It is with heavy hearts we announce the sudden passing of Karen Wilson (née: Fitzpatrick), our cherished wife, mom, grandma, GiGi and friend after a very brief and unexpected courageous battle with cancer. She passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Thursday, December 1st, 2022. Karen was born in Barrie, ON on September 23rd, 1960.
She was predeceased by her parents, Peter and Norma Fitzpatrick; sister, Gail Caplan; and father-in-law, Basil Wilson. Karen is survived by her husband of 42 years, Jim; daughter, Kristen (Ryan) and grandson Maxton of Canmore, AB; son, Michael (Jamie) and granddaughter Ayla of Nashwaak Bridge, NB; brother, Michael (Sheila) of Newburgh, ON; sister, Colleen (Barry) of Breckenridge, QC; mother-in-law, June Wilson; as well as many aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, and friends. Karen is also survived by her friend of 50 years, Debby Dombowsky.
Karen started her professional career in 1995 as an LPN. She shared her caregiving between Pioneer Lodge, Moose Jaw Union Hospital, and the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital, that led to earning her 25-year nursing pin. Karen offered compassion and care in her professional and everyday life. She touched the lives of many and made everyone she met feel special.
Karen enjoyed her cottage at Buffalo Pound Lake, family vacations, as well as hiking, walking, and biking. Her unconditional love for her family grew even more when two little sweet lights came into her life – Ayla and Maxton.
Karen will be sadly missed by all. Her beautiful spirit and kindness will live on.
In keeping with Karen’s wishes, a Private Family Gathering will be held at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, donations in Karen’s name may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 1910 McIntyre St, Regina, SK S4P 2R3 or Moose Jaw Health Foundation, 55 Diefenbaker Drive, Moose Jaw, SK S6J 0C2. Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. Cara Ashworth – Intern Funeral Director 306-693-4550
I’m so very sorry to read of Karen’s passing. I met Karen many years ago thru Gayle. Karen always stopped to talk.
She was such a ray of sunshine.
Condolences to all her family
My deepest sympathy to Karen’s family She was a very special person and I will miss her very much My thoughts and prayers are with you all may her memory bring a smile to your face as mine when I think of her I know her family was a great sense of pride and love for her Peace be with you
Deepest sympathies to Karen’s family. Karen was a kind and caring person and a pleasure to work with. She will be missed by many
Jim and family:
Our deepest condolences, such a shock.
Karen was a wonderful nurse and always a smile. She will be missed.
Jim and family
So very sorry to hear of Karen’s passing.
She was such a joy to work with and such a great friend.
Wonderful person through and through.
My deepest sympathies
There are no words
Just like the song Karen was “simply the best “. I’m so sorry Jim, Kris, Mike and family. I will always remember her kind and generous heart and her contagious laugh. She was an amazing nurse and the most amazing mother. She will be deeply missed by all.
To Karen’s Family.. My deepest condolences to you all.. I had the pleasure of working at pioneer when she was working there.. A wonderful caregiver..Always had her patients care first and foremost in her heart.. May your memories carry you through this difficult time.
Dear Jim, Kristen, Mike and family,
We were so very sad to hear about Karen’s passing. She was our kids’ first babysitter who took such good care of them. We will remember her kind spirit, her joy of life and her love of her family. We will keep you in our prayers at this difficult time. Our hearts are very tender at this time.
She will be greatly missed.
The Sinclair family ( Cathy, Doug, Mike and Katie)
Karen’s family. My deepest condolences to all.May your memories carry each of you through this difficult time..
Our deepest sympathies to Jim and family. Karen always had a smile on her face and a quick and friendly hello when you saw her in the halls of the hospital. She will be missed by everyone who knew her. May you find comfort in your many memories.
Our hearts go out to Jim and the family. Karen was a beautiful woman, inside and out. Her face would light up when we ran into each other on the block, and always asked about our busy boys. I loved our quick visits and chats about flowers……..she’d laugh and tell me how she could never get hers to look as nice as mine. She was a very special person and our family will truly miss her.
We are thinking of you Jim, Kristen and Mike and your loved ones during this difficult time.
Karen was a gem who shone such a bright light. I loved her laugh especially.
We ache for you.
My thoughts and prayers are with you Jim and your families at this very hard time. My heart goes out to you and all your loved ones. R.I.P Karen!
My condolences to all of Karen’s family. Karen was such a joy to work with and I enjoyed getting to know her through our many chats about our shared interests. She was always so kind & thoughtful and I know she will be missed by so many people.
To all of Karen family I offer my deepest condolences. I will always remember Karen’s smile and gentle way. She was a treasure that will be missed by all.
I am so thankful to have met and enjoyed this woman in my life. I knew Karen from school, and then in passing through life. She was the most genuine person. I definitely will miss our short, pleasant chats. My heart goes out to her family. She is missed already.
My deepest condolences to you all. Our thoughts are with you. I’m so grateful to have visited a while back with my Mom. She will be truly missed.
So sorry to her of Karen’s passing, I worked with her at Union Hospital, and she was a delight to work with. RIP sweet lady
Jim, Kristen, Mike -Impossible to express the appropriate words…Karen was a friend, neighbor and co-worker. Special memories of visits on your deck at the lake-sharing family stories- you guys were her “everything”. She was truly a kind, loving woman. We “ache” for you all. She will be missed!
Awe so sorry for the family’s loss karen was a kind genuine person enjoyed working with her just so sad
Jim and family
So very sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. She was a very special person and will be greatly missed. She was always so kind and compassionate and just the best to all of her coworkers and patients. Beautiful inside and out! Thoughts are with you all in this difficult time. RIP Karen.
Kristen and Michael, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your lovely mom. She was always so friendly when we saw each other, even years after I had met her through you when I was teaching. Take care. We have lost a good person for sure.
So very sorry to hear of Karen’s passing so sorry for your loss, Karen was one of the best that I’ve ever had the privilege to work with, my sincere condolences
Jim and family, such a huge loss for everyone who knew Karen. She was truly the kindest person Ive ever met.
Jim and family, we were so shocked to hear of Karen’s passing. She was such a beautiful soul, kind, giving, sincere…..we feel honoured to have known her. We are thinking of you all at this sad time, cherish those memories. Hugs to all.
Jim, Kristen and Mike and families, my deepest sympathy goes out to you. Karen was always such a great person to sit and visit with. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time.
Jim, Kristen, Michael and families, we were so sad to see that Karen had passed. Dan worked with her for many years at Pioneer and always said she was such an asset to the facility—so amazingly kind and caring. Since she retired our grocery shopping time at the Co-op seemed to overlap quite often and we would spend more time visiting than getting groceries! We can’t fathom the sadness you’re feeling or the hole that has been left in your lives, but know that we care and are thinking about you. Take care of each other and cherish all the great memories.
My condolences to all of Karen’s family. I have had the privilege working with Karen at the Moose Jaw hospital. Her kind nature was so infectious. She was always positive at work which always brightened my day. RIP Karen.
I was so sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. Karen always had a smile no matter what she was doing. She was such a wonderful person inside and out. She will be greatly missed in many people’s hearts.
I knew Karen from the hospital. She certainly chose the right career. Her kind and positive attitude is something that should be adopted by many others.
She will truly be missed by all that knew her.
Jim, Kristen and Mike, we are so sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. We were so fortunate to have been neighbours years ago. It was always fun to run into Karen and have a visit. Her cheerfulness and positive attitude were lovely. She will be missed. Take care.
Jim, Kristen., Mike. Cousins Colleen and Mike.
It is such a shock to hear of Karen’s sudden illness and passing. I have such fond memories of the Fitzpatrick clan arriving on the train from down east to spend summers and Christmases with us, the Marshes. My deepest sympathy to you all. May you be at peace, Sweet Karen,
Julie Symington, nee Marsh
Karen was a wonderful caring nurse and person. Her quiet nature was a joy to work with. So sorry for your major loss
Jim & family:
So sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. I have so many fond memories of of Karen & feel blessed to of known her❤️
To Jim and family: My sincere condolences on the passing of your wife and I’m very sorry for your loss.
We were so very sad to learn of Karen’s passing . I knew her well when we worked at the Union Hospital …she was such a pleasure to work with…always positive, happy and caring! Hold on tight to all the good memories as I’m sure there are so many ! ❤️Colette and Dave Krawczyk
I apologize for this late message Jim, Kirsten, Mike, and cousins Michael and Colleen
I just saw my sister Joanne, in Calgary who told me she’d emailed me about dear Karen, but I hadn’t received it from her!
Needless to say, I’m shocked about Karen’s diagnosis and death and am thinking of all of you with my deepest sympathy.
The 5 Marsh girls and the 4 Fitz kids spent some fun holiday times together when we were young in the “olden days”! Karen always kept Joanne in the loop about family goings on more recently. I pray that as time passes the acuteness of your sense of loss eases and that all the beautiful memories you have of your fun lives with her keep her alive in your hearts forever!
Barbara (Marsh) Ebbers
Jim and Family: We were so sorry to hear about Karen. We were just mentioning the other day how much we enjoyed our chats with you guys whenever we ran into you in town. We hope you have been surrounded by friends and family during this difficult time. Take care and know we are thinking of you!
Rick and Brenda
Kristen, Ryan and family, we are so very sorry for your loss and send of our love and deepest condolences