Karin L. Reichensperger
Guatemala City, Guatemala and St. Cloud, Minnesota
May 20, 1972-
July 11, 2013
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 17, at St. Mary’s Cathedral upper Church in St. Cloud for Karin L. Reichensperger, 41, who died suddenly in Guatemala City, Guatemala. The Rev. Anthony Oelrich, Rev. Al Stangl, Rev. Bernard Ness, OSB and Rev. Jeff Ethan will concelebrate. Entombment will be in Assumption Cemetery, St. Cloud.
Friends and relatives may call from 3-9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16, and after 9 a.m. on Wednesday at the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, St. Cloud.
Karin was born May 20, 1972 in St. Cloud to Charles P. & Constance L. (Forstner) Reichensperger. She founded the MESSAGE Program in 2003 and became its full-time, volunteer Executive Director. Karin made it her life goal to create and expand an organization that could help those in need. She made volunteering her life; living by her motto “Not only are we making a difference in someone’s day, we’re changing their life.”
The MESSAGE Program gathers medical, dental, EMS, and Fire equipment and supplies which are contributed to communities in third-world countries. In addition to providing supplies, Karin and volunteers from The MESSAGE Program also provide training necessary to use the equipment. She accompanied the organization’s first shipment to Guatemala in 2003 and has made numerous trips back.
To Karin volunteering meant sharing your blessings with those in need. She enjoyed representing the generous donors that enabled The MESSAGE Program to make a difference in the lives of so many. She will be dearly missed by everyone she touched; from Central Minnesota, Minneapolis, to Guatemala, and borders beyond.
She is survived by her loving parents, Charles and Connie of St. Cloud, siblings, Lia Nistler of Cold Spring, Kay of St. Michael, Charles (Martha) of St. Cloud, and Diane (Keith) Nohner of Farmington; nieces and nephews, Tim Hoefer, Jake and Madison Nohner, Nichole and Alex Gonzalez; maternal grandmother, Veronica Forstner.
Karin was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents and maternal grandfather.
In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to Stearns Bank in Karin’s name.