Karla Mae Otto Mihok Katharine Renai Mihok
Norfolk - Karla Mae "Maizie" Mihok, 43, exceptional wife and mother, passed away unexpectedly on July 23, 2014. Her daughter, Katharine Renai, 8, joins her in heaven. She leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Michael; daughter, Shelby; parents, Joyce and Eugene Otto, Rick and Kathy Mihok; siblings Jim and Becky Otto, Annette and Steve Soward, Sue and Ron Yartin, Brenda and Jack Black, Jean McElwain, Heather Mihok, David Mihok; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Karla was born in Altoona, PA, and graduated from Altoona Area High School in 1987. She earned an associate's degree from Point Park in Pittsburgh, PA and lived for a time in Northern Virginia and Florida before moving to Virginia Beach in 1998. She met her husband through military re-enacting; they married in 2001 and settled in Norfolk.
Karla was known for her very easy laugh and great wit, influenced by her love of British comedy and drama. Many knew of her being a Jane-ite and Eyre-head and loved talking about Monty Python, Dr. Who, Downton Abbey, Jane Eyre, or Pride & Prejudice. She was a very creative, crafty person who also loved tending to the herbs and vegetables she and her family had planted. Karla was a troop leader for both her daughters' Girl Scout troops, and after working at Amerigroup Corporation for several years, she homeschooled their daughter Shelby. She was a faithful member of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Norfolk, joining her husband to teach Sunday school.
Katharine was an energetic and happy child. She loved throwing kisses in the air, posing for pictures, being outdoors discovering, dancing to music, being in the pool, going to school, Girl Scouts and earning badges, and visiting with people. Most of all, she loved her family and her big sister.
A celebration of their lives will be conducted at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, July 28, 2014 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1600 Colonial Ave., Norfolk with Rev. Jack Howell officiating. A private burial will occur at Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages either a donation to the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters or Operation Smile, both in Norfolk. H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Norfolk Chapel is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be offered to the family through www.hdoliver.com