Karen Jean Scheldorf Morgan, 79

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Karen Jean Scheldorf Morgan, devoted mom and nana (aka Nana Montana), died at the age of 79 on April 26, 2022, in Bigfork, surrounded by her family. After living a full and happy life on her own terms, she is reunited in paradise with her beloved Bob. A beautiful rainbow appeared in the sky shortly after it passed.

Karen was born March 21, 1943 in Morris, Minnesota to Doris and Gerald Scheldorf. Karen spent her childhood on the family farm in Chokio, Minnesota and attended a small country school in her early years. She graduated in 1961 from Chokio High School, where she was a cheerleader and drummer in the school band. After working briefly in Minneapolis, Karen visited an aunt in Cut Bank, Montana, and loved her so much she decided to stay. She was a secretary in legal services when she met the love of her life, Bob Morgan. They married three months later on July 3, 1963, and were married at Cut Bank for 46 years before Bob died of cancer in 2009. Family was everything to them, and their children and grandchildren were the light of their life. Karen worked in the Glacier County Treasurer’s Office for 25 years and enjoyed her time there visiting customers. Her friendly personality and cheerful energy were contagious. She liked to visit anyone and made friends easily. A longtime member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Cut Bank, Karen played piano and organ and enjoyed working in the kitchen helping with refreshments for funerals and memorial services. She also volunteered at the Cut Bank Food Bank after her retirement.

In 2019, Karen moved to Columbia Falls to be closer to her family and watch her grandchildren play sports. She loved going to lunch with her family and playing Rummikub with friends. She also enjoyed girls’ weekends with old friends, playing cards and catching up. His smile and his legendary homemade caramels will be missed by many.

Karen was predeceased by her parents, Doris and Gerald Scheldorf; brothers, Keith and Delvin Scheldorf; and her husband of 46 years, Bob Morgan.

She is survived by her two children, Eric (Pam) Morgan of Columbia Falls and Nancy (Jeff) Thompson of Mukilteo, Washington; his four grandchildren, Ty, Drew, Cade and Kira; his sister, Gerilee (Tug) Zimmerman of Alexandria, Minnesota; sisters-in-law, Caroline Scheldorf of Chokio, Minnesota, and Verna Scheldorf of Ottertail, Minnesota; as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Karen has asked not to have a service at this time, but a memorial at the grave is planned for this summer. His ashes will be laid next to Bob at St. Richard’s Cemetery in Columbia Falls.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lakeview Care Center, 1050 Grand Drive, Bigfork, Montana 59911.

Arrangements are in the care of Johnson-Gloschat Funeral Home.

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