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MOEN, Karen

September 18, 1921 — March 20, 2024

On March 20, 2024, Karen Moen passed away peacefully surrounded by family.  She is survived by her daughter Astri (Ken); grandchildren Martin (Sookyoung), Kristian (Valentina), Debbie (Russell), and Michael (Shay); and great-grandchildren Dylan, Kelsey (Tallon), Peter, Alan, Landon, Presley, and Persaeus. She was predeceased by her husband Konrad Moen; son Ingar Moen; and grandson Craig Lesmister.

The Moen family left Norway in 1957 and came to Canada. They settled in Burnaby where Karen was a homemaker, Konrad was a millwright and the children started school. They had many friends who emigrated at the same time, and many good times together. There was always a good reason for a get-together. Karen and Konrad soon joined the Sons of Norway, a folk dancing group was formed and they entertained at many occasions.

In 1983, shortly after Konrad retired, they moved to Kelowna and joined the Sons of Norway there. Karen could be seen working in the garden which she loved, and Konrad could be heard playing the accordion and singing. Karen and Konrad made many trips back to Norway to visit family and relatives. They liked to travel and covered most of Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. On their 50th anniversary, they went on the Alaskan cruise.

Konrad was struggling with arthritis and passed away in 1994. There were some sad and lonely times for Karen but she kept herself busy with friends, family, and garden. In 2000 the home got too much and she purchased a condo in Kelowna which she enjoyed. Her favourite spot was her balcony with a glass of wine. Then in 2021 before she turned 100 she moved to Lakeshore Place where she enjoyed new and old friends. She was an active member of the Sons of Norway where she could share her Norwegian recipes and traditions. Karen was a very good cook, loved lutefisk, rommegraat, potetlefse, made many kransekaker for the family at Christmas. There are also many of her wall weavings which she made and pictures which she painted. Karen had many talents and she enjoyed them all.

The family would like to thank Lakeshore Place for making her last years enjoyable and thank Glenmore Lodge for looking after Mom in her last days.

A private service will be held in Norway, during which Karen will be laid to rest with her late husband and parents.

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