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Karen Sauer

December 18, 1941 — February 9, 2024


Karen Sauer, 82, Jamestown, ND died Friday, February 9, 2024 at Essentia Health Hospital in Fargo, ND.

Karen Franklin was born December 18, 1941 at Mercy Hospital in Valley City, ND, the daughter of Lyle and Catherine (Diemert) Franklin.  She was raised on a farm south of Sanborn, ND and graduated from Sanborn High School.  

She worked as a CNA at Mercy Hospital in Valley City and Central Dakota/SMP Health-Ave Maria in Jamestown.  She retired in 2007.

Karen is survived by three children; Jolene (Jim) Demarais Fargo, ND; Jodi (Jim) Wirth, Stanardsville, VA, and Julie Demarais, East Grand Forks, MN, six grandchildren, two great grandchildren and expecting a third in May 2024.  She is also survived by her mother, Catherine Franklin and sister, Louise Max, both from Jamestown.

She is preceded in death by her father Lyle Franklin, Sr, brother Lyle Franklin, Jr and her daughter, Joan Schultz.

The family wishes to thank the Essentia Health team for their wonderful care, kind words and smiles, and professionalism throughout her medical journey.


A private family memorial service will be held.

Interment – Sacred Heart Cemetery, Sanborn, ND   Spring 2024


Condolences can be sent to:  Jolene Demarais, 2910 37 Ave S, Fargo, ND 58104


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