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HARALDS, Karen Lynn

January 30, 1966 — October 6, 2023

Karen Haralds/Hoeschle was a loving wife, mother, sister, friend, and grandmother. She passed away on October 6th, 2023, after bravely facing Cancer for several years.

She was born to Jaqueline Nichol and Barry Daws on January 30th, 1966. She met her first husband in highschool, and they had their son, Parker Haralds, in September 1995. From that day forward, she was a shining example of what a mother truly is. As I write this, I am struck by how impossible it is to capture what an amazing person and mother she was to me. Karen remarried in 2014 to the love of her life and adventure partner, Richard Hoeschle.

Karen loved bringing people together and celebrating even the smallest events in life. She was known for her bright personality and (sometimes raunchy) sense of humour. Always the athlete, she strived to excel in every competitive sport she was involved with. This included an impressive soccer career, including winning the 1983 BC Summer Games. She spent her spare time doing a very wide variety of activities including her famous “big walks”, skiing, paddleboarding and essentially anything else she could think of.

She had such a big heart and will be missed by everyone who was fortunate to have her in their lives.

A Celebration of Life will be held with close family and friends according to Karen’s wishes. The date and time will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the KGH Foundation.

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KGH Foundation Link: www.kghfoundation.com




  • Barb Vlake says:

    I am deeply sorry for your loss. Karen was an all-around lovely person and will be hugely missed by myself and many others. Big hugs to you all.

  • Lindsay Zeitz says:

    I am so saddened by the loss of such a beautiful person. I am a colleague of Karen’s and met her in 2015 when she joined the Kelowna office. I was instantly drawn to her charismatic, shining, fun and easy going personality and loved laughing with her in the office and on lunchtime walks. We also shared a love for skiing and I loved running into her smiley face up at the ski hill. She always seemed to have such a zest for life and so much love for everything and everyone! Her love for her family almost oozed out of her, and she would speak so highly of her son and Rick. She will be dearly missed by anyone lucky enough to have known her.
    I send my deepest condolences to her family and all those that love her 💕

  • Tracy McGhie says:

    My sincere condolences to Karen’s family and loved ones. Her beautiful smile and light will shine on.

  • Susy Figueiras says:

    Very sorry
    Condolences to Karen’s family in this difficult moment
    Susy and Manuel

  • Angela Willey says:

    I would like to give my condolences to Rick and Parker and surrounding family. Karen put up such a good fight against this horrible disease and I truly admire her for that. I also worked with Karen and her mother , they both were such beautiful souls. Karen had a beautiful glow around her and brought nothing but positivity. Rest in peace Karen. She truly will be missed.

  • Uncle Jim and Auntie Mo says:

    We are very sadden to lose Karen at such an early age. We loved her dearly and will miss her forever, as will her family and friends.

  • Kaylee says:

    My deepest condolences to Karen’s friends and family, I’m truly sorry for your loss. I went through training with Karen in Richmond and we shared a ‘pod’ at work in Kelowna. She was always such a fun, positive, supportive, and caring person. She continuously checked in with me when my mom was going through her cancer battle, and was always a bright shining light for me at work. She talked about her loves in her life often, her son Parker and husband Rick and all their fun adventures they had together. I have many fond memories of Karen, that I’ll cherish forever, especially our coffee walks, drinks, dinners and celebrating Halloween together. I’ll miss you friend, I know you’re at peace up there with your mom.

  • Cindy says:

    I had the opportunity to work with Karen for a very short time, but her warmth, kindness and sense of humour left a very big impression. I can only imagine the loss her family and friends are feeling.
    I am very sorry for your loss. The world is a sadder place without Karen in it.

  • Barb McBryer says:

    My sincerest condolences. Karen was a childhood friend & fabulous teammate – what a terrific athlete. I’ have fond memories spent at her family’s house listening to Rod Stewart records. May she rest in peace. .

  • Christine Pukila says:

    I am just gutted by this news. My heartfelt love goes out to Parker and Rick and to the rest of Karen’s extended family. I wish I could tell you all the stories I have about Karen but there is not enough hours in the day. Parker, she loved you so much and know that she put up a tremendous fight to be with you just a bit longer. To Rick, you were the love of her life. I dont know if you know how deeply and passionately she loved you and cherished every moment she had with you. There were not enough years and crazy moments that would have filled the book of love that she had for you. She was a loyal, charismatic loving soul who I was lucky to call my co worker and friend. One could not help but love her and get caught up in her passionate love affair of life, she will be missed forever and always

  • Doug King says:

    Parker, Rick and family. So sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. A great neighbour at Big White. Very outstanding tribute to your Mom, Parker. Doug and Judi King

  • Harv Dick says:

    Rick, I’m so sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. My prayers are with you.

  • Amanda Weber says:

    Karen was truly such a beautiful person. I worked with her starting in 2018 and she was always so helpful and supportive. When I had my first son she told me all about the true love of her life, Parker. I remember seeing her face light up talking about being a mom and seeing the pride just shine through. She made me so excited to have a son of my own to adore like she adored Parker. It was clear family was everything to Karen. I wish she was given more time to enjoy you all. I am so sorry for your massive loss. The world is a dimmer place without Karen’s light.

  • Sheila Corbould Silva says:

    I knew Karen when she was in High School. I remember what a lovely, genuine, happy person she was. My sincerest condolences to all her family and friends.

  • Shannon Jones says:

    Karen you put up a brave fight and the world has lost a happy, spirited, fun loving person. Parker she spoke of you often as we were cubicle neighbours for a few years in Abbotsford and she was so proud of you.
    She was so full of life and said she wanted to kick the C and have a big party. I’m so sorry she never got to that. My condolences are sent to you Parker and to you Rick as well as your extended families. If she had a choice she would not have left those she loved so much. Rest in peace Karen you are dearly missed.

  • Jan Beesley says:

    I was saddened to hear the news of our dear friend, passing away. I worked with Karen for several years in the Abbotsford office and she was a vivacious and fun-loving girl. She always had a smile on her face. My condolences to Parker and Rick. She loved you both so much. Rest in peace, Karen. My prayers are with the family during this very difficult time.

  • Kerry Olohan (Rupert) says:

    I am very saddened to read this. Karen wove into my life in Grade 12, We were both rehabbing soccer knees and would spend hours goofing around outside the gym at Centennial. At one point, we were both on crutches! We understood each other well and all the pain that goes along with that first big injury in some of the best years of one’s life. We lost touch after high school, but reading all these comments reminds me of how we would still be friends! Enjoy your BIG WALK, Karen! I will finish one today in your honor! Love and peace to your family! Xo ❤️
    ~ Rupe

  • Rob Vickers and Marlene Schluter says:

    Parker, Rick and family. We are so saddened by your loss. We were fortunate to know Karen and experience her bright personality and zest for life, gone far too soon.
    Our sincerest condolences.
    Rob Vickers and Marlene Schluter

  • Steve, Sandra & Vanessa says:

    Kelly, we are so sorry for your loss. Our deepest condolences to you, Rick, Parker, Rob and Chris. It was clear that throughout her life, Karen was deeply loved and she will be treasured always and now we wish you peace to bring you comfort, courage to help you face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart. Sending all prayers and our deepest condolences.
    Steve, Sandra & Vanessa

  • Kim Braten says:

    Such a beautiful person taken away too soon. I will always remember the conversations we had about our boys and how proud she was of her son. Karen and I played soccer together and were re-acquainted years later working for the same employer. My heart goes out to Parker, Rick and the rest of her family. You fought an amazing battle Karen and will always be loved and missed.

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