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Karen Olafson



July 7, 1964 – October 14, 2022

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Karen Bonita Olafson (Roche) on Oct.14th 2022 in her home in Winnipeg at the age of 58 years.


She is survived by their common law partner of 25 years, Lonnie; her loving childern Gage and Raith; her siblings, Kathy (Darrell), Darlene, Raymond (Brenda), Debbie (Bruce), Dean (Paulette), Dexter (Wendy), Wanda, Jonas (Tanya); and her numerous nieces and nephews.  She will also be missed by many other family and friends.  She was predeceased by her mother Phyllis Roche and father Arthur Roche, sister-in-law Karen, brothers-in-law Alvin and Pete, and nephews Ian, Kelvin and James. 


Karen grew up on the homestead in Hnausa, MB and attended school in Riverton, MB wearing the same outfits as her twin sister Kathy until they were old enough to advocate for their own styles.  The pair were very close, always looking out for each other.  She had an amazing talent for drawing breath-taking pictures with just a pencil, we’ll never forget those art pieces.  Karen was a very intelligent, beautiful, and outgoing person, who loved to have fun.

Karen had Gage in 1996 and Raith in 1998, those boys became her life, and she was never far from them.  Karen was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2016, the boys (and their father Lonnie) had been taking care of her ever since, their dedication and love for their mother reflects on how Karen raised them. 


In tears we saw you sinking,

We watched you fade away,

You suffered much in silence,

You fought so hard to stay.

You faced your task with courage,

Your spirit did not bend,

But still you kept on fighting

Until the very end.

God saw you getting tired,

When a cure was not to be,

So He put His arms around you,

And whispered, "Come to Me".

So when we saw you sleeping

So peaceful, free from pain,

We could not wish you back,

To suffer that again.

You didn't deserve what you went through,

So He took you home to rest.

God's garden must be beautiful,

For He only takes the best.


Karen’s family kindly requests that all of her friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour her memory by watching the photo-biography above. Please, also consider sharing your own photos, memories, and stories by making use of the comment section on this page.


In Accordance with their wishes, cremation has taken place and no formal service will be held.


Cremation & Life Celebrations

530 St, Mary Avenue - Winnipeg

204-421-5501 -

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