Dorothy Karsky

Dorothy Karsky

Dorothy A. Karsky died peacefully Oct. 17, 2013, at Ecumen North Branch. She is survived by her husband Don and five of six children.
Dorothy Alice Cabak was born June 29, 1925, in Mission Creek, near Hinckley, Minn., to John and Gertie (Adams) Cabak. She had five younger brothers. She first attended country school near Beroun. During high school, she clerked at the local store, Gimples, in Hinckley, and it was about this time that she first met Don Karsky at a pool hall in Beroun where young people would congregate. She graduated at age 16 with the Hinckley class of 1942. Dorothy then worked at a bank in Duluth, where she remembered everyone singing along with Bing Crosbys Christmas carol, “White Christmas.” Her next job in banking was in Minneapolis, where she stayed with her aunts. She rode the streetcars, and remembers the adventure of going to the top of the Foshay Tower. She would ride the Greyhound bus back home to Hinckley. During the war years, Dorothy was a regular correspondent with Don, but it wasnt until his homecoming that they became engaged and married, in 1946. They moved to North Branch in 1951.
Six children were born: Becky (Dan) Forschler, of Stacy, Don Jr. (Julie), of St. Croix Falls, Wis., Doug, of North Branch, David (Barb), of Wyoming, Laura (Jon) Moulton, and Rachel (Wayne) Hurd, of Centerville. There are 11 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. It was a life-changing tragedy to lose their daughter, Laura, in 1982, but a wonderful blessing that the Moulton grandchildren and great grandchildren have maintained an extraordinary closeness to the Karsky family.
Dorothy raised her children without strict rules. “Just use your head” was her advice and requirement. Not a bad guideline to follow through all our lives.
She loved to cook, bake and entertain. The neighborhood “coffee parties” of the 1950s were social events, and every Sunday meant a huge dinner spread with one or more related families as guests. Holiday decorating and baking knew no bounds. On a school day, whole pans of delicious- smelling warm bread rolls would disappear when the kids came home. The Karsky kitchen was one of the few in town to have a cafeteria-style milk machine installed. Her brothers going to college in the Twin Cities would stop by, coming and going, for a treat. Once the whole Hinckley track team came for supper between their events at North Branch.
Dorothy was active with the VFW Auxiliary, St. Gregorys Women, where she chaired the funeral lunch committee for over 30 years. At different stages of her life, she belonged to a womans bowling league. She liked to crochet, and made afghans for many family members. She liked to cross stitch, and tried out whatever new craft projects were in fashion. In later years, we were gifted with mountains of colorful dishcloths.
They bought the Family Theatre in 1960, and it became the family business, Dorothy running the business end and selling tickets and popcorn, Don in charge of projectors, and every child expected to earn his allowance by helping out. She loved the contact with everyone in town, and even after their retirement in 1984, she could follow the lives of students she had known. She enjoyed being recognized as “the show hall lady.”
The theatre schedule allowed Don and Dorothy lots of mid-week local traveling, and they also enjoyed wider travel throughout the U.S. In 1971, they took a memorable trip to Europe. Their later retirement years meant a quieter life, but always enjoying family. Dorothy was a member of the daily Mass and coffee group for many years after they moved to an apartment in town.
They were able to celebrate 50 years of marriage, then 60 and 67. Photos always showed them holding hands. Dorothy was baptized in her mothers baptismal gown from 1900, as were many of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. We appreciate it today as a symbol of her faith and heritage.
A Memorial Mass Service celebrating her life was held at 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at St. Gregorys Catholic Church in North Branch with Fr. Shane Wasinger officiating. Music was provided by Cathie Hendren and great grandsons Sam Mullooly and John Mullooly. Visitation was held one hour prior to the mass. Interment followed the service at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in North Branch. She would like it known that Rice Hot Dish was served.
Arrangements were under the direction of Grandstrand Funeral Home in North Branch. Condolences maybe left at

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