John J. Karsten Memorial Fund 

 Platteville 

John’s parents set up the John J. Karsten Memorial Endowment to allow his spirit of faithfulness and service as a “prayer warrior” to live on in the Platteville parishes. Specifically, this fund is used to assist people with disabilities and their families.

John J. Karsten, a 4th degree Knight of Columbus, passed away February of 2016 at the age of 32 from heart failure after living with Duchenne muscular dystrophy since the age of 5. The only thing John received by mouth for ten years was a tiny crumb of the Holy Eucharist each week.

"John would like the idea that good works will continue to be done in his name in his hometown. We are grateful to the Catholic Diocese of Madison Foundation for providing us with such a meaningful way to honor our son.”

– Marge Karsten

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Catholic Diocese of Madison Foundation

702 South High Point Road | Suite 223
Madison, Wisconsin | 53719

608.821.3049

CDMF@diocesemadisonfoundation.org

Our Vision

To promote, enhance, and foster giving as a way of life in the Diocese of Madison, and to support a culture of life, justice, faithfulness, and spiritual growth.

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