Karen Lea Pope

“The Golden Gates of Heaven Opened and the Angels came down and carried Karen to her Savior on January 11, 2021”Karen Lea Pope, 78, of Blackduck, MN died under hospice care on Monday, January 11, 2021 at her home.   Funeral Services will be private – immediate family only. Services will be officiated by Pastor Michael at Faith Lutheran Church in the near future.   Karen was always happy and loved by everyone she met at church, neighbors, family, and always made time for everyone. She loved the Lord and always raised her family to respect, trust, and find good in any situation. For many years she taught Sunday School and read scripture at the public reading in Blackduck, MN. She inherited the gift of a needle, sewing machine, and the ability to sew clothes, pants, shirts, and later into quilting, in which she ran a division in the church when moving to the “North Woods!”   Karen was also faithful to her gardening skills, as well as making sure flowers were always planted around the yard. She would have members of her church come over for a tour of her flower gardens.  Karen Lea Sieckert (Pope) was born January 13, 1942 in Morgan, MN, the daughter of Edgar William and Helen Agnes Sieckert. She later moved to Fairbault, and finally Princeton where she attended school. Karen graduated from Princeton High School and then attended Minnesota School of Business Secretary Program. On October 25, 1963 she was united in marriage to Lawrence “Larry” Pope in Princeton, MN in the Free Church. Lawrence Pope, her husband, said “I knew this beautiful woman for 61 years and was married for 58”. The couple was blessed with five children: Mark, Marcyne, Marlena, Marlowe, and Marshall. She was a best friend, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She loved with all her heart and soul.   Karen worked as a teller in the Princeton State bank, primary caregiver in her home taking care of her children, babysitting for various families, and later working at Kentucky Fried Chicken before retiring and moving to Northern Minnesota. Her profession was a seamstress and she had her own sewing service for many years. She left her position at the bank to care for her family and strive at her sewing business. After retiring in Blackduck she continued to share her gifts, volunteering at the Community Resource Center for many years as well as her continued commitment to activities in the church and community. In 2014 she was chosen as volunteer of the year with the Someone Special Volunteer Program. In her later years she enjoyed traveling with her two daughters…The North Shore, Hawaii, Florida, and many surrounding areas in northern Minnesota.   Karen and Larry enjoyed camping, snowmobiling, hunting, and spending time with friends and family. For many years they resided in the Princeton, MN area until retirement to live their dream of a home in the woods finished in log beams, deer surrounding the property, flowers filling the property, and birds fluttering throughout the land. It was not uncommon for Karen to take walks through the woods on walking trails and enjoy the natural beauty that God created!She is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Lawrence Pope of Blackduck; 2 daughters, Marlena Pope of Blackduck and Marcyne Chalupnik-Meyer of Blaine, MN; 3 sons, Mark (Sue) Pope of Zimmerman, MN, Marlowe Pope of Elk River, MN, and Marshall (Courtney) Pope of Isanti, MN; eight grandchildren; a great-grandson; 2 brothers, Randy Sieckert of Princeton, MN and Terry Sieckert of Texas; a sister Marlus East of Oak Park, MN; and numerous nieces and nephews.   Karen is preceded in death by her parents, Edgar and Helen (Honl) Sieckert.Messages of condolence may be sent to ceasefuneralhome.com

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