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Karen is survived by her children, Jayson, Jody, Jenna, and Kailey, their partners; her nephew, Scott Swirski; and many grandchildren. She is predeceased by her husband, parents, sister, and in-laws.
Karen grew up in Swan River, MB, and was involved in the community. Karen moved to Winnipeg to attend University, where she met some lifelong friends, including her husband Don. Karen spent her teaching career in rural Manitoba. Karen had a passion for curling and played for many years with Don (they even had matching curling outfits, hats included!) Karen and Don settled in Charleswood, where they raised their children and became very active in the community. Karen volunteered with many organizations over the years. Summers were often spent returning to Swan River to visit her parents, old friends and camping in the Duck Mountains with her family.
After retirement, Karen continued her passion for reading, mastering the newspaper puzzles, keeping up on curling, and playing bridge more days of the week than not. A huge part of her life was spending time with her grandchildren, often spending the entire summer with them. Of course, it was a huge inconvenience because it got in the way of bridge! Karen leaves behind many happy memories with all those who loved her.
We would like to thank all the medical personal who have assisted her over the years, especially at the St. Boniface Hospital in her final days.
In lieu of flowers, please stop smoking and donate your money instead to the Charleswood 55+ Active Living Centre.
All are welcome to the funeral to be held on Thursday, October 7, at 10:00 a.m., at Charleswood United Church, 4820 Roblin Blvd. Reception to follow is limited to those who are fully vaccinated. Please contact Charleswood United Church to access Zoom information.
For those who wish to sign the online
Guest Book please visit www.chapellawn.ca
Chapel Lawn Funeral Home
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 05, 2021
Condolences & Memories (4 entries)
I’m so sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. I enjoyed playing bridge with her over the years. She had a great sense of humour and a very positive attitude toward life. - Posted by: Dorothy Field (Friend) on: Oct 12, 2021
We were saddened to hear about the passing of Karen. Our thoughts are with the family during this very sad time. We remember sitting near each other at many football fields and in many cold arenas watching our sons play football and hockey. We will miss Karen. - Posted by: Alfred and Iris Beghin (Friend) on: Oct 06, 2021
Our sincere sympathy to you the family. Karen was a well known member at the Charleswood 55 Plus Centre and she never missed any social activities prior to COVID. She was active in the Bridge, cards, luncheons, meetings, BBQs, bake sales and teas. Karen was always generous and kind and she did all she could to remain active and involved. We will miss her greatly. Thank you so much for thinking of the Centre in your request for donations in her name. We will share this sad news with our members. - Posted by: Sherry Mooney (Charleswood 55 Plus Active Living Centre, Board Chair) on: Oct 05, 2021
I was very sorry to hear of Karen's passing. I played bridge with her at the Charleswood Senior Centre. Karen was very good at bridge, and was patient with me, as I was new to it. She had a good wit and sense of humour. We had good times. My sincerest condolences to her family - Posted by: Colleen Klatt (friendI) on: Oct 05, 2021
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