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Karen Gislason

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(née MANN)

October 1, 1954 – May 5, 2024

With heavy hearts, we announce that Karen passed away on May 05, 2024 at the age of 69 years.


She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Dennis; children, Steven (Jen) and Melissa (Blair); grandchildren, Jasmin, Tristen, Evan, Emery; as well as her siblings, nieces and nephews, plus extended family and friends.


Karen retired the Federal Public Service in 2009. She had worked for several departments throughout her 30 year career. It is while working for the Department of Supply and Services that she met her future husband, Dennis. When they retired, they managed to take several memorable trips. She loved going to get her nails done, going to casino, painting, and loved shopping for her grandchildren.

A celebration of Karen’s life will be held at 2:00pm May 23, 2024 at 603 Wellington Crescent at Academy Road (Unitarian Church).


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Cancer Care Manitoba.

Karen’s family kindly requests that all of her friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour her memory by sharing photos, memories, and stories, using the comment section on this page.


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530 St. Mary Avenue - Winnipeg

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Bonnie Thompson Webb

May 15, 2024 at 1:59 AM

Condolences to Karens family and friends♥️

Norman Thompson

May 15, 2024 at 1:14 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends. Karen was a wonderful spirit, she will be missed.

Maria Bamforth

May 15, 2024 at 1:13 AM

We are really going to miss Karen. As a close friend for over 40 years, I think back about all of the good times we had travelling, laughing, and experiencing our daughters grow up together, Karen was an excellent cook and her prime rib dinner was the best. When spending time in Arizona or the lake, you could usually find her outside enjoying the very early mornings with a good book and a hot coffee. She was a person with a big heart, and always had time for her friends and family. Karen was especially proud of her children and couldn't stop talking about her grandchildren.


Rest in peace my friend.

Sue Ingleton

May 14, 2024 at 9:43 PM

Karen, the woman who used to scare me until I got to know her.  As we became great friends, I learned she was such a caring person, always putting everyone else first.

Thinking back to our compensation days, her questions at pay seminars would drive us all crazy, but she needed to know how it was going to work from the beginning to the end of a pay transaction.  She had the experience of working at Pay Office and then she became a Compensation Advisor, so then it all made sense why she would ask all those questions.

I admired her amazing vocabulary.  I’d sit there in my cubicle at 303 and listen to her speak with clients.  I wanted to be like her as an advisor, so I took that experience of working with her and applied it to my work ethic.

After retirement, we worked closely together for a few years and became close friends. She was there for me when I was fighting cancer.  We enjoyed our times at the lake, lunches with our advisor friends and sitting around at my place shooting the breeze.

She loved her family, she loved to travel.  She was a caregiver to many family members and her family meant the world to her.  I will miss you Karen, you are now pain free.  Rest in peace wherever you may be.

Carol Rybczuk

May 14, 2024 at 9:11 PM

May Karen rest in peace! My sincere condolences to the family.


May 14, 2024 at 8:50 PM

Dennis, Steven, Melissa and family,

I am so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful wife and Mom.

I first met Karen at SSC and later at another dept where I had the opportunity to work with her. She was an excellent Comp Advisor, an amazing colleague, and a thoughtful and caring friend. Karen was a fighter and she was strong willed. I will miss her and her friendship and the lunches we had with our other colleagues. 

Sending you all strength, love and hugs.


Connie Kissel

May 14, 2024 at 8:21 PM

I will truly miss our our chats and hugs in the kitchen touching base and sharing stories of grandchildren. Rest easy my friend.🩷

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