Karen was born in Russell, Manitoba on December 7, 1943 to parents Emil and Martha Koss. Karen grew up with her brother Bobby, sister Ada, and brother Wilbert on the family farm North of Russell.
Karen was very proud being raised on the family farm. She went to Londonderry School in the country and then to Russell. After school, Karen moved to Winnipeg and worked for Manitoba Telephone Services. Karen met Jack in 1969 and they were married on May 9,1970. Over the next five years they had three boys; in three different cities, in three different provinces.
In 1977, Karen moved to Esterhazy where she called home for over 40 years. For 7 of those years, Karen raised the boys while Jack worked away on construction. The boys were respectful of their mother but always feared the wooden spoon and the quote “Wait till your father gets home on the weekend!”
Karen was kept busy taking the boys to sports but she made time to be an active parishioner of the Lutheran church and a member of the ladies 5-pin afternoon bowling league.
After the boys finished high school Karen moved around Canada with Jack living in numerous locations such as: Flin Flon, Red Deer, Fort Saskatchewan, Sylvan Lake, Brockville, Kingston, and Dartmouth.
They loved to tour the areas where they lived, taking in all the sites. While at these construction projects they met and enjoyed the company of the many new friends they had made.
Karen inherited her mother’s love of cooking. Some family favourites were: turkey stuffing, homemade buns, sour cabbage rolls., lasagna, Yorkshire pudding, cinnamon scuffles, lemon squares, pineapple cheesecake and apple pie.
Karen will forever be known for her warm smile and caring nature. These gracious qualities always made her an easy person to have a sincere conversation with.
Karen was predeceased by her brother Bobby, sister Ada, and brother Wilbert.
Karen is survived by her husband, Jack and three sons, Tim (Donnica), Todd (Shawna), Rob (Judy); six grandchildren Dalton, McKenna, Avery, Cole, Anna, and Abby.
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