Karen J. Garvey (Aspenson)


Karen J. Garvey (Aspenson), 59, of Stillwater, passed away Aug. 17, 2013. Karen was born on Aug. 22, 1953, in Albert Lea, Minn., to Richard and Lillian Aspenson. She is preceded in death by her father, Richard. She is survived by her three loving sons, Zach (Kaylee Nelson), Luke (Noelle), and Ben; her darling granddaughter, Lily; her precious mother, Lillian; her three dear sisters, Kathryn Arkell (Jim), Paula Geiger (Vince), and Marcia DeWolf (Craig); nine nieces and nephews, and many, many more beloved family and friends. Karen epitomized what it means to be selfless. She dedicated her life to serving her boys and providing a good life for them. Despite her enormous health battles, Karen had great joy in her heart that came from her relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ. She had a faith that could move mountains. Even in her last words she proclaimed, “By His stripes, I am healed!” (Isaiah 53:5) She never conceded death. Never opened the door to let it in. She closed her eyes in this world, and opened them in heaven. She truly won the battle. A celebration service of Karen’s life is 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 at Bethany Evangelical Covenant Church, 6490 Stillwater Boulevard North in Stillwater, Gathering time is two hours prior to service. A private burial is at St. Michael’s Cemetery in Bayport. Memorials are preferred to The Karen Garvey Family Memorial.