Karen Rae Zak, 65 of Grand Forks, ND passed away Monday, August 7, 2023, at her home in Grand Forks. A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 8, 2023 at Walhalla Lutheran Church at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will be held an hour before the service at the church.
Karen was born October 9, 1957, in Grafton ND, the daughter of Hilton and Marjorie (Verville) Johnson, the oldest of four children. She grew up in Walhalla, her childhood was filled with playing with her siblings and cousins, and later graduated from Walhalla High School. On December 4, 1982, she married Gerald Zak and they made their home in Grand Forks, ND, where they raised two children. Karen worked at Hugo’s Grocery Store for several years, where she enjoyed her coworkers and many customers. She enjoyed her flower garden, her pets, spending time with her grandchildren and attending their activities.
She is survived by her husband Gerald; children Kyle (Meghann) Zak and Amber (Jay) Hogfoss, all of Grand Forks, ND; Grandchildren: Nora, Owen and Ruby Zak; mother, Marjorie Johnson, Walhalla, ND; siblings: Kim Johnson, Walhalla, ND; Kenny Johnson, Walhalla, ND; and Konnie Murray, Chicago, IL. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her father, Hilton.