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Born: Jun 17, 1948

Date of Passing: Oct 23, 2018

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KAREN ELSIE LAJEUNESSE JUNGKIND June 17, 1948 - October 23, 2018 Peacefully with family at her side, Karen stepped into eternity. She leaves to mourn her beloved husband and best 'buddy', Karl, brother Mitch (Jayne), Karl's sisters, Anne, Rose, Ellen and their husbands, John, Robert and Brian respectively. Dan Bannish (Jen), her extended Lajeunesse family, numerous nieces and nephews, grandnieces and nephews, cousins and friends. Karen was predeceased by Henry (Hank) Lajeunesse, her parents, John and Gail Madill, sister Terrie Smith Rueckert and her precious daughter Andrea. Karen was born in Port Arthur, Ontario. Her family moved to Atikokan, Ontario where she completed high school. She then returned to Fort William to take her Medical Lab Technologist training and began her career in Red Deer, Alberta. There she met and married Hank Lajeunesse and later took up residence in Fort St. John, BC. After Hank's untimely death, she relocated to Winnipeg where she gave birth to their daughter Andrea. She later met and married Karl Jungkind on July 28, 1986 and together they raised daughter Andrea. Karen and Karl suffered a tragic loss on November 18, 2010 when their only daughter Andrea was killed by a drunk driver. Karen and Karl were avid travellers. They loved to try out new food and experience new places. Karen loved road trips, flying trips, really any kind of trip as long as she and Karl were on it together. Karen enjoyed gardening and was a very talented, self-taught crafter and enjoyed sewing for herself and her family. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Friday, October 26, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. at Springs Church, 595 Lagimodiere Blvd. The family would like to thank Dr. Moltzon, Dr. Margaret Weiss and the CancerCare nurses at St. Boniface CancerCare and Dr. Alexander at the Selkirk Regional Health Centre and all the wonderful nurses and staff who took such good care of Karen in her final days and hours as she battled her cancer. Arrangements entrusted to: Rock Fontaine Funeral Director Honour-Respect-Dignity Winnipeg 204-223-2576 or toll free 1-866-499-2601

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 25, 2018

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • Karl my heartfelt sympathy on the loss of Karen, your lovely wife as well as your and Karen’s family members. My prayers are with you and the family as you mourn her passing. May the Lord’s presence be a comfort to you at this time. I remember Karen at your side at the AIM banquets, always smiling, warm and friendly. That is how I know and remember her. - Posted by: Marlene Gordiev (Friend ) on: Oct 27, 2018

  • Karl and Mitch and Jane and family, we offer our deepest condolences and prayers for Karen. My first memories of her are as our babysitter. She was our favourite for sure! With her parents, John and Gail, and my parents, Murray and Anne, being such good lifelong friends, it is like you were my big sister. I know Mom and Dad would agree that you were like another daughter, especially in the last few decades. Karl we are all so thankful that you came into her life. Your love and time together put that beautiful smile on her face and sparkle in her eyes. We are all sad that she was taken from us so soon, and yet we take comfort from imagining what great reunion hugs her and Andi are having now. Thinking of you all and wishing much peace, Deanna and Erv - Posted by: Deanna and Erv Wiebe (Family friend) on: Oct 26, 2018

  • Our deepest deepest condolences Karl, Karen was like a daughter to us and left us much too soon. Remember your good times and how much you enjoyed each other not only as a couple but as "very best of friends". Karen brought such infectious happiness to all who knew her and radiated such warmth towards everyone. She was our babysitter as a teenager and oh how we enjoyed your many visits. We, like yourself, will miss her terribly but know that she is now at peace with Andi. Our deepest sympathy Karl and our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time. Murray and Anne Flynn - Posted by: Murray and Anne Flynn (longtime friends of family) on: Oct 25, 2018

  • Karl, Lifting your family up in prayer. I remember Karen's kindness when I met her at the AIM banquets. May you find comfort in God's presence. - Posted by: Brenda Sklar (Former Co-worker ) on: Oct 25, 2018

  • Karl, Please accept our deepest sympathy in the passing of your beautiful wife Karen. The loss of a very special woman. Karen was a blessing to everyone who had the privilege to know her. Celebrating her life honoring her memory and hoping God will bless you you with inner peace. - Posted by: Paul and Janyce Frenette (Friends ) on: Oct 25, 2018

  • Being a friend of Andi, I met Karen when we were in our early University days. Karen had a beautiful spirit just like Andi. I'm very sad to hear of her passing, she was taken too soon, just like Andi. Along with my husband, Dave and brother Chad and his wife Julia we offer our deepest condolences to the family. - Posted by: Melissa Stoddart (Friend of daughter Andi) on: Oct 25, 2018

  • Karl, I am sending my deepest heart felt condolences to you & your family, on the departure of your dear wife Karen. She will be missed!! May you be surrounded with Gods love/comfort/friends and family!! - Posted by: Maria Fender (A friend) on: Oct 25, 2018

  • Karl, Karen was very dear to my heart, Please accept our sincerest condolences in the passing of our dear Karen. Our condolences are extended to all your family and the Lajeunesse family, A life taken away at too young of an age. Love Gerry & Linda - Posted by: Gerry & Linda Paquette (Cousin & Friend) on: Oct 25, 2018

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