Karen F. Pyan, age 73, of Sleepy Eye, died on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at Sleepy Eye Medical Center. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 4 to 7 .pm. at and will continue on Thursday from 7:30 until 10 a.m. at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye. Service will be held at the St. Mary's Catholic Church, Sleepy Eye, on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. The clergy will be Msgr. Eugene Lozinski. Interment will be at the Home Cemetery, in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota. Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. On line condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com
Karen Fern Trebesch was born on May 20, 1939 in Sleepy Eye, to Theodore August and Lena A. (Alt) Trebesch. She attended St. John's Lutheran School through eighth grade and then attended and graduated from Sleepy Eye Public School. Karen attended two years at Mankato Business School. She was diagnosed with polio in 1952. She married Rolland Pyan on January 21, 1961 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. She worked at Farmer's Elevator in Sleepy Eye until they started a family. In 1978 she started working at the Sleepy Eye Health Care Center for 25 years until 2003. Karen was a 4-H Leader and enjoyed sewing, cards, crafts, knitting, reading and watching television.
She is survived by her children, Blaine (Rita) Pyan of Springfield, Mike (Gabrielle) Pyan of New Ulm, Colette Clay of Morgan, Brad (Paulette) Pyan of Nicollet, Boyd Pyan (special friend Kari Smith) of Jackson, Theresa (Leo) Moldan of Sleepy Eye, Denise (Don) Lienig of New Ulm; 16 grandchildren, Alicia (Nick) Forstner, Gary (Alanna) Lienig, Danielle (Fred) Gieseke, Cassandra Lienig, Christine (fiance Brady Kalk) Lienig, Joe Clay, Paula (Levi) Watterson, Cheyenne, Dakota and Savannah Pyan, Chantel, Colton and Cayden Moldan, Owen, Anton, Eli Pyan; 7 great-grandchildren; Caleb, Joshua, Abigail and Isabelle Forstner, Brianna and Blake Lienig, Riley Jo Clay; brothers, John Trebesch of Morgan, Harold Trebesch, William Trebesch, Paul (Sue) Trebesch, all of Sleepy Eye; sisters, Laurel Bielke of Sleepy Eye, Wilma (Charles) Krzmarzick of Sierra Vista, Ariz. and Eva (Ron) Larrabee of Chaparral, N.M., sister-in-law, Marian Pyan of St. Peter, Sally (Tom) Forstner and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; father and mother-in-law, Fred and Stella Pyan; husband, Rolland on March 29, 2001; sisters, Delores Romberg and Illa Mae Harmening; sisters-in-law, Lucille, MaryAnn and Joni Trebesch; and brother-in-law, Doug Pyan.