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Date of Passing: Oct 12, 2020

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In the early hours of October 12, 2020, I lost my best friend and wife, Karen Keppler. Although she was not ready to go and fought hard to stay, her heart decided it did not want to work anymore.
Karen was born in 1953 to Edward and Elva Youngs. Recently she moved to Pinawa Manitoba to enjoy a life of semi-retirement from her careers of entrepreneur, educator, Professor, author, mentor and online curriculum designer. I know there are many who will miss her in these and the many other roles she fulfilled with her students, customers and many, many friends.
Special to her were cousin Len Holm and her dearest Auntie Jean, she adored you two.
In keeping with her wishes, and with social distancing in mind, there will be no formal service at this time. If possible, a small tribute, memorial and interment service will be held this spring at her chosen final resting place, Pinawa Cemetery.

I will miss you so my friend.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 17, 2020

Condolences & Memories (12 entries)

  • I wish you nothing but comfort and strength. Rest in peace - Posted by: Andre Soliman (Riel LAC Member) on: Oct 19, 2020

  • Very sorry Alvin to learn that Karen is gone. Karen certainly made a mark in this world. She had a wonderful way of conducting meetings and sharing ideas and spearheading new ventures. A mesmerizing speaker. With a lighthearted manner, she could command the attention of a room and move everyone to action on important endeavors. May she rest in peace. - Posted by: Tania Drepko (Friend) on: Oct 18, 2020

  • I am sorry for your loss Alvin. You have lost a wife and friend. What a good person! I am a living proof of Karen Keppler's goodness. I tried to get in touch with her since September but with no success. April 3, 2020 was the last time we chatted on Facebook. I knew something was wrong and she must be unwell. I keep watching her Facebook profile and googling her name time to time and I saddenly found her passing today on the Winnipeg Free Press. I feel sad. I have lost a friend and life mentor. I talked with my dad today and he sends his condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Alvin! Rest in peace Karen Keppler! You will be missed my friend! - Posted by: Adama Diop (Friend) on: Oct 18, 2020

  • My condolences in the loss of your wife Alvin. Sorry for your loss. May she Rest In Peace. - Posted by: Dan Wark (Former Morse Place resident) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • I had the distinct pleasure of working with Karen on some innovative curriculum development projects quite a number of years ago and it was the first time I had heard the words "business incubator". I truly think of Karen whenever I come across people starting interesting new ventures. Karen blew me away with her passion for her work, her insights, her talent for program development, and her absolute love of learning and teaching. She made such an impression on me ... my sincere condolences on your loss. - Posted by: Margerit (Collaborator (years ago)) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • Karen was an amazing lady! She was instrumental in promoting all aspects of education in our province and often in country-wide initiatives. Karen was often sought after to serve on numerous committees, where she usually volunteered her time to assist communities throughout the province to improve the efficiency of the learning process, and to open up new methods of teaching for various subjects. I worked on committees with Karen to improve internet access in all areas of the province, where she played a leading role in helping rural areas to gain better access in order to even attempt these new methods. Karen was a pioneer who had a vision of how the Internet offers individuals enhanced access to sources of knowledge and expertise. She was instrumental in promoting change for the better. Karen will be sadly missed by her family and many friends. Many of us will remember her as a leader in education and technology, and how she promoted that they will increasingly be intertwined. God Bless Karen, friend and leader of so many of us. - Posted by: Lloyd Roche (formerly with Evergreen School Division) (Friend) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • Raymond and I are shocked and saddened to hear of Auntie Karen's passing. We will remember her fondly and miss her terribly. - Posted by: Kathryn Braun (Friend ) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • My sincere condolences to and your family. Karen was always a pleasure to work with. I am sure you and her little pups will miss her dearly. So very sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Linda van den Broek (Client) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • Alvin, I was so sorry to hear about Karen. She was an absolutely wonderful person. Her caring and compassion will be missed by many. Cherish the memories. They will be with you forever - Posted by: Bill Riches (Friend ) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • Karen was the person providing guidance, support, sage advice and most importantly, friendship to me. She was a true professional, caring deeply for her Herzing family and its’ programs. I will always consider you my friend, Karen. May you Rest in Peace ☮️. The LORD is welcoming. My humblest condolences to your family members and closet friends. Amen 🙏 - Posted by: Andrew Pugachev (Co-Worker at Herzing College ) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • It is with profound sadness that we today learned of Karen’s passing. She was such an amazing, gifted, talented, patient, kind, caring, understanding, supportive, nurturing person. She was a gift to many. The world has lost a very bright light. When I remember times shared with her, I will always remember her infectious smile. When Karen smiled, even her eyes were happy. Alvin, we send you our love, thoughts and understanding. The world will never be the same! - Posted by: Al and Dianne Brockmeyer (friends) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • My very deepest sympathies Alvin. You were such a beautiful couple. My thoughts and prayers are with you my friend. Gaby - Posted by: Gaby Musick (Friend & work acquaintance ) on: Oct 17, 2020

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