Karen Jean Hansen Pannage

Karen Jean Hansen Pannage

Karen Jean Hansen Pannage passed away on Oct. 25, 2020, after having a stroke on Oct. 3, 2020. She was born June 17, 1942, to Marion and Elsa Hansen in Great Falls, Montana. She leaves behind her loving husband of 57 years, Butch, and their dog, Louie, cat, Smokey, one sister, MaryAnn Iodence, two beautiful daughters, Jeni (Evan Sturm) and Chris (Steve Lehenbauer) and their wonderful son, Charlie. She will also be missed by her grandchildren, Christine (Mike) Kelso, Stephanie (Ryan) Bejna, Bailey (Macy), Sadie (David), Lizzie Lehenbauer and Mollie (Michael) Porter and Morgan Pannage (Gates). And her great grandchildren Cohen, Madelyn and Madison, and two she never had a chance to meet, Maddox and Beau.

She was a stay at home Mom and was active with P.E.O., Junior League, PTA, and bridge clubs. She taught ice skating in Great Falls through the 70's and early 80's and when she moved to Billings, she started working at Sylvan Nursery with her daughter Chris for 15 plus years as a greenhouse manager, but only through mid June, for summer time was all about Flathead Lake.

'The Lake' as our whole family calls it is the mortar that cements this family together through generations. Having 25 people and 10 dogs was never a problem in a three bedroom cabin over the 4th of July. Mom would say 'Just find a space', and she always had enough blankets and pillows for everybody. There was always a big spread for dinner… We'll miss those with you mom!

Cremation has taken place and there will be get togethers and conversation for years to come of our matriarch. In the high tech social world we now live, we invite everyone to find her profile on Facebook and share with us any photos or memories that you have of Karen.

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Published by Billings Gazette from Oct. 30 to Oct. 31, 2020.
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Butch - Mr Pannage I´m so sorry for your loss! Karen was the best mom I´ve ever known! She was so wonderful to me when Jeni brought me in to your family so many years ago I remember hanging out in her sewing room in a Great Falls It was the neatest thing I´d ever seen! I learned so much from her! When I moved to Billings later in life she was so fun to talk to as I was picking out my flowers at Sylvans!! Karen always welcomed me when ever I popped in up at the lake! She always made me feel like one of the family! My memories of Flathead with Karen and your entire family will always be dear to my heart! Memories I will never forget! I´m glad to have spent time with Karen at the lake this summer! You are blessed to have had such a wonderful wife and mother. It´s taken me so long to write this thru the tears!
Angie Seabury
November 11, 2020
I am saddened beyond words to learn of Karen´s death. I spent many Summers at Flathead Lake with her picking cherries, swimming and enjoying time with family. She was the kindest person and a favorite of my family. My love and prayers to you all.
Eleanor Hollenback
November 3, 2020
We really miss you Karen. Glad we made it to the lake last year!
Marianne and Per Kamptz
November 2, 2020
What wasn´t there to love about you, dearest sister-in-law?!!!
Barbara Pannage Stanfield
October 30, 2020
My love of my life.
October 30, 2020
Karen was a beautiful soul. The world is less without her. RIP
Tony Schweitzer
October 30, 2020
I was truly blessed to have know Karen. She was a wonderful person. My prayers go out to all of her family, I know that she will be truly missed by them all.
Bonnie Beyers
October 30, 2020
I love you mom! :-(
October 30, 2020