Karen Lee Oldenkamp, 65

Published 11:10 am Thursday, December 15, 2011

Karen Lee Oldenkamp, 65, of Oakland, Minn., died Tuesday morning, Dec. 13, 2011, at Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minn.

Karen Oldenkamp

Karen L. Vandersyde was born Sept. 26, 1946, in Detroit, Mich., to Albert and Ellen (Lindorff) Vandersyde. She lived in Colorado, Geneva, Minn., and Albert Lea, graduating from Albert Lea High School in 1965. She then attended Austin Junior College for one year. On Sept. 27, 1969, she was united in marriage to Herman Oldenkamp at Grace Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. They had three sons. After their marriage, the couple lived in Twin Lakes and then moved to the Oakland area. Karen worked as a nursing assistant at St. John’s Lutheran Home in Albert Lea and was a member of Oakland Lutheran Church. She loved flowers, taking walks, going to grandkids’ events, and being with her family.

Survivors include her husband, Herman of Oakland, Minn.; three sons, David (Jerol) Oldenkamp of Austin, Roger (Melissa) Oldenkamp of Albert Lea, Keith (Stephany) Oldenkamp of Austin; 10 grandchildren, Braun, Carter, Jack, Maxx, Sawyer, Shelby, Troy, Nicholas, Garret, Charlie; brothers, Gary (Linda) Vandersyde of Naperville, Ill., and Paul (Diane) Vandersyde of Albert Lea; nieces, nephews, and cousins.

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She was preceded in death by her parents Albert and Ellen, and her stepmother, Gladys Vandersyde.

Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, at Oakland Lutheran Church with Rev. Robert Berthold officiating. Visitation will be held at the Worlein Funeral Home in Austin from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday and at the church one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.