Karen S. Scott

Karen S. Scott

1957 – 2023


HOLSTEIN - Karen S. Scott, 65, of Holstein, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023 at her home of Holstein. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023 at 11 a.m. at the St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church of Holstein with the Rev. Scott L. Neumann officiating. Burial will be at the Oak Hill Cemetery of Cherokee. A visitation will be held on Friday, Dec. 1, 2023 from 5-7 p.m. at the Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home of Holstein. Karen’s family requests that you wear casual Iowa Hawkeye clothes to the visitation and funeral service. The Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home of Holstein is in charge of the arrangements.

Karen Sue (Rochau) Scott was born Dec. 21, 1957 to Jack and Lorraine (Wiese) Rochau at Sioux Valley Hospital in Cherokee. Karen had three brothers, but could always hold upon her end in an argument. She would often tell her brothers, “Someday I’m going to be 6’0 tall” - but she barely made it to 5’0. Karen loved being with people and never ran out of things to talk about. As she got older, she decided she wanted to be a candy striper at the nursing home in Holstein and enjoyed visiting with the residents. She liked to play Kings Corner with her grandma Wiese and enjoyed combing her grandpa Wiese’s hair. She started earning some money by cleaning up at the food locker after closing, babysitting, as a bartender, and delivering the Sioux City Journal. On her summer breaks, she worked with the mentally challenged at Glenwood. She graduated from Galva-Holstein High School in 1975 then went on to study at Wayne State College and Ellsworth Community College in Cedar Falls.

Karen was confirmed at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church by Pastor Petersen and was later married there to Thomas Andrew Scott on March 29, 1982. During their marriage, they lived in Cedar Rapids, Sioux Falls, Ames and Forest Lake, Minnesota and returned to Holstein to live the past four years. She worked in management at HyVee and Cub Foods, and when she returned to Holstein, she got a job at the Holstein Super Market. In her free time, she enjoyed fishing, gardening and going to the casino.

Karen is survived by her husband, Tom Scott; mother, Lorraine Rochau; and brothers, Jerry and Keith Rochau. She is also survived by many of Tom’s extended family and their friends.

She is preceded in death by her father, Jack Rochau; brother, Steven Rochau; grandparents, Clarence and Svanhilda Rochau and Herman and Christina Wiese; aunts and uncles, Hermina Wiese, Melvin and Luella Beers, Lawrence and Edna Steen, Eldon and Eva Wiese, Alvin Wiese, Bonnie Wiese and many cousins.

Online condolences can be made at nicklasdjensenfh.com.


Services: Dec. 2, St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Holstein

Burial: Oak Hill Cemetery, Cherokee

Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home • 712-368-4332 • Holstein



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