Beatrice J. Karnik, 95, of Grafton, N.D.Published 9:18am Monday, November 12, 2012 Updated 11:24am Monday, November 12, 2012
Beatrice Josephine Peterka was born March13, 1917, in Veseleyville, N.D., the daughter of the late Wences and Josephine (Burianek) Peterka.
She attended school in Veseleyville and graduated high school from St. James High School in Grand Forks.
Following her education she worked for Reyleck’s Department Store in Grafton. Beatrice was united in marriage to Frederick A. Karnik on Jan. 22, 1940, at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Veseleyville. The couple made their home in Veseleyville until moving to Grand Forks.
Fred died on March 14, 2004 and Beatrice moved to the Lutheran Sunset Home in 2012.
She was an active member of St. Luke’s Catholic Church and Altar Society and was a member of St. Luke’s Rosary Society. Jesus Christ, her Catholic Faith and her family were the focus of her long, loving and rewarding life.
She was known throughout the community for her famous kolache’s.
Beatrice is survived by her children: Ramona (Dean) Long, Fergus Falls; Fred (Kay) Karnik, Bismarck, N.D.; Scott Karnik, Veseleyville, N.D.; five grandchildren: Rochelle (Jay) Eichner, Julie (Drew) Gibson, James (Beth) Karnik, Melissa (Stryker) Scales, Jennifer Karnik and her fiance Joshua Fox; seven great-grandchildren, Maxwell and Livia Karnik, Alex and Reese Eichner, Danica, Kendra and Jenna Gibson; sisters, Delores DeSautel, Grand Forks, N.D.; and Theresa (Phil) Marxen, Walker.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; grandson, Jared Michael Karnik; great-granddaughter, Kirsten Beth Gibson; brothers, W.W. (Pete) Peterka, Benedict Peterka; and sister Marietta Campbell.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Veseleyville.
Visitation will be Monday from 5 to 7 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m., at Tollefson Funeral Home in Grafton, and one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in St. Luke’s Catholic Cemetery.
Tollefson Funeral Home in Grafton is in charge of the arrangements.
Condolences may be sent online at www.tollefsonfuneralhome.com