December 1, 1931 - April 12, 2023
Lois Marie Karnas
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.
Mass of Christian Burial
Tuesday, April 18, 2023
Visitation 1 hour prior
St. Richard’s Catholic Church
7540 Penn Avenue
Richfield, MN 55423
Fort Snelling National Cemetery
7601 34th Avenue