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KAREN MARIE LOSCERBO (MCKENZIE)
Born: Mar 18, 1943
Date of Passing: Jun 19, 2022Offer Condolences or Memory Make a donation to Health Sciences Centre Foundation
KAREN MARIE LOSCERBO
Surrounded by her loving family, Karen Loscerbo passed away peacefully on June 19, 2022 at Health Sciences Centre at the age of 79 years.
She was predeceased by her parents, Allan and Jessie (nee Sullivan) McKenzie.
Karen is survived by her children, Kenneth (Maria Elena) Loscerbo of Winnipeg, MB and Julia (Alf) Garvin of Calgary, AB; grandchildren, Amanda, Alexander and Andrew Loscerbo, and Joshua and Grace Garvin. She also leaves her sister Arleen (Bob) Hill and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
Karen was born in Brandon, Manitoba on March 18, 1943. Her family moved to Winnipeg when she was three years old and they lived in the Wolseley area. She attended St. Mary's Academy in high school as the first of three generations of "SMA girls". She would say that some of her happiest years were spent at the Academy. She received the Skinner Memorial Shield which was awarded for cooperation, participation and sportsmanship. The write up described her as an "ever ready help mate in a pinch" and having a "million dollar smile".
The million dollar smile likely played a role in the meeting and marriage of Mom and Dad. In 1967, they married and were blessed quickly with two children, Ken in 1968 and 13 months later, Julia in 1970. Karen's calling was to be a teacher and with the responsibility of being a student at teachers college and having two young children, she needed to be strategic. She would bring her one and two year old with her to the library and the librarian would race to find the resource material she needed for her courses in an effort to maintain the peace.
Karen worked at St. Amant Centre teaching students with disabilities for most of her career. She had endless patience and kindness for her students and felt they taught her about love, being genuine and heartfelt joy.
Karen was a gift to all who knew her but most of all to her children and grandchildren. She never missed a chance to tell each of us that she loves us unconditionally and we knew it was true. She was optimistic, generous, caring and a champion listener. Karen knew how to whip up some kooky schemes and never dampened the fun! She would say it's better to laugh than cry. Karen had a strong faith that carried her through hard times. She would remind us that God has a plan for our lives full of peace, hope and a good future. Mom bravely faced her final moments, eager to be with the Lord.
The family would like to thank the kind, supportive health care staff at Health Sciences Surgical ICU for their compassionate care.
Mass of the Resurrection will be held on Tuesday, June 28 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Rosary Church, 510 River Ave., Winnipeg, with condolences to the family to commence at 10:00 a.m. The Mass will be livestreamed at:
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Health Sciences Centre Foundation.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 24, 2022
Condolences & Memories (3 entries)
Julia, Alf, Josh and Grace, Sending my sympathy and condolences of the loss of your Mom & Grandmother. May she rest in peace and walk with you in your lives as your guardian angel. Suzanne, Chip and Family - Posted by: Suzanne Doig (friend) on: Jun 28, 2022
Mrs. Loscerbo, if I could have... I would have told you that of the many wonderful and creative ways that you chose to live life, of helping others, being a beacon of light and joy, of whipping up kooky schemes (as it says above) one of the best creations, the one I am most grateful for today, is your daughter. To Julia, to everyone who loved Mrs Loscerbo, I’m so very sorry for your loss. I sincerely hope that the grief you feel now is managed with memories of the best of times, the joyful times, the quiet easeful times, and remembering all the loving moments had, together. - Posted by: Leesa Iverson (Julia’s friend. ) on: Jun 27, 2022
My condolences to the families. - Posted by: Valerie Alderson (Healthcare ) on: Jun 24, 2022
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