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Karen Lynn Olin

September 23, 1951 — March 19, 2021


     Karen Lynn Olin, daughter of William Scarborough and Clara Jean (Moore) Ostenstad was born September 23, 1951 in Des Moines, IA. Her childhood years were spent in the Spencer, IA area, where she attended school and graduated from Spencer High School in 1970.

     Karen married Thomas Olin on August 10, 1979 in Spencer. They then moved to Royal, IA where she raised her kids in the Royal community. She worked for Iowa Great Lakes Broadcasting, now KICD for 20 plus years, she also worked as a receptionist and homemaker. Karen enjoyed social events, bowling, attending her children’s activities, and spending time with family, especially her grandchildren. She was known for finding humor in all situations.

     Karen passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Friday, March 19, 2021 at Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD at the age of 69. She was preceded in death by her parents.

     Left to cherish her memories are her husband Thomas of Royal, IA; 3 children, Jacob (Jessica) Olin of Sioux Center, IA, Molly (Kirk) Stearns of Emmetsburg, IA, and Joshua Olin of Iowa City, IA; 4 grandchildren, Aubrey Olin, Anika, Hayden, and Thomas Stearns; one brother, Bill (Mary) Scarborough of Omaha, NE; one cousin Deb (Reid) Leonard of Boston, MA one sister-in-law, Julie (Ted) Smith of Storm Lake, IA; 2 nieces; 3 nephews; other relatives; and many friends.

     In Lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Karen's name.
Funeral Services will take place 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, March 24, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Spencer.
Pastor John Jensen
Pastor Mark Wilms
Craig Manning
Christopher Woodall
Tommy Lambert
Donny Nelson
Greg Toft
Troy Leininger
Visitation will take place Tuesday, March 23, starting at 5:00 P.M., with family present from 5-8:00 P.M. at Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa
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