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Marie Susan Donahue Karsnia
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Birth: Jul. 16, 1911
Death: Jan. 26, 2008

Marie Susan Karsnia, of Hampton Court, International Falls, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008, at Solvay Hospice House, Duluth at age 96. Since her fall on Jan. 12 she had been surrounded by family. She loved her family with a passion.
A lifelong resident of International Falls, Marie was born July 16, 1911, to Irish pioneers Matthew and Annie (Rice) Donahue who homesteaded a farm in Goldville.
Marie attended Falls High School.
She married Romeo Karsnia in St. Thomas Church on Oct. 16, 1929. They raised their family, along with horses, cows, pigs, chickens, and gardens on a farm in the Nakoda area.
Marie and Romeo had 13 children. A son, Danny, died in childbirth and Jack died at age 18. Romeo died Jan. 16, 1967, after 37 years of marriage. She was also predeceased by her parents, Matt and Annie; brother, Patrick Donahue; and sister, Nellie Cullen.
There are 11 surviving children, 50 grandchildren, 89 great-grandchildren, and nine great-great grandchildren. Other remaining relatives are sisters-in-law, Ethel Donahue, Harriet Fryer, Florence Shasky and Vivian Kline. There are also many Cullen, Donahue, Doran and Karsnia nephews, nieces and cousins. Her two very special friends are Beatrice Fry and Connie Jensen.
Her children, all living in Minnesota, are: Eileen (Al) Evans; Leo (Phyllis) Karsnia; Tom (Edna) Karsnia; Peggy (Donald) Foyt; James (Paula) Karsnia; Rose (John) Rasmussen; Jerry (Martha) Karsnia; Susie (Allan) Wake; Michael (Darlene) Karsnia; Kay (Randy) Dugas; Theresa ( Dave) Furman.
Marie participated as one of four elders in a Community Celebration to tell her history to school children when she was 86 years old. She told them, "I have a wonderful family and I think I'm a very lucky woman. I've had a lot of people to love, and a lot of people to love me."
Marie loved to cook and bake and feed people. Her hands were seldom idle and she crocheted hundreds of delicate doilies she gave as gifts to family and friends. Playing cards kept her mind sharp, she said, and she loved having friends and family drop in for a card game. She taught cribbage to many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She loved the family gatherings at Christmas and her birthdays. The past eight years, each August she joined her daughters and sister-in-law Harriet Fryer for three days of fun and laughter.
An avid sports fan, she watched her grandsons play in many Bronco hockey games and baseball games. When she attended Notre Dame hockey games, her grandson's teammates welcomed her as "Grandma." She kept track of which professional hockey teams her Cullen nephews were playing on and watched them whenever possible.
A loyal Twins fan, she knew the names of the players and wrote to one who was thinking of going to another team that "money isn't everything." A granddaughter notified the Twins that her grandmother was ill, and they mailed a box of memorabilia with get-well notes tucked into it. In her hospice room on Friday, Jan. 25, Marie modeled a pink baseball cap.
She was baptized in St. Thomas Church, remained a faithful member and currently was the oldest surviving member. She belonged to St. Thomas League and Catholic Daughters of the Americas.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at Green-Larsen Mortuary Chapel. The Rosary will be recited at 6.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at St. Thomas Church with Fr. Roger Bergkamp, OMI, officiating.
Interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery, International Falls.
Condolences may be left at
Memorials may be directed to St. Thomas Church, St. Thomas School Endowment Fund, Backus Roof Fund, or a charity of your choice. Marie loved to share all that she had.
Green-Larsen Mortuary Inc., International Falls, is in charge of arrangements.

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  Jerome Michael Karsnia (1905 - 1967)*
*Calculated relationship
Forest Hill Cemetery
International Falls
Koochiching County
Minnesota, USA
Created by: James Radzak
Record added: Feb 01, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24301993
Marie Susan <i>Donahue</i> Karsnia
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Marie Susan <i>Donahue</i> Karsnia
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Marie Susan <i>Donahue</i> Karsnia
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Grace and Peace - wife of my 2nd cousin twice removed
- amtsunshine
 Added: Jan. 27, 2009

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