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MCGINN, Karen (nee Adams)

Passed away after a five year battle with ALS on April 7, 2015 in Kelowna, BC.  Survived by her loving husband of 17 years, Lance and their three children Kaitlyn, Emily and Tyson; her mother Judy (Gordon) Turner, brother Duane (Valerie) Adams, sister Cheryl (Murray) Brown; her nephews Richard and Grady and niece Elizabeth.  A Celebration of Karen’s life will be held on Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 3:00 pm at First Lutheran Church, 4091 Lakeshore Road, Kelowna, BC.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to ALS Society of BC, 1233 – 13351 Commerce Parkway, Richmond, BC V6V 2X7.

Karen was born May 13, 1972 in Calgary, Alberta.  She began her life on the family farm north of Cochrane, Alberta with her older brother Duane, and sister Cheryl.  In 1977 the family sold their farm in Cochrane and moved to Bridge Lake B.C. where Karen started kindergarten.  Karen, her mom and sister moved back to Alberta in 1979 and lived in Calgary for a short time before moving to the farm at Blackie, where her brother joined them later.  In Blackie she gained a new step father, sister and brother.  Karen started grade 2 in Blackie School in 1979 and continued her education there until grade 9.  In 1987 she attended high school in High River and graduated from Senator Riley in 1990.  After graduation she attended SAIT in Calgary for a short time.  She worked and lived in Calgary, High River and Lethbridge over the next few years.  Karen met Lance in 1992 while living in Lethbridge attending LCC .  Karen and Lance were married July 11, 1998 and built a house in Calgary.  While in Calgary, she worked for Medi Gas and then Praxaire.  Karen and Lance moved to West Kelowna in 2002 when Lance’s work, BC Tree Fruits transferred him.  They never looked back loving the water, boating, sunshine, heat and maybe even the wine.  They were overjoyed with the arrival of their first daughter Kaitlyn Sarah McGinn who was born on October 15, 2005 and the twins Tyson Everett and Emily Grace completed the family on June 11, 2008.  Unfortunately in the fall of 2011 Karen was given the devastating news that she had ALS.  On the morning of Tuesday, April 7, 2015 we lost Karen.   She fought long and hard with the kind of courage and strength none of us will ever forget.  She will missed always.

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Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 3:00 pm

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ALS Society of BC, 1233 – 13351 Commerce Parkway, Richmond, BC V6V 2X7.


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The service for MCGINN, Karen (nee Adams) is scheduled for Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 3:00 pm . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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First Lutheran Church

4091 Lakeshore Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Dave and Pat Buckler says:

    To Karens family been many years since we seen her but she was always a happy person may you find comfort in your memories and stay strong as she did for many years. God Bless

    • Brian and Kim Lewis says:

      Lance Kim and I offer you our deepest condolences. Karen’s bravery and courage over the past five years should be an inspiration to us all, now she can rest in peace and you and your family begin to heal. Loosing loved ones is so difficult Lance, remember that you are surrounded by family and friends, god bless!

  • Jaeger Family says:

    Our family extends to you our deepest condolences to the entire McGinn family. We cannot imagine what you are feeling, but our thoughts are with you at this time. The loss of someone close to us is never easy, but you are surrounded by family and friends that love and care for you. If there is anything we can do please let us know. A kind voice is just a phone call away.

  • Marilyn Brown says:

    Cheryl, Murray, Grady, Judy and Gordy.

    deepest sympathies for your loss.

    Marilyn Brown, Cayley Alta

  • Donna Coates says:

    My deepest sympathies go out to Lance and family. Losing Karen is an unimaginable loss for her family and all those whom she has touched. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Owen & Marie-Anne McGinn says:

    Our deepest sympathies and condolences to the whole family, in this time of sadness. We will be thinking of you all. Owen, Marie-Anne, Sheldon, Logan McGinn from Sudbury, Ontario

  • Jason Phillips & Family says:

    Please accept our deepest condolences for your immeasurable loss. Your family will be in our prayers.

  • Lou & Arlene Sallenbach & family says:

    Our family wishes to extend our deepest sympathies to Lance and his entire family for their loss. God bless.

  • Rick & Judy Harty says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time

  • Wendy Serko & Gerry Conway says:

    Lance, Thinking of you and your family at this time.

  • Tom Byttynen says:

    Lance Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Remember we are only a call away when things have settled and you need to chat with a friend. Tom and Janet

  • Sandra and Bem Meinen says:

    We send our deepest sympathies and our prayers to your entire family.

  • Harold & Betty Brucker says:

    Lance,it is very hard when we loose someone so close to our heart. We pray that with the help & support of family and friends & God’s love it will help you through this difficult time. Our sincere condolences to you & the family.

  • Pat Buckler says:

    Judy,Gord,Cheryl and Dwane on behave of Sandy,Clint,Kent and Cam thinking about you and the good memories we had as kids she was a great mom and good friend sorry we can;t be the with you but always in our thoughts

  • Walter and Linda Egli says:

    To Marilyn and Wayne McGinn and family–We want you to know our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. We can’t imagine what your daughter-in-law and family went through during the last 5 years. Love Walter and Linda Egli

  • Sharon & Floyd Anderson says:

    We send you our sincere thoughts and prayers at this time to Lance, the children and the rest of the McGinn families.

  • Merle & Helena Smith says:

    Lance we send our deepest sympathies and prayers to you and your Family.

  • Andrea Cardinal says:

    I am so sorry to hear this news. My deepest sympathy to all of Karen’s family. I went to Blackie school with Karen from grade 3 on, then to Senator Riley High School in High River. I was also her roommate in Lethbridge at LCC college for our first semester of college. Great girl, great fun, great memories!!! RIP Karen

  • Chris & Frances Phillips says:

    Lance, please accept our deepest sympathy to you and the children.

  • Dean and Nina Devine says:

    To Lance, children and family- We are saddened to hear about Karen. We both worked with her in Calgary. What a wonderful person. She always had a smile on her face and was kind hearted. Our prayers go out to you all.

  • Marj and Paul Turner says:

    Lance: We are so saddened by this news. It hurts us deeply. It should never happen that a parent doesn’t get the pleasure of raising their beautiful children. Being a wife and mother was Karen’s biggest joy. Hope you all heal soon as Karen is at rest and at peace now. We love you Lance and our hearts and prayers are with you always. Love Marj & Paul xoxoxo

  • Dana Sadler Horn says:

    So sorry for this devastating loss. My hearts are with you and your family at this difficult time.

  • Stuart, Julia & Emily Fraser says:

    We are sorry for your loss Lance, Kaitlyn, Emily and Tyson. Karen, was such an amazing person, She will live on in our memories forever. Our sincerest condolences, Stuart, Julia and Emily Fraser.

  • Carol and Reo Shank says:

    Lance, our deepest condolences to you and your family.We lift you up to the Lord where His grace will heal you and give you the peace, comfort and wisdom during this difficult time.Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Michelle Martineau and family says:

    Our deepest sympathy to you Lance, and the children, at this tragic loss. We wish you strength and courage for the road ahead.

  • Marg and Doug Beaudoin says:

    Lance, we send our sympathies and our prayers to you and your family.
    God Bless you

  • Brenda (nee Quelch) Schuler says:

    Dear Lance & Family as well as Marilyn, Wayne, Lori & Family as well as Karen’s Family. Dick and I are so sorry to learn of the lose of your beloved Karen. Please know our thoughts and Prayers are with all of you during this very difficult time. Karen has been so brave and such a hard fighter of this disease over the last five years. Please know many are grieving for Karen. May God give you comfort and strength and know Karen will always be with you in your heart and mind. With Love, Care, & Hugs. Dick & Brenda Schuler (DiAnne & Jon Speer)

  • BJ Basque says:

    Lance, thinking of you and your family. Take care.

  • Trevor and Starla Wasilenko says:

    We are deeply saddened by the news of Karen’s passing. Our heart felt condolences to you Lance, and your family. She was a strong and amazing woman, we will miss her dearly. Our thoughts are with you.

  • Carla Cowling says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. She was a beautiful person who was a fantastic friend who accepted you for you. One of my best memories of Karen is staying the weekend with her out at the family farm laying on the round bales in the dark looking up in the sky and talking about all our big plans after high school.

  • Peter Ruiter says:

    Dear Lance.
    I was just informed today from another ex-BCTF employee about Karen. I am deeply sorry to hear about Karen. My heart goes out to you, your kids, your families and friends. Please take care of yourself Lance.

  • Leisa Emsley says:

    It’s tough to express my gratitude for allowing me to be a part of this journey. Some of my toughest days as a nurse were spent with Karen yet I wouldn’t trade them for anything. Karen taught me so very much over the last couple of years and I will NEVER forget her (or you guys). So many times she thanked “me” but I am the one that was so thankful. My heart breaks to think of you (Lance), Kaitlyn, Emily and Tyson beginning this next chapter without her. I have no doubt that you will get through this. You are all an amazing family and I know that you have an entire army of family and friends that will help in any way they can. May you find comfort in the support from those family and friends and the one thing ALS COULDN’T take from you… Karen’s love for each of you… you all meant the world to her – Leisa

  • Tim and Erika Dunbar says:

    Lance: Your parents always talked about you, Karen and the kids when we visited them. We were so saddened to hear of Karen’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at this time. Erika and Tim (former neighbours of your Mom and Dad on Riverdale Terrace).

  • Deanie Foley Gillespie says:

    Lance and family, words cannot begin to express the sorrow of your loss. Karen was an amazing person, a devoted wife and a dedicated mother. I am keeping you close in my thoughts during this difficult time.

  • Gerry and Glenda Cutforth says:

    Judy, Gord and family. We are so sorry for your loss of your beautiful daughter, Karen. You are in or thoughts and Prayers.

  • Anthony Mastroianni says:

    Lance and family…Tracy and i were saddened to hear of your loss. Karen will be missed by all and it will take time to heal. Our prayers and thoughts are with you, your children and family. Stay strong as your children will need your guidance and love even more.

    Our deepest sympathy

  • Francine and Jim Kilpatrick says:

    Lance – We just learned today of Karen’s recent passing. We are so sad and heartbroken at this tragic news. Even though we haven’t seen your family since we moved back to Ontario four years ago, we have very fond memories of you, Karen, Kaitlyn, Emily and Tyson. We are so very very sorry for the four of you. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers and that we will always remember the Karen we knew – a vivacious, fun-loving, caring and sweet young woman who took such pride in you and your children. God bless you, bring you peace and strengthen you at this time of such need.

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