Karen LEIR

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LEIR, Karen Joanne (nee Schiller)
It is with sadness that the family of Karen Leir announces she passed away with grace and dignity on Good Friday, April 18, 2014 in Regina, SK at the age of 57 years after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. Besides her loving husband, Dale, Karen is survived by her two sons Matthew and Christian; father Albert Schiller (Verna Dowie) of Regina; mother-in-law Joyce Leir of Lethbridge; sisters and brothers, Brenda Wells (Rene) of Fort McMurray, Jeffery Schiller (Debra) of Fort McMurray, Brian Klein (Mary) of Calgary and Bonnie Gillessen of Langdon; sister-in-law Lenore Moore (Larry) of Calgary; six nieces and five nephews; as well as so many of her close and extended family members. Karen was predeceased by her mother Josephine; stepmother Katherine; father- in-law Ed Leir; nephews Wade Klein and Jason Campbell. Karen was born in Fillmore, SK on April 4, 1957, the first child of Albert and Josephine Schiller. She lived and attended school in various communities in Saskatchewan and Alberta, graduating at Cluny Bow Valley High School in 1975. Karen joined Sasktel in 1980, initially as an operator before moving into Information Technology. She was also quite active throughout her 32 year career as a member of CEP Local 1. Among her accomplishments with Sasktel was her appointment to the Board of Directors. Karen and Dale retired in 2012, spending much of their time together engaging in various pursuits that included camping, golf and travel. She also devoted many hours perfecting her passion for quilting and as a tireless volunteer with so many groups. A dedicated member of the community, Karen was quite active in the Sasktel Pioneers. A loving mother, Karen supported her children in their extracurricular activities, serving in many ways as a parent volunteer. Karen's family extends their heartfelt thanks to the nurses, support staff and doctors of the Pasqua Hospital, and to the many family members, extended family and friends for their caring and support during this difficult time. A CELEBRATION OF KAREN'S LIFE will be held at Regina Funeral Home, Hwy #1 East, Regina, SK on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. If family and friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made in memory of Karen to the Hospitals of Regina Foundation, P.O. Box 1697, Regina, SK S4P 3Z6 for the Pasqua Hospital, Ward 3A and 3B. Family and friends are invited to sign the online obituary and tributes page at www.regina-memorial.ca. Arrangements entrusted to


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Published in The Regina Leader-Post on Apr. 22, 2014
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