Karin Ruth Simonich, 65Published 9:23am Tuesday, April 23, 2013 Updated 11:24am Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Karin Simonich, died Saturday, April 20, 2013, peacefully in her Mora home, surrounded by her family following a four-year battle with cancer. She was a courageous, inspirational, faithful servant who was loved by many.
Karin Ruth Barsness was born on July 1, 1947, to parents Clifford and Signe (Bestul) Barsness in Fergus Falls. She attended grades K-12 and two years of community college in Fergus Falls.
She attended Bemidji State University from 1967-1969 where she earned a B.S. in German and elementary education.
She also attended UMD where she earned a certification in Kindergarten and Special Education. Over the years, Karin taught in Cloquet, Babbitt, Virginia, and Mora.
In 1968 Karin met Larry Simonich of Hibbing. They were married on July, 18, 1970 in Fergus Falls.
The couple lived in Babbitt from 1970-1989. They then moved to Mora, where she resided from 1989 until her death.
Karin was devoted to Grace Lutheran Church’s library ministry, W.E.L.C.A, Senior Choir, and the fall bazaar. She helped establish Booktown Mora.
Karin loved knitting, sewing, reading, walking with friends, traveling, baking and spending summers at the lake.
She treasured time with her grandchildren; reading with them, playing games, and following their countless activities. Karin had a deep respect for her Norwegian heritage.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Clifford Barsness (1975) and Signe Barsness (2011).
Karin is survived by her husband, Larry of 42 years; her children Christine (John) McBroom of Rochester, Michael (Heather) Simonich of Moorhead; sister Linda (Jeffrey) Anderson of Bellevue, Wash.; brother Richard (Brooke) Barsness of Fergus Falls; five grandchildren, Jon Trajan and Zara McBroom; Ian, Joey, and Drew Simonich; her mother-in-law Mrs. Lawrence Simonich of Babbitt; a sister-in-law Marcy (Gary) Gotchnik of Ely; brother-in-law Robert Simonich of Babbitt; nieces Chelsea Anderson, Maren and Krista Gotchnik; and a nephew Christopher (Katie) Anderson.
Memorials may be directed to Grace Lutheran Church Library.
Visitation: Friday from 5 to 8 p.m., at the church, and one hour prior to the service
Service: 11 a.m. Saturday, at Grace Lutheran Church, Mora
Clergy: Rev. Brenda Wicklund
Burial: Oakwood Cemetery
Funeral Home: Dresser-Methven Funeral Home, Mora