Lois Marie Karnas - Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel

December 1, 1931 - April 12, 2023

Lois Marie Karnas
(née Picconatto)

Age 91, of Bloomington, MN, formerly of Richfield, MN, passed away peacefully on April 12, 2023, from natural causes. She was preceded in death by her parents, Oreste and Blanche Picconatto; sisters, Lorraine and Virginia; husband George; and sister-in-law Marguerite (Babe) Olson. Survived by sisters, Marilyn Muellner and Irene Proell; children, Kate (Bob) Garwood, Jim (significant other, Lori), Mike (Joan), and Darcy (Mike) Shannon; nine grandchildren, Christopher, Emily (Mike) Hojjat, Aaron, Andrew, Matt (Sarah), Jim (partner, Sara), Luke (Sami), Patrick (Rose) Shannon and Danielle Shannon; six great-grandchildren, Kaelyn Shannon, Leo, Eddy, Joey Karnas, Isla and Boston Hojjat; and many nieces and nephews.

Lois was born in Duluth, MN. She met her husband-to-be, George J. Karnas, in her junior year of high school. They were married April 10, 1951, had three children in Duluth, MN, then moved to Richfield, MN, and had their fourth child. Lois' pride and purpose was her family. Her sisters were her best friends and her husband, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were her joy. Her favorite title was “Grandma” and she delighted in any time spent with those who provided her that title. She would play “Huckle-Buckle-Beanstalk” with all the kids, played baseball in the backyard (but Grandma didn't slide!), played cards with them, read stories, and helped them make tents in the living room out of blankets and clothespins. She taught every one of them how to make ditalini soup. She was the official Mom for the baseball teams her sons played for and that were coached by husband George, from their days on Little League, Babe Ruth and American Legion teams. As their children grew up, George and Lois enjoyed traveling, especially to Arizona with other Minnesota friends. She became involved in Homemakers and the Lois Club; she volunteered as an election judge and at St. Richard's Catholic Church, where she was a member for 64 years. She always had a smile and a kind word for everyone and saw the good in all.

Memorials may be given to St. Richard's Church or Grace Hospice.


  1. Jim &Candy Hinz says:

    Karnas Family,
    We are very sorry to hear of Lois’s passing. She was a wonderful neighbor, friend, mother and.wife. We loved her dearly. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Cherish your memories.

  2. Jacquelyn Carlson says:

    Celebrating the life of a wonderful woman and mourning her passing with you. I am so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  3. Barb Baden Newman and Jeanette Baden says:

    We have many fond memories of your Mom! May your memories of your Mom help you deal with your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  4. Margit Lamey says:

    Much love from the Lace family. We are so sorry for you loss and have good memories of your mom and your whole family. Peace to you all.

  5. Mike and Bernie Plinske says:

    We have fond memories of dear Lois from Richfield athletics and we are grateful to have known her and your whole family. She always had a smile and a kind word, truly a woman after God’s own heart. May His peace comfort and strengthen you.

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