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Born: Jul 05, 1954

Date of Passing: Nov 03, 2019

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July 5, 1954 - November 3, 2019

In the early hours of Sunday, November 3, 2019, after her battle with a lengthy illness, Karen passed away peacefully at the Grace Hospice.
She will now join her parents, Henry and Emy; and grandfather Shigeki Nishioka. Karen will be sadly missed by her husband Jim Kajpust; sisters, Sheila and Cathy; brothers-in-law, Allan and Rolfe; sister-in-law Melissa; nephews, Andrew, Daniel, and David; niece Holly; uncle Dr. Hiro Nishioka; and her "genius" pal Charlie (Cathy's yellow lab).
Born and raised in Winnipeg, she attended Isaac Brock, Greenway, General Wolfe and Daniel McIntyre Collegiate Institute. She received her BA from the University of Winnipeg and then pursued an accounting career. After 29 years, she retired from Standard Aero as a financial analyst.
Karen loved winter trips to sun destinations, especially "shelling" on Sanibel Island (in pursuit of "the elusive" Junonia shell), Palm Springs, Hawaii and many trips to Clear Lake. A Winnipeg Jets supporter from their WHA days, she also followed the Toronto Blue Jays, PGA tour and, most recently, the Oklahoma Sooners football team.
Always one to be up for the challenge of a tough sudoku, she also enjoyed gardening (producing delicious cucumbers and tomatoes), trying new recipes, long walks and trips to the casino.
Above all else, Karen had a kind and gentle soul, always putting others before herself. She provided loving care to her Mom and Dad during their lengthy illnesses. She was especially supportive of her nephew, Andrew, in his pursuit of his educational and personal goals. She will always be remembered by those who knew and loved her.
Her family would like to express their deepest thanks to Dr. Vallerie Gordon, Alishia, the CancerCare team and the community palliative care nurses. They would like to extend a special thank you to the Grace Hospice staff and volunteers. Your care, support and kindness during Karen's illness meant so much to Karen and her family.
At Karen's request, no formal service will be held. Cremation has already occurred and a private family interment will take place at a later date.
Should friends so desire donations may be made, in her memory, to the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation at or to the Grace Hospice through the Grace Hospital Foundation at, with designation, Grace Hospice.

Bardal Funeral Home
843 Sherbrook Street, 204-774-7474

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 09, 2019

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • My deepest sympathies to Jim and to Karen's family. Such a tragic loss. May she enjoy the after life with no pain with her family and friends who have passed on before her. RIP Karen. - Posted by: Shauna Thibault (Friend) on: Nov 15, 2019

  • Sheila and Cathy, so sorry on the loss of your sister Karen. I worked with your father and you Cathy at Gemini(Cdn.Garment) days. Have fond memories. My thoughts are with you and your families. Marge Aitkenhead. - Posted by: Marge Aitkenhead (Co-worker with Father Henry) on: Nov 14, 2019

  • My condolences to Jim and Family. May you treasure and cherish all the wonderful time you had together. Sorry for your loss. - Posted by: jilly-jan ortilla (friend) on: Nov 14, 2019

  • My sincere condolences to Sheila and Cathy on the loss of your sister Karen. I remember you 3 girls and all your family when we lived on Clifton St. Also Karen and I would sometimes walk home from the bus after our days attending the U of W. She always scored high marks and was very studious. It was nice to see her at Tuxedo Villa when she was visiting your Dad and I my friend. May Karen's memories bring you peace, strength and comfort. Carolyn - Posted by: Carolyn Ranson (childhood neighbour) on: Nov 09, 2019

  • I am so saddened to hear of Karen's passing. Karen and I went to General Wolfe and Daniel McIntyre Schools. We were on sports teams together. She was quite the athlete. We hadn't seen each other for many years until a little more than a year ago, where we often ran into each other while visiting family members at Calvary Place Personal Care home. She was the same gentle and soft spoken person I had known in school. My sincerest condolences to Jim and family. - Posted by: June Pospishell (school friend) on: Nov 09, 2019

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