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Karen Paulson Fretheim

Profile Updated: April 23, 2009
Karen Paulson
Residing In:
St Paul, MN USA
Daughters: Kristin living in San Jose, CA with spouse and year-old daughter.

Anne living in More…Kongsberg, Norway with daughter, 11 years old.
Karen Paulson


Yes! Attending Reunion
School Story:

Like many of you, I suspect, high school had good and distressing moments for me. I have to push myself a bit to reenter that world at reunion times!

I had good friends and good teachers who certainly were gifts to me that have made my life richer!

I do look forward to seeing all of you next summer.


I’ve lived 50 years since high school graduation! How can that be? What in the world did I do all that time?
Oh, now I remember…I got on a train in August of 1959 and rode to NE Iowa for a college education. I graduated, married Ron Fretheim (who was studying to be a Lutheran pastor), taught Latin and History, and had 2 daughters. Those events started me on a fifty year journey and influenced everything I have done.
Ron and I have lived in four Midwest communities – each unique: Chicago urban, Iowa small town, Minneapolis suburb, and Madison, WI. Now we have retired to Decorah, Iowa – from whence we got our start at Luther College 46 years ago. We spend 3 months in Arizona during the winter.
Over the years I’ve been challenged with raising very independent daughters, learning new skills in various interesting jobs, meeting and becoming attached to many good people and then moving to a new community, and having amazing travel experiences often because of those independent daughters!
Ron and I have traveled from the North Cape of Norway to the Southern Cape of South Africa, east to Kuwait, and as far west as China…. with many jaunts in between.
Like many of you, I suspect, I never imagined how much I would see and do in 50 years or how young I would feel at 68! I know I don’t look young, but I do feel young!
My pleasures now include maintaining a 1926 Sears Roebuck home in Decorah, Iowa where my collection of refurbished antiques feels at home, caring for a yard full of perennials and watching two precious granddaughters grow: a 1 year old in Minnesota, and an 11 year old in Norway. I play lots of golf, am a docent at a Norwegian-American Immigration museum, sing in a women’s chorus and continue to travel.
Living in Lake Oswego and attending LOHS were certainly good early influences in my life. I am thankful for loyal, caring friends, good teachers, and stiff competition at LOHS – all of which prepared me for 50 interesting years.

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Feb 03, 2021 at 11:20 AM

I am a bit late but I hope you 80th (I am assuming that) was good. I have been under a little stress just now. I am in AZ and trying to get the shot. It should happen tomorrow but on Sunday I learned that my ninety plus neighbor, whom I and another person had helped on Saturday , has covid! I feel fine but will get the quick test today and then have the first
shot tomorrow! Hope you and yours are well!

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Oct 09, 2020 at 6:16 PM

I noticed that you have apparently moved!

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Jan 23, 2021 at 12:33 PM

Posted on: May 13, 2020 at 9:05 AM

Ruins of Ephesus, Izmir Province, Turkey [October 2019]
Dec 30, 2019 at 3:33 AM
Oct 08, 2019 at 3:35 PM

At this stage of life birthdays are gifts, aren't they?!

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Sep 04, 2016 at 1:43 PM

I have intended to write ever since April and I have your address on my desk now. The accident just seemed unbelievable and I am sure the shock was tremendous. I and Ron are now going through a slower shock. By the time we got home from AZ
In April, knew that something was happening to him...ever since he had had the flu in February...he had steadily weakened. On May 31 he was diagnosed with ALS and it is progressing very quickly.

I hope you are putting the pieces together and moving toward a full life. Karen Fretheim

Dec 30, 2015 at 3:33 AM
Oct 17, 2015 at 9:45 AM

Hi Margaret, I was sorry that you could not be at the gathering in Oregon on August 1. WE missed you and I was hoping to reconnect. Please get in touch. Karen

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Dec 30, 2014 at 3:33 AM

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