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Born: Jan 26, 1945

Date of Passing: Feb 22, 2023

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(nee KLETKE)

It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of Karen Louise Palanuk, on February 22, 2023.
Karen leaves to mourn her husband of 52 years, Garth Palanuk and daughter Jennifer Palanuk. Sister Jan Kushnier (Randie), brothers William "Bill" Kletke (Shannon) and Greg Kletke (Carmen) of Canmore, Alberta and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Karen was predeceased by her mother Louise Kletke (nee, Zimmerman) and her father William Kletke.
Karen was born in Winnipeg, on January 26, 1945. She attended Elmwood School during her junior years and graduated high school from River East in 1963. She joined the Teachers' Training College in the fall of '63. She graduated in 1964 and took up a teaching position for grade 4 in Dugald, Manitoba. Her first classroom was two boxcars joined together. She then moved to Transcona where she taught at Central School. She retired in 1973.
Karen and Garth met at Luther League at Grace Lutheran Church. They were married in May of 1971. A daughter, Jennifer Vanessa was born in June of 1974.
Karen travelled with Garth on his business trips throughout the United States, the U.K. and The Netherlands. They travelled for pleasure to places like Arizona, the Bahamas, Costa Rica, Cuba and Spain.
She was the Treasurer for the Red River Arts and Craft Association. She invented the wall hanging that included a large ring with a web crocheted in the centre. Her works are still hung in business offices in Winnipeg. She also invented a butterfly made with plastic piping that was very popular at her mall sales.
Karen was an animal lover and over the years was den mother to Princess Priscilla (Yorkie), Meaghan (Shih Tzu) and Chloe and Molly (Lhasa Apso).
The family would like to send a special thank you to the staff at the Selkirk Regional Health Centre and the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre for their extraordinary caring and compassion shown to Karen.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held on April 29, at 1:00 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 211 Kimberley Avenue, in East Kildonan. Interment will take place at a later date. Donations may be made to CancerCare, Manitoba or a charity of your choice.

To hear her voice, to see her smile,
To sit and talk with her a while,
To be together in the same old way,
Would be our dearest wish today.


Arrangements by Voyage Funeral Home, 220 Hespeler Avenue, Winnipeg, MB,R2L 0L4.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 04, 2023

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • My heartfelt condolences to Garth, Jennifer, Jan, Bill, Greg and the entire extended family of dearly departed Karen. Karen's sunny engaging ways , her unique artistic fashion sense and contagious laugh will stay with me always.. Such a sweet woman , a great teacher and a very sad loss too soon for this world. May the memory of her warmth, and love surround you forever, love Roxanne - Posted by: Roxanne (relative) on: Apr 06, 2023

  • Condolences to Garth, Jennifer and family of Karen. We’ve known them for many years, especially Jennifer as she and our daughter have been great friends since high school. All the best as you remember your loved one. - Posted by: Carol & Helmut Sakwi (Friends) on: Mar 08, 2023

  • Garth and Jennifer, So sorry to hear about the sudden passing of Karen. She was such a friendly, warm person. Our sincere condolences, Michelle and John Rutherford - Posted by: John and Michelle Rutherford (SISTER'S RELATIVE) on: Mar 07, 2023

  • My condolences to Garth & Jennifer. I reminisce the conversations we had at Red River art & craft meetings and long conversations with coffee at the many mall shows that we part of. She would spend hours working on her crocheted rings and was always maticulous about her booth appearance. Hubert Theroux - Posted by: Hubert Theroux (Coleague) on: Mar 07, 2023

  • My heartfelt condolences to Garth, Jennifer and the Kletke Family. I have many fond memories of Karen and the Kletke Family when I was growing up in Elmwood. Rest in Peace Karen. - Posted by: Gail Rau (childhood friend) on: Mar 06, 2023

  • Shellie and I and our daughters were saddened to learn of Karen's passing and offer our sincere condolences to Garth and Jennifer. We will forever remember our extended business trips together and being entertained at games nights. - Posted by: Peter Sklepowich (Former co-worker at Bristol Aerospace) on: Mar 06, 2023

  • Garth - so sorry to hear of your loss. Hoping that love and wonderful memories will provide you comfort during this difficult time. - Posted by: Russ Duffy (Former Co-worker at Bristol Aerospace) on: Mar 05, 2023

  • I loved visiting Karen and Garth at their lovely home. Karen was always so gracious to her relatives from afar; she made me feel like I lived around the corner. When you were in conversation with Karen, you were the centre of that moment (unless a beloved dog happened to need her attention, of course!). Her ability to travel ended way too early with her foot pain, but we all remember how much she loved to fly. My hope is that her world is now filled with flight. Jennifer and Garth are in our thoughts and prayers. - Posted by: Carmen Colborne (Sister-in-law) on: Mar 05, 2023

  • Heartfelt condolences on the loss of your wife and Mother on behalf of the “Palahniuk” family (the few of us that remain). Carol Grierson (cousin) - Posted by: Carol (Cousin) on: Mar 04, 2023

  • Sincerest condolences to Garth and Jennifer on the untimely loss of your beloved wife and mother. May memories of life with Karen be a comfort as you heal. - Posted by: Gord Richardson (Fellow employee at Bristol Aerospace ) on: Mar 04, 2023

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