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Karla J. Colegrove, 45

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Karla J. Colegrove, age 45 of Maiden Rock died Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009 at the River Falls Area Hospital.

Karla was born the daughter of LaVerne and Marilyn (Bottolfson) Klingensmith on Oct. 8, 1963 in River Falls. She was confirmed by Pastor Wally Mylander at Bethel Covenant Church and attended Sunday school at Bethlehem Lutheran and Bethel Covenant Church. She graduated from Ellsworth High School with the class of 1982.

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Karla was employed by Hiawatha National Bank for 19 years. She enjoyed the wonderful relationships she had with her customers at the bank.

Karla enjoyed bowling league at Hilltop Bowl for many years and was an avid Packer Fan. She married Bill Colegrove in 1990 and they later divorced.

Her son Tyler was the light of her life along with her cat Larry.

Karla is preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, both paternal grandparents, aunt and uncle Barb and Harold Winger, uncle Darrel Bottolfson and cousin Jean Getzie.

She is survived by her son, Tyler Colegrove; parents, LaVerne and Marilyn Klingensmith; sisters: Karen (Rick) Brunkhorst and Kathy (Joe) Pechacek; grandmother, Elva Hillebrandt; special friend, Todd Peterson; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 2 p.m. at the Zion Covenant Church in Ellsworth. Memorial visitation was also held on Tuesday from 12-2 p.m. at the church. Private interment was in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Ellsworth.

Memorials may be directed to the Karla Colegrove Memorial Fund at the Hiawatha National Bank.

Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of Maiden Rock and River Falls.

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