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Born: Aug 07, 1963
Date of Passing: Aug 03, 2020Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
Karen is survived by her daughter Kristen and son-in-law Jayson May; sisters, Cathy Nuessler (Dieter), Darlene (Jason), Judy, Cyndie; brothers, Dean (Christine, Tina), William; nieces, Sonya (Ian), Tara (Matt, Summer, Josh), Anita (Chad, Hope, Hannah); nephews, Brian (Jen), Derek (Kendra), and aunts, Adela Pollock and Helen Heyko. She was predeceased by her father Josays Undiks and mother Sylvia Heyko.
Karen was most proud of her daughter Kristen and loved her to the moon and back. She dedicated most of her life to raising a kind-hearted, strong and independent woman. Karen and Kristen enjoyed many road trips together, going on many sightseeing adventures, exploring the great outdoors, and camping along the way. One thing Kristen will miss most of all is her daily phone calls where they would talk about their day and her mom would give the best advice even in the toughest of situations.
As a teenager, Karen participated in the Air Cadet Program where she quickly formed lifelong friendships with people who admired her exuberant approach to life. A multitude of cadets at the local squadron in Winnipeg and camp in Penhold looked up to her exemplary leadership. She stood for what the Cadets are about - the development of youth in Canada, and will be remembered for her beautiful smile and fun-loving attitude.
As an entrepreneur, Karen established her successful printing company, Office ENGINEuity, and worked hard to build it from the ground up. Over the last 10 years she took great pride in running her business, focusing on providing exceptional service to her clients nationwide.
Karen had a beautiful heart and giving back was so very important to her. She did so by volunteering in different programs for over 30 years. In 2011 Karen received the prestigious Volunteer of the Year Award for her tireless efforts and dedication to a charity that was dear to her heart, the Canadian Diabetes Association.
She was also a devoted volunteer with Special Olympics Manitoba and for many years Karen and Kristen never missed a Saturday morning with their athletes on the Thunder Rollers Team at Billy Mosienko Lanes. Karen's athletes were her absolute pride and joy and this work brought immeasurable happiness to her life.
Karen loved the outdoors, golfing, travelling the world, sewing and was a very talented cross-stitch artist, passing on her love of creating beautiful hand-made pieces to her daughter.
Karen was a wonderful aunt to her nieces and nephews and they will always remember her as a role model for being a positive, caring, respectful and giving person. Her thoughtfulness will be remembered by how she loved to spend time with her family and for always making an effort to embrace the kids - including teaching them how to make her legendary pavlova!
Karen was full of light and kindness and her love was far-reaching. Karen's family and friends will forever cherish all of the memories they have of her.
A private service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Special Olympics Manitoba.
A special thank you to the medical staff and volunteers in the MICU at Health Sciences Centre for the special care you provided.
She will be deeply missed by all.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 08, 2020
Condolences & Memories (5 entries)
My deepest condolences to Karen's family. Karen was my salesrep when she worked for Moore Canada. Once Karen started her own business we moved our forms to her company. Always professional, honest and precise she was a joy to work with. I will miss our friendly chats. May all your wonderful memories of Karen help you in the months ahead. - Posted by: Ruth Graham (Customer) on: Aug 14, 2020
Dear Judy and Family, So sorry to hear of the loss of your sister. She obviously was an important part of all of your lives. Your family has had much sorrow over the last few months. My heart and deepest condolences is with all of you. . Kathy Fearn, Unionville, Ontario - Posted by: Kathy Fearn (Friend of Judy Undiks ) on: Aug 10, 2020
Our deepest condolences go the the entire Undiks family. I also had the pleasure of working with Karen at Penhold Air Cadet Camp. This has most definitely left a huge hole in our ranks. It was also an honour to be in Kerry and Aziz’s wedding party with Karen. Karen Undiks will now be one of the Lord’s hardworking Angels!! RIP Our friend. Until we meet again. - Posted by: David Milton (Friend) on: Aug 08, 2020
Dear Judy and family, Thinking of you all at this very sad time...the loss of beautiful Karen. My sincere condolences, Sally W. - Posted by: Sal Warbuton (Friend to Karen's sister Judy) on: Aug 08, 2020
So sorry about Karen. Much too young. Condolences and prayers to the family. I remember Karen as a caring individual who wanted to help the air cadet youth develop at camp. A true loss. RIP - Posted by: Doug cochrane (Friend from penhold air cadet camp) on: Aug 08, 2020
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