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Karen Cadotte traveled many miles to kids, grandkids events

Funeral services for Karen Cadotte, 64, of Pipestone, Minn., will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church in Wakpala.
Interment will be in St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Cemetery under the direction of Oster Funeral Home of Mobridge.
A wake and prayer service will be held on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Wakpala Community Gym.
Karen passed away peacefully on Nov. 5, 2019, surrounded by her family, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.
Karen Louise Cadotte was born on June 1, 1955, in Gillette, Wyo. She was the youngest child born to John C. Cadotte and Sophia Iron Horn Cadotte of Wakpala. She attended high school in Mobridge and completed her education at United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, N.D.
Karen successfully passed her nursing boards in 1983 and earned her LPN license. For the next 35 years during her nursing career, Karen would touch many lives with her kind words, generous, caring heart and her bright smile. She cared for others and gave of herself for those 35 years, but for her whole life Karen was a caregiver for her own little family. She spent uncountable hours traveling to school events, to sporting events, and then would head off to work for the night. Karen would repeat this cycle for years while her children were in school and sporting events. During these busy years, Karen completed training for her cosmetology license, though she never worked as a cosmetologist.
When her children grew up and started having families of their own, “Grandma Karen” started the cycle all over again for her grandchildren. When asked how she could keep doing all she did and work a full-time job at night, Karen would just say, “I will catch up on sleep later.” She loved every exhausting minute of it and her loud cheers still resound in the ears of her children and her grandchildren. They always knew when she was present.
In her middle years, Karen began to spend more time with her special friend of 22 years, Francis Eastman, at sun dances, powwows and other ceremonies that were involved in the Lakota culture. Before becoming ill, Karen would often attend sweat lodge ceremonies with Francis, and there she would pray for the people, for her friends and family.
On Sept. 3, 2019, Karen was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and made the decision then to have surgery to remove the cancer and follow up with chemotherapy. On Sept. 20, she would be admitted to Avera McKennan Hospital due to cancer complications. She spent the next week in the hospital and then on Sept. 30, would have extensive surgery to remove the cancer. She suffered multiple complications from the cancer and from the surgery and never got the chance to return to her home in Pipestone.
Karen is survived by her four children, Audrea Noelle Cadotte, Roberta Marlene (Colin) King, Mark Charles Cadotte and Emil Willis Gooden III; her significant other, Francis Eastman; and her grandchildren, Taryn Bootsma, Joseph Linder, Joshua Strangeland, Sylas Strangeland, Camden King, Raina-Jayne King, Payton Tvrdy, Grace Cadotte, Sophia Cadotte and Kobe Smith.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John C. Cadotte and Sophia Iron Horn Cadotte; her sisters, Audrey Cadotte, Viola Cadotte, Rosanne Cadotte, Marlene Cadotte and Delores Walters; her brothers, Donald Cadotte and Stanley Cadotte; and two grandsons, Ashten Janusek and Breyden Janusek.