ROLFE - Karen M. Baade Pedersen, age 63, of Scott's Valley, CA, passed away on September 23 at her home in California.

Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 2, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Rolfe with Jerry Schultz officiating.

Burial will be in Clinton-Garfield Cemetery at Rolfe.

There will be no visitation. Powers Funeral Home in Rolfe is in charge of arrangements.

Karen is the daughter of Henry and Marie (DeWall) Baade, she was born in Emmetsburg, IA on April 15, 1947. Karen graduated from Havelock - Plover High school in 1965. Her employment history consists of administrative positions with Monsanto Corporation both in Iowa and in California, Alpha Beta (a grocery company), Aramark, and the Parks and Recreation department of the city of Scotts Valley. Karen was a consummate volunteer. She served in leadership positions on numerous church boards, she was a pre-school vice president, a cub scout den mother, a high school band mother, a member of the support group for high school athletics, and for a number of years volunteered at a local hospital in the oncology ward. She was also very active in a local chapter of Mothers of the Military, a support group for mothers who have children serving overseas in harms way.

She is survived by her husband: Dave Pedersen; sons: Scott (Heather) Pedersen of San Jose, CA and Brian (Christina) Pedersen of Harker Heights, TX; mother: Marie Baade of Humboldt; sisters: Sue (David) Hundertmark of Rutland and Joyce (David) Coburn of Liverpool, NY; sister-in-law: Kitty Baade of Fort Dodge and many nieces & nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father Henry Baade and her brother Dave Baade.

More than anything else, Karen was a wife and mother. She was totally involved and supportive in the lives of her husband and two sons. She was a Godly woman who's life was exemplified by the strong faith that she had. She led others to a stronger relationship in Christ through the living example that she set. She was blessed with the ability to truly listen to others and to respond to them in a caring, compassionate, and Christian manner.

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