Mersky, Karen (Peterson Byhre) Karen passed away suddenly on Christmas night. She was born on September 17, 1940, in Minneapolis. Karen attended Washburn High School and the University of Minnesota. Karen and her husband Max spent the last two decades as residents of Westmoreland, Jamaica. She had recently returned to Minneapolis upon the July birth of her 14th grandchild, Ella, with whom she spent time almost daily. Karen was preceded in death by parents, W. E. (Bill) Peterson and Marie Babcock Peterson and son-in-law, Dean Lumbar. Survived by husband, Richard Max Mersky; sisters, Sandi Hardilek, Barbara Peterson and brother, Jim Peterson; former husband, Otto Byhre; children: Teresa (Dave) Deming; Deborah Lumbar; Todd (Lindsay) Byhre; Daniel (Katie Moriarty) Byhre; Aaron (Verity) Byhre; grandchildren: Arianna, Aliza, David and Kelia Deming; T.C., Matt and Luke Lumbar; Brandon, Nolan, Tatum, and Emma Byhre; Ella Byhre; Natalie and Sebastian Byhre. Karen was a loving mother, Nana, sister and friend. She had a smile and compliment for everyone she met. Karen was unabashedly positive. Her enthusiasm for her family and friends and even casual acquaintances was remarkable and constant. Karen seemed on a mission to find beauty and delight in every experience and with every person she met. She would make you feel like you were the most important person in the world when she was with you. A remembrance service will be held at Colonial Church of Edina, 6200 Colonial Way on Friday, January 3rd at 2:00 p.m., followed by a reception.
This obituary was originally published in the Star Tribune.