In memory of
Karen Joy Mihalik
It is with great sadness that the family of Karen Joy Mihalik, a long time resident of Thunder Bay, announces her peaceful passing in St. Joseph Hospice Unit, on January 9, 2017 with family by her side; after a courageous battle with cancer. Karen was born on July 17, 1954 in Fort William, the fourth child of John and Mary Mihalik. As a young person, she attended Ogden Street School, McKellar Park Central and Selkirk High school. After High school, Karen attended Confederation College and graduated with honours as a social worker. Karen was a lifelong learner and she then continued her studies at Lakehead University where she obtained her Honours Bachelor Degree in Psychology, Masters Degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Education. Upon completion of her studies, Karen worked as a psychomatrist in various Children and Family Counselling Centres in Kapuskasing, Timmins, Red Lake, Kitchener/Waterloo and finally as the agency director for the centre in Nipigon that served the lake shore region. Later in her career, Karen took a new direction and accepted a position with DND (Department of National Defence) in Ottawa; where as a Lieutenant Coronel in the Training Division she had the opportunity to work with her brother Donald who was a training officer. Karen also served in the military reserve with the 736 Communication Squadron. As a Captain, she was the Squadron's strategic planner and also one of the training officers for the summer programs. Karen continued her involvement with the Squadron as Security Officer by completing intensive training in security and National Defense in Kingston. Karen was a lifetime member of Knox United Church until its closure. She was a long time member of the Royal Canadian Legion Slovak Branch 129, Ladies Auxiliary. Karen was a very private and caring person who supported her family, her friends and anyone who needed help or a shoulder to lean on. Karen maintained her great sense of humour and positive attitude throughout her medical challenges. Karen enjoyed spending time at the family camp on Lake Huronia, where she and mom spent many quiet hours enjoying the peaceful tranquility of the lake. Karen will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her sister Sharlene Smith, brother Dan, nephew/godson Jonathan (Lindsay) Smith and her great nieces Isla, Sadie and Noelle, sister-in-law Hermina Mihalik and niece Amanda and nephew Donald, niece Stacey Mihalik and her family; as well as many other cousins and relatives who will always have a special place in their heart for Karen. Karen was predeceased by her parents John and Mary Mihalik, brothers John and Donald, nephew Richard Mihalik and brother-in-law Ian Smith. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 20, 2017 in the Chapel of Harbourview Funeral Centre, 499 North Cumberland Street, presided by Rev. Doreen Lankshear-Smith. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service. Interment in Mountain View Cemetery will follow the reception. Should friends and family so desire, donations may be made in Karen's memory to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Northern Cancer Fund of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation. Live broadcast of the service may be viewed and on-line condolences may be offered at www.harbourviewfuneral.ca
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