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Karen Leah (Rozendal) Finley

October 23, 1941 ~ June 27, 2019 (age 77)

Karen L. Finley, age 77 of Wabasha, passed away Thursday, June 27, 2019, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center, Wabasha, MN.

Karen Leah was born October 23, 1941, in Rochester, MN to Rudolph and May (Gallimore) Rozendal.  She graduated from Spring Valley High School, Spring Valley, MN and completed CNA Training in Red Wing, MN.  Karen was formerly married to Kenny Blood.  On July 3, 1981, she married Archie Finley in Chatfield, MN and he preceded her in death September 15, 2014.

She was formerly employed as a paraprofessional in the Special Education Department at Wabasha-Kellogg High School.  She also had worked at Chosen Valley Care Center, Chatfield, MN; St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester, MN; and was co-owner of Katie B’s Pourhouse, Spring Valley, MN.

Karen enjoyed time spent with family, playing games, fishing, camping, sharing meals and just being together.  Family was her greatest treasure.

She is survived by four daughters:  Kimberly (Leon R. Robertson) Blood, Wabasha; Kristine Ferguson, Wabasha; Karrie (Scott) Ellingson, Lanesboro, MN; and Kecia (Chad) Sorensen, Wabasha; 10 grandchildren:  Brock Smith, Dusty Smith, Bobbi Jo Kyllo, Jason Ferguson, Connie Fullan, Saydee Rollet, Nicole Johnson, Levi Ellingson, Bradey Sorensen, Mason Sorensen; 18 great grandchildren; and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Archie and an infant sister Naomi Rozendal.

Memorial services will be 5 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2019, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center Chapel, 626 Shields Ave. Wabasha, MN, with Pastor Richard Rehfeldt officiating. Interment will be at Minnesota State Veteran Cemetery, Preston, MN.

Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. at the Health Care Center Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made directly to the family.

Services entrusted to Abbott Funeral Home & Crematory, Wabasha, MN.  Words of sympathy or remembrance may be left at

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