 Karen Nancy Fossell was born May 15, 1939, the daughter of the late Herbert and Catherine (Maertz) Behr in Milwaukee,  Wis. She was raised in the area and attended school in South Milwaukee, Wis.  On July 31, 1957 she was united in marriage to the late Allan Fossell in Chicago, Ill. The couple lived and worked in the South Milwaukee area until 1970, when they moved to Brooks. 
 In the early 70s, she owned and operated the Homestead Cafe in Plummer. After years of raising five children, she finally fulfilled her lifelong dream and became a Licensed Practical Nurse, and worked at Northwest Medical Center in Thief River Falls for 13 years before retiring. 
 They moved to Plummer in December of 1994.  On January 13, 2000 she was honored for 20 years of service on the Plummer School Board where she served as the clerk for 19 years.  Additionally, she served as the clerk on Region One Elementary-Secondary Vocational (ESV) board; as treasurer on the Northwest Service Co-op, of which she was a member for 15 years; and finally, as a director on the Northwest Links governance board. And if that didn’t keep her busy enough, she enjoyed crocheting and crafting; and was well known throughout the north-Western Minnesota region for her delicious cakes and beautiful silk wedding flowers. 
  Karen was a member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Plummer, where she belonged to the Ladies Aid; and the Plummer American Legion Auxiliary Unit 623, and was President during the years 1992– 97 and 1999-2000.
  She is survived by her sons:  Gregg (Janet) of Lexington, S.C., Brian (Tammy) of Lexington, S.C., Steven of Lexington, S.C.; daughters:  MSgt Deana-Marie (Brian) Berry of Yuba City, Calif., and Catherine Fossell of Plummer; and six grandchildren.
  She was preceded in death by her husband, Allan Fossell; her parents; her mother and father-in-law, Julius and Estella Fossell; brother,  Alan Behr; and brother-in-law,  Vernon Fossell.
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