1920-2012

Florence E. Karsten, 91, of Manning, died Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, at Manning Plaza.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at Zion Lutheran Church in Manning with the Rev. Jonathan Conner officiating.

Music will be “How Great Thou Art,” “Amazing Grace” and “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.”

Vocalist will be Pastor Conner.

Organist will be Carlys Stribe.

Casket bearers will be Adam Karsten, Daniel Karsten, Keith Schroeder, Bob Haack, Delane Dalton and Lyle Karsten.

Burial will be at Manning Cemetery.

Visitation will be at the church one hour before the service.

Arrangements are by Ohde Funeral Home in Manning.

Florence Ellen, daughter of Vertus and Clara (Jensen) Lamp was born May 13, 1920, at home on the farm southwest of Manning.

She was baptized on Oct. 9, 1921, in Aspinwall. She attended rural schools near her home.

Florence married Lester William Karsten on June 5, 1946. The couple rented the Lamp family farm for several years and then, in 1949, purchased a farm southeast of Manning in Audubon County.

Two children were born to this union. Florence was a homemaker, however, wherever they lived she sold Stanley Home Products. She enjoyed this job for over 50 years and did not give it up when she worked for The Vogue in Carroll. In 1978 Florence and Lester retired and moved into Manning.

Florence was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Manning where she was confirmed. She was also a member of the VFW Auxiliary and American Legion Auxiliary. Florence and Lester enjoyed going to dances in the area and playing cards with their friends.

When Lester’s health began to fail in 1999 he became a resident of the Manning Plaza where he died on Dec. 19, 1999.

Florence remained active and lived in their home until 2006 when she moved to Anthony Apartments. Florence enjoyed crocheting and other crafts. After Lester died she spent many, many hours crocheting. Florence was a strong woman, surviving her first bout with cancer in the early part of the 1950s.

In 1993 she sustained another bout with cancer. It was not until 2009 that she entered Manning Plaza due to declining health.

Florence is survived by her two children daughter Joyce Finnell of Omaha, Neb., and son Lyle Karsten and wife Judy of Grand Island, Neb.; two grandchildren Adam Karsten and wife Angela of Omaha, Neb., and Daniel Karsten and wife Candace of Lincoln, Neb.; four great-grandchildren Taylor, Mason, Max and Jax; sister in law Elaine Struve of Manning; nieces nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Preceding her in death are her parents and husband.