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John J. Karsten Memorial Fund


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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