Karen VonEschen, 81, a longtime resident of the Brainerd Lakes area, died at home in Chanhassen, MN, on July 26 of cancer. She leaves her husband of 60 years, Ferris VonEschen; her children, Tim, of Chicago, and Karla, of Chanhassen; her grandsons, Will and James, of Deephaven, MN; and a brother, Christopher Porterfield, of New York City. While living in Deephaven and working as an administrator in the Hopkins School District, Karen and Ferris maintained a summer home in Cross Lake. After retiring they lived in Longville for two decades, then moved to Chanhassen last year. A generous, caring soul with an unfailing sense of humor, she cherished family life and loved animals. A memorial gathering will be held at a later date. Donations to Can Do Canines, of New Hope, MN, or the American Cancer Society.