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Karla Colegrove, 45

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Karla J. Colegrove, 45, of Maiden Rock, died Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009, at River Falls Area Hospital.

Karla was born the daughter of LaVerne and Marilyn (Bottolfson) Klingensmith on Oct. 8, 1963, in River Falls.

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She was confirmed by Pastor Wally Mylander at Bethel Covenant Church and attended Sunday school at Bethlehem Lutheran and Bethel Covenant Church. She graduated from Ellsworth High School with the class of 1982.

Karla was employed by Hiawatha National Bank for 19 years. She enjoyed the wonderful relationships she had with her customers at the bank.

Karla enjoyed bowling league at Hilltop Bowl for many years and was an avid Packer Fan.

She married Bill Colegrove in 1990 and they later divorced. Her son Tyler was the light of her life along with her cat, Larry.

Karla was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather and both paternal grandparents; aunt and uncle, Barb and Harold Winger; uncle, Darrel Bottolfson; and cousin, Jean Getzie.

She is survived by her son, Tyler Colegrove; parents, LaVerne and Marilyn Klingensmith; sisters: Karen (Rick) Brunkhorst and Kathy (Joe) Pechacek; grandmother, Elva Hillebrandt; special friend, Todd Peterson; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

A memorial service was held on Tuesday, Aug. 25 at Zion Covenant Church in Ellsworth. Private interment was at Maple Grove Cemetery in Ellsworth. Memorials may be directed to the Karla Colegrove Memorial Fund at the Hiawatha National Bank.

Arrangements were with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of Maiden Rock and River Falls.

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