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Donna Karver

January 27, 1940 — November 27, 2017

Donna Mae Karver, age 77, of Crookston, MN passed away peacefully, with her family by her side, at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND on November 27, 2017.

Donna was born in Woodside Township, near Erskine, MN, on January 27, 1940 to Anton and Margaret (Olson) Haugen.

She married Lawrence Karver on April 17, 1970 in Warren, MN.  Lawrence and Donna made their home in the Crookston, MN area where they raised three children.  Donna was an avid garage sale bargain hunter and amassed a large collection of Betty Boop memorabilia and knick knacks as a result.  She was kind-hearted and generous and loved doting on her children and grandchildren.

Donna is survived by her husband of 47 years, Lawrence Karver; children, Tammy (Del) Bellanger of Mahnomen, MN, Tim (Rosie) Erickson of Wichita Falls, TX, Todd Erickson of Grand Forks, ND, Steve (Laurie) Erickson of Crookston, MN, Larry (Alison) Karver of Fuquay Varina, NC, and 7 grandchildren, Tasha Bellanger, Beau Bellanger, Kory Bellanger, Cole Bellanger, Riley Erickson, Nathan Erickson, and Joshua Erickson; 2 great-grandchildren, Monte Yost and Carson Gieseke; sisters, Marlys (Don) Byerly of Los Angeles, CA and Ina Bukavich of Hibbing, MN; and brother, Morris (Sharon) Haugen of Crookston, MN.

She is preceded in death by her father, Anton Haugen; mother, Margaret (Olson) Haugen; husband, Lowell Erickson; son, Barry Barrow; grandmother, Mabel Olson; and granddaughter, April Erickson. May God bless Donna’s memory.

A private family memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, December 1, 2017 at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, MN.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Altru Health Foundation ( in Donna’s name.

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