Becker, Karen Rosok
December 14, 1951 – July 28, 2016
Age 64 of Oakdale, mother, grandmother, wife, and musician par excellence, died peacefully at home on July 28, 2016. She grew up in a farming community in Montana, but set foot in many places throughout the world. Born on December 14, 1951, Karen’s music-making began early: she started piano at age 5, and began playing organ at church in 7th grade. By late high school, Karen was playing concertos. After earning a music degree from the University of Montana, which included 10 weeks of study in Vienna, Karen attended the University of Mainz, Germany, on a Fulbright Fellowship. She then earned an MA in Music History from the University of Minnesota, where she met John, her husband of 39 years. In addition to raising three children and teaching many piano students, Karen served as organist at Guardian Angels Church, Oakdale, for 38 years. She was involved in a wide range of musical activity in both church and community. Karen was a member of the American Guild of Organists and Saint Paul Piano Teachers, serving as a local officer for both organizations. Karen was involved in other activities as well. She was a long-time member of a German reading group. She had a vibrant spiritual life, participating in centering prayer activities at St. Paul’s Monastery and Aramaic retreats, and learning xigong meditation. And she served as a mentor through Big Sisters of Saint Paul. Karen will be missed by many, including John, her children, Tim (Kate) Rosok and Christine and Andrew Becker, her siblings, Mae Joanne (Tom Hom), George, and Larry (Theresa) Rosok and Lisa (Josh) Kerns, grandchildren Annika and Theodore Rosok, and nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, August 8, at Guardian Angels Catholic Church, 8260 – 4th St. N, Oakdale. Visitation will be on Sunday, August 7, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., and Monday at 9:00, also at Guardian Angels. Memorials preferred, to Guardian Angels Music Ministry.